Friday, July 24, 2015

Deadline Next Weekend: ARTISTIC WANDERINGS, Norwich Arts Center (Norwich, CT)

Attention ALL visual artists! 

Don’t miss the opportunity to enter your artwork into “Artistic Wanderings” at the Norwich Arts Center (NAC).

Exhibition Dates: August 5 – 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, August 7

Work must be dropped off at NAC for jurying.
Norwich Arts Center
60-64 Broadway
Norwich, CT 06360

Drop off dates: Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, 2015
between 12 - 4 PM

Juror: Donita Aruny, Program and Marketing Director for the Shoreline Arts Alliance

**Over $1600 in prize money will be awarded!**

Available Awards: $250 for 1st prize, $125 for 2nd prize and for
3rd prize: free rental space for 1 month in “Gallery Too”, sponsored by NAC. Any 2-dimensional work is eligible (except photography)

Plus 5 additional $250 prizes for Fine Craft, sponsored by the Katherine Forest Crafts Foundation. Eligible work includes pottery, weaving, jewelry, textile, woodworking and metal.

PROSPECTUS for Artistic Wanderings 2015

ENTRY FORM for Artistic Wanderings 2015

For more information, visit the NAC website:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Rita Hannafin Interviewed at Sacred Threads (Herndon, VA)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artist, Rita Hannafin!

Rita was at the Artist Reception for “Sacred Threads” in Herndon, Virginia and was interviewed for the Quilt Alliance: Go Tell It at the Quilt Show

You can watch Rita’s and dozens of other artists’ interviews on the Quilt Alliance YouTube channel:


All the participating artists in “Sacred Threads” were invited to speak about their work. Accepted artists include SAQA-CT members Christina Blais, Diane Cadrain and Mary Lachman. A full list of participating artists can be found on Sacred Threads’ website:

Rita’s quilt will now be listed in the National Registry of Quilts.  Rita enjoyed the reception, as she put it: “The catalogue is fantastic, and it was great having other artists sign it…  I was also interviewed for a documentary specifically being made for Sacred Threads, so this was a really great experience.”

Another piece by Hannafin, Threaded Cat Blues, was accepted into the “Out of the Blue” exhibit at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell MA.  The Artist Reception will be on Saturday, Aug 15 and the exhibit runs until September 19th.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SAQA Trunk Show is on Display at the Lyme Art Association (Old Lyme, CT)

This week, SAQA-CT artists Catherine Whall Smith, Barbara Adams and Rita Hannafin brought the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ Trunk Show to the Lyme Art Association. Please stop by and take a look at these beautiful, handmade works of fiber art.


SAQA Members: You will have a chance to see the Trunk Show at our next regional meeting, which will be held at the Lyme Art Association on July 18 from 10am – 2pm.

The SAQA Trunk Show will be on display at the Lyme Art Association from July 15 – 22, 2015.

LAA's main floor Galleries will display over 50 art quilts. Each quilt is 10 x 7 inches, mounted on a black backing board, and sealed inside a clear envelope. The artist's location, artwork title, statement and information about techniques and materials are on the back. The quilts are not for sale.

Lyme Art Association
90 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Diane Wright, Presentation on Fiber Art this Saturday (Guilford, CT)

Fiber Artist Diane Wright to Speak on Contemporary Quilts 

Saturday, July 11, 2015 beginning at 2 PM
At the Guilford Keeping Society
Medad Stone Tavern Museum
197 Three Mile Course
Guilford, CT 06437

As a special feature of Guilford's town-wide summer quilt show, Diane Wright, nationally known art quilter, will speak on "Contemporary Stitches in Time,"  She will discuss the use of antique quilt patterns in the making of contemporary quilts and quilts as art. 

Diane has invited friends and fellow quilters from the Guilford quilting group, Sisters in Cloth, to join her in sharing their own contemporary quilts that have been influenced by tradition. Times change, but as Diane says, "It's always been about the hand and the stitch."

The talk will take place at The Guilford Keeping Society's Medad Stone Tavern, 197 Three Mile Course. Visitors to the Tavern can also view a display of historic quilts owned by the Society.

Since the 1990s, Diane's focus has been on the fabric medium: fabric of all kinds, hand or machine stitched, often embellished with beads, fiber "shards" or found bits. Her work is noted for its use of color, original design, and a variety of fabrics that include commercial, foreign, hand-painted, and vintage pieces.

Admission to the program is free but donations are greatly appreciated.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SAQA-CT Trunk Show

Attention SAQA artists in Connecticut!  Hope Barton, Mary MacIlvain, and Betty Warner are spearheading a plan to create our own regional trunk show! Read on for details and a look at the registration form.

SAQA Connecticut Trunk Show: You’re Doing What?

The “You’re Doing What?” Trunk show is an opportunity for SAQA Connecticut members to show the world what they are doing now. Member work will be showcased in a traveling trunk show that will be shown in venues throughout the region.

We are looking for original fiber art pieces 6” x 10” sized (portrait or landscape) artwork (any fiber medium; any subject). We will display the work mounted on a  8” x  12” black backing board using archival tape and placed inside of clear cellophane sleeves. Creative edge treatments are encouraged.

Artwork of this size can be quick and fun to make, showcasing your voice and promoting art quilting and education.

Deadline October 24, 2015: This is the Delivery Deadline.  Artwork, registration form and check should be personally delivered or shipped to Betty Warner.

You may bring it to the SAQA-CT Regional Meeting at Sew Inspired Quilt Shop on October 24, 2015.


· Create an original 6” x 10” sized (portrait or landscape) artwork (any fiber medium; any subject). We will mount your finished piece on a black backing board using archival mounting tape.

· Complete the registration form. Please include a copy of this form with your artwork and fee.

· Bring your 6” x 10” artwork, a completed registration form and a $5 check made out to our regional meeting at Sew Inspired Quilt Shop


Ship artwork, form and check to:

Betty Warner
20 Wescott Road
Simsbury, CT 06070

Questions? Contact Betty Warner at betty@ or by phone: (860)658-2691

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Norma Schlager Solo Show "The Art of Stitch" Opens June 27 (Brookfield, CT)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artist Norma Schlager!  Norma’s fiber artwork will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, CT. 

“The Art of Stitch” runs from June 27 – July 18, 2015. 

An Opening Reception is planned for June 27 from 5 – 8 PM at the Brookfield Craft Center.

See more of Norma Schlager’s work on her blog:

Brookfield Craft Center
286 Whisconier Road (Route 25)
Brookfield, CT 06804

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Opportunity: SAQA Exhibition Committee

Every SAQA exhibition requires an Exhibition Coordinator, and SAQA could use a few more people willing to take on this role.

The Exhibition Coordinator’s job is to handle the administration of one specific exhibition. It begins by answering the questions from the membership once the prospectus goes live.
The EC organizes the entries and submits them to SAQA on a spreadsheet which is also sent to the juror.
Once the juror makes her selections of artwork, the EC sends out the appropriate letters to the artists.
The EC continues to be the point of contact for the accepted artists throughout the course of the exhibition, informing them of each new venue that is secured.
The EC's job ends when the artwork is returned to the artists by Bill Reker.
EC's may submit work to the exhibition that they are coordinating since the juror does NOT receive the names of the artists. All SAQA exhibitions use a “blind jury” system.

Are you interested in becoming an Exhibition Coordinator?  PLEASE contact Gwyned Trefethen:  gwynedtrefethen @ mac .com

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