Showing posts from February, 2013

Meeting Notes AND Please Welcome Our New SAQA CT Rep, Catherine Whall Smith!

A lot of information packed into one short meeting! But first…***Please welcome Catherine (Cathy) Smith, our new SAQA CT Rep!Cathy will take over as Co-Rep as Kate Themel steps down in April. 
Diane Wright will end her tenure as a SAQA Rep at the end of 2013, transitioning the role to Barbara Adams. But Diane and Kate won’t be far away – they’ll continue as Managing Curators for the “Local Color” exhibition through 2014. Cathy is excited to take on this two year commitment and is eager to hear from the members regarding their goals for SAQA CT.To learn more about Cathy Smith and her artwork, visit her website:***Now on to the 2/23/2013 MEETING NOTES: February 23, 2013
Windsor Art Center (Windsor, CT) Despite the threat of pending snow - 27 Members and 5 Guests attended our meeting at the Winsor Art Center. Marcia Hinckley, our host at the Windsor Art Center, spoke a little about the gallery’s current exhibition, “Ed Johnetta Miller: Fibers &am…

“The Artistry of CT Craft” Opens Friday, Brookfield Craft Center

The Brookfield Craft Center presents:The Artistry of Connecticut Craft
March 1 – April 14, 2013Opening reception: Friday, March 1, 2013 from 5 – 8 PM SAQA-CT artist Kate Themel will have five pieces of fiber art in the multi media group show, including her fabric portrait “After the Wake” (image, lower left).  Participating artists include Robert Dancik (jewelry), Andy Pyle and Leslie French (glass), Ann Mallory (ceramics), Missy Stevens (fiber art), Patty Storms (drawing), William Trowbridge (forged iron), Brian Walters (sculpture) and Joy Wulke (sculpture). Visit the Craft Center’s gift shop and gallery to see the variety of beautiful handcrafted pottery, glasswork, jewelry and more.Gallery/Gift Shop Hours:
Monday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm
and by appointmentBrookfield Craft Center
285 Whisconier Rd
Brookfield, CT 06804
www.brookfieldcraft.orgFor more information call (203) 775-4526 or email

Local Color: The Entries are In

Thank you, SAQA-CT artists!  You really came through for “Local Color”. 46 artists submitted 99 pieces of beautiful fiber art to be considered for the exhibition. The next step is in the hands of our jurors, Michele Palmer and Fran Phillips, to choose the final collection.Notifications will be sent via email on or before March 15th.  Good luck, everyone!

New Venue for “Local Color”– Slater Memorial Museum (Norwich, CT)

We are proud to announce another venue for SAQA-CT’s traveling exhibition “Local Color”. The Slater Memorial Museum will host the show in September 2013.The Slater Memorial Museum is part of the Norwich Free Academy, located at 108 Crescent Street in Norwich, CT.Don’t wait – get your entries in today!  Registration closes on February 15, 2013. To enter, sign on to and go to: Color Venues:
Haas Library at Western CT State U in Danbury, CT from May 4 – June 14, 2013
Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT from July 1 –31, 2013
Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, CT from September 1- 30, 2013
and finally Guilford Art Center in Guilford, CT in January, 2014SAQA Members: If you have any questions or hesitation about entering your work, or if you would like to participate by volunteering to help during the exhibition, please contact Managing Curators Kate Themel or Diane Wright.

69th Annual CT Artists Exhibition at Slater Museum Opens Feb 10

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artists Barb McKie and Catherine Whall Smith! They will exhibit their fiber artwork in The 69th Annual Connecticut Artists Exhibition at The Slater Memorial Museum, opening this Sunday.
This all-media art show includes paintings, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, photography and fiber art.  Visit the Slater Museum’s website for directions and gallery hours:

(Image: Detail, from the Views- Country & City Series by C.W.Smith)
SHOW DATES - February 10 through March 22, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION - Sunday February 10, 2013 from 1 –3 PM
Awards ceremony at 2 PMThe Slater Memorial Museum Norwich Free Academy
108 Crescent Street
Norwich, CT 06360
(860) 887-2506

Opening Feb 7, 2013 - Two Exhibitions at W.Hartford Art League

Artwork by SAQA-CT members Diane Cadrain, Sandra Fromson, Mickey Lawler, Phyllis Small, Cathy Whall Smith, and Carol Vinick are among the variety of work featured in a multi-media exhibition “Out of the Loop”, opening February 7th at the West Hartford Art League. For a complete list of accepted work, visit WHAL’s website: the Clubhouse Gallery:Out of the Loop features fiber art created with a broad variety of materials and techniques.  Crochet, weaving, felted garments, dolls and art quilts co-exist in this beautiful and colorful show.
(image: “Gold Hay #1, 2,3” Triptych by C.Smith)“I was impressed by the imagination and variety of artwork submitted for Out of the Loop.  Some of the pieces really surprised me with their approach to materials and broadened my own view of fiber art.  It has been inspiring for me, as an artist.  I hope visitors enjoy the show.” – Kate Themel, jurorDown the hill at the Saltbox Gallery:Juror Kate Theme…