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Thursday, May 30, 2019

June 2019 News


I am posting the blog a couple of days early so that those of you who may be interested will have time to plan for the upcoming "Across Borders SDA Meeting".  See 'News from Eve and Roz' in the May 2019 SDA blog post for further information re: parking, etc.

Across Borders SDA Meeting
Sunday, June 2, 2019
2:30 - 4:30pm
Howe Library, in the Murray Room on the lower level
13 South Street
Hanover, NH

On View

June will be busy for Marya Lowe! Consider a visit to the Brownell Library in Essex Junction to view 20 of her art quilts and other fiber pieces, the first of two back-to-back exhibits for her this month. (See below for the other exhibit)

African Bowls II   ©Marya Lowe

Rosalind Daniels highlights her love of abstraction in an exhibit that brings together her art quilts with her photographs. Stunning colors, abstract geometric shapes, and clean lines combine to create a visual display that pops.  As a "recovering mathematician", her work speaks of her eye for line and detail. 

Abstraction in Fiber and Photos

Four Patch and Husk © Rosalind Daniels

On view now through July 6, 2019
Waterbury Public Library
28 N. Main St.
Waterbury, VT


Eve Jacobs Carnahan's sculpture Encroachment will be on display in the Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA. The exhibition features work from artists around the country, each addressing opposition in personalities, nature, qualities, direction, result or significance.


Encroachement ©Eve Jacobs-Carnahan
Handspun yarns, commercial yarn canvas, wire, plumbing components, 11x15x12 inches.

June 12 - July 12, 2019
Attleboro Arts Museum
86 Park Street
Attleboro, MA  02703

Opening Reception: June 15, from 2-4pm

Marya Lowe has been selected to provide a special exhibit at the Vermont Quilt Festival this June. 50 of her quilts will be on display...from the single quilt that ignited her passion for all things "quilt", to her latest work that demonstrates and celebrates that long, sometimes challenging, but always exciting journey.

Journeying from Traditional to Art Quilts: 

Little Did I Know!

Abstract in Aqua and Purple IV - From the Depths   ©Marya Lowe

June 26 - 29, 2019
Champlain Valley Exposition
105 Pearl St. (VT Route 15)
Essex Junction, VT

Festival Hours
Wednesday Awards Ceremony: 6:00pm in Blue Ribbon Pavilion
Wednesday Preview: 7-9:30pm
Thursday: Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 6pm (Quilt exhibits closing at 5pm)

Download the 2019 Class Brochure

Online Class Registration

Four of Elizabeth Fram's shibori-dyed and hand-stitched pieces have gone to The Netherlands for the 2019 Rijswijk Textile Biennial. This is the 6th year this international exhibition has been held at the Rijswijk Museum. The aim of the biennial is to showcase the diversity and ingenuity of contemporary textile art. 22 artists were selected. 

2019 Rijswijk Textile Biennial

June 18 - October 6, 2019
Rijswijk Museum
Rijswijk, Netherlands

Looking ahead to July....

Four VT SDA members, Leslie Roth, Almuth Palinkas, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, and Sharon Webster have put together an exhibit celebrating mixed-media and fiber art. 


July 5 - 27, 2019
26 Pine Street
Burlington, VT

Opening Reception: Friday, July 5, 5-9pm.
Artists' Talk and Poetry: Friday, July 19, 6-8pm.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

May 2019 News

News from Eve and Roz

Our area representatives write:

Our April field trip to the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center to see the collaborative work of Jackie Abrams and Deidre Scherer was great fun.  Not only did we hear from Jackie and Deidre about their work, but we had some interesting conversations about the many ways we make art through fiber-related techniques.  Vermont SDA members got to meet several SDA members from the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts and the western side of New Hampshire.  

We would like to continue those conversations across borders, so we've organized a gathering on Sunday June 2, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, NH.  We'll meet in the Murray Room on the lower level.  This is an opportunity for an informal conversation about fiber art.  Bring your work in progress, finished work to show us what you do, questions about art for discussion, or problems you want help solving.

New Hampshire SDA member Jane Quimby arranged for the meeting space and she informs us that there's parking in a small lot across the street from the front entrance to the library, and a larger lower lot, on the side of the library, off the side street. There is a little street parking in the block the library faces, and more up the street, on the next block toward Main St. Street parking is free on Sundays. Also, there is a public parking lot kitty-corner across from the library.

Kate Dean, the new SDA area rep for New Hampshire will be letting other NH members know about the gathering.
At a glance:
Across Borders SDA Meeting
Sunday, June 2, 2019
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Howe Library, in the Murray Room on the lower level
13 South Street
Hanover, NH

On View

Eight Vermont SDA members, and several from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, took a field trip to the Brattleboro Museum last month to see Jackie Abrams and Deidre Scherer: Connections. Both Jackie and Deidre met us at the museum, treating us to a personal tour of the show. It was fascinating to hear about their collaboration and to learn how their beautiful pieces were created. The show remains up through June 16th, don't miss it!

Jackie Abrams and Deidre Scherer: Connections

"Staggered Gold", collaboration Abrams and Scherer, ©2018, print on cotton paper, wire

March 9 - June 16, 2019
The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
10 Vernon St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Hours: 11-5, daily, Closed Tuesday



Judy Dales' quilts are on exhibit this month alongside the work of Delsie Hoyt (braid) and Amanda Weisenfeld (felt) in St. Johnsbury.

Fiber: No Boundaries

Thin Places ©Judy Dales

Through June 1
430 Railroad St.
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819


Sharon Webster's piece "Scrub Box" is one of 16 pieces included in the current SDA online exhibit Embodiment.

Scrub Box ©Sharon Webster


Eve Jacobs-Carnahan's sculpture And they all cook with cabbage will be on exhibit at Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT, in the show Fault Lines.  In this show, artists explore the social and political fractures that threaten to divide us.  Eve's sculpture addresses the divisions among different ethnic groups and explores the way food can bring them together.  She chose the unremarkable cabbage as her subject and placed it on a bed of international recipes.  The piece references her great-grandparents who came from Eastern Europe and settled in Minnesota, where they lived among people from other parts of Europe.  Regardless of country of origin, it is likely everyone in the community ate cabbage: Irish colcannon, Russian borscht, Polish sweet and sour cabbage rolls.  You can read what Eve wrote about this sculpture a few months ago in her blog

Fault Lines 

And They All Cook With Cabbage ©Eve Jacobs-Carnahan

May 14 - June 29, 2019
201 North Main St.
Barre, VT 05641


After seeing Jackie Abrams and Deidre Scherer's beautiful show Connections at the Brattleboro Museum, you may wish to learn how to make a woven cathead basket. Jackie will be giving a workshop at Snow Farm in Massachusetts later this month.

Blue Twill with Button ©Jackie Abrams

Woven Cathead Baskets
The Road Scholar Crafts Week at Snow Farm
May 12-18, 2019
Williamsburg, MA
Follow this link for further details and to register.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

April 2019 News


Knitted Art: Creative Beginnings and Contemporary Directions

Eve Jacobs-Carnahan will be giving a talk on Monday, April 8, 7:00 - 8:30pm, for the Green Mountain Knitting Guild, showing slides of knitted art from the 1960s to today. She will talk about early abstract art-knitting's emergence in the context of woven fiber art. Then she will show how it grew as artists used knitting to subvert stereotypes of gender, question the value of time, and bring healing to war and poverty. Read about two of the artists whose work Eve will discuss in her February blog post.
The guild is a new organization and is using the talk to reach out to potential new members. This event is open to the public.

Where: Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Ave. Montpelier
When: Monday, April 8, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Also, don't miss Eve's article on Art Knitting on the Fiber Art Network blog.

Next month Karen Henderson will give a presentation about her artwork as part of an exciting evening dedicated to art, music and poetry.

APM Nights! 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019   6 - 8 pm
The Farm Store
168 Main St.
Jeffersonville, VT

Artist: Karen Henderson, Fiber Artist
Musician: Pojazz
Poet: Tony Whedon

River Arts and Sundog Poetry Center are excited to bring back the 3rd annual AMP night series to Lamoille County this spring. During each of these dynamic evenings an Artist, Musician and Poet will share their work through a short series of back-to-back presentations and performances. Informal discussion with audience and artists afterward. Snacks and drinks available. Suggested donation of $10 per person at the door. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

The SDA conference "Beyond the Surface" will be held in St. Louis, MO Oct. 3-6, 2019, in connection with Innovations in Textiles. Among the speakers will be Carissa Carman (multidisciplinary and performance artwork incorporating fabric), Basil Kincaid (references the black cultural tradition via quilting), and Amy Meissner  (incorporates abandoned textiles)

SDA is also offering several one-day workshops on October 2 and 3, including the following:

Wednesday, October 2
  • Amy Meissner: Ghost in the Cloth
  • Kate Anderson: Simply Knotted
  • Laura Foster Nicholson: Your Art Fabrics in Interior Design
  • Jodi Collela: Needle Felted Objects
  • Marianne Baer: Making Sweaters from Sweaters
Thursday, October 3
  • Ann B. Coddington: Sculptural Twining
  • Merill Comeau: Mining our Personal to Recognize our Universal, Autobiographical Storytelling
  • Jodi Collela: Mixed Media Embroidery (Embroidering Imagery on Paper)
  • Jennifer Reis: Idea to Action: Entrepreneurial Mindset Tools for Creative Makers
The conference will include a tour of some of the dozens of fiberart exhibitions that will be on display at galleries, universities, and art centers in the St. Louis area as part of Innovations in Textiles. Click here for a full list of the Innovations in Textiles events
Registration for the SDA Conference is open here

On View

If your travels will take you near Lowell, MA in the coming months, consider a trip to the New England Quilt Museum. Marya Lowe is one of 12 quilt artists who are exhibiting a 30"x 50" art quilt showcasing the signature technique for which their piece was selected. Companion panels explain the techniques used and shows the artist in her studio.

Explorations: Journeys in Creativity - Inside the Quilt Artist's Studio

"Songs in the Night" © Marya Lowe

April 3 - June 23, 2019
New England Quilt Museum
11 Shattuck Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Hours: April: Tues-Sat, 10-4, May-Dec: Tues-Sun, 10-4
Artists' Reception: Saturday, April 6, 1pm

Elizabeth Fram will be exhibiting in Greensboro, VT with Frank Woods and Elizabeth Billings in a show which highlights that despite different approaches, the same underlying formal structures inform work across media. 

The Dialects of Line, Color and Texture

"Caught Red-Handed" ©2019 Elizabeth Fram, 18" x 24"

April 12 - May 26, 2019
2875 Hardwick Street
Greensboro, VT
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 9am-8pm; Sunday, 10:30am-2:30pm; Closed Monday
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 13, 5-7pm

Look for several of Karen Henderson's ethereal pieces this spring at Sterling College

"Replenish" ©2018 Karen Henderson 22"x28", Private Collection, photo:

April 22 - June 15, 2019
Sterling College
16 Sterling Drive
Craftsbury, VT

The show is located in the Berhend Admissions Center
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9-4

Of Note

Consider subscribing to the Fiber Art Network / Fiber Art Now newsletter for current and ongoing information about exhibitions, workshops, etc. It's short and sweet and full of helpful information.
Scroll nearly to the bottom of this link to subscribe.

Friday, March 1, 2019

March 2019 News

On View

See Karen Henderson's work at the TW Wood's current exhibit, a gathering of a varied group of Vermont fiber artists, showcasing a range of techniques and sensibilities toward textiles. More info about the exhibit.

Close to the Cloth

"Byzantine Horses"  ©Neysa Russo

February 7 - March 29, 2019
T.W. Wood Gallery
46 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT
Gallery Hours: Tues. - Sat. 12pm-4pm (or by appointment)
Opening Reception: Thurs. March 7, 5-7pm
Demo Day: Saturday, March 23, 1-3pm

Participating Artists: Barbara Bendix, Karen Henderson, Stephanie Krauss, Skye Livingston, Kate Ruddle, and Neysa Russo.

Sharon Webster will have three mixed-media pieces in the following exhibit

From Natural to Abstraction

"Singing Grass Rack"  ©Sharon Webster  Mixed-media with straw and sheet music

March 1 - May 31, 2019
208 Flynn Avenue, #2-G
Burlington, VT
(the building adjacent to FLYNNDOG, enter last door on lakeside loading ramp)
Gallery Hours: M-F: 10am-10pm, Sat: 10-5pm

Friday, February 1, 2019

February 2019

Save the Date!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

After sending out an exploratory email, our new area SDA reps, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan and Roz Daniels have arranged a field trip to Brattleboro for members.

Deidre Scherer & Jackie Abrams, Clasped Hands, 2018, print on cotton paper, wire, 8"h x 8"w x 13"d

Eve writes:

To enrich the experience of SDA-Vermont members, we are planning a visit to Brattleboro to see the work of Jackie Abrams and Deidre Scherer on Tuesday April 2, 2019. We hope to gain inspiration from their work and to learn more about fiber artists in Vermont. Jackie and Deidre collaborated to create a marvelous series of works that combine stitched portraits with woven basket forms.
Each of these accomplished artists has done beautiful, moving work on her own: Jackie's sensuously shaped woven baskets are made with a myriad of colorful materials; Deidre creates sensitive thread-stitched portraits of elderly people. Work from their collaboration was previously shown at the Mitchell-Giddings Gallery, and you can see some examples at this link.
On April 2 we will visit the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center for a private talk about the exhibit. Jackie and Deidre will both be there to describe their work and to answer questions. Then we will visit Jackie's studio to learn more about her work. We'll continue the conversation with the artists, and with each other, over lunch at a local restaurant.
Our SDA area reps (Eve and Roz) will confirm attendance for the trip in early March, and help arrange carpools to Brattleboro. There will be a small cost for the trip, in addition to lunch. You must be an SDA-Vermont member to attend. 

Tentative Schedule:

11am - BMAC gallery visit
Noon - Visit with Jackie in her studio
1pm - Lunch at a restaurant in Brattleboro - location TBD
2pm - carpool home

Housekeeping Note

If you are a current SDA-Vermont member and would like to include a link to your website and/or blog on our SDA-Vermont blog page, please email me ( with the proper info. Please put "SDA-VT Blog Link" in the subject line.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

January 2019 News

Happy 2019!

Changes are afoot as we head into the new year.

After four years as SDA Area Representative for Vermont, Suzanne Loker is passing the baton to Roz Daniels and Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, who will serve as our new Vermont co-reps.

As liaison between the National organization and Vermont, Suzanne's upbeat emails were filled with news of surface design exhibits and other important information, and were always a delight to read.  Roz and Eve are ready to dive into their new roles with the goal of building on Suzanne's (and previous state rep, Karen Henderson's) hard work. They are looking to create new ways for SDA members to interact with each other, and are currently planning a field trip to a fiber art exhibit and studio in Brattleboro this spring.

Stay tuned for updates and don't forget to keep your SDA membership current in order to participate in any upcoming activities.

Of Note

HAND/EYE Magazine, whose mission is "World. Craft. Culture.", is the world's only journal dedicated to global creativity. It focuses on the work of artists, artisans, designers, and other creatives, unfettered by traditional definitions of art, craft, and design. HAND/EYE is a not-for-profit agency which, in addition to publishing online and in print, also works to support artisans with grants and with business development programs.

Recently, two of our Vermont SDA members published articles about their practices in HAND/EYE.  Click the following links to read
Karen Henderson's article "Fleeting Moments" and
Elizabeth Fram's article "Paying Attention"

Elizabeth Fram's work has been selected to be included in the 2019 Rijswijk Textile Biennial at the Museum Rijswijk in Rijswijk, Holland.  The exhibition will run from June 18 to October 6, 2019. This will be the sixth time the museum has held this international exhibition of textile art. For an impression of previous exhibitions, view the 2017 biennial exhibition here.

Friday, November 30, 2018

December 2018 News

Happy Holidays!

On View

Karen Henderson's newest work will be included in the Winter Exhibit at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery

Illuminate: The Winter Show, Featuring Sam Colt

Return ©Karen Henderson    Photo: Paul Rogers Photography

November 30 - January 31
86 Falls Road
Shelburne, VT
Gallery Hours: Tues - Fri: 9:30-5:30, Sat:10-5
Reception: Friday, Nov. 30, 5-7pm

Eve Jacobs-Carnahan will show a group of sculptures during Montpelier's ArtWalk
Stop by to see Eve's latest work and to talk with her about her next project.

ArtWalk Montpelier

Encroachment, detail   ©2018 Eve Jacobs-Carnahan
hand-spun yarns, commercial yarn, canvas,
wire, plumbing components, 11 x 15 x 12 inches.
Photo credit:

Friday, December 7, 2018, 4-8pm
The show will be at a new ArtWalk venue:
The Law Offices of Stris & Maher, LLP
28 Elm Street, 2nd floor (above the Cheshire Cat)
Montpelier, VT

Take a trip to St. Johnsbury to see the work of 27 New England artists, including Eve Jacobs-Carnahan. Among the work on display is Eve's Knotweed: Not Safe. This piece won the First Place Mary R. Koch Memorial Prize at National Fiber Directions in 2015.

Arts Connect at Catamount Arts

Knotweed: Not Safe   ©2014 Eve Jacobs-Carnahan,
hand-spun and commercial wool yarns, wire, 14 x 18 x 15 inches.
Photo: Jeff Clarke Photography

December 1, 2018 - February 15, 2019
115 Eastern Ave.
St. Johnsbury, Vt
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 4-6pm