Saturday, September 22, 2018

SAQA MA/RI Pre-Order Explorations Catalog and Show Announcement


 Pre-Order Explorations Catalog

 and Show Announcement

The MA/RI Regional exhibition, Explorations: Journeys in Creativity: Inside The Quilt Artist's Studio, Part 1, will debut on October 13, 2018 at the New England Quilt Museum (NEQM), 18 Shattuck St, Lowell, MA at 1pm. A MA/RI meeting is planned at NEQM prior to the opening at 12 noon.  PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE IN MEETING TIME!  All are welcome to the meeting as well.

Lightening Talks from five artists will be a part of the opening reception/meeting:

Agusta Agustsson (MA) Intuitive Quilting
Madalene Murphy (MA) Leading Questions: How Did I Get From There to Here?"
Susan V. Polansky (MA) The Many Layers of Photoshop, Quilts, and Meaning
Catherine Whall Smith (CT) “How a Multi-Tasking Fiber Artist Really Works” or, “Getting the piece ready for the Hand Quilting seems like a sedentary activity - BUT IT’S NOT!”
Nancy Turbitt (RI) Solving Problems with Technique
You won't want to miss these interesting Lightening Talks!

Also showing at NEQM will be Susan Carlson, including her amazing crocodile, in the Main Gallery and Salley Mavor's exhibit, "Liberty and Justice: New Artwork by Salley Mavor". Many of you will not want to miss this amazing opening day at NEQM.

The Explorations catalog is finally complete and it is marvelous! Thanks go to the team of Allison Wilbur, Dixie Walker and Jeanne Holtzman for countless hours of work. The full color catalog for "Explorations: Journeys in Creativity: Inside the Quilt Artist's Studio" can be pre-ordered for pick up at the October 13 MA/RI meeting and opening reception at NEQM. The 160 page full color catalog is priced at $24.95 and includes a 6-page section for each of the 24 artists detailing their chosen technique.

The SAQA artist's and their techniques included in the catalog are:

Agusta Agustsson - printing with gelatin plate
Sue Bleiweiss - raw edge fusible appliqué
Ann Brauer - quilt-as-you-go
Diane Cadrain - thread painting and felting
Sue Colozzi - layered fabric collage
Judy Dales - curved piecing
Janis Doucette - eco printing
Diane English - improvisational piecing
Janice Jones - surface embellishment
Mary-Ellen Latino - digital image manipulation and shibori, discharge & vat dyes
Marya Lowe - improvisational piecing
Jeanne Marklin - fabric dyeing
Valerie Maser-Flanagan - improvisational piecing
Sharon McCartney - printing and image transfer
Suzanne Munroe - painting/portraiture
Madalene Murphy - fabric manipulation
Susan V. Polansky - photoshop composition and fabric collage
Wen Redmond - digital photo manipulation and paste mediums
Cheryl Rezendes - surface design and hand embroidery
Diane Sheckells - applique and perle cotton embroidery
Catherine Whall Smith - hand quilting from reverse
Sarah Ann Smith - fused collage
Timna Tarr - applique and machine quilting
Nancy Turbitt - surface design with markers

To preorder, please email how many you want to purchase including your order total to Nancy Turbitt ( by Oct 1. Please bring payment with you to pick up your catalogs at the NE Quilt Museum on October 13, in the form of a check made out to SAQA. No catalogs will be mailed by Allison or Nancy, PICK-UP ONLY at NEQM on October 13.

1 book = $24.95

Sales of the catalog will support future programs and exhibitions in the MA/RI region. If you are unable to pre-order and pick up the catalog at the opening, catalogs will also be available through the New England Quilt Museum gift shop during both segments of the exhibition in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, and part of the proceeds will go to help the museum.

If you can’t pre-order or buy through the museum (remember this is the best way to support our region), the catalog will also be available online through Amazon.  A link will soon be available to order directly from Amazon.

If you have any questions about pre-ordering email Nancy. (

Hope you are as excited as we are about this amazing exhibit and catalog. Please use social media or your blog or website, to get the word of the opening reception and catalog out. See you at the opening!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Thread Sketching Instructor Needed

Thread Sketching Instructor Needed

Sew Pro, a quilt store in Sandwich, MA, is looking for an instructor to teach thread sketching in a one day workshop. If interested please contact Mary Ann Fischer (the owner) at 508 759 2222.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Explorations: Journeys in Creativity: The Artists's Studio Catalog Availability

Explorations: Journeys in Creativity: The Artist's Studio

Part 1
October 3 to December 30, 2018
New England Quilt Museum
Lowell, MA

Catalog Availability

Our second exhibition, Explorations: Journeys in Creativity: The Artist's Studio, Part 1, will debut in October, running from October 3 to December 30, 2018.  The full color catalog for Explorations: Journeys in Creativity: The Quilt Artist's Studio is being finalized. Look for an email coming to you soon with pre-order information. You will be able to order ahead for this amazing catalog, and pick up your order at the meeting or opening reception at NEQM on October 13.

Catalogs will sell for $24.95, and include 6 pages of incredibly detailed information and great full color photos for each of the 24 chosen artists. This is a book full of wonderful information from your colleagues and friends that you all will want to have in your libraries. If you can't pre-order, don't worry, catalogs will also be available for sale at the opening.

Stepping Inside the Outside Debuts at Highfield Hall

"Stepping Inside the Outside" Debuts

Highfield Hall in Falmouth, MA
September 8, 2018 to October 31, 2018

"Sequoias" by Carol Anne Grotrian

A great deal of work by our wonderful Exhibition Committee is coming to fruition this month!  Our current regional show, Stepping Inside the Outside, opens this month on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Highfield Hall, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, MA, and runs until October 31, 2018.
Our congratulations to all of the artists exhibiting! There were 84 entries by 38 artists who applied to the show. Of the 38, 30 artists were chosen. Of the 84, 35 works were chosen by two jurors, Mary Horrocks of Colorado, and Joshua Willis of New Mexico.  In total 37 pieces will hang at Highfield, including one of the juror, Mary Horrocks, and one of the curator, Nancy Turbitt. The other juror's piece by Joshua Willis will hang when the show travels to Bristol Art Museum.  
Highfield Hall is a restored Victorian estate, complete with beautiful outdoor gardens which visitors are encouraged to explore. 
The reception is being held from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2018, following our regional meeting at the Falmouth Art Center, 137 Giffords St., Falmouth, MA, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Admission to Highfield Hall is free this day only, as it is open house for Highland Hall!  Please bring a sack lunch, Show and Tell, and your enthusiasm for our meeting and this special event! 

"Big Wolf - Little Wolf" by Elaine Hickey

In addition to our show, another fiber exhibit curated by "Fiber Arts Now" magazine editor in chief, Marcia Young, entitled “Tapestry in New England and Beyond,” will also be on view.  We suggest you make it a day trip filled with fiber viewing! 
A second venue has also been added to our show, as Stepping Inside the Outside was invited to the Bristol Art Museum in Bristol, RI from February 1 – March 10, 2019.  A former carriage house, the light and airy gallery spaces in this museum promise to provide a unique setting for the quilts in the exhibit.  Both of the jurors for Stepping Inside the Outside, Mary Horrocks and Joshua Willis, will have works on display at this venue as part of the exhibit.
The catalog for the Stepping Inside the Outside exhibit is already available from for $15.. Or you can buy a catalog for $15 at the meeting at the Falmouth Art Center, or the reception at Highfield Hall & Gardens in Falmouth, MA on September 9. 
We can't thank our Exhibition Committee enough!  A special thank you goes to Nancy Turbitt, our chair, who has kept this process on course over the last year.  She has been assisted by Sue Colozzi, Allison Wilbur, Jeanne Holtzman, and Dixie Walker. This team has worked hard to make this an exhibition to be proud of and to enjoy.

"Last Light" by Gwyned Trefethen

Please join us for our September regional meeting at Falmouth Art Center, and then the Artists Reception on Sunday, September 9, 2018.  It promises to be a very special event!

"Branches 6" by Lee Sproull

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Ann Brauer - Resilience

Ann Brauer in Special Feature on Resilience

Ann Brauer's experiences with Tropical Storm Irene, which resulted in her studio (see pink building) floating down the Deerfield River in 2011, and her subsequent rebuilding of her studio, will be included in a special feature on resilience produced by Channel 10 Boston—NECN—to air on September 19, 2018.

Pink Studio

Valerie Maser-Flanagan - Two Venues

Valerie Maser-Flanagan

Work Exhibited at Two Venues

Be sure to catch the work of Valerie Maser-Flanagan at two venues this fall.

The first venue will be at Quilt Visions 2018: Connections, Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles, San Diego, CA, October 20, 2018 to January 6, 2019, ( Her work is titled "The Ground is Shifting".

The Ground Is Shifting by Valerie Maser-Flanagan

The second venue will be at Quilts=Art=Quilts, at Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY, October 27, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Those pieces are titled  "The Energy Between the Spaces" and "The Space Between Our Breath" (

Congratulations, Valerie!

The Energy Between the Spaces by Valerie Maser-Flanagan

The Space Between Our Breath by Valerie Maser-Flanagan

Sunday, August 5, 2018

North Adams Fiber Artists (NAFA): Cross-Section


Eclipse Mill Gallery

243 Union Street, #102

North Adams, MA 01247

September 7 through October 8, 2018

North Adams Fiber Artists (NAFA) is a newly formed group of fiber artists. All are welcome to their meetings and to join them! They will have their inaugural exhibit at the Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams. There are several SAQA members participating.

"Grief" by Jeanne Marklin


Cross-Section, the inaugural exhibition of North Adams Fiber Artists (NAFA), will open at the Eclipse Mill Gallery on September 7 and run through October 8. Presenting contemporary textile art in a former 19th-century cotton mill, these artists demonstrate the ongoing vibrancy and range of the fiber arts in the Berkshires and beyond.

Cross-Section is just that—a diverse survey of NAFA members’ work in fiber. Knitted, crocheted, woven, felted, spun, handdyed, quilted, stitched, wrapped, knotted, hooked—the fiber arts embrace many construction techniques, including some that date back to the earliest stages of civilization. Informed by today’s materials and technologies but still largely executed by hand, textiles can keep us warm, dress us in style, serve as a container, express a personal narrative, or make a political statement.

The exhibition is designed by Arthur De Bow, Curator at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Gallery 51 in North Adams. “In presenting a cross-section of characteristic work by NAFA members, the exhibition invites reflection and conversation on the wide range of fiber arts explored by this group of artists,” he said.

NAFA, a new collaborative network of fiber artists, currently meets in North Adams and is open to anyone in the region who is interested and active in the fiber arts and would like to be connected with kindred spirits.

The opening reception will be Friday, September 7, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The exhibition will be open to the public on weekends, Friday through Sunday, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm., and on Monday, October 8, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Admission is free.

Participating artists: Eva Camacho-Sanchez, Kathline (Kate) Carr, Sharon Costello, Beth Davis, Arthur De Bow, Pat Frik, Randee Laikind, Kichung Lizee, Fern Leslie, Deborah MacDonald, Jeanne Marklin, Linda O’Brien, Brenda Osborn, Eve Pearce, Ann C. Scott, Lee Sproull, Betty Vera

"Tapestry" by Brenda Osborn

"Felted Vessel - 1" by Sharon Costello