Sunday, December 27, 2009

SDA NY Member News December 27, 2009

Felted Art by Naomi Tarantal, Steinhardt Staff Member, on Display

Naomi Tarantal, an administrative secretary in Steinhardt's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions is among 18 artists whose work

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Photo: 'What the Arusticated Bear Done Wear,' by Naomi Tarantal; felted wool and found metal. Credit: D. James Dee

is featured in 'Collective,' a multimedia art exhibit sponsored by the Union of Clerical, Administration & Technical Staff (UCATS) and NYU.

Tarantal is a textile artist who works in the ancient medium of felting, combining wool, silk, and fabric along with found metal to create innovative art pieces, as well as hats, shawls, and jewelry, which appear under the label, 'Sveltefelt.'

In keeping with the art’s nomadic roots, Tarantal has traversed the 'Felt Road,’ traveling to Kyrgyzstan to attend the First International Felt Symposium, and most recently to Petäjävesi, Finland, where she studied and exhibited a shawl at an invitational exhibit.

Her piece, 'Licorice on the Lam,' was part of 'Fiber for the Future,’ an exhibit at the A.I.R. Gallery in Chelsea, New York, juried by Matilda McQuaid of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

A graduate of Steinhardt's studio art program (BS, '95), Tarantal is a member of the Textile Study Group of New York. 'Collective,' a collaboration between UCATS and NYU, is aimed at showcasing the talents of NYU union members and employees.

Tarantal’s work can be seen in the first-floor windows of the Kimmel Center at 60 Washington Square South. Art is also exhibited in the Kimmel Center's Commuter Lounge Gallery on the 2nd floor and Stovall Family Gallery on the 8th floor.

.K. Velis Turan Accepted into NYS MARK Program

MARK is the New York Foundation for the Arts'(NYFA) new statewide six-month program for visual artists who want a unique opportunity for individualized focus on the professional side of their creative practice. MARK is designed to address the concerns of artists living outside of New York City while providing them with a new network statewide. Participating artists can expect MARK to spark goals and help to define concrete steps while providing individual and group feedback on how to better present yourself.

  • What will the MARK Program include?
  • - Focus on strategies for expanding your visibility as an artist.
  • - Curriculum emphasizes goal setting and includes using the internet effectively, strengthening grant or project applications, improving writing and speaking about your work and identifying exhibition opportunities.
  • - Between seminars, artists will be assigned projects related to their specific goals.
  • - Individual feedback given to all participants.

(Ed. note: We hope we will get additional reports from K. Velis about this worthwhile program as it unfolds).

Arle Sklar Weinstein

Arle Sklar-Weinstein

Arle has an upcoming exhibition/installation at Silvermine Guild Arts Center called “IN RELATION TO: An Art Adventure between Jody Silver and Arle-Sklar Weinstein”.

Dates: January 10 – February 19, 2010. Opening Reception January 10, 2-4 PM.

In addition, Sklar-Weinstein, in her role as the BLUE DOOR GALLERY Director, is issuing a call to women artists for an upcoming exhibition called “Women About Woman: A BROAD Introspective Retrospective,” scheduled to open on May 20, 2010. Go to the BLUE DOOR GALLERY website for the Prospectus and more information.  

Sunday, December 13, 2009

SDA NY Member News December 13, 2009


conversation Berenice Pliskin

Conversations by Berenice Pliskin

Berenice Pliskin will be showing her silk painting “Conversation” in the exhibit "Interiors", a group show of area artists.

Dates: December 10 – January 31, 2010

Location: Paramount Center for the Arts, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill, NY (914-739-2333)

Introducing SDA Member Linda Van Alstyne

Pietroglyphs by Linda Van Alstyne

Linda, who has been an SDA member for four years, has been exploring the “endless possibilities of handmade felt” since 1994. Working with felt allows her to sculpt wearable masks and other artful objects. Prior to that she worked with on and off loom weaving, including basket weaving, natural dyeing and spinning.

The Pietroglyph series developed in response to a theme, “What’s out is IN” for the NEFG ‘08 exhibit season. Layered immersion dyeing using reverse stenciling creates the various images, which are then hand stitched together. Shibori dye techniques as well as surface stitching develop further textural contrast and interest.

Linda is the president of the Northeast Feltmakers Guild (NEFG). Linda exhibits her work with NEFG and by invitation to galleries throughout the United States. She also teaches in her home studio and upon request. She will be teaching the FUNdamentals of Feltmaking at Augusta Heritage Center at David Elkins College in the summer, 2010.

Linda is also a doctor of physical therapy who provides specialized treatment for individuals experiencing pelvic pain and dysfunction.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

SDA NY Member News November 29, 2009


Jewelry by Joanne Espinosa, Painting on Silk by Suzanne Punch and Pottery by Sylvia March

Location: Manhattan -- 119 West 85th St Apt #1 between Columbus and Amsterdam

Dates: December 4-6 and December 11-13

Hours: Friday 4-8 PM, Saturday 1-7 PM, Sunday 1-7 PM and Appointments through December 22, 212-721-4930

Join us at Joanne’s for a festive gather of beautiful objects and wonderful gifts to celebrate the season. REFRESHMENTS AND HOLIDAY CHEER!


You're invited to visit Jeanne Beck's studio, #366 (third floor), during A-Maze-Ing Hungerford, a building wide open house and holiday sale.

Dates: Friday, December 4, 5-9 PM and Saturday, 10-5 PM

Location: Hungerford Building, 1115 East Main Street, Rochester, NY.

Enter door #2 or door #5 to get a map that will guide you through the building. Twenty-five artists will open their studios.

Jeanne will be selling original cards and matted works, along with special "Inspiration Packs", clear bags each filled with one pound of fat quarters and half yard pieces of dyed , painted and surface designed silks or cottons to inspire new creations-- or give to a fiber-loving friend! There will also be some bags of sheers and synthetics for sale for those who love glitz and shimmer!

While you stroll, you can listen to musicians playing on each floor and have a bite to eat at the Red Osier booth inside door #2. Play the A-Maze-Ing Hungerford Game (it’s a challenge to find your way through three floors in three buildings to the artists’ studios) and you can enter to win one of a number of door prizes.

Hope you can come join us for A-Maze-Ing Hungerford!


Carol Ann has an art dress in the front window of Luke & Eloy Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pa. Here is the link:
Carol Ann’s Devore Scarves as well as other items of apparel are now available on her Facebook page and at:

ShopSCAD Savannah
Burchfield Penny Art Center Store
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Shop

Monday, November 16, 2009

SDA Member News November 16, 2009


Raylene Marasco, Dyenamix

Raylene, Dyenamix

Dyenamix has been collaborating on a long term project for Guillermo Kuitca. It has been a journey spanning more than a year resulting in one of the pieces (a series of 3, 10ft x 13ft scrim panels, shown above) being featured in his mid-career Retrospective beginning in Miami, traveling to the Walker, the Albright Knox, and ending at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC.

Additionally, Dyenamix printed and Raylene hand painted 25 images that were hand sewn and constructed into a book. This book portion was mentioned in the November issue of W Magazine, sighting Dyenamix as the printers for the "exquisite silk book" based on his drawings.

Dyenamix also printed and painted a Wall Suite comprised of a selection of the book images, at a larger scale and shown framed for the wall.

Check out the November issue of W and look for Dyenamix mention in the article about Guillermo Kuitca. He is truly an artist to watch and Dyenamix is proud to have been able to collaborate with him on these works.

Jeanne Raffer Beck

Jeanne’s piece, “Seeds of Compassion”, has been accepted into Fiberart International 2010.


Jurors Mary Ruth Smith, Rebecca Stevens and Vibeke Riisberg met in mid-September to evaluate over 1,600 works by 703 artists from 30 countries. The jurors chose 87 pieces.

The opening reception will be held on Friday evening, April 16, 2010. Juror Rebecca Stevens will present a talk that evening. There will also be a symposium on April 17 where a number of the selected artists will speak about their work.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

SDA NY Member News October 25, 2009


“ Larry Schulte: Pattern and Order” will be at the Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa, December 8, 2009 through March 28, 2010.

Opening Reception, Friday, December 11, 5:30-7:30 PM

Artist's Talk, Saturday, December 12, 1:30 PM

This exhibition contains three bodies of works. The first are 34"x34" woven painted paper pieces based on the Fibonacci Sequence. The second are 12"x12" unique screenprints from the Chaos Series. The third are 30"x22" unique screenprints from the Web/Net/Veil Series.

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Flag 3 by Larry Schulte


WNV-16 by Larry Schulte

Barbara L. Kuhnman Foundation, Inc. Fiber Arts and Wearable Arts Scholars Exhibition

The Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation, Inc. provides annual scholarships to students in the Fiber Arts and Apparel Design programs at Cornell University’s Fiber Science & Apparel Design Human Ecology Department. Here is a sampling of the student scholarship winner pieces that were on display in October at Cornell:


“Monsters Under My Bed”, by Nhu-Thu Nguyen

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“Red Skies” by Nicole Castelli

Innovative work by these students – you would have enjoying seeing the creativity and craftsmanship in these pieces.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

SDA Member News October 11, 2009

Sharon Bottle Souva had two pieces chosen for RUDE AND BOLD WOMEN, which was held October 2&3 at 81 State Street (5th floor), Binghamton, NY.

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Urban Pathways 2: Curbside, by Sharon Bottle Souva

This annual art show highlights visual and performance women artists from the region and beyond.

See or find it on facebook.
Two of Sharon’s quilted wallhangings, Moonseed and Urban Pathways 2: Curbside were chosen for the show this year.


Jeanne Raffer Beck will present a lecture, “Written: Word as Image” at SOFA Chicago on Saturday, November 7, at 10:30 AM. In her talk, she'll discuss how combining fragments of contemporary and ancient texts and letterforms with invented language has become a rich source of inspiration for her work.

Phoenix Gallery Reviewing Artists for Membership:

PHOENIX GALLERY, CELEBRATING ITS 51st YEAR, 210 Eleventh Avenue @ 25th St., Chelsea, New York, NY 10001, is accepting applications for ACTIVE, INACTIVE or ASSOCIATE membership. Download info from Website: or Send SASE for membership application/or Email:

Sunday, September 27, 2009

SDA Member News September 27, 2009

Cornell University College of Human Ecology Student Exhibition

gview The Mann Library at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY is currently displaying the Barbara L. Kuhlman Scholars' Fiber Arts & Wearable Arts Exhibition, which  runs through October 17th. 
Gallery Hours:
Mon through Thurs 8am to midnight.  Friday 8am to 6pm.  Saturday Noon 6pm.  Sunday 10am to midnight.

Patricia Hickman


Eye Chart by Patricia Hickman

Pat Hickman is exhibiting art work in an invitational group show entitled “Designing Women” at the Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY, Sept. 12-Oct. 24. She is part of an invitational exhibition, “Knitted, Knotted, Netted” at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, Oct. 11, 2009-Jan. 24, 2010. Other artists in that group exhibition, funded by the Coby Foundation, Ltd., include Karen Ciaramella, Abigail Doan, Kazue Honma, Ed Bing Lee, Norma Minkowitz, Ruth Marshall, Leslie Pontz, Ann Coddington Rast, Hisako Sekijima, Noriko Takamiya, and Carol Westfall.

Pat will teach a workshop, “OPENINGS: Knotted and Knotless Netting” at the Hunterdon on Nov. 15.

She is also participating in “Garnerworld”, Oct. 16-Nov. 15, an exhibition celebrating the history of the Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center, an old calico factory built in 1838, where she has her studio.

“Through the Eyes”, her solo exhibition, will be at the Phoenix Gallery, NY, Nov. 4-28, 2009.

Patricia Spillane, Barbara Vanseloe, Kris G. Moss, Diane Evans and Joanna Monroe Exhibiting in ARTTA show

As part of the Hyde Museum's "A Season of Degas", the Adirondack Regional Textile Artists' Alliance (ARTAA), has just opened a show at Kris and Joanna’s shared studio in the Shirt Factory, 21 Cooper Street in Glens Falls, NY.  All the work in this exhibition is inspired by Degas' "Dancer with Red Stockings", a piece from the Hyde collection.

This show will be up through October 18: Wed - Sat, 10 - 4, and Sun, !2 - 4. More info is available from the Hyde Museum. Participating SDA members are Patricia Spillane, Barbara Vanseloe and Joanna Monroe.


"Grace", 25.5" W x 15" H. Acrylic painted image on satin, commercial cottons, machine quilted using cotton & metallic threads.


Deux Danseuses: Hommage a Edgar Degas, by Diane Evans.

Rouge et Noir

Rouge et Noir, by Joanna Monroe

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Ballerina I, by Barbara Vanseloe

Marilyn Henrion

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Disturbances 7 by Marilyn Henrion

In conjunction with their major quilt exhibition, “Full Spectrum: Quilts & The Textile Arts”, Binghamton University Art Museum presents internationally recognized quilt artist, Marilyn Henrion, giving a trunk show-lecture chronicling over 30 years of her life and work. Date and Time: October 10, 3-5 PM. Admission: $5. For further information, contact Jack Braunstein, (607) 777-2911.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

SDA Member News September 13, 2009

Suzanne Punch

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Liberty House display window featuring work by Suzanne Punch

This month, Suzanne Punch will be featured in articles in both the SDA Newsletter and in the Silkworm, an international journal for silk painters.

Both articles focus on the relationship between Suzanne and Liberty House, a boutique in Manhattan near Columbia University. This store shows both fine art and hand-painted wearables by Suzanne. Often there is one of her large silk paintings in the window, along with BoHo clothing, local artisan-made jewelry, African carvings, folk art furniture and hand-woven rugs.

Mary Hertert is the author of a monthly column in the SDA Newletter. This month’s article is “Business Bites: Marketing- Two Artists’ Perspective”.

She interviews Nelda Warkentin and Suzanne Punch about how they are getting through this economic downturn. Liberty House integrates fine art with the every day life of the store, for the enrichment of all.

Betty Vera

Four of Betty’s Jacquard weavings will be exhibited in “Environs,” a group show at the Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon, October 2–30, 2009. Opening reception will be Friday, October 2, 6-8 PM. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 11AM - 4PM.

Nest by Betty Vera

“Nest,” Jacquard tapesty, 47 x 46 inches, cotton, 2008, shown on this image, is one of the pieces that Betty will have in the exhibit. Further details of the exhibition are available at

Kathy Velis Turan

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Day Becomes Electric, K. Velis Turan

September 2nd- September 27th, 2009
Opening: Sunday, September 13th -
Wellington’s Herbs &Spices
649 Rickard Hill Road • Schoharie, NY 12157
518-295-7366 —
Gallery Hours:
Wed-Sat—10am-4pm , Sun—11:30am-4pm
For more information please
contact Kathy Velis Turan
@ 518-731-8615 or

Jeanne Raffer Beck


List, Jeanne Raffer Beck, 30” x 30” framed

Three of Jeanne’s pieces will be part of the Empire State College 4th annual art exhibition September 14-30, 2009

Location: Lower Link Gallery, Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Ave., Rochester, NY. 14604

Reception: October 1, 2009, 5:30 PM Artist Reception, 6:00 PM Discussion with the Artists

Barbara Hillery Van Elsen

Teaching New Class September 26 – FreeForm Knitting and Crochet


"Swirls, Twirls and Spirals", is a three-hour knitting and crochet class that can be used as an introduction to freeform. You’ll learn patterns and routines that will enable you to play with the colors and textures of different types of yarn and learn how to combine them.

Date: September 26 in the afternoon in Plainview, NY. People can email for a copy of the registration form and more information.

There is also a gallery of some of the class models that can be seen here:

Sunday, August 30, 2009

SDA Member News August 30, 2009


Jeanne Beck

Jeanne Raffer Beck’s “Parables” is on display at the Ohio Craft Museum’s “Conversations in Fabric”, an exhibition of 30 contemporary quilts that incorporate text, word or language references.


Parables, 42” x 48”, 2008, silk broadcloth, screenprinted, machine and hand stitching.

Barbara Murak


Memories III, 151/4” x 25.5”, monoprint, machine quilted

Barbara Murak’s “Memories II” and “Memories III” monoprint quilts have been accepted into the Art in Craft Media 2009 exhibit at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, running from Sept. 12- January 3, 2010. 

Barbara will also be in the Invitational Exhibit for those artists who have been accepted to 4 or more shows (this is her 6th), that are judged by curators from U.S. Art Museums.

Gordana Vukovic

Nine artists, all New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) MARK Program 2008 Award Recipients, display nine ways of making their marks in oil, sculpture, textile, mezzotint, mixed media, installation, and video.  Participating  artists: Julie Casper Roth, Brendan Cohan, Katarina Holbrook, Gail Kort, Mara Lefebvre, Ingrid Ludt, Rebekah Rice, Denise Saint-Onge, and Gordana Vukovic

Where: The Arts Center of the Capital Region, President's Gallery, Troy
When: From September 19 through October 16, 2009
PHONE: 273-0552
Opening Reception:
5-9pm, September 25, 2009
Gallery Talk: 1:30pm, September 27, 2009



Sharon Bottle Souva

The Syracuse Cultural Workers have chosen Sharon’s "Above The Falls" for their 2010 Poster Calendar. It can be purchased through
They also have a Woman Artist Datebook available where another of her quilts "Autumn Reflections" was selected for 2010.


For Sale:
Panasonic Wide Carriage Dot Matrix Printer KX-P2624,
with desktop stand, parallel cable, and documentation.
Worked fine when last used a few years ago.  Husband reluctantly parting with it.
The KX-P2624 was well regarded and beloved before laser printers took over.
$75.00 in cash.
If interested, please contact:
Bonnie Epstein
Phone: 212-866-0386

Sunday, August 16, 2009

SDA Member News August 16, 2009


Congratulations to SDA member Jappie King Black, who  has been named one of the 2009 recipients of a NYFA grant.  Below are samples of the work that have earned her this highly competitive and distinguished grant award.

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Collection 2009 is a mixed media installation, approximately 12' x 30' x 4'. It was made using various techniques: coiling, crochet, twining and wrapping of grapevine, bark, fiber, wood, wire, wax and quills. 


Three Figures is a grapevine and bark sculpture approximately 6' x 7' x 8'. It was part of Evolution 20 @ 10 at the Arts Guild of Rahway, Rahway, New Jersey.

Jappie lives in Brockport, New York and teaches during the school year at Kean University in Union, New Jersey.


Larry Schulte exhibition July Nov 09

Larry Schulte exhibition July 2

An exhibition of Larry Schulte’s paper-weave paintings and prints, "Weaving Cosmic Reality into Art" is on display at Bayer Healthcare in Montville, NJ and Wayne, NJ from July 9 – November 4, 2009.


Are you a new member? We’d like to introduce you and your work to other NY State members on our SDA blog.


Many of us stumble across excellent links to websites and blogs that can inspire, inform or entertain. Please send links and we’ll post them on this blog.


My bullet steamer found a new home thanks to my announcing it was for sale on this blog.  You can list items here too!

Monday, May 25, 2009

SDA Member News May 25, 2009

"Lotus Shoe: Grandmother Chen" by Joan Pao.

SDA member Joan Pao's "Lotus Shoe:Grandmother Chen" will be part of the "Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories" exhibit at Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA, June 6,2009 - January 3, 2010. Opening reception Sunday, June 14, 2009, 2-5 PM.

Joan constructed this shoe in memory of her paternal grandmother. She also made a "Lotus Shoe: Grandmother Wong" for her maternal grandmother as well. Both grandmothers had their feet bound. To recreate the shoes they wore, Joan used polyester curtain fabric with straight pins.

Larry Schulte's exhibit of woven painted paper at the Lobby Gallery of 499 Park Avenue, NYC, has been extended through June 30, 2009.

Monday, May 18, 2009

SDA Member News May 18, 2009


River Notes by Judith Plotner

Four new fiber works by Judith Plotner, Gloversville, will be in juried exhibitions around the country. "River Notes", one of two pieces inspired by a kayaking trip in the Adirondacks, will be included in Images 2009 at the Robeson Gallery at Pennsylvania State University from June 10-July 12, 2009, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Arts Festival.

Another piece from this series, "Notes on a Stream," will be in Quilt National at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, opening May 22 - September 7. The show will then travel for two years. For a list of venues please go to the Quilt National website.

Judy will also have two pieces in the upcoming show, "Musings", at the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, MI this summer.

Jeanne Beck's "Parables 3" will be on display at "The Quilted Surface V", May 18 - June 20, 2009, at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, 139 W Main Street, Columbus, OH 43215.


The Textile Study Group of New York (TSGNY) invites you to its next meeting.

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Time: 7:00 PM

Speaker: Mia Pearlman

Location: Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
40 East 35th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues), New York City

$5 special guest fee for members of other textile organizations
$10 for unaffiliated guests attending a TSGNY meeting


Sunday, April 26, 2009

SDA Member News April 26, 2009


CLASS OPENINGS-- My apologies, I listed the wrong date for this class last week, so let's try again.

John Marshall's class on traditional Japanese Katazome has ONE opening left.

Dates: May 19- 24, 2009.
Location: All Things Art, 65 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY
Cost: $575 plus $140 materials fee.

Michele Whipplinger's class on African Mudcloth, learning how to use tannins and traditional mud dyes plus a session on indigo dyeing has ONE opening.
Dates: August 13 -15, 2009
Location: All Things Art, 65 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY
Cost: $425 plus $85 materials fee.

If you are interested in attending either one of these excellent classes, please contact Sara Burnett at


Elaine Longtemps

Corkgun by Elaine Longtemps

"Corkgun", a statement about gun control, responds to the story of an inner city boy playing cops and robbers with his friends and a toy cork- gun. Security police mistook him for a real gunman and fatally shot him.

"Bearing Witness: Arts as Social Action"
Dates: May 17 - June 20, 2009
Opening Reception May 29
Hours: Wed - Sat, 12-6, Sun 12-4

ARC Gallery
832 W. Superior St., #204
Chicago, IL 60622

Larry Schulte

"S068" by Larry Schulte, 20" x 20", printed in an edition of five.

Larry Schulte had a print selected by curator Polly Apfelbaum for the International Print Center exhibition, "New Prints 2009/Spring." IPCNY is located at 526 West 56th Street, 8th floor, New York City.

The exhibition will run through May 30th.

Arle Sklar-Weinstein

"A Local Gallery Spreads Its Wings" by Susan Hodara This is a link to an article about the new gallery.

A juried exhibition of 37 works inaugurates the Blue Door Gallery, located at 13 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, NY. Hours are Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, 12-5 PM and Friday, 2 - 7 PM.

Arle Sklar-Weinstein, Director
Blue Door Gallery
Cell: 914-584-6291

Patricia McKasty, Manager
Blue Door Gallery
BDG 914-375-5100


Barbara Murak presented a hands-on workshop, Fabric Painting and Printmaking Techniques, at The Society for the Arts in Healthcare's 20th Annual International Conference, April 22-25.
The Center for the Arts at the State University of New York at Buffalo hosted this year's conference, highlighting the new Healthcare Initiative at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

SDA Member News April 19, 2009


John Marshall's class on traditional Japanese Katazome has ONE opening left.

Dates: May 19- 24, 2009.
Location: All Things Art, 65 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY
Cost: $575 plus $140 materials fee.

Michele Whipplinger's class on African Mudcloth, learning how to use tannins and traditional mud dyes plus a session on indigo dyeing has ONE opening.
Dates: August 13 -15, 2009
Location: All Things Art, 65 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY
Cost: $425 plus $85 materials fee.

To register or ask additional questions about these classes or future ones, please contact Sara Burnett by phone at 585-554-3540 or via e-mail at


Bonnie Epstein's work is included in Pulp Function, an exhibition of contemporary works made of paper at the James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA, from March 28 -June 28, 2009.

Pulp Function was curated by Lloyd Herman and organized by the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA where it opened in June 2007. It has traveled to venues across the country since January 2008. The James A Michener Art Museum is Pulp Function's last venue.


Contact Jeanne Beck at if you are interested in purchasing a stainless steel full-size bullet steamer. It does not have an inner core but it does work. I bought it used and have used it only once. Cost: $150. They sell for about $1100 new now. Would be ideal for a fiber arts program at a college or university or for a production silk painter.

Monday, March 30, 2009

SDA Member News March 30, 2009

Special Evening Lecture by John Marshall
Date: Friday, May 22, 7-9 PM
Location: Ontario County Arts Council Building, 65 South Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424
Tickets Available at the door: $35

Elaine Longtemp's Trapped has been selected by Roy Slade for inclusion in the Katharine Butler Gallery 4th Annual National Exhibition in Sarasota, Florida.

March 27 to April 26, 2009
Tuesday - Friday, 12 -5 PM, Saturday April 15 - May 9, 2009
Towles Court
1943 Morrill Street
Sarasota, FL 3423612 -3 PM, or by appointment

Artists Reception in the Towles Court Courtyard April 17, 2009, 6 - 10 PM

Clay- Fiber- Metal- Wood
at Indigo Art - 74 Allen Street - Buffalo, NY 14202 - 716-984-9572

An exciting opportunity to see the accomplished work of six members of the Buffalo State College Design faculty:

Jozef Bajus - Sunhwa Kim - Tara Nahabetian - Stephen Saracino - Carol Townsend - Robert Wood

Artists' Reception: Friday, April 3, 6 - 9 PM.

Surface Design Classes
SDA member Sara Burnett is sponsoring a variety of surface design classes in the Rochester area. Although classes with John Marshall and Jorie Johnson are currently filled, there are three spaces in Michelle Whipplinger's three-day class, "Mudcloth with Mud Pigments and Tannins" (with an afternoon of indigo dyeing), scheduled for the week of August 11-17, 2009 (exact dates not available yet.). If you are interested in attending this class or would like to be on Sara's contact list for future classes, please send your contact information (e-mail, phone number and mailing address) to Sara at

Hijacked Blog; New Address

Jeanne Beck's blog Exploring the Surface fell into the hands of ruthless pirates. If any of you were readers and wondered why the address suddenly brought up a random spam ad site, that's pretty much it's sad demise. If you would still like to read about Jeanne's art explorations, it's now on line again with a new name, Art by Jeanne Beck.

Monday, March 9, 2009

SDA Member News March 9, 2009

SDA member Natalya Aikens is one of 31 fiber artists participating in this exhibit at the Mohopac Public Library. Please check the library website for hours and directions.

The exhibitors in Fiber + Thread = Art are all members of a fiber arts group that meets in Somers, NY. The members hail from surrounding areas in Westchester County, Dutchess County and Eastern Connecticut. Many people in the group are also members of SAQA.

The show opened March 2 and the work will be on display until April 3.

Women's History Month Celebration Exhibit in Buffalo

The Arts Council in Buffalo & Erie County, the New York State Council on the Arts and Empire State College SUNY, in collaboration with National Fuel, are proud to celebrate Women's History Month with the third Virginia Weiss Invitational exhibition. Select local women artists will commemorate Virginia Weiss' legacy through their art.

SDA member Barbara Murak is one of the Western New York women who has been invited to participate in the exhibition.

This year's exhibition theme is Silver Linings. The exhibition, open March 6-31, 10 AM - 5 PM weekdays, will be held at Empire State College, Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY, 14227. Please contact Empire State College at 716-686-7800 and check availability before visiting as the viewing schedule is subject to change.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

SDA Member News March 1, 2009

Textile Study Group News
Lectures and Workshops

A Lecture/Demo by D.James Dee
Thursday, March 12, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
The SOHO Photographer's Studio
12 Wooster Street (1st floor)
New York, NY 10013

Open to Non-members for $35.00

Seating limited to 25

James Dee's lecture will cover most aspects of shooting with a digital camera: 1.Lighting: Quality vs. quantity and the proper exposure. 2. The camera: technology terms, their meanings and where to use them; file formats and exposure. 3. Camera specifics: manual vs. automatic, what each means and what each does (you may bring your camera). 4.Choice of file formats: raw, tiff or jpg. 5. Post production: what to do with a file after you shoot the picture. 6. Question and answer.

D. James Dee opened his studio in 1974 to provide photography of the highest quality at affordable rates for the art community. Many TSGNY members have been his customers.

TSGNY Class for Knitters and Crocheters

Saturday, March 14, 12:00 - 5:00 PM

Ann Loeb's apartment:
1111 Park Avenue, #10A (at 90th St.)
New York, NY

Spend an adventurous afternoon making fabulous fabric using a diversity of yarns and stitches. Under Arlene Mintzer's expert guidance, participants will knit or crochet their own swatches, switching between techniques as inspiration directs and changing from one traditional or nontraditional material to another. You might choose to exchange swatches and continue working while learning from someone else's creative approach. Come and play. Good basic skills are required.

Arlene Mintzer has been a faculty member at Parsons School of Design for 29 years. She has taught workshops throughout the country, most recently in New York City at Habu Textiles and the Museum of Art and Design.

Limited to 10 participants. Deadline for payment is March 7. Non refundable unless the workshop is filled.

For each individual lecture/demo and workshop, please mail your name, address, phone number and e-mail address with check payable to Textile Study Group of New York c/o Barbara Arlen, 210 E. 68th St., #6E, New York, NY, 10065

Call or write Barbara if you have any questions: 212-628-1289 /

Discover Hidden Hungerford
Artists' Studios' Open House

Hungerford Building
1115 East Main Street
Rochester, NY

Friday, March 5, 2009

5 PM - 9 PM

It's a first! Over 25 artist studios in the converted Hungerford factory building will be open to the public on Friday, March 1st as part of Rochester's growing First Friday gallery opening nights.

Visit Jeanne Raffer Beck's studio, #366, enjoy a glass of wine and see selected works from her Pages, Parables and Seeds series.

All visitors will have a chance to enter their names in a drawing to win one of her "Notations" pieces.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

SDA Member News February 22, 2009

Arle Sklar Weinstein at ART EXPO

Pat Hickman at GAGA Arts Center
Three Artists:Three Processes

GAGA Arts Center, 55 W. Railroad Avenue, Garnerville, NY
March 13 - April 4, 2009

Artists Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 6-9 PM.

The use of line is the central element in this exhibition, which includes drawings, paintings and sculptures by Ursula Schneider, Ann Pachner and Pat Hickman.

SDA member Pat Hickman is a Professor Emeritus of the Art Department, University of Hawaii, and has a studio at the Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center. Hickman twice received NEA Individual Artist Grants. In 2005, she was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council. She is also President of the Textile Society of America.

GAGA is located at the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center in the Village of West Haverstraw,Rockland County. For directions and additional information, visit the GAGA website or email

Linda Abrams at The Graphic Eye
Melange, The Graphic Eye
301 Main St, Port Washington, NY
March 4, March 29, 2009

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 8, 2PM - 6 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-5 PM

Reflections by Linda Abrams

Linda Abrams is one of three new members being introduced at this upcoming exhibition at The Graphic Eye. Linda's award winning quilts, as well as her prints and photographs, will be displayed in the show along with work by Dr. Ray Saperstein and Sharon Bourke.

Linda is an award winning art quilter. She recently won an award for her quilt "On the Move" in Tokyo, Japan's Quilt Nihon International Quilt Competition. Her work hung in the Metropolitan Museum in Tokyo and is currently traveling with the exhibit for two years.

President Raylene Masarco of Dyenamix Inc. reports that the company's home collection has been growing and it was time to separate the service end of her business from Dyenamix as a brand. In addition to their two existing showrooms, the company has recently acquired a west coast showroom called Sloan Miyasato, which is located in the San Francisco Design Center Showplace.

At the beginning of February, Raylene participated in "Design San Francisco:, a design conference geared toward architects and interior designers. The presentation was met with great enthusiasm from the audience, who realized they were able to customize our patterns to suit their client needs. The new website allows the designers a glimpse at the applications of our patterns in "room vignettes" or provides an overview of the entire line in "collection."

Please view DYNAMIX' new website --- ( -- and pass it along to any designers that you feel would benefit from the collection.

Deadline: June 1, 2009. Phoenix Gallery, NY, Fellowship Program 2009. The Phoenix Gallery, celebrating its 51st year, will sponsor a 2009-10 Fellowship Program.

Fellowship Benefits: Sponsored membership in Phoenix Gallery in 2009-10 for 18 months, a solo exhibition in the gallery and participation in member group shows. Access to the gallery space and resources during membership. Please go to and see "Fellowship Prospectus" for further information. Phoenix Gallery, 210 Eleventh Avenue @ 25th St., 902, New York, NY 10001. 212-226-6711.