Sunday, December 18, 2011

Vivika Hansen DeNegre: New Editor of Quilting Arts Magazine


Congratulations to Connecticut artist Vivika DeNegre, Editor of Quilting Arts Magazine! Pokey Bolton made the official announcement on December 16th and interviewed Vivika for the “Quilting Daily” blog.  Read the full article here:

Vivika is taking it all in.  Although she may have less time to work on her fiber art and beautiful bird portraits, DeNegre is excited to begin a new adventure:

“I am thrilled, of course, and also overwhelmed in many ways with the challenges - learning Photoshop, excel and outlook, understanding the publishing world from the inside, working once again after an 11 year retirement - all of these are new experiences.”

New Editor DeNegre is already working on the April/May 2012 issue of Quilting Arts magazine, and will launch her new Quilting Arts blog next month. 

Congratulations Vivika!

Friday, December 2, 2011

This Month: Double Exhibit from Sisters in Cloth at Guilford Free Library (Guilford, CT)

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Fiber art by the Connecticut-based group Sisters in Cloth will be on display this month at the Guilford Free Library.

Guilford Free Library

67 Park Street in Guilford, CT

December 1 – 31, 2011

This unusual exhibition incorporates two different themes: color-themed “Gray” and “It’s a Rumor” based on the children’s game Telephone.

Sisters in Cloth includes Yvette Howard, Vivika DeNegre, Marie Shepherd, Debra Bento, Barbara Adams, Gail Kotowski, Carol Ludington, Ruth Anne Olson, Robin Wolek, Martha Wolfe, Diane Wright and Linda Zimmerman.

To find out more about the “Rumor” mill, check out Sisters member Diane Wright’s blog:

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Catherine Smith Invites you to Open Studios 2011 – 2 more days – December 3rd & 4th

Thank you to all who stopped by for the first week-end of Artists Open Studios of Northeast CT 2011

There is one more weekend left: Sat, Dec 3 & Sun, Dec 4

Artist studios will be open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Download the Artists Open Studios Brochure

The Artists Open Studios tour encompasses 20 towns in Northeast Connecticut.  More information about the Artists Open Studios of Northeast CT and directions can be found on the website

(Image: "Which Way to Lund" by C.W.Smith)

The piece photographed – “Which Way to Lund”  is Smith’s interpretation of the graphics on the many trains she saw while in Copenhagen last Summer.  (All cotton materials – Hand quilted – 36H x 36W inches). 

To see more of Catherine’s work, visit her blog:

Catherine Smith’s “SmithStitch Studio” is located at 44 Chaplin Street (D-3), Chaplin CT 06235.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Margaret Phillips Earns Award for Workmanship at Quilts=Art=Quilts

SAQA-CT fiber artist Margaret Phillips has earned the “Award for Machine Workmanship” at the 2011 Quilts=Art=Quilts Exhibition for her beautiful quilt Pink Desert with Roadrunners (detail shown).   Awards were presented on October 29th at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York.


Congratulations Margaret!

Quilts=Art=Quilts is the Schweinfurth Art Center's 31st annual juried quilt exhibition. The Art Center has long recognized the importance of quilts as a visual medium, and has been presenting quilts in an art gallery setting since 1981.

To see all the prize winning quilts from this year’s show, along with the artists and titles, visit Schweinfurth’s website:

Opening Friday: “Fabulous Fiber” at the Farmington Valley Arts Center (Avon, CT)

Fabulous Fiber flyer Women Against the Grain, a group of fiber artists including Diane Cadrain, will be participating in a new show called FABULOUS FIBER at the Farmington Valley Arts Center.

A candlelight Opening Reception will be held this Friday, November 18 from 6 – 9PM.

The exhibition will be on display at FVAC until December 31, 2011.

Gallery Hours:

Fridays 1 – 4PM

Saturdays 10 AM – 4PM

and by Appointment

(860) 678-1867


FVAC is located at 25 Arts Center Lane in Avon, CT.  visit for more information.

Candlelight2011redF The Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, Connecticut, is dedicated to the belief that artistic expression and creativity are vital to daily life. FVAC connects the community to the creative process by offering arts education for people of all ages, supporting and encouraging working artists, and serving as a community resource for promoting the arts. The Arts Center is a vibrant arts community that enables visitors to experience the entire creative process, from seeing artists at work to viewing finished creations in a gallery to learning the skills necessary to create works of their own.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Shoreline Arts Trail 2011 Kicks Off with Reception at Guilford Art Center TONIGHT (Guilford, CT)


Shoreline ArtsTrail Exhibition at Guilford Art Center

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, November 4, 2010 through January 9, 2011, 411 Church Street, Guilford.

The two month exhibition will kick off with an opening reception on Friday Nov 4, from 5 to 8 PM.

Guilford Art Center Artistry hours:
Monday–Saturday 10 am–6 pm
Thursday 10 am–8 pm, Sunday 12–5 pm

ARTISTRY is the Center's annual holiday sale of fine art and crafts and includes artists from throughout the nation, and presents the perfect opportunity for purchasing distinctive and unusual holiday gifts.


Shoreline Arts Trail celebrates their 10th Anniversary with Open Studios Weekend

November 19 - 20, 2011 from 10AM - 4PM

Meet the artists, including SAQA-CT fiber artists Diane Wright and Vivika DeNegre.  Discover the unique fine arts and crafts that the CT Shoreline has to offer. 

Excerpt from their new blog

The Shoreline ArtsTrail celebrates its 10th Anniversary with the annual Open Studios Weekend, November 19 and 20, 2011. In total, 43 artists from Branford, Guilford, and Madison are participating in this two-day event, presenting an array of mediums: cut paper, engraving, fiber, found objects, glass, goldsmithing, jewelry, metal, paint, pastels, photography, pottery, printmaking, sculpture, stained glass, and textiles.

This year, in lieu of an opening reception, the group of shoreline artists made a $1,000 donation to the Community Dining Room on November 1, 2011 at the Branford location on Harrison Avenue.

“The shoreline community has been so supportive of our efforts over the years,” says Shoreline ArtsTrail Coordinator Owen Sea Lucky. “We felt it was very important for us to give back, especially in this economy, especially this time of year.”

Open Studios Weekend is a community event, and a great way to learn about art and to meet shoreline artists. Along the way, enjoy refreshments while you watch demonstrations and ask questions, learn how and where artists produce their work, get a head start on your holiday shopping and much more! So, save the date and make it a weekend event with your friends or family!

During Open Studios Weekend, the distinctive yellow “Open Studio” signs will point you to all of these artists and studios. For specific locations and more information about events, participating artists, and discounts to local business and restaurants, pick up a copy of the Shoreline ArtsTrail map, available in libraries, town halls and visitors’ centers in Branford, Guilford and Madison, as well as at the Guilford Art Center and the various studios. For more information call the Branford Artist Cooperative at 203-589-6995 or visit



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Kate Themel Will Represent CT in ArtQuilt Elements 2012 (Wayne, PA)

Themel_starsnotincSMSAQA-CT artist Kate Themel has been accepted into ArtQuilt Elements 2012.  Her piece, Stars Not Included (image, left) depicts a mariner’s sextant.  It was created using pieces of colored fabric which were layered and raw-edge appliqu├ęd and then densely quilted with free motion machine stitching. 

Jurors Elizabeth Barton, David Revere McFadden and Dr. Sandra Sider selected 48 pieces from over 660 entries.  Exhibiting artists hail from 42 US States and 11 different countries.  Kate is happy and proud to be one of 28 first-time exhibitors and the only artist from Connecticut in this year’s show.

From AQE’s website

ArtQuilt Elements 2012
March 30 - May 13, 2012  /  Wayne Art Center  /  Wayne PA

Opening Reception will be held on Friday, March 30, 2011

The Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave, Wayne, PA
19087 /  phone: 610-688-3553

AQE 2012 is the 10th Exhibition of this internationally acclaimed show set in suburban Philadelphia. "One of the distinctions of our show is our professional presentation of art quilts. The exhibition has been widely praised by reviewers and artists not only for exhibiting the quilts in a gallery setting but also for promoting the art quilt as an art form."

Friday, October 28, 2011

Reception for CTFAC “Identity” Show and Demonstration by Mary Lachman at the Levi Coe Library (Middlefield, CT)

Levi Coe Library Presents


(Images left to right: Pieces of my Heart by M.Lachman, Identity by K.Loprete, Self Indulgence by C.Eaton, I Dream in Color by C.Hurney, Sanctuary by D.Cadrain)

“IDENTITY” a collection of small art quilts created by the

Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective

November 3 – 30, 2011

i·den·ti·ty ~ (clip_image001-dclip_image002nclip_image003tclip_image004-tclip_image005) The distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity; individuality.

The collection is unique and inspirational.


Special Event November 3rd:

5:30 – 6:45 Artist Reception: We invite you to meet the artists for an opportunity to learn more about the design process and techniques used when creating their pieces.

6:00 – 6:45 Hands on quilting demonstration by nationally recognized fiber artist Mary Lachman and sale of hand dyed fabrics, hand painted silk scarves, and felted purses by artist Carol Eaton.

The CT Fiber Arts Collective is a recently-formed but very active group of artists from around Connecticut dedicated to promoting Fiber and Mixed Media Arts.  “Identity” is their 3rd group show just this year. “Small Quilts for a Sacred Space” opened at the Unitarian Society of Hartford in May 2011 and “Fiber Harvest” at the Noah Webster Library in September.

Participating artists include: Diane Cadrain, Carol Eaton, Cher Hurney, Barbara Khachane, Mary Lachman, Karen Loprete, Rosalind Spann, Toni Torres,  Diane Wright and Carol Vinick.

Visit the CTFAC blog:

The Identity Exhibition will be on display until November 30, 2011. 

The Levi Coe Library is located at 414 Main Street, Middlefield, CT 06455 (phone 860-349-3857)

For directions and more information about the library, visit their website: or find them on Facebook:


Thursday, October 27, 2011

SAQA Trunk Show Pieces Chosen for Permanent Collection, Kresge Art Museum (Michigan State U.)

SAQA-CT Artists Margaret Phillips, Mary Lachman, Kate Themel and Catherine Whall Smith are 4 of the 50 artists whose trunk show quilts will become part of the Kresge Art Museum’s permanent collection. 


(Images: Jackie by M. Phillips; Untitled by M. Lachman, Luka’s Eyes by K. Themel; Hay Bale with Blue String by C. Whall Smith)

This is a Quilt! is SAQA’s second Trunk Show. Curated by Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki, it showcases SAQA’s diversity of talent and its mission to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, and documentation. 268 SAQA artists at every level of their careers answered the invitation to submit a quilt to the Trunk Show, in order to answer the question, “How do we as SAQA members explain what we do –- create quilts -- without people immediately thinking of a nine-patch that goes on your bed?”

Seven trunks, containing 30-50 art quilts, will travel the globe between 2011 and 2013. The pieces are in 12” square white mats with 8" openings, and are presented in clear envelopes with artists’ statements on the back. Some trunks also contain 3D pieces housed in acrylic boxes.

Michael Solomon, formerly of the Solomon Dubnik Gallery in Sacramento, California, chose 50 of the quilts to become part of the permanent collection of the Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University after the trunks finish traveling.

The SAQA trunk show is a wonderful way for members and non-members alike to view and engage with quilts made using a wide variety of styles, techniques, and fibers. Some regions might want to organize special meetings around the trunk show and invite local quilt groups to view the works. Other regions might want to use the trunk show as the basis for a critique session while still more might consider exhibiting the trunk show in their local libraries or art centers.

Recently, Trunk Show “D” (including Catherine Smith’s and Margaret Phillip’s pieces) was exhibited at the Guilford Art Center.

See all 268 quilts! For more information about the 2011 SAQA Trunk Show visit

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Deadline October 31st for “Outside/Inside The Box” Fiber Philadelphia


From Fiber Philadelphia:
OUTSIDE/INSIDE THE BOX, Call for entries.
Apply Online May 1 - October 31, 2011.

Seeking innovative fiber/textile art that transcends disciplines; combines traditional with cutting edge technology and/or historic concepts with contemporary perspectives.

Artists working in any medium with a fiber/textile reference are encouraged to apply. Size, scope, materials and subject matter are open. Submissions may include surface design, 2D and 3D structures, quilts, stitching, body art, etc.

Jurors: Elisabeth Agro, Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Bruce Hoffman, Independent Curator; Judith Weisman, Designer and Curator, Acquisitions Chair of the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery Support Group.

Outside/Inside the Box will take place March 2 -April 14, 2012 at the ICE Box Project Space, Crane Arts Building, the hub of Fiber Philadelphia 2012.

Fiber Philadelphia is a biennial for fiber/textile art that takes place in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The next Fiber Philadelphia will take place in Spring 2012 at major institutions and independent venues. It will include exhibitions by renowned international artists and a new generation of artists breaking into the field.

Friday, October 21, 2011

SAQA Artists Represent Connecticut at Quilts=Art=Quilts (Auburn, NY)

Connecticut is represented well in this year’s “Quilts=Art=Quilts” exhibition at Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center! 

Shown here, a detail of Margaret Phillip’s Pink Desert with Road Runners:


Margaret joins fellow SAQA-CT members Carolyn Cooney, Lisa Corson, Catherine Whall Smith and Debbie Bein along with 70 other fiber artists from around the United States. 

Quilts=Art=Quilts is the Schweinfurth Art Center's 31st annual juried quilt exhibition. The Art Center has long recognized the importance of quilts as a visual medium, and has been presenting quilts in an art gallery setting since 1981.  This year’s jurors were Terry Jarrard-Dimond, Elin Noble and Cynthia Schira.

The Q=A=Q Exhibition will run from October 30, 2011 – January 8, 2012

Preview Reception & Awards Presentation Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5 – 7 PM.

Other scheduled events include:

  • Quilters Brunch & Lecture by Elin Noble on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 10 AM – 12 PM
  • Walk-About Tour Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2PM
  • Director’s Tour Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 2PM
  • Trunk Shows/Talks by Regional Quilters – check Schweinfurth’s website for dates and artists
  • Mini Raffle and Fiber Arts Workshops


Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center

205 Genesee Street

Auburn, NY 13021

(315) 255-1553


Congratulations to all the participating artists!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Opening Oct. 8, 2011: Catherine Smith’s Art Quilts at Sun-Up Gallery (Westerly, RI)

"Orange Swirls" CWSmith.AllRightsReserved

See art quilts by Catherine Whall Smith at the Sun-Up Gallery until November 7, 2011

(image: “Orange Swirls” by C.W.Smith)

Meet the artist at the Opening on Saturday October 8th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m

Hope you get a chance to stop by the Opening – or visit during the month of October - the store has some amazing jewelry, art, clothing, etc. - you won’t be disappointed.

The Smith Stitch Studio Quilt Show show runs from October 5th thru November 7th.  

Sun-Up Gallery

95 Watch Hill Road

Westerly, RI 02891

(401) 596-0800

Store Hours:

Mon – Sat. 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Classes & Events with SAQA–CT Members

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASAQA-Connecticut artists share their knowledge

 Lisa Corson, whose art quilt "Bypass" (image, left) has been accepted into Quilts=Art=Quilts at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, will be offering two classes this month:

On Friday October 7th, from 5 – 8 PM Lisa will be demonstrating my mixed media fiber art at First Fridays in Downtown Putnam, outside Glimpse of Gaia, 130 Main Street, Putnam, CT

And on October 20, Lisa will giving a talk and demonstration on her art quilts at the Northeastern CT Art Guild, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT (at the CT Audubon Society barn).  There is a $5 cover charge for non-guild members.

Sally Brown will be teaching a fun 6 week sewing course for 4th and 5th graders at Renbrook School during October and November. 

Sally will be using colorful Halloween fabric for the students to use.  Renbrook is located at 2865 Albany Ave in Hartford, CT.  Visit their website for more info and directions:

And for Vivika DeNegre, it is Open Studio and Art Fair season! Join Vivika at these wonderful events.  Meet the artist and see her latest work:

Killingworth Arts Trail Website

October 8-9
Madison Green
Madison, CT

Our Lady of Mercy Christmas Boutique

Nov. 4-5
149 Neck Rd.
Madison, CT

Shoreline Arts Trail Website 

Nov. 19-20
Guilford Art Center Location
411 Church Street

Guilford, CT

Friday, September 30, 2011

Call for Artists: Deadline October 1st – Hartford Open Studio

22nd Annual Open Studio Hartford 2011

November 12-13 from 11 AM – 5 PM

A creative showcase for artists to exhibit and sell their art just before the holidays. Open your own studio or join one of our popular Harford group locations!



Brochure Deadline: October 1, 2011

Registration Starts at $75, New Artists Welcome!

Registration Includes:

FREE ART membership ($25 value)

FREE Artist Club discount at Jerry’s Artarama of CT

Listing in Hartford Advocate pull-out guide (deadline applies)

Listing on Open Studio website


For information or to participate, call (860) 560-1100

email Hartford


Sunday, September 25, 2011

SAQA Benefit Auction Update – Moving on to the Last Phase

WarnerBTwo weeks have gone by and SAQA has sold 178 pieces and raised over $34,000!  There is only one week left, with quilts in Section 3 up for bid Monday, September 26th at 2PM:

On Monday September 26th, SAQA will open Section 3

Quilts on pages 3a and 3b will be up for bid starting at $750.  Section 3 includes Connecticut artist Betty Warner’s quilt “Two Shells” (image, upper right).

Masopust - Sun FireYou will find artwork by well known fiber artists as well as SAQA’s new-comers. There is something for every taste and style to decorate your home or office. 

Kleeman - No Way OutQuilt National ‘11 award winners Katie Pasquini-Masopust and Catherine Kleeman have donated artwork to SAQA’s cause; this will be Katie’s and Catherine’s fifth year participating in the auction.

(upper left: “Sun Fire” by K. Masopust; middle right: “No Way Out” by C. Kleeman)

Nancy Turbitt has entered her first auction with a stunning expression of sunflowers (“Girasole”, lower left). Another first time participant Martha Hall donated the whimsical “Cheerily, Cheeriup, Cheerio” (lower right)

Hall - Cheerily, Cheeriup, CheerioTurbitt - GirasoleThese are just a few examples of the beautiful work you’ll find, done by SAQA’s fiber artists.

Please take some time (and encourage your friends) to visit SAQA’s website and consider bidding on one of these lovely 12x12 quilts to help support fiber art.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Opening Reception Oct. 7th: Fiber Art by Karen Loprete at the Funky Monkey (Cheshire, CT)

Connecticut fiber artist Karen Loprete will be the featured artist for the month of October at The Funky Monkey Cafe & Gallery in Cheshire, CT.

LopretePercy_at_HomeOpening Reception: Friday, October 7, 2011 7PM – 9PM

The Funky Monkey Cafe & Gallery

130 Elm Street, The Watch Factory Shoppes

Cheshire, CT 06410

(203) 439-9161

Open Mon,Sun 10am-4pm; Tue-Thu 10am-8pm; Fri 10am-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm

For more information about the artist, and to see more of her work on line, visit:

Friday, September 16, 2011

2011 SAQA Benefit Auction – Pass the Word

Olson -  Shades of AutumnBeinAfter one week, SAQA has sold 25 pieces and raised over $10,000!

Quilts in Section 1 have been selling fast but there are still some beautiful pieces left, including work by SAQA-CT members Ruth Anne Olson and Debbie Bein

You have until Sunday night to buy one of the amazing works of fiber art in Section 1.  (images, upper right: Token Art Quilt by D. Bein, Shades of Autumn by R. Olson)

Prices will drop to $150 at 2PM today and then to $75 at 2PM Saturday, but don’t wait too long or you may miss out on your favorite!

On Monday September 19th, SAQA will open Section 2.  Quilts on pages 2a and 2b will be up for bid starting at $750.  Section 2 includes work by Connecticut artists Gail Kotowski, Norma Schlager and Diane Wright.  


(images left to right: Sunset by G. Kotowski, Technicolor Ginkos III by N. Schlager, and Shards of the Day by D. Wright)  

Please take some time (and encourage your friends) to visit SAQA’s website and consider bidding on one of these lovely 12x12 quilts to help support fiber art.

Arts and Crafts on Bedford This Weekend – Sept 17th, 18th (Stamford, CT)

StamfordPoster2011Arts & Crafts on Bedford

Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2011

Stamford Downtown along Bedford Street will come alive with color, flavor and sound for Arts & Crafts on Bedford on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2011.

Over 75 Juried Craftsmen and women from throughout the Northeast will display and sell their juried American made works including Stained Glass, Photography, Embroidery, Pottery, Original Oil Paintings and Watercolors, Pen and Ink Drawings, Custom Quilts, Metal Sculpture, Fiber Arts, Candles, Country Woodcrafts, Blown Glass, Fine Jewelry, Wearable Art and more.

Festival hours are Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Don’t miss the Imagination Station with “hands on” activities for kids presented by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and the Bartlett Arboretum including farm animals and crafts.

The Fair is held rain or shine, handicap accessible and admission is free.

Directions: From Route 95 take Exit 8.

Arts & Crafts on Bedford is presented by Castleberry Fairs & Festivals, Stamford Downtown Special Services District and the City of Stamford and is sponsored by Stamford First Bank, Vinylume, Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, Agora Spa, Hilton Stamford Hotel, The Advocate, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Bartlett Arboretum, Crystal Rock, The Care of Trees, 95.9 The Fox, Star 99.9, WSTC/WNLK radio stations, Simply Signs and Happyhaha Photography.

For more information please visit or email or call Annette Einhorn at 203-348-5285,

For more information about the exhibitors visit:

For a list of FESTIVALS in CONNECTICUT visit:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sept 25, 2011: Deadline for Entries into ART QUILT ELEMENTS

AQE2012 Art Quilt Elements - Call for Entry
Online Submissions
June 1 - September 25, 2011

Exhibition dates are March 30, 2012 to May 13, 2012 and will be held at the Wayne Art Center,
413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne PA 19087.

AQE 2012 is the 10th Exhibition of this internationally acclaimed show set in suburban Philadelphia.
"One of the distinctions of our show is our professional presentation of art quilts.  The exhibition has been widely praised by reviewers and artists not only for exhibiting the quilts in a gallery setting but also for promoting the art quilt as an art form."


To preview the forms, click here.

If you have questions about the exhibit, please contact

If you have questions about the online system, contact Lisa Ellis at

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Classes with Pat Ferguson (Ashford, CT)

A message from SAQA-CT artist Pat Ferguson:

Tired of the same few quilting designs? Do you want more ideas and an easier approach to machine quilting your quilts or art quilts? Then join Pat Ferguson at her studio in Ashford, CT:

Zentangle® class on Saturday, September 24, 10am-12:30.

For those who want to broaden design skills or just want to relax and focus with a new way of drawing. This class is for anyone (age 12 and over) and crosses all occupations and skill levels. No prior experience necessary. Just come to class- all materials will be provided. Drawing only.

Zen Quilting class on Saturday, October 1 10am-3:30.

Helps build confidence in machine quilting skills, breaks quilters block, add new free motion quilting designs to your quilts or art quilts, relax your hand and become one with your machine. Class requires minimal basic machine quilting skills. Drawing and work on your machine.

Sign up online or email for a snail mail registration form.
Pat is the author of "Zen Quilting Workbook" published by Design Originals

The Art Quilt Gallery NYC: “Explosions in Color” by Carol Taylor (New York, NY)

Explosions in Color
by Carol Taylor
September 9 to October 29, 2011
Explosions in Color dramatically showcases the vibrant colors, striking contrasts, use of value, as well as dense quilting and embroidery that distinguish Carol Taylor’s quilts and make them visually stunning artworks.  Internationally known, award-winning quilt artist, Carol Taylor, approaches her art with intensity and a seemingly boundless energy.
For more information, contact:
Dale Riehl:
The ArtQuilt Gallery NYC 133 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 to 6 pm
Sunday & Monday by appointment only

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Class with Kendell Storm (Yonkers, NY)

A message from CT/NY artist Kendell Storm:

Good News!

I have been hired as one of the new instructors at JoAnns on Central Ave in Yonkers, NY.
This Saturday, September 10, between the hours of 1 pm and 3 pm, I will be in the new JoAnn Fabrics store to introduce the quilting classes.

Anyone who registers on Saturday for the following classes will get 50% off the class fee.

Please invite the guild members to come to the classroom and see what we will be teaching at the new store.
The classes I will be teaching are:
Quilting 101 - Rotary cutting and accurate piecing - you will learn to make the Hole in the Barn Door block (free rotary cutter with registration fee)
ONE 2.5 HOUR SESSION -  SEPT 20 9:30-12:00, OCT 1 9:00-11:30,
OCT 8 9:30-12:00, or OCT 28 6:00-8:30
Quilting 102 - In A Bind - learn how to accurately piece, quilt, and bind a potholder, all the things you need to know to make a quilt!
ONE 3 HOUR SESSION - SEPT 17 9:30-12:30 and OCT. 16 2:30-5:30
Quilting 202 - Playing with Blocks - learn to make a quilt using a quilt as you go, expanded block technique - 
SESSION 1 - Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct 7 - 6:00 - 9:00 pm
SESSION 2 Oct 9, 16, 23, 30 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Presentation by Liz Alpert Fay at Farnsworth Art Museum, Sept 24th (Rockland, Maine)


Contemporary Hooking: A Fine Art

Lecture by Fiber Artist Liz Alpert Fay

Saturday, September 24, 2 PM

clip_image001[6]To celebrate the opening of the exhibition Beyond Rugs! nationally recognized textile artist Liz Alpert Fay will give a presentation on the world of contemporary hooking.

Many people are familiar with antique hooked rugs, but few are aware of the new and innovative works being produced by contemporary hooking artists today. In this illustrated presentation, Fay will lead viewers on a journey through the world of artists hooking throughout the United States and Canada.

Liz Alpert Fay studied Textile Design at Boston University and later became intrigued with the technique of traditional rug hooking. Since then she has been creating colorful hand- hooked rugs of her own design. She currently co-curates an annual juried show called "Pushing the Limits: New Expressions in Hooked Art

(image: "Spontaneous Stripe" 18" x 26" Liz Alpert Fay)


Farnsworth Art Museum 
16 Museum Street
Rockland, Maine 04841

Seating: limited to 60 people

Cost: $10 members, $12 nonmembers

For Reservations: call 207-596-0949 or visit

BEYOND RUGS! will run from September 24, 2011 – February 05, 2012

The second textile show at the Farnsworth to feature the technique of rug hooking, Beyond Rugs!, curated by Mildred Cole Peladeau and Farnsworth Assistant Curator Jane Bianco, will examine the art of hooking in recent times. A design by the innovative modernist, Marguerite Zorach, will introduce selections of artists from throughout the country who set the pace today with hook and fiber.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

SAQA’s 2011 Benefit Auction Begins Monday!


Gilbert-OversteynsThe SAQA 2011 Benefit Auction will begin on Monday, September 12th at 2:00 PM (Eastern Time) and conclude on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 PM Eastern.  Last year's Benefit Auction raised $52,450. The funds raised through the Auction are critical to supporting SAQA's exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs.

How the Auction works: 
The Auction is run in three sections (Section 1 - Pages 1a and 1b; Section 2 - Pages 2a and 2b; Section 3 - Pages 3a and 3b).Ceesay
CaneillOn the first day of each section's auction, the price for all pieces in that section is $750. The next day (at 2:00 Eastern), the price drops to $550. The third day, it drops to $350, then $250, then $150, and finally $75.

Important Dates:  
The first section will begin September 12th at 2:00 PM Eastern.
The second section will begin September 19th at 2:00 PM Eastern.
The third section will begin September 26th at 2:00 PM Eastern.


MyersHow You Bid: You bid by filling out the online bid form (which will be "live" when the auction begins). You can bid on up to 7 pieces at a time. First bid on each piece wins. We will then ship the artwork to the winning bidder by insured USPS Priority Mail.



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