Showing posts from October, 2009



Guilford Art Center presents “SAQA Transformations 09: Reflections”

Studio Art Quilt Associates presents their newest juried exhibition: 34 quilts from around the world, exploring the theme of reflection.Juried by Laura Cater-WoodsOpening Reception: Friday, November 13th from 5:00 – 8:00pmGuilford Art Center 411 Church Street / Guilford, CT 06437 / (203) 453-5947(image: Art quilts by Shelly Brucar, Leslie Carabas and Marie Jensen)Running Concurrently at the Guilford Art Center:ARTISTRY, an Annual Holiday Sale of Fine Craft & Art.  Check out the work of more than 150 American artists, many from Connecticut and the shoreline area.Stay tuned!  Many exciting events are planned throughout the months of November and December, as Guilford celebrates Fiber Art for the Holidays.

Don’t Miss Out on these Fiber Art Events

This Weekend: Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) Fall Art Show & Sale (Newtown, CT)Jennifer O'Brien is one of the few fiber artists in SCAN’s Fall Art Show & Sale this weekend, 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.Entry Deadline is November 1st for the 3rd Annual Fiber at the Garde (New London, CT)This year’s Fiber at the Garde is entitled “Standing Ovation”.  Exhibition runs from December 1, 2009 - February 28, 2010 
The Garde Arts Center
325 State Street
New London CT
860 625 5951
The exhibition can be viewed during box office hours and before and after all theater performances.
Open to all New England/New York residents. The theme is performance art: The art quilt may be generic to the areas of music, theater and dance or specific to a particular performer or production.  Con…

Pacific International Quilt Festival Begins Today

Pacific International Quilt Festival returns to Santa Clara, CAwith a spectacular collection of over 800 quilts and works of wearable and textile art. This is the largest quilt show on the west coast, known to quilters as PIQF, held at theSanta Clara Convention Center in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.   The show runs from October 15th – 18th, 2009.Barbara Barrick McKie has two quilts on display at PIQF, “My New Buddy” and “Iguana Headache”.   Congratulations!This weekend is also the opening of the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TexasBarbara McKie’s beautiful art quilt “Eye to Eye” has earned a Second Place ribbon in the Digital Imagery category at the International Quilt Festival (IQF) exhibition in Houston, Texas.  Her quilt “Who Me?” was a category finalist.  Barb will have a total of 10 pieces on display, including artwork in the IQF special exhibits “SAQA@20”, “Eye of the Quilter”, “Celebrate Spring!” and “In Full Bloom”.Karen Eckmeier will be teaching a class durin…

SAQA CT Members Featured in “500 Art Quilts” on Bookshelves March 2010

Several SAQA artists, including SAQA-Connecticut members Liz Alpert Fay, Margaret Phillips and Barbara Barrick McKie are featured in “500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work”.  Lark Book’s 500 series (including subject like Handmade Books, Baskets, Beaded Objects and Ceramic Sculptures) is a celebration of art and fine craft.  The art work in 500 Art quilts is presented with beautiful full color images, juried by Karey Bresenhan.   The 8x8 paperback book comes out in March 2010.Published by Lark Books

Upcoming Events: Fiber Art by CT members on Display

OPENING SOON:International Quilt Festival – (Houston, TX) 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 10 pieces on display, including artwork in the IQF special exhibits “SAQA@20”, “Eye of the Quilter”, “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.  Margaret Phillips’ art quilt…

Cathy Smith Earns a Prize at Gallery 53

Cathy Smith’s art quilt Where’s Hillary? has won the “Best Craft” prize in the 85th Annual Open Juried Exhibit, sponsored by Gallery 53 – Arts & Crafts Association of Meriden, Inc.  This and other works of art and craft will be on display from October 4th – November 14th.   Gallery 53 is located at  53 Colony St. / Meriden, CT 06451 / (203) 235-5347(image, upper left: Cathy standing next to “Hillary” at the Opening Reception)(image, lower left: Detail of Where’s Hillary? by Cathy Smith)

Meet Cathy Smith, SAQA CT’s Artist of the Month

“I believe that visual images – patterns, shapes, lines are expressed subconsciously in my art. I approach my work in fiber with the understanding that I am in the process of discovery. Once I am “into” a quilt composition I disappear into the many relationships that are possible”.   Catherine Whall Smith Re-entering her world of quilts after a long period of work in the field of Education – Catherine Smith is foremost a quilter – living in Chaplin, CT.  At this time she designs her quilts through the process of discovery. Discovery of the relationships of fabric, pattern, color, and a limited variety of shapes.(image: Circles series)Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Cathy Smith, artistic explorer and intuitive quilter.  She graciously answered my questions about her life, work and creative goals.  Here is a glimpse into the mind of your colleague and fellow Nutmeg artist, Cathy Whall Smith.  ~Kate ThemelIn Her Own WordsHow long have you been quilting?Forever!!!!! - No rea…