Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Shoreline Local Connections Meeting

REMINDER - SAQA-CT Shoreline Local Connections is meeting on TUESDAY, Nov. 13, from 10-noon at 23 DIONIGI DR., DURHAM, CT  06422.  Come on over and visit with fellow artists and share your news and new projects.  If there is interest and time, there will be a demonstration of thermofax screen creation and use.  Contact Lynne Allen (lynne.esq@gmail.com   860 852 5853) for directions, details, or to let her know you are coming.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Local Connections Durham POD

Carol Capozzoli writes that:

Lynne Allen has volunteered to host the 10/09/18 meeting at her home.
Address is  :23 Dioonigi Drive, Durham, CT 06422
                    her phone # is 660-852-5853
She can accommodate many people.  Please call Lynne to let her know if you will be attending.  

Thursday, September 27, 2018

MA/RI Exhibit: Explorations-Journeys in Creativity opens Oct 13

The MA/RI Regional exhibition, Explorations: Journeys in Creativity:
Inside The Quilt Artist's Studio, Part 1, will debut on October 13,
2018 at the New England Quilt Museum (NEQM), 18 Shattuck St, Lowell,
MA at 1pm. A MA/RI meeting is planned at NEQM prior to the opening at
11am. All are welcome to the meeting as well.

Lightening Talks from five artists will be a part of the opening

Agusta Agustsson (MA) Intuitive Quilting
Madalene Murphy (MA) Leading Questions: How Did I Get From There to Here?"
Susan V. Polansky (MA) The Many Layers of Photoshop, Quilts, and Meaning
Catherine Whall Smith (CT) “How a Multi-Tasking Fiber Artist Really
Works” or, “Getting the piece ready for the Hand Quilting seems like a
sedentary activity - BUT IT’S NOT!”
Nancy Turbitt (RI) Solving Problems with Technique
You won't want to miss these interesting Lightening Talks!

Also showing at NEQM will be Susan Carlson, including her amazing
crocodile, in the Main Gallery and Salley Mavor's exhibit, "Liberty
and Justice: New Artwork by Salley Mavor". Many of you will not want
to miss this amazing opening day at NEQM.

The Explorations catalog is finally complete and it is marvelous!
Thanks go to the team of Allison Wilbur, Dixie Walker and Jeanne
Holtzman for countless hours of work. The full color catalog for
"Explorations: Journeys in Creativity: Inside the Quilt Artist's
Studio" can be pre-ordered for pick up at the October 13 MA/RI meeting
and opening reception at NEQM. The 160 page full color catalog is
priced at $24.95 and includes a 6-page section for each of the 24
artists detailing their chosen technique.

The SAQA artist's and their techniques included in the catalog are:

Agusta Agustsson - printing with gelatin plate
Sue Bleiweiss - raw edge fusible appliqué
Ann Brauer - quilt-as-you-go
Diane Cadrain - thread painting and felting
Sue Colozzi - layered fabric collage
Judy Dales - curved piecing
Janis Doucette - eco printing
Diane English - improvisational piecing
Janice Jones - surface embellishment
Mary-Ellen Latino - digital image manipulation and shibori, discharge & vat dyes
Marya Lowe - improvisational piecing
Jeanne Marklin - fabric dyeing
Valerie Maser-Flanagan - improvisational piecing
Sharon McCartney - printing and image transfer
Suzanne Munroe - painting/portraiture
Madalene Murphy - fabric manipulation
Susan V. Polansky - photoshop composition and fabric collage
Wen Redmond - digital photo manipulation and paste mediums
Cheryl Rezendes - surface design and hand embroidery
Diane Sheckells - applique and perle cotton embroidery
Catherine Whall Smith - hand quilting from reverse
Sarah Ann Smith - fused collage
Timna Tarr - applique and machine quilting
Nancy Turbitt - surface design with markers

To preorder, please email how many you want to purchase including your
order total to Nancy Turbitt (artgirlri@hotmail.com) by Oct 1. Please
bring payment with you to pick up your catalogs at the NE Quilt Museum
on October 13, in the form of a check made out to SAQA. No catalogs
will be mailed by Allison or Nancy, PICK-UP ONLY at NEQM on October

1 book ($24.95) + tax ($1.56) = $26.51

Please remember to add 6.25% sales tax to all order totals

Sales of the catalog will support future programs and exhibitions in
the MA/RI region. If you are unable to pre-order and pick up the
catalog at the opening, catalogs will also be available through the
New England Quilt Museum gift shop during both segments of the
exhibition in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, and part of the proceeds will
go to help the museum.

If you can’t pre-order or buy through the museum (remember this is the
best way to support our region), the catalog will also be available
online through Amazon.
A link will soon be available to order directly from Amazon.

If you have any questions about pre-ordering email Nancy.

Hope you are as excited as we are about this amazing exhibit and
catalog. Please use social media or your blog or website, to get the
word of the opening reception and catalog out. See you at the opening!

Nancy & Allison

Nancy Turbitt

Allison Wilbur


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Local Color 3 Artworks in Quilting Arts Magazine

Quilting Arts Magazine is going to publish the following artists/artworks in the June/July 2019 issue!

Congratulations to everyone and thank you Clara!


  • Christina Blais
  • Clara Nartey
  • Catherine Whall Smith
  • Evelyn Knight
  • Kate Themel
  • Mary Lachman
  • Judy Ross

Hartford Courant Publicizes SAQA-CT Local Color 3

Local Color 3 is on view at the Windsor Art Center until mid-October.  If you have not yet had a chance to see the exhibit head on over.

Here is what the Hartford Courant wrote about Local Color 3!

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill at the New Haven Lawn Club

The opening reception for Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill's quilts was earlier this week.

The artworks are dynamic, modern and beautifully displayed in several rooms including the dining room off the basement foyer.

If you go, driveway entrances are off Whitney Avenue, directly across from the triceratops statue at the Yale-Peabody museum and  off Humphrey Street. Park in the lot across from the Y-P and walk down the sidewalk lined by lanterns on shepherd hooks. Go in the door, past the reception desk on the left and turn right. Walk downstairs and walla! you will be there.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Windsor Art Center Announces LC3

There was QUITE a turnout at the Windsor Arts Center (WAC) Saturday for the Opening Reception of Local Color 3 including family, friends and neighbors of artists and a large number of community members from West Hartford, Hartford, Windsor and the surrounding towns.

A journalist from the Hartford Courant was interviewing artists and taking photos, so keep an eye on the paper at your doorstep and online for a little story about SAQA and LC3.

Thanks to the WAC for hanging our work so expertly. The artworks just sparkle under the lights! Thank you also for the WAC volunteers who handled all the details of the reception. And thank you to Wanda Seldon (WAC director) for introducing all of the artists who were in attendance.

P.S. Our own Cathey LaBonte is teaching a surface design class on Saturday, September 8th at the WAC. See the Windsor Arts Center website for details!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Opening Reception for LC3 at Windsor Arts Center

Opening Reception for Local Color 3Inspired by Science, the juried exhibit of art quilts by members of SAQA-CT (Studio Art Quilt Associates-Connecticut) is THIS Saturday. 

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 1 from 5-7 pm 

Windsor Arts Center
40 Mechanic Street 
Windsor, CT 06095

Sunday, August 19, 2018

What's Up for Next Meeting - Sept 15th

September 15, 2018:  Cate Boeth, fiber artist and owner of Cate So Modern, will share her journey “From Fiber Artist to Quilt Shop Owner” at our next meeting on Sept 15, 2018. 
Location:   Cate So Modern,  50 York Street, Guilford, CT.
Time:        Please note: The doors open at 10:00.  Please feel free to arrive early and socialize or shop before the meeting.  The meeting will start promptly at 10:30. 
NOTE:  The store only has about 20ish chairs.  If you can bring a folding chair, that would be wonderful.   Also, just so you know, the meeting room is on the second floor with steep stairs to climb.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Jan Doyle interviews Mary Lachman and Christina Blais on Wyse Talk

Jan Doyle interviewed Dr. Mary Lachman and Christina Blais for her program Wyse Talk.  Filmed at Branford Community Access TV, Christina and Mary share information about the beginnings of SAQA and how it has grown in the past thirty years.  Viewers will learn how to join SAQA, what happens at regional meetings, and the benefits of membership.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/rTXxlNtFvDY

Connecticut Women Arts (CWA) invites Portfolio Reviews

If you have a friend or know someone who would rather be 'juried' in to CWA
now is the time to get your materials together to submit for the
jurying process which happens during the first week (or two) of
September. I have included all the information you would find on our

Thank you all again.. and Best of Luck!

Linda Boisvert DeStefanis
CWA President

** Portfolio Review
Consideration for Membership...

** Please include the following:
* Contact Sheet (first & last names, phone number, email address &
mailing address)
* 5 JPG files.  Name of each file should be in the format:
* Images should be 1920 pixels at 72 dpi on the longest side
* Artist’s Statement (maximum 1 page)
* A brief resume
* Website URL (optional)

Please note:
Acceptable file formats: Images: .JPG files only / Resumes and
Statement: .DOC file only
Portfolio Review Registration Fee of $25 – Paid via Paypal or by Check
made to Connecticut Women Artists, Inc.
Please Note: Dues for full membership are to be paid when membership
is confirmed by the Portfolio Review committee)

Please email ALL materials (your images, Contact Sheet, Artist
Statement & Resume) to:
Sarah Schneiderman, CWA Membership: ctwomenartists@gmail.com

Payment Methods:
* Online by PayPal here
(http://www.ctwomenartists.org/membership/pay-online/)  or

* Check made to Connecticut Women Artists, Inc. and mailed to:

Sarah Schneiderman

24 Williams Glen Way

Glastonbury, CT 06033


Monday, July 2, 2018

Phyllis Small at the Brush Gallery in Lowell

Phyllis Smalls artwork “Stream of Consciousness” was juried into the Brush Gallery show Something Boro’d Something Blue – an exhibit of Quilts influenced by the Japanese Boro traditions and techniques of layered and stitched patchwork. 

Exhibit dates: August 4 to September 15, 2018
Opening Reception: August 11, 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios
304 Dutton Street 
Lowell, MA 01852
Phone:  978-459-7819

"“Stream of Consciousness” by Phyllis Small 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Photos from the Meeting on Saturday June 21th

Alice Chittenden combining her loves of quilting and ceramics

Christina Blais at curling practice

Clara Nartey with tea and rope

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Barbara McKie - Featured Artist at Brigham City Museum

Barbara Barrick McKie is at in again. 
This time she is the Featured Artist at the Brigham City Museum's 46th Annual Invitational show in Utah!

Here is a link to the exhibit

Exhibition Dates: June 16 - September 1, 2018

Brigham City Museum
North 300 West
Brigham City, UT

Phyllis Small exhibits at the Whistler House

Phyllis Small's art quilt, “Spot On”, has been juried into the Whistler House Museum of Art annual juried exhibition. Congratulations Phyllis!

The exhibit Interplay: Fiber and Art Quilts 2018 
Dates: August 11 - September 15, 2018
Reception: August 11, 2018 from 2-4 p.m.

Whistler House Museum of Art www.whistlerhouse.org
243 Worthen Street
Lowell, MA 01852
phone: 978-452-7641

Monday, June 18, 2018


This Month - Meeting on June 30, 2018
Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, owner of Whole Circle Quilts, is our featured speaker at our next meeting on June 30, 2018.
We will meet at a quilting store called Close to Home. The store is located at 196 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT. Their phone number is 203-878-1654. The time of our meeting is from 10:30 to 2:00.
Sheri, a recent member to our group. Her program, From Hobbyist to Quilt Pro:  How to Make it Happen will be both inspiring and educational.
If you would like to learn more about Sheri prior to the meeting, check out her website: http://www.wholecirclestudio.com/
Remember: Bring your own lunch and water will be available for purchase. We would love to see what you have been creating, so please bring your work along, also.

Mark your calendars for September!
Meeting on September 15, 2018 at the new quilting store:  
           Cate's Sew Modern in Madison, CT
                     Speaker:  Clara  Nartly

NOTE: Kathy Nutley is interviewed by Jan Doyle about how to add color to quilts. ( Both SAQA members)  Here is  the  YouTube Link:


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June Updates - Windham Appraisal Day

Windham Textile Museum - Appraisal Day and LC3 Takedown!

Lois Palmer will be having an Appraisal Day at
the Windham Textile & History Museum (WTHM) on Saturday June 23rd -
from 10-2:00.  Email Lois if you would like to get on her schedule at lpalm5647@gmail.com

Lois is a certified quilt appraiser and can appraise, new, old, art and antique quilts.

The fee is $50, and Lois is donating eight dollars to the museum for each quilt she appraises on that day.

LC3 is coming down on Monday, July 9th.  If you would like to see the installation at Windham, the museum is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hey CT JAMs! Call for Entry!

Margaret Lowers Abramshe posted in SAQA Juried Artist Members.

"Lea McComas , fellow JAM member; gave me a heads up on this call for entry:

Wall Quilt Project"

Congratulations to Phyllis Small!

Phyllis Small received the mixed media prize at the CAFA juried show at the Mystic Museum of Art for “Brown and Sharpe.” 
The show continues through June 2, 2018 at the Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water Street, Mystic, CT 06355
Part book, part mixed media, part sculpture and entirely AMAZING!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Reminder - Opening Reception Gallery 53 on Saturday, April 10

​Reception: Saturday April 14th, 12-2 pm
Refreshments served, free parking in garage across the street.

This is what they have posted on their website with pictures - looks
great: http://www.gallery53.org/textileshow2018.html

On Exhibit: April 14 - 27

See how regional artists exploit the creative potential of textiles to
create new, exciting and meaningful works. Many of the exhibitors are
members of ​SAQA ​(Studio Art Quilt Association) Connecticut, a group
dedicated to supporting and promoting professional fiber artists and
teachers as well as quilters working to develop their fine art skills.
This juried show will be judged by well-known textile artist Clara Nartey.

These stunning layered, stitched visual works are an eye-opener: from
its roots as a practical craft, quilting has evolved into an art form
in its own right. Don't miss this exhibit!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Share your Talents -Two Teaching Opportunities

Guilford Arts Center is looking for teachers in the Fiber Arts: sewing, knitting, felting, quilting and the list goes on

If you are interested contact Lisa Wolkow 
at  lwolkow@guilfordartcenter.org.

Feel free to also contact Diane Wright for questions at 

Windsor Arts Center is looking for workshops, lectures and/or demos related to our work.
These events would be while Local Color 3 is on exhibit – between September 1 and October 13.  
The deadline to get copy to the Windsor Art Center for inclusion in their publicity is June 15. Contact Clara for more on that:  cnnartey@yahoo.com

Sunday, March 25, 2018

All Things Considered

"All Things Considered" Reception:  Saturday, April 14th, 12 - 2 pm.
Prizes/Awards will be announced.  
If you are attending the Opening, if possible please being something sweet to share. - maybe cookies,
brownies, etc.  

Also if one would like to see the "All Things Considered" show
before the opening and attend a fun event.  Gallery 53 is having their
10th Annual Wine tasting & 5th Annual CHAIR-ity event on Friday, April
13th 6:00 - 9:00 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door).

Exhibit Removal Dates: 
Friday, April 27th, 12 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 28th. 10 - 1 p.m
(As always we can help each other out by picking up pieces for others
who cannot pick up, and make arrangements for delivery.) 
Gallery phone number:  203-235-5347.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Catherine Whall Smith in Art Quilt Elements!

Art Quilt Elements is a wonderful fiber exhibit at the Wayne Art
Center that includes "Transfusion #3" by our own Catherine Whall Smith www.catherinewhallsmith.com

Catherine Whall Smith (right) with "Transfusion #3" and Rita Hannafin at AQE

Catherine had had two (12 x 12) pieces in my
Transfusion "PARTS" series juried into the Connecticut Women Artists
show to be held at the Art League of New Britain.  

The opening is Sunday, April 8th from 2:00 - 4:00 with a talk - "American Women
Artists in Late Nineteenth-Century Italy".  

Are there more SAQA-CT members in this show? Please let us know so we can post it!


The Connecticut Academy of Fine Art (CAFA) has juried Catherine's
"Transfusion #5" into their April show at the Mystic Museum of Art.  

She will be posting more information on this all-media show on her blog.

Remember the SAQA-CT meeting in Meriden on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Remember the artwork you want to submit to the Gallery 53 show and if you cannot be there Saturday please note there is a drop off on Friday, March 23, 12-3 p.m.

See you Saturday!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Artwork of Joan Blade Johnson at UCONN through May 14, 2018

For details click on this link:  
The Artwork of Joan Blade Johnson on Display at UCONN 

Joan Blade Johnson is a Hampton, Connecticut based fiber artist who exhibits nationally and internationally, and teaches a variety of surface design techniques. Her wall art is most often inspired by nature and her original nature photography, which she expresses through textile, thread, and other fibers as well as rogue media like: wire, metals, and various found objects.
Joan creates her own fabric using non-traditional methods and materials such as commercial or plant based dyes, paints, soy wax, printing, and rusting. Once the fabric and composition is created, she enhances it with machine stitch or other embellishment to create texture and dimension. Joan often frames her smaller pieces for sale. Occasionally her works are stretched over prepared canvas for hanging, but generally, they are hung tapestry-like on walls, allowing viewers to closely examine and appreciate the textural nature of the work.
When not working with fiber, Joan is a Registered Dietitian, and has worked at UConn in both Nutritional Sciences and as Adjunct Clinical Dietetics Faculty in Allied Health. You can find her art and hand dyed silk Eco Print, and “Gem” scarves in a number of local galleries, artisan gift shops, and at the New Britain Museum of American Art Gift Shop.
Please join us for a reception on Thursday, March 22nd from 4-6 pm at the Babbidge Library Plaza Gallery on the UConn Campus at Storrs.
Visit Joan's website for more details

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Textile Show 2018 "All Things Considered"

This is a great opportunity for members to exhibit their work. Cash prizes to be awarded!

53 Colony St, Meriden, CT 06451
(203) 235-5347 gallery53ct@gmail.com

Click on this link for details and printable entry form: 
Textile Show 2018“All Things Considered”

Receiving: Friday March 23, 12-3 pm, Saturday March 24, 10-1 pm.
Judge : Clara Nartey Reception: Saturday April 14th, 12-2 pm Fees: $15.00 2 entries
Eligibility: Limit 2 entries “READY TO HANG”

NOTE: “READY TO HANG” which means a hanging stick for each piece supplied by the artist. Entries on stretched canvas with a hanging wire are also acceptable.
Labels must be completed, signed and accompany each piece. Each label has 2 parts, (top and bottom) containing the same information. Affix the label to the lower left-hand corner of the work on the back of the frame. One half of the label will extend below the frame.
A 30% commission will be taken on sold items. No POR; NFS is OK

Removal date: Friday April 27, 12-3 pm Saturday, April 28. 10-1 pm
For further information about the show, contact the Gallery at 203 235-5347. ACAM assumes no responsibility for loss or damage sustained to any piece at any time. Every reasonable effort will be taken to prevent damage or loss. Your signature signifies your agreement with the terms above

Monday, February 26, 2018

Windham Textile and History Museum presents "Inspired by Science" from May 5 - July 8, 2018

Windham Textile & History Museum (WTHM)
411 Main St, Willimantic, CT 06226    Phone: (860) 456-2178
Dugan Mill The Dugan Mill
Dugan Mill mimics a textile factory floor, with machines from the 1890s through the 1950s.  It features an 1890s carding machine; a mill machine shop with wooden patterns, metal patterns, a machinist’s bench, and a machinist’s or fixer’s toolbox; a winding department with three working winders; an overseer’s office; a weaving department with two looms and a creel; a print shop; and a variety of mill tools and implements. 
Our Mission:
The Windham Textile and History Museum (The Mill Museum of CT), located in the historic former headquarters of the American Thread Company of Willimantic, Connecticut, is a non-profit educational institution housing a museum, a library, and an archive. Through its exhibits, programs, and collections, the museum preserves and interprets the history of textiles, textile arts and the textile industry, with special emphasis on the experiences of the craftspeople, industrial workers, manufacturers, inventors, designers, and consumers.
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            Permanent Exhibits
                        Thread Mill Square
                        The Mill Manager’s House
                        Brooke Shannon Antique Sewing Machine Room
                        The Company Office
                        Dunham Hall Library
                        The Print Shop
                        Overseer’s Office
                        The Mills
Local Color #3: “Inspired by Science”
Fine Art Quilts and Trunk Show
by members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates  Connecticut Region
Dates:  Saturday, May 5th, 2018 – July 8th, 2018
On view in the Windham Textile & History Museum
 Textile Fiber Day – Saturday, May 5th, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
the Mother’s Against GUN Violence quilts
Textile Vendors, Speakers, Panel Discussion, Demonstrations
Contact: Catherine Smith -  smith.catherine62@gmail.com
and;  Joan Blade Johnson - loveartquilts@gmail.com

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...