Friday, December 31, 2010

Teaching Opportunities at CT Piecemakers Quilt Guild

CTPiecemakersLOGOThe Connecticut Piecemakers' Quilt Guild was formed in 1981 by a small group of Trumbull, CT women who gathered in local homes to share their quilting.  Originally named "The Trumbull Piecemakers", the club has grown to about 200 members, who live mostly throughout the State of Connecticut.

The club meets monthly from September to June to share workshops, lectures, "show and tell" and to exchange ideas and knowledge. Meetings are now held on Monday mornings, once a month, at the Calvary Church, Trumbull, CT .  It is usually the second Monday of the month, but please check the calendar.   The Piecemakers also maintain a lending library of quilt related books and materials for it's members and is a non-profit organization. 

Membership in the Connecticut Piecemakers Quilt Guild is open to anyone who loves quilting. 

Meetings are held at

Calvary Church

498 White Plains Road

Trumbull, CT 06611

Interested in teaching a workshop for the CT Piecemakers Quilt Guild?

Contact Gayle Brown 203-254-7440 or gayleebrown@gmail.com

Friday, December 17, 2010

“Double-Take: Photo and Fiber” New Exhibition by Sisters in Cloth

MarthaWolfe_TigerLily The Guilford-based fiber art group Sisters in Cloth will team up with photographer Rosemary DeLucco-Alpert in a show entitled "Double-Take: Photo and Fiber". 

Fifteen of Rose's captivating floral photographs have been interpreted by the Sisters’ fiber artists.   There are two quilts for every photo: an 18" X 24" piece accompanied by an 8" square detail.

The image shown here is one of Martha Wolfe’s interpretations of “Tiger Lily”.  Check out Martha’s blog for more details about her work on this project, including images of her 8” detail piece.

The show will debut in February at the Haskins Laboratories at Yale, New Haven, CT.

 Sisters in Cloth member Diane Wright explains,

“This show represents a departure from our usual presentation style... and a giant leap in making our artwork more accessible to galleries.  We are mounting our quilts, all 32 of them, then using black "float frames" for hanging.  The photographer's pieces will also be framed, adding to the overall unity of the exhibition.  The result will be an absolutely stunning display of consistency and beauty in photo and fiber”.

The Sisters in Cloth include SAQA-CT members: Linda Zimmerman, Diane Wright, Ruth Anne Olson, Carol Ludington, Gail Kotowski, Yvette Howard, Vivika DeNegre, Debbie Bento and Barbara C. Adams.

Call for Entries: DHM Digital Gallery “Collections of One” – Early Deadline Jan. 1, 2011

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Do you make functional quilts, wall dividers, fiber art vases, bowls or baskets?

Collections of One is a juried portfolio competition open to all applied artists age 18 or above, working in the US and abroad. Winning designers will have a portfolio of their work featured on the DHM Digital Gallery website for a period of three months.

Entrants should send a CD containing digital images of between 12 and 20 original one-of-a kind functional objects, all constructed from the material of their chosen category. These works must have been completed within the preceding ten years (2000 through 2010), and be the creations of the submitter. Evaluation will be based upon the creative uniqueness, diversity and originality of the work, evidence of excellence in craftsmanship, and quality of the photographic images.

Exhibition of accepted work will include notation of the artist's name and either an e-mail address or website address (as preferred), to facilitate independent sales of work.

THE RULES:
All submitted works must be functional objects typically used within interior spaces that also exhibit unique, innovative, inspirational, creative artistry. Submitters must identify the primary material from which the portfolio of work is constructed. Entries will be evaluated against others made from that same material. Acceptable material categories are fiber/paper, wood, metal, clay, glass/plastic, and stone/concrete. Examples of appropriate objects include furnishings (hard and soft), utensils, containers, fixtures, and other objects that enhance function and physical comfort within interior spaces. Works selected for display within the DHM Digital Gallery will exhibit nontraditional, innovative design.

Not eligible for submission are the fine arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.); objects that are purely decorative; works that are representative of functional objects but are not, themselves, functional; objects that are mass produced; photography; video; architecture or architectural drawings; graphic designs; lighting designs (i.e., the projection of illumination in space); or functional objects not typically used within interior spaces.

For more information visit: The DHM Digital Gallery

Thursday, December 16, 2010

“Volusia Wrapped in Fiber” – Deadline EXTENDED to December 21, 2010

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DEADLINE -- December 21, 2010 at midnight
SAQA and SDA Artists – If you wanted to enter but couldn’t get something ready by the 15th, here is your chance. Get your entries into Volusia Wrapped in Fiber by Tuesday, Dec. 21st, 2010 and take part in this unique fiber art event.

http://www.saqacallforentries3.com is the link to sign up for the exhibition - you do not have to log in to sign up. This is open to all SAQA and SDA artists and to other artists by invitation.

sdalogoQuilt artists are encouraged to present works where they are reaching outside the terminology of a quilt. Surface Design artists are asked to show works that use various materials in a fiber technique (i.e. weaving with wire) or to stretch their fiber techniques to new boundaries. 3-D, free-standing works, ceiling hangings, wall hangings, and other non-traditional works will be accepted.

We are looking for the exceptional works that you created but can't find a gallery that will work with you. We have 16-20 foot ceilings in Gateway - lots of room to float your art - and hundreds of feet for hanging art on walls or putting them on pedestals....If you made it with any type of fiber or used a fiber technique to create it, it fits our definition of acceptable works. No three layers connected by stitches necessary for this fiber extravaganza! But those are certainly acceptable too!

Juror: Pamela Allen

Curators: Mary McBride MaryMcBrideArts@gmail.com and Judy Gilmer

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Volusia Wrapped in Fiber – Deadline for Entries is TODAY

SAQA-21yearsDEADLINE -- December 15, 2010 at midnight Eastern!
SAQA and SDA Artists – Get your entries into Volusia Wrapped in Fiber today

http://www.saqacallforentries3.com is the link to sign up for the exhibition - you do not have to log in to sign up! This is open to all SAQA and SDA artists as well as an invitation to special artists. 

sdalogoVolusia County was the first area in Central Florida to exhibit art quilts as fine art. The area has become a site for many fiber gatherings and exhibitions. This program will introduce other venues to the fiber arts and exhibit the creative growth in the fiber arts. Artists are expected to create and display their innovative works featuring textile techniques with unusual materials or common materials used in unique ways. There are a total of five venues but only two featuring Studio Art Quilt Associates and Surface Design Associates.

Quilt artists are encouraged to present works where they are reaching outside the terminology of a quilt. Surface Design artists are asked to show works that use various materials in a fiber technique (i.e. weaving with wire) or to stretch their fiber techniques to new boundaries. 3-D, free-standing works, ceiling hangings, wall hangings, and other non-traditional works will be accepted.

We are looking for the exceptional works that you created but can't find a gallery that will work with you. We have 16-20 foot ceilings in Gateway - lots of room to float your art - and hundreds of feet for hanging art on walls or putting them on pedestals....If you made it with any type of fiber or used a fiber technique to create it, it fits our definition of acceptable works. No three layers connected by stitches necessary for this fiber extravaganza! But those are certainly acceptable too!

Juror:  Pamela Allen

Curators: Mary McBride MaryMcBrideArts@gmail.com and Judy Gilmer

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sacred Threads (Washington DC) – Call for Entries Opens Jan 9, 2011

Call for entries will be open January 9 - March 9, 2011

Open to ALL quilters in the United States and Canada.  Click here for the show prospectus.

SacredThreads

Sacred Threads is an exhibition of quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing. This biennial exhibition was established to provide a safe venue for quilters  who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey.

The objective is to create a dignified exhibition of artwork that touches on both spiritual and personal levels all those who view it. We want to share with others the experiences of quilters whose stories may be a source of healing and strength.

Entries to Sacred Thread Exhibitions are juried in by images for purposes of space and suitability of theme only. Works are not judged.

The 2011 show will be juried by Sue Reno, Sue Pierce and Diane Herbort.

Special Announcement: Sacred Threads is adding a separate, special exhibit call for entries for the 2011 show. We are looking for liturgical pieces that are 18"- 60" wide and 30" in length. The host venue, Church of the Epiphany, is interested in purchasing pieces for permanent installation. Click here for the details.

Sacred Threads 2011 will be in the Washington D.C. area from June 22, to July 4, 2011.

Lisa Ellis and Christine Adams (Co-Chairs)

For more information, go to the Sacred Threads website at www.sacredthreadsquilts.com.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

CT Artists to Exhibit Work at West Windsor Arts Council (Princeton Junction, NJ)

Artwork by members of “Fiber Revolution”, including SAQA-CT members Barbara McKie, Norma Schlager and Kate Themel, will be on display at the West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.  

An Opening Reception on January 8 from 4 – 6:30 PM including a Gallery Talk by artist Kevan Lunney will kick off the exhibition, which runs from January 8 through February 27, 2011.

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(Image: “Echos of Past Encounters” by Eileen Lauterborn)

Fiber Revolution

at the West Windsor Arts Council

West Windsor Arts Council
952 Alexander Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Gallery Hours: Sat & Sun 2 – 4 PM

 

Participating artists: Virginia Abrams, Natalya Aikens, Benedicte Caneill, Lisa Chipetine, Rachel B. Cochran, Melissa C. Fowler, Cindy Friedman, Jutta Halpin, Gloria Hansen, Eileen Lauterborn, Katharina Litchman, Kevan Rupp Lunney, Barbara Barrick McKie, Judith Plotner, Carol Sara Schepps, Norma Schlager, Deborah Schwartzman, Kate Themel, Gwyned Trefethen, Melitta VanderBrooke and Carolyn Lee Vehslage.

For directions and parking information go to: www.westwindsorarts.org

For more about Fiber Revolution visit: www.fiberrevolution.com

Thursday, December 9, 2010

2010 Trunk Show Quilts: On Sale Now at the SAQA Store

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The Trunk Show art quilts were developed to showcase the work of SAQA members, and as a way to introduce art quilt techniques and genres to people who were unfamiliar with the medium.  They traveled extensively over the past two years as ambassadors for the art quilt.

Now you can own one of these beautiful pieces of fiber art by shopping at The SAQA STORE.  There are some very lovely pieces available but they are selling fast!  Examples (clockwise from top left) include artwork by BJ Adams, Carol Larson, Diane Wright, Jill Jensen, Linda Miller and Susan Willen. 

Each piece is professionally matted in a 12” square archival mat with an 8” square opening, and is protected by a fitted glassine envelope.  You’ll find the artist's statement, materials, and techniques listed on the back of the matt.  Perfectly preserved and ready to display in your home or office.

Also makes a great holiday gift idea!  

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Opening Reception Tomorrow Night: “TEXTile” at Guilford Library

Connecticut fiber artist collaborative Sisters in Cloth Presents:

TEXTileA special exhibition of Fiber Art at the Guilford Free Library

Opening Reception Thursday, December 9th 2010 from 5 – 8 PM(image: detail by Diane Wright)

The Sisters in Cloth’s latest exhibit is on display now through December 30, 2010.

TEXTile is the result of a group challenge posed to all members and former members: create an art quilt inspired by the word "WORD".  Meant to be translated very broadly, the basic requirement was that a word or text had to be contained somewhere within the piece.

Ten current members and two past members have contributed work: Barb Adams, Debbie Bento, Vivika DeNegre, Yvette Howard, Evelyn Judson, Gail Kotowski, Carol Ludington, Ruth Anne Olson, Marie Shepherd, Martha Wolfe, Diane Wright and Linda Zimmerman.

(Image: details of work by Gail Kotowski, Martha Wolfe, Yvette Howard and Diane Wright)

Please come to the Opening Reception tomorrow night!

Sisters in Cloth are being joined in celebration by two photographers, Mark Janke and Mary Ann Flick, whose exhibition will be showcased in the outer galleries.

The Guilford Free Library

67 Park Street

Guilford, CT 06437

203-453-8282

http://www.guilfordfreelibrary.org/

Call for Submissions from Guilford Art Center: “Bowls” – Deadline Jan 31, 2011

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Bowls

Call for Submissions

Bowls: common, open-top containers, dishes or basins, often round and rather deep, used in many cultures chiefly for holding liquids and food.

One of the simplest, most ancient, and most elemental forms, bowls have been created and recreated by artists and artisans through the ages as objects variously or simultaneously functional, sculptural, decorative, utilitarian, and more.

This exhibit will explore what continues to be new and vital about this form, and submitted work is encouraged to explore its many aspects.

Jurors: Pam Erickson and Richard Davis

Eligibility: This exhibition is open to bowls in any media, including mixed media. All submitted work must be three dimensional.  Open to all U.S. residents.

Awards: $500 in prizes to be awarded by the jurors.

Entries: Each artist may submit up to three (3) works. Each work may be represented by two separate images: one full view and one detail view. Work must be submitted in high resolution digital format. For each entry please note: Title; Media; Size/Dimensions; Retail price or not for sale/insurance value.

Email entries to: gallery@guilfordartcenter.org.

Entry Fee: $25.00. Includes up to three (3) submissions. Make check payable to Guilford Art Center and mail to 411 Church Street, Guilford, CT 06437. Or call the Center with credit card number (203-453-5947). Payment must be received for entries to be eligible.

Entry Deadline: January 31. Digital images and entry fee must be received by this date.

Show Schedule:

Application due: January 31, 2011

Artist Notification: February 14, 2011

Receiving: March 7-11, 2011 (10am-4pm)

Opening reception: March 18, 2011 (5-7pm)

Closing: April 22, 2011

For more information please contact Guilford Art Center at 203-453-5947, or visit www.guilforartcenter.org.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bellinis & Brie at BAC Next Weekend (Branford Artists Cooperative, Branford CT)

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Friday Dec. 17, 6 - 9 pm
Bellinis & Brie @ BAC!

Saturday Dec. 18, 10 - 4
Open House

Dear Friends,

Kristin Merrill & Owen Sea Luckey Toast BAC

Please join us next weekend!
Owen Sea Luckey is a Branford textile artist who pushes the boundaries of knitting and sewing with her whimsical holes, sumptuous textures and embellishments on scarves and recycled garments.

Artist Laura Lyons raises sheep on her farm in Madison, Connecticut. After her sheep are sheared, she washes, picks, cards, dyes and spins the wool. From this wool she creates unique and irresistible needle felted animals and wall pieces.

Kristin Merrill is a Branford artist who likes to create pieces from natural materials from the sea and land, with sterling, semi precious stone and pearl jewelry and wood and mixed media sculpture.
We look forward to seeing you!
Kristin & Owen

Branford Artists Cooperative (BAC) provides working studio space and art exhibits
to the public. BAC fosters the development of local artists and promotes arts in the community.

Branford Artists Cooperative

211 Montowese Street

Branford, CT

Our hours are Tuesday & Thursday 10-3 and by appointment.

Call us at 203-589-6995 to browse our work off-hours. We are at BAC at random times!

Monday, December 6, 2010

This is a Quilt! SAQA's Traveling Trunk Show – Deadline for Entries Jan 21, 2011

SAQA-21years Open to all SAQA members 
Deadline for Entries:  January 21, 2011

Theme:  This is a Quilt!

How do we as SAQA members explain what we do - create quilts - without people immediately thinking of a nine-patch that goes on your bed? By example, of course! SAQA defines an art quilt as "a contemporary artwork exploring and expressing aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, assemblage and sculpture, which retains, through materials or technique, a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descends."

This definition is purposely broad to accommodate the wondrous and exciting art quilts SAQA members are creating.

Create one piece that constitutes an art quilt as defined above. All work will be
photographed, matted, and prepared for exhibition by SAQA. The SAQA
exhibition committee hopes to publish some or all of the quilts in a book
exploring the diversity of art quilts. All quilts will be returned to the artist after the
travel schedule has ended.

Minimum 9" per side, maximum 11" per side. The pieces will be matted behind
a 12" white or off-white mat with an 8" square opening in the center. Only 8" sq.
of your quilt will be visible. Because the artwork will be behind a mat, the edges
need not be finished. A very small number of three-dimensional pieces may be
included. Please contact the curators for details.

Curators: Deb Cashatt (deb@pixeladies.com) and Kris Sazaki (kris@pixeladies.com)
The full prospectus is available in
pdf format.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Holiday Shopping? Fiber Art Makes a Statement and a Great Gift

Check out these fiber art shows & sales near you:

Shelton, CT:

OPEN STUDIO:  December 4th from 10:00 – 4:00

Quilt Designer and Fiber Artist Carol Eaton

Carol R. Eaton Designs

43 Autumn Ridge Road

Shelton, CT 06484

Shop from a unique line of hand-painted and hand-dyed fabric, art cloth, project packets, silk scarves and shawls, as well as unique one of a kind wall quilts.   Cash and Checks only!

Demonstration Schedule:

Needle Felting: 11:00

Snippet Technique: 1:00

Embellishing Art Cloth: 3:00

More Info at: www.CarolREatonDesigns.com

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Madison, CT:

clip_image002Needle and Brush, features the artwork of art quilter Diane Wright and calligrapher/painter Maureen Squires. 

The show runs from now until January 4th at Friends & Company Restaurant.   Grab a bite while you shop for art!

Friends & Company

11 Boston Post Rd.

Madison, CT

(203)245-0462

Dinner:  Sunday thru Thursday:  4:30-9:00 / Friday and Saturday:  4:30-10:00

Sunday Brunch:  11:00-2:00

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Guilford, CT:

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Now until January 9, 2011

ARTISTRY is the Guilford Art Center's annual holiday sale of fine art and crafts and includes artists from throughout the nation, and presents the perfect opportunity for purchasing distinctive and unusual holiday gifts

The Guilford Art Center

411 Church Street

Guilford, CT

Artistry hours: are Monday–Saturday 10 am–6 pm, and Thursday 10 am–8 pm, Sunday 12-5 pm

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

You Are Invited: SAQA-CT Regional Meeting Feb 12th 2011, Open to All

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SAQA-CT would like to invite you to an Open Regional Meeting. 

We will gather at the Windsor Art Center (WAC) in Windsor, CT on Saturday February 12, 2011 at 10 AM.   SAQA Members from all over New England, New York and New Jersey as well as members of the public are welcome to attend.

This meeting will coincide with the “Identity in Fiber” Exhibition, which runs from January 22 – March 5, 2011 at WAC. 

We will be meeting during the Windsor Art Center’s normal business hours, so members of the public will be walking though and are welcome to participate.  People may ask questions or just listen & see what we’re about. 

RAOlson_TomorrowMayBeTooLateFiber Artists: Please feel free to bring something to work on while you sit.  Knitting, hand quilting, embroidery… anything that can be done neatly & quietly and does not require special equipment or set up.

The meeting will include our usual “Show & Tell”, a gallery talk with “Identity in Fiber” participating artists, and a boxed lunch. 

The cost of lunch will probably be somewhere around $8 - 10.   Check the blog for updates as details are confirmed.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to SAQA-CT Co-Rep Kate Themel

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We hope you’ll join us!

Windsor Art Center

40 Mechanic Street

Windsor, CT

http://www.windsorartcenter.org/

(Images from the Identity in Fiber Exhibition: from the top, “Archaeology: Hand of the Artist #26” by Carolyn Lee Vehslage; “Tomorrow May Be Too Late by Ruth Anne Olson and “Generations” by Judith Plotner)

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In case of a snow cancellation, the backup date is Sunday, February 20th at 11 AM.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Artists Announced for “SAQA: Beyond Comfort”

SAQA has announced their final list of artists and titles for the “Beyond Comfort” Exhibition.

SAQA-21yearsThis exhibit challenges each artist to venture into uncharted territories of creative expression by turning away from the comfort zones of their established body of work. It provides a "permission slip" to experiment fearlessly with radically new conceptual and narrative agendas; to employ techniques, technologies, or materials. The artistic goal of the exhibition is to encourage reaching beyond comfort to make new and unexpected works of art.

SAQA-CT members Diane Wright and Kate Themel are among the 26 artists who will have work on tour with the exhibition. 

Juror and Editor of Fiberarts Magazine Marci McDade selected 30 quilts from the 209 submitted.  A complete list of artists and titles can be found on SAQA’s website: http://www.saqa.com/hotnews.php?ID=248

The exhibition, curated by Eileen Doughty, will premiere at the Festival of Quilts at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK in August 2011.  The Festival of Quilts (organized with the support of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles) has earned a reputation over the past eight years as the largest, most inspiring quilting event in Europe. 

After its premiere in UK, the “Beyond Comfort” exhibition will be on tour for a year.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Jury is IN: Artists Selected for “SAQA: No Holds Barred”

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Norma Schlager and Rosalind Spann will represent Connecticut in SAQA’s "No Holds Barred" Exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum.  The show’s theme: A survey showcasing the breadth and depth of work being created by SAQA artists residing in the six New England states.   The exhibition will run from January 20 – April 9, 2011. 

Opening Reception Saturday January 29, 2011 from 1 – 4 PM.

Congratulations to Norma and Rosalind, and to all the artists who entered artwork for this show.  A complete list of all participating artists can be found on the “No Holds Barred” Exhibition blog: http://saqane2011news.blogspot.com/

“A huge thanks to all who participated, supported, encouraged, ran errands, picked up supplies, and stayed up late keeping all who worked tirelessly and were able to make the deadline. There is so much that goes on in the background that folks miss but is not going unsung here today. Again thank you all who went for it. Results…There were 115 quilts entered by fifty two artists. Our artists reside in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

We had a note worthy group of seasoned professionals who participated in the jurying. As the process went from beginning to end of the submissions - numerous times, a harmony of works began to form. While the process was everything I hoped for regrettably all entries could not be juried in.

There are plans being worked out right now to produce a catalogue. Watch for exciting news and the special way we plan to acknowledge all our artists. We are all excited and pleased with the way this exhibit is coming together. We hope that you will be able to attend the Opening Reception on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Watch for News from the NEQM about all the events that will take place during the exhibit. Come out and see your works in the museum. Come out and support your fellow SAQA members.” 

~Valarie Poitier, “No Holds Barred” Exhibition Curator and SAQA-MA Rep

New England Quilt Museum

18 Shattuck Street

Lowell, MA 01852

http://www.nequiltmuseum.org

 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

THIS WEEKEND: Don’t Miss CT’s Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studios

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Open Studios Weekend
November 20–21, 2010, 10 am–4 pm

Let the yellow “Open Studio” signs lead the way. Meet the artists. Discover the unique works that the Connecticut shoreline has to offer.  

Don’t miss your fellow SAQA-CT artists Vivika DeNegre, Diane Wright and Linda Zimmerman, who will be exhibiting their work at the Guilford Art Center for Open Studios Weekend.

Check the locations on the Shoreline Open Studios MAP

Brochures with maps are also available in the following locations: Branford, Stony Creek, Guilford and Madison Libraries, Martha Link Walsh Gallery in Branford, Guilford Art Center, and Chroma Gallery in Guilford.


View Shoreline Arts Trail 2010 in a larger map

Monday, November 15, 2010

“Needle and Brush” – New Exhibition at Friends & Co. Featuring Diane Wright

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Needle and Brush, features the artwork of art quilter Diane Wright and calligrapher/painter Maureen Squires.  It is the newest exhibit at Madison restaurant Friends & Company and will be on display from now until January 4th.

Situated directly on the East River, Friends offers a lovely view, great food, and a wonderful place to meet up with your friends. 

Friends & Company

11 Boston Post Rd.

Madison, CT

(203)245-0462

Dinner:  Sunday thru Thursday:  4:30-9:00 / Friday and Saturday:  4:30-10:00

Sunday Brunch:  11:00-2:00

To learn more about Diane Wright and her work, visit her blog at: http://dianewrightquilts.blogspot.com/

 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Carol Eaton Open Studio December 4th

OPEN STUDIO: December 4th from 10:00 – 4:00BLOGEaton_WateringCanDetail

Carol R. Eaton Designs

Quilt Designer – Fiber Artist

Demonstration Schedule:

Needle Felting: 11:00

Snippet Technique: 1:00

Embellishing Art Cloth: 3:00

Shop from a unique line of hand painted and hand dyed fabric, art cloth,

project packets, silk scarves and shawls, as well as unique wall quilts!

43 Autumn Ridge Road, Shelton, CT 06484 – www.CarolREatonDesigns.com

Cash and Checks only!

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Catherine Whall Smith to be Featured on CTV “Artists and Authors”

Catherine Whall Smith will be featured in a 30 minute interview with CTV 14’s Stephanie Summers.

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The show will play the week of November 14.

Monday, November 15 @ 4pm

Thursday, November 18 @ 9pm

Saturday, November 20 @ 11am

A 30-minute interview featuring artists and authors in Northeast Connecticut

Catherine Whall Smith

www.catherinewhallsmith.com

Fiber Artist

www.ctv14.com

You can also see the show on the Charter website (www.ctv14.com). It'll be up after it airs and then for at least four weeks. At the website, click on "watch" and then in the upper left, where you see "all folders" click on Artists & Authors.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Fiber Art Events this Month

November is a great month for fiber art in the New England/ New York area.  Check out these exhibitions and fine art sales near you:

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November 9 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Museum of American Finance (New York, NY)

Soiree, Artists & Authors Reception

Muriel Stockdale will be displaying her newest E Pluribus flag

MUSEUM OF AMERICAN FINANCE
48 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Tel: 212.908.4110
Fax: 212.908.4601
http://www.moaf.org/events/general/evt_20101109

November 10 at 12:50 PM in Lecture Hall 1, SUNY Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY)

Muriel Stockdale will give an Artist Talk on the Creative Process

CHARLES B. WANG ASIAN ART CENTER
SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook NY
For more information see:
http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/wang/events

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November 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at The Gallery at Blue Black Square (West Hartford, CT)

The West Hartford Art League presents “Out of the Loop”, their first annual fiber art show, juried by Ed Johnetta Fowler Miller 

The Gallery at Blue Black Square – (near REI and Cheesecake Factory)

69 Raymond Road

West Hartford, CT

http://www.westhartfordart.org/

“Out of the Loop” runs from November 11th - Dec 5th, 2010

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Friday, November 12, 6-9pm

Candlelight Opening:

A tradition at FVAC kicking off the holiday season with a special event.  Festivities include Open Studios and Galleries, live music, refreshments, with a live interactive community sculpture installation.

Open Studios and Galleries:

Friday and Saturday, November 12 & 13
Twenty studios and two galleries host regional and national artists exhibiting paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber and seat weaving.
New for 2010 - seven visiting artists joining FVAC from the
Simsbury Open Studio group.

Open Studios will also run November 6, 13, 20, 27/ December 4, 11
10am - 4pm

Farmington Valley Arts Center

25 Arts Center Lane

Avon, CT 06001

http://artsfvac.org/

Studio Space is available! 

Direct questions concerning the Artists' Studio Program to FVAC (860) 678.1867 or email FVartscenter@gmail.com.

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November 20 –21, 2010

Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studios Weekend (CT Shoreline) a multi media event that spans Guilford, North Guilford, Madison and Branford, CT. 

CLICK HERE for the Shoreline Arts Trail brochure and Map

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November 26 – 28, 2010

Open Studio Weekend at  SmithStitch Studio (Chaplin, CT)

Catherine Whall Smith opens her studio to visitors Friday – Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day.

44 Chaplin Street

Chaplin, CT 06235

Find out more about Smith and her work at http://catherinewhallsmith.com/

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Artistry, Fine Art Exhibition & Sale (Guilford, CT)

The Guilford Art Center

411 Church Street

Guilford, CT

Artistry hours: are Monday–Saturday 10 am–6 pm, and Thursday 10 am–8 pm, Sunday 12-5 pm

The exhibition will be up from now until January 9, 2011

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Connecticut Women Artists Members Juried Show

Gallery 53, home of the Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden

53 Colony Street

Meriden, CT

http://gallery53.org/

The exhibit will be up from now until December 3, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Artists Announced for “Out of the Loop” West Hartford Art League

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MickeyLawler_BoreasBLOGThe West Hartford Art League presents “Out of the Loop”, their first annual fiber art show

Juried by Ed Johnetta Fowler Miller 

“Out of the Loop” runs from November 11th - Dec 5th, 2010

The Gallery at Blue Black Square – (near REI and Cheesecake Factory)

69 Raymond Road, West Hartford

http://www.westhartfordart.org/

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DianeCadrain_TroutBrookBLOGThe show will include work by some of our own SAQA-CT artists:

Mickey Lawler Boreas (image, upper right)

Diane Cadrain Trout Brook (image, middle right)

Barbara Corrigan Hush (image, lower right)

Phyllis Small French/American

Catherine Smith Yellow Series #2

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Click here for the full list of participating artists:

http://www.westhartfordart.org/storage/accepted%20work.pdfBarbCorrigan_Hush

 

Friday, October 29, 2010

IQF Quilt Scene Magazine Features Vivika DeNegre’s Design

News from SAQA-CT artist Vivika DeNegre:

Coming soon to a news stand near you, International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene Magazine is featuring a new design of mine for a fast and fun contemporary table runner.  I am looking forward to receiving my advance copy and see which version of the runner they will be showcasing. 

One was made with Laura Wasilowski and Malka Dabrowski hand dyed fabrics (two of my favorite textile dyers).  Another used interesting stamped and jacquard African fabrics from Cultured Expressions, and a third was made with gorgeous fabric from the Kaffe Fasset collection.  Which ever version the editors chose, we can be sure that the photography was beautiful and the project will be well presented.  The visual presentation in all Quilting Arts publications is so beautiful, it is one of the reasons I love writing for them and subscribing to their magazines.

Learn more about the artist and her work at: Vivika DeNegre Art Quilts

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Call for Entries: “Volusia: Wrapped in Fiber” – Online Entry Opens Nov. 15, 2010

“Volusia: Wrapped in Fiber"
Two Concurrent Locations open to ALL SAQA & SDA members:

Location 1: Gateway Center for the Arts

880 N. 17-92, DeBary, Florida

Dates: February 15 - April 2, 2011

 

Location 2: Rose Room Gallery, Peabody Auditorium

600 Auditorium Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida

Dates: March 10 - April 27, 2011

Related Exhibitions: Three other sites between January 3 and April 29, 2011

Theme: Volusia Wrapped in Fiber

Volusia County was the first area in Central Florida to exhibit art quilts as fine art. The area has become a site for many fiber gatherings and exhibitions. This program will introduce other venues to the fiber arts and exhibit the creative growth in the fiber arts. Artists are expected to create and display their innovative works featuring textile techniques with unusual materials or common materials used in unique ways. There are a total of five venues but only two featuring Studio Art Quilt Associates and Surface Design Associates.

Quilt artists are encouraged to present works where they are reaching outside the terminology of a quilt. Surface Design artists are asked to show works that use various materials in a fiber technique (i.e. weaving with wire) or to stretch their fiber techniques to new boundaries. 3-D, free-standing works, ceiling hangings, wall hangings, and other non-traditional works will be accepted.

Juror:  Pamela Allen

Curators: Mary McBride MaryMcBrideArts@gmail.com and Judy Gilmer  
SAQA Members: Entry is by digital images only, using SAQA’s online system. 

Click here for Prospectus

November 15, 2010      Online entry opens (link will be provided here)
December 15, 2010       Online Entry Final Day - Deadline at 11:59 pm EST

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Diane Wright’s Art Quilts Selected for Connecticut Women Artists Exhibition

SAQA CT Co-Rep Diane Wright will be very busy this November! 

Two of Diane’s art quilts, Abstraction 1 and Crow have been selected for Connecticut Women Artists' "2010 Members Juried Show".

Connecticut Women Artists will host an Opening Reception on Saturday, November 6, from 2 – 4 PM

Gallery 53, home of the Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden

53 Colony Street

Meriden, CT

http://gallery53.org/

The exhibit will be up until December 3, 2010

Wright is also participating in the Shoreline Arts Trail.  This year, you can preview the Open Studios Weekend at the Guilford Art Center. Works from all 37 participating artists will be exhibited as part of Artistry, the Center’s annual holiday sale of fine art and crafts. 

The two-month Shoreline Arts Trail exhibition will kick off with an opening reception on Thursday, November 4, from 5 – 8 PM

The Guilford Art Center

411 Church Street

Guilford, CT

Artistry hours: are Monday–Saturday 10 am–6 pm, and Thursday 10 am–8 pm, Sunday 12-5 pm

The exhibition will run until January 9, 2011

Unfortunately Diane can’t be in all places at once.  From November 4 – 7, she will be in Houston, Texas at the International Quilt Festival, participating in a Gallery Talk.  The gallery talk is in support of the  SAQA:Creative Force exhibition of fiber art, which premieres at IQF. 

Fortunately, she will be back in Connecticut in time for the Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studios Weekend, November 20 –21, 2010Diane Wright and fellow SAQA CT artists Linda Zimmerman and Vivika DeNegre are participating in this year’s Shoreline Arts Trail, a multi media event that spans Guilford, North Guilford, Madison and Branford, CT.  CLICK HERE for the Shoreline Arts Trail brochure and Map

Congratulations and Good Luck, Diane!  Hope you get a chance to rest… maybe sometime in December!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Attention, Budding Fiber Artists: Quilt Critique.com is Now a Free Service

www.QUILTCRITIQUE.COM: A FREE EVALUATION SERVICE TO THE QUILTING COMMUNITY!

WATCH & LEARN!

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A Message From Sandra Sider and Lisa Chipetine:

Many of you are tired of having your studio quilts rejected by juried shows, museums, and galleries. Let us take a look at what you are doing and make a few suggestions. Or perhaps you are moving in a new direction and looking for some focused feedback.
Your quilt will be professionally evaluated by
Sandra Sider, a leading specialist in contemporary quilt art. Quilt artist Lisa Chipetine is our online Producer. Because these are online programs, you never have to leave your home or studio!

QuiltCritiques are intended to improve:

  • Color sense
  • Composition
  • Your own critical abilities

We have formulated basic design principles specific to quilt art, which are available here (QuiltCritique Design Guidelines).

If you would like to have your quilt critiqued, please email Sandra Sider with the following:

Attached photo: full view image (300 dpi preferred) in jpeg format
Attached photo: detail image (300 dpi preferred) in jpeg format
Work in progress or finished work?
Approximate finished dimensions (height x width x depth)
Year completed
Issues/Problems
Technique
Materials
Artist Inspiration

PLEASE NOTE:
All Artists will remain anonymous in the critiques; the recorded critique evaluation programs will be posted publicly, for free at www.quiltcritique.com. Sandra Sider and Lisa Chipetine retain copyright on their audio recordings, which may not be copied without permission. By emailing your images to Sandra, you grant Sandra and Lisa the non-exclusive right to reproduce your images in any format whatsoever and publish/broadcast to the public. We will email you back and let you know in which recorded session your work will appear!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Support Fiber Art in New England: Donate an 8 x 10 Art Quilt to NEQM

Attention Fiber Artists of New England:

As part of the "No Holds Barred" show at the New England Quilt Museum, many artists in the SAQA New England regions have agreed to contribute small art quilts.

IMPORTANT:  The donated 8x10 art quilts will be part of a special exhibit and fundraiser for NEQM which will run in conjunction to the “No Holds Barred” show.  However you are NOT required to have work in “No Holds Barred” to make a donation.  ANYONE can send an 8x10 donation to support the museum. 

The small art quilts that are to be donated are to be matted by the artist. The museum will put them in plastic envelopes for exhibiting in the museums' gift shop. A very gracious SAQA member has donated the plastic sleeves for our artwork.

The mat should be 11" x 14" on the OUTSIDE. The inside OPENING should be about 8" x 10". Your art quilt should fit into the opening. Your name, title of piece, website, blog, email and/or phone number should be printed on the back of the mat, so a possible customer could contact you. It is a good idea to include that information on the back of your art quilt as well, in the event that it may get separated from the mat. The gift shop manager will be pricing the work.

The museum would like all of the donated pieces to be there before December 31, 2010. Here is a link to the mats that are available on the Dick Blick site:

http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-ready-mat-singles/

If your piece has embellishments, you should mat it with a double mat to give it more depth. The color doesn't matter, just choose what gives your art quilt the most pizzazz!

The museum is very grateful for our donations, and excited about this show. Let's show them our stuff!

The address for the museum is:

New England Quilt Museum

18 Shattuck St.

Lowell, MA 01852

Monday, October 11, 2010

Quilts by Ed Johnetta Miller at Hans Weiss Gallery (Manchester, CT) – Opens Oct. 28

 The Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery Presents:

Quilts By Ed Johnetta Miller

October 28 – December 2, 2010

EdJohnettaMiller_Come to the Opening Reception:

Thursday, Oct 28 at 6 pm

Arts, Sciences & Technology Center

Manchester Community College

Great Path

Manchester, CT 06040

For more information contact Susan Classen-Sullivan: 860-512-2693

http://www.mcc.commnet.edu/events.php

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Call for Entries: Brush Gallery Annual Members Show (Lowell, MA)

Brush Gallery Annual Members' Show

December 11, 2010 to January 29, 2011
Deadline for entry: November 9, 2010

AWARDS:
Best in Show: $200.00

JUROR:
James Veatch, Chairman, Art Department, University of Massachusetts Lowell

EXHIBITION: this juried members' exhibition will be a mix of paintings, collage, fiber, photography, drawings and sculpture. The opening reception will be held during our popular Holiday Marketplace Weekend.

ELIGIBILITY: open to all active members of the Brush Art Gallery -OR- the New England Sculptors Association (NESA)

SUBMISSION: Application is done on-line. Work will by juried from digital images on CD. Up to 3 pieces may be submitted. Where appropriate, 2 views of each piece may be provided. Application fee is only $15.00, but membership in the Brush Gallery or New England Sculptors Association is required.

You will be given an opportunity to apply for membership from either the Brush Gallery or the New England Sculptors Association. This is a good time to take out a membership as there will be no fewer than 4 juried exhibitions scheduled at the Brush over the next year, with deep discounts on application fees being offered to members.

COMMISSION: A 30% commission will be taken on all sales.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • November 9: Application, CD and payment due at Brush Gallery no later than 4:00 pm
  • November 16: Notification of jury results
  • December 2, 3 and 4: Delivery of work to Brush Gallery
  • December 11: Artists' Reception and exhibition opens to the public
  • January 29, 2011: Exhibition closes at 4:00
  • January 30 and Jan 31, Artwork pickup (noon - 4 PM); Shipped artwork returned.

GALLERY: The Brush Art Gallery is housed in a restored silk mill in the National Historical Park next to the Visitor Center. The complex, which was modeled on the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, houses a 2,000 square foot gallery for changing exhibitions by regional, national, and international artists, as well as studios for 15 resident artists and 22 associate artists. The gallery is handicapped-accessible.

The Brush Gallery & Artists Studios
256 Market St., Lowell, MA 01852
978-459-7819
info@thebrush.org

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS AND ON-LINE APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP, CLICK HERE.

Shoreline Arts Trail 2010 – Opens at Guilford Art Center November 4th

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Exhibition at the Guilford Art Center’s Artistry Holiday Sale

November 4, 2010 - January 9, 2011

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Preview work of all 37 members of the Shoreline ArtsTrail in an exhibit with Artistry at the Guilford Art Center, 411 Church Street, Guilford.

The two-month exhibition will kick off with an opening reception on Thursday, November 4, from 5 to 8 pm. Guilford Art Center Artistry hours: Mon–Sat 10 am–6 pm, Thurs 10 am–8 pm, Sun 12–5 pm, www.guilfordartcenter.org

Open Studio signOpen Studios Weekend

November 20–21, 2010, 10 am–4 pm

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Let the yellow Open Studio signs lead the way. Meet the artists. Discover the unique works that the Connecticut shoreline has to offer. For more information, download our brochure or call Martha Link Walsh at 203 481-3505.

 

Monday, October 4, 2010

SAQA Benefit Auction – Final Phase Begins Today at 2PM

The third and final phase of SAQA’s 2010 On Line Auction begins TODAY at 2:00 PM, with 96 fresh new quilts up for bid.  Included in Part 3 are quilts by each of SAQA’s four Presidents.

(Left to right, Top to bottom:  “Oh-O” by SAQA’s Founder and first President Yvonne Porcella, “Color Play” by Katie Pasquini Masopust, “Solstice” by Judith Content and “Stranger in My Garden” by current Pres. Lisa Chipetine)

Porcella - Oh O Pasquini Masopust - Color Play
Content - Solstice Chipetine - Stranger in my Garden

“How Can I Get One of These Beautiful Works of Fiber Art?”

You bid by filling out the online bid form (which is "live" now until the auction ends). You can bid on up to 7 pieces at a time. The first bid on each piece wins!  SAQA will then ship the artwork to the winning bidder by insured USPS Priority Mail.

If you missed the deadline to purchase a quilt from Part 1 or 2, there is still a chance for you to grab one.  Unsold pieces will be for sale at the SAQA Store through the end of October. If they are still unsold at that time, they will be returned to the artist.

The Auction ends October 9th, so enter your bid now!

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...