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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