All resident artists of Connecticut are welcome to submit. Please refer to the prospectus for complete submission and exhibition details. Download it now at www.slatermuseum.org.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
All resident artists of Connecticut are welcome to submit. Please refer to the prospectus for complete submission and exhibition details. Download it now at www.slatermuseum.org.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Before I get into the meeting brief, a few calendar notes:
— Members of SAQA-CT (and NJ) are invited to the SAQA-NY regional meeting next Saturday, December 10, from 10-11:45am (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm space availability). 335 West 38th Street, 8th floor #8.
— Sisters in Cloth will be having an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, December 10, from 2-5pm for their current exhibition at the Guilford Free Library. The exhibit will be up through the month of December and includes work by some of our SAQA members, as well as our recent guest, Hiroko Matsuda.
— The second half of the Local Color: Connecticut Stories exhibition will be up at Connecticut Hospice through January 7, 2017.
— We hope to have our next regional meeting sometime in February, but we’re still in need of a venue. Please email me or Christina if you have a (no-cost) meeting space for 45ish people on a Saturday from 10am-2pm…
Now back to our meeting! Christina briefed us on some helpful things found on the main SAQA website. First was the SAQA Seminar, a new project launched by the SAQA Education Committee, chock full of multi-media content - this series is all about "Stitching”. Christina also noted the fantastic index of back issues of the SAQA Journal. You can search or sort by topic, date, title or author to find what you need. So handy!
Our regional Trunk Show, “You’re Doing What?!" made a spectacular appearance at our meeting. It has visited three different guilds/quilt groups so far (email Hope Barton or Betty Warner to schedule the trunk with your venue!). It was a delight to see the variety of ideas and work amongst our regional membership, and the results of the hardwork of our Trunk Show committee. Those who were present and had pieces in the show spoke briefly about how their piece fit in the theme…or how it didn’t necessarily but represented their work or interests.
On to Show and Tell: many of those present had beautiful work to show off and exciting things to share. Some useful tidbits:
— Dot Bergen was enthusiastic about the use of encaustic wax to layer and college fabric. Highly recommended was the workshops of Leslie Giuliani.
— Paula Klingerman brought a great piece to show off the process of silk fusion, layering silk roving in cross-directional layers and melding it together using dish soap and textile medium.
— Carol Capozzoli reiterated her success working with a mentor, and inquired about critique or tips for using tulle to create depth or shadow.
— Norma Jean Brevik (who was also a hero in assisting with the abundance of door prizes for this meeting) introduced some of us to the wonders of silicone oven liners. Inexpensive and easily found, they can be used in place of a Supreme Slider - just be sure to put some double-sided tape on the back. Others noted they are great for fusing assistance.
— The New Britain Museum of American Art has a enormous quilt reproduction fabricated in a manner reminiscent of sand mandalas, on exhibit in their New/Now section through January 23, 2017.
We then split into two groups and snuck into the exhibitions for Surface Design Association and the Celebration of Karen Loprete a little bit early, before adjourning.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Hello dearest CT regional membership! We are SO sorry for short notice on this, but we will be having our next regional meeting on October 8th. We will be meeting at the Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave, Hartford, CT from 10am-2pm.
We have an exciting agenda planned, but we need your help! We would love to have a discussion about workshops and teaching gigs - perhaps 3 or 4 panelists, speaking from your experience on how you started teaching, what you’ve learned from teaching and about teaching, favorite tips or what you would do differently if you could do it all over again. After that, we’ll have an open mic time of what the best workshop we’ve ever taken was or what a teacher may have done that really inspired or wow-ed us. Please email Kelly (email@example.com) ASAP if you would be willing to share your expertise.
As always, we will have a lunch option - email Christina (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be added to the list for $10 (sandwich, chips, beverage, cookies).
And Show and Tell!!!! I can’t wait to see and hear what amazing things you are all working on and doing out there! Plus, don’t forget your door prize donations.
Thanks for your abundant patience, and I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Clara Nartey has a beautiful solo show, "Reflections: Stitched Drawings" at Atticus Bookstore and Cafe, 1082 Chapel Street, in New Haven. The exhibit will be on view through October 23, and on October 22, Clara will be on hand for a meet and greet from 3:00 to 4:00pm.
There’s more info at http://claranartey.com/atticus-bookstore-cafe/ and http://claranartey.com/art-show-at-atticus-is-open/.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
The “Larger Than Life Flowers” series is inspired by the moment in the Wizard of Oz when the movie turns to color and the camera pans across giant colorful flowers. This series is fun, exciting, and happy. These original art pieces hang on the wall and bring cheer to your space.
All of the pieces are made from fabric using modern art quilting techniques and her own method of transforming the usually flat quilt medium into three dimensional art.
Friday, September 2, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
They are hoping to reach artists who want to show their work in a festive event and who will also have the opportunity to sell their work - all entrants may be in our sales shop. The entry deadline is September 10. The entry form and more details are available on the Monson Arts Council website.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Show hours will be 10:00am - 5:00pm on Saturday October 8th and 1:00pm- 5:00pm on Sunday October 9th. Exhibitors should fill out the attached application (click to enlarge)
Submissions are due at the church on Friday, Oct 7th, between 10:00am and 6:00pm and can be picked up immediately after the show (between 5:00 and 7:00pm) on Sunday, Oct 9th. If your submission is for sale, please indicate your asking price on the application form. First Church reserves the right to collect a 20% commission for handling the sale.
Please be assured that your submission will be cared for by members of First Church. (Volunteers will be sleeping in the church on Friday and Sturday nights just to keep an eye on everything!)
More information is available on the website, http://ehquiltshow.sc43.org/
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that our dear friend, Karen Loprete, died on Monday afternoon.
Funeral arrangements are at the convenience of the family.
There have been initial discussions of a tribute show of Karen's work. Also, a very initial idea is to invite our members to create a piece that reflects Karen's style or spirit. We expect in the next week that details on these ideas will available.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Lowell, MA
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Business Meeting 12:00pm, Lecture 12:30pm. Exhibit Reception 2-4PM
Melanie Johnston and Joan Blade Johnson
Melanie and Joan will be talking about their experience exhibiting and selling their fiber art.
They have many recommendations for anyone thinking about or interested in taking this next step as a professional fiber artist.
This event includes the SAQA MA/RI SAQA meeting and the opening reception for the MA/RI regional exhibition, Currents, which was juried by Kate Themel and Diane Wright.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Here's the Hartford Courant article link: http://www.ctnow.com/arts-theater/museums/hc-bridgeport-lgbt-exhibit-parade-0720-20160720-story.html
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
The gallery is located at 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT. Hours are Wed-Fri 11a-6p, Sat 11:30a-6p, Sun 11:30a-5p.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Jurors select quilts based on overall quality of design, visual impact and originality. Prizes are awarded, including $1,000 for Best of Show.
The opening weekend of the exhibit will include an Artist Reception and Awards Presentation, workshops, and a Quilters' Brunch with a lecture by Prize Juror Lasse Antonsen.
Jurors: Terry Jarrad-Dimond, Valerie Goodwin, Judy Kirpich
Prize Juror: Lasse Antonsen
Exhibit dates: October 29, 2016-January 8, 2017
Artist Reception & Awards Presentation: October 29, 2016
Quilters' Brunch & Lecture: October 30, 2016
All entries must be submitted online. Visit www.qaqentry.org for details and to submit entries. Online entries will be accepted until July 25, 2016.
Friday, July 1, 2016
Sun Printing/Ice Cube Painting/Textures/Painting on 3D Surfaces!
August 27th at her Shelton, CT studio, 10:00 – 2:00
Ice Dyeing/Confetti Dyeing/Free Motion Dyeing!
September 10th at her Shelton, CT studio, 10:00 – 2:00
Workshop fee $35. Materials fee $45 (all fabrics, paints and tools included). Contact email@example.com for more details or to register.
Friday, June 24, 2016
|Yellow Crowned Night Heron by Barb McKie|
July 9th to September 11, 2016 – Aullwood Audubon Center in Dayton, Ohio will have their 24th annual art quilt exhibit about nature. This show is called Flower Power. All 3 of her entries were accepted for the show – Abundance of Orchids, Red Dahlia Reflections and Sunrise Serenade.
July 21st to 24th, 2016 – Quilt Odyssey at the Hershey Convention Center in Hershey, PA – her 2 accepted quilts are The Lookout and Yellow Crowned Night Heron
July 27th to 30th 2016 - American Quilter’s Society show in Syracuse, NY – both Rain Drop’s Story and Blue and Gold Macaw were accepted.
More of Barb's work can be viewed on her website, http://www.mckieart.com/. Congratulations, Barb!
Thursday, June 23, 2016
"Irma and Doris Go Wine Tasting" is a veritable garden of three-dimensional fabric flowers and foliage. You’ll want to get “up close and personal” to fully appreciate and enjoy the size, intricacies of beads and thread, and vibrancy of color in all of Dawn's creations. The cotton sateen fabrics themselves feature Dawn’s original designs—bright graphic patterns created from her own photographs of flowers and nature. Dawn’s exclusive hidden-wire technique brings each piece to life in three dimensions. Do not miss this glorious garden!
Dawn Allen started quilting and beading when she was a child. She loves creating three-dimensional fabric art—“happy art”—that brings color, whimsy, and beauty into any space. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA and at Highfield Hall and Gardens in Falmouth, MA. Her home studio is in Westfield, MA.
The exhibit can be viewed at Black Birch Vineyard, 155 Glendale Rd, Southampton, MA from August 5 to September 25, 2016. The Artist’s Reception will be held on Friday, August 5th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
Visit Dawn’s website at dawnallen.net.
Monday, June 13, 2016
If you are attending August’s Mancuso’s World Quilt New England Show in Manchester NH, you are invited to our regional meeting on Saturday August 20, 1-4pm. We are lining up a speaker to talk about one of the aspects of exhibiting your work. Additionally, we will have a slide presentation of our region’s submissions to this year’s SAQA auction. And we will round out our meeting with your show and tell. Bring your art to share and astound.I hope some of you are able to attend and participate. It's a great opportunity to meet different art quilters to stir your creative juices.
Also, wanted to remind you about an exhibit we’re putting together that is open to all New England SAQA members. Titled Wicked Good Art Quilts, the show’s focus is to showcase the New England’s best work, highlighting diversity of style and techniques used by New England SAQA artists. Here's a link to the Call for Entry, with the details: http://www.saqa.com/calendar-detail.php?ID=5023
Friday, June 3, 2016
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
I know that you’re all hankering for our next regional meeting. Well, at long last, here’s the scoop:
We’re having a vendor day/tag sale! Saturday July 16, 10:00 til 1:00 at Overshores Brewery, 250 Bradley Ave, East Haven.
Come to sell, come to shop! We will not be having our usual meeting agenda this time around to give everyone plenty of time to peruse the goodies.
If you’re interested in selling - fabric, artworks, crafts, overflow from of your stash, housewares, whatever! - tables are $10 each [and can be shared]. Please let Christina [firstname.lastname@example.org] know your interest by July 2 so that we have enough tables and can visualize the spacing.
And when you’re done shopping our meeting, there is plenty more to do along the shore that day, including the Guilford Arts Center Craft Expo! Fun times!
Not enough quilting camaraderie for you? Don’t forget to reach out to other SAQA-CT members in your area - we may not be plugging them but you can certainly still join or form parlor groups to get a more regular SAQA fix! [What’s a parlor group?] And be sure to stalk each other’s blogs and social media. I will be attempting to highlight and link to your blog posts on the SAQA-CT site more frequently starting this summer. Please email me if you have a blog that isn’t linked to your name on the member list!
Have you been “Working in a Series”? Or do you want to be? Working in a series is a fantastic way to see and push the evolution of your artistic voice. It’s also a means for increasing the size of your body of work. Please email Christina this week if you are interested in being part of the Working in a Series sub-group. This group does not have a "form" yet; once we know who is interested, we will go from there.
What are you doing June 11? The Windham Textile Museum (411 Main St. Willimantic, CT) is having a Quilt Day from 10am-4pm. Many SAQA members have been working hard to put this day together - I hope many of you can make the trip to enjoy it!
Allison Wilbur - Vintage Fiber Art Embellishments
Carol Eaton - Unique Hand-Dyed & Painted Fabric
Michele Palmer - Vintage fabrics & Textile Books
MJ Fiber Art - Hand-dyed silk scarves and Fiber Art
Schillers Sewing Circle – Sewing & Embroidery Machines for demonstration
Stitch Chicks - Quilting Fabric and notions
QUILTS ON DISPLAY by Catherine Whall Smith
MUSIC: Heartstrings - Melanie & Mack Johnston, mountain dulcimer, mandolin & guitar; Sally Rogers – Folk & Mill Music
Schillers Sewing Circle – Sewing & Embroidery Machines
Carol R. Eaton - Designing a quilt
12:00pm Hand Quilting - Catherine Whall Smith
1:00pm Folk & Mill Songs - Sally Rogers
2:00pm Printing Images on Fabric - Cathy Smith and Joan Blade Johnson
3:00pm Working with Pre-Cut Fabric - Stitch Chicks Quilt Shop
LECTURES / TRUNK SHOWS in the MAIN BUILDING, SECOND FLOOR:
11:00am SAQA Trunk Show - Hope Barton
11:45am Modern Quilting - Rita Hannafin
1:15pm Quilts for Change - Allison Wilbur
2:00pm Mill Girls Painted Quilts - Barbara Barber
2:45pm Anatomy of a Quilt Appraisal - Lois Palmer, Certified Quilt Appraiser
There will be food available for purchase at the museum.
Willimantic has several good restaurants within walking distance of the museum including interesting ethnic choices.
Stop by the Swift Waters Artisan Coop at 866 Main St and the Kerri Art Gallery.
Pick up some organic groceries at the Food Coop on Valley St.
As always, thank you for your patience, your enthusiasm, and your passion for art quilts. Can’t wait to see you again.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Did you know that you can be a part of a second region? Being able to take part in another SAQA region doubles your contact with members and their ideas and work AND gives you bonus opportunities to enter pieces into regional exhibitions! Log in to your membership profile at SAQA.com and go to "Manage Your Account" to add your second region!
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
NEXT REGIONAL MEETING: April 9, 2016 at the Windsor Art Center (40 Mechanic Street, Windsor CT), starting at 10am.
• We will be viewing the exhibition, “Soulful Journeys” and at 1pm, some members of the CT-FAC will be giving an artists’ talk about some of their work in the show.
• Please keep your Show and Tell to one or two items so that we have time for everyone, and be sure to keep private conversations to a minimum during that time so that we can hear what everyone is up to.
• Sign up for lunch ($10) by emailing Christina by April 5th. If you do sign up, please make every effort to show up and pay in small bills/exact amounts, so that we can keep our pricing down. If you order a lunch and will not be able to make it to the meeting, please notify us ASAP so we can make adjustments.
• Don’t forget to bring your door-prize donations!
Last chance to register for the SAQA conference in Philadelphia!
Remaining SAQA-CT Trunk Show entries: Bring your piece to the April meeting!!! Details and specs are available on the SAQA-CT Trunk Show tab on our website.
Entries to the SAQA-invitational exhibition at the CT Piecemakers April show: Please bring your piece to the SAQA regional meeting on April 9th, if you have not already made other drop-off arrangements. An email from Laureen Pekar will be forthcoming.
As always, don’t forget to follow the SAQA-CT blog at http://saqact.blogspot.com and tag your Instagram pics with #saqact!
And if you are a member and did NOT receive this information in an email, please contact one of your reps so we can make sure you are getting all the SAQA-CT news that's fit to email!
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016
Next, Betty Warner, as part of our regional Trunk Show committee, discussed the hopes to have a minimum of fifty pieces collected for the exhibition. Due to feedback from the group, it was decided to extend the deadline to our April regional meeting. Note: Please do not mail your pieces to Betty; bring them to the April meeting or mail after April 1.
As our dear co-rep Cathy Smith has retired from her position, we took a moment to thank her for her service and presented her with a thank-you gift of hand-dyed fabric created for her personally by Carol Eaton.
This meeting’s agenda highlight was a small panel on the SAQA Mentor program:
· Jan Doyle spoke with enthusiasm and finesse about her experiences with her mentor, Linda Anderson She briefly described how SAQA pairs you with a mentor based on your interests and how much time you are willing/able to invest. Some resources mentioned during this time were the Spoonflower website for print-on-demand and custom photo fabrics and the Dreamscape app to turn photos into artist-stylized images.
· Carol Capozzoli started as a Mentee with the goal of entering the SAQA call for Turmoil. Her mentor, Phillida Hargreaves from Kingston, Ontario, offered gentle guidance via Skype and email, to edit her work down, further and further. Some tips Carol offered included – Don’t take it personally. Go with the flow. Always say what you need to say. She revealed her piece, Cancerous Turmoil, to much admiration and discussion from the crowd. One notable link from her discussion was http://www.terryaskeartquilts.com/Studio/tips-tutorials-and-more/my-new-favorite-quilt-facing-technique/ for a great how-to on facing your quilt, rather than binding it.
· One major point that both mentors seemed to really push was “What are you doing NEXT?”.
· Cathy Smith spoke about how working with her mentor, Sharon Bass helped her prepare the application for Juried Artist Member of SAQA. Some tips were to keep good records of everything you do (whether that be on a website/blog or otherwise), to preview the application beforehand so that you can prepare and work toward it, and to prototype/thumbnail 10 pieces together so you can see if you have a cohesive body of work. This turned into a fantastic discussion on finding your voice as an artist. Takeaways included the importance of working in a series and that while it is vital to find your voice, your voice can also evolve over time.
After a delicious lunch, we handed out a few large door prize sets of varying goodies generously donated by our members. Then we turned the show over to everyone’s favorite, Show and Tell. A few links from that time include:
· Cathy Smith mentioned advertising in Art New England Magazine, which publishes an artist directory two times a year.
· The Windham Textile and History Museum will host a series “Textile Trio 2016” in June. On Saturday, June 11 from 10-4 there will be a series of talks and demonstrations featuring at least eight CT/SAQA members. Check the website www.millmuseum.org for more details.
· CT Fiber Artists Collective will have an exhibition called “Soulful Journeys” at the Windsor Art Center March 12 to April 23. As part of the corresponding programs, there will be a fabric collage workshop led by Carol Vinick and Linda Martin on March 19 from 10 to 12 and a “Felted Labyrinth” workshop led by Diane Cadrain on April 16. Workshops are $30 each; see www.windsorartscenter.org for more information and registration.
Be sure to follow the regional blog at http://saqact.blogspot.com - but bear with us as it is slowly undergoing a makeover. One thing to note so far is the addition of an Instagram feed – tag your Instagram photos with #SAQACT for them to show up on our site and let other members see what you’re up to!
Our next regional meeting will be April 9, 2016 at the Windsor Art Center (40 Mechanic Street, Windsor CT) We will be generously hosted by CT Fiber Arts Collective to view their “Soulful Journeys” exhibit. Hope to see you there!
Bonus note: Members, have you been receiving our newletters and updates via email? Be sure that SAQA is on your safe sender list [esp if you use gmail!] - directions to do so can be found in the website/technical questions section of the SAQA FAQs here. Email Kelly or Christina if you are not getting our notices!
Thursday, February 11, 2016
The deadline for our REGIONAL TRUNK SHOW has been extended to Feb 20th. If you have not already entered a piece, bring it to our February regional meeting or contact Betty Warner. Details and participation forms are on the Trunk Show tab of the blog: http://saqact.blogspot.com/p/saqa-ct-trunk-show.html
Also - the registration deadline for the Connecticut Piecemakers invitational SAQA exhibition is MARCH 1st. Details and the registration form are on the Shows to Enter tab of the blog: http://saqact.blogspot.com/p/importan.html Questions can be directed to Christina [email@example.com].
Lastly, due to classic New England winter unpredictability, the reception for our SAQA regional exhibition, Local Color: Connecticut Stories, is now on Friday, February 19th, from 5-7pm at the Guilford Art Center.
Hope to see you all very soon!
Monday, February 8, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016
|Floral Departure by Barb McKie|
For more details, see the Stony Point website:
Friday, February 5, 2016
The Opening Reception for "Local Color: Connecticut Stories" will be postponed due to excessive snow and possibly unsafe road conditions.
We invite you to join us for the Closing Reception on Friday, February 19th!
Monday, February 1, 2016
|Diane and Kate hang Cathy Smith's piece, "Storm Coming"|
A special thank you to Kate Themel, Diane Wright, Barb Adams, David Wright, and Roger Adams for their hard work in hanging the many beautiful and varied pieces for this show.
For more information, contact:
Cindy Barry, Market Manager, 860-625-4896
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
|The prize-winning Coastal Heath|
|Streetside Lace by Diane Cadrain|
The Nor'Easter exhibition will be up through February 14, 2016.
Congratulations, Cathy, on both the show and the press!
Saturday, January 23, 2016
DEADLINE to submit the registration form is FEBRUARY 16, 2016.
Read on for important updates from Laureen Pekar and Barbara Dierolf:
Dear SAQA Members,
Also you can choose to pick up your quilts on Sunday evening, April 17, 2016 between 5-6pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Southbury, CT or at my home in Stratford, CT on Monday or Tuesday April 18 or 19, 2016. We can confirm the day and time after registration.
All art quilt entries are fully insured. I’m looking forward to working with you and displaying your beautiful art quilts at our show.
You can contact me at LNPekar@optonline.net if you need any information or a registration form.
Click here to see the exhibition poster
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Submissions to the Slater Memorial Museum's 72nd Annual Connecticut Artists Exhibition will be received Saturday and Sunday, January 23 and 24 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Entries will be received in the Atrium (adjacent to and to the north of the SMM, enter through glass doors and follow signs). Please click here to refer to the prospectus for full details.
Now in its 72nd year, the Annual Connecticut Artists Juried Exhibition features paintings, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, graphics and photography by resident artists of Connecticut. Please join us at the opening Reception Sunday, February 7th in the Converse Art Gallery from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. The opening is free and open to the public, all are welcome.
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