Catherine Whall Smith will be taking a break from all the Hand Quilting

My last post indicated that I was ready to start hand-quilting my newest piece “Transfusion #3” and that is exactly what I’ve been doing for days.  Major callouses have started to form on my left hand fingers as I feel the needle prick through the 3 layers of the quilt.  BUT, I think I am ready for a short daily break and so I will enjoy checking into the Studio Art Quilt Associates Benefit Auction  which Starts Friday at 2pm EDT!  SO are your (virtual) bidding paddles ready? The 2017 Benefit Auction will kick-off at 2pm ET on September 15 with Diamond Day bidding – an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.  The 12″ x 12″ Auction Quilts have then been divided up into three sections for bidding purposes. Each week, a different section of quilts will be available for bidding, starting at $750 and further reduced throughout the week. Section 1 quilts will be up for bidding on Monday. This is your chance to own beautiful and unique art quilts made by SAQA members around the world. At just 12″ square, these pieces are perfect for collecting and displaying. FOR MORE INFORMATION CHECK OUT;

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Good Luck with a successful bid!

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is indeed back in her studio.

Yes, I am back in my studio working on my “Transfusion” series;  #3 a fairly large piece (43H x 73W) has been taken off my design wall (see below) and after basting the 3 layers (top/batting/back) together I will start hand quilting it today.

Transfusion #3

Transfusion #3

If you are looking for a destination this Labor Day Week-end 2017 how about considering a trip down to the CT shore to take in; The 61st Regional Show at the Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT on view August 4th – September 16th.  “Transfusion #2” was juried into this all media show, and was awarded The Joseph Gaultieri Prize. Below “Transfusion #2” (center red piece) with some of the other art in this show.

Maybe you prefer a beach day – like Watch Hill – and could stop in Westerly, R. I. and check out the Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly (ACGOW) at 7 Canal Street,  The invitational show is titled  “CELEBRATING OUR LEGACY” 25 years of Art ”  August 30 – October 1. On view in this all media show is my piece “Hay . . . Leave Me Alone #2”. Opening Reception: Friday, September 1, 5-8 PM.

AND, in another part of Connecticut is the 2017 – Connecticut Women Artists (CWA) National Open Juried Show – Friday, September 1-29, 2017.  “Hay . . . Leave Me Alone #1” was juried into this all media show at The Arts Center East in Vernon, CT. Opening reception and awards; Sunday September, 10th @ 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Finally, I’m sure we all have many stories to share regarding the horrific flood in Houston, Texas – may they remind us of our vulnerability and constant need to reach out and support each other.

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is back from a QBL (Quilting by the Lake) workshop and needs to get back to her studio . . BUT

So. I am back from a 2-day workshop at QBL and I also had a chance to see the second part of Nancy Crow’s  invitational show, which includes 21 artists; Titled: Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts.  On view June 3rd, – August 20th, 2017. This photo from their Facebook page tells it all.  BIG ART QUILTS – pure joy to see and examine close up, and yes there is a book on the entire show. 
There are about 52 quilts in the entire show at two locations – The Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn N. Y. and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass.
 Definitely worth the trip to either or both locations.

And here is an up-date on where to view some of my art – Arts Center East – People and Places Exhibit Dates: July 27th – August 19th. Opening Reception: Sunday, July 23rd, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Awards @ 3:00 pm.  Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066 – (860) 871-8222.  “Hip-Hop Follow the Dotted Line”; “Hay for Sale”; and, “Grab and Go #2” have been juried into this show.   I do plan to attend the opening.  So, as the title of the post indicates – yes it is time to get back into my studio – hmmmm – large art/small art we will see!

 

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . invites you to the CLOSING CELEBRATION of “Locally Inspired” Fiber/Quilt Show

From Jamie Eves, Executive Director, WTHM:  YOUR INVITED!

 

 

 

 

(Above: “Jeweled Leaves” by Pat Ferguson; “Ford in the Aspens” by Dawn Allen)

“The Windham Textile & History Museum’s terrific month-long quilt show, “Locally Inspired,” closes this Saturday, July 1st, 2017. To say “thank you” to guest curators Catherine Whall Smith and Joan Blade Johnson, and to the fiber artists who loaned us their beautiful art quilts for the show, we are have a “CLOSING CELEBRATION” at the Museum that afternoon, from 1:00 to 3:00. We will have refreshments, and many of the artists will be present to discuss their work. If you have not yet seen the show, this will be your last chance. The closing will be free and open to the public.”

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . wants to know are you ready for a road trip and some Fiber Fun!

Is it time for that road trip?  After several months of planning and a few weeks to complete  the set-up of the “Locally Inspired” Quilt show;  Joan Blade Johnson and I are looking forward to this Saturday’s – June 10th “Quilting and the Fiber Arts Day” at the Windham Textile & History Museum in Willimantic, CT.  While we were in the process of hanging the show, Rita Hannafin stopped by to drop off her piece “American Texture” for the show (above) and we thought how perfect it looked next to Dawn Allen’s “Ford Truck on Cape Cod” . The quilt show will run on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the month of June with a “Closing Celebration” on Saturday, July 1st from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.   

The June 10th “Quilting and the Fiber Arts” day opens at 10 a.m. with vendors in the Dugan Mill that include; ❖Allison Wilbur❖Carol Eaton Designs❖Catherine Whall Smith❖Dawn Allen❖ ❖Joan Blade Johnson❖Mary Lachman❖Michele Palmer❖Pat Ferguson❖Schiller’s Sewing Circle / Chelsey Cayer❖Martha Sielman❖Stitch Chicks Fabric Store.  Not ever vendor accepts Credit Cards, so bringing cash or your checkbook might be a good idea.  On-going demos will take place throughout the day till 4:00 p.m. Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch Break & Music (food will be available to purchase on site).

The hourly speakers will up-date you on all things Fiber/Quilt related; with topics that include; the SAQACT Trunk Show / SAQA 2017 Trunk Show; New book – Art Quilts International; Sashiko Stitching; How to Hang Quilts; Anatomy of a Quilt Appraisal; and Connecticut and the History of Early Sewing Machines. The solo show in the Dugan this year is by Shelia Rae Lutz. “Stitching from the Soul” will keep your eyes engaged  with all the details and hand stitching that this artist incorporates into each piece.

So grab your keys, get in your car it’s a ROAD TRIP to 411 Main St. & 159 Union St., Willimantic 860-456-2178. Park your car, truck, or van directly across the street from the museum on Main Street. www.millmuseum.org

 

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is traveling again!

It’s that time of year again – enter shows, drop-off, pick-up, attend openings and meet up with fellow artists. On Thursday May 4th, I will head to the New Britain Museum of American Art to attend the preview party for the artists that have pieces in the 17th annual Spring Gala and the Art Party of the Year to be held on May 6th.  My donation #17 – “Tying Up the Hay #10″. Media: Fiber will be up for auction.  To preview, pre-bid, or set your maximum bid on the items in the auction, visit http://www.artpartyoftheyear.org

On Friday, May 5th, I will head down to the Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, R. I.  for the 2017 Regional Art Exhibit Opening from 5 – 8 p.m.  Three of my pieces have been juried into this show:  Hay For Sale which incorporates the image shown below in the piece: Tying Up the Hay #7, and Tying up the Hay #12.

The next big event to watch for is the Windham Textile and History Museum’s Textile Duo Days on June 10th and 17th in conjunction with “Locally Inspired” a month long quilt show at the museum.   I think my motto is just “Keep on Moving”!

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . so what is she up to NOW!!

WOW it’s April 2017 and believe it or not I just finished mailing out my 2017 pocket calendar to my clientele.  In order to visually interpret the size of each mini image on the calendar, I decided to add sizes and prices to each monthly image. So that took a little more time to produce.  I also decided to share on my blog what is in that letter. Here is a shortened version of that letter.

 

 

 

 

So I am a little late with this year’s Fiber Art calendar but there are still lots of days left to enjoy using it.  I continue to be in the moment as shown in my photo above taken on Rte. 66 in Hebron, Connecticut. My camera captured this fleeting moment when a sudden gust of wind extended out a loose piece of the white plastic – like a hand informing you that there is “Hay for Sale” just call.  During 2016-2017 my work was juried into shows at the following locations:  Art League of New Britain – Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA – The Slater Memorial Museum – Mattatuck Museum – The West Hartford Art League – Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly – Norwich Art Center Galleries – Connecticut Women Artists – Windham Textile & History Museum – “The ART Party of the Year: New Britain Museum of American Art – Arts of Tolland – Monson House of Art – Mystic Museum of Art – Guilford Art Center – and “Local Color: Connecticut Stories Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) a traveling show. My art received several awards including the Alice Clark Hubbard Award; a Third Place prize; an Honorable Mention, and a Katherine Forest Crafts Foundation Award.

For current shows that include my work please check out my Shows and Publication link for details and up-dates at www.catherinewhallsmith.com . Or, if you are not a subscriber to my blog (I do limit the number of posts that I send out) there is a link on my webpage where you can do just that – subscribe to receive my up-dates.

The exciting news is my work will be seen in Wall Art the newly-titled Artistry in Fiber, Volume 1: Wall Art by Anne Lee, and E. Ashley Rooney. It is in Schiffer Publishing’s Spring/Summer catalog and is scheduled for release late summer of 2017. The book will be available at Barnes & Noble stores, it’s website and through Amazon. “Connecting us to the wide variety of contemporary fiber art in wall-mounted format, this resource combines more than 600 photos with personal comments from 100 of today’s established and emerging artists. In conjunction with the other two books in this acclaimed series, it invites readers to re-examine fiber art through a multifaceted contemporary lens.

Presently, I am working with another Fiber Artist, Joan Blade Johnson to curate a month long Fiber/Quilt show titled “Locally Inspired” which will take place at the Windham Textile & History Museum during the month of June. I am excited about the 20 fiber artists and their pieces that will be included in this invitational show. Find more information on the June 10th Textile Duo events at http://www.millmuseum.org . If you are in the area please stop by the museum during their Friday through Sunday weekend hours.

So, as soon as I post this I will head outside to enjoy this beautiful Spring Day and do a little “plein air” stitching.  Which means hand stitching thousands of tiny stitches in repetitive lines across the quilt as three layers become one and my art transforms from a flat surface to one with texture, drape, and dimension.  HAPPY SPRING!!

 

 

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Catherine Whall Smith . . invites you to the Opening of the 2017 CWA Show

 If you are in the New Britain, CT area please check out the 2017 CWA Connecticut Women Artists, Inc. show at the Art League of New Britain, @ 30 Cedar Street.  Hours: Saturday & Sunday 1-4 pm and by appointment www.alnb.org – The all media show runs during the month of April with the Opening Reception on Saturday, April 1st – 2:00 – 4:00p.m.  If you cannot make the opening there will also be a Closing Reception on Friday, April 28th 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  One of the pieces from my “Tying Up the Hay” series has been included in this show.

 

 

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is looking forward to attending TWO up-coming museum openings

A new year and it is starting off busy as usual.  My studio time for the past few months has focused on my “Here’s Hillary” piece (almost complete) and  working with a palette of solid colors in my “Tying Up the Hay” series.  Presently “Tying Up the Hay #9” is still on my studio wall and #7 and #8 will be in the following shows; – #7 – The 73rd Annual Connecticut Artists Exhibition at The Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT – all media show. January 22 – March 17, 2017. OPENING: Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 from 1-3pm.

AND – #8 @– “MIXMASTER” – at the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT. January 29 – March 19, 2017.  OPENING : Sunday, January 29th, 1-3 p.m.  Related Programming – Salon Talks with the Artists – Sunday, February 12, 2:00 p.m.; Tuesday, February 28, 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, March 9, 1:00 p.m. Their show postcard incorporates a section of my piece (lower left) along with the art of Paul Kulikowski – Birch Vista Revisited; and Will Holub – Untitled (2) .  For more information visit mattmuseum.org ! So I think 2017 is off to a good start how about you?

 

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . thinks it’s time to start the 2017 calendar

Like me, do you feel like you are a little behind this year with the Holidays already upon us. – Usually the task of creating my next years calendar is long on it’s way to completion by now.  I use Vistaprint, (http://vistaprint.com) which I find to be user friendly because you can log in and start and stop a project as your time permits.  I just started thinking about what images I want to include for each month and I have decided to include only my RED quilt images.  Here is one of the pieces;

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“Transfusion” (27Hx28W) is it’s title.  My signature curved line was used as one of the  design elements in this abstract piece.  I plan to post more information on this piece in the future. For now it puts me in the holiday spirit and motivates me to pick out 11 more of my RED quilts for my 2017 calendar.

Peace, Love, and a Happy New Year!

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