Monday, December 2, 2013

Newies from Wen Redmond

 Hi Everyone- just touching base with you all after the Turkey Day and before the Holidaze!

Upcoming Holiday Exhibits
*New Hampshire Art Association
Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery located at 136 State St. Portsmouth, NH

*Christmas in Strafford
Local artisans and craftspeople of Strafford, NH open their homes and studios to the public.  20+ locations are open, local homes, along with the Bow Lake Grange Hall and the Waldron Store.
I will be at Michelle Kincaid's home!

*Emporium Framing and Gallery, LLC261 Main Street
South Berwick, ME 03908
Phone 207-384-5963
Gallery hours - Mon - Sat, 10 - 6

Upcoming Workshops

Quilt Surface Design Symposium 2014
Columbus, OH- May 26- June 8
TWO 5 day workshops!
Holographic Memories and More
Creating Textured Photographs
And a 2 day workshop- Stalking the Wild Print

Take Italy Home!
Abrusso School of Creative Art Sept 2-8    5 days
            We’ll take Italia home with us with a cool combo of fabric painting,  
natural printing and digital fiber. We will create a printed journal and a 12x14 mounted Holographic Image.

Holographic Memories and More
Hudson River Valley Art Workshops     Dec 4-7
            Complete an innovative 3-D effect, Holographic Image, from your own photograph, painted fabric and photo-silk screened image. This unique presentation will amaze your friends and is so much fun to create! Each student will mount and finish a 12x14 piece.
Some pre-workshop image preparation.
Greenville, NY 12083

New DIGITAL FIBER Technique!
Textured Photography!
Explore a new avenue for your quilt art using a combination of digital photography and textured backgrounds.

Holographic Memories DIGITAL FIBER Technique DVD
Now available as download and on sale!
Capture your loved ones or favorite subjects in lifelike imagery.

delightful hand painted fab fabric

sales blog

Friday, November 22, 2013

Call for Exhibition Proposals

New Hampshire Institute of Art

The Institute Exhibitions Committee reviews portfolios twice a year
Two Deadlines: (ONLINE) & (ONGOING)

November 30, 2013
March 30, 2014

New Hampshire Institute of Art
Manchester, NH

To apply for exhibitions please send a portfolio which includes:
  1. Resume (exhibition record and relevant education)
  2. Artist Statement
  3. Letter of introduction
  4. Printed images (up to 10 images printed, please make these high resolution color images 8x10" maximum)
  5. Printed list which corresponds to images
  6. CD of all materials 1-5 (images must be .jpg, 300 dpi, largest dimension 6", able to be opened on Mac or PC)
  7. Self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your materials. Please do not send additional materials.
Visit website for additional

All materials should be sent to:

Andy Lucas, Gallery Director
New Hampshire Institute of Art
148 Concord Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Monday, November 18, 2013

Upcoming Juried Crafts Fair

Margaret Sheehan will be vending at
Her Sculpturefest prayer flag installation will be on view as well.  Stop by and shop for exquisite crafts.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Elin Noble: Open Studio

New Bedford Open Studios

Friday, November 22, 5-9 pm: Special celebration with food, music,
and holiday fun
SaturdayNovember 23, 10-5
SundayNovember 24, 11-5

88 Hatch Street
Studio #305
New Bedford, MA 02746

Visit my studio, see where I work, and have a chat.
I will have dyed socks, thread, fabric, and artwork available.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Currier Museum Events, Manchester, NH

Surround yourself with Art. Get Inspired for the New Year!
Noon Year's Eve 2012

Celebrate Noon Year’s Eve 2013 at the Currier!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (10 a.m. start for Currier Members)

Last year, Noon Year's Eve was the talk of the town with almost 700 people at the Currier! Ring in 2014 with bubble-wrap fireworks and a huge balloon drop at Manchester's largest family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration! Enjoy festive art-making activities, face painting, ice carving, magic and music. Take a scavenger hunt around the galleries. Toast the New Year with sparkling cider and enjoy lunch and hot cocoa in the Winter Garden Café, featuring a delicious kid’s menu. Dress in your party best and celebrate the New Year at the Currier.
Event Schedule:
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ice carving demonstration by Ice Breakers, scavenger hunt, photo portraits, face painting, art-making and access to a special quiet room.
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Winter Garden Café open with family-friendly food options.
11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m.
The amazing Magic of David Hall and live music by guitarist John Chouinard. Please indicate which performance you will attend when purchasing event tickets.
2:50 p.m.
Countdown to New Year’s with bubble-wrap “fireworks” and balloon drop in the Winter Garden Café.

Now on View

Africa Interweave: Textile Diasporas

Sept. 28, 2013 — Jan. 12, 2014

Featuring more than 40 textiles, garments and other works of art, this exhibition offers the opportunity to experience the aesthetic power and rich cultural histories of textiles produced across the continent of Africa. Whether used for everyday functions, high fashion, costumes or sacred rituals, the textiles featured in this exhibition highlight the diverse influences that continue to shape these vibrant art forms, including the regional and global exchange of ideas, techniques and materials.

Exhibition Support

This exhibition is organized by the Harn Museum of Art and made possible by Michael and Donna Singer, the Harn 20th Anniversary Fund, the 1923 Fund, the Center for African Studies, the Dr. Madelyn M. Lockhart Endowment for Focus Exhibitions at the Harn Museum of Art, and Mary Ann and Richard Green, with additional support from the Harn Program Endowment.
The Currier’s presentation of Africa Interweave: Textile Diasporas is supported by The Coby Foundation, Ltd., M. Christine Dwyer and Michael Huxtable, the TD Charitable Foundation, the Botnick Family Foundation/E&R Laundry and Dry Cleaners, and TD Bank.
Image caption: All images from Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Photo credit: Randy Batista Photography Top: Kweku Kakanu Asafo Company Flag with Griffin (frankaa), C. 1940s, Cotton, 41 ½ x 65 in. (95.3 x 165.1 cm) Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund, 2011.40.1; Bottom: Ekpenyong Bassey Nsa, Nigerian, born 1973, Ebonko Masquerade Ensemble, 2010, Multiple Media, General size when costume is on form: 5 ft. x 29 in. (160 x 73.7 cm), Museum purchase with funds from the Caroline Julier and James T. Richardson Acquisition Fund, 2010.68.1

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (free admission to New Hampshire residents 10 a.m.-noon)
Open the first Thursday of each month 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Closed TuesdayFree Saturday Admission for NH residents, funding provided, in part, by Citizens Bank Foundation and Cogswell Benevolent Trust.
Holiday HoursClosed: New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day (4th of July), Thanksgiving, Christmas Day
Close at 3 p.m.: Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve
Open: Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Upcoming Artist Market with Michele O'Neil Kincaid

Hi everyone!
Come see me on Dec. 7 & 8 from 9 - 4 in my home for Christmas in Strafford! I'll have Wen Redmond and Maryann Gallagher as guest artists.
Then on the 14th and again on the 21st I've been invited to participate in the Wentworth Greenhouses Artist/Farmers market in Rollinsford, NH.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Burlington City Arts Workshop Offering

Burlington City Arts is excited to continue our Artist Professional Development workshops in 2013. These workshops are designed to inspire and educate artists from all disciplines and help them reach their professional and personal goals. By networking with other artists and experts you’ll gain business skills and learn how to achieve success without losing your creativity. Workshops will be ongoing throughout the year and can be taken together as a series or separately depending on your specific needs.

6 - 9 PM
$25 / $22.50 BCA members

In this lecture-based workshop, professional photographer, Dan Lovell and BCA Art Director, Ted Olson will demonstrate techniques for lighting for the purpose of photographing your artwork. Other topics discussed will include color reproduction and 2D v. 3D artwork. Get tips on how to properly upload and save images onto the computer and what sizes and formats you should use for emailing and uploading to a website. Whether you’re applying to art school, submitting work for an exhibition, or putting together a website, you’ll leave this workshop with techniques that will improve your images and enhance your presentations. Please bring your digital camera to class. Focus will be on setting up your artwork to take successful photos for your portfolio, not on how to use a camera. A basic understanding of your camera is required. Registration is required, CLICK HERE to sign up.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH

AVA Artists' Submission Protocol

You can also download a PDF of the Submission Protocol here
If you would like to be considered for an exhibition at AVA, please be sure to include the following information:
  • Around 12 Images of Your Work: We will accept slides or digital images, but digital images are preferred. Please send a CD with .jpg images that are between 1.5 MB and 5 MB each. Please only send images that are in focus, with good resolution. If the background/frame can be cropped out, it would be appreciated. Printed material is also useful as a supplement to the digital images, as it is sometimes hard to tell about subtle color and textural variations on a computer. Please do not send original works of art.
  • A Slide List: The slide list can be submitted either on the CD as a Word document, or as a hard copy. Please include all of the following information for each piece: title, dimensions, medium, date.
  • A Clear Proposal: Please let us know specifically how you envision using our gallery spaces. If you have not seen the new spaces, please take some time to visit or request floor plans and photographs before sending in your proposal. If you have multiple bodies of work, what would you like to show? Would you be interested in showing with other artists? If so, do you have anyone in mind? Please let us know what you are thinking.
  • Contact Information: Please include your full name, address, telephone number, fax, e-mail address and website (whatever is applicable). Please keep in mind that materials will not be returned.
  • Resume: It is helpful for us to know what you have done in the past, where you have been showing, what teaching experience you might have, etc.
  • Personal/Artist Statement: Please tell us a bit about yourself as an artist, how your work has developed, where you see it going, etc.
If you have any further questions, please contact our Exhibition Coordinator, Margaret Jacobs, at AVA (603) 448 3117, or by e-mail here. If you are proposing to curate a show, to exhibit with several other artists, or to use the spaces in any other unusual way, please do not hesitate to ask about what to submit, as it may differ from the above outline.

Call For Entries

AVA's Annual Holiday Sale and Exhibition

November 29 - December 28, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, November 29, 5-7pm

Artwork Delivery Dates:

Saturday, November 16, 11am-5pm

Sunday, November 17, 11am-2pm

Monday, November 18, 11am-5pm


Eligibility: Current AVA Membership

Download Entry Specifications Here and Entry Form Here

Monday, November 4, 2013

ArtQuilt Gallery NYC

Swiss art quilter Cécile Trentini will have a show of her quilts at our ArtQuilt Gallery·NYC from Nov.12 through Dec. 28.

Cécile's career began as a painter and sculptor. She considers curiosity as the main driving force in her work. Her materials are often unconventional--such as cotton makeup pads, chocolate wrappers--joined with a unique aesthetic style.

You are invited to the opening of Daily Inspiration on Monday, November 11 from 6 to 7:30 pm.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

FYI: New SAQA Membership levels

Please take a moment to read about the new levels of membership.  Renew your membership now before it lapses. Review the guidelines for becoming a Studio Artist Member! Check out the Art Services Directory.
The categories are:

SUPPORTING MEMBER: 1 Year $60, 2 Years $105, 3 Years $145  SIGN UP NOW!
Join the growing ranks of art quilt supporters by becoming a Supporting Member of SAQA. Whether you are a collector, admirer, curator, or artist, this membership category offers a wealth of information and opportunities.
  • Quarterly full-color SAQA Journal.
  • Monthly e.Bulletin subscription via email
  • Weekly Art Quilt News e.newsletter (optional)
  • Members-only access to conferences and symposia
  • Eligibility for juried member exhibitions
  • Option to participate in our Visioning Project - working together to help you achieve your artistic goals
  • Access to mentorship conference calls and other mentoring activities.
  • Access to the members-only Yahoo discussion group - connect with thousands of art quilters and enthusiasts around the world.

Don't miss this opportunity to market yourself in SAQA's Art Services Directory. Existing supporting members can upgrade their membership to this category for only $25/year. 
How do I know I qualify for this level?
  1. Do you offer a professional service that would be helpful to art quilters?
  2. Would you like to promote your art, workshops or publications?
  3. Are you currently accepting commissions? 
  • Same benefits as Supporting Membership, plus:
  • Business listing in Art Services Directory on SAQA's site.
  • Each listing has a full page with photos, description, and contact information.
  • Full keyword search in addition to region and category filters.

STUDIO ARTIST MEMBER: 1 Year $125, 2 Years $235, 3 Years $340  APPLY NOW
Supporting Members may apply for Studio Member status with SAQA. The acceptance committee meets every other month to evaluate applications. Members must have their digitial portfolio approved before paying for this level of membership. See Guidelines for Becoming a Studio Artist.

  • Same benefits as Supporting Membership, plus:
  • Gallery page on SAQA web site with a link to your web site - now includes up to 5 images
  • Listed in our keyword searchable Studio Artist directory
  • Optional business listing in Art Services directory on SAQA web site
  • Artwork represented in SAQA Portfolio, published yearly in print and digital formats
  • Artwork may be included in Studio Artist slideshow and other places on our site
  • Eligible for inclusion in monthly virtual exhibits and Featured Artist Program
  • Artwork eligible for sale in the SAQA Store (25% commission fee applies). Artist is responsible for shipping artwork to buyer. 

  • Same benefits as Supporting Membership.
  • A copy of your full-time student ID is required

        Saturday, November 2, 2013

        Susan Carlson Workshop

        Happening Nov 21-22. This is an amazing teacher! I f you know anyone down in CT near New London. The price for the class is less than what Susan charges so the Clamshell guild is subsidizing
        Fellow Quilters,

        We need your help! Our two day workshop, "Cutting Loose" taught by Susan Carlson is in jeopardy of being cancelled. If you have been debating signing up--now is the time. We are going to have to close the registration and make a decision about the workshop by Saturday, November 9th. You can check out Susan's creations and other information at:

        **What will you learn?

        Cutting Loose
        This class combines aspects of my earlier classes (Somethin' Fishy and Somethin' in the Air) with my evolving techniques of fabric collage. Cutting Loose demonstrates a looser approach to the piecing and assembly of a wall quilt. Emphasis will be placed on the collage piecing process. Patterns or templates will not be used. Instead, students will sketch their design onto a foundation fabric and fill in the design with fabrics of their choice. This encourages playfulness, serendipity, and a willingness to "cut loose." Due to time constraints, students need to choose simple, whimsical designs such as fish, butterflies, or other bugs. If needed, designs will be available from Susan for a small fee. 

        Length: 12 hours (two 6-hour classes).

        **Where will the class be held?

        Temple Emanu-el in Waterford, CT

        We have received rave reviews about this venue for workshops. It has great natural lightand room to spread out. Plus, it is a secure location, so you will be able to leave your supplies there for both days.
        **How much will it cost?

        The workshop is $80. 
        Checks made payable to: Clamshell Quilt Guild.
        Checks should be mailed to : Kim Rennie   |   11 Chestnut Hill Rd.   |   Uncasville, CT 06382

        **How do you register or find out more information?
        Contact Kim Rennie by email here.

        Let's hope we fill the class!

        Thursday, October 31, 2013

        Call to Artists

        Printmakers Show: Jan. 18- March 9, 2014

        Chandler Gallery    |    Main St.    |    Randolph, VT    |    802-728-9878

        Looking for innovative prints of all kinds, from engravings to rubbings with the back of a spoon. Silkscreened prints, solarplates, collagraphs, monoprints, woodcuts, 3-D prints, and everything in between. Mixed-media submissions accepted. 

        Deadline for submissions:   Nov 29th, 2013.

        Submissions to include digital images of work and a short statement of intent. Chandler Gallery asks for 30% commission on sales during the show. Items not for sale may be accepted.   Contact the gallery with questions about submission information here,

        Janet Cathey
        for the Chandler Gallery

        Friday, October 25, 2013

        SAQA Auction Houston

        SAQA's Benefit Auction in Houston starts Monday 10/28!
        Monday and Tuesday will be online bidding.
        Wednesday - Sunday will be in-person in Houston.


        Randy Temple - The Well-Read Man *** Pat Kumicich - Two Girls and a Flower *** Sandra Branjord - Sister Act 
        Laurie Ceesay - Fourteen Shades of Gray *** Gillian Moss - Hold That Thought *** Desiree Habicht - Age is all in your head
        Meta Heemskirk - From Rembrandt to Monrian *** Lois Sprague - In the Eye of the Beholder *** Jim Hay - Rabbit Ears 

        Join in the fun by bidding early and often!!

        ONLINE Bid Prices:
        Monday starting at 2:00 pm Eastern -- $750
        Tuesday starting at 2:00 pm Eastern -- $550 

        Wednesday, October 23, 2013

        Call for Entry

        January 1, 2014:  Submission process opens
        March 1, 2014:  Entry Deadline
        March 8, 2014:  Jurying Process
        April 15, 2014:  Deadline to receive accepted quilts for show
        April 22, 2014:  Installation of show
        April 23, 2014:  Exhibit opens
        April 25, 2014:  Artist’s opening reception
        June 22, 2014:  Exhibit Closes
        June 23, 2014:  Removal of exhibit
        Artist Reception: April 25, 2014 6 to 8pm

        Page-Walker Arts and History Center
        119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513

        Monday, October 21, 2013

        Vermont SDA Members' Exhibit - Call for Art

        2014 SDA Vermont Members’ Exhibit 

        This is an excellent opportunity for Vermont Surface Design Association members to exhibit their work together during a busy tourist season in Vermont, and I hope that everyone will participate!   

        Emile A. Gruppe Gallery
        22 Barber Farm Road  |  Jericho, VT  |  05465  |  802-899-3211

        Entries Due: Monday, December 9, 2013
        Exhibit Dates: June 5-July 13, 2014
        Reception: Sunday, June 8, 2014, 2-4pm

        Please send completed Entries via email to: Karen Henderson,
        Any questions, please contact Karen at her email, or at 973-948-5801.

        Sunday, October 20, 2013

        New Quilt Shop on Route 25 in Maine

        Yesterday, I met some girlfriends in the town of Cornish Maine. I have been visiting this town for many years and I have watched it develop and grow. I am happy to say, there is a new quilt shop there and I visited and met the owner, Patty Rowley.  Her shop. "BOLT" has been open 7 months. BOLT carries both traditional and modern fabrics.  She has a small space set aside in the store for taking and teaching classes. too!  She hopes to expand as the need arises! So, check it out sometime! 
        ... and Patty, here's to a great winter and many years of continued growth!

        The signs we are always on the look out for! Quilt Shop and Open!

        BOLT, located at 12 Main Street (Rte 25)Cornish Maine

        Owner, Patty Rowley stands behind the cutting table
        There is a wonderful restaurant, a craft store and antique shops nearby to make this a destination point for a lovely day excursion with friends! ~ Margaret

        Saturday, October 19, 2013

        Quilt Canada 2014 National Juried Show

        Call For Entries

        Deadline: February 1, 2014 (ONLINE)

        Quilt Canada 2014
        National Juried Show
        Canadian Quilters’ Association/

        Association canadienne de la courtepointe
        Brock University
        St. Catharines, Ontario
        June 11 – 14, 2014

        The 2014 National Juried Show is open to all Canadian citizens and residents, as well as non-resident members of the CQA/ACC. Over $50,000 in prizes offered by the Sponsors.

        For an entry to be accepted, the online entry form must be filled in completely, including all the required photographs and documents.

        Fees: $25.00 ($75.00 for non-members) plus tax for each entry.

        Requirements (truncated)
        • Entry is open to all Canadian residents, Canadian citizens, and CQA/ACC individual members. (If you are not a Canadian citizen or resident, you MUST be a CQA/ACC member to enter).
        • Original Design Realistic Pictorial Wall Quilts depict subject matter in an accurate and realistic manner and demonstrate personal expression and originality in design, colour and/or techniques.
        • Acknowledgement must be given to anyone participating in the execution of the work.
        • Quilts must not exceed 436 inches in perimeter.
        • Group quilts means 3 or more quilt makers. Choose 1 person to represent the group as the ‘artist.’
        • Work must have been completed after January 1, 2012.
        • Work must NOT have been shown in a Canadian national-level juried/judged quilting exhibition/competition prior to June 2014.
        • Artists submitting works from outside of Canada will be responsible for all customs arrangements and transportation costs.
        1. Original Design Realistic Pictorial Wall Quilts
        2. Original Design Abstract Pictorial Wall Quilts
        3. Original Design Nonrepresentational Wall Quilts
        4. Originally Interpreted Traditional Wall Quilts
        5. Originally Interpreted Bed Quilts
        6. Traditional Wall and Bed Quilts from Patterns/Books
        7. Bed or Wall Quilts Longarm/Midarm Quilting
        8. Original Wearable Art
        9. Modern Bed or Wall Quilts

        In addition to Awards of Excellence for each category, entries may be eligible for the following awards:
        • Best of Show (from any original or originally interpreted category)
        • Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting
        • Excellence in Workmanship Appliqué
        • Excellence in Workmanship Piecing
        • Excellence in Hand Quilting
        • Excellence for Work by a First Time Exhibitor
        • Excellence in Thread Work using WonderFil Thread
        • Excellence in Innovation (from any original or originally interpreted category)
        • Excellence for a Group Quilt (3 or more quilt makers)
        • Judge’s Choice (one per judge)
        • Viewers’ Choice

        Visit website for complete entry details including online submission form:

        For past winners and more information click here.

        Conference Co-ordinator
        Contact: Marilyn Michelin
        Phone: 905-937-7556

        Wednesday, October 16, 2013

        $200,000 top prize winner of Artprize® in Grand Rapids Michigan!

        Ann Loveless, "Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore"
        "Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore" is a landscape art quilt of the Lake Michigan shoreline. This large work consists of four individual panels depicting a beach scene which all connect into one large panoramic view. Working from a photograph Ann captures a beautiful Lake Michigan sunset, sparkiling water, dune grass in the breeze, majestic birch trees with Sleeping Bear Dunes in the distance. The viewer is attracted and drawn into this art piece by the vivid color, warm textures and details of this favorite scene. Ann's collage technique incorporates traditional cotton and batik fabrics along with other fibers including linen, silk, yarns, polyester netting and angelina fiber for added texture. Techniques also include raw edge fusible applique and free-motion machine quilting.

        "I put myself out there and pushed myself to do something really big," said Loveless earlier this week about this year's entry. "I told myself if I could be in the Top 25, I could make it to the Top 10."

        Ann Loveless Website
        What Conclusions Can We Draw From ArtPrize?
        Hear Ann talk about winning