Monday, April 30, 2012

"Toucan" by Jodi Scaltreto

Jodi, along with several other SAQA members will be showing their work at the upcoming
Fri May 4 2-8 pm, Sat May 5 9-4
Hudson Community Center
12 Lions Ave, Hudson NH
Judged show, Raffle baskets, Refreshments, Boutique, Silent auction,
Merchant Mall

MidCoast Surface Design Workshops in Maine

Today we go "live" with our summer schedule for surface design classes. This is an opportunity to spend some time along the breathtaking Maine coast AND have some surface design fun. Marcella Christensen and I have started these workshops which will be held in three different locations in MidCoast Maine from Rockland to Searsport. Please visit our website and check out the classes starting in June 2012.
MidCoast Surface Design Workshops

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pictures from the SAQA Meeting

Susan Balch                                                  Margaret Sheehan
Susan Balch talks about her latest quilt

Roz Daniels, Cabot, VT
Roz showed us a series she made, influenced by
the SAQA meeting in Burlington a year ago

Lynne Croswell, Ludlow,VT
Lynne showed her quilt series inspired by leaves.

pictures provided by Christine Maute

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Karen Kamenetzky will have 6 pieces hanging in an upcoming exhibition, Micromorphic, at the Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, May 4, 2012 through June 17, 2012. The show is an interesting collection of work by Karen and five other artists working in a variety of media who all are somehow inspired by microscopic imagery.

An opening reception will be held at the Kleinert on Saturday, May 5 – 4 to 6 pm

Laura Gurton of Woodstock, curator of the all female artist show, paints biomorphic shapes that are reminiscent of life on a molecular level.  Gurton began to seek out other artists, “whose work explores similar shapes and subject matter, wondering what it is that draws them to use and create biomorphic forms.”  Having worked with many mediums and techniques, Gurton is also drawn to investigating how each artist uses her various materials to represent the meeting of art and science in a unique way.  The representation of nature’s beauty in its primary elements can be seen in paint, fabric, digital manipulations, recycled materials, and welded steel.

Participants in the exhibition, which includes Gurton, are: Jen Bradford a painter from Beacon, NY; Jodi Colella, a sculptor from Somerville, MA; Constance Jacobson, a painter and printmaker from Boston, MA; Karen Kamenetzky, a fabric artist from Brattleboro, VT; and Susan Spencer Crowe, a sculptor from Kingston, NY.

Laura Gurton explains, “For each of us, the finished pieces are our own personal statements about our relationships to our materials, our processes and to what we find beautiful and important.  The works of these artists will stir the soul and make us yearn to touch and be part of their work.”

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Art Quilt Gallery & Sue Benner's work

A quick review!

I had a chance to walk to the Art Quilt Gallery when I was in New York last week. Let me tell you, seeing Sue Benner's work was a real treat. There is something wonderful about a vibrant art quilt hanging in a gallery (as opposed to a library). A gallery has the white walls, the spotlights and the space to really show and convey all the quilt has to say. I enjoyed taking in the details of her work in that space. The energy in her work is contagious. I found myself absorbing it all in. I left feeling happy. It's a great show! Bravo!

If you have not been to the Art Quilt Gallery in New York, let me tell you a bit about it. I had printed out the directions to find the gallery and the hours it was open, but when I got there, it was closed. My first thought was, "That's a bummer! What do I do now that I've walked all this way?" Well, I looked around the street. On the left of the gallery there was a quilt shop that was open, so I rang the doorbell to get in, thinking,"I might as well check this out while I'm here". I found out that the quilt shop horseshoes around to the back of the gallery! So, I spoke up and asked at the cutting table if I could see the gallery. They opened it up immediately for me (and three other women who must have been lingering and wondering about it too!)
After leaving the gallery, I stopped in to a little corner fabric shop at the end of the block, that was loaded with silk fabrics, and picked up a nice piece for a future project. So, there's plenty to do in the area if you plan a trip to see the gallery.

The gallery will be showing Sylvia Einstein next:

Saturday, April 14, 2012


NEW LOCATION FOR SAQA VT/NH/ME Regional "Parlor" Meeting on Saturday, April 28

Unfortunately, Terri Lipman is unable to host us for this upcoming meeting due to a health issue. We are hoping that Terri will still be able to join us for this meeting, but we felt is was best to relieve her of this commitment so that she can focus on her own care at this time. Best to you, Terri, and hope to see you at the meeting!

OUR NEW LOCATION is: 94 Poplar Commons, Dummerston, VT

From points North - Take I 91 to Exit 4 (US 5) towards Putney (left at the end of the exit). Then go 3.7 miles and turn left on Carpenter Rd (just past Hidden Acres campground). Take first left on to Poplar Commons. Go all the way to the end and it is the yellow house in the middle.

From points South - Take I 91 to EXIT 3 toward US-5/Brattleboro/VT-9 E/Keene N.H. You will merge on to VT Rt. and then come to a roundabout and it's the third exit to US 5 North, Putney. Go 2 1/2 miles and take a sharp right onto Carpenter Rd. Take first left on to Poplar Commons. Go all the way to the end and it is the yellow house in the middle.

From points West - Follow directions above from VT Rt. 9.

The gathering will begin at approximately 10 AM. Please bring something for show and tell, a dish for the pot luck lunch, and any news or ideas you would like to share. We will provide the beverages, cups, plates, utensils, etc.

Nearby Brattleboro, VT has some attractions that you may want to take advantage of while in the area. Delectable Mountain has a wonderful selection of silk fabrics and there are a number of galleries including Vermont Artisan Design and Gallery in the Woods.

I have heard from about a dozen or so members who will be attending, so it should be a good meeting! If you haven't done so already, please contact Susan if you plan on attending, need more informaton, or if you would like to know if anyone is coming from your area so that you might car pool.

Susan Damone Balch: 802-484-9791

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The ArtQuilt Gallery•NYC

Welcome to the only gallery devoted to contemporary art quilts in New York City.

The Art Quilt Gallery NYC is exclusively focused on a single art form: quilts, whose aesthetic range, creative spirit, execution, and sheer beauty make this a compelling art, yet one that is rarely displayed in New York. We believe our patrons will be impressed with the range and quality of work. Opened on April 5, 2011, The Art Quilt Gallery NYC features the best quilts from around the world.

Visit us in Chelsea at 133 West 25th Street Click for hours & contact information

or call us at 212-807-9451 to add your name to our show announcements list, or to ask about our art quilts and the artists whose works we represent--or anything else about quilts, including commissions!

Opening: Monday, March 19 from 6 to 8pm
March 20 through April 28

Specimen 2 Sampler by Sue Benner

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Call for entries

Carson Valley Quilt Guild 

$20,000 in prize money in upcoming show open to art quilters!
Judged, not juried. Deadline extended to April 30 as we have room for more entries. Please see for more information.

-Marlene Sheff, CVQG

Prize Structure:
Judged Entry Form:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Fiber Fill-adelphia

Coming back from a recent conference of the SDA and SAQA- Identity and Context.
Great to connect, see many fiber works- some very innovative.

MORE- Here

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Quilt National 2013

Quilt National ’13, the eighteenth international juried competition for new innovative quilts will be on display May 24 – September 2, 2013 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio (USA).
Jurors are internationally recognized artist quiltmakers Judith Content (Shalimar, CA) and Linda Colsh (Belgium); and Penny McMorris (Bowling Green, OH), quilt scholar, author, and co-founder of The Electric Quilt Company, which produces software for quilters.

The work must possess the most basic structural characteristics of a quilt, be an original design of the entrant, have been completed after September, 2010 and measure no more than 100” or 254 cm. in either direction.

Jurors will grant over $6,000 in prizes.

Entry forms and Rules will be posted in April 2012.
Entry deadline is September 14, 2012.
Work selected for the exhibition will tour throughout the United States through 2015 and will be published in a full-color catalog.

For a printed copy of the entry form, send a self-addressed business-size envelope with postage to QN ’13 Entry Form, Dairy Barn Arts Center, P.O. Box 747, Athens, OH 45701-0747, USA.