Showing posts from September, 2011

Call for Artists: Deadline October 1st – Hartford Open Studio

22nd Annual Open Studio Hartford 2011November 12-13 from 11 AM – 5 PMA creative showcase for artists to exhibit and sell their art just before the holidays. Open your own studio or join one of our popular Harford group locations!CALL FOR ARTISTSBrochure Deadline: October 1, 2011Registration Starts at $75, New Artists Welcome!Registration Includes:FREE ART membership ($25 value)FREE Artist Club discount at Jerry’s Artarama of CTListing in Hartford Advocate pull-out guide (deadline applies)Listing on Open Studio websiteFor information or to participate, call (860) 560-1100email Hartford

SAQA Benefit Auction Update – Moving on to the Last Phase

Two weeks have gone by and SAQA has sold 178 pieces and raised over $34,000!  There is only one week left, with quilts in Section 3 up for bid Monday, September 26th at 2PM: Monday September 26th, SAQA will open Section 3.  Quilts on pages 3a and 3b will be up for bid starting at $750.  Section 3 includes Connecticut artist Betty Warner’s quilt “Two Shells” (image, upper right).You will find artwork by well known fiber artists as well as SAQA’s new-comers. There is something for every taste and style to decorate your home or office.  Quilt National ‘11 award winners Katie Pasquini-Masopust and Catherine Kleeman have donated artwork to SAQA’s cause; this will be Katie’s and Catherine’s fifth year participating in the auction. (upper left: “Sun Fire” by K. Masopust; middle right: “No Way Out” by C. Kleeman) Nancy Turbitt has entered her first auction with a stunning expression of sunflowers (“Girasole”, lower left). Another first time participant Ma…

Opening Reception Oct. 7th: Fiber Art by Karen Loprete at the Funky Monkey (Cheshire, CT)

Connecticut fiber artist Karen Loprete will be the featured artist for the month of October at The Funky Monkey Cafe & Gallery in Cheshire, CT.Opening Reception: Friday, October 7, 2011 7PM – 9PMThe Funky Monkey Cafe & Gallery130 Elm Street, The Watch Factory ShoppesCheshire, CT 06410(203) 439-9161Open Mon,Sun 10am-4pm; Tue-Thu 10am-8pm; Fri 10am-10pm; Sat 9am-10pmhttp://www.thefunkymonkeycafe.comFor more information about the artist, and to see more of her work on line, visit:

2011 SAQA Benefit Auction – Pass the Word

After one week, SAQA has sold 25 pieces and raised over $10,000! Quilts in Section 1 have been selling fast but there are still some beautiful pieces left, including work by SAQA-CT members Ruth Anne Olson and Debbie Bein.  You have until Sunday night to buy one of the amazing works of fiber art in Section 1.  (images, upper right: Token Art Quilt by D. Bein, Shades of Autumn by R. Olson) will drop to $150 at 2PM today and then to $75 at 2PM Saturday, but don’t wait too long or you may miss out on your favorite!On Monday September 19th, SAQA will open Section 2.  Quilts on pages 2a and 2b will be up for bid starting at $750.  Section 2 includes work by Connecticut artists Gail Kotowski, Norma Schlager and Diane Wright.   (images left to right: Sunset by G. Kotowski, Technicolor Ginkos III by N. Schlager, and Shards of the Day by D. Wright)Please take some time (and encourage your friends) to visit SAQA’s website and consider bidding on one of …

Arts and Crafts on Bedford This Weekend – Sept 17th, 18th (Stamford, CT)

Arts & Crafts on BedfordSaturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2011Stamford Downtown along Bedford Street will come alive with color, flavor and sound for Arts & Crafts on Bedford on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2011.Over 75 Juried Craftsmen and women from throughout the Northeast will display and sell their juried American made works including Stained Glass, Photography, Embroidery, Pottery, Original Oil Paintings and Watercolors, Pen and Ink Drawings, Custom Quilts, Metal Sculpture, Fiber Arts, Candles, Country Woodcrafts, Blown Glass, Fine Jewelry, Wearable Art and more.Festival hours are Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.Don’t miss the Imagination Station with “hands on” activities for kids presented by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and the Bartlett Arboretum including farm animals and crafts.The Fair is held rain or shine, handicap accessible and admission is free.Directions: From Route 95 take Exit 8.Arts & Cr…

Sept 25, 2011: Deadline for Entries into ART QUILT ELEMENTS

Art Quilt Elements - Call for Entry
Online Submissions
June 1 - September 25, 2011Exhibition dates are March 30, 2012 to May 13, 2012 and will be held at the Wayne Art Center,
413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne PA 19087.AQE 2012 is the 10th Exhibition of this internationally acclaimed show set in suburban Philadelphia.
"One of the distinctions of our show is our professional presentation of art quilts.  The exhibition has been widely praised by reviewers and artists not only for exhibiting the quilts in a gallery setting but also for promoting the art quilt as an art form."Registration preview the forms, click here.If you have questions about the exhibit, please contact you have questions about the online system, contact Lisa Ellis at

New Classes with Pat Ferguson (Ashford, CT)

A message from SAQA-CT artist Pat Ferguson:Tired of the same few quilting designs? Do you want more ideas and an easier approach to machine quilting your quilts or art quilts? Then join Pat Ferguson at her studio in Ashford, CT:Zentangle® class on Saturday, September 24, 10am-12:30.For those who want to broaden design skills or just want to relax and focus with a new way of drawing. This class is for anyone (age 12 and over) and crosses all occupations and skill levels. No prior experience necessary. Just come to class- all materials will be provided. Drawing only.Zen Quilting class on Saturday, October 1 10am-3:30.Helps build confidence in machine quilting skills, breaks quilters block, add new free motion quilting designs to your quilts or art quilts, relax your hand and become one with your machine. Class requires minimal basic machine quilting skills. Drawing and work on your machine.Sign up online or email for a snail mail registration form.
Pat is …

The Art Quilt Gallery NYC: “Explosions in Color” by Carol Taylor (New York, NY)

Explosions in Color by Carol Taylor September 9 to October 29, 2011 Explosions in Color dramatically showcases the vibrant colors, striking contrasts, use of value, as well as dense quilting and embroidery that distinguish Carol Taylor’s quilts and make them visually stunning artworks.  Internationally known, award-winning quilt artist, Carol Taylor, approaches her art with intensity and a seemingly boundless energy.
For more information, contact:
Dale Riehl:
The ArtQuilt Gallery NYC 133 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 to 6 pm
Sunday & Monday by appointment only

New Class with Kendell Storm (Yonkers, NY)

A message from CT/NY artist Kendell Storm:Good News!I have been hired as one of the new instructors at JoAnns on Central Ave in Yonkers, NY.
This Saturday, September 10, between the hours of 1 pm and 3 pm, I will be in the new JoAnn Fabrics store to introduce the quilting classes. Anyone who registers on Saturday for the following classes will get 50% off the class fee. Please invite the guild members to come to the classroom and see what we will be teaching at the new store.
The classes I will be teaching are:
Quilting 101 - Rotary cutting and accurate piecing - you will learn to make the Hole in the Barn Door block (free rotary cutter with registration fee)
ONE 2.5 HOUR SESSION -  SEPT 20 9:30-12:00, OCT 1 9:00-11:30,
OCT 8 9:30-12:00, or OCT 28 6:00-8:30
Quilting 102 - In A Bind - learn how to accurately piece, quilt, and bind a potholder, all the things you need to know to make a quilt!
ONE 3 HOUR SESSION - SEPT 17 9:30-12:30 and OCT. 16 2:30-5:3…

Presentation by Liz Alpert Fay at Farnsworth Art Museum, Sept 24th (Rockland, Maine)

Contemporary Hooking: A Fine ArtLecture by Fiber Artist Liz Alpert FaySaturday, September 24, 2 PMTo celebrate the opening of the exhibition Beyond Rugs! nationally recognized textile artist Liz Alpert Fay will give a presentation on the world of contemporary hooking.Many people are familiar with antique hooked rugs, but few are aware of the new and innovative works being produced by contemporary hooking artists today. In this illustrated presentation, Fay will lead viewers on a journey through the world of artists hooking throughout the United States and Canada.Liz Alpert Fay studied Textile Design at Boston University and later became intrigued with the technique of traditional rug hooking. Since then she has been creating colorful hand- hooked rugs of her own design. She currently co-curates an annual juried show called "Pushing the Limits: New Expressions in Hooked Art(image: "Spontaneous Stripe" 18" x 26" Liz Alpert Fay)Location:Farnsworth Art Museum 

SAQA’s 2011 Benefit Auction Begins Monday!

The SAQA 2011 Benefit Auction will begin on Monday, September 12th at 2:00 PM (Eastern Time) and conclude on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 PM Eastern.  Last year's Benefit Auction raised $52,450. The funds raised through the Auction are critical to supporting SAQA's exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs.How the Auction works: 
The Auction is run in three sections (Section 1 - Pages 1a and 1b; Section 2 - Pages 2a and 2b; Section 3 - Pages 3a and 3b).
On the first day of each section's auction, the price for all pieces in that section is $750. The next day (at 2:00 Eastern), the price drops to $550. The third day, it drops to $350, then $250, then $150, and finally $75.Important Dates:
The first section will begin September 12th at 2:00 PM Eastern.
The second section will begin September 19th at 2:00 PM Eastern.
The third section will begin September 26th at 2:00 PM Eastern.How You Bid: You bid by filling out the online bid form (which will be "live" when …