Friday, August 15, 2014

Call for Entries: Textile Show 2014 at Gallery 53 (Meriden, CT)

Fiber Artists of Connecticut:

You are invited to participate in an upcoming exhibition, presented by the Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden at Gallery 53. Entries can include (but are not limited to): surface design, felting, quilting, knotting, weaving, knitting, fiber sculpture, basketry, quilts, handcrafted paper and needlework. 

Textile Show 2014
Sept 13th – 26th


Hand Delivered Entries:
Sept 3rd – 5th, 12 – 3 pm
Sat Sept 6th, 10 – 1 pm
Mail in Entries: Please provide return postage.

Reception & Awards:
Saturday, September 13th, 1– 3 pm
Awards Ceremony: 2 pm
Judge: Laura Scarpa

ACAM Members: $20 first entry, $5 second.
Nonmembers: $25 first entry, $5 second.
No more than two entries due to space limitations.

Gallery 53
53 Colony St, Meriden, CT 06451
(203) 235-5347

All items must be installation-ready with appropriate hanging rods or mounting devices.
Space is limited, items must be no wider than 48".

Sales: 25% commission will be taken on sold items

Removal dates:
Sept 26th 12 pm - 3pm
Sept 27th 10 am – 1pm

Follow this link for more information and a copy of the entry form:

Gallery 53 Facebook Page

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Catherine Whall Smith Earns the Alice Clark Hubbard Award at MAC (Mystic, CT)

SAQA-Connecticut's regional rep Catherine Whall Smith was honored to received the Alice Clark Hubbard Prize at the Mystic Art Center's 58th Regional Show, for her piece Tying Up the Hay #1


The exhibition will be on display August 1st – September 20th, 2014

The MAC Regional Exhibition, juried by Power Boothe, features a wide-range of creative voices and artistic media, including photography, oil, acrylic and carved wood.  Cathy's piece was one of the only fiber pieces juried into the show.

When asked about her work, Cathy says “The quilts I create are strongly influenced by my surroundings.  My Hay Series is based on my photos of rolled hay.  When they are enlarged they present an image of chaotic lines.  I use those chaotic lines to explore the visual spaced created when line meets line or lines overlap lines.”

Mystic Art Center
9 Water Street
Mystic, CT 06355 
(860) 536-7601 


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Preview SAQA Auction Quilts: Bidding Starts September 15th at 2pm

Nine stunning art quilts were donated to the 2014 Studio Art Quilt Associates Benefit Auction by Connecticut members.  Check out these beautiful 12x12 auction quilts created by Normajean Brevik, Debra Bento, Margaret Phillips, Mickey Lawler, Betty Warner, Diane Wright, Clara Nartey, Norma Schlager and Gail Kotowski:

Brevik_ByTheSea  Bento_LoveIsInTheAir   Phillips_FigureStudyIII  

Lawler_LoneHarbor   WarnerE_WhereAmIGoing  Wright_AutumnYearsSquared

Nartey_TicTacToe2   Schlager_SW4GreeningUp  Kotowski_TheRace

See ALL 375 auction quilts on SAQA's website: Bidding starts September 15, 2014 at 2:00pm Eastern Standard time.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Work by Phyllis Small in Connecting Threads Exhibition (W.Hartford, CT)

"Connecting Threads" is a celebration of Jewish industry and artistry, on display at the Mandell Jewish Community Center's Chase Family Gallery. SAQA-CT artist Phyllis Small is participating in the exhibition and was recently interviewed about the show for the Hartford Courant

(Photo by Suzanne Carlson)

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"One of her pieces is a memory quilt she began when the owner of the kosher Crown Market announced in February that the store would close. “I shop there all the time," Small said. The community atmosphere of the store is beloved by many, she said, adding, "I was just so sorry it might be closing."

Investors have since stepped in and saved the market, but Small finished the quilt, which took about three months from conception to completion. It incorporates the store's logo, images of hot dogs and yellow mustard, and a square cut from one of the store's paper bags that Small treated with acrylic to make it more durable.

Small's other piece is a quilt that was built from blocks stitched by other crafters in a quilters guild that meets in Simsbury once a month.  Four times a year, the guild has a "friendship block raffle," in which each member creates a block based on a pattern. Small won one of the raffles and got to keep the completed blue-and white squares, to which she added more blocks to make a completed quilt.  Her daughter loved the quilt so much that she used it as her wedding chuppah.

"It really meant a lot to me that all my friends had donated blocks to that quilt," Small said. "And then when my daughter wanted to use it, it was like another layer of connection to the quilt."

The curated show of 30 pieces by 15 different fabric artists is free and open to the public through August. 

The Mandell Jewish Community Center
335 Bloomfield Ave
W. Hartford, CT 06117


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Slater Museum Hosts the 85th Annual Open Juried Art Show (Norwich, CT)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artists Clara Nartey, Phyllis Small and Diane Wright whose fiber artwork has been juried into the CT Women Artists National Open Juried Art Show!

Boasting a membership of over 200 artists, Connecticut Women Artists has supported and promoted women in the visual arts for over 80 years. Sparked by the 1929 landmark exhibition of 13 women artists at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CWA has continued to promote annual exhibitions showcasing an array of works including drawings, paintings, sculpture, printmaking, photography, fiber arts, and illustration.

Wright_Love of Three Oranges
(image: For the Love of Three Oranges by D.Wright)

The show will be on display at the Slater Memorial Museum 
Saturday, August 30 - Friday, September 26, 2014

Saturday, September 6, 1-3 pm

The Slater Memorial Museum
108 Crescent Street
Norwich, CT 06360


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