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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Identity: Context and Reflection

Identity Conference Graphic
Philadelphia/West Conshohocken, PA

March 30-April 1, 2012

Art Quilt Elements Opening: Friday, March 30
Tour Day: Saturday, March 31
Outside/Inside the Box Opening: March 31
WORKSHOPS: April 2-4, 2012


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Art Show & Sale in Stowe

Elizabeth Fram will be exhibiting her work at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.

Members' Art Show & Sale

Dates: December 2nd - 31st, 2011

Opening Reception: December 2, 5 pm - 7pm

Helen Day Art Center presents an exciting show highlighting the rich and varied talents of our membership. Presenting the work of:

Jane Desjardins and Jane Harissis -watercolors-, Jim Santos -sculpture-, Kathryn Lipke Vigessa -video-, Peter Miller -photography-, Sandy Noble -painting-, Scott Noble -scullpture-, Ted Ceraldi -painting-, Elizabeth Fram - Textile Collages...

80% of the sales go to the artists, come support them and get original gifts for the holidays!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

20th Annual WInter Show

SDA members Dianne Schullenberger and Karen Henderson are included in the upcoming 20th Annual Winter Show at the Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne.

The exhibit features the artwork of Elizabeth Nelson, along with twelve other artists:
Miriam Adams, Elizabeth Alen, Matt Brown, Betsey Garrand, Kate Hartley, Karen Henderson, John Hoag, David Maille, Janet McKenzie, Lynn Rupe, Dianne Schullenberger, Adelaide Murphy Tyrol.

Join the artists for the Opening Reception on Friday, December 2, 5:30pm - 7:30pm during the annual Shelburne Holiday Stroll.

(image above: 'Evening's Solace' by Karen Henderson)

The exhibit runs from December 2, 2011 - January 21, 2012

Gallery Hours are 9:30-5:30 Tuesday through Friday, and 10:00-5:00 on Saturday

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery
86 Falls Road
Shelburne, VT 05482

Knitted Sculpture Pops Up in Winooski!

Montpelier member, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, is participating in the Winooski Holiday Pop-Up Art Market.

The market, inspiration of Kasini House, will feature art, fine craft, and other locally made products. A series of events will be planned in the space. Sales will be centralized and there will be a single check-out operated by the organizers who will also staff and market the space.

Eve designs and spins her own yarn, giving her complete control over her palette. At the Winooski Holiday Pop-up Art Market, she will sell her knitted sculpture made from colorful yarn, with fun and provocative themes based on nature and life.

The Market can be found at the circle in Winooski, and is open November and December on Wednesday to Saturday from Noon to 8PM, and on Sunday from 10AM to 3PM. Come on out for your holiday shopping!!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Crossing Lines: The Many Faces of Fiber

Bhakti Ziek is exhibiting her sky piece "East-West" in Crossing Lines: The Many Faces of Fiber, held at the Courtyard Gallery, Three World Financial Center, 200 Vesey Street, New York, NY from December 6, 2011 through February 19, 2011.

This is a juried show of members of the Textile Study Group of New York and was juried by Rebecca Stevens, Consulting Curator of Contemporary Textiles at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC.

East-West by Bhakti Ziek
13.5" high x 139" wide x 1" deep
silk, tencel, silver gimp
handwoven weft-backed jacquard
photo by Michael Sacca

First Place!

Congratulations go out to Northfield member Pamela Druhen!

Her piece "Vas-Y" was awarded 1st Place in Art Quilts Miniature category at Houston's International Quilt Festival - A World of Beauty. "Vas-Y" was also one of the pieces published in the International Quilt Festival Special Edition, published by Quilting Arts Magazine.

Her pieces "Spring Thaw" will be the "Last Stitch" in the Feb-March issue of Quilt magazine. This will be the second time it has been published.

You can see Pam's fiber art in person at the Holiday Show at Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes, VT, where "Spring Thaw", "Taking in the View" and "Winter Wonderland" are included in the exhibit .

Friday, November 18, 2011

Best of Show!

go out to Brattleboro member, Jackie Abrams, who was awarded the highest honor of Best of Show at the recent Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show for her contemporary basketry art. This show is one of the most prestigious in the country, where about 200 artists exhibit annually.

Kudos, Jackie!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Continuum: In Review

In the Fall issue of the Surface Design Journal, you'll find a review written by Elin Noble,

of Bhakti Ziek's recent exhibit, "Continuum", that was shown at the Chandler Art Center in

Randolph, Vermont. It was an amazing show, we hope to see more of her new work sometime in

the future. Kudos, Bhakti!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Winooski Holiday Art Market seeks Artists!

Kasini House seeks artists, artisans, crafters, and other creative producers for the Winooski Holiday Art Market.

In November and December 2011, a vacant space on the circle in Winooski will be converted into a vibrant art market. The market will be open Wednesday to Saturday from Noon to 8PM and on Sunday from 10AM to 3PM.

The market will feature art, fine craft, and other locally made products. A series of events will be planned in the space. Sales will be centralized and there will be a single check-out operated by the organizers who will also staff and market the space.

How to Apply

All vendors are juried. Space is extremely limited. The project is open to artists, artisans, crafters, and other creative producers and producers of local products.

For a vendor info packet and to apply online, visit:

To request an information packet via email that provides more details about the project (including marketing plan and exhibitor fees), send an email to

Artists who make fine art must be listed in Art Map Burlington’s Artist Database to be considered. Visit the AMB’s Artist Database to register for the database. Artists should also request an information packet.

Makers of fine craft and other products should submit the information outlined in the information packet to be considered.

Flights of Fiber Fancy

There's still time to see the "Flights of Fiber Fancy" Exhibit at Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes!

The show is up until November 5th. Works by five Vermont SDA Members are featured : Marsha Chase, Pamela Druhen, Elizabeth Fram, Marilyn Gillis, and Mary Jane Russell

Creative Space Gallery
235 Main Street
Vergennes, VT 05491
(802) 877-3850

Gallery Hours:
Thursdays 1-5 pm
Fridays 1-5 pm
Saturdays 10:30am-5 pm
Sundays 10:30am-2pm
Or call for an appointment --
we would be happy to meet you!

You can read an article about the exhibit published in the Addison Independent
if you click

More Member Exhibits....

Mary Jane Russell of Charlotte will be exhibiting her work at two upcoming Holiday Shows:

Holiday Show: November 17, 2011 ~ mid January 2012
Creative Space Gallery
235 Main Street
Vergennes, VT 05491
(802) 877-3850

Gallery Hours:
Thursdays 1-5 pm
Fridays 1-5 pm
Saturdays 10:30am-5 pm
Sundays 10:30am-2pm
Or call for an appointment --
we would be happy to meet you!

Studio Place Arts
201 North Main Street
Barre, VT 05641

Gallery Hours:
Tues-Fri: 10 AM-5 PM
Sat: Noon-4 PM


Correction: Deanna Shapiro's works will be on view longer than the end of this month --

Through December 31, see Deanna's work at:

Abel & Lovely
694 Church Hill Road
Charlotte, VT 05445
Hours: Friday & Sunday 12 - 5, Saturday 11 - 5

apologies for the mis-info!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

News from New Member!

New Member,
Deanna Shapiro of Ferrisburgh, is showing her work through Oct. 30th at:

Abel & Lovely
694 Church Hill Road
Charlotte, VT 05445
Hours: Friday & Sunday 12 - 5, Saturday 11 - 5

Left: "Jazz Dancer" by Deanna Shapiro

You will also be able to see more of her work in an upcoming show:

Juried Exhibit of Original Works by Local Artists

November 11-December 31, 2011

Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater
Merchants Row, Middlebury, VT


Deanna is also an avid writer and published poet. Her book, "Conversations at the Nursing Home: A Mother, A Daughter and Alzheimer's" is available from Amazon or PRA Publishing, or you can contact her directly.

Welcome to SDA, Deanna!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October Member News!

North Chittenden member Althea Bilodeau will be in Booth A 6 at the upcoming


Saturday and Sunday

OCTOBER 15th and 16th 2011

The Festival takes place at the
Dutchess County Fairgrounds

6550 Spring Brook Ave.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Enjoy the fall colors, and stop in and Say Hi to Althea and see her beautiful felt work!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Kickstarter, Open Studio Tour, and More Member News!

Westminster West member L Carlene Raper has a new endeavor underway that we could help support!

She's planning to use an image of one of her wallhangings for a wooden jigsaw puzzle. It should be an incredibly beautiful aesthetic object, with pieces cut in the shapes of birds, leaves, butterflies, etc.

To fund this project, Carlene is raising funds via Kickstarter.

For more info please visit her page at Kickstarter.


Dianne Shullenberger will be among the many artists participating in the
Vermont Crafts Council's Fall Foliage Open Studio Tour.
Her Gallery will also feature some works by other SDA members Elizabeth Fram and Karen Henderson.

This is the first time for the VT Crafts Council to host this annual event in the autumn season. Artists all over Vermont will open their studios to visitors while the fall leaves are at their peak!

Saturday and Sunday
October 1 & 2, 2011
10am - 5pm

Dianne Shullenberger Gallery
228 Nashville Road
Jericho, VT

Visit HERE for a link to maps and directions at the Vermont Crafts Council website.


Vermont SDA Members: Pamela Druhen, Elizabeth Fram, Marilyn Gillis, and Mary Jane Russell, will all have their work featured at Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes, VT in an exhibit that opens this week.

Flights of Fiber Fancy
September 15- November 5, 2011

and they are also participating in the VT Crafts Council Fall Foliage Open Studio Tour
October 1 & 2, 2011

Creative Space Gallery
235 Main Street
Vergennes, VT 05491

Gallery Hours:
Thursday 1-5 pm
Friday 1-5 pm
Saturday 10:30am-5 pm
Sunday 10:30am-2pm

For more information:


Mary Jane Russell also has some work shown as part of the SEABA Art Hop.

While the hop part happened this past weekend, you can still see her work through the end of September at:

Champlain College

Miller Building
175 Lakeside Ave
Burlington, VT

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Member News!

Jericho member Dianne Shullenberger will be exhibiting her work at the upcoming

Art at the Coach Barn
Shelburne Farms'
24th Annual Art Exhibition and Sale

The show runs September 23 - October 23, 2011.

Exhibit is open daily from 10am - 5pm, and free with property admission and to members.

Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Rd
Shelburne, VT 05482
Website Link for more info here

Friday, September 9, 2011

Help Vermonters affected by Irene: Please Participate in the Winter Warmth Project

Vermont SDA member Pam Druhen is launching a new endeavor to help our VT neighbors affected by tropical storm Irene.

"The Winter Warmth Project" has begun.

She is contacting Vermont Quilt Guilds, Shops, and individuals and asking for participation in the way of donating fabric, sewing time, quilt tops (twin and queen size), quilts, batting, and quilting labor.

The goal is to have a brand new quilt for every man, woman and child who lost their home and/or their personal belongings. The first distribution will be by Thanksgiving, the second by Christmas.

Here is the Blog,,

She will be a setting up a newsletter as well. Pam has already picked up one sponsor, and she's hoping to get more.

If you know of a business who would like to help sponsor, please get in touch with Pam.
If you would like to donate materials or your time, please get in touch with her.
Visit the Blog for all details.

Please pass this along to anyone you know who might be interested in this project, or who could pass it to others.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Artists Walk-Through Event at No Boundaries in Fiber Show!

Please join us this Friday evening at Rae Harrell Gallery for a casual and informative Artists Walk-Through at the "No Boundaries in Fiber ~ SDA Vermont Members Exhibit"

Member artists will speak more in depth about their processes & inspiration for these innovative textile works.

Artists Walk-Through
Friday, August 19, 2011
7:00 pm - 8:30pm

Rae Harrell Gallery
90 Mechanicsville Road
Hinesburg, VT 06541

(here is SDA VT area rep, Karen Henderson, in front of one of Rae Harrell's pieces taken at our Opening Reception ~ )

Sunday, August 14, 2011

More Member News!

Brattleboro member Jackie Abrams has a lot of exciting news to share!

Her work is included in a several ongoing exhibits in galleries and Museums this year - here on the east coast, the mid-west, and the west coast. Read on to see where you can view Jackie's work, as well as see some photos.

Congratulations, Jackie!

Green: the Color and the Cause

April 16 - September 11
The Textile Musuem Washington, DC - Susan Stamberg speaks of "Green: the Color and the Cause"

Here to the left is Jackie's work, this piece is entitled "A Woman of Substance". It was created with recycled silk blouses, waxed linen thread, 2010.

Photo credit: Liz LaVorgana

Re-Tread Threads

April 29 - May 28
Textile Center
Minneapolis, MN

Dialogue: Glass and Fibers

Works by Josh Bernbaum and Jackie Abrams

July 15 - October 23
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Brattleboro, VT

To the left: detail, top of piece by Jackie Abrams. On right, detail, top of piece by Josh Bernbaum

American Craft Council blog - scroll down to July 15, 2011

Gallery in the Woods

Featured artist in July and August

Brattleboro, VT

All Things Considered VI

July 30 - December 12
Fuller Craft Museum
Brockton, MA

Scrap Art

August 16 - October 16
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
San Jose, CA

Thursday, August 11, 2011

August Member News!

We've got a lot of great Member News, so Please Read On!


Congratulations go out to Bhakti Ziek!

She is a recent recipient of a VT Arts Council Creation Grant of $3000. which will support the creation of a new weaving for an invitational exhibition at The Durango Arts Center in Colorado. This is truly an honor ~ we wish you many happy hours of weaving, Bhakti!

In additional news from Bhakti, she will also have her work in an upcoming two-person show with artist Pat Adams at BigTown Gallery in Rochester, VT.

The show runs August 24- Sept 25, 2011
Opening Reception is Saturday, August 27, with an Artist Talk at 4pm and Reception from 5-7pm

BigTown Gallery
99 North Main Street
Rochester, VT 05767


More SDA Vermont Members work is going on Exhibit!
Congratulations to both Elizabeth Fram and Dianne Shullenberger, who will be part of the new show:

Women's Work: The Visual Art of Vermont's Women
August 16 - September 25, 2011
Opening Reception on Thursday August 18th
From 5-7pm in the Main Gallery

T.W. Wood Gallery and Arts Center
College Hall - Vermont College Campus
Montpelier, Vermont
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, Noon - 4pm
Handicapped Accessible
802.828.8743 or visit for more information


Dianne Shullenberger will also be one of the artists featured at the Shelburne Farms show "Art in The Coach Barn", the 24th Annual Art Exhibition and Sale

The show runs Sept 23-Oct 23, 2011

Shelburne Farms
611 Harbor Road
Shelburne, VT 05482

Congratulations, Dianne!


New Member, Pamela Druhen, of Northfield has some exciting news to share also!

Pam's piece entitled "Spring Thaw" was juried into the
Mancuso Brothers World Quilt Competition. The juried show opens next week in Manchester, NH and runs through August 21st.

Another of Pam's pieces, "Vas-Y", was juried into Houston's International Quilt Show "A World of Beauty". The show is held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, and runs November 3-6, 2011.

Congratulations, Pam!

Montpelier Member, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, will have three pieces of art knitting included in the upcoming Exhibit "Uncommon Threads" held at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT.

The show runs from August 16 to September 24, 2011. The exhibit features work that pushes the boundaries for traditional needlework and explores the use of nontraditional media.

Congratulations, Eve!

Studio Place Arts
201 North Main Street
Barre, VT 05641
For more information please visit:
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm, Saturday 12-4pm


No Boundaries in Fiber Opening!

We had a really fun and very well-received Opening Reception last weekend for the "No Boundaries in Fiber ~ Vermont SDA Members Exhibit" at the Rae Harrell Gallery in Hinesburg.

Everyone enjoyed this strong showing of contemporary fiber art by artists here in Vermont...along with delicious h'ors d'ouevres & great conversation....and wonderful live music ~ A huge Thank You to everyone who joined us that night to make our evening so special!

Here are some candid shots of our evening:

Pictured above here are SDA members (from left to right):
Elizabeth Fram, Hillary Harrell, Rae Harrell, Mary Jane Russell, Judy B. Dales, Karen Henderson, and Eve Jacobs-Carnahan. (members not in photo whose work is also exhibited: Marilyn Gillis, Dianne Shullenberger, and Alexandra Nickerson)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

SDA Vermont Members' Exhibit

Get ready for

No Boundaries in Fiber ~ Surface Design Association Vermont Members Exhibit

August 6 ~ September 17, 2011

Rae Harrell Gallery
90 Mechanicsville Road
Hinesburg, VT 05461
Gallery Hours: Thursdays-Saturdays, and By Appointment, 802-482-4944

No Boundaries in Fiber, an exhibit of innovative textile art by nine Vermont Members of the Surface Design Association (SDA), will be featured at the Rae Harrell Gallery in Hinesburg. The exhibit will highlight the diversity of contemporary fiber art and the unique processes employed by each artist.

This exhibit is the first time these SDA Vermont artists are exhibiting their work together as a group. Exhibiting artists are Eve Jacobs-Carnahan (Montpelier), Judy B. Dales (Greensboro), Elizabeth Fram (Waterbury Center), Marilyn Gillis (Burlington), Rae Harrell (Hinesburg), Hillary Harrell (Hinesburg via Sante Fe), Karen Henderson (Montpelier), Mary Jane Russell (Charlotte), and Dianne Shullenberger (Jericho).

(Pictured Above: ‘One Mossy Stone’ by Elizabeth Fram. 29”h x 25.5”w. Photo credit: Elizabeth Fram.)

These artists are part of the continuum of the contemporary fiberart movement which is attracting notice nationwide. SDA’s Vermont chapter now has thirty members, having grown by a third in just the past year. The local group has a Vermont state Members’ Blog ( maintained by Montpelier member and VT area volunteer rep, Karen Henderson. “SDA has always been an inspiring group to be part of, and it’s been great to connect with each other here in Vermont. To showcase our talents in this exhibit and share our work with others is really exciting.”

“Many of the artists in this show have impressive exhibit histories. This is a great opportunity for Vermont art lovers to see dynamic fiberart that has been shown around the country,” says Eve Jacobs-Carnahan.

(Pictured Above: Detail of “Committee Process” by Eve Jacobs-Carnahan. “60”h x 25”w x 3”d. Photo credit: Paul Rogers Photography.)

During the show’s run in the gallery, there will be a rotating slide show that will give a glimpse into each artist’s process and inspiration. “Fiber and textile techniques have such a long and amazing history, and this show is an opportunity to see contemporary artists interpret these complex and beautiful mediums. The slide show will enlighten the viewer on how much goes into each piece of art shown here,” says Henderson. The show venue, The Rae Harrell Gallery, is owned and operated by Rae Harrell. “From my perspective as a gallery owner, it’s very important to represent these diverse mediums that are so tactile, innovative and interactive.”

(Pictured Above “Inner Voice 3” by Marilyn Gillis. 36”h x 24”w. Photo credit: James Barbour.)

Surface design refers to any process that gives structure, pattern, or color to fiber & fabric. These include spinning, felting, papermaking, weaving, knotting, knitting, netting, looping, dyeing, painting, stitching, cutting, piecing, printing, quilting, & embellishing.

The Surface Design Association is an international community engaged in the creative exploration of fiber and fabric. Its mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of the textile arts. Through member-supported publications, exhibitions and conferences, they inspire creativity, encourage innovation, and advocate excellence. SDA currently has about four thousand members worldwide, who range from creators, educators, collectors, and curators dedicated to the art and practice of surface design. To learn more visit: Surface Design Association (