Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ed Johnetta Miller: New Workshop at Guilford Art Center, Oct. 16 – 17, 2010

Making Magic With Fabrics
Ed Johnetta Miller

Saturday-Sunday October 16-17
10:00am - 4:00pm

edjohnetta2Sign Up Today!
Students will explore surface design and learn the improvisational method of piecing as they create collages, wall hangings, note cards using fabrics from around the world. This workshop is a plus for anyone who uses fabrics for clothing, quilts, wall hangings and pillows. The instructor will have available for inspiration unique fabric samples from her private collection.
Students are encouraged to bring fabrics to share with the class.  
Tuition $200.00
Members $180.00


Ed Johnetta Miller is a fiber artist, teacher, independent curator, Arts Management Envoy from the U.S. to Cote d'Ivoire, Ivory Coast, Costa Rica and Zimbabwe.

Her quilts are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, The Wadsworth Museum, Contemporary Quilt Museum, hospitals and corporations across the U.S.A. 

Ed Johnetta has been featured on Simply Quilts, The Modern Masters and WGBH, Boston.

In November, 2009, she represented the U.S and the Women of Color Quilters Network at the largest quilt festival in the world in Yokohama, Japan.

For more information, or to register for class, contact:

Maureen Belden

Program Director

Guilford Art Center, 411 Church Street, Guilford, CT  06437

(203) 453-5947 x 12

Visit GAC’s website:

Artsplace Teachers’ Art Show: Friday, Oct. 8th (Cheshire, CT)

ARTSPLACETeachersShow2010Cheshire Performing & Fine Arts/ Artsplace presents:

Teachers’ Art Show & Sale

Friday October 8th

5:00- 8:30 pm

Reception and Refreshments

CPFA/ Artsplace (upstairs)

1220 Waterbury Road

Cheshire, CT 06410

(203) 272-2787 / (203) 272-ARTS

SAQA artist Kate Themel is proud to have 2 quilts included in this special multi-media exhibition.  Her newest work “Weighing the Options” will be on public display for the first time and “Ode to a Kiss” is just back from the Whistler House Museum of Art (Lowell, MA).

This Art Show & Sale is one night only.   Please support Fine Art Education and come to Artsplace October 8th! 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Colors of Autumn: October is a Great Month for Fiber Art in Connecticut

LukaFall2009 (25)"Delicious autumn!   My very soul is wedded to it, 
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth 
seeking the successive autumns."  
- George Eliot

As people flock to New England to see the amazing colors in the changing leaves, don’t miss the beauty on display indoors!  Check out these colorful events in Connecticut this October:

OCT. 1st, 6 – 8 PM: Opening Reception for “Intertwined” Fiber Art Invitational (show runs until Oct. 30)

NAC Cooperative Gallery – 60 Broadway/ Norwich CT

OCT. 2nd: Fiber Art by Karen Loprete at the Left Bank Gallery (show runs through April 2011) 

LEFT BANK GALLERY – 10 Main St. / Essex, CT

OCT. 8th,  5 – 8:30 PM: Teachers’ Art Show & Sale at Artsplace (one night only)

CPFA/ Artsplace, 1220 Waterbury Rd. / Cheshire CT

Now until OCT. 9th: Guilford Art League 63rd Annual Juried Exhibition

MILL GALLERY – 411 Church St. / Guilford, CT

Now until OCT. 14th: “Fiber Kismet” Solo Exhibition of Fiber Art by Jane Davila

Edward J. Duffy Gallery at Canterbury School – 101 Aspetuck Ave. / New Milford, CT

Throughout OCTOBER: “Birds & Blooms” Joint Exhibition by Vivika DeNegre & Rosemary DeLucco Alpert (show runs until mid-November)

Friends & Co. Restaurant – 11 Boston Post Rd. / Madison, CT

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Artwork by Karen Loprete at Left Bank Gallery (Essex, CT)

Check Out the Fantastic Works of Fiber Art by Karen Loprete at the Left Bank Gallery in Essex, CT


Exhibition begins this Saturday, October 2nd and continues through April, 2011.

A 14 ft. wide section of the gallery will showcase Karen’s signature style: bold colors and extensive hand stitching work together to create dynamic and beautifully complex compositions.  (Image: Flower for You)


10 Main Street

Essex Ct 06426


Visit Karen Loprete’s website to learn more about the artist and her work:

Monday, September 27, 2010

2010 SAQA Benefit Auction: PART 2 Begins Today

The first part of SAQA’s online auction is now closed.

Part 2 begins TODAY at 2:00 PM, with 96 fresh new quilts up for bid.  Included in Part 2 are quilts by SAQA-CT artists Gail Kotowski, Diane Wright, Ruth Anne Olson, Jane Driscoll and Barbara Corrigan.  (image: “Sonnenblumen” by Jane Driscoll)

Check them out on SAQA’s website:

Last year's Benefit Auction raised $47,325. The funds raised through the Auction are critical to supporting SAQA's exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs. 

Driscoll“How Can I Get One of These Beautiful Works of Fiber Art?”

You bid by filling out the online bid form (which is "live" now until the auction ends). You can bid on up to 7 pieces at a time. The first bid on each piece wins!  SAQA will then ship the artwork to the winning bidder by insured USPS Priority Mail.

If you missed the deadline to purchase a quilt from Part 1, there is still a chance for you to grab one.  Unsold pieces will be for sale at the SAQA Store through the end of October. If they are still unsold at that time, they will be returned to the artist.

Work by Jane Davila on Display at Canterbury School (New Milford, CT)

Fiber Kismet: A Solo Exhibition of Fiber Art by Jane Davila

Over 50 framed works of fiber art by SAQA artist Jane Davila will be on display a the Edward J. Duffy Art Gallery at the Canterbury School from now until October 14, 2010.

Davila has spent the summer getting ready for this show.  “Fiber Kismet” features many of the Loteria series, on display for the first time, as well as an assortment of gyotaku fiber and paper collages, insect work in a variety of formats, some new pieces inspired by cell phone photography and a few three-dimensional fiber houses.

Visit Jane’s blog Chary Sprouts for more info about the artist and her work.

Or view Jane’s work in person at the Edward J. Duffy Art Gallery:

The Canterbury School

101 Aspetuck Ave

New Milford, CT 06776

(860) 210-3800

Gallery Hours:  weekdays 8am –3pm, Saturdays 8am – 12pm or by appointment

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Saturday, Sept 25: Last Chance to Catch “e Pluribus” at FABRICATIONS (Newport, NH)

Reminder from SAQA artist Muriel Stockdale:

As the summer draws toward its end I realize that the E PLURIBUS flags exhibited in New Hampshire will
soon be coming home. Fabrications closes on Saturday, September 25 so hurry if you want to see it. The show is fabulous and well worth the visit.  New Hampshire is worth the trip in the summer with the lakes and mountains to enjoy.StockdaleGrabe_FlagJapanese

FABRICATIONS, Cynthia Reeves Projects

169 Sunapee Street

Newport, NH

(603) 640-6155

For more information visit:

(image: E Pluribus: Japanese by Muriel Stockdale Grabe)

Opens Tuesday October 12 with a reception at 4:00PM.
Please save the date and join me, also wear your cultural festive dress to celebrate diversity. The exhibit runs through November 18.

Charles B. Wang Center,

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY 11794-4040

For more information visit:

Sunday, September 19, 2010

SAQA Benefit Auction Begins Monday at 2pm EST

On September 20th at 2:00 pm Eastern, the first group of 12 x 12 art quilts will go up for bid.

Since so many art quilts were donated by our generous members, SAQA will organize auction in 3 stages:

The artwork on Pages 1a and 1b will begin their Auction on Sept 20th. 

Artwork on pages 2a and 2b will be auctioned starting on Sept. 27th

and artwork on pages 3a and 3b will begin on October 4th.

The opening bid price is $750.  Prices will decline over the days, but don’t wait too long to bid on your favorite – the longer you wait the greater chance someone else will grab it!

You do NOT have to be a SAQA member to bid on these beautiful quilts! 

Check out our running slideshow (ride side of page), previewing over 280 fine art quilts.  Anyone and everyone may view the auction quilts on SAQA’s public website and place a bid.  Take a look, pick your favorites and make a note of what day they will open for bidding.

You can read more about how the Auction works here:

I hope that you'll join in the fun bidding on great art quilts for your collection and supporting SAQA's exhibitions, publications, and outreach programs.  

Thank you

Friday, September 17, 2010

Vivika DeNegre teams up with Rosemary DeLucco Alpert for “Birds and Blooms”

New and vibrant work from Vivika DeNegre’s studio and that of fellow Shoreline Arts Trail photographer Rosemary DeLucco Alpert can be seen at Friends & Co. Restaurant in Madison, CT.DeNegre_BirdsandBloomsWall

Rosemary is displaying eight gorgeous photos of deep orange Asian Lilies, all dry mounted onto black mat board and finished in a simple black metal frame.  They are stunning and powerful.  Her photography is artistic and interesting:  each piece captures a unique view of these lovely blooms.

DeNegre_MigrationStoryBLOGVivika’s work includes three pieces from her new series of mixed media Paper Quilts.  All three Migration Story quilts are shown together, and create a visually interesting display.  (See image left: Migration Story, American Bittern)

Eighteen additional birds, most of which have been featured on DeNegre’s blog ( ), are hung in the entryway, booths and bar of the restaurant.

The exhibition will be on display until the first weekend in November.  Go to Vivika’s blog to learn more and please leave a comment if you visit the show!

Situated directly on the East River, Friends offers a lovely view, great food, and a wonderful place to meet up with your friends. 

Friends & Company

11 Boston Post Rd.

Madison, CT


Dinner:  Sunday thru Thursday:  4:30-9:00 / Friday and Saturday:  4:30-10:00

Sunday Brunch:  11:00-2:00

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Reminder: “Identity” Fiber Art Exhibition – Deadline for Entries Oct 1, 2010


There are two weeks left to enter!

SAQA Artists in CT, RI and MA are invited to participate in an upcoming Fiber Art Exhibition at the Windsor Art Center (Windsor, CT)


Through fiber art and sculpture, artists share the memorable experiences and traditions that have shaped their personal identity.

Registration is Open NOW

No Entry Fee

Deadline for Entries October 1, 2010

Identity is a non-juried show, open to all current SAQA members who live in Connecticut, Massachusetts or Rhode Island.  

Click Here for Prospectus

If you cannot open the file, or have other questions about the show, contact Kate Themel

Exhibition Dates: January 22 - March 5, 2011

The Windsor Art Center is located at the Freight House:

40 Mechanic Street
Windsor, CT 06095-2522
(860) 688-2528

[NOTE to SAQA-CT members]:  A copy of the “Identity” prospectus is in the CT Members Only folder on Google Docs.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

SAQA-CT artists Liz Alpert Fay and Kate Themel Invited to Exhibit Work (Norwich, CT)

The Norwich Arts Council (NAC) Cooperative Gallery Presents:NAC_Intertwined

INTERTWINED Fiber Arts Invitational

Fiber Art and textiles in every fantastic form!  Four artists who specialize in fiber art have been invited to exhibit their work in the NAC Gallery.

Come to the Opening Reception

Friday, October 1st, from 6 to 8 PM 

Enjoy this beautiful and varied collection of work by Connecticut fiber artists:

Hooked Rugs by Liz Alpert Fay and “Hook Works Group”

Art Quilts by Kate Themel

Felt Work by Roz Spier

Hand-Printed Textiles by Lauren Cotton

“Intertwined” will be on display at NAC Cooperative Gallery October 1 – 30, 2010

Check NAC’s website for Gallery hours and directions

The NAC Cooperative Gallery

60 Broadway

Norwich, CT 06360

(860) 887-2724

Monday, September 13, 2010

One Week Before the SAQA Benefit Auction Begins!


We're ready...we've set up the bidding form, ordered shipping boxes, tested everything.

2010Auction_Hanafin_Leftovers One week from today, on September 20th at 2:00 pm Eastern, the artwork on Pages 1a and 1b will begin their Auction. Artwork on pages 2a and 2b will be auctioned starting on Sept. 27th and artwork on pages 3a and 3b will begin on October 4th.

The opening bid price is $750. You can read all about how the Auction works here:  2010Auction_Schlager_GrayStudy

I hope that you'll join in the fun - bidding on 288 great art quilts for your collection and supporting SAQA's exhibitions, publications, and outreach programs.

2010Auction_Cadrain_ImprovisationalMartha Sielman

Executive Director

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.

(Images: Top Left - “Leftovers” by Rita Hannifin, Top Right - “A Free Spirit” by Loreen Leedy, Bottom Right - “Gray Study” by Norma Schlager, Bottom Left - “Improvisational Quilt” by Diane Cadrain)

“Beyond Comfort” Entry Deadline October 10, 2010 – Open to All SAQA Members

"Beyond Comfort" Exhibition of Fiber Art

Open to all SAQA members

Premiere Location: Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, August 2011. Additional venue locations to be determined.

Theme: This exhibit challenges each artist to venture into uncharted territories of creative expression by turning away from the comfort zones of their established body of work. It provides a "permission slip" to experiment fearlessly with radically new conceptual and narrative agendas; to employ techniques, technologies, or materials new to the artist. The artistic goal of the exhibition is to encourage reaching beyond comfort to make new and unexpected works of art.

Juror: Marci McDade

Curator: Eileen Doughty,

Entry is by digital images only, using SAQA’s online system.

September 10, 2010 Online entry opens

October 10, 2010 Online Entry Final Day - Deadline at 11:59 pm EST

More information at the SAQA members Entry Forms page

[NOTE to SAQA-CT members]:  A copy of the “Beyond Comfort” prospectus is in the CT Members Only folder on Google Docs.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fiber Art by Karen Loprete at Frameworks (Stratford, CT) – Extended Another Month!

Loprete_Pathway2 If you haven’t made the trip over to Frameworks to see the beautiful art quilts by Karen Loprete, you still have time!

Originally planned through September 6th, Fiber Art by Karen Loprete will be on exhibit at Frameworks of Stratford until October 6th, 2010.

Frameworks is located at:

3567 Main Street

Stratford, CT 06614

phone: 203 375-6262

To see more of Karen’s unique and colorful artwork, visit:

Sunday, September 5, 2010

UPDATE on Muriel Stockdale’s E. Pluribus Exhibition

StockdaleGrabe_FlagMayan Muriel Stockdale’s e pluribus flag collection will be exhibited at the Charles B. Wang Center at SUNY Stony Brook this fall from October 12 to December 5th.

Opens Tuesday October 12 with a reception at 4:00PM
Please save the date, also wear your cultural festive dress to celebrate diversity.

Muriel will deliver a talk about the flag project on October 27th 12:50PM to 2:10PM. Open to the public.

For more information see:

Also please check out the new blog on my website where I discuss new flags specifically for this show.


Muriel Stockdale

Friday, September 3, 2010

Call For Entries: Co-opARTive Fiesta (Willimantic, CT)




The Co-opARTive Fiesta is a gala celebration of Community, Creativity and Cooperation. Featuring Eastern CT’s wealth of talented artists, all attendees will be invited to participate and get their creative and entrepreneurial juices flowing. With all of this joyful energy in one place at one time, who knows what will emerge?

The Co-opARTive Fiesta is a festive indoor and outdoor event showcasing works of visual and sculptural artists and artisans as well as musical and theatrical performances, and participatory activities. All work will be original, no imports or buy/sell.

The Festival will take place in historic downtown Willimantic, with various pieces housed in available halls, stores and outdoor locations.

All galleries will also be open for the weekends of October 9-10, 16-17.

Dates: October 9-10 and 16-17, 2010

Opening Reception: October 9, 11:00 AM –4:00 PM

Works in all artistic media will be considered. The Judge of Selection and Awards for the Juried Art Exhibition will be Thomas Bruhn.

Please read the information provided below carefully. If you have any questions call Peter Polomski at 860-423-3223 , or visit our website at,

Eligibility: Open to artists 18 years or older. All work must be original.

Receiving: Please send the completed application form, with a check or cash, to WRI, 39 Davis Street, Willimantic, CT 06226. All entries must be received on October 2, 2010, 12-4 pm, at Nassiffs, 745 Main Street, Willimantic. The CooperARTive Fiesta reserves the right to exclude pieces that are either not in the spirit or quality of the exhibition’s intent.

Registration Fee: $20 entry fee, which is waived for members of Arts Organizations and Co-operatives. There is a 10% donation to WRI on all sales. All work must be for sale, unless marked NFS.

Display & Installation: All work must be ready to hang and stay for the duration of the show. We request that artists provide easels or podiums to display work. Each artist will be allowed space equivalent to an area the size of an easel. Labels must be attached to the back of each entry, and all work must be ready to hang.

Awards: Best in Show--$250; Two Awards of Excellence--$100; One Honorable Mention--$50.

[NOTE to SAQA-CT members]:  A copy of the “Co-opARTive Fiesta” prospectus and vendor application has been saved in the CT Members Only folder on Google Docs.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pat Ferguson’s Zentangle Class October 2nd – Sign Up Today


zentangle class  Sat. October 2, 10-12:30

"zentangle ®"  is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns”(quote from website)

Certified Zentangle Teacher, Pat Ferguson, will teach this relaxing and rewarding art form that can never fail in her Ashford, CT studio. Requiring no artistic skills, this basic beginner class, is suitable for any and all skill levels. Even if you think you can’t draw, let me prove you wrong!

I said the same thing until I drew my first zentangle and then I was hooked.

Class is open to anyone age 12 and older.

zentangle ® applies to many fields of interest. It is therapeutic, non technical, helps break creative block and takes on its own form with each person’s individual style.

Learn many basic patterns to get you started.

*No supplies needed- just come to class ready to begin a new adventure.

*Pat will supply all basic tools and materials needed to get you started.

*You will have plenty of table space & great lighting.

*Zentangle Kits & additional supplies will be available for purchase.


phone: 860-429-6999

Call for Entries: Out of the Loop: West Hartford Art League Fiber Arts Show

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Out of the Loop

Exhibition Dates: November 11 - December 5, 2010

Gallery at Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center

Blue Back Square
65 Memorial Road
West Hartford, CT 06107

The West Hartford Art League is pleased to announce a call for entries for its first broad-scale fiber arts show to showcase out-of-the-ordinary, contemporary fiber works that advance traditional techniques through radically innovative interpretations.

Deadline (must be RECEIVED by) Oct 21, 2010

Entries can include (but are not limited to): surface design, felting, quilting, knotting, weaving, knitting, fiber, sculpture, basketry, handcrafted paper and needlework. We encourage two and three-dimensional works including sculptural pieces. 

Entries are by digital image on CD, Entry Fee $15 for WHAL members, $20 for non-members

Download a prospectus from West Hartford Art League’s website at

The juror will be looking for exceptional craftsmanship as well as "out of the box" thinking, design and execution.

Out of the Loop will be juried by Ed Johnetta Fowler Miller

Ed Johnetta Fowler Miller is acknowledged to be one of the most creative and colorful improvisational quilt makers in the United States. Widely exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, her quilts can be found in many important museums, corporate and private collections including, The National Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; Nelson Mandela's National Museum in Cape town, South Africa; Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn.; and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

[NOTE to SAQA-CT members]:  A copy of the “Out of the Loop” prospectus has been saved in the CT Members Only folder on Google Docs.

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...