Sunday, June 28, 2020

New Book by SAQA-CT Artist Dawn Allen

Attention cat lovers, practitioners of meditation and fans of fiber art! SAQA-CT artist Dawn Allen has published a new book

The Art of Meditating with Cats features 27 colorful, whimsical fiber art quilt cat portraits and over 20 heartfelt meditations for all humans to enjoy. 
Written and illustrated by well-known animal communicator, author, and artist, Dawn Allen.
This book offers the calming benefits of meditation and enhances the already close bond people have with their cats. 
Each meditation includes a fun, colorful illustration of a cat and clear instructions for different meditation themes and techniques. It is an uplifting book.

The Art of Meditating with Cats is available on Amazon and on Dawn's website

Thursday, June 4, 2020

VIsit the LOCAL COLOR Exhibition as a Gallery Guest

Here's your chance to explore Local Color 4: Rails, Roads & Rivers at the Windsor Art Center.

This exhibit has been extended until June 27, 2020.

The Windsor Art Center is currently accepting guests into the Gallery by appointment only

What does this mean? 

If you’d like to see this extraordinary exhibit, simply call Willa Nemetz at (860) 841-0368
or send an email to 

Let them know which day/time you would like to visit (please choose from the days/hours below). 

Gallery visits will be scheduled in 1/2 hour increments and are limited to groups/totals of five or fewer people.

· Thursdays from 6 PM to 8 PM

· Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM

· Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM

They will get back to you and confirm the time and date of your visit.

For more information, please visit the Windsor Art Center at

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Artist Spotlight: Meet Phyllis Small

"The Artist Spotlight" is a new feature on the SAQA-CT blog. 

During this pandemic, we are all trying to stay safe and keep others safe. Social distancing and avoiding large groups make it impossible to hold regional meetings for now. As artists, we often find ourselves isolated in the studio. So maybe we are better prepared to shelter in place. But that doesn't mean we don't miss our regional get togethers! It's important to keep in touch and stay connected as a group. But for now we'll need to find creative ways to do that without seeing each other in person.

Check in with us at least once a month, to get to know your fellow CT artists. We will highlight one artist at a time, sharing their thoughts and photos of their work. All interviews will be saved on the "Artist Spotlight" page of this blog, so you can easily find them. 

Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

From your SAQA-CT Reps
Kathy Nutley
Kate Themel

To kick off this new tradition, please welcome Phyllis Small, from West Hartford, CT
(This interview is featured in the June 2020 Newsletter)

Check Phyllis' Facebook page to view her "Quarantine Quilts":

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