Sunday, March 15, 2020

Windsor Art Center Reception CANCELLED

The WAC opening reception for Local Color 4: Rails, Roads, and Rivers, originally scheduled for March 21, 2020, has been cancelled due to concerns about Coronavirus.      

At this time we are being told that the exhibit will go on and the WAC will remain open during its normal operating times.   The public is invited to visit during those times.   

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Guilford Art Center - Call for Entry

Guilford Art Center:   CALL TO ARTISTS

Call for Submissions
Fiber works have evolved throughout history from utilitarian usage as clothing, for warmth and traditional d├ęcor, to innovative, “outside the box” and nonfunctional uses (sculptural, conceptual, installation-oriented), particularly in the realm of contemporary art and practice. This exhibition calls for works in all fiber media and techniques that reflect the best current explorations by contemporary American artists.
Exhibit Dates: June 12-July 19, 2020
Juror: Marcia Young, Publisher/Founder of Fiber Art Now, a quarterly print and digital magazine for the contemporary fiber art community, and the Fiber Art Network, which supports artists, collectors, enthusiasts, and leaders in the fiber art and textiles community.
Eligibility: This exhibition is open to works in all fiber media, including mixed media. Open to U.S. residents.
Awards: $500 in prizes to be awarded by the juror.
Entry Deadline: April 24, 2020

Monday, March 2, 2020

Countdown to March 7th Meeting - WHAT, WHO, WHERE

March 7th is fast approaching!  You need to know:

*  The Windham Textile and History Museum opens at 10:00 am.

*  Maureen Lopes and Kathy Bagioni will be collecting LC4 art work.  Maureen will be delivering the art work to the Windsor Art Center the following Saturday, March 14th.

*  We will be enjoying a presentation and display by Catherine Whall Smith entitled,  “Documenting What You Do”.

*  Catherine Whall Smith will also be collecting pieces for Gallery 53 show at the meeting.  She plans to have extra Gallery 53 forms available for entry. Remember this is an all-pieces-welcome show. Check the last newsletter for entry fee. 

*  Rita Hannafin has been instrumental in arranging for Lois Palmer to appraise art pieces at the meeting. Lois requests that you email her directly at lpalm5647@gmail for further information and scheduling.  

Saturday, February 29, 2020

WTHM Meeting - March 7

UPDATE - March 7th, 2020 – Windham Textile & History Museum, Willimantic, CT. 
Meeting in Dugan Mill next to WTHM
-     Program  “Documenting What You Do” presentation and display by Catherine Smith
-     Bring the following things to share:
Bring a favorite publication or maybe a show booklet.
If you have a daily diary – feel free to bring to share

Plan to spend the day and visit the new Special Exhibit at WTHM: “Unlacing the Corset, Unleashing the Vote” On View - February 15th,  September 13th 2020. There is a small admission fee to this exhibit.

 1 - Parking is across the street from the museum

2 - SAQACT members and their invited guests are WELCOME!

3 - Bring your own lunch. Dugan Mill has a kitchen and bathrooms for your use.  

4 - Drop off for Gallery 53 show and; SAQACT Local Color Show

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Announcing Artists for Local Color 4

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to Local Color 4.  Thank you to Martha Wolfe for jurying!

Grief JourneyCarolW.Capozzoli
Bails and Bugs On the TrailCatherineWhallSmith
Sunset over the Pawcatuck RiverCatheyLaBonte
Homage to the DutchmanChristinaBlais
Lighthouse, PlayhouseDawnAllen
Trout Brook IIDianeLillianCadrain
Boat Meadow CreekDianeLillianCadrain
Roadside DandiesDianeM.Wright
JW's WayEvelynOliverKnight
Casting ShadowsJudyRoss
Shadows on the RoadwaysJudyRoss
Crazy TrainKateThemel
A Morning Well SpentKathleenBagioni
Braided River - DenaliKathleenBagioni
The Creative Road to Happy TownLauraM.Lugo
River RocksLinJ.Elmo
Flying Over ConnecticutMargaretAPhillips
Parkway DawnMaryLachman
Road to DinosaursMaureenLopes
Road To BrodgarMeredithBrooks
Making TracksPhyllisSmall
Sanctuary in the CityRitaDaleyHannafin
Metamorphosis IISusanK.Ober

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Shoreline POD Meets on March 10th

The Shoreline Pod Group 
Tuesday, March 10, 10:00 to 11:45 AM.
Location: Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Road, Madison 

Topic: Value/Tone from SAQA Seminar 2018 on Visual Design

Value "refers to relative lightness and darkness and is perceived in terms of varying levels of contrast".  

Recommend viewing, in advance, the following, from the SAQA Seminar resources: and Elements of Art: Value/KQED Arts on Youtube.  

Please bring several small pieces of fabric (about 3" of any shape), solid or figured, that represent, to you, a range of values.  We will use the pieces as part of a hands-on learning experience.  

There is a fee to use the room and we ask that attendees each bring $2 to help cover the cost. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Dawn Allen - Great American Road Trip Opens March 14, 2020 - Easthampton, MA

Dawn Allen's New Exhibit
Great American Road Trip: Fiber Art
Mill 180 Park 180 Pleasant St #217 
Easthampton, MA 01027  

OPENING EVENT: March 14, 2020 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Mill 180 Park in Easthampton MA with fun facts tour of the states in a great indoor park which can be enjoyed by the entire family.

The Great American Road Trip will be on display the the Mill 180 Indoor Park in Easthampton MA March 14 - April 6 2020

"The Great American Road Trip" series features fiber art pieces colorfully depicting vintage cars and trucks “traveling” all over the United States. The inspiration behind the show is my experience as a mother of young children, feeling trapped at times, lacking the freedom to go where-ever, when-ever! I chose to feature vehicles because the car is a symbol of total freedom. You can jump in and go anywhere at a moment’s notice. The nostalgia of the antique vehicles from 1940-1970 is an important aspect of my work. The intention is to evoke a sense of “the good old days”. Conveying the idea of being young and free and perhaps of “simpler” times.

Most importantly “The Great American Road Trip” series is uplifting. The pieces are brightly colored, cheerful images of places we can all relate to, or places we would love to go.

*$25 donations to the artist get a print of one of the Great American Road Trip pieces or an animal print at the opening event only.
Dawn Allen, Artist
Instagram: artistdawnallen

Monday, January 13, 2020

Gallery 53 - Call for Entry - PRIZE MONEY

The SAQA-CT Meeting at Gallery 53 on Saturday May 2, 2020 is also the drop-off date for the exhibit. 

Reception and Awards - Saturday, May 9, 2020 from  12 - 2 pm, 
Pick up date - Friday, June 12, 2020 from 12 - 3 pm & Saturday June 13, 2020 from  10-1pm.
SHOW -  Saturday May 9 – June 7, 2020
Entry Fee  - $15 for 2 entries

Judges: Jan Doyle and Mary Lachman  CASH PRIZES

Eligibility: Limit 2 entries “READY TO HANG” There are no size or date restrictions. Mounted or sculpture in fiber also accepted. Artwork does not have to be For Sale.

A 30% commission will be taken on sold items
Price On Request (POR); and, Not for Sale (NFS) are acceptable entries

A big thank you goes out to Catherine Whall Smith for coordination with Gallery 53 to make this happen.


Accepted LC4 Art - Important Detail

Another point that was made clear by Maureen Lopes at the Saturday meeting -

Accepted art MUST be wired and ready to hang. The exhibition committee will not be doing this!  

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Highlights from Today's Meeting

Local Color 4

  • Deadline for online submission is February 20, 2020 (window Jan 20-Feb 20, 2020)
  • Submission link:
  • Acceptance notification is Feb 28th.
  • Drop-off of accepted works is March 7th at the SAQA-CT meeting at the Windham Textile and History Museum - if you cannot be at that meeting send it there with a friend
Trove of Twelves
  • Troves can be mailed to Maureen Lopes, 25 Old Farms Road, Madison, CT 06443 (phone 203-245-9682 and leave a message)
  • Be sure to include check for submission fee 
  • Send an email to to notify the organizers that it your work(s) are on the way. 
Dawn Allen 
solo exhibit reception March 14, 2020 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Mill 180 Park, Easthampton, MA

Kate Themel and Carol Vinick and Phyllis Small exhibiting in and around Hartford
See Newsletter for exhibit and reception dates 

Friday, January 10, 2020

SAQA-CT MEETING - January 11, 2020

Come one and all to the SAQA-CT meeting this Saturday in Watertown!

All meetings are open and free to friends of fabric and stitch.

Meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We will be having a sharing table (clean out your studio) of freebies. Members can also bring a small table to set up their own art to sell.
As always there will be show and tell.
Bring your lunch!

The Princeton Center East
Siemon Business Park
76 Westbury Park Rd
2nd floor
Watertown, CT 06795

Windsor Art Center Reception CANCELLED

The WAC opening reception for Local Color 4: Rails, Roads, and Rivers, originally scheduled for March 21, 2020, has been cancelled due to c...