Monday, December 22, 2014

Our Next Regional Meeting: Jan. 17, 2015 at Hartford Public Library (Hartford, CT)

SAQACT regional meetings are open to SAQA members and their guests. 

Reminder: MEETING RAFFLE - Don’t forget – if possible bring an item for our raffle. All monies collected will be added to out SAQACT account.

Sign-up for LUNCH
Thank you to our
Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective (CTFAC) hosts – we will be able to provide lunch for $10 per person.  DEADLINE to sign up for lunch is Tuesday, January 13th, 2015. Please contact Catherine Smith of your intent

The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective

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RE: SAQACT- Next Regional Meeting - Saturday, January 17th, 2015 

PLACE:  Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
(860) 695-6300

PARKING is available in the garage in back of the library as well as on-street all around this venue.  Check website for directions at

10:00 a.m. – Meet on the Main Level of the Hartford Public Library’s Center for Contemporary Culture.  Sign in to the meeting and if you have pre-registered for lunch  - pay at this time.

10:15 – 11:00 Presentation by CTFAC members: Christina Blais, Diane Cadrain, Carol Eaton, Mary Lachman, Karen Loprete, Linda Martin, Wanda Seldon, Rosalind Spann, Antonia Torres, and Carol Vinick. 

CTFAC members will talk about the development of their organization and their latest exhibition, "Art, History and Social Activism: CTFAC Honors Romare Bearden”.  The show will be on display at the Library from December 17, 2014 – March 13, 2015.

(image: Diane Cadrain stands with her exhibition piece "Fragile Ties")

Besides participating in the show the CTFAC artists will also have their hand-crafted items (scarves, jewelry, hats, pillows, notecards, placemats) for sale. 

11:15 - SHOW AND TELL – please limit to one or two pieces each


1:00  - The Library's Meet the Artists of CTFAC reception is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on the 3rd Floor, West. This event is free and open to the public.

For Sale: Portfolio 21 Martha Sielman has notified us that we will be able to offer the Portfolio 21 at the discounted price of $20 at this meeting. 

Up-date:  PARLOR MEETINGS  - Co-rep Barb Adams was able to schedule a small Parlor meeting for five members in her region.  They gathered the first week in December and made plans to do it again in January.  They did a “Show and Tell” and peer consultation which made for a lively discussion.  Barb noted “that the fact that none of us knew each other well added to the fun.  Making new friends is an excellent benefit of SAQA.”  

NOTE* We are always looking for new venues to hold our state meetings – we have some new possibilities but are always in need of your input – maybe in Southwest CT.

We end 2014 very thankful to all of you - your support, your friendship, and your willingness to be a participating member of Studio Art Quilt Associates.
This past year presented many opportunities for us to grow as a group and there is so much more ahead in 2015.
Our best to you, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year 2015!!    

Barbara and Catherine 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Visitors Enjoy First Friday and a Fiber Art Christmas Tree at the New Britain Museum (New Britain, CT)

SAQA-CT members were treated to food, music and artwork at the New Britain Museum of American Art's "First Friday" event on December 5th. Here are some pictures from the event (photos by Catherine Whall Smith)



This beautiful tree is decorated with various forms of fiber art created by SAQA-CT artists



This and other holiday trees will be on display at the New Britain Museum until January 4, 2015.


NBMAA Hosts Events on the First Friday of each month from 5:30-8 p.m.
$10 for Museum members, $15 Non-members
$3 for beer and wine, soda is free
First Friday features live jazz music performed by local and nationally known musicians. Attendees have the opportunity to view the Museum’s premier permanent collection, which includes 300 years of American art. Experience art activities and have intriguing gallery talks while you mix and mingle with other art and jazz lovers. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soda will also be served during the event.

New Britain Museum Of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052


Thursday, December 4, 2014

SAQA CT Members Await the NOR'EASTER (in a good way)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artists Phyllis Small, Catherine Whall Smith and Kate Themel, who will see their fiber art hanging in the New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain, CT) as part of NOR'EASTER: The 45th Annual Juried Members Exhibition.

(image: In the Hay Field/Night by C.Smith)

The Annual Juried Members Exhibition is the New Britain Museum of American Art's opportunity to expose contemporary visual arts to a wide audience. This prominent showcase in the Northeast region highlights the exceptional work of emerging artists in all media.

Catherine Whall Smith's "In the Hay Field/Night" (image above) will be on display as well as Phyllis Small's "Ghost Town Interior, Bodie, CA" and Kate Themel's "Grandmother".

A list of all participating artists and prize winners can be found on NBMAA's website:

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