Thursday, May 26, 2011

News form Maine Member, Kathy Angel Lee

It’s been a productive winter and now I’m ready to share some of the fruits of my labor. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve updated my website – you’ll notice some new ways to navigate. (Thanks to Holly Knott for her help in the conversion to a content management system.) In all the galleries, generally, the newest work is at the beginning. I’ve also added a blog. My hope is to write maybe once a week to recap what I’ve been doing for the week, share some inspiration or a new idea/technique and to keep in touch with friends and family. I hope you take a minute to check it out and comment if you’d like. 
This winter I was fortunate to be asked to exhibit work at a couple of places.......the Yawkey Cancer Center at Mass General in Boston and The Couleur Collection, a boutique and gallery in Falmouth. Both opportunities came about because someone saw my work at either the website or an outdoor show. Over the past two weeks, everything’s come home – it feels like college kids coming home for the summer!

It’s getting close to that time when I start the outdoor show season. Included at the website is the list of all the shows I’ll be doing over the next few months. Maybe I’ll meet some of you at one of these events.
Swamp Trees
Saco Bay Artists

Maine Women in the Arts

Norway Art Festival

Bethel Art Festival

Yarmouth Clam Festival

South Portland Art in the Park

Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival

School Around Us Art Festival

Monday, May 23, 2011

Watershed, a SDA exhibit

One of the TONS of exhibits at the upcoming Surface Design Conference. SAQA Member Wen Redmond has a piece in the exhibit, Watershed. She is teaching Mix It UP! Media Mix Collage in the post session. The conference is held in June. Conference info HERE. Textile Center info Here.
My work, Touch the Earth will be included in this exhibit.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

News from Jodi Scaltreto!

 I had one of my pieces accepted into the Quilt Odyssey show in Hershey PA July 28-31
Alikins Alley Cat
"The piece is done by thread painting using a photo then hooping it and painting the colors from the photo. Then I cut out the cat and appliqued it on to  a prequilted background which was quilted with only top and batting then requilted with the backing applied. The piece is only  12.5" X 9.75". It was the first totally thread painted photo I had done wanting to try out that technique." Jodi Scaltreto,   Hillsboro, NH

Just in from Judy Dales

This July I will be part of a summer artist (and art lover)-in-residence program called A Sense of Craft. It will begin on Sunday, July 17th, and run through Saturday July 23. There is space for 12 people to participate, and everyone will learn the very cool process of lost wax casting (making a metal sculpture from a wax model which can become a piece of jewelry) as well as get to see five different artists at work in their studios--including me.

This program is a vacation package: you get to learn a new art form, see artists at work, eat lots of delicious locally-grown foods, and relax with activities like morning yoga, hiking, biking, swimming, and kayaking. There will be a couple of fancy dinners with the artists, and the students get to have an exhibit of their own at the end of the week. 

The program is being hosted by my friend Sarah Mutrux who runs The Art House, a little non-profit community art center in Craftsbury, not too far away. You can read more about it on the website: 

Take care,

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

SAQA Showcase

SAQA Showcase artists chosen

Jurors Judith Content and Carolyn Ducey have chosen the artists for "SAQA Showcase" to be exhibited at the International Quilt Study Center from July through October 2012.

Deidre Adams
Michael Cummings
Gay Lasher
Jan Myers-Newbury
Wen Redmond ( Whoopie!)
Susan Shie

More to come!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

There is still room in the Artist Entrepreneurial Workshop: May 12, 2011

This spring, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts will continue its fifth year of offering free workshops for professional New Hampshire artists who are seeking to enhance their business skills, promote their work, and network with other artists.
The following workshop is free and open to the public, but you must register by calling (603) 271-2789 or email  In lieu of a registration fee, registrants are asked to contribute canned foods or pasta for the local food bank.
It will be held at the Brown Building Auditorium at 129 Pleasant Street in Concord, New Hampshire
Approaching Galleries: 10am – 12 noon
Presenter Sarah Chaffee, Gallery Director, McGowan Fine Art
In this workshop learn how to prepare a high quality artist’s package, including a biography, artist statement, articles, retail price list and digital images. Ms. Chaffee will also address how to research and approach galleries, the ins and outs of contracts, and how to promote yourself to the press.

Pricing Your Work: Art or Science?: 3 – 5pm
Presenter Gary Chabot, ProfitPoint Business and Finance Counseling
In this workshop attendees will explore the facts, fiction and mysteries of pricing works of art. Is it all about the numbers? Is it all guess work? How do your perceptions of value differ with other buyers and sellers of art? Learn how “price point” passion and real world economics mix it up in the world of art and business.

I just called and signed up today, at 9:30 am.  Let me know if you're going, we can have lunch together! ~ Margaret

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Professional Development for NH Artists

NH Art News & Calendar Information
Art Starts
May 4, 2011 

Attention Visual Artists & Crafts People
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is inviting you to attend a set of professional development workshops, just in time to get your summer business plans rolling!
Both workshops are scheduled for Thursday, May 12th at the Brown Building in Concord. There is no charge and there is still plenty of room in both workshops! 
Come to Concord and spend the day learning from two experienced facilitators, visit the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Gallery 205 for the current exhibit on Walker T. Weed, visit local galleries, and enjoy the many fine restaurants and cafes.
10:00 am – 12:00 noon: “Approaching Galleries” with Sarah Chaffee of McGowan Fine Art. 
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: “Pricing Your Work: Art or Science?” with Gary Chabot of ProfitPoint Business Consulting.

RSVP is required. To register, contact workshop coordinator Elaine Loft:

Recent News, Open Studio May 7 Mill in Rollinsford NH

Thank you everyone for your kind congrats regarding my recent acceptance into Sandra Sidler's book, The Studio Quilt- a new monograph series, in which most issues will focus on individual artists with significant bodies of work!
I am tickled pink. ( I really don't like pink much- maybe tickled salmon, russet, rosey?)
Perception of Trees, Wen Redmond
I have been working, aka energizer bunny style, completing my packing and ordering for my upcoming SDA workshop MIX IT UP-Media Mix workshop,  AND my Open Studio this weekend at my Studio #336 at the mill.
I posted bits about these on my blog
And I am publishing a series of journal pages I completed earlier and fell in love with, with the addition of prose. 
Love some feed back as I am no poet but love the expression of words.