Friday, October 29, 2010

IQF Quilt Scene Magazine Features Vivika DeNegre’s Design

News from SAQA-CT artist Vivika DeNegre:

Coming soon to a news stand near you, International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene Magazine is featuring a new design of mine for a fast and fun contemporary table runner.  I am looking forward to receiving my advance copy and see which version of the runner they will be showcasing. 

One was made with Laura Wasilowski and Malka Dabrowski hand dyed fabrics (two of my favorite textile dyers).  Another used interesting stamped and jacquard African fabrics from Cultured Expressions, and a third was made with gorgeous fabric from the Kaffe Fasset collection.  Which ever version the editors chose, we can be sure that the photography was beautiful and the project will be well presented.  The visual presentation in all Quilting Arts publications is so beautiful, it is one of the reasons I love writing for them and subscribing to their magazines.

Learn more about the artist and her work at: Vivika DeNegre Art Quilts

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Call for Entries: “Volusia: Wrapped in Fiber” – Online Entry Opens Nov. 15, 2010

“Volusia: Wrapped in Fiber"
Two Concurrent Locations open to ALL SAQA & SDA members:

Location 1: Gateway Center for the Arts

880 N. 17-92, DeBary, Florida

Dates: February 15 - April 2, 2011


Location 2: Rose Room Gallery, Peabody Auditorium

600 Auditorium Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida

Dates: March 10 - April 27, 2011

Related Exhibitions: Three other sites between January 3 and April 29, 2011

Theme: Volusia Wrapped in Fiber

Volusia County was the first area in Central Florida to exhibit art quilts as fine art. The area has become a site for many fiber gatherings and exhibitions. This program will introduce other venues to the fiber arts and exhibit the creative growth in the fiber arts. Artists are expected to create and display their innovative works featuring textile techniques with unusual materials or common materials used in unique ways. There are a total of five venues but only two featuring Studio Art Quilt Associates and Surface Design Associates.

Quilt artists are encouraged to present works where they are reaching outside the terminology of a quilt. Surface Design artists are asked to show works that use various materials in a fiber technique (i.e. weaving with wire) or to stretch their fiber techniques to new boundaries. 3-D, free-standing works, ceiling hangings, wall hangings, and other non-traditional works will be accepted.

Juror:  Pamela Allen

Curators: Mary McBride and Judy Gilmer  
SAQA Members: Entry is by digital images only, using SAQA’s online system. 

Click here for Prospectus

November 15, 2010      Online entry opens (link will be provided here)
December 15, 2010       Online Entry Final Day - Deadline at 11:59 pm EST

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Diane Wright’s Art Quilts Selected for Connecticut Women Artists Exhibition

SAQA CT Co-Rep Diane Wright will be very busy this November! 

Two of Diane’s art quilts, Abstraction 1 and Crow have been selected for Connecticut Women Artists' "2010 Members Juried Show".

Connecticut Women Artists will host an Opening Reception on Saturday, November 6, from 2 – 4 PM

Gallery 53, home of the Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden

53 Colony Street

Meriden, CT

The exhibit will be up until December 3, 2010

Wright is also participating in the Shoreline Arts Trail.  This year, you can preview the Open Studios Weekend at the Guilford Art Center. Works from all 37 participating artists will be exhibited as part of Artistry, the Center’s annual holiday sale of fine art and crafts. 

The two-month Shoreline Arts Trail exhibition will kick off with an opening reception on Thursday, November 4, from 5 – 8 PM

The Guilford Art Center

411 Church Street

Guilford, CT

Artistry hours: are Monday–Saturday 10 am–6 pm, and Thursday 10 am–8 pm, Sunday 12-5 pm

The exhibition will run until January 9, 2011

Unfortunately Diane can’t be in all places at once.  From November 4 – 7, she will be in Houston, Texas at the International Quilt Festival, participating in a Gallery Talk.  The gallery talk is in support of the  SAQA:Creative Force exhibition of fiber art, which premieres at IQF. 

Fortunately, she will be back in Connecticut in time for the Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studios Weekend, November 20 –21, 2010Diane Wright and fellow SAQA CT artists Linda Zimmerman and Vivika DeNegre are participating in this year’s Shoreline Arts Trail, a multi media event that spans Guilford, North Guilford, Madison and Branford, CT.  CLICK HERE for the Shoreline Arts Trail brochure and Map

Congratulations and Good Luck, Diane!  Hope you get a chance to rest… maybe sometime in December!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Attention, Budding Fiber Artists: Quilt is Now a Free Service




A Message From Sandra Sider and Lisa Chipetine:

Many of you are tired of having your studio quilts rejected by juried shows, museums, and galleries. Let us take a look at what you are doing and make a few suggestions. Or perhaps you are moving in a new direction and looking for some focused feedback.
Your quilt will be professionally evaluated by
Sandra Sider, a leading specialist in contemporary quilt art. Quilt artist Lisa Chipetine is our online Producer. Because these are online programs, you never have to leave your home or studio!

QuiltCritiques are intended to improve:

  • Color sense
  • Composition
  • Your own critical abilities

We have formulated basic design principles specific to quilt art, which are available here (QuiltCritique Design Guidelines).

If you would like to have your quilt critiqued, please email Sandra Sider with the following:

Attached photo: full view image (300 dpi preferred) in jpeg format
Attached photo: detail image (300 dpi preferred) in jpeg format
Work in progress or finished work?
Approximate finished dimensions (height x width x depth)
Year completed
Artist Inspiration

All Artists will remain anonymous in the critiques; the recorded critique evaluation programs will be posted publicly, for free at Sandra Sider and Lisa Chipetine retain copyright on their audio recordings, which may not be copied without permission. By emailing your images to Sandra, you grant Sandra and Lisa the non-exclusive right to reproduce your images in any format whatsoever and publish/broadcast to the public. We will email you back and let you know in which recorded session your work will appear!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Support Fiber Art in New England: Donate an 8 x 10 Art Quilt to NEQM

Attention Fiber Artists of New England:

As part of the "No Holds Barred" show at the New England Quilt Museum, many artists in the SAQA New England regions have agreed to contribute small art quilts.

IMPORTANT:  The donated 8x10 art quilts will be part of a special exhibit and fundraiser for NEQM which will run in conjunction to the “No Holds Barred” show.  However you are NOT required to have work in “No Holds Barred” to make a donation.  ANYONE can send an 8x10 donation to support the museum. 

The small art quilts that are to be donated are to be matted by the artist. The museum will put them in plastic envelopes for exhibiting in the museums' gift shop. A very gracious SAQA member has donated the plastic sleeves for our artwork.

The mat should be 11" x 14" on the OUTSIDE. The inside OPENING should be about 8" x 10". Your art quilt should fit into the opening. Your name, title of piece, website, blog, email and/or phone number should be printed on the back of the mat, so a possible customer could contact you. It is a good idea to include that information on the back of your art quilt as well, in the event that it may get separated from the mat. The gift shop manager will be pricing the work.

The museum would like all of the donated pieces to be there before December 31, 2010. Here is a link to the mats that are available on the Dick Blick site:

If your piece has embellishments, you should mat it with a double mat to give it more depth. The color doesn't matter, just choose what gives your art quilt the most pizzazz!

The museum is very grateful for our donations, and excited about this show. Let's show them our stuff!

The address for the museum is:

New England Quilt Museum

18 Shattuck St.

Lowell, MA 01852

Monday, October 11, 2010

Quilts by Ed Johnetta Miller at Hans Weiss Gallery (Manchester, CT) – Opens Oct. 28

 The Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery Presents:

Quilts By Ed Johnetta Miller

October 28 – December 2, 2010

EdJohnettaMiller_Come to the Opening Reception:

Thursday, Oct 28 at 6 pm

Arts, Sciences & Technology Center

Manchester Community College

Great Path

Manchester, CT 06040

For more information contact Susan Classen-Sullivan: 860-512-2693

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Call for Entries: Brush Gallery Annual Members Show (Lowell, MA)

Brush Gallery Annual Members' Show

December 11, 2010 to January 29, 2011
Deadline for entry: November 9, 2010

Best in Show: $200.00

James Veatch, Chairman, Art Department, University of Massachusetts Lowell

EXHIBITION: this juried members' exhibition will be a mix of paintings, collage, fiber, photography, drawings and sculpture. The opening reception will be held during our popular Holiday Marketplace Weekend.

ELIGIBILITY: open to all active members of the Brush Art Gallery -OR- the New England Sculptors Association (NESA)

SUBMISSION: Application is done on-line. Work will by juried from digital images on CD. Up to 3 pieces may be submitted. Where appropriate, 2 views of each piece may be provided. Application fee is only $15.00, but membership in the Brush Gallery or New England Sculptors Association is required.

You will be given an opportunity to apply for membership from either the Brush Gallery or the New England Sculptors Association. This is a good time to take out a membership as there will be no fewer than 4 juried exhibitions scheduled at the Brush over the next year, with deep discounts on application fees being offered to members.

COMMISSION: A 30% commission will be taken on all sales.


  • November 9: Application, CD and payment due at Brush Gallery no later than 4:00 pm
  • November 16: Notification of jury results
  • December 2, 3 and 4: Delivery of work to Brush Gallery
  • December 11: Artists' Reception and exhibition opens to the public
  • January 29, 2011: Exhibition closes at 4:00
  • January 30 and Jan 31, Artwork pickup (noon - 4 PM); Shipped artwork returned.

GALLERY: The Brush Art Gallery is housed in a restored silk mill in the National Historical Park next to the Visitor Center. The complex, which was modeled on the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, houses a 2,000 square foot gallery for changing exhibitions by regional, national, and international artists, as well as studios for 15 resident artists and 22 associate artists. The gallery is handicapped-accessible.

The Brush Gallery & Artists Studios
256 Market St., Lowell, MA 01852


Shoreline Arts Trail 2010 – Opens at Guilford Art Center November 4th


Exhibition at the Guilford Art Center’s Artistry Holiday Sale

November 4, 2010 - January 9, 2011


Preview work of all 37 members of the Shoreline ArtsTrail in an exhibit with Artistry at the Guilford Art Center, 411 Church Street, Guilford.

The two-month exhibition will kick off with an opening reception on Thursday, November 4, from 5 to 8 pm. Guilford Art Center Artistry hours: Mon–Sat 10 am–6 pm, Thurs 10 am–8 pm, Sun 12–5 pm,

Open Studio signOpen Studios Weekend

November 20–21, 2010, 10 am–4 pm


Let the yellow Open Studio signs lead the way. Meet the artists. Discover the unique works that the Connecticut shoreline has to offer. For more information, download our brochure or call Martha Link Walsh at 203 481-3505.


Monday, October 4, 2010

SAQA Benefit Auction – Final Phase Begins Today at 2PM

The third and final phase of SAQA’s 2010 On Line Auction begins TODAY at 2:00 PM, with 96 fresh new quilts up for bid.  Included in Part 3 are quilts by each of SAQA’s four Presidents.

(Left to right, Top to bottom:  “Oh-O” by SAQA’s Founder and first President Yvonne Porcella, “Color Play” by Katie Pasquini Masopust, “Solstice” by Judith Content and “Stranger in My Garden” by current Pres. Lisa Chipetine)

Porcella - Oh O Pasquini Masopust - Color Play
Content - Solstice Chipetine - Stranger in my Garden

“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 or 2, 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.

The Auction ends October 9th, so enter your bid now!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

CT Artist Featured on SAQA NEW YORK: October’s Artist of the Month, Karen Loprete

Check out the SAQA-New York blog to learn more about your fellow artist and Connecticut resident, Karen Loprete.  Here’s an excerpt:

“I am an artist who chooses to express my passions for the many moods of color and texture through quilt making. Making art is how I cope. My escape. My salvation.”

Known for her extensive handwork and color choices, Karen Loprete creates one of a kind artworks to hang or hang out with.

(Image: Percy at Home by Karen Loprete)

Read the entire article: SAQA NEW YORK: NY SAQA Featured Artist of the Month, Karen Loprete

Saturday, October 2, 2010

SAQA Members: Submit Your Entries to “Beyond Comfort” by October 10, 2010

SAQA-21years"Beyond Comfort" Exhibition of Fiber Art

Open to all SAQA members

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

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.

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, October 1, 2010

Entries for Co-opARTtive Fiesta Juried Art Show – Deadline Tomorrow Oct. 2nd

You’re not too late to be part of the Downtown Willimantic Co-opARTive Fiesta!Co_opARTiveFiesta_LOGO

For the juried show:

All entries will be received on October 2, 2010, 12-4 pm

at Nassiff’s, 745 Main Street, Willimantic.

Registration Fee: $20 entry fee. Waived for members of Arts Organizations and Co-ops.  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, or 2 pieces.   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. One People’s Choice Award — $100 Gift Certificate to The Lily Pad.

To sell your original work in a booth at the Fiesta:

Entries will be accepted until October 4th, 2010

Registration fee of $25.00  Fee is waived for members of art-specific organizations. (Include the name of your co-op, collaborative, alliance, or other member-based art organization.)  Please bring registration to: Zok’s Homebrewing, 18 North Street, Willimantic, CT 06226.

Take a look at our Vendor Application for guidelines.

Make all checks payable to: Willimantic Renaissance, Inc (WRI). Please include a full list and photo(s) of what you intend to sell.

Freewill Gallery

Just show up at 866 Main St, 2nd floor, on October 8th between 5 and 10 pm.  All pieces must be ready to be hung by the artist, in the order of first come, first hung.  We request that artists provide easels or podiums to diplay their work.  One piece per artist, 18 years old and over.  There is no charge for showing in the Freewill Gallery, but everything is for sale, and the Fiesta gets a 15% commission.

Democratic Sidewalks

Just show up at Nassiff’s, 745 Main Street, anytime on October 9th and we’ll direct you to a good spot to set your chair, easel, table, and show off whatever it is you do.  Art, music, poetry are welcome.  2 open mic areas with electricity will be available. First come, first to perform.

Check the Co-opARTive Fiesta website for more details: Creativity. Co-operation. Community.

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