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Sunday, May 1, 2016

May News

Member News

New Studio

Karen Henderson celebrated her bright new creative space with an open studio event April 29 & 30.

She will be participating in

The Montpelier Art Walk

Friday, May 6th from 4pm - 8pm
In her new studio at:
46 Barre St.
Montpelier, VT
Basement Studio #1
*Please use entrance on the right side of the building. Go down the stairs; Karen's studio is down the hall on the left.

Visit Montpelier Alive to learn more about all the artists and venues.

Karen will also be attending the first outdoor Capitol City Farmer's Market
with her Inside Out Studio creations
on Saturday, May 7th
9am - 1pm
at Elm and State Streets
Montpelier, VT

Marks and Musings

Marilyn Gillis      "Marks and Musings 6"

Marilyn Gillis will be exhibiting recent mark-making and collage art. The works feature variations on simple black marks on white and bold graphic collages
May 10 - 28, 2016
Axel's Gallery and Frame Shop
5 Stowe Street
Waterbury, VT
Artist Reception: Friday, May 13th 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10-4

Water Journeys in Art & Poetry

Dianne Shullenberger and poet Mary Jane Dickerson will discuss their recent collaboration, a powerful union of words and images unfolding between the pages of their book, Water Journeys in Art & Poetry
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Bridgeside Books
29 Stowe Street
Waterbury, VT

"Material Matters" Artists Selected

Eve Jacobs-Carnahan     "Shorebird Peril"

The following SDA Vermont member artists will be exhibiting at Frog Hollow State Craft Center during the month of June in the SDA Vermont group exhibition "Material Matters".

Judy Dales of the Exhibition Committee offered the following comment: 
"This exhibit presents an exciting sampler of the work being done by fiber artists today: baskets with unusual surface treatments; knitted sculpture, both thought provoking and whimsical; quilted works ranging from complex subtle designs to bold, graphic work; woven wearables to wall weavings; hand painged and dyed fiber pieces; and imaginative assemblages made from both fiber and natural objects. The items in this exhibit cross boundaries, sometimes obviously fiber work, other times mixed media, thus truly representing the broad range of surface design today."

Exhibit dates will be June 1 - 28, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

April News

Lots to read and absorb this month, especially Suzanne Loker's recap of her recent trip to South Africa...enjoy!

Special request: My goal is to upload posts on the first of each month. Please keep in mind that while I aim to accommodate every news item, sending them to me at the last minute can be challenging. I would greatly appreciate it if you could try to plan ahead and send your news so that I have at least several days at the end of the month to get it uploaded. Many thanks! - Betsy

Calls for Entry

Don't forget that submissions for "Visionary Conspiracy" are due May 1st. The full prospectus can be viewed on the Visionary Conspiracy page to be found in the sidebar to your right. Also, arrangements have been made for Southern Vermont members to drop off work with Jackie Abrams in Brattleboro; details on the prospectus page.

"Area Artists Show" at the Chandler
Once again Chandler Gallery will host its perennially popular "Area Artists Show", to run April 30 - June 11. Area artists and crafts people are invited to submit one example of their recent best work to be included in the exhibit. 
"Area Artists" are defined loosely as those from Central Vermont east of the Green Mountains - the primary region that Chandler serves.

Work will be accepted Sunday, April 24, 4-6pm and Monday, April 25 6-7:30pm
Small participation fee of $10 to cover advertising and reception expenses.
Chandler Gallery takes a 30% commission on any sold work, though work may be submitted that is not for sale. Please do not submit works that have been shown in Chandler Gallery in the past. 
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 6-8pm
Exhibit Runs April 30 - June 11
Regular gallery hours: Fridays: 3-6pm, Saturday and Sundays: 12-3pm

Save the Dates!

Exciting news - Karen Henderson has a new Studio! located at The Center for Arts and Learning (CAL) in Montpelier. CAL is home to organizations such as The Monteverdi Music School, The Summit School, The T.W. Wood Gallery and several businesses and artist/writer/musician studios. With spring here, it's been a perfect time to purge, re-organize and start to get settled into this new creative space. White there is much more to be done, a celebration is still in order. Please Save the Dates for an Open Studio and stop by! There will be art (finished and in progress), hopefully a loom dressed with 70/2 linen, and a wicked good spring cleaning sale on some art & art supplies...for anyone who is a fan of Karen's Inside Out Studio market works, there will be some pre-market season deals there too!

Open Studio Celebration
April 29 & 30
The Center for Arts and Learning
46 Barre Street, Montpelier
Basement Studio 1
*Follow signs posted at the doors*

Artwork Selected for Publication

With Thanks to the Mud Season Review Staff, two of Karen's pieces: Willing and Peripheral, have been published in conjunction with this month's Issue #18 Fiction feature piece "How I Found God in the Laundromat" by author Sam Gridley. The Mud Season Review is an international literary journal run by members of the Burlington Writers Workshop, a free writing workshop based in Vermont. They publish monthly: one story, one substantial poem or protfolio of poems, one essay or piece of narrative nonfiction, and visual art. The online journal showcases these individual works and their authors for a full month, by featuring interviews with the authors, inviting them to read their work, and offering them a virtual place within our workshop community. Print journals began in April 2015.

Art in Embassies

That First Peony  by Elizabeth Fram  
photo credit: Paul Rogers Photography

Elizabeth Fram's piece "That First Peony" was selected by curator Imtiaz Hafiz to be included in an exhibition at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Riga, Latvia as part of the Art in Embassies (AIE) program. AIE falls under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and was created in 1963 to curate exhibitions of original artwork by American artists in the residences of the United States Ambassadors worldwide.  For five decades, Art in Embassies has played a leading role in U.S. public diplomacy through a focused mission of vital cross-cultural dialogue and understanding through the visual arts and dynamic artist exchange.


Please enjoy SDA Vermont Rep Suzanne Loker's recap of her recent trip to South Africa, including an invitation extended to all of you by the South African Quilt Association to submit work to the "Siyadala Quilt Festival - July 2017". Read on!

Inspirations from South Africa

by Suzanne Loker

Cape Town Suburb 

Cape Town Public Art
For SDA VT travelers, I recommend South Africa--I was lucky to travel there the past two years in January/February. I was a member of a research team focused on socially responsible apparel production. The South African apparel industry is in disarray, first from the sanctions of Apartheid and its lifting, and then from the globalization of the industry seeking low-wage labor. Some groups are working to reestablish the national industry with socially responsible practices as their competitive advantage. This was a primary focus in my former life as a college professor. 

Happily, I stayed a few days extra each year to do some touring and to meet some fiber artists! As I was going to spend the extra time on my own, I googled “fiber artists South Africa” for some names and contact information. I found several organizations representing and promoting fiber artists and sent an introductory email. The first year Jenny Hearn showed me around some galleries in Johannesburg and introduced me to her work as an artist (see and as one of the South African curators of a 2014 collaborative traveling exhibit focusing on Mandela. Michigan State University museum curator, Marsha MacDowell, organized the exhibit of US members of the 
Women of Color Quilters Network and South African fiber artists. You can view the US artists’ pieces HERE.

Some of the South African pieces were representational, incorporating Mandela’s image such as Sheila Walwyn’s "The Long Walk is Over".

"The Long Walk is Over"    by Sheila Walwyn

Others were more abstract such as Jenny Hearn’s "It is In Your Hands Now".

"It's is In Your Hands Now"    by Jenny Hearn

Another collaborative exhibit is underway this year to celebrate Desmond Tutu and several of the fiber artists I met will be part of that exhibit too.

Learning about the country through the Apartheid Museum, Soweto tour, and talking with South Africans, I was inspired by the cultural meanings and messages in the fabric artists’ work. This year in Cape Town, I was treated to a tea with seven artists who brought their work to show! I had asked for recommendations of galleries where fiber art was exhibited. Since fiber art is not in galleries yet (one gallery has now agreed to exhibit), they decided to bring the art to me. I was overwhelmed with the energy and enjoyment the group exuded, as well as by their art. Quite a few seemed to layer stitching/embroidery and bead/ribbon embellishments on top of pieced and appliquéd work. Many of the works represented events and natural history of South Africa such as the fires in the mountains near Cape Town in the near past, volcanoes, the Big Five animals viewed in safaris (lion, elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, and water buffalo), and their national struggles with Apartheid. Very inspiring to me who is seeking methods to infuse my work with meaning. Below are several of the works by women I met.

"Freedom of Speech"    by Susan Wessels

 "Angry about Aids 4 – A Chink of Light"   by Margie Garrent

"Volcano 2"      by Jenny Hearn 

Siyadala Quilt Festival – July 2017
Every other year the South African Quilt Association sponsors an exhibit and invites international artists to submit. They have a category for contemporary art quilts. My new friends would be delighted if some of you were to submit…the challenge will be the shipping, but my contact, Jenny Hearns, has agreed to oversee and coordinate these details for you. Look at the website for more information, noting that it will be updated regularly.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March News

Recent Survey Results:

To date, our state rep Suzanne Loker has received very limited response to the survey she emailed recently. If you haven't already, please consider filling it out. She will discuss the results in her mid-month newsletter.

So far, the question regarding whether to list exhibitors who are not SDA members in this blog's announcements is split down the middle, with equally strong opinions stressed on both sides of the issue. Therefore, the most even-handed solution seems to be to let the decision rest with each individual as she submits a news item.

You do NOT have to include the names of fellow exhibitors who are not SDA members if that is your preference. If you DO want to include the names of non-SDA exhibitors, please double-check the spelling of those names before submitting. 

ONLY SDA members will have links to their websites attached to their names in the listing.
Please remember that all info submitted for inclusion to the blog must be complete (dates, address, phone #'s, etc.)

On View:

Dianne Shullenberger's piece "Pink Sky at Night" is part of the exhibition FOCUS: Fiber 2016, at the Kent State University Museum from February 12 - July 3, 2016.

"Pink Sky at Night" by Dianne Shullenberger

Should your travels take you near Kent, Ohio this spring or early summer, this promises to be an interesting show.

Dianne's work can also be seen locally in the solo exhibit

"Circular Earth" Natural Object Collage
"Eucalyptus" by Dianne Shullenberger

March 5 - April 29, 2016
Spotlight Gallery Vermont Arts Council
136 State Street
Montpelier, VT

Reception: Friday, March 11, 4-7pm

"Circular Earth" is a series of twenty collages that use natural objects. These objects are manipulated so that every collage presents them in a new form.

Call for Entry:

Material Matters
Open to members of the Surface Design Association Vermont chapter.
Deadline: April 1, 2016

As a result of sending out our portfolio earlier in the year, we have been offered a show at Frog Hollow Craft Center on Church Street in downtown Burlington. This show coincides with The Discover Jazz Festival for the first two weeks of June. It is expected that over 100,000 people will pass through the gallery during this time. 
The opening of the show will be Friday, June 3, 2016 from 5-8pm during First Friday Art Walk in Burlington.

To view the prospectus, click on Material Matters under the heading "Additional Pages" at the top of the blog sidebar on the right.

Monday, February 1, 2016

February News

Here's what's happening this month....

On View:

Vermont Artists on Exhibit

Featuring diverse artwork by 6 Vermont artists, including SDA Vermont members Judy Dales and Karen Henderson.
Also exhibiting: Kari Meyer, Gary Mylik, Frank Peabody, and Daryl V. Storrs
Woodstock Dentistry Gallery
2174 Max Markham Way, Suite 2B
Woodstock, VT

Intimacy + Materiality
"SPAWN", 2014 and "Blast I", 2012      by Jodi Colella

An exhibit that considers and employs the specific histories of cloth and material culture within the respective contemporary practices of 13 artists. Including the work of SDA members Jodi Colella (MA) and Elizabeth Fram.
Also exhibiting: Sarah Amos, Mike Andrews, Emily Barletta, Liz Collins, Wylie Sofia Garcia, Amy Honchell, Jeffrey Jenkins, J. Morgan Puett, Rebecca Purcell, Kathleen Schneider, and Fraser Taylor
January 22 - April 10, 2016
Helen Day Art Center
90 Pond Street
Stowe, VT

Mitchell・Giddings Fine Arts

"Autumn" by Jackie Abrams

As gallery artists, work by Jackie Abrams and Karen Kamenetzky can be seen at
Mitchell ・Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT

Black, White, Read All Over, detail    by Elizabeth Fram

This group show features the work of over 20 Vermont artists, including Elizabeth Fram, where "viewers will be taken beyond the banality of the decay to a place where remarkable beauty lies within discarded gems rescued from waste."
January 30 - March 19, 2016
Chandler Gallery
71-73 Main Street
Randolph, VT

On the Surface

An exhibition of work by 8 Vermont members of the Surface Design Association
Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Rosalind Daniels, Judy Dales, Elizabeth Fram, Marilyn Gillis, Karen Henderson, Marya Lowe and Almuth Palinkas.
January 8 - April 3, 2016
Bridges Resort Gallery
202 Bridges Circle
Warren, VT

Mid-installation images by Judy Dales and Marya Lowe

Call for Entries:

Visionary Conspiracy
at Studio Place Arts, Barre VT
Members of the Surface Design Association Vermont chapter are invited to apply for inclusion in Studio Place Arts' July/August exhibition, which intends to incite compassion and beauty through deploying fiber artists to craft "extreme examples of exquisiteness" with threads, textiles, wool, needles and looms. 
Interested artists should submit proposals to Eve Jacobs-Carnahan at by May 1, 2016.
To join the SDA, visit

Baskets for a Cause
Jackie Abrams will be teaching a class on crocheting with plastic bags on February 10th and 24th, with proceeds going to Groundworks Food Shelf.  See more

Karen Henderson has been awarded a partial Merit Scholarship to attend an Artist Residency this winter at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.

The Vermont Studio Center is the largest international residency program in the US, hosting more than 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world.


As part of the Marble House Residency she attended last fall, Karen was among several artist residents interviewed by WBTN radio host Thomas Lawrence Toscano of The Listening Shires program on radio station 1370AM out of Bennington, VT. Karen writes, "It was an honor to be a guest on the program with artist Jeanette Ehlers. The host, Thomas, is a natural and engaging conversationalist."

Follow this link to listen

Friday, January 1, 2016

January News

Happy New Year!

Current SDA VT Exhibit:

'On the Surface'
Artwork by members of SDA Vermont in connection with Valley Arts Foundation
Surfacing I                    Marya Lowe

The Bridges Resort
January 8 - April 3
202 Bridges Circle
Warren, VT
Open 7am - 10pm, seven days a week
For further info:
Participating Artists: Roz Daniels, Elizabeth Fram, Marilyn Gillis, Karen Henderson, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Marya Lowe, Almuth Palinkas and Judy Dales.

There is still time to see 
Marilyn Gillis' 
mixed media pieces 
'Annual Holiday Group Exhibition'
Exuberance                 Marilyn Gillis

Axel's Gallery and Frame Shop
until January 9th
5 Stowe St.
Waterbury, VT
Tues - Fri: 11-7, Sat: 11-3

Call for Entries:

Future Exhibition opportunities for Vermont SDA members 
     -- stay tuned for details

      Frog Hollow Gallery, Burlington; Submission deadline: April 1, 2016; Exhibit dates: month of June, 2016.
      Studio Place Arts, Barre: Submission Deadline: May 1, 2016; Exhibit dates: July 26-Aug. 27, 2016. This exhibit is part of a larger fiber event planned for the city of Barre. The theme will be artists, fiber artists in particular, combating negative world forces (terrorism, hate, violence, etc) with the beauty and comfort of fiber.
      Chaffee Art Center, Rutland; Submission Deadline: TBA; Exhibit dates: Month of November, 2016.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December News

Happy Holidays!

We have 3 SDA members participating in Montpelier's December Art Walk, December 4, 2015

Roz Daniels
'Quilted Art'
Exploring pattern, color, texture and delightful, recognizable motifs through playful and modern design
Throughout December (except 12/24 & 25)
Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Local 64
43 State Street, 2nd Floor (above Asiana Restaurant)
Montpelier, VT
Opening Reception: December 4, 5-8pm

Leslie Roth & Noam Hessler
Leslie Roth

Leslie Roth and Noam Hessler, mother and son, will be exhibiting mixed media sculpture and ink drawings depicting fantastical creatures.

Noam Hessler

Friday, December 4 from 4-8pm
at Myles court Barber Shop
25 East State St.
Montpelier, VT
Please Note: The show is for one evening only 

Almuth Palinkas
October 6 - December 31, 2015
Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm
The Governor's Gallery
Pavilion Office Building, 5th Floor
109 State St., Montpelier, VT
Photo ID required for admission
Art Walk Reception: December 4, 4-7pm

Also on view in December: 
Marilyn Gillis 
mixed media pieces 
'Annual Holiday Group Exhibition' 

Axel's Gallery and Frame Shop
until January 9th
Artist Reception: Friday, December 4, 6-8pm
5 Stowe St.
Waterbury, VT
Tues - Fri: 11-7, Sat: 11-3
Call for Entries:
'Winter as Prism or Prison'
The Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon, VT is accepting submissions for the 'Winter as Prism or Prison' juried exhibit.  
Exhibit dates: January 15 through March 26, 2016.
Jurors are notable Vermont artists Wendy Copp, Maurie Harrington and Mary Fran Lloyd.
Deadline is December 4.
The submission guidelines are available at or via

Chandler Gallery seeks submissions of work made from found and re-purposed materials, asking "How does the re-imagining of salvaged parts come together in your work?"
Deadline: December 9 
Chandler Gallery, Randolph
For further info:

The Vermont SDA Exhibition Committee has been busy setting up future exhibition opportunities for Vermont SDA members. 
The deadline for the 2016 show at Bridges Resort Gallery in Warren has passed, but stay-tuned for upcoming submission details for the following shows:

      Frog Hollow Gallery, Burlington; Submission deadline: April 1, 2016; Exhibit dates: month of June, 2016.
      Studio Place Arts, Barre: Submission Deadline: May 1, 2016; Exhibit dates: July 26-Aug. 27, 2016. This exhibit is part of a larger fiber event planned for the city of Barre. The theme will be artists, fiber artists in particular, combating negative world forces (terrorism, hate, violence, etc) with the beauty and comfort of fiber.
      Chaffee Art Center, Rutland; Submission Deadline: TBA; Exhibit dates: Month of November, 2016.

SDA Grants Available to members:
Click here for complete information 

Personal Development Grant: To support SDA members' creative development, scholarship & research. Deadlines: March 1, October 1

Socially Engaged Practices Grant: To promote the use of art & design skills to advance positive social change that benefits underserved communities or demographics. Deadlines: June 1, December 1 


to Karen Henderson 
whose work was included on the set of the Norwegian film Louder than Bombs, which was screened last month at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington.