Showing posts from July, 2009

Martha Sielman at the Bristol Public Library

Martha Sielman will present "Masters: Art Quilts"
Thursday evening July 30th, 6:30 - 7:30pm at the Bristol Public Library, Meeting Room 1
Enjoy a PowerPoint slide show featuring the work of 40 master artists, including information about their techniques. The lecture is free and registration is not required, so please arrive in time to get the best seats!

Quiltscapes at the Whistler

Artwork by Diane Wright and Barbara McKie will be on display at The Whistler House Museum of Art from August 5th - 29th.
Quiltscapes at the Whistleris a quilt exhibition inspired by the landscape genre, including living flora and fauna, lighting and weather conditions, and human elements, such as a city or built environment.
There is so much to see and do, why not make a weekend of it? Don't miss these events at The Whistler:
Gallery Night - Thursday August 6th, 5:30 - 8:30pm
High Tea & Art: Quilts in Bloom - Friday August 7th, 12:00 - 2:00pm
Artist Reception - Saturday August 8th, 2:00 - 4:00pm

"Reflections" by Diane Wright

"One Good Tern Deserves Another" and "Blue-footed Boobie of the Galapagos", both by Barb McKie

Classes and Workshops by SAQA-CT Members

Betty Warner will be leading an Art Materials at Play demo and workshop on the 1st Saturday and 3rd Thursday of each month at Sew Inspired Quilt Shop and Studio, Simsbury CT.
Pre-registration is necessary so contact Sew Inspired for more info.
Topics include Fabric Paints and Inks, Monoprinting, Working with Lutrador, Paint Sticks, Foil, and Angelina Fibers. Next session: August 1st and 20th "Working with Lutrador"

Liz Alpert Fay offers "Punch Needle Design and Techniques" at the Cross Village Rug Works in Cross Village, Michigan August 1st and 2nd
For more information, visit:

Last chance this summer!
Experience a variety of printmaking techniques with Jane Davila
Techniques to be covered include block printing, nature printing, thermofax, screen printing, monoprinting, collagraphy and pochoir.
August 14th & 15th, 10am-4pm each day in Ridgefield CT. Lunch and many supplies, tools and equipment are included in the $275 workshop fee.

Spotlight on Members' Work

Our blog now features a running slide show with examples of our members' quilted artwork.
Call for entries: SAQA-CT members, submit a photo of one of your art quilts to be a part of this lovely slide show.

Non-members, find out how you can join this talented and diverse group of artists working in Connecticut, and be part of a larger organization dedicated to promoting you and your work in fiber arts. Go to for more information.

Support the Arts this Weekend

Here are a few fun ideas if you'd like to support your fellow Nutmeg artists and see beautiful works of fine art and fine crafts:
Craft EXPO starts today and runs until Saturday, July 18th at the Guilford Art Center
Art Supplies & Jewelry tag sale hosted by Sisters in Cloth will be right next door to the Guilford Art Center, Saturday July 18th 8am-1pm
The Fine Arts Festival is open Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pmNew Haven:
Tonight at the Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery, 5pm-7pm: An Opening Reception for "Hang Ups", 6th annual Members' Show. Artwork in a variety of media will be on display. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
The Creative Arts Workshop Student Show features artwork in fiber, jewelry, photography, printmaking and more. (Go today or tomorrow), the gallery is open weekdays from 9:30am-5:30pmSunday July 19th 3-5pm: Opening Reception for William Kent's "Relevant Irreverence", a collection of prints and sculpt…

Tag Sale: Jewelry and Art Supplies for Sale this Weekend

The famous Sisters In Cloth are hosting a tag sale this weekend in Guilford, CT
Check out the selection of jewelry and art supplies!
Saturday, July 18th from 8:00am - 1:00pm
397 Church St Guilford, CT
(Rt 77 directly next to the Guilford Art Center and across the street from the Guilford Police Station)

Don't forget to check out CRAFT EXPO, also at the Guilford Art Center July 16th-18th

Creative Block? Consider taking an art class

Every artist experiences that "creative slump" once in a while. Maybe you've looked at the same stack of fabric for so long it's about as inspiring as your old laundry. How do you break out of it? One way is to remember that visual art is governed by basic elements, and those elements are the same for any medium whether it's fiber, charcoal, paint or photography.

If you want to improve your work as a fiber artist, keep in mind that you are not limited to quilting and fabric-making classes.
What's more, taking a traditional art class can help you develop skills outside the studio.

Two reporters from The Boston Globe explored the benefits of art classes in public schools. The following article presents a comprehensive look at the benefits of art classes. And although the article is a few years old, it is relevant today for students as well as adults.

Art for our sake: School arts classes matter more than ever - but not for the reasons you think
By Ellen Wi…

Opportunity for Artists: "Art in Good Taste"

Cheshire Land Trust - Call for Entries:
The Cheshire Land Trust is celebrating their 40th Anniversary with an Art and Wine Festival at the historic Ives Farm.Staged in the open fields of Ives Farm, against the backdrop of the setting sun, Cheshire Land Trust will feature an Art Exhibit and Sale, showcasing many very talented local artists and artisans. Artworks and crafts will be on display under the shelter of the working greenhouses.And the farm itself, with its planted crop fields, historic barns, antique farming tools, and hiking trails will be open for all to enjoy. There will also be a Wine Tasting, with fine wines offered by regional distributors, each paired with a variety of foods ideally suited to accompany the wines.Along with the art, the wine and the delicious food, delightful musical entertainment will be provided, with local musicians adding just the perfect ambiance to create a memorable summer evening.
The call for entries is going out to "All artists age 18 or old…

This Month in CT

Here are some of the things our SAQA CT members are up to this month:

Jane Davila is offering a workshop in printmaking techniques in Ridgefield CT on July 17th and 18th from 10am - 4pm; Techniques include block printing, nature printing, thermofax printing, screen printing, monoprinting, collagraphy and pochoir printing.
For more info visit

July 16th, 17th and 18th: Craft Expo at the Guilford Arts Center
Fiber Art and Wearable Fiber Art will be on display along with art of all media. For more info visit: Guilford Arts Center

July 19th: Pat Ferguson will lecture on the care and maintenance of quilts at the Windham Textile & Historical Museum in Willimantic, CT

July 30th: Martha Sielman will lecture on Masters: Art Quilts at the Bristol Public Library, 6:30pm

Liz Alpert Fay will be showing her work at the Barron Art Center in Woodbrige, New Jersey July 10th - August 6th
Barron Art Center
582 Rahway Ave
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

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