Friday, April 29, 2011

Fiber Art Show & Sale at The Art Bazaar (NYC) – Reception Friday, May 6

PostcardARTBAZAARSAQA Artists Kevan Rupp Lunney, Natalya Aikens and CT Rep Kate Themel will display their fiber artwork in a group show at The Art Bazaar in New York City.   The art show & sale features a variety of media, including screen prints, photography and paintings.

Artists' Reception:
Fri. May 6th: 6 – 9pm

The show & sale will run from May 5 – 30, 2011


Several participating artists will be at the gallery on Friday night and some will also be there on Saturday and Sunday.  Please stop by!

General Hours:
Tues - Sat: 11am - 7pm
Sunday: Noon - 6pm

The ART BAZAAR is located at:

175 Seventh Avenue (@ West 20th St)
New York, NY 10011
Tel: +1 646 588 5252

Why not make a day of it?  While you’re in the Chelsea area, take a walking tour of the garment/fashion district, stop by the City Quilter 4000 square foot quilting/fabric store, see the only gallery in the city dedicated to fiber art - Art Quilt Gallery NYC, or visit the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Museum. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Taiwan Art Quilt Society Announces Call for Entries – “Moving Water and Rivers” 2012 Show


Here is an opportunity for SAQA members to have their work in an exceptional exhibition in Taiwan in 2012. Taiwan Representative, Hsin-Chen Lin, is also the president of TIQE and the first festival she organized in 2009 was wonderful. The exhibition was very well received and the catalog is gorgeous.

The 2012 exhibition will be from August to July and the theme is Moving Water and Rivers, with an emphasis on the life-giving and precious nature of water on the earth and the crucial environmental relationship we have with water.

Water and river are full of life and nutrient: novelty, freshness, and sustainability symbolize a source of vitality, expecting to convey an energetic, broad, and microcosmic angle of view, as well as each kind of life and existence that water and river embrace.

There is plenty of time to come up with a wonderful and creative art quilt for this show, so do not miss the opportunity! 

Entry Deadline is February 2012.

More information is available on SAQA’s website:

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Deadline June 1st for Entries into The Hebron Harvest Fair (Hebron, CT)


September 8-11, 2011

Hebron Harvest Fair is a country agricultural fair featuring animal displays, various food, animal pulls, truck pulls, country music, carnival midway, and something to do for the entire family. With such performers from Nashville, TN as; Charlie Daniels, Kenny Chesney, Michelle Wright, Pirates Of The Mississippi, Shenandoh, Aaron Tippin, Craig Morgan and Ricky Skaggs the Hebron Harvest Fair grew to be one of the largest fairs in Connecticut.

The Hebron Harvest Fair draws over 250,000 people from the greater Hartford area. This will be the fourth year the Hebron Lions Club has raised the bar for fine arts and crafts at their long running event. We have exclusive space for 40 juried exhibitors. You must make what you sell. Buy-Sell is strictly prohibited.

Please click the "Vendor Information" link or click the link below to apply. Booth space will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Vendor Applications

Applications for the Arts & Craft juried show are due June 1, 2011

Go to the Hebron Harvest Fair website to learn more:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Diane Cadrain’s Art Quilt Juried into 100th Exhibition CT Academy of Fine Arts (Mystic, CT)


Connecticut fiber artist Diane Cadrain has been chosen to exhibit her art quilt “Entrance” (image, right) in the 100th Exhibition of the CT Academy of Fine Arts. 

According to the Academy, “The quality of the works submitted was very high, and challenging for the jurors.  The diversity of style and media were equally impressive and a wonderful tribute to the vitality of our artistic community.”

A complete list of participants can be found here:

The Exhibition will run from May 27 – June 16, 2011

Reception and Awards on Thursday June 9th, 6 - 8PM

Mystic Arts Center

9 Water Street

Mystic, CT 06355

Hours: 11AM – 5PM daily

Congratulations, Diane!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Artists’ Reception: “For the Birds” May 14th at The Brush Gallery (Lowell, MA)

For the Birds

SAQA CT artists Diane Wright and Vivika DeNegre are 2 of the artists participating in:


May 7 - June 18, 2011
Brush Gallery & Artists Studios
256 Market Street, Lowell, MA
978-459-7819 .

This juried exhibition of beautiful paintings, photographs, fiber art, mixed media and sculpture, celebrates birds and their habitats and raises funds for the dedicated volunteers who care for and rehabilitate the many sick and injured birds in our area. Presented in collaboration with the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Association of Massachusetts.

Artists' Reception: Saturday May 14th, 2 - 4 pm

Juror: David Allen Sibley, author, illustrator and ornithologist. Click here to read about David Allen Sibley and his books.

Additional Programming:

  • Saturday, May 14, 7 - 9 am. Bird Watching Walk with the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, You’ll explore the Lowell Cemetery and the Concord River Greenway Park. Meet at the Lowell Cemetery entrance off Lawrence St. and bring binoculars. Please RSVP to so we have an accurate count! 
  • Sunday, June 5, noon to 2 pm. Presentation by Sally Farrow of the Massachusetts Audubon Society of live, wild native birds from Drumlin Farm..
  • Sunday, June 5, 2 - 4 pm. Bird rehabilitation presentation and slide show by Alison Weber of the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of America. Hear about some of the birds Alison has taken in, cared for and released over the years.
  • MORE - check for the latest events

Collectors’ Forum: Quilts in New England April 30th at Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA)

The Collectors' Forum at Old Sturbridge Village brings together leading scholars and collectors around items from the Museum's extensive collection of early American artifacts.

The Spring 2011 Collectors' Forum, Quilts in New England, will highlight the Village's well-known and historically-important collection of over 250 quilts and coverlets and the current exhibit, More Beautiful Than Any Other: Quilts from the Old Sturbridge Village Collection, 1790-1850.

In addition to four formal presentations, a significant portion of the Old Sturbridge Village quilt collection will be on display and staffed for exploration.

Reservations are required; register online below or by calling 508-347-3362. 

You may also send The Museum a message with any questions or for more information.

Forum Date & Time: Saturday, April 30, 2011 / 9AM - 5PM



$80 per person, non-members

$65 for Members

Program Fee Includes:

  • Museum Admission
  • All Forum Programs/Presentations
  • Morning Coffee & Tea Reception
  • 10% discount at the Museum Gift Shop and New England Book Store on day of event
  • Optional Lunch Buffet at Oliver Wright Tavern ($20 per person)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Meeting Notes: CT Regional Meeting at Brookfield Craft Center

BBC_logo This past Saturday a lively group of our members met at Brookfield Craft Center.  For those of you who have never been, it's a complex of several "colonial" buildings on a gorgeous river side setting. 

THANK YOU Mayann Weinberg for arranging our meeting at Brookfield, providing drinks & veggie appetizers, and even volunteering to pick up our lunch order!

The day began with a few announcements and reminders:

    • Portfolio 18 for PAM (Professional) members – Deadline for Digital Entries 4/30/11
    • And to ALL SAQA members:
    • Submissions of images for “Blue” theme in SAQA Journal – Deadline 4/30/11
    • SAQA:Structures in Cloth Exhibition – Deadline 4/30/11
    • SAQA:Layers of Memory Exhibition – Deadline 6/15/11

ARTFABRIK_sm1SHOW & TELL: Some unusual items included a lovely “Fish Purse” (a gift made by a friend) shared by Cynthia Butts, and a quilt with matching tote bag made out of fabric selvages, created by Debbie Bein.  Debbie is still collecting selvages if you have some to donate; strips should include the machine edge plus about 1” width of the fabric itself.

After Show & Tell, we were treated to a visual buffet of hand-dyed fabric and thread by Laura Wasilowski ARTFABRIK.  There were plenty of “Ooohs” and “Aaaahs” as people enjoyed the rich colors and picked their favorites to purchase.   After a while we had to put them away since the food was about to arrive.  We enjoyed a delicious Panini lunch from nearby restaurant, Casablanca.

NEW FRIENDS: Executive Director Richard Herrmann, Director of Marketing Betsy Halliday and a photographer from the Craft Center dropped by to meet us and take a look at our work.  BCC is a very fiber-friendly place, and the staff is interested in offering even more opportunities for fiber/textile artists.  Anyone interested in offering classes...or taking classes...please get in touch with the Center (

SAQA-NY artist Kendell Storm made the trip from White Plains to Brookfield for our meeting, and has joined us as a dual NY/CT member.  Welcome to the group, Kendell!

FOLLOW UP INFO:  During the meeting, Diane Wright talked about the needles she uses in her work, and some people were wondering where to get them.  Per Diane, “I use Organ Needles for Sewing Machines.  I purchased mine from Marathon Thread at a quilt show. is located in PA.  They have both regular (of all sorts) and titanium (of all sorts).”Guilford-Art

NEXT MEETING: Co-Rep Diane Wright has volunteered explore the possibility of hosting the next regional meeting at the Guilford Art Center during July while a textile/fiber exhibit is featured.  The upcoming exhibit will be a four person invitational show of hooked rug work, including SAQA-CT member Liz Alpert Fay.  

The meeting will most likely be on a Saturday in late July or early August.  After a date is confirmed, Diane will approach the featured hooked rug artists and see if they are available for an artist talk and Kate will arrange to have the 2011/2012 SAQA Trunk Show on display.

elementsMINI-WORKSHOP: We ended the meeting with the first of hopefully continuing mini-workshops.  Kate Themel offered a basic overview of Art Elements and Art Principles.  Art Elements: specific building blocks we use to create 2D compositions (Line, Value, Color, Shape, Texture); Art Principles: more loosely-defined theories, how viewers perceive visual information (Figure/Ground, Balance, Emphasis, Gestalt) – How can we use these ideas to improve our own compositions?  

If you missed the discussion or if you’d like more information about these terms and concepts, here are two excellent sources:

FUTURE WORKSHOPS: Each meeting will feature one of our SAQA members giving an informal lecture/demo on one subject.  They are called “mini” for a reason – just 15-20 minutes of your time to give an overview on a something you are comfortable talking about, and answer some questions from other members.  Very low pressure!  Contact Diane or Kate if you have an idea for a mini-workshop, or if you’d like to volunteer to lead one.

Volunteers for future mini-workshops include Carol Eaton: Dyeing with Natural Ingredients; Betty Warner: Tips on using Photoshop; Barb McKie: Effects of Fusible Products on Fabric.   The mini-workshop topics will depend on our guest speakers’ availability and the date/location of each meeting.  Stay tuned for more details!

Thank you to everyone who participated and made our Regional Meeting so much fun.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

ART, Music, Food and Fun: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Brush Gallery May 7, 2011 (Lowell, MA)

cinco de mayo at thebrush

You are invited to the Brush Gallery and Artists Studios

Cinco de Mayo Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, May 7,  6 - 10 pm

Cocktails, 6 - 7 PM at the Gallery
Catered dinner by Mambo Grill of Lowell
Music, Dancing, Art Auction, Great Gift Raffles, Salsa Lessons, Fun to follow.

Tickets purchased in advance:
$50.00 ($40.00 for paid members. Not a member? Click here.)
Purchase tickets on-line securely: Click here.

Tickets purchased at door:
$55.00 ($45.00 for paid members. Not a member? Click here.)

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

When you visit the Brush Gallery, don’t forget to check out “FOR THE BIRDS” – An All Media Art Exhibition, featuring SAQA-CT members Vivika DeNegre and Diane Wright

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Call to Artists: Decorate City Hall Plaza (Montpelier, Vermont)

Poster for Art Contest city Hall Plaza 

Montpelier Alive seeks proposals for a set of banners or banner-like works of art to be hung on the light poles in front of Montpelier City Hall from June 1 through October 15, 2011. City Hall Plaza is a highly visible location in the heart of Vermont’s bustling capital city that has displayed a variety of solid color and photographic banners over the past eight years. The successful new design will be a creative response to the plaza, the city and its surroundings. Designs will be judged on their creativity, visual impact from the street, and durability.

The plaza has six light posts, each with two sets of horizontal banner arms. The twelve pairs of arms are 43.5” from the top of each arm to the bottom of each arm and are each 18” wide. The new work of art should fill the available space on all six light poles (individual arms may be removed) and must be able to withstand summer weather conditions for five months. It may be mechanically reproduced or hand-crafted. The design must not include any words or graphic references that can be construed as advertising and must be appropriate for a public place. Montpelier Alive can provide information on dimensions of past banners and on past mechanical reproduction methods upon request.

One winning artist will receive:
$800 fee for materials and honoraria
One month to complete and install the new work
Completed project will be on display from June through October 2011

More details and submission guidelines:

Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Diane Wright and Vivika DeNegre Juried into “For the Birds” (Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA)

DeNegre_QuailFamilyConnecticut artists Diane Wright and Vivika Hansen DeNegre will have work on display at the Brush Gallery in Lowell, Massachusetts from May 7 through June 18, 2011. 

This juried exhibition is part of the Brush Gallery's Art of Nature Exhibition Series and will be a mix of paintings, collage, fiber, photography, drawings and sculpture. It will be hung in time for the Brush's popular annual fundraiser on May 7th.

FOR THE BIRDS is a collaboration between the Brush Gallery and the Massachusetts Audubon Society to focus attention on birds and their habitats and to raise funds for the volunteers who care for injured birds until they are able to be returned to the wild.


The show runs May 7 - June 18, 2011
Artists’ Reception: Saturday May 14, 2011 from 2 – 4 PM

Educational Programming:
The following talks and lectures are being planned in conjunction with the exhibition; more details will be posted when available:

  • Bird Watching Walk with the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust,Saturday, May 14, 7 - 9 am. You’ll explore the Lowell Cemetery and the Concord River Greenway Park. Meet at the Lowell Cemetery entrance off Lawrence St. and bring binoculars. Please RSVP to so we have an accurate count! 
  • Presentation by Massachusetts Audubon Society of live, wild native birds from Drumlin Farm, Sunday, June 5, noon to 2 pm.
  • Bird rehabilitation presentation and slide show by Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of America, Sunday, June 5, 2 - 4 pm.
  • Making Birdhouses, date TBA

(Images: upper right “Quail Family” by Vivika DeNegre; lower left: “Redwing Chorus: Ode to Charley Harper” by Diane Wright)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Fiber Art Events this Week – Don’t Miss Out!

Thursday, April 7th, 5 – 7 PM

CathSmithWINTER2011Opening Reception for “Home Grown: 30 Years of Artistic Community”

Includes fiber art by Catherine Whall Smith

Akus Gallery at Eastern CT State University

83 Windham Street

Willimantic, CT



Friday, April 8th, 6 – 8 PM

MWeinbergOpening Reception for “Ver Luminarium”

Includes fiber art by Mayann Weinberg

Gertrude G. White Gallery at the Greenwich YWCA

259 Putnam Avenue

Greenwich, CT




Saturday, April 9th, 10 AM – 2:30 PM

SAQA-21yearsSAQA CT Regional Meeting

Brookfield Craft Center

286 Whisconier Road

Brookfield, CT



Sunday, April 10th, 12 – 4 PM

BMcKie_afternoonofafawnLAST DAY to see “Object d’Art” at the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery

Includes fiber art by Barbara McKie, Rayna Gillman and Judith Larzelere

Branford House Mansion at UConn Avery Point

1084 Shennecossett Rd.

Groton, CT

Call for Entries Opens May 1st: “Outside/Inside the Box” Fiber Philadelphia

2012FiberPhila From Fiber Philadelphia:
OUTSIDE/INSIDE THE BOX, Call for entries.
Apply Online May 1 - October 31, 2011.

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.

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.

Outside/Inside the Box
ICE Box Project Space,
Crane Arts Building
March 2 - April 15, 2012
Receptions: Saturday, March 3 and 31 2012
1400 North American St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

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...