Showing posts from July, 2015

We Need Mentors! A message from Sue Bleiweiss, Mentorship Coordinator

Now that the mentorship program has been underway for several weeks I thought I would post an update on how it’s going and provide some statistics and other information about it.  So far 12 matches have been made and all the mentees have met with their mentors at least once via Skype, FaceTime or telephone to talk about their objectives and goals and to set up a regular communication schedule with each other.   Everyone is very excited about their new partnerships and I couldn’t be happier about that.You might be wondering who these mentors are so I am going to tell you!  I’m sharing their names with their permission of course and they are:
Pamela Allen
Sue Bleiweiss
Lisa Call
Jenny Bowker
Sherri Culver
Kathleen Loomis
Alison Schwabe
Pamela Druhen
Carol Ann Waugh
Susan Polansky
Phylis CullenEach of them have signed on to work with at least one mentee and a couple are working with more than one.   I am grateful for their willingness to sign on to be a part of this program because the success of t…

Deadline Next Weekend: ARTISTIC WANDERINGS, Norwich Arts Center (Norwich, CT)

Attention ALL visual artists!  Don’t miss the opportunity to enter your artwork into “Artistic Wanderings” at the Norwich Arts Center (NAC).Exhibition Dates: August 5 – 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, August 7Work must be dropped off at NAC for jurying.
Norwich Arts Center
60-64 Broadway
Norwich, CT 06360
http://www.norwicharts.orgDrop off dates: Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, 2015
between 12 - 4 PM
Juror: Donita Aruny, Program and Marketing Director for the Shoreline Arts Alliance**Over $1600 in prize money will be awarded!**Available Awards: $250 for 1st prize, $125 for 2nd prize and for
3rd prize: free rental space for 1 month in “Gallery Too”, sponsored by NAC. Any 2-dimensional work is eligible (except photography)Plus 5 additional $250 prizes for Fine Craft, sponsored by the Katherine Forest Crafts Foundation. Eligible work includes pottery, weaving, jewelry, textile, woodworking and metal.PROSPECTUS for Artistic Wanderings 2015ENTRY FORM for Artistic Wanderings 2015For mor…

Rita Hannafin Interviewed at Sacred Threads (Herndon, VA)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artist, Rita Hannafin! Rita was at the Artist Reception for “Sacred Threads” in Herndon, Virginia and was interviewed for the Quilt Alliance: Go Tell It at the Quilt Show.  You can watch Rita’s and dozens of other artists’ interviews on the Quilt Alliance YouTube channel: the participating artists in “Sacred Threads” were invited to speak about their work. Accepted artists include SAQA-CT members Christina Blais, Diane Cadrain and Mary Lachman. A full list of participating artists can be found on Sacred Threads’ website:’s quilt will now be listed in the National Registry of Quilts.  Rita enjoyed the reception, as she put it: “The catalogue is fantastic, and it was great having other artists sign it…  I was also interviewed for a documentary specifically being made for Sacred Threads, so this was a really great experience.” Ano…

SAQA Trunk Show is on Display at the Lyme Art Association (Old Lyme, CT)

This week, SAQA-CT artists Catherine Whall Smith, Barbara Adams and Rita Hannafin brought the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ Trunk Show to the Lyme Art Association. Please stop by and take a look at these beautiful, handmade works of fiber art. SAQA Members: You will have a chance to see the Trunk Show at our next regional meeting, which will be held at the Lyme Art Association on July 18 from 10am – 2pm.The SAQA Trunk Show will be on display at the Lyme Art Association from July 15 – 22, 2015.LAA's main floor Galleries will display over 50 art quilts. Each quilt is 10 x 7 inches, mounted on a black backing board, and sealed inside a clear envelope. The artist's location, artwork title, statement and information about techniques and materials are on the back. The quilts are not for sale.Lyme Art Association
90 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371

Diane Wright, Presentation on Fiber Art this Saturday (Guilford, CT)

Fiber Artist Diane Wright to Speak on Contemporary QuiltsSaturday, July 11, 2015 beginning at 2 PM
At the Guilford Keeping Society
Medad Stone Tavern Museum
197 Three Mile Course
Guilford, CT 06437 a special feature of Guilford's town-wide summer quilt show, Diane Wright, nationally known art quilter, will speak on "Contemporary Stitches in Time,"  She will discuss the use of antique quilt patterns in the making of contemporary quilts and quilts as art.  Diane has invited friends and fellow quilters from the Guilford quilting group, Sisters in Cloth, to join her in sharing their own contemporary quilts that have been influenced by tradition. Times change, but as Diane says, "It's always been about the hand and the stitch."The talk will take place at The Guilford Keeping Society's Medad Stone Tavern, 197 Three Mile Course. Visitors to the Tavern can also view a display of historic quilts owned by the Society.Since the …