Saturday, November 7, 2009

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) 453-5947

Guilford Free Library: 67 Park Street / Guilford, CT 06437 / (203) 453-8282

Shoreline Arts Trail / Artist Workshop: Color Adventures in Glass and Fiber

SAT Postcard 1November 12th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm 

The Shoreline Arts Trail artists will be hosting an exciting series of workshops at the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library (Branford, CT) during their art exhibit in November.

This weeks' lecture is "Color Adventures in Glass and Fiber" with Carol Grave, Barbara Shulman-Kirwin, & Vivika Hansen DeNegre.  Artists will describe how they drew inspiration from one another’s work.

Willoughby Wallace Library: 146 Thimble Islands Rd/ Stony Creek, CT 06405/ (203) 488-8702

For more info visit www.shorelineartstrail.comOr download the brochure:


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-Woods

Opening Reception:

Friday, November 13th from 5:00 – 8:00pm


(image: Art quilts by Shelly Brucar, Leslie Carabas and Marie Jensen)

Artistry2009Postcard1ARTISTRY, Annual Holiday Sale of Fine Craft & Art: Discount offered for Members of the Guilford Art Center

 This year will be the 31st annual Artistry show featuring a wide-ranging assembly of crafts in many price ranges, including ceramics, candles, glass, fine art, metal, jewelry, fiber, wood, ornaments, cards, condiments, soap, leather, toys, and more. All proceeds benefit the Guilford Art Center, its school and gallery programs.  

Artistry 2009 runs November 13th - January 3rd   


During MEMBERS' WEEKEND November 13th – 15th, GAC Members receive 15% off all items, and a discount of 10% throughout the rest of sale.

Shoreline Arts Trail: Open Studios Weekend at the Guilford Art Center November 21st & 22nd

Vivika DeNegre’s open studio will be held at the Art Center from 10:00am – 4:00pm and will feature a new line of birds as well as a new series of modern linear works.

Linda Zimmerman’s open studio will be at her home in Madison CT, just 5 miles from the Guilford Art Center.  Linda’s studio is located at 66 Bishop Lane/ Madison, CT/ 06443


Zimmerman_greenchallengeDETAILSisters in Cloth present their annual show including the “Green Challenge” at the Guilford Free Library

On display December 1st – 31st 

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 Adams,  Linda Zimmerman, Diane M. Wright, Ruth Anne Olson, Carol Ludington, Yvette Howard and Vivika DeNegre.

 Image: Green Challenge entry (detail) by Linda Zimmerman

New Book by SAQA-CT Artist Dawn Allen

Attention cat lovers, practitioners of meditation and fans of fiber art! SAQA-CT artist Dawn Allen has published a new book The A...