Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This is a Quilt!

SAQA’s second Trunk Show is curated by Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki. It was designed to showcase SAQA’s diversity of talent and its mission to “promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, and documentation.” Learn more about these quilts and how to bring a trunk show to your area.
Each quilt is framed in a 12" archival white mat (not shown) with an 8" opening.
My Work- Language of Touch
Eileen Doughty and her web assistants spent a lot of time over the past week or so putting all the trunk show pieces on the SAQA website, 

You will notice at the bottom of each trunk show page, there is a Google
calendar that shows what region the trunk will be exhibited in and when.

My Digital Sketchbook Live

My Digital Sketchbook Live now at archive of the Brooklyn Art Library. Complete scanned sketchbook at

Monday, July 18, 2011


The Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios
256 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Exhibition Dates: August 11 - September 10, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 13, 3 - 5 pm (during the Lowell Quilt Festival).

LOWELL, MA (July 17, 2011) Art Quilts Lowell is an annual, juried exhibition of the finest art quilts in Canada and the United States.
Time to Grow, Wen Redmond

Today, quilts are finally overcoming their old-fashioned reputation. Once perceived as blocklike, follow-the-rules fabric sandwiches, contemporary art quilts — with the emphasis on art — break the conventional code.

The quilt artist seeks to innovate by applying art principles and art experience from other areas like drawing, painting, and sculpting as well as working with the tactile richness of fabric and by adding the textures of quilting stitches
As defined by The Art Quilt Association, "The contemporary art quilt is an original exploration of a concept rather than a traditional pattern. It experiments with textile manipulation, color, texture and a diversity of mixed media." 
The concept for this year's Art Quilts Lowell is The Sea and there is a remarkable breadth of interpretation and materials by 31 artists from all over the US and Canada.

This Year's Artists
Betty Busby - NM
Victoria Carr - MA
Gerrie Congdon - OR
Lisa M. Corson - CT
Nancy Crasco - MA
Grace Errea - CA
Diane Franklin - MA
Sandy Gregg - MA
Carol Anne Grotrian - MA
Beverly Hertler - NJ
Rosemary Hoffenberg - MA
Lauren Horowitz - NY
Janice Jones - MA
Deborah Lacativa - GA
Susan Lenz – SC
Ingrid Lincoln - Manitoba

Valerie Maser-Flanagan - MA
Jeanelle McCall - TX

Lorie McCown - VA

Penny Prudden Myles - MA

Suzanne R. Neusner - NY

Gay Ousley – TX

Gladys A. Perkins - MA

Time to Grow, detail
Wen Redmond - NH

Susan M. Rouleau - SD

Norma Schlager – CT
Carolyn Spiegel - NY

Pamela A Stanton - MA

Carol Ann Waugh – CO

Juror: Gerald Roy, Member, Executive Board, National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY; Chair, Acquisitions Committee; Member, of National Advisory Board, Administrator, Quilt Appraisal Certification Program - American Quilters Society, Paducah, KY; Acquisitions Board: New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA.

For further information, please contact Eileen Byrne at director@thebrush.org or visit our website www.thebrush.org.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Open Call for Presenters/Teachers

photo of supplies by Beth Berman
Open Call for presenters/teachers at the second annual SAQA New England weekend in Searsport ME. September 16, 17, & 18, 2011

Beth Berman and Sarah Carpenter are busy making preparations for the 2nd annual SAQA weekend in Maine and they want to open the floor for workshops to all our members.  If you have an interesting topic to talk about or teach in a two hour increment, please consider sharing your knowledge at this vibrant and exciting venue.   Email Beth at: beth.from.maine@gmail.com with your proposal and set up requirements. A small compensation for materials will be available.  Deadline: ASAP or July 28, 2011
If you have subjects that you are interested in learning about, please offer your ideas.  
This is a ME/NH/VT SAQA meeting and we want to make this an event you won't want to miss.  Come, make friends and play with other like minded quilt artists.
If you already know you are going, and you are bringing your fabulous show and tell, please consider forwarding a picture of your work for the poster to msartquilts@gmail.com. Same deadline as above.
Save the dates on your calendar.  More information about the weekend will be posted soon.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

No Boundaries in Fiber show features several Vermont SAQA members

No Boundaries in Fiber
This is an exhibit of innovative textile art by nine Vermont Members of the Surface Design Association (SDA) (and some are SAQA members, too!) It will be featured at the Rae Harrell Gallery in Hinesburg, VT from August 6 to September 17, 2011. The exhibit will highlight the diversity of contemporary fiber art and the unique processes employed by each artist. This exhibit is the first time these SDA Vermont artists are exhibiting their work together as a group. Exhibiting artists are Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Judy B. Dales, Elizabeth Fram, Marilyn Gillis, Rae Harrell, Hillary Harrell, Karen Henderson, Mary Jane Russell, and Dianne Shullenberger.  
Join the Artists for the Opening Reception on Saturday, August 6, 5pm - 9pm, featuring live music by Garrett Brown.
Additionally, the public is invited to an Artists Walk-Through on Friday, August 19, 7-8:30 pm, where some of the artists will discuss their work in depth.

"I may try to attend the opening reception on August 6th, anyone up for a road trip?" ~ Margaret

Sunday, July 3, 2011

“Letters” in Art Quilts- A Show at the Camden Public Library

The show includes four artists and three of us are SAQA members. The "meet the artist" event is next Saturday. We would be delighted to have some SAQA members in attendance. I hope they'll introduce themselves!

Exploring “Letters” in Art Quilts
Four fiber artists and long-time friends use fabric, thread, stitching, paint and other unexpected materials and images in their latest collection of art quilts inspired by the theme “Letters.” The collection will be on display in the Jean Picker Room at the Camden Public Library, July 1 to July 31
The art quilt group shares the collective name, the Frayed Edges. They include Sarah Ann Smith of Hope, Kate Cutko ofBowdoinham, Kate Daniels of Rockport and Deborah Boschert of Crofton, Maryland (formerly of Topsham). 
The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Saturday, July 9 from 2 to 4 pm.
The centerpiece of the collection is a set of four triptychs designed especially for this exhibit. Each artist created a triptych: two small art quilts with a third larger piece in the center. The artists embraced the theme “Letters” in many different ways. Some have used letters as a graphic element, others have explored images of letters in envelopes, journals and comic books.
This piece is part of Deborah's triptych, Green House Mantra
The artists’ work has appeared in juried art shows, books and internationally published magazines. The group includes members of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild, Studio Art Quilt Association and the International Quilt Association.
Sarah A Smith Getty Conversation

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Deidre Scherer, Open House

FLORENCE        Deidre Scherer 2011
On Saturday and Sunday, July 16th and 17th, Scherer's Vermont studio will be open from 10 am until 6 pm each day as part of the Annual Rock River Artists Tour.
See her new works in fabric-on-thread, torn-paper weavings, and a commission in progress -as well as fine digital prints. Also new this year is a full-scale self portrait.
Start at the Old Schoolhouse in South Newfane, VT, to preview samples of each artist's work -and pick up a map of all studio locations. Eighteen artists are participating this year. For general information about the Tour, call 802-348-7865 or visit www.rockriverartists.com or email Scherer directly - hope to see you here!