Studio Art Quilt Associates

Sunday, January 29, 2012

100 Artists Living in the Midwest

Greeting All, Here is the description of a new book that will be coming out later mid-year and SAQA IL/WI members Clairan Ferrono and Trish Williams are two of the 100. "This expansive book takes a fresh look at 100 living artists from the Midwest, their personal stories and inspirations, along with several examples of their works. A wealth of urban settings, wide plains, flourishing cities, rushing rivers, and placid lakes are source material and inspiration for the artists. These works show how each artist interprets life. They explore the richness of the homegrown imagery of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin – their culture, society, and environment. They are delineating our stories for future generations in oil, pastels, sculpture, and other media. Their works are displayed in over 600 full color images. This book is essential for all who appreciate or practice art today".

This book will be available by May 2010 and you can check Schiffer Books website for more info.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Quilts in Color Opening -Barbara

Greetings All,

Member and regional rep Barbra Schneider is part of an exhibit at the Anderson Arts Center called Quilts in Color. She will have one room with about ten of her "Water Colors" - part of her series of water reflection quilts. The reception is from 1-4 pm on Sunday, January 29. She will also have a piece called 100 Long Lives in the Women's Journeys In Fiber, Aprons exhibit that will be there at the same time. There are 5 artists exhibiting in the Quilts in Color exhibit and there are about 30 artists represented in the Aprons exhibit so there is lots to see and make the trip worthwhile!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Clairan Ferrono - update

My work is now for sale on the Artsy Home website If you are interested in a piece you don't see there, please contact me.

The Studio Quilt #6 by Sandra Sider is for sale at Amazon:

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird exhibit runs through 20 Feb at
Waukesha Civic Theater Gallery

264 West Main Street Waukesha, WI 53186
(262) 547-0708


Monday, January 16, 2012

Bonnie Peterson Workshop

Greetings All,
Bonnie Peterson presents In the Studio:Into the Mix - Machine Embroidery and Heat Transfers with Bonnie PetersonFriday, April 13; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Add new depth, texture and contextual language to your compositions by incorporating embroidery and photographed imagery. Visiting artist Bonnie Peterson shares her skills for managing machine embroidery and heat transfers via power point lecture, samples of her work and step-by-step demonstrations. There will be time and materials for students to experience and practice working with some hand embroidery and heat transfer techniques. Peterson offers professional advice on fabric, embroidery or other threads, drawings, and photo samples for inclusion in artwork. Students are welcome to bring sewing machines equipped with either a free motion quilting foot or an embroidery foot for some additional hands-on experience. Do bring your favorite fabric scissors and a leather thimble as well as a pencil and notebook for taking notes. Registration Deadline: April 6Members $30, general public $38; included materials. William Bonifas Fine Arts Center700 First Ave. SouthEscanaba, MI 49829(906)

Bonnie Peterson630-673-5530

Saturday, January 7, 2012

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird exhibit

Greetings All,
Waukesha Civic Theater Gallery hosts 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, based on a poem of the same name by Wallace Stevens. The exhibit includes thirteen art quilts by twelve members of the Fiber Artists Coalition and runs January 10th thru February 20, 2012. The address is 264 W. Main Street, Waukesha, WI 53186 and phone number is 262-547-0708 for more information.

The Fiber Artists Coalition is made up of Professional Artist Members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) from the upper Midwest. FAC curates traveling exhibits of its members' works. Members employ a variety of innovative materials and techniques in the creation of fiber art with a contemporary edge. Some members have published books about their artistic processes and are in demand as teachers and presenters. Many exhibit their work in juried group and solo exhibitions within and beyond the U.S. The twelve members whose works are included in this show are Astrid Hilger Bennett, Kathie Briggs, Shelley Brucar, Cheryl Dineen Ferrin, Clairan Ferrono, Kasia, Peg Keeney, Pat Kroth, Casey Puetz, Joan Potter Thomas, Laura Wasilowski, and Trish Williams.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Jean M. Judd and Mesa Arts Center

Greetings All and Happy New Year!
The Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona has selected textile artist Jean M. Judd of Cushing, Wisconsin for inclusion in the 33rd Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition. Artwork selected for inclusion in the exhibit includes: Sound Waves #1 (below). This is Judd’s third consecutive year being included in this exhibition.

This exhibition highlights the finest in contemporary crafts from around the country and is a benchmark of innovation and quality produced within traditional craft forms such as ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, paper making and book arts. Fifty artworks by thirty-eight artists were selected from a pool of 242 submissions by exhibition juror Katie A. Lee, Assistant Director of the Center of Craft, Creativity & Design at UNC Asheville, North Carolina.

The exhibition opens on January 27, 2012 and is open through March 18, 2012. The artist reception and awards presentation is on January 27, 2012 from 6 to 8pm. The address of the art center is:

Mesa Contemporary Arts
One East Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85211

Visit the art center’s web site at( for more information about the exhibition and art center or call 480-644-6501 to speak to Patty Haberman, Curator of Mesa Contemporary Arts.