Tuesday, May 31, 2011

CT Artists Diane Wright and Karen Loprete Accepted into “Deep Spaces” Traveling Exhibition

clip_image001[8]The jury process is complete, and 44 artists – including Connecticut’s Karen Loprete and Diane Wright - have been chosen to exhibit their work in “Deep Spaces”.  This show, curated by Larkin Jean Van Horn, will show textile works of a common size, 18” wide by 45” tall.  The exhibit will travel to multiple venues over the next year. 

The exhibition begins in 2 separate venues from Sept 5 – Nov 6, 2011: 28 quilts will be in Tillamook, Oregon at the Latimer Quilt & Textile Center and 22 quilts will be in Edmonds, Washington at the Edmonds Conference Center.

From January 10 – March 12, 2012 the unified collection of 50 pieces will be on display at The Sam Houston University Museum in Huntsville, Texas.

Finally from March 28 – June 24, 2012 the full collection will again be on view, this time at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum in La Conner, Washington.

Participating Artists include:  Arlene Anderson, Brooke Atherton, Madeleine Bajracharya, Karen Bates, Diane Becka, Deborah J. Bein, Liz Berg, Betty Busby, Denise Coote, Lisa Flowers Ross, Terry Grant, Kathryn Haeger, Shirley Hammar, Ayn Hanna, Ginnie Behert, Lois Jarvis, Nancy E. Kimpel, Cheryl Kosarek, Lynn Kunz, Karen Loprete, Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Linda McLaughlin, Karen Miller, Pamela Morris, Pat Morse, Madalene Axford Murphy, Bobbe Shapiro Nolan, Barbara Pozek, Joan Schlichting, Toni Furst Smith, Patrice Smith, Sherrie Spangler, Cynthia St. Charles, Karen Stiehl Osborn, Merrilee Tieche, Barbara N. Tinsman, Jean Van Bockel, Els Vereycken, Deborah Weir, Jean Wells Keenan, Marianne Williamson, Hope Wilmarth, Martha Wolfe and Diane Wright (Wright’s “Urban Canyon” pictured on left).

Monday, May 30, 2011

Kate Themel Brings Home the Young Emerging Artist Award from Quilt National ‘11

Themel_DandelionSMConnecticut artist Kate Themel has earned the "Young Emerging Artist" (YEA) Award at Quilt National ‘11 with her exhibition piece “Dandelion” (image, left).

The YEA Award was created and sponsored by Katie & Bobby Masopust, to encourage young people to enter Quilt National.  It was originally intended for an artist under age 30.  This year there were no artists under age 30 accepted into QN, so eligibility was expanded to entrants in the ‘30-something’ age group. 

“Lucky me!” says Themel, “It is with a sense of humility that I accept the recognition, knowing that the sponsors may have liked to give it to a younger person. But I will always cherish the YEA award and my QN experience, and I will definitely encourage young people to explore fiber as an artistic medium.” 

The Quilt National exhibition will go on tour for about 2 years, beginning in Athens, Ohio at the Dairy Barn Arts Center May 28 – Sept 5, 2011.  At the end of the tour, Kate’s quilt will go home with a new owner. “Dandelion” was sold during QN’s Opening Weekend.

Check out the “Quilt National ‘11” Photo Album on Dairy Barn Arts Center’s Facebook page to see more photos from the show and all the award winning quilts.  A complete list of QN exhibitors can be found on the Dairy Barn’s website: http://www.dairybarn.org/quilt/index.php?section=226&page=362

Friday, May 20, 2011

CT Artists McKie and Themel at Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ) June 23 – October 16

MORRISpostcard-WEB Connecticut artists Barbara Barrick McKie and Kate Themel are among 19 artists chosen to participate in “Visual Thoughts: The Art Quilts of Fiber Revolution, curated by SAQA member and Fiber Revolution artist Kevan Rupp Lunney

The show will run from June 23 – October 16, 2011

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 29th 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Tour the exhibition, meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments.

Pre-registration is required for the Opening Reception.  To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 973-971-3706.  Members $7, Non-members $10

Participating artists include: Virginia Abrams, Natalya Aikens, Deborah Bein, Benedicte Caneill, Lisa Chipetine, Melissa Fowler, Cindy Friedman, Martha C. Hall, Gloria Hansen, Eileen Lauterborn, Kevan Rupp Lunney, Barbara McKie, Judith Plotner, Wen Redmond, Carol Sara Schepps, Deborah Schwartzman, Kate Themel, Melitta Vanderbrooke and Carolyn Lee Vehslage.

For more information about Fiber Revolution visit their website: www.fiberrevolution.com

or find them on Facebook: Fiber Revolution The Quilt as Art

The Morris Museum

6 Normandy Road

Morristown, NJ 07960


Call for Entries: “Crossing Lines: The Many Faces of Fiber” – Deadline June 17, 2011


Sponsored by the Textile Study Group of New York (TSGNY)

TSGNY will celebrate its 35th Anniversary season (2011–2012) by sponsoring two juried fiber art exhibitions at prestigious locations in New York City.  All Full, Donor, Benefactor, and Student members of TSGNY are eligible to participate. 

Download a copy of the TSGNY Membership Form here: http://www.tsgny.org/2010-2011.pdf

Crossing Lines: the Many Faces of Fiber will be installed in the Courtyard Gallery of the World Financial Center, a Brookfield Office Properties building complex at 200 Vesey Street in lower Manhattan. 

The exhibition dates: Nov. 3 - Dec. 30, 2011 or Jan. 7, 2012 (exact closing date to be determined by the venue).

Crossing Lines: the Many Faces of Fiber will be a broad survey of fiber art styles, concepts, and materializations. Members may submit images of up to five (5) works—large or small, two- or three-dimensional, either recent or created in the past. 

No entry fee

Juror: Rebecca Stevens, Consulting Curator of Contemporary Textiles at the Textile Museum, Washington, DC.

Entry deadline: Postmarked no later than Friday, June 17, 2011.

Download the prospectus/entry form

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective’s First Group Show!

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The Unitarian Society of Hartford Presents:

“Small Quilts for a Sacred Space”

A collection of unique art quilts created by Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective

May 22 - June 19, 2011

Please join the artists for a reception June 5th, 12 – 3PM 

You’ll have a chance to meet the artists and find out how the work is created. 

Unitarian Society of Hartford

50 Bloomfield Avenue

Hartford, CT 06105

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The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective includes:

Mary Lachman, Diane Cadrain, Carol Eaton, Jeanne Landry, Rosalind Spann, Toni Torres, Cher Hurney, Karen Loprete, Diane Wright, Carol Vinick and Carine Greene.

For directions to the Unitarian Society, visit: http://www.ushartford.com/phototour.html

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Online Entry Opens Today: SAQA “Layers of Memory”


"Layers of Memory"

(Open to ALL SAQA members)

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.

This will be a traveling exhibition, going to each venue on the Mancuso World Quilt Show circuit, premiering in August 2011 and concluding with the Denver National Quilt Festival in May of 2012. Additional venues may be added.

Online Entry Submissions: May 15, 2011 - June 15, 2011

Curator: Doria Anne Goocher, designsbydoria3@gmail.com

Information is on the Exhibition entry forms page.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Self Portrait by Diane Wright juried into “Poser” Exhibition – Guilford Art Center (Guilford, CT)

Poser Exhibit at Guilford Art Center – Opening Reception Friday, May 13, 5 – 7 PM

Guilford Art Center announces its latest exhibit, Poser, a juried group exhibit, on view May 13-June 26, 2011 in the Center's Mill Gallery.

Poser presents art works in all media that explore various notions of posing for an image, as it relates to artist, subject and/or viewer. Works explore such aspects as: a subject's self-presentation; an artist's own presentation of a self-conscious image to the viewer; a sitter or artist deliberately confounding their own identity; or the relationship between artist and model. The exhibit attempts to present a gamut of ways that artists might choose to present/interpret themselves and others in their work.

Poser includes paintings, photographs, drawings, and mixed media works by twenty-one artists: Hannah Baldwin, Irwin Block, Donna Brumbergs, Helen Cantrell, Christine Chiocchio, Nils Dailey, Richard Davis, Mark Dixon, Pam Erickson John Fallon, David Harlan, Dolores Marchese, Donna Masotti, Lady McCrady, William Meddick, Lawrence Russ, Alan Shulik, Steph Slater, Vin Verillo, Diane Wright , and Yee-Fun Yin.

The opening reception for Poser is Friday, May 13, 5-7pm.

The opening is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Sunday, 10-4pm.

For more information, contact Guilford Art Center at(203) 453-5947.

Friday, May 6, 2011

On Line Entries OPEN June 1, 2011 for Art Quilt Elements

AQE2012 The Art Quilt Elements (AQE) exhibition dates are March 30, 2012 to May 13, 2012 and will be held at the Wayne Art Center, located at 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."


AQE Committee:

Margo Clyma
Cindy Friedman
Suzan Hirsch
Deborah Schwartzman
Shawn Towey
Carolyn Vehslage

Questions? E-mail to: artquiltelements@gmail.com


  • Work submitted must be innovative and original in design. Work derivative of other quilt artists or work created in a workshop with the aid of an instructor is not acceptable.
  • Work must be a personal expression of the artist’s intent.
  • Quilts submitted must have been completed after January 1, 2009.
  • If this quilt is framed, that information and the finished size including the frame must be listed on the application.
  • There is no size restriction for 2012.
  • Art quilts must be available for sale.

On line entry system Opens June 1, 2011

DEADLINE for entries: September 25, 2011

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