Monday, February 28, 2011

New Opportunity for SAQA Members in the USA

Structures in ClothSAQA-21years
Open to all USA SAQA members

Exhibition Dates: June 9, 2011 - January 21, 2012
Exhibition Venues: The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Denver, Colorado and the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado, with the possibility of a third venue in northern Colorado.


Architecture surrounds us in both our natural and human created world. It is not simply the end product of creation and construction but the very structure which our life, society, world, and universe are made of. In this show we envision explorations of both the micro and macro architectures that surround us.

Jurors: Sandra Sider (SAQA) and Bebe Alexander (Arvada Center for the Arts)

Curator: Christi Beckmann
Online entry will be open April 1-30, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Open Studio with CT Artist Lisa Corson – Saturday March 5, 2011 (Wolcott, CT)

Winter doldrums? Starved for sunlight?

Catch the creative wind that's blowing, celebrate the coming spring weather and join me at the next Open Studio, Saturday, March 5th, 12-4PM!

Bring something to show us, or just hang out and shoot the breeze. Hope to see you there!

– Lisa Corson, Homespun Heritage blog

Lisa Corson’s studio is located in the Red Barn at Pillwillip Farm, 1089 Woodtick Road in Wolcott, CT.

To find out more about Corson’s open studio events, visit her blog “Homespun Heritage”. You’ll see examples of Lisa’s beautiful collage postcards.  Just try to keep up.  Lisa posts new artwork almost every day!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

SAQA-CT Artist Vivika DeNegre Featured on Quilting Arts TV


Connecticut artist Vivika DeNegre recently returned from Cleveland after taping several segments for PBS show Quilting Arts TV with Pokey Bolton.  Vivika’s signature birds will be featured, as well as a table runner project and Pet Futon.  The series should air sometime in July.  Check Quilting Arts’ website for program updates.

To find out more about Vivika and her fiber art, and behind-the-scenes details about her visit to Quilting Arts studios, visit her blog:

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Reminder: “SAQA: A Sense of Adventure” Deadline for Entries Feb 28, 2011


Traveling November, 01 2011 to July, 31 2012 
A Sense of Adventure

Open to all SAQA and SDA members

Premiere Location: International Quilt Festivals: 
Houston, TX November 2011
Cincinnati, OH April 2012 
Long Beach, CA July 2012
Additional venue locations to be determined.

sdalogoTheme: A Sense of Adventure asks you to expand your personal comfort zone. Beyond the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch is the sense of adventure. Webster's defines "adventure" as: 
1 a : an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks
   b : the encountering of risks (the spirit of adventure) 
2 : an exciting or remarkable experience (an adventure in exotic dining) 
Use techniques you've never used before. Plumb deep within yourself for a personal sense of adventure. Share your adventures through this exhibit.

Juror: Jacqueline M. Atkins
Curator: Nancy Bavor

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

February 1, 2011       Online entry opens 
February 28, 2011     Online Entry Final Day - Deadline at 11:59 pm EST

To read the full prospectus login to the Members' Home Page.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Diane Cadrain Represents Connecticut in "Volusia: Wrapped in Fiber"

Juror Pamela Allen has chosen a variety of wall hangings and sculptural fiber art of all shapes and sizes which will be exhibited at one museum, one art center and three galleries in Volusia County, Florida.   Entries came from all over the US and abroad by members of SAQA and Surface Design Association (SDA).

Congratulations to our sole representative from Connecticut, Diane Cadrain of West Hartford, who will exhibit her pieceMany-Colored Polypores” (see image, right) at the Peabody Auditorium Rose Room Gallery.Cadrain_Many-colored polypores  

Cadrain describes the inspiration behind her work:

“The natural world inspires my work by offering constantly-refreshed images of arresting loveliness.

Tolstoy said, ‘Love all creation…love every leaf.’ In that spirit, I’ve attempted to replicate the intricate striations and colorations of the many-colored polypore, a lowly fungus which grows on rotting logs.

This image combines embroidery, hand-sewing, machine quilting, and knitting.”

A complete list of participating artists and titles along with a list of where they will be displayed can be found on SAQA’s website:

The exhibition at the Rose Room Gallery, Peabody Auditorium will run from March 10 – April 27

Peabody Auditorium

600 Auditorium Boulevard

Daytona Beach, FL 32118-4247

(386) 671-3460

Open Mon-Sat 10am-2pm

Art Talk: Friday, March 25, 2 – 4 PM

To find out more about Volusia: Wrapped in Fiber, visit their blog:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Meeting Notes: SAQA Regional Meeting at Windsor Art Center (Windsor, CT)

Roughly 40-45 fiber art enthusiasts came from all over Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts (including SAQA-MA/RI Rep Jeanne Marklin) to participate in an open SAQA meeting at the Windsor Art Center on Saturday February 12 .
It seems like the crowd increases at each regional meeting; you can’t help but be inspired by the diversity, enthusiasm and creativity of this group!
Everyone found a seat in the art center’s spacious main gallery, with walls covered by quilts from the “Identity in Fiber” exhibition. We began with a warm welcome from Marcia Hinckley of the Windsor Art Center, then CT Co-Rep Kate Themel took the lead as we moved onto routine business and a few reminders. SAQA Members Please Note: Entry Deadline for SAQA’s “Sense of Adventure” is February 28 and “SAQA Showcase” entry deadline is March 31, 2011.
Jeanne Marklin at IdentityWe talked about the future of our CT Region and SAQA in general: What do members want from SAQA? An informal survey showed that about half the crowd is interested in exhibitions and finding venues to show their artwork. Roughly the same number of people would like to have more workshops and classes – especially those who might have a background in sewing garments or quilts, but are new to creating Fiber Art. Many people were interested in workshops focused on the “business side” of art (marketing, financial planning, insuring artwork, taxes for artists etc) and would like more hands-on instruction rather than finding information on line. We’ll try to incorporate these suggestions into future regional meetings.
We heard some great ideas to take back to SAQA’s planning committee as well. For example, Cathy Smith shared calendars featuring images of her quilts which can also be customized to include special events & dates; perhaps this is something SAQA might look into doing?
If you were not able to attend, please feel free to leave a comment about what you’d like to see and do at future regional meetings. As always, you can contact your SAQA-CT Reps, Kate Themel or Diane Wright, with any ideas & suggestions.
Hiroko at Identity“Show & Tell” was a revelation of creativity and invention. Long-term members, first timers and visitors brought items ranging from meticulously pieced and beaded wall hangings to a 3D fiber art Mobius Strip, Sandi Schrader’s interactive therapy quilt, Ruth Anne Olson’s snow-dyed fabrics, Debbie Bein’s “Token Art Quilt” embellished with antique subway tokens, and so much more!
Artists also shared their ideas and projects using leftover fabric scraps, like Barb McKie’s coasters made from clothesline wrapped in fabric and coiled into circles and Diane Cadrain’s single seam garments. Since there were so many artists with work to show, we had to keep the comments brief. Yvette Howard did the world’s fastest demonstration on making fabric-covered books. We may need to have her back for a more in-depth demonstration.
Marcia Hinckley and the volunteers at Windsor Art Center were extremely friendly and helpful - moving tables and chairs and making all the arrangements for lunch. As we enjoyed sandwiches from The Beanery at Bart’s, people were able to chat and mingle, meet new friends and catch up with their old fiber art buddies. People loved flipping through the SAQA show catalogs and Portfolio books; some even skimmed the articles in the latest SAQA Journal.
More people arrived after lunch to catch the “Identity in Fiber” Gallery Talk. We were lucky to have 13 “Identity” artists there to talk about their piece in the show, including: Natalya Aikens, Deirdre Abbotts, Debbie Bento, Debbie Bein, Sally Brown, Carol Eaton, Gail Kotowski, Karen Loprete, Barbara McKie, Ruth Anne Olson, Kate Themel, Carol Vinick and Diane Wright. Artists answered questions about their work and talked about why they are drawn to fiber versus other artistic media.SallyBrown_ForeverSisters_SM
Sally Brown’s presentation “Forever Sisters” was unfortunately cut short due to time constraints. We got to hear only part of the complex and emotional story behind Sally’s beautiful book. Hopefully we can reschedule her full presentation for another meeting or as a separate event through Windsor Art Center. Stay tuned for news on that; dates & times will be posted on this blog as soon as they are available.
You can see Sally’s quilted book in person, as part of the “Identity in Fiber” show at Windsor Art Center from now until March 5, 2011.
Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor on Saturday! WAC staff, Visitors and SAQA artists – you made it a wonderful experience. We’re looking forward to seeing many you at the next meeting!
Until then, be well and find time to do what you most enjoy,
~Your SAQA Reps, Kate Themel and Diane Wright
(Images from top: The group gathers at WAC main gallery; SAQA-MA/RI Rep Jeanne Marklin talks about her series on racism; Hiroko Fukawa shows off her amazing pieced design; Sally Brown’s quilted book “Forever Sisters”)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

February 19th – Celeste Janey at the New England Quilt Museum (Lowell, MA)

“My Art Quilting Journey”

by Celeste Janey

Saturday, February 19th at 1:00 PM 

As an elementary school educator for 34 years, I find that in my pieces, I need to continue teaching. All my pieces teach, whether through the written word, or orally through the story in which the piece was inspired. Continuing the African-American culture of which I was born, my pieces are usually vibrant in color and life. All my pieces share a story with the observer.  --Celeste Janey


New England has been hit by multiple snow & ice storms over the past few months, interrupting scheduled events and forcing cancellations.  But the “SAQA: No Holds Barred” Exhibition at NEQM is now open and will continue their special events during February and March.

Check the NEQM website for more details:

New England Quilt Museum

18 Shattuck Street

Lowell, Massachusetts 01852

WINTER WEATHER CLOSURES: The Museum will be closed due to inclement weather on any day that the Lowell public school system is closed.  Check "Lowell" on the School Closing List before heading out to the Museum.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New Rules for SAQA Auction Donations

SAQA-21yearsAuction Donors – Please use New Auction Form on SAQA’s main website: 

SAQA's Benefit Auction is our largest fundraiser. In 2010 we received 288 donations for the SAQA Benefit Auction. It was a fantastic auction and we raised $52,450. This was SAQA's biggest income source after membership dues.
With your help, we're hoping to do even better in 2011. We hope that each of you will create and donate a wonderful piece of art for the 2011 Benefit Auction, but in order to make the process go as smoothly as possible, we need to ask you to follow the guidelines below.

To facilitate entry of your information, please use the new online submission form, available through a link under SUPPORT SAQA at

1.    Donations must be only 10 - 12 inches (25 - 30 cm) in either direction. 12 inches will be the maximum accepted so that we can use standard Priority shipping boxes to save time and money.
2.    Only ONE work per artist will be accepted.
3.    Works on stretchers will be accepted but they may not be any larger than 12 inches and should be no deeper than 1 inch (2.5 cm).
4.    ALL artwork donated must be ready to hang. If artwork not otherwise mounted, a sleeve or other method of hanging must be attached. Artwork on stretchers should have hooks and wire attached.
5.    All donations must have label with title (or "untitled") and artist's name clearly written.
6.    There will be a space on the online submission to put a 25 word description of your work that should include materials/techniques to help bidders understand what the image on the website represents.
7.    Images will not be posted until the work is received.
8.    Please do not use peanuts, confetti, shredded paper, or padded envelopes filled with linty fuzz - all these things make a mess when opening the package and the confetti and fuzzy stuff sticks to the quilts.
9.    Please mail your donation with a tracking number or pre-stamped/ addressed postcard to let you know it arrived. Auction coordinator will not email donor when work arrives.
10.    International donations should be sent early enough to arrive by the deadline after clearing Customs. Be advised that it can take up to 3 weeks for boxes to clear customs.

PLEASE ship to:
Pat Gould
12620 Towner Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112

For questions about the auction and the procedures: email:

Early Bird Deadline: March 15th

This will make your piece eligible for inclusion in Auction advertising,  Auction postcards, and display at IQF-Cincinnati, April 8 - 11, 2011.

Final Deadline: July 2nd 

This is a receive-by date

Monday, February 7, 2011

Opening Reception this Friday: “LIFE… So Far” Fiber Art by Kate Themel (Cheshire, CT)

2011PostcardFRONT_smMeet the artist and enjoy complimentary wine & appetizers at the Funky Monkey this Friday!

Opening Reception: Friday, February 11, 2011 from 7 – 9 PM 

The Funky Monkey Cafe & Gallery 

130 Elm Street/ Watch Factory Shoppes

Cheshire, CT 06410



More About the Artist:

Kate Themel’s formal education in Fine Arts can be seen in her approach to fiber.

Over the past 15 years, Kate has developed a distinct pictorial style using mostly cotton fabrics and rayon thread.  Her compositions contain multiple layers of color and dense stitching, pushing the definition of a quilt into the realm of painting.

Her fiber artwork has been juried into Quilt National and has been exhibited in art galleries and museums from Boston to Botswana.  Themel has created custom wall hangings for private collectors and corporate clients, including a series of art quilts commissioned by Yale University's Afro American Cultural Center in New Haven, CT. 

See more examples of Kate’s art quilts online:

Click here to contact Kate Themel to inquire about commissions

Call for Entries Opens May 15, 2011: SAQA “Layers of Memory”

SAQA-21years Layers of Memory

Open to all SAQA members
Premier at the Mancuso World Quilt Show in August, 2011
Conclude with the Denver National Quilt Festival in May, 2012
Additional venues may be added

This exhibit will display work that explores the complex theme of memory. The retrieval of the past can involve many layers including the persistence of recurring memory, the forgotten past, and the nature of recollection. Critic Kate Green suggests that, "memories may be stored in our minds, but they are unleashed by textures, words, and forms." How we store and retrieve memory, whether by using a computer or touching a piece of cloth from our past to spur recollection, memory remains a constant priority in our daily lives for the preservation of our individual and collective histories. This collection presents a universal theme, and will be interpreted in very different ways.

Juror: Kathryn Harris, Head of Fiber Program, School of Art, Design & Art History at San Diego State University

Curator: Doria Anne Goocher

The full prospectus is available in doc or pdf format.
Entry is by digital images only, using SAQA’s online system.

May 15, 2011 Online entry opens

June 15, 2011 Online Entry Final Day - Deadline at 11:59 pm EST

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Important Announcement: “No Holds Barred” Lecture Rescheduled at NEQM

No Holds Barred - Event Date Change due to Storm Warning  -

The event planned for this Saturday, February 5: Lecture by Celeste Janey has been moved to Saturday February 19th at 1:00 PM.

Celeste Janey has created a wonderful lecture filled with information about her journey. The art work is filled with embroideries, quilting, words, images, along with her poignant story telling.  Come out and hear about her journey as an educator, an artist, a parent, wife, and student.  Help us celebrate this wonderful event which is also a celebration (African American History Month) of an amazing African American woman who was born and raised in Roxbury, MA.

Please pass the word on to your guilds, colleagues, and friends!

WINTER WEATHER CLOSURES: The Museum will be closed due to inclement weather on any day that the Lowell public school system is closed. Check "Lowell" on the School Closing List before heading out to the Museum.


Valarie Poitier

Curator, Co-Chair SAQA-NEQM-2011 Project "No Holds Barred"

Friday, February 4, 2011

Linda Zimmerman Talks About Art Quilts with “Jungle Red Writers”

Recently SAQA-CT fiber artist Linda Zimmerman was interviewed by Roberta Isleib of Jungle Red, a salon of mystery writers.  The two women talked about career changes, inspiration, the creative process and stumbling blocks shared by artists, whether the medium is fabric or the written word. 

Here’s an excerpt from Roberta’s in-depth article:

ROBERTA: When I was whining on facebook a few weeks ago about being stuck in the middle of my book, I was struck by your comment about how similar your process is. Tell us about that.

LINDA: My response to Roberta was this: "I don't know anything about
writing a book but when I am creating a quilted piece, I ALWAYS get to a point when I don't like the way the piece looks... BUT the majority of the time I love the final piece.
When I am at the questioning point, I put the piece back on the design wall, look at it again in a day or two, or a month or two, and I am much happier. So keep writing, you know it's good. Go bake a pie."

Get to know more about Linda and the stories behind some of her beautiful art quilts.  Read the entire article on Jungle Red Writers blog:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

“SAQA: No Holds Barred” Opens at New England Quilt Museum (Lowell, MA)

Valarie Poitier, Rep for SAQA-MA/RI, reports on the Opening of “No Holds Barred”, an expansive exhibition of fiber art that she spent more than a year organizing.  Congratulations, Ms. V!

Well the time came and went for the opening celebration. What an amazing experience.  There was the sun shining and a clear highway to drive on on the way to Lowell, MA.

We had standing room only at the Exhibition. Twelve of the artists were present hailing from Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Five of the current SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Representatives from the New England States and one former Rep were also in attendance. The support of the Reps, exhibiting artists, artists who answered the Call for Entry, museum staff and volunteers, the team that worked on the proposals, our distinguished jurors, and the SAQA staff and volunteers all working together in various capacities over the past three years has resulted in a wonderful collection of Contemporary Quilts.

When you look at the exhibit you see the latest techniques being used today across the country, in fact, by art quilters not only in SAQA here in the states but around the world.

There was hand quilting, machine quilting, dyed fabrics, stenciled and silk screened marks on fabric, commercial and whole cloth works, paint acrylics and oil stick, yarn, metallic and cotton threads, shibori and other techniques used. Whatever is considered 'leading edge art quilt techniques' was found in the exhibit today. There are also two quilts that are part of the permanent collection by artists who were juried into the exhibit on display.

(Image: BEYOND THE OBVIOUS by V. Poitier)

In two other galleries you will see two different displays of antique quilts. There is so much to see…both antique and contemporary quilts….

Thank you all for your contributions to this local exhibition!
Best Regards,
Valarie Poitier
Natick, MA


The “No Holds Barred” Exhibition will be on display at the New England Quilt Museum until April 9, 2011

Several special events are planned at the Museum during February and March, including:

  • Feb. 5 Lecture: My Journey by Celeste Janey
  • Feb 12 Lecture: Art Quilts by SAQA’s Exec. Director, Martha Sielman
  • March 5 Workshop & Trunk Show by Wen Redmond
  • March 19 All Call SAQA Meeting - members of the six states who participated in the "call to entry" have been invited and they will be there to share one on one about their work and their SAQA experiences.

Check out the No Holds Barred blog for more details:


Call For Entries: “Art of the Northeast” Silvermine Guild Arts Center (New Canaan, CT)


Silvermine Guild Arts Center

April 15 – June 3, 2011


Silvermine Guild Arts Center’s 62nd Annual “Art of the Northeast” – All Media Accepted

Deadline for Entries: March 11, 2011

Open to all artists, 17 years of age and older, residing in CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI & VT. Original artwork in any media will be accepted. Giclée reproductions of original works will not be accepted. Eligible artwork must have been completed after January 1, 2009.

Juror: Tom Eccles, Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College

Awards: The juror has at his discretion a total of $4000 - $8000 in cash awards

Fee: $25.00 per artwork

Phone: 203-966-9700 ext 26

Click Here for a Copy of the Prospectus:


Silvermine Guild Arts Center

1037 Silvermine Road

New Canaan, CT 06840

(203) 966-9700

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

“Double Take: Photo & Fiber” by Sisters in Cloth – On Display at the Gallery at Haskins, Yale University (New Haven, CT)

CT Fiber Artists “Sisters in Cloth” Present…

SistersatHaskinsfront2Double Take: Photo & Fiber

February 2 – June 24, 2011 in the Gallery at Haskins

Opening Reception: March 3, 2011 from 3 – 5 PM

The Double-Take exhibit includes original photographs by Rosemary DeLucco-Alpert as well as art quilts by Connecticut’s fiber art group Sisters in Cloth.  Each fiber artist used one of the photos as inspiration to create an 18" X 24" piece and an 8" square detail. 

“Sister” Vivika DeNegre explains,

“This show represents a departure from our usual presentation style... and a giant leap in making our artwork more accessible to galleries.  We are mounting our quilts, all 32 of them [on stretcher bars], then using black "float frames" for hanging.  The photographer's pieces will also be framed, adding to the overall unity of the exhibition.  The result will be an absolutely stunning display of consistency and beauty in photo and fiber.”

The group hopes to find other venues for Double Take: Photo & Fiber after its run at Haskins.

Participating Artists:

Barbara Coleman Adams
Janine Anderson-Bays
Debra Bento
Rosemary DeLucco-Alpert
Vivika Hansen DeNegre
Yvette Howard
Evelyn Judson
Gail Kotowski 
Carol Ludington
Ruth Anne Olson 
Linda Sexton-Patrick 
Marie Kadlec Shepherd
Robin Wolek
Martha Wolfe 
Diane Wright 
Linda Zimmerman

Find out more about Sisters in Cloth on their blog:

The Gallery@Haskins
300 George Street, Suite 900
New Haven, CT
Gallery hours: Wed-Fri 10-4 pm
Opening Reception March 3, 5-7 pm

Haskins Laboratories is an independent, international, multidisciplinary community of researchers affiliated with Yale University, conducting basic research on spoken and written language.  They have been bringing art and science together by hosting art exhibitions since 2005.

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