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Saturday, March 4, 2017

March 2017 News

On View

Left to right: "Space" & "Endless Still"

Rosalind Daniels' work is currently on display at the
Hartness Library
Vermont Technical College
Randolph, VT
Now through April 2, 2017

Fiber Expressions

On wall, left to right: Marya Lowe, Roz Daniels, Judy Dales, Almuth Palinkas
On columns back to front: Leslie Roth, Leslie Roth, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan
Hanging from ceiling: Sharon Webster

Thursday, February 23rd marked the reception for Fiber Expressions at the University of Vermont Living/Learning Center. Nine of the fourteen exhibiting artists were present, each speaking briefly about her work. The reception was well-attended and it was especially gratifying to see such a healthy representation of students! Below are photos submitted by several of the artists.
The exhibit will remain on view through March 31.

Living/Learning Gallery, University of Vermont
633 Main St., Commons 205, Burlington, VT 05405
Exhibit Hours: Mon - Fri: 1:00-8:30pm   Sat: 12:30-4:30pm
Gallery closed for Spring Recess March 11-19; Open by appointment only

*Special thanks to Judy Dales, Linda Finkelstein, & Marya Lowe for all photographs

Linda Finkelstein, Judy Dales, Linda Finkelstein

Kathryn Price

Janet Ressler

Rosalind Daniels

Elizabeth Fram

Elizabeth Fram

Sharon Webster speaking about her work

Sharon Webster, Marilyn Gillis, Marilyn Gillis

Marilyn Gillis, Marya Lowe, Rosalind Daniels

Judy Dales

Almuth Palinkas speaking about her work

Betsy Wing, Almuth Palinkas, Betsy Wing

Betsy Wing

Ruby Leslie

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February 2017 News

Upcoming Exhibitions

Seasons                                                                     A Selection of Painting and Textile work by Almuth Palinkas

February 3 - April 20, 2017
Also during Montpelier's Art Walk, Friday, Feb. 3 from 4-8pm 
1st Floor
46 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Wild Garden Reflections                                       Mixed-Media Sculpture by Eve Jacobs-Carnahan

Friday, February 3, 4-8pm, during Montpelier's Art Walk
2nd Floor
46 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Note: As a fun bonus, Eve will be giving away notecards to people who bring her one wooden or metal object (no plastic) that she can incorporate into future mixed-media artworks. Please bring something smaller than a loaf of bread.


Art as Action: Knitters Speaking Out 

A Presentation by Eve Jacobs-Carnahan
Thursday, February 9, 6:30-8pm
Center for Arts and Learning
46 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Eve will give an illustrated talk with discussion, showing examples of work and projects undertaken by knitters to raise awareness about social and environmental issues. 

Heart of Vermont Quilt Guild Member Show

Including work by Rosalind Daniels and Janet Ressler
Art Quilt by Roz Daniels

January 14 - March 3, 2017
T.W. Wood Gallery
46 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Hours: Tues. - Sat. 12 -4
Opening Reception and Art Walk Presentation: Friday February 3, 2017, 6pm

A Visual Record: Recent Work by Marilyn Gillis   Including mixed-media art, book arts, and fabric sculpture

Low Tide IV by Marilyn Gillis

January 20 - February 17, 2017
Creative Space Gallery
214 Main Street
Vergennes, VT

Reception: Friday, January 27, 5-7:30pm
with wine tasting, courtesy of Vergennes Wine

Round and Around    Art exploring spheres, circles and endless loops

Planets at Play by Judy Dales

January 31 - March 4, 2017
Studio Place Arts
201 North Main Street
Barre, VT 05641

Reception: Saturday, February 4, 3-5pm
Exhibiting artists: Mary Admasian; John Anderson; Tom Batey; Barton Lidicé Beneš (courtesy of the estate and Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NY; Alexandra Bottinelli; Paul Calter; Krista Cheney; Judy Dales; Stefani Danes; Rosalind Daniels; John Douglas; Nina Dubois; Nikki Eddy; Linda Finkelstein; Rob Hitzig; Michelle Lesnak; Beth Miller; Bruce MacDonald; Jayne Ollin; Brian Raymond; Fred Rudi; Susan Sawyer; Nick Santoro; Kathy Stark; Athena Petra Tasiopoulos; Jenny Warshow; Kristin Watson; Pamela Wilson

In the Details

January 6 - March 31, 2017
Seaba Center
404 Pine Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm
Art Walk Dates:
February 3, 2017, 5-7pm
March 3, 2017, 5-8pm

Special Event: March 3, 6:30pm
Artist & Curator Carleen Zimbalatti talks with art collector Mark Waskow
Exhibiting Artists: David Ambrose, Emily Barletta, Mel Bernstein, Halsey Chait, Cathy Cone, Jonathan Cowan, Denise Driscoll, Lori Ellison, Patricia Fabricant, Jeanne Heifetz, Karen Henderson, Taney Roniger, Jessica Rosner, Gowri Savoor, Lynda Scholsberg, Orane Stender, and Carleen Zimbalatti

Karen Henderson's work will also be on exhibit at the Burlington Airport through February. Look for it on the walls opposite the security area for Gates 1-8.

Fiber Expressions

February 20 - March 31, 2017
UVM Living/Learning Center Gallery
633 Main Street
Commons 205
Burlington, VT 05405

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 23 at 5:30pm
Exhibiting Artists: Judy Dales, Rosalind Daniels, Linda Finkelstein, Elizabeth Fram, Marilyn Gillis, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Ruby Leslie, Marya Lowe, Almuth Palinkas, Kathryn Price, Leslie Roth, Janet Ressler, Sharon Webster, Betsy Wing

Call for Entry

Small Expressions

HGA's Annual Exhibit of Small Scale Work
May 26 - June 29, 2017
to be held at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

Small Expressions is an annual, international, juried exhibit featuring high quality, contemporary small scale works. Small Expressions is sponsored by the Handweavers' Guild of America, Inc., to showcase small works created using fiber techniques in any media, not to exceed 15 inches (38 cm) in any direction including mounting, framing, or display devices.

Entry deadline is February 10, 2017
More information:


Please note that we have added a Resource section at the top of the sidebar to your right. For those who find writing an artist statement a new experience or something of a challenging mystery, you will find links to articles on How to Write Your Artist Statement and 10 Tips for Writing Your Artist Statement. Those links will remain there permanently for your reference.


Dianne Shullenberger and Eve Jacobs-Carnahan both received grants from the Frog Hollow Artisan Grant program.

Dianne was granted funds for travel expenses and materials for her upcoming residency at Spring Island, SC.

Eve received funding for the purchase of consumable craft supplies for making more stable armatures for her knitted sculptures. She notes, "I really appreciate Frog Hollow's creation of this new grant program supporting visual arts. The grant will allow me to create new work using new techniques and materials. It is wonderful to receive support for such experimentation."


Joan Morris will be offering a class in Stitched-Resist Dyeing with Plant Dye Extracts this summer in her teaching studio at the Barn in Norwich, VT.
The classes are limited to 8 students, which contributes to the feeling of spaciousness in the teaching studio. Delicious lunches are served each day. On the first evening of class we'll have a special dinner at the Barn to initialize the class, and one evening during the week there will be an hors d'oeuvres reception and slide show. There are still several spaces left.
Stitched-Resist Dyeing with Plant Dye Extracts
June 20 - 24, 2017

More information can be found on the teaching page of her website:
Let her know by email if you are interested, and she will send details.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

January News

Happy New Year!

On View

Roz Daniels reports that she will have photographs from her Rural Abstraction series on exhibit for the month of January at the Maple Valley Cafe in Plainfield. Based on the colors and shapes found on farms and logging sites in Cabot, Roz finds that her photography and her fiber work share a strong communion.
She notes: "Recently, I've discovered how photography can balance my fiber practice and how they inform each other. There are the obvious contrasts between the two. For me, photography is speedy (at least in the taking and initial viewing) and quilt compositions and completion are anything but. That said, while using the camera, I find myself searching for the same abstract geometric shapes and play of color that I love combining in fabric. I am excited to share my photographs with a community that knows my work in fiber."

Syrup Barrel by Rosalind Daniels

Grey and White Circles 1

Maple Valley Cafe
January 2017
8195 Route 2
Plainfield, VT
Hours: Monday, Thursday & Friday: 6:30am - 2pm; Saturday & Sunday: 6:30am - 3pm; Closed Tuesday and Wednesday


Fiber Expressions

Our Exhibition Committee reports that UVM's Living/Learning Center has extended an invitation to exhibit in their gallery from late February through March, 2017. Considering the tight timeline, the Committee has offered exhibitors included in Surface Expressions (previously showing at the Chaffee Art Center in Rutland) the opportunity to show their same works in this new show at the Living/Learning Center.

February 20 - March 31, 2017
UVM Living/Learning Center Gallery
633 Main Street
Commons 205
Burlington, VT 05405
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 23 at 5:30pm

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December News

On View

Just a reminder that Surface Expressions will be up through December 9th at the Chaffee Art Center in Rutland.

Eve Jacobs-Carnahan will be giving an artist talk about the exhibit at the Chaffee on Saturday, December 3rd at 1pm, guiding visitors through Surface Expressions while sharing her insights into the artists' ideas and backgrounds.
Further info

Sharon Webster kindly shared the following photos from the opening

"Book Catchers" by Sharon Webster

"The Committee Process" by Eve Jacobs-Carnahan

"Sylt" by Almuth Palinkas

"Desert Mirage" by Betsy Wing

"Desert Mirage" by Betsy Wing and "Asterion" by Leslie Roth

"Mother" by Judy Dales

"Blush" by Marya Lowe

"Spots" by Rosalind Daniels

Many Thanks to our Exceptional Exhibition Committee!

2016 has been a landmark year for the Vermont chapter of SDA with four (!) exhibitions. Due to the hard work and dedication of our Exhibition Committee, this exposure has provided solid opportunities for introducing our members' work to a wider audience, while at the same time expanding interest and knowledge about textile-inspired art and design in general. And as a result, our membership has grown in a measurable way.

A huge thank you to Judy Dales, Rosalind Daniels, Marilyn Gillis, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, and Dianne Shullenberger for the countless hours devoted to securing and organizing our exhibitions this year at The Bridges Resort Gallery, Frog Hollow State Craft Center, Studio Place Arts, and the Chaffee Art Center.

A Final Note

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Happy Holidays to all!

Monday, October 31, 2016

November News

On View

Surface Expressions

An exhibit of work by 14 Vermont Members of SDA

November 9 - December 9, 2016
Chaffee Art Center
16 South Main St.
Rutland, VT 05701

Opening Reception: Friday, November 18,  5-7pm at the Chaffee's Queen Anne Victoria mansion, Main St., Rutland

Artist Talk by Eve Jacobs-Carnahan on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1pm

Exhibiting Artists: Judy Dales, Rosalind S. Daniels, Linda Finkelstein, Elizabeth Fram, Marilyn Gillis, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Ruby Leslie, Marya Lowe, Almuth Palinkas, Kathryn Price, Janet Ressler, Leslie Roth, Sharon Webster, Betsy Wing


SPA Annual Members Show

Knitted Amulets by Leslie Roth

November 17 - December 30, 2016
Studio Place Arts
201 North Main Street
Barre, VT 05641
Reception: Saturday, November 19  4-6pm

Exhibiting SDA Artists: Rosalind S. Daniels, Karen Henderson, Leslie Roth

Dianne Shullenberger's work will be exhibiting at the following three venues:

As a Featured Artist in the Rotating Artist Program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Bittersweet by Dianne Shullenberger

October - December, 2016
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Hematology/Oncology Gallery
Lebanon, NH

New Vistas

Fall Water by Dianne Shullenberger

November 10 - December 31, 2016
Bryan Memorial Gallery
180 Main St.
Jeffersonville, VT 05464

The Dianne Shullenberger Gallery
will be open Thanksgiving weekend
by appointment only
Please call Dianne at 802.899.4993 to schedule a viewing

Ruby Leslie will be exhibiting at 

Craft Vermont

Blue Butterfly Scarves by Ruby Leslie

November 18 - 20, 2016
Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center
870 Williston Rd.
Burlington Vermont
Exit 14W off 89

Fri. 10-8, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5
$8 admission valid for re-entry all 3 days
Sunday only: $5; children under 12 free with adult

Marilyn Gillis' work will be included in

2016 Members' Art Show and Festival of Lights

Fault Lines 6 by Marilyn Gillis

December 2 - 31, 2016
Helen Day Art Center
90 Pond Street
Stowe, VT

Reception: Friday, December 2 at 5pm

So long, but not goodbye...

We bid a fond farewell to Karen Henderson who is moving from Vermont to Pennsylvania this fall. We owe Karen a huge debt of gratitude for all her time, skills, and elbow-grease on our behalf. Through her many contributions as our state representative and the originator of this blog, she fostered the Vermont chapter of SDA into the vibrant and active group it is today.

You can keep up with Karen's activities through her blog, My Big Sunny Window.

Some of her smaller wall art pieces, in addition to her Inside Out Studio gift items, will be on view at "Celebrate! SPA Annual Members Show" outlined above.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October News

Upcoming Events

Hooked in the Mountains

Hooked Rugs and Fiber Arts Show

Champlain Valley Fairgrounds
Wednesday Oct 19 - Sunday October 23
9-5pm, Wed - Sat
9-3pm, Sunday
$8 adults, $6 seniors, children under 12 free

This fabulous show includes hundreds of hand-hooked rugs made by people in your community. The Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild has members from all over Vermont, the Northeast and eastern Canada.

In addition there is a special Tarot Card exhibit including 22 hooked fiber art works depicting original interpretations of Tarot Cards. The show also honors three featured artists from the guild: Liz Alpert Fay, Davey DeGraff and Jackye Hansen.

You can also enjoy the cafe, vendors, workshops and speakers that will be going on concurrently. On top of that there will be a quilt show at the same time!

On View

Flower of Time: Affinities ・ Michele Ratté

Michele Ratté, Island 4,  2011, archival acrylic box, 22kt gold, and palladium mono-prints on hand-loomed silk, linens, velum, fishing line and stone. Printed, shaped, cut, and assembled, 12"h x 12"w x 4"d

183 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301
October 27 - November 27, 2016

Jackie Abrams in FiberArt Now

Jackie Abrams' studio is highlighted in the "Studios on View" section of the Fall 2016 issue of Fiber Art Now, p. 58. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September News

Exhibit at Studio Place Arts Ends

Visionary Conspiracy is now complete.

SPA Executive Director Sue Higby examines a tapestry by Betsy Wing

Thanks are due to our amazing Exhibition Committee, and especially Eve Jacobs-Carnahan for all the hard work that went into making this show such a success. Thanks also to Sue Higby, Executive Director of Studio Place Arts, for her masterful installation and efforts toward promotion. A video about the show that includes brief interviews with Roz Daniels, Almuth Palinkas, Sharon Webster and Marya Lowe was created by Shannon Lee Gilmour. You can view the video by following this link.

Eve Jacobs-Carnahan discusses the work in Visionary Conspiracy.   From left, pieces by Marya Lowe, Marilyn Gillis, Rosalind Daniels, Elizabeth Fram, & Marilyn Gillis

In conjunction with the exhibit, Eve gave an enlightening talk on August 13th, briefly delving into the mindset and process behind each exhibitor's work.

On View

Two of our members are exhibiting concurrently in Brattleboro:

Jackie Abrams: Elemental Vessels

"Dreaming of Uluru" by Jackie Abrams

Karen Kamenetzky: Hidden Agenda

"Seed Dreaming VI" by Karen Kamenetzky
183 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301
August 18 - September 18, 2016
Artist Talk: September 17, 5pm (both artists)

Future Wave

86 Falls Road
Shelburne, VT 05482
Dates: Friday, September 16 to October 29, 2016
Opening Reception: September 16, 2016  6-8pm

Exhibiting Artists: Robert Bent, Karen Henderson, Madeleine Hopkins, Jane Ann Cantor, Jon Young

1611 Harbor Road
Shelburne, VT 05482
Dates: Thursday, September 29, 2016 to October 23, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 29, 2016  5-8pm

Exhibiting artists: Cameron Davis, John Douglas, Janet Fredericks, Brenda Garand, Karen Henderson, Rachel Moore, Jen Morris, Erika Senft Miller, Michael Zebrowski

Upcoming Events

Lecture: Jewish Papercuts and Tapestries - A Mother-Daughter Collaboration

Beth Jacob Synagogue
10 Harrison Ave.
Montpelier, VT 05601
Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Tamar Shadur

Tapestry weaver Tamar Shadur will present an illustrated talk about her collaboration with her mother, renowned Jewish papercut artist and scholar, Yehudit Shadur, in the production of finely woven biblical tapestries based on Y. Shadur's magnificent papercut designs.

Yehudit Shadur

A pre-lecture dinner is open to all at 6:00pm. Bring a vegetarian/dairy pot-luck dish to share. This event is FREE to members and the public. Please invite friends!

Followed by a Workshop the next day 

Jewish Papercuts with Tamar Shadur
Sunday, September 11, 2016  10am - 1pm

Learn the centuries-old folk art of Ashkenazi and Sefardi Jews in this workshop led by Tamar Shadur, daughter of renowned papercut artists Yehudit and Joseph Shadur. We'll explore what makes a papercut Jewish, and by employing artistic elements such as symmetry, positive and negative shapes, and Jewish symbols you'll create at least one papercut with simple materials.

Advance registration required. Fee: $20 for Beth Jacob Synagogue members; $25 for non-members. All materials supplied.


Karen Henderson's piece "Pause" received a Juror's Choice Award at the Fiber Options: Material Explorations exhibit in Annapolis, MD. The juror was Susanna Fields-Kuehl.

Calls for Entry

The 20th Biennial of Quilt National

All artists who submit their work will receive thank-you gifts worth $75!

As a thank you for submitting your work to this historic event, the Dairy Barn Arts Center & Quilt national have partnered with Fiber Art Now magazine to give:
- Free membership to the Dairy Barn Arts Center
- Discounted subscription to Fiber Art Now
- Free Eco Dye eBook Resource (Eco Dye: Traditional Dye Work through a Contemporary Lens).
Deadline: September 1, 2016

2016 Excellence in Fibers

Yes, Excellence in Fibers is a juried exhibition in print, but this year it will also be a full exhibition!

New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts
January 25 - March 19, 2017
Five Categories:
Wall/Floor Works | Sculptural Works | Vessel Forms/Basketry | Installation Works | Wearables
Deadline: October 1, 2016

New for 2016
  • Twice as many works will be selected and shown
  • There will be five categories, a prize in each category ($300), and a Best in Show prize ($600)
  • Selected works will be shown at the New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA
Learn More & Apply Here

Art Censorship

I recommend reading about the recent censorship of artquilter Kathy Nida's work by AQS from the traveling SAQA exhibit "People and Portaits". Whether you agree or disagree with either party involved, as artists it is important to be aware that censorship is alive and well. I am linking to Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood's blog CraftSanity as her synopsis of the event is the most concise I have read and the accompanying podcast includes an interview with Kathy Nida. SAQA's board of directors' response can be read here.