Catherine Whall Smith is thinking “ROAD TRIP” in 2 weeks!

Two weeks from today, I will be in my car with close friend and fiber artist Rita Hannafin driving to Wayne, Pennsylvania for the week-end events at the Wayne Art Center and the Opening of Art Quilt Elements 2018. AQE includes 48 Art Quilts; many are For Sale and you can view them on the AQE website: A lot is happening during the March 17th-18th week-end and throughout the entire month. Here are a few of your options: Opening Reception & Meet the Artists March 17 5:00 – 7:00pm. DOCENT TOURS 12:30pm Wednesdays, March 21, 28 & April 4, 11, 18, 25 or by appointment: email . The AQE CATALOG is $20 plus tax. Available at WAC and online at I feel honored to have my art “Transfusion #3” included in this show. When I return I will post more about the show – but maybe I will see you there !

NOTE: If you cannot make it to WAC and want to indulge in lots of local Art Quilts consider driving to Willimantic, CT to attend the Windham Textile & History Museum’s third annual Fiber Day on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 and the viewing of SAQACT’s “Local Color #3 – Inspired By Science” which will be on display at the museum from May 5th – July 8th, 2018.

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . thinks it is time to revisit the past!

While getting ready for Christmas morning brunch 2017, I decided to take out a favorite glass candelabra that I’ve used in the past to add a little “glam” to the table.   Revisiting favorites from the past starting me thinking about the quilt that is hanging over the dining room seating area.



Titled “Staying in Line” (48H x 42W) it has been shown several times including my 20 year retrospective 1991-2011 at the University of Connecticut; and in 2013 in the 44th Annual Nor’Easter, at The New Britain Museum of American Art.  Presently I am revisiting this line in my art and how it creates eye movement across the surface of the quilt. My present “Transfusion” series takes this line to a new level with a variety of red patterned printed fabrics.   Shown here on my design wall “Transfusion #4” is now ready for me to start the hand quilting process.  So if we get that snow that is being predicted for Christmas Day in CT – I am all set, with family, friends, food, and something to work on.  So let it SNOW and have a Merry Christmas – Love – Peace – and Joy to all! (If we loose power – remember I have lots of candles to light, and I don’t need electricity to do my hand stitching.)

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Catherine Whall Smith is getting ready for “Turkey Day”

Catherine Whall Smith is getting ready for “Turkey Day” and wonders about the idea of art being the sum of it’s parts.  This is my 8th Thanksgiving post, last year I posted So much has happened since that post – I’m sure we have many stories to share – good and not so good – but in the spirit of being thankful I hope there are many things that you can reflect on and be thankful for this year.  My Thanksgiving dinner this year will include a whole turkey and a turkey breast – to be sure there is plenty of meat to go around.  The turkey is the sum of it’s many parts; the legs, wings, breast, white meat, dark meat, etc.  Each one of us has a favorite part.

When I finished “Transfusion #3″ and posted; – I was taken by it’s size (43H x 73W).  But then I started to really look at the various design statements throughout this piece.  I then photographed 12″ x12” sections of this quilt and decided to reproduce these ideas again in a smaller format.  Kind of like deconstructing the whole into it’s parts.  So far I have completed two of these 12×12 tops and will post some of those images soon.

Back to Thanksgiving 2017 – though the perfectly cooked whole turkey or completed whole quilt is a goal sometimes the “parts” can be more “tasty”.  What is your favorite part or are you one of those “just give me some stuffing and gravy” addicts?

NOTE: The picture posted above is my Thanksgiving table 2016 – the scenic painting is a piece that I purchased from Barbara Lussier, a local artist who will be participating in the Artists’ Open Studio of Northeast Ct. – check out this link for more information . So push yourself away from that table and get ready for some exercise by joining these artists in their studios and local venues.


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Catherine Whall Smith . . . like you wonders HOW!

So maybe it is time to share this post that has been on my wordpress site in my draft mode for awhile – so many senseless shootings, injuries, and deaths since I typed these words many months ago in late 2015. Here it is; Like you I keep thinking “HOW” can we prevent what happened at the Orlando Nightclub from happening again.  Sometimes it is difficult to share my art which is really a personal journey for me.  But I will share this piece which I created several months ago around the time of the San Bernadino shootings. IMG_3791

IMG_3791 (1)Here is my statement about that piece; “Black, Blue, and Bruised” continues my personal journey to explore and understand the world in which I live.  Though the hay fields and farms that surround me seem tranquil there is always hidden meaning in what I observe and photograph. One example is the central hay bale image in my quilt. It is covered with black plastic to protect it. Look closely and there seems to have been some sort of disturbance. Light blue duct tape has been used to keep it together.

“How” did this happen is the question I ask. Like the chaos in the world today, I wonder what has brought our society to this somewhat military state. Why do some deal with personal discord by shooting and injuring others. How do we protect and understand what is going on with this “Bruised” being? The panels on either side incorporate my photo images of these plastic covered hay bales in a protective state lined up with each other. My question, “if we join together will we be able to have a dialogue and understand what we need to do?



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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.


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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

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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