Sunday, December 19, 2021

Local Color: A Connecticut Welcome -- Juror Results and Other Updates


The Local Color Exhibition Committee would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter SAQA-CT's fifth regional fiber art show, Local Color: A Connecticut Welcome. We had the pleasure of seeing all the images come in during November. Everyone was impressed by the creativity and talent shown by our members. 

We received 60 entries. Our Juror, Anna Patalano, gave each one her thoughtful consideration and chose 35 pieces for the show. 

Congratulations to the artists whose work was chosen for this year's exhibition: Christina Blais, Lois Caron, Barbara Danzi, Tamar Drucker, Lin Elmo, Wendy Frieden, Rita Hannafin, Karen Kebinger, Evelyn Oliver Knight, Gail Kotowski, Clara Nartey, Kathy Nutley, Ruth Anne Olson, Margaret Phillips, Judy Ross, Catherine Whall Smith, Linda Stern, Kate Stiassni, Kate Themel, Carol Vinick, Mayann Weinberg and Diane Wright.

The show will premiere at the Guilford Art Center, located at 411 Church Street, Guilford CT, on February 4, 2022. It will be on display there until March 5, 2022.

Our CT Reps, Kathy Nutley and Laura Lugo are planning the next CT Regional meeting at Guilford Art Center on February 5, 2022. More details about the meeting will be included in the CT Newsletter and on this blog. Stay tuned! 

The exhibition will travel to Greenwich Art Society in May 2022 and the Windham Textile & History in August 2022. We hope you will visit the show while it is on tour. 

Thank you again for your support and for sharing your inspiring artwork. 


The members of Local Color: A Connecticut Welcome exhibition committee,

Kate Themel, Manager

Margaret Phillips

Lynne Allen

Gina Frank

Christina Blais



Monday, November 1, 2021

Entries are OPEN NOW for Local Color: A Connecticut Welcome

Attention all SAQA-CT artists (and those who have CT as your 2nd region). I hope you had a great weekend and Happy Halloween! 

I know some of you early birds have already assembled 3 finished pieces for our CT Regional show, "Local Color: A Connecticut Welcome", and are ready to enter your beautiful work. 

You can enter your work NOW, through SAQA's online entry system.

And to all my fellow procrastinators, the online entry system will be open UNTIL TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30th

Please don't wait until the last day, though! Get those entries in as soon as you can. If you have any questions or concerns about using the online entry form, you can contact the exhibition team at

For those of you who will be attending the SAQACT Retreat, there will be an opportunity to have your finished quilt digitally photographed. Retreat organizer Christina Blais will also be available to answer questions or help you enter your work online.

The theme of the show is "A Connecticut Welcome". Take that anyway you like. It may mean something different for everyone. You do not need to make a brand new piece for this show, although that is always fun to see. There is no age limit on submitted work, as long as it has never been shown in a SAQA-CT Regional show before.
Please review the prospectus if you need a reminder about the entry guidelines.

The Local Color show will premiere at the Guilford Art Center on February 4, 2022 and will travel to the Greenwich Art Society and the Windham Textile & History Museum throughout the year. More details about the show and related events will be posted on the SAQACT blog, Facebook page and the monthly newsletter.
I can't wait to see the exhibition in person.

Good luck everyone!

~Kate Themel
Exhibition Coordinator for Local Color: A Connecticut Welcome

Planning Committee Members:
Margaret Phillips
Lynne Allen
Gina Frank 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Congratulations to Rita Hannafin!

Fiber art by SAQA-CT artist Rita Hannafin is being featured in a four person show at City Gallery in New Haven, CT. 

In a bold new show of contemporary art, artists Judy Atlas, Joy Bush, Rita Hannafin, and Tom Peterson consider the SHAPE OF COLOR, a group show on view at City Gallery this summer. 

The show will run from Friday, July 9 through Sunday, August 8, with a Closing Reception on Sunday, August 8 from 1pm - 4pm. Visitors may meet individual artists on July 10 (Bush), July 11 (Atlas), July 16 (Peterson), July 17 (Hannafin), July 18 (Hannafin), and July 24 (Atlas).The exhibit is free and open to the public. 

City Gallery is located at 994 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Modified gallery hours are Friday - Sunday, 1pm - 4 pm, or by appointment. 

The number of visitors is limited to 4 at a time. All visitors are required to wear a mask and observe social distancing protocols. 

For further information please contact City Gallery,,

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

SAQA CT Regional Meeting this Saturday!


  • Our next Connecticut Regional Zoom Call on Saturday, May 1st
    • The meeting will include a panel discussion about Critique Groups, led by CT artists Kate Themel, Sue Millen and Lina Lawall
    • Check out the APRIL 2021 Newsletter for Zoom log in details
  • Drop off your fiber art at Gallery 53 for the "Inches of Stitches" Textile show
    • All entries must be “Ready to Hang”
    • There are no size or date restrictions
    • Mounted or sculpture in fiber is 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. For further information about the show, call the Gallery at (203) 235-5347
    • Entry fee: $15 for 2 entries
    • Delivery dates & times: Friday, April 30th, 2021 12 – 4 pm and Saturday, May 1st, 2021 10 – 2 pm
    • Reception: Saturday, May 8th, 2021 
    • Pick-up: Friday, May 28th, 2021; Saturday, May 29th 2021
    • Contact Information: Sandy Goodyear at GALLERY 53 / / 203.235.5347 53 Colony Street / Meriden, CT 06451 
    • OPEN: Friday: 12- 4; Saturday: 10 - 2 Directions & hours: 

The SAQA CT Newsletter is full of great information about current and future events.  Here are a few highlights from the APRIL 2021 edition:

  • Artist Spotlight: CATHERINE WHALL SMITH
  • Information about the next CT Regional Retreat at the Incarnation Center, planned for November
  • Critique Group resources at
  • SAQA CT Member News
  • "The Finish Line" helpful tips to finishing quilts, by Christina Blais

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

March Newsletter is Here

What's New this Month?

Guest speaker Kathy Bagioni will talk about her quilt series "Celebrating Women in the Arts" 

Check your email for Zoom ID and details


Lynne shares examples of her work, a glimpse into her journey as an artist and her approach to art.

WELCOME NOTES: 👀 Look for the Local Color: A Connecticut Welcome logo for updates about the show.  

Find the prospectus on our blog -->

April 15 - 25, 2021
For more details, visit: 

SAQA SEMINAR 2021 explores the theory of color. Interviews, articles, lessons and creative challenges. Available only to SAQA members. 

Google ARTS & CULTURE Experiment
"The Sound of Color" explores artist Vassily Kandinski's synesthesia and play his pioneering masterpiece "Yellow-Red-Blue" with the help of machine learning. 

Exhibition by Connecticut Women Artists
Feb 22 - May 14, 2021
Visit the gallery from the comfort of your own home! 

Planned for May 2021
Opening Reception on May 8, 2021 (Depending on COVID safety protocols)  
You may drop off artwork at the gallery on April 30 or during the SAQA-CT regional meeting on May 1 if you wish
More details to follow, visit Gallery 53

80 @ 80 Exhibition by Phyllis Small
In celebration of turning 80 years old this year, Phyllis will be exhibiting 80 artworks
Windsor Art Center
March 20 - May 1, 2021

Monday, February 1, 2021

What's In the February Newsletter? Check it out!

As always, our CT Reps Kathy Nutley and Laura Lugo have produced a monthly newsletter full of information, updates and of course, color!

These are just summaries of what's included in the newsletter. For more details, go to our NEWSLETTER page and click on FEBRUARY 2021

WELCOME NEWS:  Local Color 5!

The SAQA-CT Exhibition Team is excited to announce plans for the fifth CT Regional Show, "LOCAL COLOR: A Connecticut Welcome"

Here are the details that have been confirmed:

  • The show will be juried. Entries will be open to SAQA members who reside in CT or list CT as their secondary region.
  • Artwork that has been accepted into a previous SAQA-CT exhibition will NOT be eligible.
  • 3D work and framed work WILL be eligible, however the artist may be required to provide storage and/or transportation for pieces that cannot be rolled or transported easily.
  • Members of the Exhibition Team include: Kate Themel, Margaret Phillips, Lynne Allen and Gina Frank. Christina Blais is on board to lead workshops on finishing quilts and hanging systems for interested artists. As we identify needs and define the workload, our team is sure to expand.
  • We have one venue confirmed. The Guilford Art Center will host the exhibition in February-March of 2022. We expect more venues will be added.

Stay tuned for more information about our juror, entry requirements and general timeline of events. Look for updates here in the monthly newsletter and on our SAQA-CT Facebook page. Please spread the word!

If you have questions, suggestions or would like to offer your help with the show, feel free to contact the exhibition team via email:

Don't forget to send YOUR news and updates to Kathy Nutley and Laura Lugo, so they can spread the word in the next SAQA-CT Newsletter! 


Saturday, January 2, 2021

Break Time is Over. Welcome Back!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Hope you had a wonderful, creative holiday season. Best wishes for health and happiness in the new year.

SAQA Connecticut is starting things off right, with an invitation to re-connect with friends. Creative challenges, virtual classes and Zoom meetings are some of the ways you can participate and keep in touch with other artists. Here are some examples:
(You can find more details on the SAQA-CT Newsletter )

  • Please join us for our next regional meeting, this Saturday January 9, 2021. The meeting will feature guest speaker Diane Cadrain, who will share her expertise in creative felting.
  • Can't make the regional meeting? SAQA-CT members meet via Zoom every Wednesday and Friday to talk and catch up. Join "This and That Chit Chat" on Wednesdays at 10AM or the "SAQACT Happy Hour" on Fridays at 5PM

  • Connecticut Piecemakers Quilt Guild is offering virtual classes and workshops to members and non-members. Contact Laura Lugo for more info or to register for a class

  • Lynne Allen is collecting 8x8 squares for the "Violet Protest" quilt challenge. Check out for more details

  • Several Calls for Entry are listed on the website. Find out if one of them speaks to you as an artist, and enter your work

  • The next SAQA Trunk Show will be accepting new pieces in March 2021. 

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