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Monday, May 3, 2021

May 2021


Keep an eye out for exciting SDA online events planned for this month (listed below). Also, expect more news from area reps Eve and Roz, the InsideSDA newsletter, and the SDA Calendar.

  • Spring Journal party webinar for Looped and Knotted: Contemporary Basketry will be on May 20th
  • Textile Talks: SDA EU/UK Beyond Boundaries slated for May 26th
And finally, don't forget the fast-approaching deadlines for upcoming SDA exhibitions calls.

On View

Spring Leaves
Spring Leaves © Rosalind Daniels

Rosalind Daniels writes that as winter fades to spring, she is often compelled to add to her series of Mud Season 9 Patch quilts. "Spring Leaves", another piece from this series, will be included in the Spring to Life exhibit at the 311 Art Gallery in Raleigh, North Caroline from May 7-29.

Fram Secrets
The Secrets She Keeps, detail © Elizabeth Fram

Elizabeth Fram's "The Secret She Keeps" has been selected for The Bones of Building, SDA's current online exhibit, curated by Mo Kelman
"The artworks in this exhibition reveal their skeletal structures and the story of their making. Structural "bones" are evident - we see how parts are organized and connected. The physical manipulations of building the surface and form, joining, fastening and intermingling materials, persist as vital images in the artwork. They provide not only the architecture of the work, but are essential to its expression."

Of Note

Rosalind Daniels with "Right Matters
Rosalind Daniels with her piece "Right Matters" at the National Quilt Museum

Last month Roz Daniels captured a photo of her quilt "Right Matters" while visiting the Modern Quilt Guild's Retrospective exhibit at the National Quilt Museum (on view from April 8 - July 27).

At the same time, Roz was thrilled to discover Judy Dales quilt "Fire on the Water", currently on display as part of Sew Many Quilts, a celebration of the National Quilt Museum's 30th birthday. Judy's piece joined the Museum's permanent collection in 2000. Her work is one of 30 quilts selected for this show which includes the very first piece acquired by the Museum to the most recent.

National Quilt Museum; Daniels and Dales
Roz's (2nd from right) and Judy's (far right) pieces in different exhibits at the same venue

Fire on the Water by Judy Dales
Fire on the Water © Judy Dales

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

April 2021

Calls for Entry

Mark your calendars for these upcoming SDA exhibitions and deadlines

  • April 5: SDA Spring 2021 Online Exhibition The Bones of Building. Curated by Mo Kelman. Online exhibitions are open to all premium-level members. (You should have received an email with details).
  • April 15: Future Tense, student juried exhibition
  • June 1: Surface Design Journal Exhibition in Print   From Confrontation to Catharsis
  • June 7: Fiber Art X
  • June 15: Earth Matters, juried member show
    Additional note: As a perk of membership, don't forget to upload images of your work to your member profile (standard membership can upload 3 images and premium levels can upload 10 images).


For those who are devoted Textile Talk fans - and those who haven't yet discovered this gem - Maine co-rep Jennifer Lee Morrow will be one of the artists (along with Maggy Rozycki Hiltner and Susan Lenz) featured in the April 14th Textile Talk, Textile Narratives: Vintage, Found & Transformed.

Of Note

Exciting news! Sharon Webster was nominated and is a finalist for the Diane Gabriel Award. Presented by Burlington City Arts, this award for innovation and exploration of materials and concepts was set up by Diane Gabriel's family in her name to assist and support emerging artists; it replaces the Barbara Smail Award. Gabriel passed away in 2017 but her work can still be seen on her website. 
The winner will be announced in late May and will be awarded unlimited use of all BCA studios for 2 years, opportunities to engage with the public and to pick the brains of BCA curators, plus a bit of cash.  Good luck Sharon!

Roz Daniels Skin Spots
Skin Spots  ©Rosalind Daniels

Roz Daniels' piece about aging, Skin Spots, has returned home after its 3 year tour as part of Studio Art Quilt Associates' exhibit Metamorphosis. It will travel virtually to China for an online showing with the Zhejiang Folk Art Quilt Museum in Zhejiang, China from March 28th through April 30, 2021. You can see the exhibition by following this link. Aside from viewing the fabulous work, it's worth a visit to see the innovative digital presentation.

Right Matters Roz Daniels
Right Matters  ©Rosalind Daniels

Other news for Roz is that her piece Right Matters will hang at the National Quilt Museum from April 8th through July 27th as part of the Modern Quilt Guild's Retrospective exhibit.

Elizabeth Fram Studio
Fram Studio

"In The Studio", a component of the SDA blog, recently featured Elizabeth Fram's work and practice.

Finally, and very IMPORTANTLY, our Area Reps have set up a new listserv to make it easier for them (Eve and Roz) to communicate with everyone. You should have received an email from with an invitation to join. You must ACCEPT the invitation in order to receive announcements of events and opportunities related to our Vermont SDA group from now on.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

March 2021

Don't Forget!

Vermont SDA members have been invited to a presentation by Susan Brandeis on Sunday, March 21st   3:00-4:30pm EST. 

Susan is Distinguished Professor Emerita following a 35–year teaching and research career as Professor of Textiles at North Carolina State University’s College of Design.  Her book, The Intentional Thread: A Guide to Drawing, Gesture, and Color in Stitch was reviewed in the Summer 2020 issue of Surface Design Journal. We'll be joined by several other regional groups and it'll be a fun opportunity to meet with members outside our area.

Keep an eye on your inbox. A Zoom link for the presentation will be emailed by Area Rep. Roz Daniels closer to the date.

Friday, January 29, 2021

February 2021

 Mark Your Calendars!

Area Reps, Eve and Roz, have planned another Zoom discussion program for the evening of Wednesday, February 10th at 7pm. The conversation will again be in response to an SDA Journal Release Party video -"Summer Journal Party - The Potential of Paper" with Antonius-Tín Bui, Grant Benoit, Elizabeth Kozlowski, and Lauren Sinner. 

Maine and New Hampshire members have been invited to join the discussion as well.

Plan to watch the video before the February 10th Zoom meeting, it's an hour long and can be found HERE. The link for the Zoom gathering will be emailed around February 3rd, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

And looking ahead...

Michelle Lee, SDA Board Member, has invited us to a presentation by Susan Brandeis, whom she says is a wonderful speaker. 

SAVE THE DATE! A special meeting is being organized for Sunday, March 21 from 3:00-4:30pm EST with guest speaker Susan Brandeis. Susan is Distinguished Professor Emerita following a 35-year teaching and research career as Professor of Textiles at North Carolina State University's College of Design. Her book, The Intentional Thread: A Guide to Drawing, Gesture, and Color in Stitch was reviewed in the Sumer 2020 issue of Surface Design Journal.

We'll be joined by several other regional groups so it'll be a fun opportunity to meet with members outside our area. RSVP details to follow.

On Exhibit

"Right Matters" © Rosalind Daniels

Rosalind Daniels' stunning piece "Right Matters" will be included in the Modern Quilt Guild's annual quilt exhibition QuiltCon Together. The entire event will be online this year from February 18-20th. Roz notes that her piece is an abstraction of Colonel Vindman's statement that "In America, right still matters." It will also be included in the Guild's QuiltCon Magazine, available on newsstands February 23rd.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

January 2021

Happy New Year!


On Wednesday, January 13 from 7-8pm, we'll be holding an online Pecha Kucha via Zoom for Vermont SDA members. 

A Pecha Kucha is a short presentation of 20 slide images, each displayed for 20 seconds. The name is the Japanese term for "chit chat". Pecha Kuchas are a popular way for artists to present their work in a concise, structured fashion. This event is open only to SDA members, providing a chance to practice presenting in a small, supportive setting, while also underlining how SDA works to foster artistic growth. 

We look forward to seeing presentations from Judy Dales: "I am Blessed", Marya Lowe: "Quilts in Memory of a Young Boy", and Elizabeth Fram: "The Secrets She Keeps". 

At the time of this posting there is still room for 1 or 2 more to participate.  If you are interested, please contact Eve or Roz @

Dancing on the Dark Side of the Moon ©Judy Dales

©Marya Lowe

The Secrets She Keeps (detail) ©Elizabeth Fram

On View

Beginning this month, Marya Lowe will be presenting a solo exhibit of 15 art quilts from her Seedpod Series. The exhibit includes early examples from when she was fascinated by the similarity between seedpod shapes and the much-loved traditional Double Wedding Ring "arc". Later pieces within the series show how she diverged from that visual and then returned to it. 

Seedpods: Promises of the Future

Seedpod VII,  Marya Lowe

January 26 - March 6, 2021
3rd Floor Gallery
201 N. Main Street
Barre, VT
Admission is free
Hours: Tues - Fri: 11-2, and Sat: Noon-2pm

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

December 2020 News

As the colder weather takes hold and our virus numbers tick up, we in VT seem to be socially-distanced (physically, anyway) more than ever right now. The need to stay creatively connected is crucial. For many, the silver lining has been having a chance to work diligently in the studio without as many of the usual interruptions. Perhaps you have taken advantage of this time to attend an online workshop or have discovered (or are developing) a new process that you'd like to share? If so, we'd love to hear about it!

Don't forget, this blog is a forum for helping us to remain connected and for sharing our experiences along the way. We'd all love to hear what's inspiring you

Deadline for submissions is one week prior to the last day of each month.

Of Note

Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Knit Democracy Together (maquette) ©2020

Have you participated in one of Eve Jacobs-Carnahan's Knit Democracy Together knitting circles?  If not,  you will want to check out the progress she is making with her ongoing project to bring greater awareness to campaign finance reform. Eve is creating a positive model of democracy, both literally and figuratively. And you can help!

There are several ways to learn more. Visit Eve's Knit Democracy Together website, read the recent SDA blogpost describing Eve's endeavor, or listen to Eve discuss the project with Alyson Stanfield on her Art Biz Podcast, episode #64.

On View

For those of you who may not have made it to see The Sheltering in Place project at the Highland Center for the Arts last summer, you can now view a short video of the exhibition. It conveys the extraordinary nature of the experience and is a work of art in and of itself. Created by Hasso Ewing (who conceived of and organized the SiP project), her husband Bob Hannan, and son Seamus Hannan, it includes the work of members Dianne Shullenberger and Elizabeth Fram.

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod holds international exhibitions in both online and in-person galleries. Elizabeth Fram's piece "Caught Red-Handed" can now be viewed as part of their online show Wild Things, which pays homage to essence of power, vulnerability, and instinct that is intrinsic to the animal kingdom.

Monday, November 2, 2020

November 2020 News

On View

As I write this, 2" of snow have built up in our yard and the wind is blowing sideways past my window. With gardens put to bed and chilly winds making the studio seem even more attractive than usual, the creative season is now upon us.


What better way to welcome this time of renewed creativity than with Mandatory Color, the SDA juried members' exhibit.  You can enjoy the full exhibition online. Congrats to our area reps, Roz Daniels and Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, both of whom have work included.