Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SAQA Benefit Auction 2009 comes to an end

Corrigan_auctionThe SAQA Benefit Auction is now closed; nearly all the quilts were sold and the (very few) remaining ones are available for purchase through the SAQA store.  The two week event raised over $47,000 which will go toward exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs throughout the year.   Our own Martha Sielman was instrumental in getting the word out and making the SAQA auction a big success. 

Congratulations Martha and SAQA!

If you would like to participate in the 2010 auction, collection of work begins  in January.  More information is available on SAQA’s Main Website.

 

(image: Love Stands Up by Barb Corrigan)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Reminder: Fall Fiber Events

Beginning this Friday:

Boy_blogphoto Fiber Snapshots, a solo exhibition of quilted artwork by Kate Themel, will be on display at the Leever Atrium Gallery at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC)  September 25th – November 20th, 2009.  A gallery talk is scheduled for November 19th 11:00am – 1:35pm, followed by a reception.

NVCC is located at 750 Chase Parkway / Waterbury CT

(image: Just for the Fun of It)

 

 

This Saturday:

letsmakewaves Karen Eckmeier will lead a workshop on free-form cutting and layered topstitching  based on her book “Let’s Make Waves”  on September 26th from 10:00am – 1:00pm.  Class fee $60

Call or visit Sew Inspired for more details: (860) 651-8885

Sew Inspired Quilt Shop is located at: 8 Wilcox Street / Simsbury, CT

 

See these before it’s too late!

BLOGPHOTOFlowerPower_KarenLoprete Contemporary Fiber Art by Karen Loprete is on display until the end of September 2009.  Check out Karen’s colorful and beautiful creations at Spector Furniture in Ansonia CT

Spector Furniture / 385 Main Street / Ansonia CT

(image: Flower Power)

 

 

GRAY plus ONE

SAQA CT members Norma Schlager, Nike Cutsumpas, Barbara Drillick and Carolyn Cooney are among the artists displaying work in this show which runs from NormaSchlager_NoElephantsHereSeptember 11th – October 23rd.

The Gray plus One exhibition, sponsored by Scrapbag Art Quilters, opens Friday September 11th at the Cyrenius H. Booth Library in Newtown, CT.  The exhibit, “Gray Plus One…,” challenges members to use only one color in addition to grays in each of their works.   Scrapbag members are accomplished quilt artists who meet weekly to share ideas, techniques and to critique their works. Most of them live in northern Fairfield County.  

 

 

NikeCutsumpas_SpinningIntoPlaceBLOG(image upper: Norma Schlager’s “No Elephants Here”)

(image lower: Nike Cutsumpas’ “Spinning into Place”)

Cyrenius H Booth Library is located at 25 Main Street / Newtown, CT 06470.  For more information call (203) 426-4533.

 

 

 

COMING SOON – OCTOBER 2009:

 

Kindred Spirits / Friends for Life

CathySmith_DrillingforOil Artists Catherine Smith and Barbara Lussier have teamed up for an interesting and unique exhibition.  Kindred Spirits,  presented by the Tolland County Art Association, will display complimentary works by two artists and friends: Quilt Art by Cathy Smith and Paintings by Barbara Lussier.   An Opening Reception is planned for Friday, October 2nd from 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Tolland County Art Association / 22 Tolland Green / Tolland, CT  (860) 871-7405

Gallery is open Saturdays, 12:00 – 4:00 pm  (The Kindred Spirits Show runs October 3rd – October 31st)

(image: Drilling for Oil by Cathy Smith)

 

International Quilt Festival – October 15th – 18th (Houston, TX)

BLOGBarbMcKie_EyeToEye_CT Barbara McKie’s beautiful art quilt “Eye to Eye” (shown here, upper left) has won a category prize at the International Quilt Festival (IQF) exhibition in Houston, Texas.  Her quilt “Who Me?” was a category finalist.  Barb will have a total of 8 pieces on display, including artwork in the IQF special exhibits “SAQA@20”, “Celebrate Spring!” and “In Full Bloom”.

Karen Eckmeier will be teaching a class during the festival, and has also been notified that one of her quilts is a ribbon winner (she has two that will be exhibited) – but we won’t know which one until October!  Karen also has a piece that will be displayed in the special exhibit, “Making Memories”.  This exhibit is being sponsored by a foundation for terminally ill women with breast cancer. All quilts in this special exhibit are made from donated bridal wedding gowns and will be sold to raise money for the foundation. 

MargaretPhillips_UncleMikeBLOG Margaret Phillips’ art quilt portrait, Uncle Mike (shown here, lower left) will  also be on display at the festival.

Norma Schlager’s Fiesta is part of the IQF exhibit “World of Beauty”.

Preview night at the International Quilt Festival is October 14th.    

Click here for more information on this show. / Purchase advance tickets HERE

Congratulations to all the IQF participants!  

 

 

Harvest of Quilts – October 17th and 18th

GailKotowski_MetropolisBLOG SAQA CT members Gail Kotowski and Linda Zimmerman will be displaying their work at “Harvest of Quilts”, Sponsored by the Shoreline Quilters Guild

The exhibition of quilts will be on display at East Haven High School / 35 Wheelbarrow Lane / East Haven, CT 06512 and will include demonstrations, quilt/craft boutique, food court and quilt raffle.  

Sisters in Cloth will also be exhibiting 14 art quilts from the group’s Green Challenge.   This collection of quilts will travel there to be a part of a combined exhibition.  The challenge posed was to create an art quilt no larger than 30" on any side inspired by the word "Green".

Members of Sisters who participated in the challenge and are also SAQA members include:  Gail Kotowski, Barbara Coleman Adams,  Linda Zimmerman, Diane M. Wright, Ruth Anne Olson, Carol Ludington, Yvette Howard and Vivika Hansen DeNegre.

Admission is $8.  For more information, call (203) 488-7946 or visit the Shoreline Quilters Guild website

(image: Metropolis by Gail Kotowski)

 

Martha Sielman Lecture

MSielman_MastersArtQuilts Martha will speak about the artists and work contained in her book “Masters: Art Quilts” on Wednesday, October 21st, 7:00 –9:00pm

Stowe Elementary School, 117 Post Office Road, Enfield;

http://www.enfieldquilters.com/home.asp

 

 

 

SCAN – Society of Creative Arts of Newtown

Jennifer O'Brien is one of the few fiber artists in SCAN’s Fall Art Show & Sale, October 23rd – 25th in Newtown, CT.

SCAN is located at the Newtown Meeting House, Main Street at the Flag Pole, Newtown CT 06470.  The show will be on display from 10:00am – 5:00pm each day.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Art Quilts around Connecticut

Gray plus One – Show Begins Today!

NormaSchlager_NoElephantsHereSAQA CT members Norma Schlager, Nike Cutsumpas, Barbara Drillick and Carolyn Cooney are among the artists displaying work in this show which runs from September 11th – October 23rd.

The Gray plus One exhibition, sponsored by Scrapbag Art Quilters, opens Friday September 11th at the Cyrenius H. Booth Library in Newtown, CT.  The exhibit, “Gray Plus One…,” challenges members to use only one color in addition to grays in each of their works.   Scrapbag members are accomplished quilt artists who meet weekly to share ideas, techniques and to critique their works. Most of them live in northern Fairfield County.  

 

NikeCutsumpas_SpinningIntoPlaceBLOG(image upper: Norma Schlager’s “No Elephants Here”)

(image lower: Nike Cutsumpas’ “Spinning into Place”)

Cyrenius H Booth Library is located at 25 Main Street / Newtown, CT 06470.  For more information call (203) 426-4533.

 

 

 

Preview Party Tonight – On the Green Fine Art Show

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WHEN & WHERE Friday, September 11, 2009 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm / Homewood Suites by Hilton, 65 Glastonbury Boulevard, Glastonbury, CT 06033.   Enjoy the wine, savor the refreshments, and listen to live music by the Bravo Woodwind Quintet.  Meet the show's winning artists, including Fiber Artists Craig & Amy Barry

Tickets to the Preview Party are $40 advanced sales and $50 at the door.

Admission is FREE for the On the Green Fine Art Show (Saturday & Sunday)

The Glastonbury Art Guild will host their 47th Annual "On the Green" Fine Art Show at Hubbard Green, Glastonbury CT (on the corner of Main St and Hubbard St)
RAIN or SHINE  September 12th  & 13th  10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Drop Off Work for “In the Pink” on Sunday

Hygienic Art Galleries & The Breast Health Task Force of Southeastern Connecticut present:

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In the Pink: A Celebration of Women's Strength, Beauty, and Healing
September 16-October 10
Opening reception Wednesday, September 16, 5:30-7:30pm

A call to artists to participate in a show of works that express the breast cancer experience and the healing process from the point of view of survivors or that of friends and family. We welcome all to this celebration to begin Breast Cancer Awareness Month and enjoy the Hygienic Art Galleries and Art Park.

Receiving Date: Sunday, September 13, 12-3pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 16, 5:30-7:30pm
Pick up Date: Sunday, October 11, 2-5pm

Contact: Laurel Holmes, 442-0733 or lholmes@lmhosp.org

Artists may submit one piece. All media welcome. All works must be suitably framed with wires and ready for hanging. No clips or saw-tooth hangers. All metal frames must have hangers and wire.

This year, The Hygienic Art Galleries will donate their portion of any sales of art in the show to the Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, a comprehensive screening program for medically underserved women.

Hygienic Art Galleries
79-83 Bank Street
New London, CT 06320
860.443.8001
www.hygienic.org
Gallery Hours: Thursday, 11am-3pm; Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday, 12-3pm.

 

Kindred Spirits / Friends for Life

CathySmith_DrillingforOil Artists Catherine Smith and Barbara Lussier have teamed up for an interesting and unique exhibition.  Kindred Spirits,  presented by the Tolland County Art Association, will display complimentary works by two artists and friends: Quilt Art by Cathy Smith and Paintings by Barbara Lussier.   An Opening Reception is planned for Friday, October 2nd from 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Tolland County Art Association / 22 Tolland Green / Tolland, CT  (860) 871-7405

Gallery is open Saturdays, 12:00 – 4:00 pm  (The Kindred Spirits Show runs October 3rd – October 31st)

(image: Drilling for Oil by Cathy Smith)

 

Harvest of Quilts – October 17th and 18th

GailKotowski_MetropolisBLOG Sponsored by the Shoreline Quilters Guild

The exhibition of quilts will be on display at East Haven High School / 35 Wheelbarrow Lane / East Haven, CT 06512 and will include demonstrations, quilt/craft boutique, food court and quilt raffle.   Admission is $8

For more information, call (203) 488-7946 or visit the Shoreline Quilters Guild website

 

(image: Metropolis by Gail Kotowski)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Opportunities for artists in the US

City of Denver: Green Valley Ranch Library (Denver, CO)
Entry Deadline: 9/9/09
Green Valley Ranch Library The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create site-specific artwork for the Green Valley Ranch Library, a new facility being built at Argonne Way and Andes Court. The funding currently designated for public art at the site is $140,000 including design, fabrication and installation. However, additional funds may be available, depending where and how the artwork is integrated into the structure and design of the building. The project is open to all artists in the U.S. working in all media and materials.

San Francisco Arts Commission: General Hospital Main Entry Drive and Plaza Artwork (San Francisco, CA)
Entry Deadline: 9/28/09
General Hospital’s new Acute Care Unit will be located on the west lawn of the existing San Francisco General Hospital campus. The new facility will house 284 patient beds, as well as surgical and other acute care functions. The building is nine stories, with two basement stories and seven stories above ground. The San Francisco Arts Commission’s goal is to commission artwork of the highest aesthetic standards for the General Hospital Acute Care Unit that contributes to the happiness and well-being of patients, visitors and staff. Through this RFQ we intend to establish a candidate pool of professional artists for consideration for two public art project opportunities: 1. Main Entry Drive Sculpture and 2. Plaza Artwork.

Beaverton City Park (Beaverton, OR)
Entry Deadline: 9/30/09
The Beaverton Arts Commission seeks qualifications from professional artists/artist teams for a permanent artwork in a prominent location at the heart of the city’s cultural center. Finalists will be selected and paid a stipend to develop a proposal. Budget for the artwork is $50,000.

Seattle Public Utilities Mid-career Artists Portable Works Purchase (Seattle, WA)
Entry Deadline: 9/30/09
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities invites mid-career artists to submit images of available work for direct purchase. Artists considered mid-career have been working professionally for at least 10 years and have a significant exhibition history. Purchases are chosen by a panel of arts professionals who are charged with selecting artwork of high quality and reflecting diversity of expression for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Portable Works Collection.

2010 CVG Show (Bremerton, WA)
Fee: $35.00 (2010 CVG Show entry limit: 3 art works; up to 2 views per piece)
Entry Deadline: 11/19/09
A juried art competition for artists in Washington State to be held in the Collective Visions Gallery of Bremerton, Washington in February of 2009. Juror: Jake Seniuk; Cash Awards totaling $6,000; Entry deadline November 19, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Call for Entries: “In the Pink”

Hygienic Art Galleries & The Breast Health Task Force of Southeastern Connecticut present:

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In the Pink: A Celebration of Women's Strength, Beauty, and Healing
September 16-October 10
Opening reception Wednesday, September 16, 5:30-7:30pm

A call to artists to participate in a show of works that express the breast cancer experience and the healing process from the point of view of survivors or that of friends and family. We welcome all to this celebration to begin Breast Cancer Awareness Month and enjoy the Hygienic Art Galleries and Art Park.

Receiving Dates: Sunday, September 13, 12-3pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 16, 5:30-7:30pm
Pick up Date: Sunday, October 11, 2-5pm

Contact: Laurel Holmes, 442-0733 or lholmes@lmhosp.org

Artists may submit one piece. All media welcome. All works must be suitably framed with wires and ready for hanging. No clips or saw-tooth hangers. All metal frames must have hangers and wire. Work submitted must not exceed 72" in either direction. Sculpture must be easily transportable on stairwell and no more than 50 pounds. All work must remain for the duration of the show. Hygienic assumes no liability for damage, loss or theft of submitted work. All artists are responsible for insuring their own work. Hygienic will retain 30% of sales and collect 6% CT state sales tax. Hygienic will not be responsible for unclaimed work.

This year, The Hygienic Art Galleries will donate their portion of any sales of art in the show to the Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, a comprehensive screening program for medically underserved women.

Hygienic Art Galleries
79-83 Bank Street
New London, CT 06320
860.443.8001
www.hygienic.org
Gallery Hours: Thursday, 11am-3pm; Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday, 12-3pm.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Accolades for Barbara Barrick McKie

BLOGBarbMcKie_EyeToEye_CT Barbara McKie’s beautiful art quilt “Eye to Eye” has won a category prize at the International Quilt Festival (IQF) exhibition in Houston, Texas.  In addition to that, her work “Who Me?” was a category finalist.  Barb has a total of 8 pieces in the show this year, which runs from October 15th – 18th.  Preview night at the International Quilt Festival is October 14th.

Congratulations Barbara!

Hilton Americas-Houston and George R. Brown Convention Center is located at: 1001 Avenida de las Americas / Houston TX 77063

Admission is $10.  Purchase advance tickets HERE

Click here for more information on this show.

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