Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Thread Painting Workshop

Thread Painting

Some news from Concord Piecemakers quilt guild. Betsey Habich will be the speaker on Wednesday April 15 and will give a workshop on Saturday April 18. Betsey will be teaching thread painting and this workshop is open to all for $80 including two kits. Please contact Elana Schreiber for more details:

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Sew Many Shows Announcement

Sew Many Shows Announcement
Sew Many Shows is a monthly newsletter and online calendar listing area quilt shows. They are trying to reach out to non-quilters by creating a brochure to distribute to places like senior centers, retirement communities, and other places that arrange trips so that these organizations might look to Sew Many Shows as a resource for exploring local art. 
Sew Many Shows would like to include some images of art quilts in this brochure, so they are inviting MA/ RI SAQA members to submit photos of their quilts for consideration. 
Here is a link to check out their plans (and sign up for their newsletter if you don’t already receive it).  Sew Many Shows  
For information on their upcoming brochure, check out Brochure description.
If you would like one of your quilts to be considered for use in the brochure or if you have questions, please send your photo, name, and contact information to Erica at by Dec. 31.  If your quilt is selected, you will be contacted and asked to fill out a form giving them permission to use it.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

News from Salley Mavor

News from Salley Mavor

SALLEY MAVOR: Once Upon a Stitch
Dec. 12, 2019 – Jan. 26, 2020
Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
Opening Reception: Friday, Dec. 13 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm ~ Artist Gallery Talk at 4:00pm

This exhibition is an opportunity to see the fine detail and 3-dimensional quality of Salley Mavor’s bas-relief sculptural embroideries. A wide selection of her charming hand stitched artwork will be shown, inviting visitors into a world full of childhood wonder. On display are a number of scenes from her award-winning picture book, Pocketful of Posies, as well as other titles from Ms. Mavor’s 25 year career illustrating children’s books. Several of the works in the show are on loan from private collections. The exhibition and accompanying scavenger hunt are sure to appeal to families and anyone with a penchant for miniatures and/or needlework. 

Photo credit – Rob Goldsborough. Detail from Mary Had a Lamb, ©1995

News from Nancy Turbitt

Nancy Turbitt has been selected to present a Lightning Talk at the upcoming SAQA Conference, MoSAiQA, in Toronto, Canada on Friday, March 20th. The annual conference is scheduled next year from March 19 - 22, 2020. "Series Work: Habitat" will illustrate not only how to create and develop a unified theme with art, but will attempt to spark interest in protecting the global and neighborhood habitats around which we live and work.

News from Mary-Ellen Latino

News from Mary-Ellen Latino

2/6-3/20  Mosesian center for the arts  321 Arsenal St.  Watertown, MA 02472
“Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England” 
My quilted piece: GOT EGGS?

Thru 1/5/20 “Connecting our Natural Worlds”
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Tucson AZ

News from Deb Bisacchi

News from Deb Bisacchi

 My husband and I recently downsized and my studio space is now smaller than all the stuff I have to put in it!! (Not yet ready for a photo op.)Even though our living space is smaller the views are now expansive as we are in South Plymouth on a bluff looking over the Bay.  

I am transitioning from traditional quilting to art quilting and it is a challenge that requires baby steps. Right now, I am going through my works-in-progress boxes grabbing anything that may be usable in a different way.  
Here is an example that I want to mount each on a canvas or weathered wood, preferably not my deck (LOL).  

I am also beginning to draw.  I love working in graphite  and am fascinated by facess. Learning portraitureis an interesting and arduous process. My challenge is doing part to whole.  I can now do eyes and ears and mouths, but the composite is not there yet. But, I  love the process. I love learning.  Here is my husband’s eye.  

News from Carol Anne Grotrian

News from Carol Anne Grotrian

I'm teaching at a new venue--Fivesparks, an art center in Harvard, MA. The first workshop is "Silk Scarf Dyeing," introduction to shibori using fiber reactive dyes and indigo on Dec. 7 from 10-3. For more information: I'm planning future workshops there for new and previous students who wish to learn more dye and shibori techniques. I'm also lecturing on indigo at Quilters Connection, followed by workshops on January 17 and 18. 

My quilts have been juried into "Threaded," a February  SDA exhibit at the Arsenal Center for the Arts. I've also been commissioned to create three more quilts for the Mayo Clinic, this time for their facility in Jacksonville, FL.