Showing posts from November, 2009

Fiber Art Exhibits - Opening December 1st

Sisters in Cloth: Photo Challenge/Art Quilts at the Guilford LibraryDecember 1 – 31, 2009
Guilford Free Library
67 Park StreetSee art quilts by SAQA members:
Barbara Coleman Adams ∙ Janine Anderson-Bays
Debra Bento ∙ Vivika Hansen DeNegre
Yvette Howard ∙ Gail Kotowski ∙ Evelyn Judson
Carol Ludington ∙ Ruth Anne Olson
Linda Sexton – Patrick ∙ Marie Shepherd
Robin Wolek ∙ Martha Wolfe ∙ Diane Wright ∙ Linda Zimmerman
3rd Annual Fiber Art at the Garde: Standing OvationDecember 1 2009 – February 28, 2010The Garde Arts Center
825 State Street
New London, CT 06320The exhibition can be viewed before and after theater performances and during regular box office hours:  Monday--Friday, 9am--4pm.

You’re Invited: Artists Open Studios (Ashford, CT)

**November 28th - 29th, and  December 5th - 6th ~ 10 am to 5 pm**Pat Ferguson Quilts studio located in Ashford CT /860-429-6999 Email: pat@patfergusonquilts.comFor the 5th year, Pat Ferguson will be participating in the Artists Open Studio tour of over 80 artists in the Quiet Corner of CT.Come and view quilts, wall hangings, quilter’s gift items, BROADS 108” wide quilt backings, supplies for printing photos on fabric, quilt care and storage products, and much more. Pat will have a quilt demo set up on her 12 foot Gammill longarm machine named “Gloria”. Men, women and children of all ages love to see Gloria at work!Gail Ignatowicz of “Sarah’s Satchels” will be joining the studio again this year with her gorgeous felted purses. Gail will demonstrate needle felting techniques. For more information visit

Call For Entries: CT Fiber Artists - “Community Threads” city wide exhibition of quilts

Please consider participating in this exciting opportunity.  Community Health Services (CHS) along with program partners Hartford Stage and the Hartford Public Library are undertaking a community-wide fiber arts movement entitled “Community Threads”. CHS is sponsoring a celebration of quilts by Connecticut artists in conjunction with the Hartford Stage Company’s performance of Gee’s Bend, a musical production  (scheduled to open on January 14, 2010).  The Community Threads project will consist of the exhibition of historical quilts and contemporary quilts from Gee’s Bend and Connecticut artists.  Other events include quilting circles, stitching and pulling classes, lectures and story hours with books about freedom quilts and the role quilts have played in the progress of America.  Participants in the quilting circles will be encouraged to stitch a small square from donated materials to be used to create the Hartford Community Quilt.  Should you decide to participate, please email Sha…

November Begins a Celebration of Fiber Art along Connecticut’s Shoreline

November is a big month for fiber art in Connecticut.  The holiday season is beginning and (hopefully) people are looking for unique gift ideas.   And although many people have less money to spend on shopping, artists looking to sell their work need not lose heart.  Items of fine craft and artwork are becoming more popular gift ideas as buyers look for quality over quantity.  SAQA volunteers, Sisters in Cloth and the artistic community of Connecticut’s shoreline have worked hard to organize an incredible celebration of fiber art, lasting from November through January and the city of Guilford is at the center of it all.Guilford Art Center: 411 Church Street / Guilford, CT 06437 / (203) 453-5947Guilford Free Library: 67 Park Street / Guilford, CT 06437 / (203) 453-8282Shoreline Arts Trail / Artist Workshop: Color Adventures in Glass and FiberNovember 12th, 6:00 - 7:30 pmThe Shoreline Arts Trail artists will be hosting an exciting series of workshops at the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Li…

You are Invited To the Opening Reception of “Trois Pallettes”

Friday November 13th from 6:00 – 9:00pm at the Gertrude G White Gallery (Greenwich CT)Mayann Weinberg will be participating in “Trois Palettes”, a collection of stitched and painted canvas, fiber and silk by three artists.  Mayann’s work will be displayed along with work by Gay Lynette Morris and Roisin Reilly.  (Image shown are: upper left:Mayann Weinberg with “Falling Leaves”, lower left: “Sunflower” detail, upper right: “Village” detail)The show runs from November 2nd -  28th,  2009 at the Gertrude G. White Gallery, located at:  Greenwich YWCA / 259 East Putnam Avenue / Greenwich, CT  06830  YWCA Phone:  (203) 869-6501
Fax:  (203) 629-8187Gallery Hours are Mon - Fri  7:30 am – 10:00 pm / Sat.  7:30 am -  5:00 pm

Meet Nike Cutsumpas, November’s Artist of the Month

“Making textile art with the color and the tactile pleasure of fiber materials is the stimulus and challenge for my creativity.
The observation of nature is a boundless source of inspiration. Demonstrating nature in its many forms through a fantasy perspective allows boundless diversity in creativity”.   
~Nike Cutsumpas(Image: Nike at work in her home studio in Danbury, Connecticut)Meet Nike Cutsumpas (pronounced like “Nicky”, not like NIKE sportswear), an artist with a style as unique as her name.   Learn more about this accomplished artist living and working here in our home State.In Her Own Words:How long have you been creating art quilts?
Since the late 1980’s
How did you get into non traditional quilting?
I started out reluctantly with a traditional quilting class, but by the third session I was totally ensnared! I have a graphic design
background and I realized commingling that with needle, thread and fabric would be a wonderful combined medium for me. The possibil…