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Saturday, June 11, 2011

June Member News!

Michèle Ratté is pleased to announce that her 'Splendent Earth' exhibition will open this month at the Bennington Museum as part of their Regional Arts Program.

The exhibit will run June 25 - August 7, 2011

Join the artist for an Opening Reception June 25, 2011 from 3 - 4:30 pm.

The Bennington Museum is located at:
75 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201

Gallery Hours: 10am - 5pm, every day but Wednesday.

For additional info please visit:


In more Vermont SDA Member News, Althea Bilodeau traveled this week to New York City for the unveiling of the Chris Benz Resort Collection.

Here she is with Chris (right) and Martha (left) at the design studio in NYC (Althea is in the middle)

Althea's felt fabrics were used by the designer to create a jacket and a coat. This is the second time this talented Vermont fiber artist has collaborated with Benz for one-of-a-kind fabrics used in his collections.

Below is the Reef Coat, hanging out with some other designs from the collection:

Here below is Althea getting the Animal Print Coat ready for the runway - You Look Marvelous!


Six SDA Vermont members: Judy B. Dales, Marilyn Gillis, Karen Henderson, Alexandra Nickerson, Carlene Raper, and Dianne Shullenberger will be among several other artists featured at the "The Art of Quilt" as part of the exhibits shown at The Vermont Quilt Festival. The Art of Quiltshowcases the depth and breadth of work being created today right here in Vermont.

Their works will hang along with Vermont art quilt artisans who were part of the Shelburne Museum's 2007 exhibit titled "Contemporary Vermont Quilts". Gillis and Henderson are among some of the artists this year who will share their work as non-tradtional fiber art that explore textile techniques related to art quilt, but may diverge in materials and/or application.

The Vermont Quilt Festival is New England's largest quilt event, as well as the oldest; this year its 35th year!

Festival Dates are:
June 24 – June 26, 2011

Champlain Valley Exposition

105 Pearl St.
Essex Junction, VT

Show Hours
Friday-Saturday: 9am-6pm
Sunday: 9am-3pm

There is also a Champagne and Chocolate Preview (!) on
Thursday, June 23, 7:30-9:30pm
View contest and special exhibit quilts, congratulate winners, and shop at more than 80 vendor booths while enjoying champagne, ginger ale, and mouth-watering chocolates courtesy of Birnn Chocolates of Vermont, Lake Champlain Chocolates, and Vermont Chocolatiers. Tickets are $12. Free admission for class registrants and contest entrants.

For details and a Schedule of all Special Events/Exhibits Listings, Please visit Vermont Quilt Festival website

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