Showing posts from September, 2013

New Art Center Planned for Cheshire, CT

Ball & Socket Arts will transform the former Ball & Socket Manufacturing Co. building in Cheshire, CT into a multi-disciplinary arts center and community gathering place. The Ball & Socket site was a working factory for almost 150 years, from 1850 until 1992. The company produced decorative buttons and metal fasteners.  The site is 3.02 acres, with six buildings housing 72,000 square feet of interior space. The Ball and Socket Arts group is raising funds to renovate and rehabilitate this beautiful and historic site to include art galleries, performance spaces, studios, classrooms, shops, restaurants and more. Final purchase of the site will take place in March 2014 and work will begin immediately. Opening is planned for the summer of 2016.The vision for Ball & Socket is to:Transform the historic factory and grounds into an arts and entertainment complex Present curated exhibitions of professional artists with a focus on contemporary art, and provide exhibition spaces f…

Three CT SAQA Artists in New Exhibition: Totally Texture (Newtown, CT)

SAQA artists Nike Cutsumpas, Barbara Drillick and Norma Schlager will participate in a new exhibition with FiberWorks, a creative group made up of Connecticut fiber artists.
(Image: Readying for Rebirth by N.Cutsumpas)Totally Texture:
An Exhibit of Contemporary Fiber Art by FiberWorksOctober 4th - November 7th, 2013Cyrenius Booth Library
25 Main Street
Newtown, Connecticut Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:30-am - 8pm
Friday 11am - 5pm
Sataurday 9:30am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Light a Candle on Sept 23 for Yvonne Porcella, SAQA's Founder

A message from Sue Bleiweiss:The quilting world considers YVONNE PORCELLA to be the Godmother of Art Quilting and for good reason. Yvonne's books and teaching have reached worldwide. Her quilts are in major museums and collections. Thousands of quilters name her as an influence and inspiration. She has studied, collected and celebrated fiber arts through history and from around the world while she herself moved from designing and sewing unique wearables to making art quilts.Her quilts reflect her celebration of ethnic fiber arts, her love of color, her sense of humor and her upbeat view of life. Along the way she saw a need for a forum for professional development and advocacy for recognition of art quilting as contemporary fine art and for a resource hub. That vision led to the founding of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) in 1989.Yvonne Porcella is also a member of that club no one asks to join—that of cancer survivor. Right now she hopes to stay in the club. You've sent wo…

Bidding Has Begun! SAQA Benefit Auction 2013

As of today, 82 pieces have sold and SAQA has raised $17,400.  Don't miss your chance to take home your favorite 12x12 art quilt!Here are a few examples, celebrating the colors of autumn. Enjoy!

New Classes: Art Guild of Middletown (Middlefield, CT)

The Art Guild of Middletown holds its next Demonstration on Thursday, September 12th, 2013 at 7 pm.It will feature Wild Life artist Pat Morris. Pat, a native of Connecticut, began her art career in the 1970’s with a focus on pet portraiture. By 1980 she was also painting wildlife, in particular the wolves that she had come to know in her association with a wolf ambassador program in Connecticut. Through the years she continued to enjoy the challenge of the depiction of animals, both wild and domestic. She works primarily in pastel which she will be presenting but also enjoys acrylic, oil paints and drawing with pencil or silverpoint. Our next workshop on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:30 am will be a Plein Air workshop lead by Jacqueline White. Jackie works in oils but will open the workshop to all mediums. Jackie’s oils are done primarily on location wherever her travels take her. Her paintings summon ephemeral moments and emotions that are conceived in nature. Her rich color pale…

New Art Quilt Workshop: North Country Studio (N. Hampton, NH)

As of today, there is still room available!  Deadline for application is December 1, 2013QUILTING: EMERGING STYLE
JAN 28 – FEB 2, 2014Style results from who you are and what you care about. This workshop will encourage you to stretch the possibilities, working with favorite fabrics and designs, but also exploring their opposites.  Using basic techniques—piecing, construction, sewing tips, and shortcuts—you will develop ideas into well thought-out compositions.  Along the way, you will find meaning that is not obvious or automatic, but that demonstrates who you are as an artist. Basic sewing skills needed. Download Materials List.For more information about this and other workshops, visit: Country Studio Workshops
PO Box 247
North Hampton, NH 03862
Telephone: 603-380-4520