Saturday, January 28, 2012

CT Fiber Arts Collective: “Red-Read” Exhibition (Southbury, CT)


The Southbury Library Presents

RED – READ

Fiber Arts Exhibit

February 1st – February 29th

100 Poverty Road, Southbury, CT

Unique art quilts created by the

Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective

The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective holds exhibits at various venues throughout the year. If you have a space and wish to host an exhibit, please contact us at: 203-574-5607 or carolreaton@comcast.net

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Call for Entries: All-Media Juried Exhibition at the Slater Memorial Museum (Norwich, CT)

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THE NORWICH FREE ACADEMY presents:

The 68th Annual Connecticut Artists Exhibition Feb 19 – March 30, 2012

Located on the campus of Norwich Free Academy, the Slater Museum awakens visitors to the richness and diversity of the human experience through art and history. For more than one hundred years, the Museum has displayed and interpreted the best examples of fine and decorative art, representing a broad range of world cultures of the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa.

Artists working in any media who reside in Connecticut are invited to submit up to 2 pieces of their work for consideration.  Up to $950 will be awarded in prizes.

Entries must be hand delivered to the Converse Gallery (adjacent to Slater Museum) Sat & Sun February 4 & 5, 2012 from 1 – 4PM

Declined work must be picked up on Friday Feb 10 from 8:30AM – 3:30PM or Saturday, Sunday Feb 11th, 12th from 1:00-3:30PM

Click here for the full prospectus:
http://www.norwichfreeacademy.com/uploaded/Slater_Museum_Files/2012_Prospectus.pdf

Visit www.norwichfreeacademy.com for hours and directions.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jan 15-16, 2012: Quilts by Betty Warner and Jeanne Marklin at Williams College (Williamstown, MA)

SAQA-CT members Jeanne Marklin (MA/CT) and Betty Warner will be at Williams College celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day as members of “Fiber Artists for Hope”.

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The group Fiber Artists for Hope was formed in 2009 after the election of President Barak Obama.  Their current exhibition has traveled around the USA and includes 24 quilts, each one is a particular artist’s perspective on racism.

Betty and Jeanne will be at Williams College to talk about their work and participate in a discussion about racism.  Please join them in Williamstown on January 15 and 16!

Williams College Presents:

Unspoken Truth about Color: A Dialogue in Art Quilts about Racism
Sunday Jan. 15 and Monday Jan. 16, 2012
4 – 6 PM 
Lobby of ‘62 Center for Theater and Dance
Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

'62 Center for Theater and Dance
Williams College
1000 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
http://62center.williams.edu/62center/

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

CT Fiber Art Collective Presents: Identity and Other Things

The prolific CT Fiber Art Collective (CFAC) begins 2012 with a new exhibition at the Southbury Public Library.

Identity and Other Things
January 1 – 31, 2012

The show takes its name from the concept identity and challenges each participant to use fiber art to create an image in the essence of her own singularity. In addition each artist will display a collection of some of their favorite pieces making the entire exhibit a unique and unexpected experience for the public.

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(image: Sky by K. Loprete)

Exhibiting Artists: Diane Cadrain, Carol Eaton, Mary Lachman, Karen Loprete, Carol Vinick, Diane Wright, Rosalind Spann and Antonia Torres and Carine Greene.

Please stop by and take a look!

The Southbury Public Library is located at
100 Poverty Road
Southbury, CT 06488
203-262-0626

www.southburylibrary.org

Monday, January 9, 2012

Message from your CT Reps: A Look Back on 2011

As SAQA Regional Reps, Diane and I submit a “State of the Region” report at the end of each year.  This is an opportunity to reflect on the past year, what we did as a group, and what we would like to do in the future.
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In putting together our report, we took a look at all the amazing achievements of our membership.  We could not be more proud of the artists from Connecticut, as well as those who traveled from other States to attend meetings and share their work with us.
Here are SOME of the events we celebrated in 2011:
  • Barbara Barrick McKie exhibited her work several prestigious shows in 2011 including: Objects d’Art: Form and Function in Groton CT, Fiber Revolution: Visual Thoughts in Morristown NJ, Quilt Odyssey in Hershey PA, the International Quilt Festival in Houston TX, American Quilt Society exhibition in Demoines IA, World Quilt and Textile 2011, the Wisconsin Quilt Expo and the Pennsylvania National Quilt Expo.
  • Deirdre Abbotts participated in Identity in Fiber in Windsor, CT.  She also organized and launched the CT Modern Quilt Guild, and created a blog for the group: http://www.ctmodernquiltguild.com/ 
  • Gail Kotowski participated in Identity in Fiber in Windsor, CT.  Gail was one of 8 CT artists who helped a worthy cause by donating a 12x12 quilt to SAQA’s 2011 Benefit Auction.
  • Diane Cadrain completed 3 commissioned banners for the United Methodist Church of Hartford. A solo exhibition of Diane’s work was held at Wethersfield Library in Wethersfield, CT. Cadrain was also the only artist from Connecticut accepted into Volusia: Wrapped in Fiber held in Volusia County, CA. Her work was juried into the 100th Exhibition of CT Academy of Fine Arts in Mystic, CT.
  • Lisa Corson held regular Open Studio days at her Red Barn studio in Wolcott, CT and taught classes throughout the year. Her work was juried into Art Quilts Lowell: the Sea in Lowell, MA and Quilts=Art=Quilts in Auburn, NY.
  • Vivika Hansen DeNegre was featured on a July episode of Quilting Arts TV with Pokey Bolton. Vivika was one of two CT artists accepted into the Brush Gallery’s For the Birds exhibition of fine art. DeNegre launched a new blog and began the Prayer Flag Project which drew participants from over 40 artists from 4 different countries. She participated in both the Killingworth Arts Trail and the Shoreline Arts Trail. In December 2011, Vivika was hired as the new editor of Quilting Arts Magazine.
  • Jane Davila taught several on line classes and published Quilting Arts: in Stitches Vol.5. Jane participated in One Hundred Collages for the Virginia Spiegel’s fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
  • Carol Eaton completed a commissioned series of work for Sharon Colwell, APRN. The 3 piece installation hangs in the waiting room of Colwell’s office in Stratford, CT. Carol’s work was exhibited in Fiber Harvest in West Hartford CT, Identity in Fiber in Windsor CT, Small Quilts for a Sacred Space in Hartford CT and Identity in Middlefield, CT.
  • Karen Loprete exhibited her work at the Left Bank Gallery in Essex, CT. Her work was also accepted into Deep Spaces traveling exhibition. Loprete had a solo exhibition of work at the Funky Monkey CafĂ© & Gallery in Cheshire, CT.
  • Catherine Whall Smith exhibited her work at the Akus Gallery as well as the Burton Leavitt Theatre, both in Willimantic, CT and Quilts=Art=Quilts in Auburn, NY. Catherine also exhibited work in the MAC Regional All Media Show in Mystic, CT and the Sun-Up Gallery in Westerly, RI. She participated in the Artists Open Studios of Northeast CT. Two of Smith’s quilts were featured in the September/October 2011 issue of Art New England magazine, and was one of 4 artists from CT to have her work selected for permanent collection at the University of Michigan Art Museum.
  • Mayann Weinberg exhibited her fiber art in Ver Luminarium at the Gertrude G. White Gallery in Greenwich, CT.  Mayann also taught classes at the Brookfield Craft Center (Brookfield, CT).
  • Diane Wright’s work was juried into the Poser exhibition in Guilford CT, SAQA’s Deep Spaces traveling exhibition, Art Quilts Lowell: the Sea, Art Quilts at the Whistler and the Brush Gallery’s For the Birds exhibition of fine art in Lowell, MA. Diane also participated in the Shoreline Arts Trail and Open Studios, Double Take: Photo & Fiber, Fiber Harvest, Identity, It’s a Rumor and Gray in Guilford CT and Identity in Fiber in Windsor, CT.
  • Martha Wolfe is a former CT resident who currently lives in Florida. She keeps in close contact with her friends in CT and continues to participate in fiber art events here, such as the Double Take: Photo & Fiber exhibition and Identity in Fiber. Her work was accepted into several SAQA exhibitions including Deep Spaces, Sense of Adventure and Beyond Comfort.
  • Norma Schlager exhibited her work in Art Quilts Lowell: the Sea in Lowell, MA. She helped a good cause by donating a 12x12 quilt to the 2011 SAQA Benefit Auction.
  • Margaret Phillips exhibited her work in Art Quilts at the Whistler in Lowell, MA and in Quilts=Art=Quilts in Auburn, NY where she earned the Award for Machine Workmanship. Margaret was one of 4 artists from CT to have her work selected for permanent collection at the University of Michigan Art Museum.
  • Karen Maru was interviewed for a feature article on the World of Threads blog.
  • Pat Ferguson held regular classes on Zentangle® and Zen Quilting.
  • Liz Alpert Fay exhibited her contemporary hooked rug art in On Higher Ground at the Guilford Art Center in Guilford CT and Beyond Rugs! at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, ME; at both exhibitions Liz gave a lecture about the evolution of hooked rugs. She co-curates an annual juried show called "Pushing the Limits: New Expressions in Hooked Art”.
  • Mary Lachman gave a hands-on quilting demonstration during the Opening Reception of the CT Fiber Arts Collective: IDENTITY exhibition. Mary also created a blog for the CT Fiber Arts Collective. Mary was one of 4 artists from CT to have her work selected for permanent collection at the University of Michigan Art Museum.
  • Carolyn Cooney exhibited her fiber artwork in Quilts=Art=Quilts in Auburn, NY.
  • Toni Torres exhibited her fiber art in Identity at the Levi Coe Library in Middlefield CT and Small Quilts for a Sacred Space in Hartford, CT.
  • Jennifer O’Brien organized a multi-national invitational exhibition of fiber art Quilts Inspired by Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. The show premiered in Kagoshima, Japan.
  • Martha Sielman presented her lecture 40 Masters of Art Quilts at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. She continues to edit and review books on fiber art and serves as the Executive Director of SAQA Inc.
  • Cher Hurney exhibited her fiber art in Identity at the Levi Coe Library in Middlefield CT and Small Quilts for a Sacred Space in Hartford.
  • Muriel Stockdale-Grabe continues to travel with her collection of fiber art flags E Pluribus. Some of Muriel’s work was chosen for the multi-purpose community space at Charlotte’s Place in Manhattan, NY. One of the flags was displayed in Continuum: Gender Identities in Ridgefield, CT.
  • Rosalind Spann exhibited her fiber art in Identity at the Levi Coe Library in Middlefield CT, Small Quilts for a Sacred Space in Hartford CT and Fiber Harvest in West Hartford, CT.
  • Debbie Bein is a dual-State member from NY who participates in CT Regional meetings and events. Debbie had her work juried into Quilts=Art=Quilts in Auburn NY, Form Not Function in New Albany IN, Deep Spaces traveling exhibition, Fiber Plus in Yonkers NY and Quilted Expressions in Columbus, OH.
  • Carine Greene exhibited her fiber art in Identity with the CT Fiber Arts Collective at the Levi Coe Library in Middlefield CT.
  • Ruth Anne Olson exhibited her work in several exhibitions in Guilford, CT including Double Take: Photo & Fiber, It’s a Rumor and Gray. Ruth Anne also participated in Identity in Fiber in Windsor, CT.
  • Kate Themel was accepted into Quilt National ’11, where she won the Young Emerging Artist Award as well as the People’s Choice Award. Kate also exhibited work in Sacred Threads in Herndon VA, Fiber Revolution: Visual Thoughts in Morristown NJ, Art Bazaar Gallery in NYC, A Show of Heads in Hudson NY and a solo exhibition in Cheshire, CT. Themel’s quilt “Dandelion” was featured in Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine, September issue.
  • Carol Vinick exhibited her fiber art in Identity at the Levi Coe Library in Middlefield CT, Small Quilts for a Sacred Space in Hartford CT, Fiber Harvest in West Hartford CT and Identity in Fiber at the Windsor Art Center in Windsor, CT.
  • Linda Zimmerman was interviewed for a feature article on Jungle Red Writers blog. Linda taught children’s art classes at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT and exhibited her work with Sisters in Cloth in Double Take: Photo & Fiber.
We did a lot as individuals, and in small groups, too!
  • Identity in Fiber at the Windsor Art Center (Windsor, CT) featured work by the following SAQA-CT members: Deirdre Abbotts, Debbie Bein, Debbie Bento, Sally Brown, Vivika DeNegre, Carol Eaton, Gail Kotowski, Eileen Lauterborn, Karen Loprete, Jutta Halpin, Carol Ludington, Barbara McKie, Ruth Anne Olson, Kate Themel, Carol Vinick, Martha Wolfe and Diane Wright
  • Exhibitions of fiber art by Sisters in Cloth featured fiber artwork by SAQA-CT members Barbara C. Adams, Debra Bento, Vivika Hansen DeNegre, Yvette Howard, Gail Kotowski, Carol Ludington, Ruth Anne Olson, Linda Sexton-Patrick, Martha Wolfe, Diane Wright and Linda Zimmerman. The Double-Take: Photo & Fiber collection was exhibited at CT Hospice in Branford, the Guilford Public Library and Yale’s Haskins Gallery. Other exhibitions by the Sisters in 2011 include Gray and It’s a Rumor.
  • CT Fiber Arts Collective (including SAQA-CT members Mary Lachman, Diane Cadrain, Carol Eaton, Rosalind Spann, Toni Torres, Cher Hurney, Karen Loprete, Diane Wright, Carol Vinick and Carine Greene) held their first group show, Small Quilts for a Sacred Space at the Unitarian Society of Hartford. They continued with 2 more exhibitions in 2011: Fiber Harvest, and Identity.  Member Mary Lachman maintains a blog for the group: http://ctfac.blogspot.com/

Please continue to send us your fiber art news, including exhibitions, classes, publications and anything else you’d like to share with the group. 
Thank you ALL for making 2011 such a wonderful year for SAQA!


Sincerely,


Kate Themel & Diane Wright
Your SAQA-CT Reps

Monday, January 2, 2012

Kate Themel’s Work on the Cover of Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine

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SAQA-CT artist Kate Themel is thrilled to announce that her art quilt “Teapot” is on the cover of this month’s Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine.  The issue contains an multipage overview of Kate’s journey as an artist, along with color photos of some of Themel’s work.

You can find MQU magazine at JoAnn Fabrics, select quilt stores and by subscription. http://mqumag.com/ 

To see more of Kate’s work, visit http://www.katethemel.com

Living in a Virtual World

We are living in strange, isolating times but SAQA-CT is still here for you. Many of our events and exhibitions are digital and virtual, but...