Sunday, January 31, 2010

SDA Member News January 31, 2010

Introducing New York State’s First Ambassador

New York State SDA has a new ambassador, Gordana Vukovic, who lives in the Albany area. Ambassadors partner with State reps to help design and implement local programs and spread the word about SDA.

Gordana moved to the Capital Region from Arizona several years ago.  Soon after she relocated, her love of color, texture, and patterns led her to take classes with Gail Harker, Ruth Issett, Jane Dunnewold, Kerr Grabowski, Elizabeth Busch and others. Gordana's art is best described as layered mixed media.  She experiments with materials and techniques, and finds beauty in the ordinary.

Gordana is developing a questionnaire that you’ll soon be receiving via e-mail. It’s short, simple and asks, “What would you like to see happening in New York State for SDA members?” Your suggestions and input will be most appreciated.

A Little Mid-Winter Boost

If  winter is starting to wear on you, take a few minutes to watch this video. It’s a nice boost and celebration of the power of creativity, even in the most unlikely places.


Prisoners at the Cela Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines choreograph and perform a dance in the prison yard once a month for visiting family and friends. This year they were visited by Michael Jackson's long time choreographer, who spent several hours with them choreographing and filming a routine from "This Is It."

Sunday, January 10, 2010

NY SDA Member News January 10, 2010


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Marilyn Henrion's "Look Again" is included in an exhibition of art quilts from the collection of John Walsh III  that will be at the Morris Museum in Morristown New Jersey from January 13 to April 15, 2010.  You are invited to attend the opening on Wednesday, January 13, at 6:30 PM.

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“At the Opening”, a silk painting by Berenice Pliskin will be on exhibit at the Katonah Museum of Art,  134 Jay Street, Katonah NY, from February 28 – June 13, 2010. Pliskin has been chosen as the featured artist of the Katonah Museum Artist Association.


Did you give ETSY or another online sales site a go in 2009?  Does your website attract new customers? Do you have information or anecdotes to share about your  experiences in the growing online market? What’s hot, what’s oh-so-NOT?  If so, would please share them with fellow SDA members!  Please contact  with your thoughts and experiences in this arena.  The input will be posted on future In A New York Minute blogs.


What would increase the benefits of your SDA membership to you personally? We already have excellent national and regional conferences as well as an excellent magazine and newsletter. Those are national/international in scope and attendance. On a local scale, would you be interested in helping to create new programs, events, exhibitions or special interest groups (wax resist, silk painting, knitting, natural dyeing, felting, wearables, textile design for example) right here in New York State? 

Please send your opinions, thoughts and suggestions to