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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a Warm and Wonderful Holiday, 
and All the Best in the New Year!!!!

Art Award

Dianne Schullenberger, of Jericho, VT, has been awarded First Prize in the Loeschner Art Competition at the Fredrik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids Michigan.  Her winning piece will become part of the Meijer Gardens permanent art collection.

Congratulations, Dianne!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

7th Annual Holiday Exhibit - Middlebury!

 (above image: Moonlight by Deanna Shapiro)

Deanna Shapiro of Ferrisburgh, VT has her mixed media artwork included in the:

Seventh Annual Holiday Exhibit
Jackson Gallery
Town Hall Theatre
Middlebury, VT

This juried exhibition will feature twenty-eight regional artists whose work represents a wide variety of media and styles.

This holiday season show has become a tradition at Town Hall Theater and features unique and affordable works available for immediate purchase.

The exhibit continues through December 31, 2013.

Gallery Hours are Mon.- Sat. from 12-5 p.m.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Textiles - Hot off the Presses!

Elizabeth Fram of Waterbury Center, VT, has exciting news that her piece, "Transcendent Eclosion", appears in a section discussing Collage Quilts in the new book Quilt Essential - A Visual Directory of Contemporary Patterns, Fabrics & Color by Erin Burke Harris. (published by Stash Books, 2013)
(above image: "Transcendent Eclosion" by Elizabeth Fram)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thirteen Artists, Three Days

Member Jackie Abrams will be showing some of her new work at the upcoming:
Brattleboro West Arts Exhibit/Sale
December 13, 14, and 15, 2013
84 Flat Street
Brattleboro, Vermont
Thirteen Artists, Three Days!

Caspian Arts in Jericho

Members of Caspian Arts will be exhibiting at the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery from November 22 through December 22, 2013. 

 Caspian Arts is an organization of artists from the area surrounding Caspian Lake in Greensboro, Vermont, in the Northeast Kingdom, whose works include painting, weaving, jewelery, sculpture, pottery, textiles and woodworking.
The gallery is located in an 1860's English sheep barn, and is run by Emile Gruppe's daughter, Emilie Gruppe Alexander and her husband Stuart. Paintings by Emile Gruppe will also be on display and available for purchase.
The public is warmly invited to the Opening Reception 
Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 1pm - 3pm.  

Emile A. Gruppe Gallery
22 Barber Farm Road
Jericho, Vermont 
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm, or by appointment.
Directions to the gallery are available at the gallery website or by phoning 802-899-3211.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Call for Art - VT SDA at Studio Place Arts

Surface Design Association · 2014 Vermont Members’ Exhibit
(show title TBD)
April 15 - May 31, 2014
This is another excellent opportunity for Vermont Surface Design Association members to exhibit their work together in a new venue for us.  This exhibit falls during the busy spring Open Studio Weekend in Vermont, and I hope that everyone will participate!  

201 N. Main Street
Barre, VT 05641
Entries Due: Friday, January 31, 2014
Artwork Drop-Off: Sat. & Sun. April 5 & 6, 2014.
*your drop-off location will be coordinated with a member of our Exhibition Committee
Exhibit Dates: April 15 - May 31, 2014
Artists' Talk: Sat, April 26, 2014, 3-4pm
SPA's BASH Event: Sat. May 9, 2014, 7-9pm
*BASH is the ‘Big Arty SPA Happening’
An annual fundraiser & one of their best-attended events! You will be given a complimentary ticket for yourself and one for a guest.
Artwork Pick-Up: Mon. & Tue. June 2 & 3, 2014, 10am - 5pm

You'll find more details about the venue and general guidelines on the show prospectus that was emailed out.

Please send completed Entries via email to: Eve Jacobs-Carnahan
Any Questions? Please contact Karen at, or at 973-948-5801.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Call for Art - Vermont SDA Members' Exhibit

Surface Design Association · 2014 Vermont Members’ Exhibit
June 5 – July 13, 2014

This is an excellent opportunity for Vermont Surface Design Association members to exhibit their work together during a busy tourist season in Vermont, and I hope that everyone will participate!  


Emile A. Gruppe Gallery
22 Barber Farm Road, Jericho, VT 05465

Entries Due: Monday, December 9, 2013
Artwork Drop-Off: Sun. & Mon. June 1 & 2, 2014. 10am-5pm
Exhibit Dates: June 5-July 13, 2014
Artist Reception: Sunday, June 8, 2014, 2-4pm
Artwork Pick-Up: Sunday, July 13, 2014, 5pm - 7pm
*If unable to pick-up work by 7/13/14, Artist agrees to make other arrangements with Gallery to pick up within five days of show closing date (7/18/14)

Please keep this general guideline in mind when you submit your entry:
The Gallery space can accommodate approximately 25-30 wall pieces (average 16”x20” size) with exceptions made for large pieces.  3D work is encouraged as well, although size may be a consideration. If your work is smaller, more entries can be considered (whether 2D or 3D).

Please send completed Entries via email to: Karen Henderson,
Any questions, please contact Karen at her email, or at 973-948-5801.


The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

SDA member Jackie Abrams will be celebrating her 11th year exhibiting at the upcoming PMA Craft Show.

(above: group of encaustic baskets by Jackie Abrams)

This premier show and sale of contemporary craft includes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States, selected from more than 1,000 applicants. Artists from Lithuania will be featured. All work is for sale.

Show Dates: November 7 - 10
at the Philadephia Convention Center
Jackie's Booth is  #528.
She'll also be exhibiting her collaborative work with Brattleboro glass artist, Josh Bernbaum. They will show works they've created that combine vastly disparate techniques and materials into dynamic combinations and fusions of fiber and glass. Their work grows and develops with talk, respect, and consideration, so necessary for a successful collaboration.

(above: glass and woven sculptures by Jackie Abrams and Josh Bernbaum)

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Open Studio Weekend!

Vermont Craft Council's  

Fall Open Studio Tour - 2013

Saturday & Sunday Oct. 5 & 6, 10am-5pm



228 Nashville Rd. Jericho, Vt. 899-4993

"Red Branch" by Dianne Shullenberger (Colored Pencil)

Local Artists Betsy Chapek and Diana D. Dunn
Will Also Be Exhibiting in the
Dianne Shullenberger Gallery


 Jericho area's Open Studio HEADQUARTERS:
22 Barber Farm Road, Jericho

MAPS & Display of Participating VT Artists


*****In other news from Dianne, she's been selected as 

one of four artists to exhibit the 

Vermont Governor's Gallery in Montpelier in 2014. ******

Fall Workshops! - Vermont Surface Design

Silk Painting With and A Without Resist
Sat - Sun, 10/19 - 10/20:  9:30 - 4:30

Beautiful watercolor textures appear on silk by applying alcohol, salt or sugar to wet painted dye.  We'll use French dyes especially suited to silk painting, and introduce a non-toxic washable resist that allows for a range of design opportunities, from delicate outlined images to free abstract forms.  Then it's on to thickened dye and "stop flow" for even more possibilities!  You'll take away at least one beautiful scarf, and a myriad of samples and techniques for future enjoyment.   These will make beautiful Christmas gifts!

Quick Fabric Dyeing with Low Immersion
Compression Dyeing, Tray Dyeing, and Microwave Dyeing
Sat - Sun, 11/9  -  11/10:  9:30 - 4:30
In this workshop we'll produce colorful surfaces for quilting, wall pieces, embellishment, and art clothing with easy to use fiber-reactive dyes and quick techniques. Your results will always be one of a kind, and the textures and patterns  resemble the lovely hand-dyed Balinese fabrics we've seen in recent years.  This is a class for beginners just learning about fabric dyeing, as well as experienced fabric artists wanting to hone in on low immersion techniques for their emerging ideas.  We will be dyeing both cotton and silk.

Printing on with Thermofax Screens
Sat - Sun, 11/16 - 11/17:  9:30 - 4:30
Burning designs onto riso film with a thermofax machine creates long-lasting screens that print finely detailed images on fabric (and paper). With our thermafax machine and laser printer you will produce up to five screens generated from your own designs.  Copies from natural objects such as leaves, buds, grasses, etc. will be included in the design process.   For an additional application, we'll learn to make a stencil with fusible interfacing.  Thickened fiber-reactive dyes and textile paints will provide a wide range of color choices.  These techniques make wonderful printed imagery for layering on white or hand-dyed fabrics and t-shirts.  They transfer easily to paper and mixed media projects as well.  Bring your own visual inspiration and a desire to play.   

About the Instructor:

Pippa Drew has been a surface designer and painter for over 30 years.  She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a BFA in Fine Arts with a minor in textile design, and completed a masters thesis in oil painting at Dartmouth College.  Throughout the 1980s she created silk paintings from her studio in San Francisico, and in 1995 traveled to Java to study batik in Yogyakarta, with Agus Ishmoyo and Nia Fliam.  Between 2006 and 2008 she returned to Indonesia on several trips, creating an extensive body of work in mixed media while living in Bali.  She has taught batik and silk painting at the League of New Hampshire Craftsman and Catamount Arts, and shibori and surface design at Dartmouth College under a National Science Foundation Grant supporting interdisciplinary art and mathematics. In the field of surface design, Pippa has studied with Mary Anne Jordon, Joan Morris, Ellin Noble, Mo Kelman, Nicole St Pierre, Betsy Sterling Benjamin, Anna Lisa Hedstrom, Holly Heller, Achemi Cohn, Carol Soderlund, and is currently enrolled in the two year Art Cloth Mastery Program with Jane Dunnewold in her San Antonio Studio.  Her work has been shown in Northern New England, San Francisco, Tennessee, and New York City.

If you're interested, please contact Pippa Drew at this email ( or at 802 333 4308.

Classes take place at 305 West Fairlee Road, Post Mills VT, 05058.  The price is $200 per two day workshop.  Supplies are provided for a small materials fee.  Space is limited to 4 students per class. 

(your blog poster's note: Pippa's studio is AMAZING! You really should check it out -- it's spacious, with great lighting, and every care has been taken to ensure studio creativity and safety)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

New Member News!

New SDA Member, Wylie Sofia Garcia, has shared some really exciting news for this fall!

She has received a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist 2013 Fellowship. With this award she's begun a new body of work entitled Cloaking Device in which she explores theories of energy fields, protection devices, camouflage, holography, felting, and time travel.  

(left image: Cloaking Device by Wylie Sofia Garcia, 2013. Hand made needle felted dress made with dyed raw wool roving and spandex. Photo Credit: RL Photo)

See the work of Fellowship recipients at an upcoming Exhibit:

Foundation on Parade

October 7- 30, 2013

St. Botolph Club
199 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Meanwhile, Garcia also has a recent body of work on Exhibit in Colorado this fall:

The Dress That Makes The Woman

September 20 - November 2, 2013

Fort Collins Lincoln Center
417 West Magnolia, 

Fort Collins, CO 80521


(above image: Cloaking Device by Wylie Sofia Garcia, 2011.  Created from mixed textiles.)

In her series, The Dress That Makes The Woman, Garcia intended to embark upon a ritualized creative challenge: to wear and to work daily on a dress for one month at a time for an entire year. With this project came a year of love, loss, struggle and couture –the honest mess of one woman’s daily life. (Read more about the project on her blog at this link)

Congratulations, Wylie! 


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Art in the Round Barn

Almuth Palinkas of Barre, VT, has her work included included at the upcoming:
September 23 - October 14, 2013 

OPENING RECEPTION – September 22, 2013,  4 pm – 7 pm  
(General Admission to opening only, $20.00)
(above image: Windy Light by Almuth Palinkas)

Inn at the Round Barn Farm
1661 East Warren Road
Waitsfield, VT  05673
DIRECTIONS:  See, click on About, then click on Directions.  
Show Open Daily from 10 am – 5 pm, from September 23 – October 14, 2013 (Suggested Admission, $3.00)
***Please Note: Closed 2:30 pm on Sun. 9/29, Sat.10/5, Sat.10/12  for Private Events at the Inn***

Friday, August 23, 2013

Baskets and Surfaces Workshop

Jackie Abrams will be teaching a workshop in October at Snow Farm, The New England Craft School.

"Baskets and Surfaces"
October 6-12, 2013

(above image: Kimono by Jackie Abrams)

Explore shape, color, surface textures, and weaving techniques, using hand-painted cotton paper as the basket material. Learn bias plaiting and cathead weaving, along with their endless variations. Cover the surfaces with applications of materials such as paper, paints, and knotless netting. Discover the connections between material and form, and the new surface in relation to the underlying vessel. All welcome.

Snow Farm
The New England Craft School
5 Clary Road
Williamsburg, MA 01096

Woven Landscapes on Exhibit

Karen Henderson's work is currently on exhibit at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, VT.  Twenty of her ephemeral landscape inspired pieces will hang through the fall semester.

(above image: Nuance by Karen Henderson)

If you visit, you'll also get to enjoy permanent installations of the work of VT artist Elizabeth Billings.

Stay tuned for the Artists' Talk/Reception date!

Julien and Virginia Cornell Library
Vermont Law School
164 Chelsea Street
South Royalton, VT 05068

Monday-Friday: 8AM-Midnight
Saturday & Sunday: 9AM-Midnight

Health Care Center acquisition

One of Karen Henderson's fiber wall pieces have been acquired into the permanent art collection of Fletcher Allen Health Care Medical Center in Burlington, VT.

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Textile Collage on Exhibit

Waterbury Center member, Elizabeth Fram, will have her work included in an upcoming Exhibit. 

The Art of the Quilt
An exhibition of work representing five diverse artists and the varied ways they each approach the art quilt.

Exhibit Dates: September 7 - 30, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 2013 10am - 6pm


(left image: Sunlight by Elizabeth Fram)

Pigment Gallery
1860 Mellwood Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Gallery Hours: Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm

Yoga Flags Stolen - Please Help Find!

Have You Seen This Artwork???
You Can Help!

Seeking anyone with information who may have seen these flags:
(image: some of the variations-there are more colors on the full strands.
(image: close up of one flag)

Custom prayer flags made by Karen Henderson for Yoga On Church Street were stolen from Church Street Marketplace in Burlington,VT on Sat 8/10/13.

Marketplace staff hung these flags on Saturday by 2pm and by Sunday morning all that was left was the string they were strung on.
There were 2 long strands hung from light post to light post on the Upper Block of Church Street.  The flags are approx. 7"wide x 10"high each. There were 50 flags on each strand (100 flags total). The strands were approx 40 ft long each.

Anyone with with ANY information should contact or 802-318-5570
No one will be prosecuted.  We just want the flags back (anonymously is fine) for next year's event.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Museum acquisition

One of Brattleboro member Jackie Abrams' baskets has been bequeathed to the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC

 (above image: Basket by Jackie Abrams)

It will be shown as part of the "The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets" Exhibit opening October 4, 2013. The exhibit runs through December 4, 2013.

Renwick Gallery

1661 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 633-1000

Brattleboro-West Arts Studio Tour

SDA member Jackie Abrams will be participating in the Brattleboro-West Arts Studio Tour, September 28 and 29, in West Brattleboro, showing my work at the studio of Steve Lloyd, architect and painter.

(above image: Cathead baskets by Jackie Abrams)


SDA member Bhakti Ziek will have her work in the upcoming exhibit, 
W O V E N. 
(above image: Rain by Bhakti Ziek)

Exhibition Dates: August 16 - September 29, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 17, 4:00 - 6:00 pm   
Gallery Talk: August 17, 2013, 3:00 pm 
36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY  
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm

W O V E N celebrates the limitless artistic expressions of an ancient technique applied to materials new and old, unexpected and comforting. Ranging from works including common weaving materials like cotton and wool to the more exploratory – bullet-riddled steel, wire, tennis balls – the artists in this exhibition engage in an energetic dialogue between contemporary visual culture and the traditions of the textile industry.
Highlighting the interdependence of ingenuity, skill and imagination, the objects making up this exhibition celebrate freedom from functional constraint. The overriding issues are: does the artist's imagination and ability to execute his/her concept spark an awesome, unexpected visual and emotional reaction – and if so, will it encourage the viewer to liberate his/her imagination to a place previously unrevealed? Curated by Sylvia Leonard Wolf and Tina Bromberg, W O V E N transforms the gallery space at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts into a fantastical, web-like exploration of space, scale, texture, and color.

The artists in the exhibition are: Susan Brandeis, Yale Epstein, Marsha Farley, John Garrett, Rob Goldfarb, Sheila Hicks, Nancy Koenigsberg, Alex Kveton, Jorge Lizarazo for Hechizoo Textiles, Lael Marshall, David Poppie, Kate Rapin, Joanne Russo, Zoe Siegel, Mamie Spiegel, Altoon Sultan, Harriet Tannin, Suzanne Tick, Grace Wapner, James Brendan Williams, Bhakti Ziek.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Art Textiles & Paintings at Westview Meadows

Art Textiles & Paintings"

This small exhibition is a sampling of SDA member Almuth Palinkas' work over the years in art textiles, pastel, watercolor, and oil. 

July 1 – August 31, 2013, daily from 9am – 4pm

Westview Meadows
171 Westview Meadows Rd
Montpelier, VT  05602

On the Internet, enter Westview Meadows At Montpelier, and click on Directions.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Fiber & Photography at Brandon Artists Guild

SDA member Althea Bilodeau will have her fiber art work featured alongside photographer Douglas Biklan's work, at the Brandon Artists Guild.  The art scene in the town of Brandon was just featured in the recent 7days Vermont, so check it out!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Weave a Real Peace

Weave a Real Peace (WARP) is a networking organization of weavers, academics, and interested supporters who value the importance of textiles to communities around the world.
One of the highlights of the organization is the annual meeting, which is held in different parts of the country each year. It's a time for visiting, sharing, networking, selling and buying ethnic textiles, learning. 

This year's meeting is being held in Manchester, NH, June 27-30. Visits include the American Textile History Museum and the Millyard Museum. Among the presenters are Michael from Deans Beans, talking about fair trade, and an introduction to Sewing Confidence, a cooperative of refugee women in Manchester.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

VT Crafts Council - Open Studio Weekend!

It's almost time for a wonderful Vermont tradition -- Open Studio Weekend, sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council. On Saturday and Sunday, May 25th & 26th, from 10am - 5pm each day, you can visit participating artists all over the state!

Two SDA Members have shared the exciting news that they are participating again this year, so if you're out and about, looking for the yellow signs of artists to visit, please stop and say hi to both Dianne and Judy!

(above image: "Beside the Betsy" by Dianne Shullenberger)
Dianne Shullenberger Gallery
228 Nashville Road
Jericho, VT 05465

Open Studio Map #034
Chittenden County page of guide

(above image: "Dream a Little Dream" by Judy B. Dales)
Judy B. Dales 
2254 Craftsbury Rd, PO Box 166
Greensboro VT 05841

Open Studio Weekend Map: #233
Orleans County on page 31 of guide

Here are all the Maps and Directions for the Open Studio Weekend 

What a great chance to learn about artisans' creative processes and get a glimpse of their studios and works in progress!  

Be sure to get out and Enjoy all the inspired works of Vermont Artists all around the state....

Monday, May 13, 2013

More Spring Member News!

Gretchen Alexander, of Jericho, VT has an upcoming Exhibit:

"Confluence:  Mountains and Rivers, Art and Science, Workmates and Friends" 

May 30th - June 16th, 2013

Opening Reception: 
Sunday, June 2nd, 1 - 4 pm.  

(above image: "Meander"(detail) by Gretchen Alexander)

22 Barber Farm Rd.
Jericho, VT 05465

Gallery Hours:
10am - 3pm, Thursday - Sunday, or by appointment

Spring Member News!

Elizabeth Fram, of Waterbury Center, has a piece included in the upcoming show:

Small Expressions 2013

Exhibit: June 1 - September 7, 2013
(above image: "Stand" by Elizabeth Fram)

Small Expressions is an annual, international, juried exhibit featuring high quality, contemporary small-scale works. The Exhibit will be held at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Saint Charles, Illiois.

Fine Line Creative Arts Center
6N158 Crane Road
St. Charles, IL 60175