Thursday, January 23, 2020

Shoreline POD Meets on March 10th

The Shoreline Pod Group 
Tuesday, March 10, 10:00 to 11:45 AM.
Location: Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Road, Madison 

Topic: Value/Tone from SAQA Seminar 2018 on Visual Design

Value "refers to relative lightness and darkness and is perceived in terms of varying levels of contrast".  

Recommend viewing, in advance, the following, from the SAQA Seminar resources: and Elements of Art: Value/KQED Arts on Youtube.  

Please bring several small pieces of fabric (about 3" of any shape), solid or figured, that represent, to you, a range of values.  We will use the pieces as part of a hands-on learning experience.  

There is a fee to use the room and we ask that attendees each bring $2 to help cover the cost. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Dawn Allen - Great American Road Trip Opens March 14, 2020 - Easthampton, MA

Dawn Allen's New Exhibit
Great American Road Trip: Fiber Art
Mill 180 Park 180 Pleasant St #217 
Easthampton, MA 01027  

OPENING EVENT: March 14, 2020 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Mill 180 Park in Easthampton MA with fun facts tour of the states in a great indoor park which can be enjoyed by the entire family.

The Great American Road Trip will be on display the the Mill 180 Indoor Park in Easthampton MA March 14 - April 6 2020

"The Great American Road Trip" series features fiber art pieces colorfully depicting vintage cars and trucks “traveling” all over the United States. The inspiration behind the show is my experience as a mother of young children, feeling trapped at times, lacking the freedom to go where-ever, when-ever! I chose to feature vehicles because the car is a symbol of total freedom. You can jump in and go anywhere at a moment’s notice. The nostalgia of the antique vehicles from 1940-1970 is an important aspect of my work. The intention is to evoke a sense of “the good old days”. Conveying the idea of being young and free and perhaps of “simpler” times.

Most importantly “The Great American Road Trip” series is uplifting. The pieces are brightly colored, cheerful images of places we can all relate to, or places we would love to go.

*$25 donations to the artist get a print of one of the Great American Road Trip pieces or an animal print at the opening event only.
Dawn Allen, Artist
Instagram: artistdawnallen

Monday, January 13, 2020

Gallery 53 - Call for Entry - PRIZE MONEY

The SAQA-CT Meeting at Gallery 53 on Saturday May 2, 2020 is also the drop-off date for the exhibit. 

Reception and Awards - Saturday, May 9, 2020 from  12 - 2 pm, 
Pick up date - Friday, June 12, 2020 from 12 - 3 pm & Saturday June 13, 2020 from  10-1pm.
SHOW -  Saturday May 9 – June 7, 2020
Entry Fee  - $15 for 2 entries

Judges: Jan Doyle and Mary Lachman  CASH PRIZES

Eligibility: Limit 2 entries “READY TO HANG” There are no size or date restrictions. Mounted or sculpture in fiber also accepted. Artwork does not have to be For Sale.

A 30% commission will be taken on sold items
Price On Request (POR); and, Not for Sale (NFS) are acceptable entries

A big thank you goes out to Catherine Whall Smith for coordination with Gallery 53 to make this happen.


Accepted LC4 Art - Important Detail

Another point that was made clear by Maureen Lopes at the Saturday meeting -

Accepted art MUST be wired and ready to hang. The exhibition committee will not be doing this!  

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Highlights from Today's Meeting

Local Color 4

  • Deadline for online submission is February 20, 2020 (window Jan 20-Feb 20, 2020)
  • Submission link:
  • Acceptance notification is Feb 28th.
  • Drop-off of accepted works is March 7th at the SAQA-CT meeting at the Windham Textile and History Museum - if you cannot be at that meeting send it there with a friend
Trove of Twelves
  • Troves can be mailed to Maureen Lopes, 25 Old Farms Road, Madison, CT 06443 (phone 203-245-9682 and leave a message)
  • Be sure to include check for submission fee 
  • Send an email to to notify the organizers that it your work(s) are on the way. 
Dawn Allen 
solo exhibit reception March 14, 2020 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Mill 180 Park, Easthampton, MA

Kate Themel and Carol Vinick and Phyllis Small exhibiting in and around Hartford
See Newsletter for exhibit and reception dates 

Friday, January 10, 2020

SAQA-CT MEETING - January 11, 2020

Come one and all to the SAQA-CT meeting this Saturday in Watertown!

All meetings are open and free to friends of fabric and stitch.

Meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We will be having a sharing table (clean out your studio) of freebies. Members can also bring a small table to set up their own art to sell.
As always there will be show and tell.
Bring your lunch!

The Princeton Center East
Siemon Business Park
76 Westbury Park Rd
2nd floor
Watertown, CT 06795

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