Showing posts from February, 2011

New Opportunity for SAQA Members in the USA

Structures in Cloth
Open to all USA SAQA membersExhibition Dates: June 9, 2011 - January 21, 2012
Exhibition Venues: The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Denver, Colorado and the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado, with the possibility of a third venue in northern Colorado. Theme:  Architecture surrounds us in both our natural and human created world. It is not simply the end product of creation and construction but the very structure which our life, society, world, and universe are made of. In this show we envision explorations of both the micro and macro architectures that surround us.Jurors: Sandra Sider (SAQA) and Bebe Alexander (Arvada Center for the Arts)Curator: Christi Beckmann
Online entry will be open April 1-30, 2011

Open Studio with CT Artist Lisa Corson – Saturday March 5, 2011 (Wolcott, CT)

Winter doldrums? Starved for sunlight?Catch the creative wind that's blowing, celebrate the coming spring weather and join me at the next Open Studio, Saturday, March 5th, 12-4PM!Bring something to show us, or just hang out and shoot the breeze. Hope to see you there! – Lisa Corson, Homespun Heritage blogLisa Corson’s studio is located in the Red Barn at Pillwillip Farm, 1089 Woodtick Road in Wolcott, CT.To find out more about Corson’s open studio events, visit her blog “Homespun Heritage”. You’ll see examples of Lisa’s beautiful collage postcards.  Just try to keep up.  Lisa posts new artwork almost every day!

SAQA-CT Artist Vivika DeNegre Featured on Quilting Arts TV

Connecticut artist Vivika DeNegre recently returned from Cleveland after taping several segments for PBS show Quilting Arts TV with Pokey Bolton.  Vivika’s signature birds will be featured, as well as a table runner project and Pet Futon.  The series should air sometime in July.  Check Quilting Arts’ website for program updates. find out more about Vivika and her fiber art, and behind-the-scenes details about her visit to Quilting Arts studios, visit her blog:

Reminder: “SAQA: A Sense of Adventure” Deadline for Entries Feb 28, 2011

Traveling November, 01 2011 to July, 31 2012 
A Sense of AdventureOpen to all SAQA and SDA membersPremiere Location: International Quilt Festivals: 
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.February 1, 2011       Onlin…

Diane Cadrain Represents Connecticut in "Volusia: Wrapped in Fiber"

Juror Pamela Allen has chosen a variety of wall hangings and sculptural fiber art of all shapes and sizes which will be exhibited at one museum, one art center and three galleries in Volusia County, Florida.   Entries came from all over the US and abroad by members of SAQA and Surface Design Association (SDA).Congratulations to our sole representative from Connecticut, Diane Cadrain of West Hartford, who will exhibit her piece “Many-Colored Polypores” (see image, right) at the Peabody Auditorium Rose Room Gallery.Cadrain describes the inspiration behind her work: “The natural world inspires my work by offering constantly-refreshed images of arresting loveliness. Tolstoy said, ‘Love all creation…love every leaf.’ In that spirit, I’ve attempted to replicate the intricate striations and colorations of the many-colored polypore, a lowly fungus which grows on rotting logs.This image combines embroidery, hand-sewing, machine quilting, and knitting.”A complete list of participating artists a…

Meeting Notes: SAQA Regional Meeting at Windsor Art Center (Windsor, CT)

Roughly 40-45 fiber art enthusiasts came from all over Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts (including SAQA-MA/RI Rep Jeanne Marklin) to participate in an open SAQA meeting at the Windsor Art Center on Saturday February 12 .

It seems like the crowd increases at each regional meeting; you can’t help but be inspired by the diversity, enthusiasm and creativity of this group!
Everyone found a seat in the art center’s spacious main gallery, with walls covered by quilts from the “Identity in Fiber” exhibition. We began with a warm welcome from Marcia Hinckley of the Windsor Art Center, then CT Co-Rep Kate Themel took the lead as we moved onto routine business and a few reminders. SAQA Members Please Note: Entry Deadline for SAQA’s “Sense of Adventure” is February 28 and “SAQA Showcase” entry deadline is March 31, 2011.
We talked about the future of our CT Region and SAQA in general: What do members want from SAQA? An informal survey showed that about half the crowd is interested in …

February 19th – Celeste Janey at the New England Quilt Museum (Lowell, MA)

“My Art Quilting Journey”by Celeste JaneySaturday, February 19th at 1:00 PMAs an elementary school educator for 34 years, I find that in my pieces, I need to continue teaching. All my pieces teach, whether through the written word, or orally through the story in which the piece was inspired. Continuing the African-American culture of which I was born, my pieces are usually vibrant in color and life. All my pieces share a story with the observer.  --Celeste Janey*New England has been hit by multiple snow & ice storms over the past few months, interrupting scheduled events and forcing cancellations.  But the “SAQA: No Holds Barred” Exhibition at NEQM is now open and will continue their special events during February and March.Check the NEQM website for more details: England Quilt Museum18 Shattuck StreetLowell, Massachusetts 01852http://www.nequiltmuseum.orgWINTER WEATHER CLOSURES: The Museum will be closed due to inclement …

New Rules for SAQA Auction Donations

Auction Donors – Please use New Auction Form on SAQA’s main website:'s Benefit Auction is our largest fundraiser. In 2010 we received 288 donations for the SAQA Benefit Auction. It was a fantastic auction and we raised $52,450. This was SAQA's biggest income source after membership dues.
With your help, we're hoping to do even better in 2011. We hope that each of you will create and donate a wonderful piece of art for the 2011 Benefit Auction, but in order to make the process go as smoothly as possible, we need to ask you to follow the guidelines below.
To facilitate entry of your information, please use the new online submission form, available through a link under SUPPORT SAQA at
1.    Donations must be only 10 - 12 inches (25 - 30 cm) in either direction. 12 inches will be the maximum accepted so that we can use standard Priority shipping boxes to save time and money.
2.    Only ONE work per artist…

Opening Reception this Friday: “LIFE… So Far” Fiber Art by Kate Themel (Cheshire, CT)

Meet the artist and enjoy complimentary wine & appetizers at the Funky Monkey this Friday!Opening Reception: Friday, February 11, 2011 from 7 – 9 PMThe Funky Monkey Cafe & Gallery130 Elm Street/ Watch Factory ShoppesCheshire, CT**More About the Artist:Kate Themel’s formal education in Fine Arts can be seen in her approach to fiber. Over the past 15 years, Kate has developed a distinct pictorial style using mostly cotton fabrics and rayon thread.  Her compositions contain multiple layers of color and dense stitching, pushing the definition of a quilt into the realm of painting. Her fiber artwork has been juried into Quilt National and has been exhibited in art galleries and museums from Boston to Botswana.  Themel has created custom wall hangings for private collectors and corporate clients, including a series of art quilts commissioned by Yale University's Afro American Cultural Center in New Haven, CT.  See more examples of Kate’s art quilt…

Call for Entries Opens May 15, 2011: SAQA “Layers of Memory”

Layers of Memory
Open to all SAQA members
Premier at the Mancuso World Quilt Show in August, 2011
Conclude with the Denver National Quilt Festival in May, 2012
Additional venues may be addedThis exhibit will display work that explores the complex theme of memory. The retrieval of the past can involve many layers including the persistence of recurring memory, the forgotten past, and the nature of recollection. Critic Kate Green suggests that, "memories may be stored in our minds, but they are unleashed by textures, words, and forms." How we store and retrieve memory, whether by using a computer or touching a piece of cloth from our past to spur recollection, memory remains a constant priority in our daily lives for the preservation of our individual and collective histories. This collection presents a universal theme, and will be interpreted in very different ways.Juror: Kathryn Harris, Head of Fiber Program, School of Art, Design & Art Hist…

Important Announcement: “No Holds Barred” Lecture Rescheduled at NEQM

No Holds Barred - Event Date Change due to Storm Warning  - event planned for this Saturday, February 5: Lecture by Celeste Janey has been moved to Saturday February 19th at 1:00 PM.Celeste Janey has created a wonderful lecture filled with information about her journey. The art work is filled with embroideries, quilting, words, images, along with her poignant story telling.  Come out and hear about her journey as an educator, an artist, a parent, wife, and student.  Help us celebrate this wonderful event which is also a celebration (African American History Month) of an amazing African American woman who was born and raised in Roxbury, MA.Please pass the word on to your guilds, colleagues, and friends!WINTER WEATHER CLOSURES: The Museum will be closed due to inclement weather on any day that the Lowell public school system is closed. Check "Lowell" on the School Closing List before heading out to the Museum.Regards,Valarie PoitierCu…

Linda Zimmerman Talks About Art Quilts with “Jungle Red Writers”

Recently SAQA-CT fiber artist Linda Zimmerman was interviewed by Roberta Isleib of Jungle Red, a salon of mystery writers.  The two women talked about career changes, inspiration, the creative process and stumbling blocks shared by artists, whether the medium is fabric or the written word.  Here’s an excerpt from Roberta’s in-depth article:ROBERTA: When I was whining on facebook a few weeks ago about being stuck in the middle of my book, I was struck by your comment about how similar your process is. Tell us about that.
LINDA: My response to Roberta was this: "I don't know anything about
writing a book but when I am creating a quilted piece, I ALWAYS get to a point when I don't like the way the piece looks... BUT the majority of the time I love the final piece.
When I am at the questioning point, I put the piece back on the design wall, look at it again in a day or two, or a month or two, and I am much happier. So keep writing, you know it's good. Go bake a p…

“SAQA: No Holds Barred” Opens at New England Quilt Museum (Lowell, MA)

Valarie Poitier, Rep for SAQA-MA/RI, reports on the Opening of “No Holds Barred”, an expansive exhibition of fiber art that she spent more than a year organizing.  Congratulations, Ms. V!Well the time came and went for the opening celebration. What an amazing experience.  There was the sun shining and a clear highway to drive on on the way to Lowell, MA. We had standing room only at the Exhibition. Twelve of the artists were present hailing from Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Five of the current SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Representatives from the New England States and one former Rep were also in attendance. The support of the Reps, exhibiting artists, artists who answered the Call for Entry, museum staff and volunteers, the team that worked on the proposals, our distinguished jurors, and the SAQA staff and volunteers all working together in various capacities over the past three years has resulted in a wonderful collection of Contemporary Quilt…

Call For Entries: “Art of the Northeast” Silvermine Guild Arts Center (New Canaan, CT)

ART OF THE NORTHEASTSilvermine Guild Arts CenterApril 15 – June 3, 2011*Silvermine Guild Arts Center’s 62nd Annual “Art of the Northeast” – All Media AcceptedDeadline for Entries: March 11, 2011Eligibility:
Open to all artists, 17 years of age and older, residing in CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI & VT. Original artwork in any media will be accepted. Giclée reproductions of original works will not be accepted. Eligible artwork must have been completed after January 1, 2009. Juror: Tom Eccles, Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard CollegeAwards: The juror has at his discretion a total of $4000 - $8000 in cash awardsFee: $25.00 per artworkPhone: 203-966-9700 ext 26Click Here for a Copy of the Prospectus: Guild Arts Center1037 Silvermine RoadNew Canaan, CT 06840(203) 966-9700

“Double Take: Photo & Fiber” by Sisters in Cloth – On Display at the Gallery at Haskins, Yale University (New Haven, CT)

CT Fiber Artists “Sisters in Cloth” Present… Double Take: Photo & FiberFebruary 2 – June 24, 2011 in the Gallery at HaskinsOpening Reception: March 3, 2011 from 3 – 5 PMThe Double-Take exhibit includes original photographs by Rosemary DeLucco-Alpert as well as art quilts by Connecticut’s fiber art group Sisters in Cloth.  Each fiber artist used one of the photos as inspiration to create an 18" X 24" piece and an 8" square detail.  “Sister” Vivika DeNegre 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 [on stretcher bars], 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 group hopes to find other venues for Double Take: Ph…