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Thursday, April 30, 2015

May News

Calls for entry are beginning to roll in for upcoming summer and fall shows
See below for some exciting opportunities.

Don't forget to put Judy Dales' solo show Ahead of the Curve at the Shelburne Museum on your list for this summer. The opening reception is Wednesday June 24, 2-4pm.
Would any of you who were able to make it to the Gathering Threads: Contemporary Fiber Art exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum be willing to share your impressions? Please consider writing a blog post about it. Your "review" would be most welcome!

On to this month's news...

Rosalind Daniel's piece "Rounds" was featured on the cover of the April issue of Art Map Burlington. 


This piece is included in the current show Interpreting the Surface, featuring 8 Vermont members of SDA. 

Interpreting the Surface 
April 17, 2015 - May 26, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday April 17, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery
86 Falls Road
Shelburne, VT

Click here to read the recent review in 7 Days

Call for Entries
Waterbury Arts Fest   
Friday July 10th and Saturday July 11th, 2015
Check out the Waterbury Arts Fest website for an artist application. 
Deadline is extended to May 15th  
The event is held on Stowe St. in Waterbury. Growing every year and drawing more and more people, the Friday night concert and beer garden features Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, in addition to delicious local microbrew.  Saturday is packed with great music, local food and beautiful artwork from area artists and crafts people. 
Always looking to diversify and expand the arts component by bringing in new artists to keep the show exciting for the folks who return every summer.

Call for Entries
a Fiber Exhibition at 'some things looming' gallery

Applications due July 11, 2015

Call for Entries
CraftForms 2015
$8,000+ in Awards
Deadline for entries: September 10, 2015
More information:
Online application:
All work must have been completed within the past two years and may not have been exhibited at Wayne Art Center previously.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April News

April proves to be yet another busy month with plenty of exhibitions to choose from and other membership accomplishments to acknowledge. Consider attending one of the art openings mentioned below - it's a great way to see the breadth of work being created by our members, as well as providing an opportunity to touch base with each other and do a bit of networking. I think we're all ready to emerge from our studios after this long winter!

Thank you to everyone for sending in such complete entries, making my job much quicker. I am organizing these announcements in chronological order to make it easier for you to scan down and see what might mesh with your personal calendar. Stay in touch and please share your news so we can highlight it in May.

Karen Henderson will be one of 4 artists whose work will be featured in the upcoming show

April 10, 2015 - June 20, 2015Opening Reception: Friday April 10, 5-8pm
Vermont Metro Gallery
BCA Center
135 Church St.
Burlington, VT 05401

Celebrate the beauty of the Vermont landscape through a collection of work that reinterprets our connection with a place over time. By using a particular place as inspiration each artist is unveiling nature's ever changing beauty through the focused and repetitive study. Through this exploration we can witness the changing landscape and the artist's changing point of view. Featuring work by Karen Henderson, Jill Madden, Joe Salerno and Gowri Savoor.
Karen is also excited to announce that the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT has acquired another of her artworks. "March Fog" will join her other fiber/mixed media pieces in their permanent art collection.

"March Fog" 

Eve Jacobs-Carnahan  was recently interviewed by the Wichita Eagle, newspaper in conjunction with the 2015 National Fiber Directions Exhibition, currently on view at the Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS.  Read the article here.

Her piece, "Knot Weed: Not Safe", is featured on their website and in publicity materials for the show. Not only is this a tribute to her beautiful work, but also a great example of the benefit of using a professional photographer.   

Eve will also have work in the upcoming exhibit 

Going Fishing 
April 14, 2015 - May 15, 2015 
Studio Place Arts 
201 N. Main Street
Barre VT

"Summer Sketchbook: Ocean Catch"

For her piece "Summer Sketchbook: Ocean Catch", Eve knit layers of fabric and lace to extend the feeling and memories evoked by her mother's pen and ink drawing of a fishing shack.

Jackie Abrams, Rosalind Daniels, Elizabeth Fram, Marilyn Gillis, Catherine Hall, Karen Henderson, Karen Kamenetzky, and Dianne Shullenberger create cohesion through diversity in this upcoming exhibit featuring their work

Interpreting the Surface 
April 17, 2015 - May 26, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday April 17, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery
86 Falls Road
Shelburne, VT

Judy Dales has the very exciting news of an upcoming solo show that will be on exhibit at the Shelburne Museum throughout the spring, summer and into the fall.

Ahead of the Curve
May 1, 2015 - October 15, 2015
Opening Reception: Wednesday June 24, 2-4pm
The Shelburne Museum
6000 Shelburne Road
Shelburne, VT 05482

"Garden Pearls"                               

Mark your calendars!  This year's VCC Spring Conference "The Creative Spark!" is scheduled for May 2nd from 10am - 4pm, with keynote presentation by Marianne Mullen.   
You can find full details and registration info here.

Finally, April is National Volunteer Month. If you're interested in finding a way to give some your time toward the arts, this site has some excellent ideas.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Some days it may seem like there's no end to winter, but with March comes plenty of member news and options for shaking cabin fever.

Dianne Shullenberger and poet Mary Jane Dickerson presented their collaborative book Water Journeys in Art and Poetry through the OLLI series at UVM earlier this month. The book consists of images of Dianne's fabric collages, depicting scenes of bodies of water in Vermont and Michigan as they journey toward the Atlantic, paired with Mary Jane's poetry that relates specifically to each collage. Copies can be acquired through Sun Dog Poetry , at Phoenix Books, or directly from Dianne

Art Show

Roz Daniels has work included in the Chaffee Art Center's current show "a love of art", on view from February 27 - March 28, 2015.



Jackie Abrams is currently in Australia! You can catch up with her activities on her blog: Australia - Textiles, Travels, and Teaching.

Karen Henderson reports that The University of Vermont Medical Center has acquired two of her pieces for their permanent art collection. The pieces are "Early Spring" and "Meadow". They are two examples of her different approaches in her work - one more recognizably landscape inspired, the other more of an abstract interpretation.

"Early Spring"



Elizabeth Fram's solo show COLOR|stories is on view at the Waterbury Congregational Church from March 1 - 30, 2015, Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:30am - 4:30pm. 8 North Main St., Waterbury Village. Artist Talk: Sunday March 15, 2pm



Eve Jacobs-Carnahan and Elizabeth Fram will both have work in the upcoming National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2015 at the Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas,  March 27 - May 10, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Call for Entries: SDA Members' Catalog and Exhibition

Materialities: Contemporary Textile Art, Surface Design Association International Exhibition 2015
Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts 
Surface Design Association International Juried Exhibition
Sandra J. Blain Galleries
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA
August 27 - October 31, 2015

CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:  Members of Surface Design Association are invited
to submit work for a juried catalog from which works will be selected for
 1st International Juried Members' exhibition  
Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts at Arrowmont Galleries,
August - October 2015
Further information on SDA website here
View complete information via Submission Guidelines pdf here 
View and apply to call in CaFE here

  • February 18 – April 15 / Call-for-Entries through CaFE
  • June 1 / Notification of acceptance for catalog and exhibition
  • August 7 / Work selected for Materialities due at Arrowmont
  • August 27 / Materialities opens at Arrowmont Gallery
  • October 1 / Print copies of catalog available
  • October 8 / Materialities opening reception / Curator talk
  • October 8 – October 11 / Made/Aware intensive at Arrowmont
  • October 31 / Materialities closes / unsold works returned

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Flat Iron Exchange - Coffeehouse + Local Talent

Cynthia Lee Bowler has a large body of her new textile artwork on exhibit at:

Flat Iron Exchange
51 the Square
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Open Daily 6am - 9pm

The show runs November 21, 2014 - February 18, 2015
Opening Reception:
This Friday, November 21st, 5:30pm 

The Flat Iron Exchange is a great new coffee shop ~ warm and cozy, featuring local music, art, coffee, baked goods and a wonderful community ~ Come on out and enjoy!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

SOFA Chicago 2014

Cashing in on one of the many perks of having a grown child who lives in Chicago, my husband and I scheduled a visit with her to coincide with SOFA Chicago 2014.

It goes without saying that being in a gigantic exhibition space, with jaw-dropping work from more than 70 international galleries, bordered on sensory overload. But one gets into a rhythm navigating among the displays and the many observers, and soon becomes swept up in the sheer visual luxury of such an exhibition. 

It’s no exaggeration to say that much of the work was mind-boggling in its intelligence and expertise of craftsmanship.

Anthea Walsh (detail) 2014  Hand embroidery, cyanotype print on linen
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Unfortunately photography was prohibited so I took a ton notes instead, and actually found it quite liberating to be able to just absorb the work, without the crutch of a camera as interpreter. 

In lieu of those missed photos, I’ve scanned images from gallery booklets and web-links to give you an idea of what caught my eye.

While mulling over my notes afterward, it occurred to me that there was a recurring theme: many artists excelled at combining disparate materials, accomplishing a seamless pairing in such a way that a new “conversation” was begun which traversed the traditional confines of media. 

The elegant silver and silk jewelry of Jeonghye Park, 
which I mistook for blown glass upon first glance.

Trap_1, 2013  Hand-dyed silk, 925 silver, copper

Initially I was disappointed that there was comparatively little fiber work displayed, and the art seemed to be overwhelmingly weighted toward glass. However, it soon became apparent that references to the techniques and materials used within a textile practice were common, even among works that contained no fiber. Again, many of these pieces stressed the interaction and coupling of materials one wouldn’t usually expect to find together. 

The upper half of Michael Bauermeister’s sculpture 
appeared to have been laced together.
Negative Space,  maple, aluminum, stainless steel, lacquer
34 x 8 x 8

A wooden bowl by Thomas Hopkins Gibson
a wood-turner who uses silver to mimic stitches to “repair” 
the natural cracks and faults in the “green” wood used in his pieces.

Whether intentional or not, I think this ongoing allusion to fiber art in general, and stitching in particular, speaks well to the power of textiles. It also acknowledges, regardless of medium,  how deeply ingrained the intrinsic techniques embraced through textiles are in the psyches of many artists.

   Stitched Bottle I, (MD2) Maple, silver, silk, 25cm

And be sure to check out the full-scale elephant masks 
made of wood sections that are stitched together.
 Unfortunately I wasn't able to transfer an image to this blog, 
The delight of discovering these unexpected pairings of seemingly incongruous materials via a serious nod to the techniques we textile artists rely upon, left me feeling quite inspired by the possibilities that reside in stretching beyond the predictable, while still remaining loyal to the roots of fiber traditions. It's a virtual goldmine of artistic potential. 
The challenge is to bring this idea back to the studio and to see where it leads. 
- Elizabeth Fram 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

TextileArt around the World

Waterbury Center member Elizabeth Fram has had her work included in the newly published book "TextileArt around the World" by Ellen Bakker of the Netherlands.

Featuring over 800 photographs of the art of 160 international artists, this is a unique collection of a great variety of textile art joined together in one book. ‘TextileArt around the world’ is the international sequel to ‘Textile is alive!’, which is an earlier publication displaying works from Dutch and Belgian textile artists. Each page is a new introduction to an artist.

(above image: "Detail of Transcendent Eclosion" by Elizabeth Fram) 
Sounds like inspiring winter reading!!! To purchase your copy, click here.