Thursday, August 26, 2010

SAQA Members Win Honors at The Whistler House Museum of Art (Lowell, MA)

Congratulations to all the fiber artists who participated in this year’s Lowell Quilt Festival (Aug 12 – 14, 2010)

Special Kudos to SAQA Members who were juried into “From Fine Art to Fiber: Reinterpreting the Masters”, a fiber art exhibition at the Whistler House Museum of Art.  The Opening Reception was held on Saturday August 14, 2010.

MPhillips_PicassoLenore Crawford (Midland, MI) earned BEST of SHOW with “The Garden Parasol”

Dianna Callahan (Morrisville, MO) received the WHISTLER AWARD for “Lady at Rest”

and Connecticut’s own Margaret Phillips (Cos Cob, CT) picked up the JUROR’S CHOICE AWARD for “Picasso’s Girl Before a Mirror” (see image, left)

Congratulations also go to CT artist Norma Schlager (Danbury, CT) whose art quilt “Poppies” was sold the night of the Opening.  Norma also attended the Opening; you can read more about her experiences at Lowell on her blog:

The Fine Art to Fiber exhibition will run until September 4, 2010

Whistler House Museum of Art

243 Worthen St

Lowell, MA 01852

Monday, August 9, 2010

2010 Lowell Quilt Festival Opens this Thursday

Thursday morning kicks off the festivities at the 2010 Lowell Quilt Festival.   Visit the “Images” exhibition at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium; opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 AM.   Later, take a stroll and see fiber art and more during GALLERY NIGHT: Thursday Aug 12, 5:30 – 7:00 pm.   The Lowell Quilt Festival runs from August 12 – 14, 2010.

IMAGES, the centerpiece of the Festival, is moving to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

Opening Ceremony: Thursday Aug 12, 9:30 – 10:00 am

Lowell Memorial Auditorium

50 East Merrimack Street

Lowell, MA 01852

ART QUILTS LOWELL 2010 will run from Aug 10 – Sept 11, 2010 at the Brush Gallery.  

Artist Reception: Saturday Aug 14, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

The Brush Gallery & Artists Studios

256 Market Street

Lowell, MA 01852

FROM FINE ART TO FIBER: REINTERPRETING THE MASTERS will run from Aug 4 – Sept 4, 2010 at The Whistler House Museum of Art.

Artist Reception: Saturday Aug 14, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

The Whistler House Museum of Art

243 Worthen Street

Lowell, MA 01852

And Don’t miss these GALLERY TALKS going on DAILY:

Check out the Lowell Quilt Festival website for a complete list of all events, exhibits and demonstrations:


Monday, August 2, 2010

SAQA 2010 Benefit Auction Begins September 20

 A big thank you to all our SAQA CT members who contributed pieces to the auction!

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Images Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

“Playtime” by Betty Warner

“Summer Leaves” by Diane Wright

Leftovers” by Rita Hannifin

Bubbling” by Ruth Anne Olson

Going to the Gambia” by Barb Corrigan

Improvisational Quilt” by Diane Cadrain

Gray Study” by Norma Schlager

Staying Within the Lines” by Gail Kotowski

Poison Dart” by Kate Themel

If you weren't able to send in a piece, you can still contribute in another way:

  • Send out announcements about the auction to everyone on your email list - now, and then a reminder in September
  • Inform students in workshops you teach
  • Put up posters/notices at quilt, fabric and art stores
  • Place a prominent announcement on your website/blog
  • Send emails to quilt guilds in your area
  • Post announcements/images on Facebook pages or LinkedIn

The funds raised in this auction benefit all SAQA members, and the more bidders we have, the more money we will raise.   Information about the auction is at SAQA News

The auction begins on September 20 and details of how it works are found on SAQA’s main website:  

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