Wednesday, August 26, 2009

September is National Sewing Month




Check out what our fellow SAQA CT members are up to this September:






Liz Alpert Fay will have her work on display in the Stripes show at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana from September 4th until October 24th, 2009.   Stripes is an international traveling exhibition of hooked rugs.





Mag_Cover On news stands now: Vivika deNegre’s article “Inspired by Nature, Captured in Cloth” appears in the Quilting Arts Gifts Holiday 2009-2010 issue.  Included in the article are step-by-step instructions for making Vivika’s raw edge appliquĂ© birds.  Congratulations Vivika!





Hannafin_auctionquilt SAQA’s 2009 Benefit Auction – Bidding Starts September 10th at 2:00 pm!  SAQA has already received 214 donated artworks and more are on the way.  All the artwork is 12" x 12".  You can see them on the SAQA website:  


(image: Too Many Martinis by Rita Hannifin)



Themel_gearsNewBLOGPHOTO Kate Themel will discuss her fine arts background and her 14 year journey into non-traditional quilting at the Mary Baldwin room at Cheshire Public Library.  She will share the inspiration and techniques behind her quilted pictures and share examples of her latest work. September 10th, 7:00 - 8:00pm

Cheshire Library is located at: 104 Main Street / Cheshire, CT

Lecture is free and open to the public but please call to reserve a seat: (203) 272-2245


letsmakewaves Karen Eckmeier will lead a workshop on free-form cutting and layered topstitching  based on her book “Let’s Make Waves”  on September 26th from 10:00am – 1:00pm.  Class fee $60

Call or visit Sew Inspired for more details: (860) 651-8885

Sew Inspired Quilt Shop is located at: 8 Wilcox Street / Simsbury, CT


Boy_blogphoto Fiber Snapshots, a solo exhibition of quilted artwork by Kate Themel, will be on display at the Leever Atrium Gallery at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC)  September 25th – November 20th, 2009.

NVCC is located at 750 Chase Parkway / Waterbury CT


(image: Just for the Fun of It, part of the Fiber Snapshots collection)



BLOGPHOTOFlowerPower_KarenLoprete Contemporary Fiber Art by Karen Loprete is on display until the end of September 2009.  Check out Karen’s colorful and beautiful creations at Spector Furniture in Ansonia CT

Spector Furniture / 385 Main Street / Ansonia CT

(image: Flower Power)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Doughty's work featured in SAQA Online Exhibition "Point of View"

Eileen Doughty's triptych "Welcome Communication" is among the art quilts on display in SAQA's current online exhibition. Created in 2002, "Welcome Communication" was commissioned by the Utah Public Art Program. It hangs in the reception area of the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Taylorsville, Utah. Find out more about the triptych in Eileen's artist statement.

Point of View was curated by Jeanne Marklin, who describes the concept of the show:
Our lives, relationships, politics, ideas and style of communicating are all unique, according to our individual "point of view". The gallery includes work that is expressing a feeling or opinion, telling a story, or depicting a scene from a unique point of view.
SAQA's online gallery features quilted artwork and fiber creations by PAMs (Professional Artist Members). See the entire Point of View collection and other beautiful works by SAQA members on SAQA's main website

Fiberart International 2010 - Deadline Extended

The deadline for submissions has been extended to August 29th, 2009. This may allow anyone who needs extra time to file their artwork and fees in the new online application system to do so.

For more information about how to enter, visit the Fiberart International website

Fiberart International 2010 seeks to exhibit the best of contemporary art and invites submissions that reflect a wide range of works related to the fiber medium. This juried exhibition of contemporary works of fiber art is recognized among fiber artists around the world as a benchmark exhibition that documents trends and innovations in the field. The goal of the exhibition is to include innovative work rooted in traditional fiber materials, structure, processes and history, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between fiber and other creative disciplines.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Call for Entries - 3rd Annual Fiber at The Garde

Celebrate performance art through visual art! The call is going out to fiber artists living in New England and New York for the 3rd Annual Fiber at The Garde exhibition.
Standing Ovation
will run from December 1st, 2009 to February 28th, 2010 at
The Garde Arts Center
325 State Street
New London CT
860 625 5951

Open to all New England/New York residents. The theme is performance art: Art quilts may be generic to the areas of music, theater and dance or specific to a particular performer or production. Entry Deadline is November 1st 2009.
For a show application, please email Linda Sexton-Patrick

Saturday, August 15, 2009

"Celebration Quilts" Show ends this month

Visit the Windham Textile & History Museum to see some uplifting, humorous and inspiring works of fiber art. You have two weeks left to see the "Celebration Quilts" exhibition, which ends August 30th. Art quilts by SAQA-CT members Eileen Doughty, Cathy Smith and Rita Hannifin will be among the dozens of beautiful quilts on display.
The museum is open Friday through Sunday from 10am - 4pm

Friday, August 14, 2009

Congratulations to Barb McKie

Barbara Barrick McKie's art quilt "Shh... She's Sleeping" was awarded Second Place in the Innovative category at the World Quilt Show, New England. As the name implies, artists from all over the world submit entries for consideration in this prestigious show, now in its 13th year.

This year's winners included artists from nine countries. For a complete list and images of the winning quilts, visit Mancuso Show Management

Barbara also won two Honorable Mention awards for her artwork in the "Images" exhibition, part of Lowell Quilt Festival this past weekend. The Tsongas Arena in Lowell Massachusetts hosted "Images 2009", a judged and juried show which included over 200 quilts.
Congratulations Barb!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Guilford Art Center Seeks Artists for Annual Holiday Sale of Fine Craft

The Guilford Art Center seeks artists in all fine craft media to apply to be included in Artistry, the Center’s 31st Annual Holiday Sale of Fine Craft and Art. Artistry will take place November 13th through January 3, 2010. Artists from the United States and Canada working in a wide variety of media are invited to apply, including those creating pottery, glass, wood, jewelry, metal, clothing, weaving, fine art, paper and book arts, and toys.

Applications will be available in early June and can be downloaded at that time. All work must be handmade in the USA and be of high quality. Jury fee is $20. Submit slides or photos, a minimum of five, with SASE for return of slides, or actual sample work, with funds for return shipping. Application deadline is August 15, 2009.

Click here to see samples of Artistry - past and present

For more information contact Bonita Roggow, Guilford Art Center Shop Manager, at 203-453-5947, or

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Check out Quiltscapes at the Whistler this Weekend

Tonight begins a very busy weekend in Lowell, Massachusetts. SAQA-CT members Diane Wright and Barbara Barrick McKie will be two of the exhibiting artists in "Quiltscapes at the Whistler". Gallery Night begins Thursday, from 5:30 - 8:30pm
Tomorrow Friday 12:00 - 2:00pm, sip tea and have sandwiches and dessert while you enjoy lovely floral arrangements to accompany the landscape-inspired quilts.
Saturday the Museum will host an Artist Reception from 2:00 - 4:00pm

Many SAQA members from around the United States will have their work on display as well.
Elaine Quehl from Ontario, Canada will show "Opening Act", which is the featured image on the exhibition's promotional postcards and the Museum website. Other exhibiting SAQA members include:
Katherine Allen Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Debbie Babin St. Leonard, Maryland
Melani Brewer Cooper City, Florida
Betty Busby Albuquerque, New Mexico
Maya Schonenberger Miami, Florida
Laura Wasilowski Elgin, Illinois

Quilt National '21 is Coming to Connecticut

Congratulations to Catherine Whall Smith , whose quilt "Transfusion in Two Parts" will be on tour with Quilt National '21.  Th...