Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Maine Fiberarts exhibit

Nelda Warkentin’s quilt, ‘Ravenswood’, will be on display June 10 – September 3, 2016, Maine Fiberarts gallery, 13 Main Street, Topsham, ME. Opening reception for the exhibit, ‘Innovations: Contemporary Art’, will be Sunday, July 10, 2-5 PM. For additional information, visit the Maine Fiberarts website:

Saturday, June 4, 2016

June Newsletter

Happy unofficial summer everyone!  Hope this newsletter finds you well as we trade our boots for flip flops.
Diane Harris is our newest Regional Rep!
We are thrilled to announce that Diane has agreed to become our newest regional rep working to help grow and cultivate our art quilt community in Northern New England.
Diane lives in Monroe NH and is an award- winning art quilter.  Her most recent honor (and there are many of them) was placing third in the National Quilt Museum’s 25th Anniversary Exhibit, The Gala of the Unexpected! with Oyster Mushrooms - Earthy Elegance, a stunning representational quilt featuring these edible mushrooms.
When asked why she became a rep, Diane’s reply was, “For me, participating fully in an organization, provides the best experience with that organization. So here I am, participating fully! One of my concerns is members needing to travel long distances to attend our regional meetings, so they don’t come. It is my hope we can entice our members to attend these meetings where they can socialize, exchange ideas, network and take advantage of “community” opportunities. As we strive to meet the needs for the region’s members, they will discover how building momentum on this premise will allow them to more fully experience and enjoy all that SAQA has to offer resulting in their growth as artists. An added benefit to our members connecting, will result in the ME/NH/VT Region becoming strong and active.”
Do you know what you’re creating for our Next Exhibit: Wicked Good Art?
Have you decided what totally wicked art you are going to create for our 2017 exhibit – Wicked Good Art?  We can’t wait to see what you submit.
The exhibit is designed to showcase the region’s best work, highlighting diversity of style and techniques used by New England SAQA artists.  The exhibit will be shown at MQX 2017 and Mancuso’s World Quilt New England, 2017.  Additional venues may be added.  Online entry will be January 2017.  Click on the link to access the prospectus with all the details:
We hope to publish a catalog of Wicked Good Art, using Amazon’s CreateSpace, a print on demand publishing product.  Have you worked with CreateSpace or want to learn how?  Do you know Adobe InDesign?  We need you!  Please email us at the contacts below to work with us on this project.

Member Brags
Below are recent highlights from our fellow artists.  The talents and accomplishments in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont continue to amaze
  • Kathy Angel Lee, as we reported last month, was featured on WMTW-TV as part of their Made in Maine series.  The TV station posted a link to their segment and it’s worth the watch:   This summer, Kathy’s work can be seen at Seaside Creations on Bailey Island, Maine; The Birch Canoe, Casco, Maine; Goosefare Trading in Ocean Park, Maine and The Center for Maine Craft in Gardiner, Maine.  She will also be at several outdoor art shows in Ocean Park, South Portland, and Brunswick during July and August.  Thanks for promoting art quilting to the public!
  • Dr. Michele David of Creole Creations, has pieces in the 5th Annual Haitian Art Exhibit Soul Searching:  An Exploration of Haitian Spirituality Through Visual Arts.  The exhibit is on display at William Hames College, Newton MA until June 22, 2016.  Proceeds from the show benefit art workshops and programs for youth in Haiti. Wonderful work and a wonderful cause!
  • Mary Ann Gallaher is a member of The Artist Collective which, this summer, is exhibiting their group show, Alternative View, at the Davis Art Gallery, Worcester MA  June 10- August 15  The show is the result of many ideas presented by twelve artists from diverse educational backgrounds, life experiences, and artistic viewpoints. This exhibit showcases their points of view and celebrates their intensive work together over two years.  Congratulations Mary Ann!
  • Michele O’Neil Kincaid recently learned her piece, For the Ladies, has been accepted into the 2016 International Quilt Festival’s, In Full Bloom special exhibit.  After debuting in Houston this fall, the exhibit will travel for the next year to various other venues on the Quilt Festival circuit.  Michele’s glorious quilt depicting Ladyslippers is sure to wow those who see it

Parlor Meetings Update
Michelle Goldsmith is planning her next Parlor meeting at her home in Grantham NH for late summer/early fall.  She hasn’t settled on a date yet, but is looking at August 27th, or September 10, 17 or 24.  Interested?  Reach out to her at
In the Seacoast NH area, SAFA Parlor Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month, 10am-lunch.  This established group is always looking for new artists to join them as they share techniques, show recent work and go on field trips to art exhibits in the area.  For details on the next meeting, contact Michele Kincaid at
We want to promote your parlor meeting information here!!  Let us know what you’re planning and we’ll share it with the region.
Calendar of Events
Friday June 10 & Saturday June 11, 9am – 4pm:  Join Michele O’Neil Kincaid at Seacoast Sewing and Quilting in Portsmouth NH for her 2-day Mystery Quilt Mini Retreat. There will be catered food, new friends, and FABRIC!! You can’t beat that!  Contact the shop for info:

Saturday August 20, 1-4pm:  Regional Meeting at Mancuso’s World Quilt New England Show, Radisson Hotel, Manchester NH.  We are lining up a speaker to talk about one of the aspects of exhibiting your work.  Additionally, we will have a slide presentation of our region’s submissions to this year’s SAQA auction.  And we will round out our meeting with your show and tell.  Bring your art to share and astound.

Sunday October 2, 1-4pm.  Regional Meeting at Seacoast Sewing and Quilting, Portsmouth NH.  Details to come.  We guarantee there will be Show and Tell.

We are sharing calendars with our friends at the MA/RI region.  Here’s what’s going on south of our borders:
August 7, 2016  MA/RI regional meeting from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St., Lowell, MA.  Melanie Johnston & Joan Blade Johnson will be discussing how to market your work.  No Show & Tell or lunch this meeting.
September 17, 2016  MA/RI regional meeting in the Berkshires  (location TBA)  followed by walk of Ann Brauer’s open studio in Shelburne Falls, MA.
October 22, 2016   MA/RI regional meeting at the Franklin Mill Store in Franklin MA. CT SAQA region member Kate Themel will be the guest speaker at this meeting. Also note that attendees at this meeting will receive a 20% off purchases made at the Franklin Mill Store that day!
Please RSVP to MA/RI Regional Rep, Allison Wilbur if you would like to attend any of the MA/RI meetings.
Have you roasted your first summer S’More yet?

Your ME/NH/VT Regional Reps
Stephanye Schuyler
Diane Harris
Michele O’Neil Kincaid