Friday, October 26, 2012

Carol Eaton: Solo Show at Kent Memorial Library (Kent, CT)

Kent Memorial Library presents “Explorations in Fiber” a solo exhibition of fiber art by Carol Eaton.  The show will run November - December, 2012.

Gallery talk and demonstration on November 3rd from 3:00 - 5:00.

Please stop by the library, see the show and speak to the artist next Saturday!

Kent Memorial Library
32 North Main Street
Kent, CT 06757
(860) 927-3761

See more of Carol’s hand dyed fabrics and art quilts on her blog:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Textile Exhibition at UCONN Contemporary Art Galleries, Opens Nov. 5, 2012

CROSSROADS: Textiles by Vibeke Rohland
November 5 – December 7, 2012

Exhibition’s and Artist Reception
Monday November 5, 2012
5:00 to 6:30 PM
Vibeke Rohland in Conversation at 4:00 PM, prior to the artist’s reception

imageWhere do the lines lie between art and craft, or between art and design? The art world has traditionally divided these disciplines, privileging fine art over the applied arts - but this division devalues the dialogue between fine and graphic artists.

In Crossroads, the new exhibition at the Contemporary Art Galleries, Danish artist and textile designer Vibeke Rohland passionately engages with the intersection of visual art and design. Her work deliberately blurs the lines that have been drawn between the fine and applied arts for so long, and explores the ways that art and design influence each other and come together. Most of all, it asserts that design is equal to fine art, and that the dialogue between the disciplines is vital in both directions.

Contemporary Art Galleries
UCONN Art & Art History Building
830 Bolton Road
Storrs, CT 06269

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

CT Regional Meeting, October 6, 2012

Thanks to the organization of SAQA-CT Co-Rep Diane Wright, about 35 SAQA artists and friends were able to get together at the Guilford Art Center (Guilford, CT) for another great meeting.

For those of you who were not able to attend, here are some of the highlights:

Updates on SAQA-CT Regional Exhibition “Local Color”

  • We now have 2 jurors on board for the show.  Fran Phillips, Adjunct Professor of Art at Seton Hall University and Michele Palmer, author and board member at Windham Textile and History Museum.
  • Reminder that on line entry opens JANUARY 15, 2013 – entries will be accepted through SAQA’s on line system using digital photos.  Please remember to take clear, HIGH resolution photos of your work; we are planning to use them for an exhibition catalog.
  • A few questions from members about what will be accepted: Group work IS acceptable as long as the artists are all SAQA-CT members.  Also, due to the fact that we need to transport the collection from one venue to the next, sculptural/free standing work cannot be accepted.  Framed and mounted pieces are being discussed, and we’ll keep everyone informed of the final decision.  But logistically, it would be preferable to have the ability to roll up wall hanging pieces for storage and delivery.
  • More information about the show can be found on this blog, under the “Local Color” tab

Guilford Art League’s 65th Annual Juried Exhibition and Sale - We were fortunate to have our meeting surrounded by this beautiful all-media art show. 
Guilford Art Center
411 Church Street
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-5947

Fiber Art Show and Tell!  Always a crowd pleaser!  We got to see so many different forms of fiber art, from Diane Cadrain’s felted work to Claire Willis’ colorful pieces made with woven strips of copper.  See photos from our meeting, below.

2012Oct_DWright2Private Viewing of Aboriginal Art - After the Meeting at GAC, many of us carpooled to Diane Wright’s house, to see her extensive collection of Aboriginal art.  Diane shared the background stories of some individual pieces, and explained the meanings behind certain shapes. 

2012Oct_DWrightIt would take much longer than an afternoon to fully understand the symbolism and spiritual significance of this art form, of course.  But we were able to get a very informative overview from an expert and passionate collector; many of us were inspired to find out more about Aboriginal art on our own. 

As always, it was an inspiring day.  Thanks again Diane for organizing the venue and for opening your home to us. 


Our NEXT regional meeting will be at the Guilford Free Library on December 8, 2012 courtesy of Sisters in Cloth.  Stay tuned for more details!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fiberart For A Cause Announces Next Big Event “A Year of ART”

Today is Blog Action Day when bloggers around the world unite to make a difference.  This year’s theme is The Power of We.


Fiberart For A Cause (FFAC) was started by SAQA Artist Virginia Spiegel seven years ago.  Since then, Spiegel and FFAC have raised over $220,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society. 

This week the charity announced their 2013 Fundraising event “A Year of ART”, happening February 12 – 13, 2013.  SAQA-CT member Vivika DeNegre will be participating in the monthly auction, along with these talented and generous artists:

Pamela Allen
Pokey Bolton
Linda Colsh
Jane Davila
Vivika DeNegre
Jane Dunnewold
Jamie Fingal
Karen Stiehl Osborn
Yvonne Porcella
Laura Wasilowski
Virginia A. Spiegel

Previews of the artwork as well as how and where to bid will be found on the Virginia A. Spiegel blog soon.  As always, 100% of the donations go directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.

To find out more about the auction as well as the “Inspiration Month” drawing, visit Virginia Spiegel’s blog:

Thank you for supporting Fiberart For A Cause, demonstrating THE POWER OF WE.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kate Themel will Represent CT at Quilt National ‘13

SAQA-CT artist Kate Themel will exhibit her fiber artwork Morgan’s Flight next year at the Dairy Barn Arts Center.  Kate’s quilt was one of 85 pieces chosen for Quilt National 2013. Artists from all over the USA and around the world participate in this biennial juried competition, now in its eighteenth season. 

But Themel’s home town of Cheshire is not the only way she’ll be representing Connecticut at QN.  Her art quilt Morgan’s Flight depicts a nighttime aerial view of Bridgeport Center (Bridgeport, CT). Kate was inspired by the photography of Bridgeport native, professional pilot and photographer Morgan Kaolian. 

Congratulations to all the exhibitors!  To see a full list of participating artists and titles, visit the Dairy Barn’s website:

QN_logoQuilt National ‘13 runs from May 24 – Sept 2, 2013
Dairy Barn Arts Center
8000 Dairy Lane
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 592-4981

Monday, October 1, 2012

Connecticut Artists in Quilting Arts Magazine

Congratulations to the Connecticut-based fiber art group “Sisters in Cloth”, featured in this month’s Quilting Arts Magazine!


The Sisters in Cloth are one of four groups from around the USA interviewed by Quilting Arts’ Lynn Krawczyk. 

The group’s members live along the Connecticut shoreline and have been meeting together for twelve years.  The QA article uses “Sisters” as a role model for setting up your own successful fiber art group. 

Sisters in Cloth are: Liz Shore, Linda Zimmerman, Diane Wright, Robin Wolek, Marie Shepherd, Ruth Anne Olson, Carol Ludington, Gail Kotowski, Yvette Howard, Vivika Hansen DeNegre, Debbie Bento, Janine Anderson-Bays and Barbara C. Adams.

Also out this month: Quilting Arts GIFTS

QuiltingArts_GiftsThe holiday issue of Quilting Arts contains over 30 creative gift ideas, including projects by Connecticut artists (and members of Sisters in Cloth) Barbara C. Adams, Debbie Bento, Vivika Hansen DeNegre and Carol Ludington.

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