Tuesday, October 16, 2012

CT Regional Meeting, October 6, 2012

Thanks to the organization of SAQA-CT Co-Rep Diane Wright, about 35 SAQA artists and friends were able to get together at the Guilford Art Center (Guilford, CT) for another great meeting.

For those of you who were not able to attend, here are some of the highlights:

Updates on SAQA-CT Regional Exhibition “Local Color”

  • We now have 2 jurors on board for the show.  Fran Phillips, Adjunct Professor of Art at Seton Hall University and Michele Palmer, author and board member at Windham Textile and History Museum.
  • Reminder that on line entry opens JANUARY 15, 2013 – entries will be accepted through SAQA’s on line system using digital photos.  Please remember to take clear, HIGH resolution photos of your work; we are planning to use them for an exhibition catalog.
  • A few questions from members about what will be accepted: Group work IS acceptable as long as the artists are all SAQA-CT members.  Also, due to the fact that we need to transport the collection from one venue to the next, sculptural/free standing work cannot be accepted.  Framed and mounted pieces are being discussed, and we’ll keep everyone informed of the final decision.  But logistically, it would be preferable to have the ability to roll up wall hanging pieces for storage and delivery.
  • More information about the show can be found on this blog, under the “Local Color” tab

Guilford Art League’s 65th Annual Juried Exhibition and Sale - We were fortunate to have our meeting surrounded by this beautiful all-media art show. 
Guilford Art Center
411 Church Street
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-5947

Fiber Art Show and Tell!  Always a crowd pleaser!  We got to see so many different forms of fiber art, from Diane Cadrain’s felted work to Claire Willis’ colorful pieces made with woven strips of copper.  See photos from our meeting, below.

2012Oct_DWright2Private Viewing of Aboriginal Art - After the Meeting at GAC, many of us carpooled to Diane Wright’s house, to see her extensive collection of Aboriginal art.  Diane shared the background stories of some individual pieces, and explained the meanings behind certain shapes. 

2012Oct_DWrightIt would take much longer than an afternoon to fully understand the symbolism and spiritual significance of this art form, of course.  But we were able to get a very informative overview from an expert and passionate collector; many of us were inspired to find out more about Aboriginal art on our own. 

As always, it was an inspiring day.  Thanks again Diane for organizing the venue and for opening your home to us. 


Our NEXT regional meeting will be at the Guilford Free Library on December 8, 2012 courtesy of Sisters in Cloth.  Stay tuned for more details!

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