Thursday, March 23, 2017

More work from Stitched Together

More work from Stitched Together 

Touring Fiber Art Exhibit by Members of SAQA ILWI  

Studio Art Quilt Associates from Illinois and Wisconsin      Sharon L. Wright, Juror
Pat Kroth and Cynthia Wenslow, Co-Curators

International Quilt Festival

Rosemont, IL Donald Stevens Convention Center
April 6-8, 2017

Roz DeBoer  Impressions of a Lane
Clairan Ferrano The Darkness Surrounds Us IV

Carole Frocillo Morning Possibilities
Pat Gaska   Quiet Light

Sally Jane Gradle  Dignity  
Mary Alice Hart          Herald Angel of Faith

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Few More images from Stitched Together at IQF Chicago

Stitched Together Exhibit premiers at IQF Chicago

Stitched Together ~ Touring Fiber Art Exhibit by Members of SAQA ILWI  
Studio Art Quilt Associates from Illinois and Wisconsin      Sharon L. Wright, Juror
Pat Kroth and Cynthia Wenslow, Co-Curators

International Quilt Festival
Rosemont, IL Donald Stevens Convention Center
April 6-8, 2017
Joan Bratton  The Gift

Hilary Clark Screen Door
                 Shelley Brucar  Healing Waters                                                                                    
Wendy Butler Berns   Trish and Tweety

Jacque Davis Pull of the Moon

Monday, March 13, 2017

Stitched Together Exhibit premiers at IQF Chicago

Stitched Together ~ Touring Fiber Art Exhibit by Members of SAQA ILWI  
Studio Art Quilt Associates from Illinois and Wisconsin      Sharon L. Wright, Juror
Pat Kroth and Cynthia Wenslow, Co-Curators

International Quilt Festival
Rosemont, IL Donald Stevens Convention Center
April 6-8, 2017

Frieda Anderson  Duluth Trees

Colleen Anspaugh  Yellow Pods
Darcy Berg  Billy  
Pat Bishop    Field #5

Sunday, November 13, 2016

November 16 SAQA ILWI Meeting at Starline Studios

Don't Miss this Fun Event! 
Please RSVP:
November 16, 2016, Wednesday, 10AM Meeting at Starline Studios, 400 W. Front St. Harvard, IL 60033,with Barbara Schneider and Trunk show with clothing designer Cynthia Ashby. Bring a dish to pass and art work to share.  Don't miss this chance to visit the great Starline studios, terrific work by Cynthia, and
Barbara 's studio sale afterward!  Not to mention networking with fellow Saqa regional members! 

Cynthia Ashby, Inc. was officially founded in 1997 after Cynthia had success selling one-of-kind dresses in local boutiques while a student.  As the solo owner, Cynthia has grown her brand into a wholesale company selling to more than 60 stores in the US and Canada, as well as individual sales through Artful Home. She designs between five and seven collections a year, along with exclusive items for Artful Home.
 Quality is as important as innovation. Cynthia herself has a hand in every part of the business.  She creates all patterns, sews and tests first samples, and fuels her inspiration by continuously experimenting with small production items that embrace hand process, like dip-dying and piecing.
She designs using quality, natural fabrics,silk, linen, cotton, and occasional synthetics in varying weights, combinations, and textures to create collections as versatile as her customers' personalities. She designs for women who wish to look modern yet timeless, natural yet edgy, with clothing that is as functional as it is beautiful. When you wear Cynthia Ashby, you look and feel unique, a little mysterious, and always, deliciously comfortable.
Wednesday, 11-16, 1- 6 pm
Saturday, 11-19, 9-4 pm
Asian textiles and objects (lots)  Thread boxes
Papermaking supplies  Prints  Small quilts
Vintage dishtowels Kimono and obi
Stencils  Thermofax photocopies  Heat press
Kuba cloth  Japanese bound books  Paper pads 
Wall hangings    Chinese Miao textiles
Antique Japanese Boys Day Banner
Fabric bundles            Scrap bags of threads and yarns
Barbara Schneider artwork (lots)  Specialty papers
Sewing and surface design supplies
Many other items 
Studio 205 H at the Starline Building
400 Front St. Harvard, IL
Barbara Schneider, 815-403-6424

Thursday, September 29, 2016

70 at 70- new publication by Barbara Schneider

From SAQA ILWI member and former regional co-rep Barbara Schneider:
As some of you know I just celebrated my 70th birthday. It does NOT seem possible that time has passed so quickly. 
I decided that it was a good opportunity to look backward and forward in terms of my artist’s path.  The result was that I created a book, 70 at 70, in which I showcase 70 pieces of artwork, organized in a way to tell why these pieces matter. It became my birthday present to my family and a few friends.

It was very satisfying to go through the process of looking and selecting pieces, and remembering when they were made and for what purpose. I hope to do this again – 80 at 80 and even more hopefully, 90 x 90! And it was easier than trying to give away 70 pieces of artwork.
Other friends have been asking about getting a copy.  It is available on Blurb at:

Because it is large format and it takes a lot of pages to cover 70 pieces it is not an inexpensive book. If you are interested I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

SAQA ILWI members in Northern Art Competition

29th Annual Northern National Art Competition
SAQA ILWI member Pat Bishop received the Donor's award for Three of a Kind.
Pat Bishop   Three of a Kind
 Pat Kroth's work Sew Sweet was also included in the exhibit.
Pat Kroth Sew Sweet (detail)

Nicolet College Art Gallery
Rhinelander, Wisconsin
September 24 - November 5, 2016
This  exhibition is a cooperative venture of the Northern Arts Council and Nicolet College Art Galley. Work in all mediums was accepted.
5364 College Drive
Rhinelander, WI  54501

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Upcoming Exhibits to see

Bonnie Peterson
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, WI (near Bayfield), 
from September  1 - November 7

Connections: Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists
September 1, - October 31, 2016
UW Arboretum Visitors Center,
Steinhauer Trust Art Gallery
1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711-3726

"Close Reading: Sewn Works by Katherine Kuehn" is a free exhibit at the Chazen Art Museum from now until October 16th. This is the way it's described: "Printer Katherine Kuehn explores words with fabric as matrix and thread as ink in this selection of recent work. She is will discuss her work on September 22 at 5:30 with a reception afterwards."

"Stitching History from the Holocaust" is another free exhibit taking place from September 11-November 13
at the Ruth Davis Design Gallery at the School for Human Ecology (formerly, Home Ec) at 1300 Linden Drive in Madison. Check the hours, as the hours for this building vary quite a bit.
Here's the description: "Dresses and Accessories made from original sketches by HedyStrnad who perished in the Holocaust will be on view. Exhibit created by and on loan from the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Panel discussion 'The Story Behind the Exhibition' will take place on September 11 at 1:00 with a reception afterwards."

"Quilt Nihon": A display of 32 award-winning quilts from the 12tth Quilt Nihon Exhibition in Japan, the largest international quilting contest in Japan is on exhibit August 18 through November 13, 2016 at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, WI. There is an admission charge of about $8, and there is said to be considerable road construction which most GPS and Google Maps info gets wrong: apparently, MapQuest provides reliable info around the road construction

Beading Culture: Raised Beadwork and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
September 16 - November 6 James Watrous Gallery in Overture Center for the Arts, Madison,WI

Beading Culture showcases the work of Wisconsin Oneida artists dedicated to the survival of one of their most important artistic traditions: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) raised beadwork. Created in partnership with the Oneida Nation Arts Program, the exhibition tells a complex, layered story of cultural resilience and the role of art in defining community.