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Thursday, September 26, 2019

October 2019 News

On View

Stop by the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center in Burlington to see work by Eve Jacobs-Carnahan and Sharon Webster. The exhibit will be up through the fall and can be seen during most Flynn performances, during gallery receptions, and by appointment.

SEABA Art Hop Juried Show 2019

"Hand Stitched" by Sue Webster
Amy E. Tarrant Gallery
September 6, 2019 through the fall
153 Main Street, The Flynn Center
Burlington, VT

"Red Stone Parallax" by Jackie Abrams

Jackie Abrams' work will be on view in separate venues in New York, NY and Bowling Green, KY this fall. Be sure to check Jackie's website for further details should your travels take you to either of those cities.

Calls for Entry

Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England

The Call for Entry for the SDA New England Regional show is currently available online. 
Artists who are members in good standing with the Surface Design Association and are residents of
Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island are welcome to apply.

The deadline is November 1, 2019.

Important Dates:
11/1/19: Call Deadline
11/15/19: Announce Selected Artists
2/1/20: Art Received By
2/6/20: Exhibition Opens
3/14/20: Opening Reception
3/20/20: Close
3/21/20: Art Pick Up

Small Expressions 2020

The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. has sent out a call for Small Expressions 2020.
Follow the above link for full details on their website.

Entry deadline is January 29, 2020
Juror: Anastasia Azure
Venue: July - August, 2020
UT Downtown Gallery, Knoxville, TN


"Exhibition in Print: Soft Borders" is now available.

SDA announces "Soft Borders" the Fall 2019 International Exhibition in Print. Juried by Monika Auch and Elizabeth Kozlowski, this edition features seven award winners as well as twenty featured artists from all over the world.

Friday, August 30, 2019

September 2019 News

Happy (almost) Fall Everyone!

Here's hoping your summer evolved exactly the way you wished it would.
I think we were quite lucky this year weather-wise, and I trust you will have colorful memories to carry forward and perhaps inspire your work in the cooler months ahead.


Thierry Mugler Couturissme at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, exhibit ends September 8th

Please be in touch with news of your upcoming events so I can be sure to pass on the word!
I publish blog posts by the first of each month and greatly appreciate you sending your complete news to me at least a week to 10 days before the end of the month, allowing me time to give it the attention it deserves.

What I need from you:
  • title of event
  • name of venue, with link
  • address
  • dates
  • Reception date and time, if relevant
  • image, with title
  • any other pertinent info and links

Calls for Entry

Check these links for upcoming calls and submission information:

Fiber Art Network Exhibition and Submission Opportunities

SAQA Calendar

CAFÉ Calls


Highland Center for the Arts
2875 Hardwick St.
Greensboro, VT

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

August 2019 News

Are you thinking ahead to fall with a goal to learn something new?

Upcoming Workshops

Blue Stone Stories by Jackie Abrams

If you are interested in basketry techniques, consider taking a workshop with Jackie Abrams. Her teaching schedule into 2021 is available on her website. She will be giving a variety of workshops in various locations around the United States and, this September, in the UK.
Travel and the chance to learn from a master, a wonderful combination!


Closer to home...

The Helen Day Art Center is offering an embroidery workshop this October
Instructor: Jodi Colella
Mixed Media Embroidery
Saturday, Oct. 26 - Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019
9:30-4:30pm with an hour for lunch
$350 (member) | $375 (non-member)
Register here. Scroll page. There was a similar workshop offered in the spring so keep scrolling to register for the fall workshop.

Explore the many ways that fiber arts can be transformed from the traditional to the contemporary. Students will learn many methods of stitching, weaving, sewing, and other things related to fiber. Discussion of materials, color theory, and the history of fiber are included as we begin with a solid foundation of exercises. Group critiques, individualized instruction, and demonstrations are included No drawing skills are required. Materials list provided.

Friday, June 28, 2019

July 2019 News

Happy Summer!
We finally made it!

On View

As mentioned last month, Sue Webster, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Leslie Roth, and Almuth Palinkas will present new work in the exhibit "Cadence", sensual and 3-dimensional fiber art with rhythm and flow at The Space Gallery in Burlington.  

Please watch this short promotional video (courtesy of Eve) that highlights each artist talking briefly about her contribution.


Sharon Webster

July 5 - 27, 2019
S.P.A.C.E. Gallery
266 Pine Street
Burlington, VT

Opening Reception: Friday, July 5th, 5-9pm
"Artists on Cadence", short art talk and poems: Friday, July 19th, 6-8pm


Eve Jacobs-Carnahan will give a talk titled

"Art Knitting: Creative Beginnings and Contemporary Directions"

Friday, July 12 at 5:30pm.
Must Love Yarn
2438 Shelburne Rd, Ste 2
Shelburne, VT 05482

This free talk is part of the yarn store's kick-off party for the Great Northern Yarn Haul. In the presentation, Eve will demonstrate how artists have been making serious art using knitting for decades. You'll learn about Mary Walker Phillips' innovative abstract knitting in the 1960s and find out how other early experimenters, like Katharine Cobey, spread the idea of art knitting. Discover how art knitting exploded in the 1990s. In her slide talk, Eve will discuss how artists have used knitting to address gender stereotypes, conceptions of domesticity, environmental issues, mass consumerism and community.
Further information about the talk
Must Love Yarn's Event Page

Exhibition Opportunity

The Glen Arbor Arts Center in Michigan is holding a call for entries for

Fiber without Borders | A Juried Exhibition

Open to: 2D and 3D media including wool, thread, fabric, plastic, paper, wood, shredded plastic shopping bags, bamboo, reeds, telephone wire, simple metal wire, fruit skins, and more. Encouraging the use of technology, slow cloth, traditional or non-traditional materials, and eco-friendly materials in the creation of entries, but no perishable organic material.

Exhibition Dates: September 13 - November 7, 2019
Online Application Deadline: August 8, 2019

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

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