Monday, December 29, 2008

Ringing In a New Year!


Works from Arle-Sklar Weinstein's "Artist Portrait Project" are on display as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of Art/Place artists at Housatonic Museum in Bridgeport, CT. The Museum's press release states,"A highlight will be a wall with a grid of artist portraits created by member Arle Sklar-Weinstein."

The seeds of the project sprouted in 2007 when Arle was participating in an artist residency in Spain. This inspired her Artist Portrait Project, a series of photo montages of eight international artists and writers. Arle explains that her artist portraits are usually transferred to fabric and then stitched; the works in this current exhibit are 16" x 20" gallery wrapped canvas portraits.

Art Consultant and Reviewer Camilla Cook writes that Arle's work "captures the essence and soul of each artist and their work, but it is the selection of 'artifacts' and montage presentations that displays her astute eye."

Arle will be giving an artist talk and doing a book signing at the exhibition on January 8, 2009, 5:30-7:00 PM.

OFF THE GRID Registration Reminder

It's time to send in your registration for the 2009 Surface Design Association Conference "Off the Grid." For more information, visit the Surface Design Association website.

Monday, December 1, 2008

SDA Member News December 1, 2008

Kyoto Kimono Holiday Sale!

Kimono, haori, obi, fabric, Japanique boutique, gifts and more!

Friday, December 12, 2008
Noon - 7:00 PM
American Association of University Women Branch House in Murray Hill
111 East (Between Park and Lexington)
New York City

Get a preview of the wonderful items you can purchase by visiting the website at

If you can't make this sale, you might be interested in bringing Kyoto Kimono's beautiful products to your home for a fashion show and sale, or set up a fundraiser for your organization. Just contact Nancy McDonough, owner, at . Nancy is also accepting speaking engagements for 2009. She'll be happy to give you more information.

Barbara Arlen Consulting in India

Barbara Arlen left for India on November 18, where she will stay until early January. During her time there she will consult with traditional hand weavers creating original Benares designs and colors for duvet covers and decorative pillows for use in selected Taj Hotels through a grant from the Taj Trade Initiatives with Artisans in Varanasi, India. She will also consult with Paramparik Karigar, a craft person-run NGO in Mumbai, India, and work with traditional Pattachitra, palm leaf hand painters and master Ikkat weavers creating new products for their arts domestically outside of Puri
and Bargarh, Orissa, India.

I hope that Barbara will send us some photos and highlights of her experiences there. I am also trusting that she was safe during the devastating terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Introducing NYS SDA Member Judith Plotner

Judith, a NYC native, studied painting and graphics at the High School of Music and Art and Art and City College of NY, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1961.

Judith and her husband Stan live "off the grid" on a 20 acre former goat farm in Bleecker, NY with two ponds and a 100 year old farmhouse. The couple purchased the house in 1984 as a retreat from city life and moved there permanently 18 years ago when Stan retired from a career teaching industrial arts in the Bronx.

What is life like off the grid? A gas generator powers Judith's computer, copier and sewing machine. In winter, Judith and Stan pump their own water from a deep-draw well outside the house and heat it on a wood stove or gas cooking stove.

Lovers of nature and the outdoors, the couple gardens, hikes, skis, canoes and thrills to the breathtaking beauty of their natural surroundings right at the foothills of the Adirondack park. But in addition to living a life close to nature, Judith is also an accomplished artist.

Judith creates textile art works that integrate her love of fabric and collage with her training as a painter and printmaker. Her techniques include monoprint, photocopy, silkscreen, stamping, dye and paint.

Her work combines typography with fragments of written messages and journals, using the printed word both as an element of design and to provide hints of communication. Judith works in series, continuing the exploration of an initial idea through successive pieces. Each piece is multi-layered. Although her works are both pieced and appliqued, she frequently leaves raw edges to add vitality and immediacy to the work.

To see more of Judith's work and read an article about her lifestyle that appeared in a 2001 issue of Adirondack Life magazine, visit her website at

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

SDA Member News and Introductions November 20, 2008

"Urban Reflections #5, 35" x 35", by Barbara Jade Triton, Manhattan Quilters Guild member

OPENING: The Manhattan Quilters Guild invites you to attend an exhibition at the Bronxville Public Library. Sandra Sider will lecture at 2 PM on Dec. 2, followed by an opening reception from 3 - 5 PM. The exhibition will be open December 1, 2008 -- January 2, 2009. The library is located at 201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville, NY. If you can't attend in person, visit the group's virtual exhibition at



Madona is the textile and wearable art designer of the Madona Cole Originals label and the program director/facilitator of My Time Has Come™ programs: a home-based venture in Bellmore, New York. Under Madona Cole Originals, she designs and creates one-of-a-kind and limited edition wearable art fashions and accessories.
Madona explains, "As an artist, I am particularly interested in providing fashionable solutions that address the emotional, social and health needs of women and girls. When it comes to addressing the fashion and emotional needs of women and girls looking to maintain their dignity in the face of chemotherapy treatment and alopecia, it is without question that there is a lack of user-friendly, functional and stylish head-coverings that are readily available. I must note that there is an abundance of bandannas, baseball caps and scarves, all of which have their own merits but are not always appropriate or easy to use if one was to depend on them as the only available solution."
"As this underserved segment of our society deals with their medical challenges, the desire to look and feel intact becomes a matter of necessity. With that in mind, I recently launched the Carolyn Series Turwrap™ and the Rinde´wrap™ as the 'perfect solution' component of my Madona Cole Originals Dignity Headwear ™Collection. The Swarovski crystal on each Carolyn Series Turwrap™ bought for or by someone who is going through chemotherapy treatment, signifies the light that will illuminate the way to victory and the eventual cure of cancer."

Madona has also established a cultural arts program, "My Time Has Come", which offers art-related, cultural and social programs geared toward children, educators and families to create a forum for appreciation and celebration of cultural and social diversity. Madona Cole Originals donates 15% of its profits to "My Time Has Come" support these programs.

SDA Member News Update November 19, 2008


invites you to visit her design studio for her Fall Sale

54 West 22 Street -5th Floor

New York, NY 10010


Sale Hours: Monday, November 17 through Saturday, November 22nd

2 PM - 6 PM

Please come and choose from Morag's line of notecards and wrapping paper, based on her silk painted designs. See examples of creative uses for gift wrap.

Morag will demonstrate her silk painting techiques and offer a limited number of hand painted silk scarves for purchase

Sunday, November 2, 2008

SDA Member News November 2-9, 2008

Textiles Now, by Drusilla Cole, Laurence Publishing Ltd., London, released October 2008, has two works by Jeanne Raffer Beck ( included in it. The book is currently listed at for around $23.00. For several excerpts from this book and more details, please visit Jeanne's blog,
Meeting Notice: The members of the Textile Study Group of New York (TSGNY) cordially invite SDA members to join us at our November meeting.
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Time: 7 PM
Speaker: Gail Martin, specialist in ancient, antique, and ethnographic textiles and owner of the Gail Martin Gallery.
Topic: Artist: Unknown -- Looking at the 19th Century Central Asian IkatLocation: Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist40 East 35th Street (between Park & Madison Aves.)New York City, NYAdmission: $5.00 Special Guest Fee for members of other textile organizations$10.00 Fee for unaffiliated guests attending a TSGNY meeting
For further information about the Textile Study Group of New York, please visit: www.tsgny.orgFor more information about Gail Martin and her gallery, check:

Sunday, October 26, 2008

SDA NY News October 26 - November 2, 2008

Quilt Critique Service

For November 13th, will feature a special Advanced session for professional-level artists working in the quilt medium. While only five artists may participate actively and show their work, anyone may listen as a Silent Participant. Registration information is on the web site, and the Active Participants need to register by November 3rd.

New Exhibition Opening:

The Hewitt Gallery of Art at 221 E. 71st St., New York, NY, 10021 will host "Pieced Together", an exhibition of work by Jane Broaddus, Michael Cummings, Bonnie Epstein, Rebecca Mushtare and Larry Schulte. "Pieced Together" runs November 3 - December 2, 2008, with a reception on Thursday, November 6th, 6 - 8 pm. The gallery will be open daily Monday-Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm. It will be closed from November 21-25, 2008 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

SDA News October 19-26, 2008

It's been a quiet week in the SDA e-mail inbox, but here are a few gems you'll want to make sure you don't miss:

The New York Times has an excellent article on Alexander Calder and a short video that illustrates his wonderful imagination. A joyful reminder that artmaking is about creative play.

Here's another link to a fascinating article in The New Yorker magazine: "Late Bloomers - Why do we Equate Genius with Precocity"

Some geniuses explode into their creative potentials at an early age and see their powers fade in later years. Others work steadily and quietly, often for decades, before reaching their full potential. If you are a mid-life artist like I am, you will find the article both informational and reassuring that there's still time for greatness!! Interesting acknowledgement as well to the concept of "patrons" in a creative person's life -- their support is essential.

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Have a great week!
Jeanne, NY rep

Sunday, October 12, 2008

SDA Member News October 12,2008

The Textile Study Group of New York cordially invites members of SDA to their October meeting. Knitter Ann Clarke will speak about her work. Ann creates one-of-a-kind knitted, felted, pieced and embellished wearable art.

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Time: 7 PM
Place: Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 E. 35th Street (between Park and Madison Aves.), New York, NY
Admission: $5.00 Special Guest Fee for members of other textile organizations $10.00 Fee for unaffiliated guests attending a TSGNY meeting

For more about Clarke's work, please check:
For information about the Textile Study Group of New York, please visit
Grey Flag by Larry Schulte

Erin by Larry Schulte

Orange Flag by Larry Schulte

Larry Schulte's work will be displayed in three upcoming exhibits. The first one, "Pieced Together", is a group show at Hewitt Gallery of Art, Marymount Manhattan College, 221 East 71st St, New York City. Participating artists are: Jane Broaddus, Michael Cummings, Bonnie Epstein, Larry Schulte and Rebecca White. The exhibit was curated by Millie Burns, Director, Hewitt Gallery of Art. Opening reception November 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

"Larry Schulte", January 1-March 31, 2009. Lobby gallery of I. M. Pei-designed office tower, 499 Park Avenue, New York City. This exhibit includes selections from the last 20 years, including woven painted paper, prints, and mixed media pieces.

"Larry Schulte: Printed Work", February 1-February 28, 2009. Manhattan Graphics Center, 481 Washington Street.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

SDA Member News October 5-12, 2008

"Ocean City -- On the Beach," Jozef Bajus, 2007

Jozef Bajus has a new show, "The Combing Wave: Recent Works", at the Albright Knox Collectors Gallery, October 3 - November 2, 2008. The exhibition will highlight recent drawings, 2D compositions and 3D paper and fiber sculptures, from 2007-08. The Albright Knox Art Gallery is located at 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222.

"Hush," by Dianne Matus

Dianne Matus' piece "Hush" has been juried into "A Way With Words," an exhibit featuring work in all media by selected Long Island Craft Guild members. The show will be at the Jericho Library in Jericho, NY the entire month of October. The juror, Tamson Greene, is an art historian and associate liaison to Andrea Rosen of the Andrea Rosen Gallery in Chelsea. See more of Dianne's work at

NEW online, interactive QUILT ART CRITIQUES, moderated by Sandra Sider with producer Lisa Chipetine. Join the five other Active Participants in each hour-long session and have your quilt critiqued for $20, or visit as a Silent Participant for only $5 to see and hear the entire session. See:

Have a great week, New York!

Friday, September 26, 2008

News for September 28 - October 4, 2008

Time to launch an easier way for New York State SDA members to communicate with each other. Using the blog format makes it easy for your state rep to upload images, make comments and edit any mistakes in name spelling or dates, etc. NYS members can even subscribe to the blog and have member news and images appear right in their e-mail in-boxes!

I'm hoping this will become an excellent tool for New York SDA members across the state. Blogs are open to any and all who want to visit, and Google will list key words and names in these posts in their search engines, so it may help serve SDA and the artists as a marketing tool as well. So keep your SDA membership current and please continue to send your news and images to me. I am changing my e-mail server to receive your images more easily, so please send future images and correspondence to me at Many thanks for your participation and support.
Correction: Last week's announcements included a misspelling of Ita's last name, which is Ita Aber. My apologies, Ita.

Here are the images to accompany last week's updates:

"Modern Gleaners", one of a series of silk paintings by Berenice Pliskin about illegal immigrants in America, is currently on display at The Katonah Museum Artist Association at the Sculpture Barn in New Fairfield, CT., Oct. 12-Nov.2.

Anna Drastik's "Chandelier" is currently on display at Triple Five Soul Store in SOHO.

Barbara Murak's sculptural fiber lettuce that is currently part of an exhibition at the Kenan Center in Lockport, NY.

This week's SDA-NY member news:

Elaine Lontemp's piece, "We Are But One World" has been included in the grand opening of the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery in Escondido, California. The show title is "The National Fiber Arts Exhibition," August 28-October 3. If anyone is visiting that area of California, please see the show and the new gallery.

Elaine spent several weeks doing research to select the texts for“We Are One World” and its companion piece “No One Is Listening” for a show in Toronto, Canada. Most of the factual information was very disturbing and some of it tragic. Excerpts were inkjet printed onto fabric, then cut into strips and sewn together randomly with a red cross-stitch.

In “We Are But One World”, the colors start out dark and ominous, blacks and deep blood red, the colors of danger, anger, violence, bloodshed, death, negativity, hatred, power, revolt, and aggression, with words describing pollution, contamination, carcinogens, deadly human error and horrible violation of nature.

As we try to deal with the problems, the colors change to purple, the color of brotherhood, truth, taking action; olive green, the color of wisdom, acceptance, understanding; magenta, representing tremendous respect for the sacredness of all life, and dark blue, seeing clearly all that there is to see.

These colors work their way to orange, the color of joy, deep insight, trust, bonding; turquoise, individual responsibility and humanitarian interdependence; blue, integrity, honesty, diplomacy, negotiation, peace; and green, the point of change, inter-connectedness, balance, love of the Earth and harmony with nature and each other.

It is interesting to note that in order to read both sides of “We Are But One World”, one must change one’s viewing position, i.e. change one’s point of view.

Suzanne Punch,, has a diptych window installation at Liberty House, a boutique at Broadway and West 112th St. "Autumnal Equinox", 44" x 12" banners, silk crepe de chine, painted with French silk dyes and brushed on gutta resist.

Jeanne Beck has a redesigned website and invites you to visit it at