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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

April 2020 News


It is surely an understatement to say we are in the midst of challenging and unusual times. But spring is coming.

Hyacinths pushing up against remnants of snow

Now, more than ever, we need to be able to tap into our communities as a source of comfort and of hope. How are you doing? Are you finding this a welcome chance to delve into your creative work?  Or is it hard for you to concentrate and to buckle down? I've heard both reactions and think it's important that we all be easy on ourselves as we figure out how best to weather the storm.

It's challenging, to say the least, to have to keep each other at a physical distance, but thank goodness for the internet and its myriad options for staying in touch and staying inspired. Don't forget that the SDA website is a great resource. Be sure to check in with it regularly for blog posts, online exhibitions, and a sense of creative camaraderie

All that said, I have a suggestion for our Vermont chapter blog post next month (May). Let's stay connected. Please send me ( a photo of one piece that you're working on or have completed while being confined, and/or links to any resources you'd like to share that you are finding helpful during this period of isolation. If you want, you can include a  sentence or two to let us know what you're up to and how you are coping.

Please include all necessary info and be brief. I will compile everything into a list and our own Online COVID-19 Gallery.
Submissions due no later than April 23rd.   Send to with the subject line: SDA COVID Gallery

Thank you to Marya Lowe who wrote to remind everyone of SDA's Premium Member Gallery which, for an additional fee beyond regular member dues, allows one to have 10 images on the SDA website and elegiblility to participate in online exhibits. Full details appear here.

"Storm Lifting" by Karen Henderson

In case you didn't catch it the first time, Jennifer Lee Morrow wrote a comprehensive blog post about  Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England. Check it out for more photos of the exhibit and of the "Spend A Day With SDA" activities. I am very grateful that she included such a great shot of Karen Henderson's piece Storm Lifting. It was the one Vermont member piece I wasn't able to secure a photo of last month.


Reports are that we're still 4 weeks away from the virus's peak here in Vermont, so it is likely more and more communities will be requesting masks.  For anyone who is interested in sewing some, this is the best pattern I have come across to date. In general, I think medical professionals prefer ties vs elastic, which this pattern accommodates.

Stay safe and well.

Friday, February 28, 2020

March 2020 News

Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England

"Splattered" and "Companion",  Rosalind Daniels

Seven Vermont members of SDA joined more than 40 other New England artists at "A Day with SDA" at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA in mid-February. This was the second New England regional gathering of surface design artists in 3 years. It was a chance to meet colleagues and make new connections. The room buzzed with conversation as the artists at each table shared photos and examples of their work with new acquaintances.

L to R: Karen Henderson, Adrienne Shishko, Karen McGarity, Eva Camacho-Sanchez, and Michelle Lee (all, except Karen, from the MA/RI chapter) Photo: Michelle Lee

The structured presentations included short slide presentations by artists in PechaKucha style. Adrienne Sloane moderated a more formal panel discussion with artist Lissa Hunter and scholar Sarah Parrish. Their comments were wide-ranging, touching on fiber art as a reaction to the fast-paced world of screens and technology, the rise of the professional crafter (see Etsy for examples), and the generational change that is seeing important institutions recognizing artists like Anne Albers and Sheila Hicks. Lissa asked questions about the role of political themes in art and Sarah spoke about the significance of indigenous cultures. The discussion continued in the gallery and hallways as the group dispersed to admire the artwork in the juried exhibition.
As the day ended, we took home new ideas, email addresses of new colleagues, and even materials collected at the swap table.    - submitted by Area Rep Eve Jacobs-Carnahan

View of the upstairs gallery

Many thanks to Sharon Webster, her husband David Cavanagh, Rosalind Daniels, and Karen Henderson for sharing their terrific photos, stretching the few I took to a solid representation of the exhibition. For those who have not yet been able to make it to Watertown, Threaded remains on view through  March 20th. I hope this taste of the show will encourage you to visit in person.

"Hidden Migration", Agusta Agustsson

"Totem Triptych 2", Adrienne Shishko

"One's Shell", Yekaterina Mokeyeva

"Persist", Virginia Mahoney

"American Album Quilt", Alexis Deise

"Sand Stories", Dianne Shullenberger

Sharon Webster with her series "My Stitched Hands and Feet"

"The Fiber of My Being", Carol Ingram

"Morning Fog Emerges", Shari Boraz

"Lost Things #3", Ellen Solari

"Neptune", Amy Gesner

"Sunrise Inspired by Moonrise", Carol Anne Gotrian

"Beanstalking", Saberah Malik

India Tresselt with her piece, "Hands Off"

"Peace", Minna Rothman

"Stronghold", Leslie Roth

"Telling", detail, Michele Bonner

"Hope Takes Flight", Adrienne Sloane

Left top, bottom, right: "Espresso & Peanut Butter", Elizabeth Fram,  "Rainbow Baby",  Kara Patrowicz,  and "Winter Sea", Jeanne Sisson

Friday, January 31, 2020

February 2020 News

Many of you may already be dreaming about seeds, longer days, and rising temperatures but I, for one, am grateful to hang on to winter for the time being. There is nothing that compares to the bright reflective light in the studio on a snowy day. Working with color seems magical in such conditions.

Don't forget to let me know if you have an exhibit or upcoming event that others would want to hear about. With that said, I hope you will consider the following possibilities to brighten your February.

On View

Look for Roz Daniel's work in an exhibit at the Chandler Gallery in Randolph throughout February and into March. "The exhibit, curated by Rebbie Carleton and Kirstin Quick, features three pairs of Vermont artists, interconnected as partners and friends, who inform and inspire one another through observational osmosis, as well as conversation and critique. The pieces have been curated and displayed to emphasize how their deep connections as family and friends intuitively influence their art."

Colorful Gestures - Creative Partnerships

January 25 - March 7, 2020
71 N. Main Street
Randolph, VT


Thank you to Eve Jacobs-Carnahan for alerting us to a Call for Entries by the Attleboro Arts Museum in Massachusetts.

On the Surface

A National Juried Exhibition at the Attleboro Arts Museum

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Open to all mediums, sizes, and interpretations of On The Surface

Six prizes of $100 each will be awarded.

- All entries must be submitted through CaFÉ (
- Email or hand-delivered entries will not be accepted.

August 2020 at the Barn at Lone Rock, Marshfield School of Weaving

Consider a workshop this summer with Graham Keegan at the Marshfield School of Weaving.
Keegan will be hosting 5 workshops over 3 weeks next August. Mordants, indigo, shibori, & block printing are only a sampling of the subjects covered during this deep dive into natural dyeing. Link to further information.

Explore Graham's website for online tutorials, book recommendations, and more.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

January 2020 News

Happy New Year!

Let's get 2020 off to a creative start!


Don't forget to put the SDA regional show on your calendars:

Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England

February 6 - March 20, 2020
Juried by Beth McLaughlin, Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Fuller Craft Museum
Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal St.
Watertown, MA  02472

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 12-5pm

Members India Tresselt and Elizabeth Fram will each have work in an upcoming Chicago exhibition curated by Sergio Gomez. The show is focused on exploring work of social activism by artists working in the fiber arts medium. 

Threads of Truth - Social Impact and Fiber Arts

Unpresidented by India Tresselt

January 17 - February 21, 2020
1029 E. 35th St
Chicago, IL  60609

Opening Reception: Fri, January 17, 7-10pm

Get a jump on spring at Studio Place Arts. Leslie Roth, Lynn Ocone, and Elizabeth Fram will have work in

Botanical Blitz

Tick Eater by Leslie Roth

January 21 - March 7
201 N. Main St.
Barre, VT  05641

Opening Reception: Sat, January 25, 3-5pm
Gallery Hours: Tues - Fri, 11-5pm, Sat, Noon-4pm

Of Note

Consider learning from a master. Check out Jackie Abrams' workshop schedule for 2020.

Elizabeth Fram's piece Passages, One was selected through the Art in Embassies program to hang in the US Ambassador's residence in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the duration of his tour.

Passages, One by Elizabeth Fram

Saturday, November 30, 2019

December 2019 News

Happy Holidays everyone!

Where did 2019 go? I hope making and viewing art will provide you some respite in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle. Read on for an exhibition suggestion.

On View

Karen Henderson reports that she and fellow SDA member Dianne Shullenberger will have work in the group show


"Ethereal" by Karen Henderson

December 6, 2019 - January 31, 2020
Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery
86 Falls Road
Shelburne, VT
Gallery Hours: 9:30-5:30 Tues - Fri, 10am - 5pm Saturday

Opening Reception: Friday, Dec. 6th 5:30-7:30pm

Karen writes: "Please join us at the opening reception to wish a wonderful retirement to Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery founders Brad Sourdiffe and Joan Furchgott. During their twenty-eight year journey, they've made a big mark on the Vermont art scene. Congratulations to Lara Maloy and Nico Sardet who will be taking over the reins of this landmark gallery, starting in the new year.


Our VT reps, Eve & Roz, report that 8 Vermont members will have work in the upcoming regional SDA exhibit Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. They are:

Rosalind Daniels
Elizabeth Fram
Karen Henderson
Yekaterina Mokeyeva
Leslie Roth
Dianne Shullenberger
India Tresselt
Sharon Webster

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 15 for a Spend a Day with SDA networking and panel event at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA, coinciding with the exhibit's public opening reception on that same day.

The regional SDA reps are putting together a day of activities that will include networking, fast-paced pecha kucha presentations, and a panel discussion about contemporary fiber art.

Keep your eyes peeled on your inboxes as Eve and Roz will be sending more information as it becomes available.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

November 2019 News

On View

The leaves are dropping and Stick Season is upon us. It's the perfect time to head to St. Johnsbury this month to bask in Karen Henderson's meditative landscape pieces that speak to self, place, emotion, & time.


"Mountain Fog" by Karen Henderson

Landscape inspired textile/mixed media works
By Karen Henderson

October 9 - November 22, 2019
Back Room Gallery
Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild
430 Railroad Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Gallery Hours: Mon - Sat, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Community Art Project

Jennifer Kim Sohn is spearheading 25 Million Stitches, a global community art project bringing awareness to the immensity of the refugee crisis via a public fiber art installation. She is seeking volunteers to hand-stitch fabric panels, engaging as many people as possible.
If you are interested in participating, follow this link to learn more.
The final deadline is April 30, 2020

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 Sharon 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.