Friday, October 28, 2011

Reception for CTFAC “Identity” Show and Demonstration by Mary Lachman at the Levi Coe Library (Middlefield, CT)

Levi Coe Library Presents


(Images left to right: Pieces of my Heart by M.Lachman, Identity by K.Loprete, Self Indulgence by C.Eaton, I Dream in Color by C.Hurney, Sanctuary by D.Cadrain)

“IDENTITY” a collection of small art quilts created by the

Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective

November 3 – 30, 2011

i·den·ti·ty ~ (clip_image001-dclip_image002nclip_image003tclip_image004-tclip_image005) The distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity; individuality.

The collection is unique and inspirational.


Special Event November 3rd:

5:30 – 6:45 Artist Reception: We invite you to meet the artists for an opportunity to learn more about the design process and techniques used when creating their pieces.

6:00 – 6:45 Hands on quilting demonstration by nationally recognized fiber artist Mary Lachman and sale of hand dyed fabrics, hand painted silk scarves, and felted purses by artist Carol Eaton.

The CT Fiber Arts Collective is a recently-formed but very active group of artists from around Connecticut dedicated to promoting Fiber and Mixed Media Arts.  “Identity” is their 3rd group show just this year. “Small Quilts for a Sacred Space” opened at the Unitarian Society of Hartford in May 2011 and “Fiber Harvest” at the Noah Webster Library in September.

Participating artists include: Diane Cadrain, Carol Eaton, Cher Hurney, Barbara Khachane, Mary Lachman, Karen Loprete, Rosalind Spann, Toni Torres,  Diane Wright and Carol Vinick.

Visit the CTFAC blog:

The Identity Exhibition will be on display until November 30, 2011. 

The Levi Coe Library is located at 414 Main Street, Middlefield, CT 06455 (phone 860-349-3857)

For directions and more information about the library, visit their website: or find them on Facebook:


Thursday, October 27, 2011

SAQA Trunk Show Pieces Chosen for Permanent Collection, Kresge Art Museum (Michigan State U.)

SAQA-CT Artists Margaret Phillips, Mary Lachman, Kate Themel and Catherine Whall Smith are 4 of the 50 artists whose trunk show quilts will become part of the Kresge Art Museum’s permanent collection. 


(Images: Jackie by M. Phillips; Untitled by M. Lachman, Luka’s Eyes by K. Themel; Hay Bale with Blue String by C. Whall Smith)

This is a Quilt! is SAQA’s second Trunk Show. Curated by Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki, it showcases SAQA’s diversity of talent and its mission to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, and documentation. 268 SAQA artists at every level of their careers answered the invitation to submit a quilt to the Trunk Show, in order to answer the question, “How do we as SAQA members explain what we do –- create quilts -- without people immediately thinking of a nine-patch that goes on your bed?”

Seven trunks, containing 30-50 art quilts, will travel the globe between 2011 and 2013. The pieces are in 12” square white mats with 8" openings, and are presented in clear envelopes with artists’ statements on the back. Some trunks also contain 3D pieces housed in acrylic boxes.

Michael Solomon, formerly of the Solomon Dubnik Gallery in Sacramento, California, chose 50 of the quilts to become part of the permanent collection of the Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University after the trunks finish traveling.

The SAQA trunk show is a wonderful way for members and non-members alike to view and engage with quilts made using a wide variety of styles, techniques, and fibers. Some regions might want to organize special meetings around the trunk show and invite local quilt groups to view the works. Other regions might want to use the trunk show as the basis for a critique session while still more might consider exhibiting the trunk show in their local libraries or art centers.

Recently, Trunk Show “D” (including Catherine Smith’s and Margaret Phillip’s pieces) was exhibited at the Guilford Art Center.

See all 268 quilts! For more information about the 2011 SAQA Trunk Show visit

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Deadline October 31st for “Outside/Inside The Box” Fiber Philadelphia


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

Seeking innovative fiber/textile art that transcends disciplines; combines traditional with cutting edge technology and/or historic concepts with contemporary perspectives.

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.

Jurors: Elisabeth Agro, Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Bruce Hoffman, Independent Curator; Judith Weisman, Designer and Curator, Acquisitions Chair of the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery Support Group.

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.

Friday, October 21, 2011

SAQA Artists Represent Connecticut at Quilts=Art=Quilts (Auburn, NY)

Connecticut is represented well in this year’s “Quilts=Art=Quilts” exhibition at Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center! 

Shown here, a detail of Margaret Phillip’s Pink Desert with Road Runners:


Margaret joins fellow SAQA-CT members Carolyn Cooney, Lisa Corson, Catherine Whall Smith and Debbie Bein along with 70 other fiber artists from around the United States. 

Quilts=Art=Quilts is the Schweinfurth Art Center's 31st annual juried quilt exhibition. The Art Center has long recognized the importance of quilts as a visual medium, and has been presenting quilts in an art gallery setting since 1981.  This year’s jurors were Terry Jarrard-Dimond, Elin Noble and Cynthia Schira.

The Q=A=Q Exhibition will run from October 30, 2011 – January 8, 2012

Preview Reception & Awards Presentation Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5 – 7 PM.

Other scheduled events include:

  • Quilters Brunch & Lecture by Elin Noble on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 10 AM – 12 PM
  • Walk-About Tour Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2PM
  • Director’s Tour Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 2PM
  • Trunk Shows/Talks by Regional Quilters – check Schweinfurth’s website for dates and artists
  • Mini Raffle and Fiber Arts Workshops


Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center

205 Genesee Street

Auburn, NY 13021

(315) 255-1553


Congratulations to all the participating artists!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Opening Oct. 8, 2011: Catherine Smith’s Art Quilts at Sun-Up Gallery (Westerly, RI)

"Orange Swirls" CWSmith.AllRightsReserved

See art quilts by Catherine Whall Smith at the Sun-Up Gallery until November 7, 2011

(image: “Orange Swirls” by C.W.Smith)

Meet the artist at the Opening on Saturday October 8th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m

Hope you get a chance to stop by the Opening – or visit during the month of October - the store has some amazing jewelry, art, clothing, etc. - you won’t be disappointed.

The Smith Stitch Studio Quilt Show show runs from October 5th thru November 7th.  

Sun-Up Gallery

95 Watch Hill Road

Westerly, RI 02891

(401) 596-0800

Store Hours:

Mon – Sat. 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Classes & Events with SAQA–CT Members

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASAQA-Connecticut artists share their knowledge

 Lisa Corson, whose art quilt "Bypass" (image, left) has been accepted into Quilts=Art=Quilts at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, will be offering two classes this month:

On Friday October 7th, from 5 – 8 PM Lisa will be demonstrating my mixed media fiber art at First Fridays in Downtown Putnam, outside Glimpse of Gaia, 130 Main Street, Putnam, CT

And on October 20, Lisa will giving a talk and demonstration on her art quilts at the Northeastern CT Art Guild, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT (at the CT Audubon Society barn).  There is a $5 cover charge for non-guild members.

Sally Brown will be teaching a fun 6 week sewing course for 4th and 5th graders at Renbrook School during October and November. 

Sally will be using colorful Halloween fabric for the students to use.  Renbrook is located at 2865 Albany Ave in Hartford, CT.  Visit their website for more info and directions:

And for Vivika DeNegre, it is Open Studio and Art Fair season! Join Vivika at these wonderful events.  Meet the artist and see her latest work:

Killingworth Arts Trail Website

October 8-9
Madison Green
Madison, CT

Our Lady of Mercy Christmas Boutique

Nov. 4-5
149 Neck Rd.
Madison, CT

Shoreline Arts Trail Website 

Nov. 19-20
Guilford Art Center Location
411 Church Street

Guilford, CT

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...