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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

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

November 2018 News

On View

Leslie Roth has work currently on view at the Grange Hall Cultural Center

Portals & Rituals

"Strong Hold" by Leslie Roth   61x34x2 in.

Oct. 26 - November 17, 2018
Grange Hall Cultural Center
317 Howard Avenue
Waterbury Center, VT
Viewing Hours: Sunday, 12 Noon - 3pm, Mondays 3-6pm, also by chance or by appointment (For best results, do not hesitate to call 24 hours before you'd like to drop by, but call any time if you find yourself in the area and want to stop in).  

Judy Dales has a new show in Morrisville 

Colorful and Curvaceous: Captivating Quilt Art by Judy B. Dales

"Moon Melody" by Judy Dales

November 1, 2018 - January 9, 2019
74 Pleasant Street
Morrisville, VT
Gallery Talk and Artist Reception: Thursday, November 8, from 5-7pm
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, and 1st and 3rd Sundays 9am - 4pm

Karen Henderson reports:

Seven of my fiber pieces will be included in the 7Women 7Walls exhibit, curated by Kira Bacon, Communications Director for the Vermont Arts Council. This exhibit at the Spotlight Gallery features the divers works of seven Vermont artists:  Mary AdmasianAlisa DworskyKaren HendersonEvie LovettHannah MorrisJanet Van Fleet, and Kristen M. Watson.

7Women 7Walls

November 9 - December 28, 2018
Spotlight Gallery
136 State Street
Montpelier, VT
Opening Reception: Friday, November 9, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m.


 Karen Henderson shares more exciting news:

"Storm Lifting" by Karen Henderson

My piece "Storm Lifting" has been selected for the upcoming Craft Forms 2018 Exhibit. Juror Perry A. Price is the Executive Director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas. He also served as the Director of Education at the American Craft Council (ACC) in Minneapolis, MN. For this 24th Annual international exhibit, Mr. Price reviewed 1598 pieces by 417 artists in a highly selective process, ultimately choosing 108 pieces representing a diverse range of craft media from emerging and established artists.

Craft Forms 2018 in the Davenport Gallery
December 8, 2018 through January 26, 2019
Preview Party & Fundraiser Friday, December 7, from 6 to 10 p.m.
Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA.

"In Weather On Water" by Karen Henderson

Currently, my piece "In Weather On Water" is on view at Maryland Federation of Art's Water Works group exhibit online at their Curve Gallery. Juror Melissa Staiger, Education Director of Trestle Workshops, New York wrote: The work chosen for this digital exhibition was based on “water depicted as the primary force, object, or consequences”. The show runs October 15 through November 30, 2018.


SPA Holiday Season Show

Member artists of Studio Place Arts in Barre share their work in a 3-floor fine art and craft extravaganza. Included are SDA members Karen Henderson and Leslie Roth

Knitted holiday trees by Leslie Roth

November 13 through December 27, 2018
Studio Place Arts
201 N. Main Street
Barre, VT
Reception: Saturday, Nov. 17, from 4-6PM

Karen and Leslie will have their studios open for visitors during the reception. Please stop by to say hi and to see work in progress. Both their studios are on the second floor, near the stairwell. Karen's is Studio #24, I believe Leslie's is right nearby.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

October News 2018

On View

Don't miss Dianne Shullenberger's textile collages, in combination with John Snell's photographs, in their exhibit

Listening to Rocks

October 12 - November 20, 2018
Fuchgotte Sourdiffe Gallery
86 Falls Road
Shelburne, VT

Reception: Friday, October 19 5-7pm,  with Artist's Talk at 6pm


Spend A Day with SDA

Dear SDA members from the Northeastern US and Eastern Canada,
We have a special day planned for SDA members on October 27, 10:30am-5pm at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton MA. We hope you will join your fellow SDA members from nearby states for a day of stimulating fiber related events. Astrid Bennett, SDA President, and other board members will be joining us for the day, along with members of the Fuller’s curatorial staff. We are limiting this event to 100 participants, so please reply soon to secure your spot. See below for registration details.
Our morning will be devoted to small group activities designed to help us get to know each other, offering opportunities to share our artistic passion and our actual work. The sharing and networking will continue as we enjoy our brown bag lunches with our new SDA acquaintances.
After lunch we will have a chance to view the museum, which is the only museum devoted to contemporary craft in New England. The museum has multiple well-designed exhibition spaces and is known for its beautiful and cutting-edge exhibits. Seeing the exhibits at the Fuller is always a revelation and a treat!
Next up is a highlight of the day. Stuart Kestenbaum will address the connection between craft and the written word in a talk entitled “Words Matter.” Stu, who is currently the Poet Laureate of Maine, is the former long-term director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. In addition to his prominence in our field, Stu is beloved for his warmth, passion, intelligence and humor. It is an honor and a thrill to have him as our speaker!
To cap off the day, everyone is invited to the Fuller’s opening reception for the showContext: Language, Media, and Meaning from the Surface Design Association. This show, juried by Bruce Hoffman, includes work by MA, RI and CT SDA members who have incorporated written language into their textile inspired artwork.
Spend a Day with SDA, is sponsored by SDA Central, and both the CT and MA/RI chapters of SDA. Registration is now open on the Events section of  the SDA website and is open to all SDA members. The modest fee of  $30 (CT, MA, RI members and those who attend regional meetings in those states, with $40 for all other SDA members) covers morning networking activities, Fuller Craft Museum admission, tour, Stuart Kestenbaum’s presentation, and Context exhibition reception with refreshments. Once you have registered, you will receive an email in early October with further details. For more information, contact Ellen Schiffman.
We invite you to spend a day of inspiration, fun and beauty with people who share a passion for fiber art. Be part of this vibrant, growing community right here in our backyard.
Best wishes,
Astrid Bennett,  SDA President
Ellen Schiffman CT SDA Area Representative
Nancy Crasco MA/RI Area Representative
Adrienne Sloane MA/RI Area Representative

Thursday, August 30, 2018

September 2018 News

On View

Two members' work will be on exhibit at Studio Place Arts this fall:

Lynn Ocone will have a piece in the Main Floor Gallery in the annual exhibit Rock Solid XVIII

"Child's Play" by Lynn Ocone

and Linda Finkelstein's works in rust, eucalyptus, and indigo will be on view at the Second Floor Gallery, in her show Finding the Quiet.

Linda Finkelstein

September 18 - November 3, 2018
Studio Place Arts
201 North Main Street
Barre, VT

Reception: Friday, September 21, 2018 5:30-7:30 pm


Karen Henderson's piece "Wishing While Fishing" received a Juror's Choice Award in the MFA's (Maryland Federation of Art) exhibit Stormy Weather.

Juror Dean Dalfonzo states "In looking at 'Wishing While Fishing' by Karen Henderson, I could almost feel the droplets of rain and hear "pitter patter" as they hit the water."

"Wishing While Fishing" by Karen Henderson

This beautiful online exhibit can be viewed via the MFA's Curve Gallery through September 30th. There is also a downloadable, printable catalogue.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

August 2018 News

3 Calls for Entry

Art of the Sixth Extinction

Curated by The Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, Jericho, VT
Open for entries February 1, 2019. Information will be on the Gruppe Gallery website with Paypal information. Deadline: March 2, 2019
Show opens April 12, 2019 and will remain up through Memorial Day, taking advantage of Vermont Open Studios. There will also be activities around the show during Earth Day 2019.
This show is open to Vermont artists working in any medium. Follow the link in the right sidebar (under Resources) for full prospectus.

Darn Good Yarn Exhibit + Fiber Art Network 

Deadline: Monday, August 13, 2018
Soliciting submissions in the following categories:

  • Sculpture and Installations
  • Wearables
  • Scarves  
Link to entry requirements

Excellence in Fibers IV

Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, September 2, 2018
Work may fall within the following categories:

  • Wall/Floor Works
  • Sculptural Works
  • Vessel Forms/Basketry
  • Installation Works
  • Wearables

On View

If your travels take you to New Hampshire this month, Elizabeth Fram will be exhibiting her work at the Kendal Gallery in Hanover.

Being Home

Cut-Off (detail)     Elizabeth Fram   Photo: Paul Rogers

August 1 - 31, 2018
Kendal Gallery
Kendal at Hanover
80 Lyme Road
Hanover, NH 03755
Open Daily