Showing posts from September, 2010

Ed Johnetta Miller: New Workshop at Guilford Art Center, Oct. 16 – 17, 2010

Making Magic With Fabrics
Ed Johnetta Miller

Saturday-Sunday October 16-17
10:00am - 4:00pm
Sign Up Today!
Students will explore surface design and learn the improvisational method of piecing as they create collages, wall hangings, note cards using fabrics from around the world. This workshop is a plus for anyone who uses fabrics for clothing, quilts, wall hangings and pillows. The instructor will have available for inspiration unique fabric samples from her private collection.
Students are encouraged to bring fabrics to share with the class.  
Tuition $200.00
Members $180.00
More about ED JOHNETTA MILLER: Ed Johnetta Miller is a fiber artist, teacher, independent curator, Arts Management Envoy from the U.S. to Cote d'Ivoire, Ivory Coast, Costa Rica and Zimbabwe. Her quilts are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, The Wadsworth Museum, Contemporary Quilt Museum, hospitals and corporations across the U.S.A.  Ed Johnetta has been featured on Simply Q…

Artsplace Teachers’ Art Show: Friday, Oct. 8th (Cheshire, CT)

Cheshire Performing & Fine Arts/ Artsplace presents:Teachers’ Art Show & SaleFriday October 8th5:00- 8:30 pmReception and RefreshmentsCPFA/ Artsplace (upstairs)1220 Waterbury RoadCheshire, CT 06410(203) 272-2787 / (203) 272-ARTShttp://cpfa-artsplace.orgSAQA artist Kate Themel is proud to have 2 quilts included in this special multi-media exhibition.  Her newest work “Weighing the Options” will be on public display for the first time and “Ode to a Kiss” is just back from the Whistler House Museum of Art (Lowell, MA).This Art Show & Sale is one night only.Please support Fine Art Education and come to Artsplace October 8th!

The Colors of Autumn: October is a Great Month for Fiber Art in Connecticut

"Delicious autumn!   My very soul is wedded to it, 
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth 
seeking the successive autumns."  
- George EliotAs people flock to New England to see the amazing colors in the changing leaves, don’t miss the beauty on display indoors!  Check out these colorful events in Connecticut this October:OCT. 1st, 6 – 8 PM: Opening Reception for “Intertwined” Fiber Art Invitational (show runs until Oct. 30)NAC Cooperative Gallery – 60 Broadway/ Norwich CTwww.norwicharts.orgOCT. 2nd: Fiber Art by Karen Loprete at the Left Bank Gallery (show runs through April 2011)LEFT BANK GALLERY – 10 Main St. / Essex, CTwww.leftbankgalleryessex.comOCT. 8th,  5 – 8:30 PM: Teachers’ Art Show & Sale at Artsplace (one night only)CPFA/ Artsplace, 1220 Waterbury Rd. / Cheshire CTwww.cpfa-artsplace.orgNow until OCT. 9th: Guilford Art League 63rd Annual Juried ExhibitionMILL GALLERY – 411 Church St. / Guilford, CT unt…

Artwork by Karen Loprete at Left Bank Gallery (Essex, CT)

Check Out the Fantastic Works of Fiber Art by Karen Lopreteat the Left Bank Gallery in Essex, CTExhibition begins this Saturday, October 2nd and continues through April, 2011.A 14 ft. wide section of the gallery will showcase Karen’s signature style: bold colors and extensive hand stitching work together to create dynamic and beautifully complex compositions.  (Image: Flower for You)LEFT BANK GALLERY10 Main StreetEssex Ct 06426860-767-0449www.leftbankgalleryessex.comVisit Karen Loprete’s website to learn more about the artist and her work:

2010 SAQA Benefit Auction: PART 2 Begins Today

The first part of SAQA’s online auction is now closed.Part 2 begins TODAY at 2:00 PM, with 96 fresh new quilts up for bid.  Included in Part 2 are quilts by SAQA-CT artists Gail Kotowski, Diane Wright, Ruth Anne Olson, Jane Driscoll and Barbara Corrigan.  (image: “Sonnenblumen” by Jane Driscoll)Check them out on SAQA’s website: year's Benefit Auction raised $47,325. The funds raised through the Auction are critical to supporting SAQA's exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs.  “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, there is still a chance for you to grab one.  Unsold pieces will be for sale at the SAQA…

Work by Jane Davila on Display at Canterbury School (New Milford, CT)

Fiber Kismet: A Solo Exhibition of Fiber Art by Jane DavilaOver 50 framed works of fiber art by SAQA artist Jane Davila will be on display a the Edward J. Duffy Art Gallery at the Canterbury School from now until October 14, 2010. Davila has spent the summer getting ready for this show.  “Fiber Kismet” features many of the Loteria series, on display for the first time, as well as an assortment of gyotaku fiber and paper collages, insect work in a variety of formats, some new pieces inspired by cell phone photography and a few three-dimensional fiber houses. Visit Jane’s blog Chary Sprouts for more info about the artist and her work.Or view Jane’s work in person at the Edward J. Duffy Art Gallery:The Canterbury School101 Aspetuck AveNew Milford, CT 06776(860) 210-3800 Hours:  weekdays 8am –3pm, Saturdays 8am – 12pm or by appointment

Saturday, Sept 25: Last Chance to Catch “e Pluribus” at FABRICATIONS (Newport, NH)

Reminder from SAQA artist Muriel Stockdale:As the summer draws toward its end I realize that the E PLURIBUS flags exhibited in New Hampshire will
soon be coming home. Fabrications closes on Saturday, September 25 so hurry if you want to see it. The show is fabulous and well worth the visit.  New Hampshire is worth the trip in the summer with the lakes and mountains to enjoy.FABRICATIONS, Cynthia Reeves Projects169 Sunapee StreetNewport, NH (603) 640-6155
For more information visit:
(image: E Pluribus: Japanese by Muriel Stockdale Grabe)CHARLES B. WANG ASIAN ART CENTER EXHIBIT (Stonybrook, NY)
Opens Tuesday October 12 with a reception at 4:00PM.
Please save the date and join me, also wear your cultural festive dress to celebrate diversity. The exhibit runs through November 18.Charles B. Wang Center,Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook, NY 11794-4040For more information visit:…

SAQA Benefit Auction Begins Monday at 2pm EST

On September 20th at 2:00 pm Eastern, the first group of 12 x 12 art quilts will go up for bid.Since so many art quilts were donated by our generous members, SAQA will organize auction in 3 stages:The artwork on Pages 1a and 1b will begin their Auction on Sept 20th.Artwork on pages 2a and 2b will be auctioned starting on Sept. 27thand artwork on pages 3a and 3b will begin on October 4th.The opening bid price is $750.  Prices will decline over the days, but don’t wait too long to bid on your favorite – the longer you wait the greater chance someone else will grab it!You do NOT have to be a SAQA member to bid on these beautiful quilts!Check out our running slideshow (ride side of page), previewing over 280 fine art quilts.  Anyone and everyone may view the auction quilts on SAQA’s public website and place a bid.  Take a look, pick your favorites and make a note of what day they will open for bidding. You can read more about how the Auction works here:…

Vivika DeNegre teams up with Rosemary DeLucco Alpert for “Birds and Blooms”

New and vibrant work from Vivika DeNegre’s studio and that of fellow Shoreline Arts Trail photographer Rosemary DeLucco Alpert can be seen at Friends & Co. Restaurant in Madison, CT.Rosemary is displaying eight gorgeous photos of deep orange Asian Lilies, all dry mounted onto black mat board and finished in a simple black metal frame.  They are stunning and powerful.  Her photography is artistic and interesting:  each piece captures a unique view of these lovely blooms.Vivika’s work includes three pieces from her new series of mixed media Paper Quilts.  All three Migration Story quilts are shown together, and create a visually interesting display.  (See image left: Migration Story, American Bittern)Eighteen additional birds, most of which have been featured on DeNegre’s blog ( ), are hung in the entryway, booths and bar of the restaurant.The exhibition will be on display until the first weekend in November.  Go to Vivika’s blog to learn more and p…

Reminder: “Identity” Fiber Art Exhibition – Deadline for Entries Oct 1, 2010

There are two weeks left to enter!SAQA Artists in CT, RI and MA are invited to participate in an upcoming Fiber Art Exhibition at the Windsor Art Center (Windsor, CT)IdentityThrough fiber art and sculpture, artists share the memorable experiences and traditions that have shaped their personal identity.Registration is Open NOWNo Entry FeeDeadline for Entries October 1, 2010Identity is a non-juried show, open to all current SAQA members who live in Connecticut, Massachusetts or Rhode Island.   Click Here for ProspectusIf you cannot open the file, or have other questions about the show, contact Kate ThemelExhibition Dates: January 22 - March 5, 2011 The Windsor Art Center is located at the Freight House: 40 Mechanic Street
Windsor, CT 06095-2522
(860)[NOTE to SAQA-CT members]:  A copy of the “Identity” prospectus is in the CT Members Only folder on Google Docs.

SAQA-CT artists Liz Alpert Fay and Kate Themel Invited to Exhibit Work (Norwich, CT)

The Norwich Arts Council (NAC) Cooperative Gallery Presents:INTERTWINED Fiber Arts InvitationalFiber Art and textiles in every fantastic form!  Four artists who specialize in fiber art have been invited to exhibit their work in the NAC Gallery.Come to the Opening Reception Friday, October 1st, from 6 to 8 PMEnjoy this beautiful and varied collection of work by Connecticut fiber artists:Hooked Rugs by Liz Alpert Fay and “Hook Works Group”Art Quilts by Kate ThemelFelt Work by Roz SpierHand-Printed Textiles by Lauren Cotton“Intertwined” will be on display at NAC Cooperative Gallery October 1 – 30, 2010Check NAC’s website for Gallery hours and directionsThe NAC Cooperative Gallery60 BroadwayNorwich, CT 06360(860)

One Week Before the SAQA Benefit Auction Begins!

We're ready...we've set up the bidding form, ordered shipping boxes, tested everything. One week from today, on September 20th at 2:00 pm Eastern, the artwork on Pages 1a and 1b will begin their Auction. Artwork on pages 2a and 2b will be auctioned starting on Sept. 27th and artwork on pages 3a and 3b will begin on October 4th.The opening bid price is $750. You can read all about how the Auction works here: hope that you'll join in the fun - bidding on 288 great art quilts for your collection and supporting SAQA's exhibitions, publications, and outreach programs. Martha SielmanExecutive DirectorStudio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. Top Left - “Leftovers” by Rita Hannifin, Top Right - “A Free Spirit” by Loreen Leedy, Bottom Right - “Gray Study” by Norma Schlager, Bottom Left - “Improvisational Quilt” by Diane Cadrain)

“Beyond Comfort” Entry Deadline October 10, 2010 – Open to All SAQA Members

"Beyond Comfort" Exhibition of Fiber ArtOpen to all SAQA membersPremiere Location: Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, August 2011. Additional venue locations to be determined.Theme: This 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 new to the artist. The artistic goal of the exhibition is to encourage reaching beyond comfort to make new and unexpected works of art.Juror: Marci McDadeCurator: Eileen Doughty, ef.doughty@verizon.netEntry is by digital images only, using SAQA’s online system.September 10, 2010 Online entry opensOctober 10, 2010 Online Entry Final Day - Deadline at 11:59 pm ESTMore information at the SAQA members Entry Forms page[NO…

Fiber Art by Karen Loprete at Frameworks (Stratford, CT) – Extended Another Month!

If you haven’t made the trip over to Frameworks to see the beautiful art quilts by Karen Loprete, you still have time!Originally planned through September 6th, Fiber Art by Karen Loprete will be on exhibit at Frameworks of Stratforduntil October 6th, 2010.Frameworks is located at:3567 Main StreetStratford, CT 06614 phone: 203 375-6262To see more of Karen’s unique and colorful artwork, visit:

UPDATE on Muriel Stockdale’s E. Pluribus Exhibition

Muriel Stockdale’s e pluribus flag collection will be exhibited at the Charles B. Wang Center at SUNY Stony Brook this fall from October 12 to December 5th.CHARLES B. WANG ASIAN ART CENTER – Stony Brook, NY
Opens Tuesday October 12 with a reception at 4:00PM
Please save the date, also wear your cultural festive dress to celebrate diversity.Muriel will deliver a talk about the flag project on October 27th 12:50PM to 2:10PM. Open to the public.For more information see: please check out the new blog on my website where I discuss new flags specifically for this show.,Muriel

Call For Entries: Co-opARTive Fiesta (Willimantic, CT)

ATTENTION ARTISTS IN CONNECTICUT:The Co-opARTive Fiesta is a gala celebration of Community, Creativity and Cooperation. Featuring Eastern CT’s wealth of talented artists, all attendees will be invited to participate and get their creative and entrepreneurial juices flowing. With all of this joyful energy in one place at one time, who knows what will emerge?The Co-opARTive Fiesta is a festive indoor and outdoor event showcasing works of visual and sculptural artists and artisans as well as musical and theatrical performances, and participatory activities. All work will be original, no imports or buy/sell.The Festival will take place in historic downtown Willimantic, with various pieces housed in available halls, stores and outdoor locations. All galleries will also be open for the weekends of October 9-10, 16-17.Dates: October 9-10 and 16-17, 2010 Opening Reception: October 9, 11:00 AM –4:00 PMWorks in all artistic media will be considered. The Judge of Selection and Awards for the Jur…

Pat Ferguson’s Zentangle Class October 2nd – Sign Up Today

zentangle class  Sat. October 2, 10-12:30"zentangle ®"  is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns”(quote from website) Certified Zentangle Teacher, Pat Ferguson, will teach this relaxing and rewarding art form that can never fail in her Ashford, CT studio. Requiring no artistic skills, this basic beginner class, is suitable for any and all skill levels. Even if you think you can’t draw, let me prove you wrong!I said the same thing until I drew my first zentangle and then I was hooked.Class is open to anyone age 12 and older.zentangle ® applies to many fields of interest. It is therapeutic, non technical, helps break creative block and takes on its own form with each person’s individual style. Learn many basic patterns to get you started.*No supplies needed- just come to class ready to begin a new adventure.*Pat will supply all basic tools and materials needed to get you started.*You will have plenty of table space &…

Call for Entries: Out of the Loop: West Hartford Art League Fiber Arts Show

Out of the LoopExhibition Dates: November 11 - December 5, 2010 Gallery at Blue Back Square, West Hartford CenterBlue Back Square
65 Memorial Road
West Hartford, CT 06107The West Hartford Art League is pleased to announce a call for entries for its first broad-scale fiber arts show to showcase out-of-the-ordinary, contemporary fiber works that advance traditional techniques through radically innovative interpretations. Deadline (must be RECEIVED by) Oct 21, 2010Entries can include (but are not limited to): surface design, felting, quilting, knotting, weaving, knitting, fiber, sculpture, basketry, handcrafted paper and needlework. We encourage two and three-dimensional works including sculptural pieces.  Entries are by digital image on CD, Entry Fee $15 for WHAL members, $20 for non-membersDownload a prospectus from West Hartford Art League’s website at www.westhartfordart.orgThe juror will be looking for exceptional craftsmanship as well as "out of the box" thin…