Thursday, March 31, 2011

It’s like Christmas in April – Laura Wasilowski’s hand-dyed fabric & thread

ARTFABRIK_sm1 I received an exciting package in the mail today… Laura Wasilowski’s ARTFABRIK trunk show!   Photos cannot do justice to the richly saturated colors of these fabrics and embroidery threads.  Amazing!

There are 25 yards of beautiful hand dyed cotton fabric, some monochrome, others with 2 or more color variations, and dozens of threads in sizes 3, 5, 8 and 12 pearl cotton.

Come see them for yourself and buy a few to take home (cash or check only). 

We will have the trunk show at our next SAQA CT Regional meeting on April 9th in Brookfield.  See previous post for details:

Lucky me, I get first pick!  But I promise to bring enough to share with the group.  :-)

Hope to see you at the next meeting,

~Kate Themel


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March 31, 2011 - LAST Day to Enter SAQA:Showcase or Sense of Adventure

Attention ALL SAQA members:

Don’t miss the opportunity to enterSAQA-21years one or both of these upcoming SAQA exhibitions.

A special in-depth exhibition of the work of 4-6 artists at the museum of the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln from July - October 2012.

Chosen artists will each exhibit several works, which may be considered for permanent acquisition by the museum.  Artists will also be invited to participate in a special symposium in September 2012. 

Information is on the Exhibition entry forms page.
Jurors: Judith Content and Carolyn Ducey
Entry is by submission of a mini-portfolio of four (4) works.

The works that are submitted do not have to be the works chosen for exhibition:

DEADLINE March 31, 2011.


Theme: 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: Dr. Jacqueline Atkins

Managing Curator: Nancy Bavor (

The full prospectus:

DEADLINE for online entry is now March 31, 2011.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

See Fiber Art by Karen Loprete at the Left Bank Gallery (Essex, CT)

Check out Karen Loprete’s vibrant art quilts at the Left Bank Gallery in Essex. 

Loprete_SkySMLeft Bank Gallery Essex is a 5,000 square foot art space offering work by over 50 renowned and emerging contemporary artists.  The space features painting, photography, sculpture and more including an extensive array of handmade jewelry by area artists and silversmiths. From traditional landscapes or maritime scenes to contemporary abstracts and graphic art, Left Bank Gallery Essex is dedicated to offering a balance of high quality original artwork and affordable pricing.

The Gallery was established in May 2008 as a destination for art and design in Connecticut and New England, exhibiting work by over 60 artists and artisans from the local area and beyond. “We have a very diverse group of fresh, new art,” says Laurie McGinley, co-owner.

Here’s what they’re saying about Karen: “Known for her extensive handwork and color choices,  contemporary fiber artist, Karen Loprete, creates one-of-a kind artworks to hang or to hang out with. Using a mix of vintage, modern and hand-dyed fabrics, beading or appliqué, Karen layers texture, color and pattern to create wonderful and imaginative artwork.”  (Image: “Sky” by Karen Loprete)

For directions and additional information go to The Left Bank Gallery website:

Monday, March 28, 2011

Our Next SAQA-CT Regional Meeting: Saturday April 9th at Brookfield Craft Center (Brookfield, CT)

Attention SAQA Members and Invited Guests:

Please Join us for our next SAQA-CT Regional Meeting. 

Saturday April 9, 2011

Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, CT

10AM – 2:30PM

Brookfield Craft Center

286 Whisconier Rd

Brookfield, CT 06804

(203) 775-4526

Highlights Include:

  • Meet & Greet
  • Show & Tell
  • Trunk show of Laura Wasilowski’s ARTFABRIK hand dyed fabrics and threads, available for sale
  • (Optional) 2:00 pm Mini-Workshop: Overview of Art Principles & Art Elements with Kate Themel – We’ll cover the definitions of these terms and discuss how they apply to our work in fiber art.

Hope you can make it! 

Take care,

~Kate and Diane, your SAQA-CT Reps

Friday, March 25, 2011

Don’t Miss “Objects d’Art” at the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery (Groton, CT) – Closing April 10th

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(images top left to lower right: Afternoon of a Fawn by Barb McKie, Skateboard by William Shockey, Red Zone by Rayna Gillman, Teapot by Hayne Bayless, Fish Pin by Bruce Campbell, Cutting into Spring by Judith Larzelere and Neptune’s Daughter by Kathryne Wright)

Connecticut artist Barbara Barrick McKie has 5 of her best quilts on display in Objects d’Art: form and function at the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art in Groton.  SAQA artists Rayna Gillman and Judith Larzelere have 5 quilts in the same exhibition, which features art by 16 artists working in variety of media. 

Come to the UCONN Avery Point campus to see functional fine art including stoneware, woodwork, furniture, jewelry, glass works and fiber art.

The exhibition will come to a close on Sunday April 10, 2011

Don’t miss this extraordinary exhibition!!!

Julia M. Pavone, Curator/Director


Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art

Branford House Mansion at UConn Avery Point

1084 Shennecossett Rd.

Groton, CT 06340


Gallery hours: wed. – Sun. 12-4 pm

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fiber Art by Catherine Whall Smith: On Display in Willimantic, CT

Fiber art by SAQA-CT artist Catherine Whall Smith is on display in two locations in Willimantic, CT. 

See Smith’s work “Pearly Whites” at the Akus Gallery in Home Grown :Celebrating 30 Years of Artistic Community from March 24 – May 5, 2011.

Akus Gallery

83 Windham St.

Willimantic, CT

Reception Thursday - April 7th, 5-7 p.m. 

 CathSmithWINTER2011 (image: My Turn, Me First by Catherine Smith)

Several other pieces including “My Turn, Me First”, “Hay Bale with Blue Twine” and “Rolling in the Hay” are on display in the Burton Leavitt Theatre, part of the Windham Theater Guild. 

WINDHAM THEATER GUILD -“The Butler did it”  Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy this spoof of an English mystery.

- Show times 8:00 p.m. – March 25, 26, April 1, 2 ,7 ,8

- Matinee 2:00 p.m. - Sunday, April 3rd

Burton Leavitt Theatre

779 Main St.

Willimantic, CT

Tickets call (860) 423-2245

A portion of the sale of the art work will be donated to the Windham Theater Guild.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mayann Weinberg in “Ver Luminarium” Exhibition of Art – Opening April 8, 2011 (Greenwich, CT)

MWeinbergVer Luminarium is an exhibition of original painted and stitched works of art by Mayann Weinberg, Roisin Reilly and Gay Lynette Morris.  

Opening Reception Friday April 8, 2011

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Gertrude G. White Gallery

Greenwich YWCA

259 Putnam Avenue

Greenwich, CT 06830

The show will run from April 8 – 28, 2011

(Image: “Untitled” by Mayann Weinberg)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sign Up for SAQA’s Visioning Conference in Denver – May 19-21, 2011

Sign up NOW for SAQA's Visioning Conference - ONLY 38 spots left!

Brown Palace Hotel
The conference will take place in Denver's historic Brown Palace Hotel from
May 19-21, 2011.  Affordable housing and parking are available at the Comfort Inn across the street.
Information and a registration form are on the SAQA website.

Plan on joining us for a great conference in May!

Friday, March 11, 2011

SAQA New England: Special Events Planned for March 25 - 27, 2011 (Colchester, VT)

SAQA members and fiber art enthusiasts are invited to Colchester, Vermont to take part in a weekend of Workshops, Show & Tell and Studio Tours.

SAQA_VT (1)The weekend begins with dinner on Friday evening, March 25, 2011 at 6:30 PM.  Three Tomatoes Trattoria hosts the weekend “kick-off” dinner.  Three Tomatoes is located at 192 Boxwood Street in Williston, VT.  RSVP by March 17th to to reserve your seat!

On Saturday, March 26 go to the Residence Inn by Marriot for workshops and Show & Tell.  Residence Inn by Marriot Burlington/Colchester is located at 17 Rathe Road in Colchester, VT.

Featured Workshops:
“Approaching Galleries” with Rae Harrell, Saturday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM including a 1 hour break for lunch/ $25.00 pay at the door

“From a Juror’s Perspective” with Valarie Poitier, Saturday 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM/ Bring a list of potential Calls for Entries to discuss/ $15.00 pay at the door

SAQA Show & Tell Saturday evening from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Sunday, March 27 Studio Tours: Diane Schullenberger studio in “Snowflake” Bentley’s House and Sandy Jefferis’ Studio

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The New “Art Quilt Gallery NYC” – Only Gallery in NYC Devoted to Contemporary Quilts

From “The Art Quilt Gallery NYC” website:

The Art Quilt Gallery • NYC is exclusively focused on a single art form: quilts, whose  aesthetic range, creative spirit, execution, and sheer beauty make this a compelling art, yet one that is rarely displayed in New York. 

We believe our patrons will be impressed with the range and quality of work.  Opening on April 5, 2011, The Art Quilt Gallery•NYC will feature the best quilts from around the world, starting with quilt artist Daphne Taylor.

(Image, right: Composition in Markings and Movement by Daphne Taylor)

Visit us in Chelsea at 133 West 25th Street  Click for hours & contact information

Email or call us at 212-807-9451 to add your name to our show announcements list, or to ask about our art quilts.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Muriel Stockdale’s “e Pluribus” Flags on Display at Charlotte’s Place (NYC)

Rajasthani Flag

A message from SAQA-CT artist Muriel Stockdale:

I know it's very short notice but I want to invite you to a Mardi Gras party at Charlotte's Place 109 Greenwich Street, between Rector and Carlisle streets tonight between 6 - 8:30 PM

If you have not had a chance to see any of my E Pluribus flags yet live, 15 of them are on display there for the next week at least. 

But come down and eat, dance and mix and mingle tonight.

Hope to see you,


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