Showing posts from January, 2011

Spotlight: SAQA CT Fiber Artist Barbara Barrick McKie

The talented and prolific Barbara Barrick McKie will be exhibiting her signature Dispersed Dyed/Thread Painted Art Quilts in three States within the next 2 months. Congratulations Barb!McKie is one of 16 artists participating in “Objects d’Art: form and function” at the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art at UCONN Avery Point in Groton, CT.  Opening Reception Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 from 6-8PM. The show will run from February 25 – April 10, 2011. will also have a special One-Artist Exhibit of 35 quilts, entitled “Inspired by Nature” as part of the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton Roads, Virginia from February 24 – 27, 2011. the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, the Inspired by Nature collection will travel to Quilt Fest of New Jersey (Somerset, NJ) from March 3 – 6, 2011 by Nature - Art Quilts by Barbar…

Call for Entries: “For the Birds” Deadline March 18, 2011

Brush Gallery's
For the Birds
This 2D and 3D exhibition is open to artists from the U.S. and Canada Information:JUROR: David Allen Sibley, ornithologist, author and artist. Click here to read about David Allen Sibley and his books. He is a member of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, which is working in collaboration with the Gallery on this exhibition and related educational events. EXHIBITION: This juried exhibition is part of the Brush Gallery's Art of Nature Exhibition Series and will be a mix of paintings, collage, fiber, photography, drawings and sculpture. It will be hung in time for the Brush's popular annual fundraiser on May 7th. Depending on sizes, between 30 and 40 two-dimensional and 20 to 30 sculptures will be accepted. The gallery has 9 pedestals capable of holding sculpture up to about 50 pounds if sculptors would like to use them. CATALOGUE:
A full color catalogue will be produced for this exhibition.SUPPORT:
This exhibition is made possible …

Shoreline ArtsTrail 2011: Deadline for Applications March 23, 2011

Shoreline ArtsTrail Call For Artists living and working in Branford, Guilford and Madison, CT 
The Shoreline ArtsTrail announces its 10th annual Open Studios Weekend on November 19 & 20, 2011
Artists with media such as pottery, stained and fused glass, paintings, jewelry, sculpture, weaving, prints, photography, textiles, quilts, paper and wood are invited to apply to this event.  Artists are asked to demonstrate, answer questions and open their studios for the entire weekend to the public.During the Open Studios Weekend, the distinctive yellow "Open Studio" signs are placed to point visitors in the right direction. There will be a reception with the time and location to be decided. The Shoreline ArtsTrail is an artist run organization and all artists are asked to volunteer. Benefits of inclusion in the Shoreline ArtsTrail include placement on the website with links (visit, state-wide publicity and 100 brochure/maps.Application fee: $10Deadline…

Call for Entries “Art Quilts Lowell 2011: The Sea”

Brush Gallery's Art Quilts Lowell 2011:The Sea
A Venue of the Lowell Quilt FestivalENTRY DEADLINE June 15, 2011Because the 2011 exhibition will have a theme, we wanted to give artists as much lead time as possible, which is why we are sending out this early call for entries.Information:ART QUILTS LOWELL 2011: The Sea.   August 6 through September 10, 2011.
We are pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Cultural Council has given the Brush a generous grant in support of our Art of Nature Exhibition Series. This year we are including Art Quilts Lowell in the Art of Nature series. The theme of Art Quilts Lowell 2011 is the sea and the subject matter of your entries should reflect that. ELIGIBILITY:
Quilt artists who are residents of the United States and Canada. The theme this year is the sea. METHOD OF SELECTION:
High resolution (300 DPI) images on CD will be viewed and selected by a juror to be determined. ENTRY PROCEDURE:
Artists may submit up to three entries. A complete view …

Women’s Caucus for Art: New Chapter is Looking for Artists – Launch Meeting Feb. 10 (New York, NY)

A message from SAQA-NY artistHeather Stoltz: Hello Artists! I have exciting news. The Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) is starting a new chapter in NY and I’m going to be the co-president.We're going to have our launch meeting during the National WCA Convention at the Hilton Hotel.Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 9 AMHilton Hotel1335 Avenue of the AmericasNew York, NYDuring that meeting, we will talk about the goals of the chapter and our upcoming networking, exhibition, and performance opportunities. We will also talk about ways to get involved in the chapter.I'm really excited about helping to bring the WCA to NYC and hope that you will consider joining us! As women artists, we are still underrepresented in NY galleries and museums and the WCA has been working to change this since its founding in 1972. As fiber artists, we're also overlooked often, so let's get out there and do something about it!Please spread the word and encourage women artists to attend the meeting!…

SAQA Showcase – Call For Entries Opens March 1st

SAQA Showcase
(Open to ALL SAQA members)A special in-depth exhibition of the work of 4-6 artists at the museum of the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln from July - October 2012. Chosen artists will each exhibit several works, which may be considered for permanent acquisition by the museum.  Artists will also be invited to participate in a special symposium - September 2012. Jurors: Judith Content and Carolyn Ducey 
Full prospectus is now available on the SAQA website.  Entry is by submission of a mini-portfolio of four (4) works through SAQA's online system.Online entry for SAQA Showcase will be open March 1 - March 13, 2011[NOTE to SAQA-CT members]:  A copy of the SAQA Showcase prospectus has been saved to the CT Members Only folder on Google Docs

Review: Opening of “Identity in Fiber” – A Night of Great Food, Music and Fiber Art

Last night was the Opening Reception for “Identity in Fiber” at the Windsor Art Center (WAC) in Windsor, CT.Kate Themel, curator of the exhibition, reports:What a night!  I’m always nervous before an opening; will anyone show up?  what will people’s  reaction be?  will we get another blizzard???  But last night was just about perfect.  WAC did a great job promoting the show and the opening was well attended.  Lily’s Soul Food Restaurant provided some of the food – delicious homemade Mac & cheese was a big hit.  And jazz music by the Trey Winston Trio, a group of young local musicians, played for about an hour.  They were amazing!(Image right: Cathy Smith and Betty Warner have a lively conversation in front of Barbara McKie’s  “My LAST Birthday”. Photo by Diane Wright) (Image left: Rita Hannifin stands next to Sally Brown’s quilted art book “Forever Sisters”.  Photo by Catherine Smith)The artwork looked beautiful and was hung with great care by the WAC hanging team.  I must send a …

Muriel Stockdale’s “E Pluribus” – On Display at ARC Fine Art LLC (Fairfield, CT)

Muriel Stockdale’s E PLURIBUS: A series of United States flags celebrating this nation’s rich diversity3113 Bronson RdFairfield, CT203.895.9595ARC@ARCFINEARTLLC.COMAbout E PLURIBUSMuriel Stockdale's United States flag series, E PLURIBUS, expresses the many colors of patriotism found everyday in the United States, which is perhaps the most diverse culture in the world. Muriel's flags are exquisitely hand crafted in the USA from typical fabrics representing diverse cultures that make up this American mosaic.As an immigrant herself, Muriel is awed by the harmonious co-existence of Americans who celebrate their freedom in all possible ways. This country was created by dissension and protest against oppression and out of that was forged superb documents and mandates that guarantee freedom and hope for all people.Patriotism is multifaceted, multicolored and multidimensional; here is a series of surprising American Flags that invite a broader look at what patriotism is and can be in …

In Memoriam: M. Jean Slaughter

SAQA has lost one of our own this month.  M. Jean Slaughter was a talented artist and a lovely person; she will be missed.  Some of you may have met Jean at a CT regional meeting, often accompanied by her daughter Denise.  Our deepest condolences go out to Jean’s husband Andy, her daughter Denise and their family and friends. From the Hartford Courant: SLAUGHTER, Mary Jean.  Mary Jean Slaughter, 75, of Bloomfield passed away on Friday, (January 7, 2011) at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Prattville, AL on July 19, 1935. Daughter of the late Georgia and Eugene Slayton, she grew up in Prattville, AL where she graduated with High Honors from Alabama State University (Member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society) before marrying and moving to Connecticut. Prior to retiring from the Hartford Public Schools, she was an Educator and Librarian for 35 years at the former Brackett-Northeast School and Fred D. Wish Elementary School. Jean was an avid quilter who enjoyed hand piec…

United Methodist Church Commissions Diane Cadrain to Create 3 Wall Hangings

Diane Cadrain is working on the third and final banner commissioned by the United Methodist Church of Hartford.The banners will be displayed as an illustration of the congregation’s three-part mission statement, symbolized by a growing tree.Seen here are Phase 1: “Rooted in God’s Love” (left) and Phase 2: “Growing in God’s Grace” (right)Phase 3: “Reaping the Fruits of Peace and Justice” is due on Easter.   .Diane Cadrain is a member of SAQA living in Connecticut.  Her first solo exhibition of fiber art is on display at the Wethersfield Library Community Room until the end of the month.  To see more of Diane’s work in person, come to a Reception this Sunday January 23, 2011, 2-4 PM. Wethersfield Library515 Silas Dean HighwayWethersfield, CT 06109

SAQA CT Regional Meeting – Open to Public

Our next CT Regional Meeting will be open to all SAQA artists and members of the publicCome to the Windsor Art Center on Saturday, February 12th, 2011 from 10 AM – 4 PMCatch up with old friends and meet new ones Show off your finished fiber art or works-in-progress during “Show & Tell”  Enjoy the Windsor Art Center’s current exhibition “Identity in Fiber” Learn more about the “Identity” quilts and the artists who made them; Gallery Talk begins at 1:30 PM Get behind the scenes – Presentation by Sally Brown on her 3D quilted book “Forever Sisters” Find out about exhibition opportunities and fiber art events in CT and surrounding areas This meeting is free and open to the public.  Anyone with an interest in art quilts and fiber is welcome!  Learn more about SAQA, our members and the work we do, ask questions and share your own fiber artwork, too.  Our friendly, talented members love to talk about art, quilting, new techniques and tricks of the trade.  Do you love to create your own t…

Call for Entries: SAQA “A Sense of Adventure” Opens Feb. 1, 2011

A Sense of Adventure
Open to all SAQA membersPremiere Location: International Festivals of Quilts
Houston, TX November 2011
Cincinnati, OH April 2012
Long Beach, CA July 2012
Additional venue locations to be determined.Theme:A Sense of Adventure asks you to expand your personal comfort zone. Beyond the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch is the sense of adventure. Webster's defines "adventure" as:
1 a : an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks
   b : the encountering of risks (the spirit of adventure)
2 : an exciting or remarkable experience (an adventure in exotic dining)
Use techniques you've never used before. Plumb deep within yourself for a personal sense of adventure. Share your adventures through this exhibit.Juror: Jacqueline M. Atkins
Curator: Nancy Bavor nbavor@gmail.comEntry is by digital images only, using SAQA’s online system. Preview the entry form at
February 1, 2…

Solo Exhibition of Fiber Art by Diane Cadrain – Reception January 23rd

You are invited…
To a Reception celebrating a solo exhibition of quilts and collages by Diane CadrainSunday, January 23, 20112 – 4 PMWethersfield LibraryCommunity Room515 Silas Deane HighwayWethersfield, CT 06109

Call For Entries: “Deep Spaces” Exhibition – Open to ALL Fiber Artists

You do not have to be a SAQA member to enter your work into “Deep Spaces”, an international exhibition of fiber art.   Online entry system is open NOWEntry Deadline: May 1, 2011Deep SpacesThe Deep Spaces exhibit, curated by Larkin Jean Van Horn, will show textile works of a common size interpreting the title theme in three venues between July 2011 and June of 2012.Eligible artwork for this exhibit will consist of quilts and other textile based wall hangings. Artwork must be 18" wide and 45" tall. That's a vertical orientation, like a hanging scroll. No Exceptions. Entry fee is $25.00 (US) via PayPal, up to three pieces may be entered.   Entries will be accepted via webpage and digital images. No paper entries or disks will be accepted. More details and requirements are listed on the Exhibition Prospectus.  Click Here for the Complete Prospectus:

Interactive Crazy Quilts at the New Britain Museum of American Art

NEW/NOW: Interactive Crazy Quilts by Carol Padberg
Jan. 28 - Apr. 25, 2011
Opening Reception
6 PM, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011
For most of the last decade Carol Padberg has been exploring encoded abstraction through painting, installation, and collage. Two years ago this interest led her to the great textile traditions of West Africa, where fabrics often have elaborate patterns and symbols that refer to proverbs and historical events. Padberg synthesizes the influences of African textiles, American crazy quilts, and European modernism with her own family background of sewing, to produce information age art which stands at the intersection of quilting and computer code.In this exhibition Padberg builds her quilts using a high capacity bar code structure layered with colored papers, scraps of fabric and paint, such that with a click of a smart phone, the viewer is transported down what Padberg calls a “rabbit hole” providing a window into the making of the art and the symbo…

Don’t Miss the Deadline for SAQA’s Trunk Show “This IS a Quilt!” – Jan. 21, 2011

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 wi…

Opening Reception Jan 22, 2011 - “Identity in Fiber” Windsor Art Center (Windsor, CT)

Windsor Art Center Presents:IDENTITY IN FIBERAn Exhibition of Fiber ArtJanuary 22 – March 5, 2011Opening Reception Jan. 22nd,  5-7 PMat the Windsor Art Center (WAC) Gallery40 Mechanic StreetWindsor, CT 06095(860) “Daily Devotional” by Katharina Litchman)Through art quilts and fiber sculpture, artists share the memorable experiences and traditions that have shaped their identities.  Meet some of the artists and enjoy light food, music and a special drawing at the Opening Reception on Saturday, January 22nd. SPECIAL DRAWING: Fiber Artist and teacher EdJohnetta Miller is coming to Windsor Art Center in February.  She will lead her popular one hour workshop making greeting cards with fabric, but space is limited to 12 students.  TO REGISTER for EdJohnetta’s workshop you must fill out a card at the “Identity in Fiber” Opening Reception on Saturday January 22, 2011 at Windsor Art Center.  Twelve cards will be pulled from a hat during the Opening Rece…

Catherine Smith Requesting Your Help – Looking for Amy Butler Fabrics

SAQA-CT artist Catherine Whall Smith is asking for your help as she pursues her goal of continuing her “Yellow Series”.  An excerpt from Catherine’s blog:I still have some of the original fabrics – but I am in search of the Amy Butler – yellow/full moon polka dot fabric – yellow dot with a grey background.  I’ve emailed and searched on line, but I don’t seem to be able to find it. SO IF YOU HAVE A PIECE IN YOUR STASH – please notify me – ASAP -who knows YELLOW #?-could be named after you. May HEALTH and HAPPINESS follow you throughout 2011.  . . . CW SmithThe image you see here is Catherine Whall Smith’s “Yellow #1: Lyme Disease”, the first in her yellow/red series. She methodically hand quilts each piece, stitching in straight lines with such consistency that she can calculate the number of stitches based on the dimensions of the piece.   For example, “Yellow #1” contains 68,000 stitches.  Read more about Catherine and her work on the “Smith Stitch Studio”…