Catherine Whall Smith . . . invites you to join her on Sunday, June 23rd @ 2:00 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE: Chaplin Day – Sunday, June 23rd, 2019  TIME: 2:00 p.m.   Admission FREE

PLACE: Dugan Mill @ The Windham Textile & History Museum, Willimantic CT    Join Chaplin resident Catherine Smith as she shares her on-going research of “The Quilt Lady” one of Connecticut’s most prolific quilters, Ruth Snow Bowen.  On view will be Ruth’s #269 quilt – “Grandmother’s Flower Garden”.  Ruth Snow Bowen (1/4/1895 – 10/10/1983) lived next to Smith at 42 Chaplin St.  In addition find out what Ruth’s family did on a daily basis as recorded or “tweeted” by her mother,  Laura M. Snow in a series of diaries. (January 1, 1934 – December 31, 1938).  Please bring any items, quilts, and interesting facts that you may have related to Ruth Snow Bowen or other Chaplin and Connecticut Quilters.    Please share your quilt stories!

NOTE:  Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 is the CT State Wide “Hang a Quilt Day”!

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is sharing information on the “Under Cover Stories” Antique Quilt Show at the Windham Textile & History Museum

So many of today’s Contemporary Fiber Artists are following in the tradition of the makers of antique quilts by sharing their stories in their art.  The Windham Textile & History Museum (WTHM) in Willimantic has just hung a special three month exhibit titled  “Under Cover Stories: Quilts, Coverlets, and Fiber Fair” in which they share the stories of the quilts and quilt makers in the Museum’s collection, here is a small section of one of those quilts.

For the entire list and printable link of activities, presentations, and talks held from May 10 – July 28 – please check out: 

This weekend — May 17, 18, and 19 — there will be THREE great Museum Lyceum programs at the Mill Museum. Each will be held at the Museum’s restored, historic Kenton Hall on the second floor of the Jonathan Dugan Building. Parking either on Union Street, in the Museum’s parking lot at 411 Main Street, or (on Saturday and Sunday) in the Windham Mills parking lot across Main Street from the Museum.

Friday, May 17, at 1 p.m. : Under Cover Stories: The Social History of the Quilts and Bed Covers in the Museum’s Collection –  The Museum’s Executive Director, Jamie Eves, kicks off this summer’s exhibit of quilts and other bed covers with a Museum Lyceum on the social and economic history of bed covers and women’s work at The Dugan Mill. No admission, but as usual we will put out a donation jar. (Admission to the exhibit “Under Cover Stories”, next door in the Bev York Exhibit Room, is $10 per person, $7 for seniors and students, and free to Museum members.)

Saturday, May 18th at 2:00 p.m. – SAQA Artist Trunk Show: Susan Vassallo – journeys to the Mill Museum in Willimantic, CT, for a Trunk show, and she will show some of her art will share her story of how and why she created it.

Sunday, May 19th: The World War I Diary of Dr. Jessie Weston Fischer – A Connecticut doctor feels called to serve the country during World War 1. Bev York reads excerpts of Jessie’s diary and Rick Spencer plays WW I music. 4 p.m. There is no admission fee, but as usual, we will put out a donation jar.

So do you have a quilt to share?  Maybe it’s time to visit the Windham Textile & History Museum and share your story!  See you there!

NOTE: The Windham Historical Society will be partnering with WTHM by displaying historic quilts from their collection at the Jillson House Museum, 627 Main Street, Willimantic, Connecticut 06226. Hours: Open Saturdays, 1-4pm. For inquiries on additional hours call 860-456-2316, or 860-456-1666.

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Catherine Whall Smith and Joan Blade Johnson at the “Stitched” Opening

Here are a few more photos from the “Stitched” Reception on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019.  At The Ruth Wells Center for the Arts, 111 Main Street Southbridge MA. Gallery Hours  Friday 2 – 6 p.m.; Sat. Sun. 12 -4 p.m.

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is happy that there will be a break in the snow!

It’s still on! Reception and Artists Gallery Talks, Sunday, March 3rd, 2 – 4p.m. 
“Stitched” Fiber Art by Joan Blade Johnson and Catherine Whall Smith. Show dates: March 1st – 31st. Ruth Wells Center for the Arts, 111 Main Street, Southbridge, MA.


A few weeks ago I took the photos shown above of buildings located in Southbridge, and incorporated them into some new pieces for this show. “Do Not Cross the Intersection”, and “On the phone at Raymon’s” are in various stages of completion.  Come see!

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is “taking down” and “hanging up”!

Next Thursday (2/28/2019), I plan to be at the Art Corridor on the Saint Raphael Campus of the Yale New Haven Hospital for the “taking down” of the joint February 2019  show of fiber art created by me and paintings by Linda McCarthy. Below left is a photo of the “hanging up” last month with Jane Snaider and her assistant.







Shown above right “Are You Leaning to the Right” (12Hx12W) – hand stitched and mounted for easy hanging. My photo image in this piece was taken at the Joshua’s Trust @ Historic Atwood Farm, in Mansfield, Connecticut – .  All my photos are digitally applied to treated cotton.

Not all the pieces were up at this point, but the final product looked great. This is the list of my pieces in this show;

No.#   Title                                               Size                Price

#2  – “Twins With Matching Hats”     –  25H x 29W  –  $250

#4  – “Hay For Sale”                               – 12H x 12W    – $85

#6 – “Green Replaces Pink”                  – 12H x 12W    – $85

#7 – “Chorus Line”                                 – 12H x 12W     – $85

#9 – “Are You Leaning to the Right!” – 12H x 12W  – $85

#10 – “Transfusion #4”                         – 40H x 48W  – $900

#13 – “Hay Leave Me Alone #1”          – 24H x 24W  – $125 (each) $200 both

#14 – “Hay Leave Me Alone #1”          – 24H x 24W  – $125 (each) $200 both

#17 – “Transfusion #5”                         – 15H x 24W   – $175

#19 – “Black Takes Over”                     – 12H x 12W     – $ 115 Frames – $85 Unframed

#  ? –  “So Many Reds”                           – 12H x 12W     – $ 115 Frames – $85 Unframed

The day before the “Taking Down” next Thursday at Yale, Joan Blade Johnson and I will be busy on Wednesday, February 27th “Hanging” another dual artist show – “Stitched” Fiber Art by Joan Blade Johnson and Catherine Whall Smith. Located at the Ruth Wells Center for the Arts, 111 Main Street, Southbridge, MA. Reception and Artists Gallery Talks, Sunday, March 3rd, 2 – 4p.m.  Once that “hanging” is complete I will post some images and the Title/Size/Price list.

Hope it doesn’t snow on any of those days!!!

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is sharing an update on “Transformation/Blue Blood”

On December 22, 2018, I posted the pending birth of “Transformation/ Blue Blood”. This piece has been somewhat of a struggle. Pictured below, I’ve started to cut the lines that will be machine stitched into the piece;Next comes the laying of the lines to start the visual. Below, the piece on the left is almost finished – it will inform the piece on the right;

Pictured below the right section is totally pieced.  So it’s time to start thinking about where the hand quilting will go.
Each step leads to the next – and the next. More updates will follow.

Hope you had a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . Happy New Year 2019 – it’s going to be a busy year!

Since 2019 will be busy with several shows in the works. I decided to start thinking about which pieces I will be hanging for the month of February at the the Art Corridor on the Saint Raphael Campus of the Yale New Haven Hospital.  The Art Corridor shows a wide variety of art and artists. The 2019 exhibits continue to exemplify how creative expression can make a powerful contribution to the healing process.   Twenty-four local artists will have their work showcased in the Auxiliary’s Art Corridor during 2019. They were selected by the Art Corridor Committee, chaired by Jane Snaider, with involvement from Andrew Wolf, New Haven Director of Arts, Culture and Tourism.  The Yale New Haven Hospital is located at 20 York Street, New Haven, CT .

I think the pieces in my  “Transfusion” series will work nicely for my part of the month long February 2019 show.  This series has large, medium, and small pieces.  It is a tribute to my father who died suddenly almost 40 years ago of a massive heart attack. Though his physical body is gone his spirit has definitely passed on like a blood transfusion into his children, grand-children, and great grand-children. This photo below shows “Transfusion #4 (40H x 48W) hung on a wall in our home with two of the mounted 12 x 12 ‘s in the “PARTS” series.  These “Parts” are duplicate sections of the larger piece.  I’m thinking a lot of these 12 x 12’s hung together on a wall might be interesting.  So far I have completed 8 parts – so I will need to complete a few more of these hand-stitched pieces for the most visual impact.  Time to get busy as 2019 will be here before you know it!  No Time to Waste!

   Have a Healthy, Happy New Year 2019!!!

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . admits the color blue is working it’s way into her art!

The color BLUE is working it’s way onto my studio design wall. Blue is obviously the theme for the Smith’s Christmas tree this year.  Last year’s fake white tree has been taken out of the attic – a variety of BLUE Xmas balls were purchased and hung – some silver ornaments were added – DONE! So for some reason I started to get the urge to visit “the blue fabric stash” in my studio.  Here are some of my choices; Like most artists I am always thinking of “the next piece”. – – the idea of “Transformation/Blue Bloods” has been forming.  It won’t be a large piece like my present “Transfusion in TWO PARTS” – which is almost complete – but smaller maybe 36H x 24W.  I plan to share some of my progress.  But for now there is still some Christmas shopping to be done, so that there will actually be some more presents under our “Blue” tree.

How about you is that TREE UP YET!!! Merry Christmas!

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Catherine Whall Smith wonders . . . Do you have one of these?

It’s 2018 and this is my 9th yearly Thanksgiving post. Here is our dining room table almost ready for our family and friends. Those of you who host the yearly Thanksgiving feast know that it takes several trips to the grocery store and a few days to get all the food prepped, cooked, and ready to serve. Along with these tasks I have also been hand quilting my latest Transfusion piece. Titled “Transfusion in TWO PARTS” – each section is roughly 30 x 72 with several 6 inch strips that randomly connect the sections. The size of this piece continues my reflective journey in my Art “Does Size Matter?”. My hope is that the size of this piece will matter – as I plan to find a show with size specifications large enough that I will be able to enter this piece.  I will keep you posted on that idea.

My Thanksgiving turkeys this year will also be in two parts; One Whole Turkey and One Whole Turkey Breast.   Thursday morning I will put the whole turkey in my “Hand=Me=Down=Family=Heirloom=Turkey=Roasting=Pan” that was a gift to me many years ago. It cooks a perfect turkey with very little to do but just uncover the turkey towards the end of the process to bake the skin to a golden brown. I haven’t seen anything like it in the stores so I just decided to do a google search and there it was on EBay.  WEAR-EVER 5P LARGE ALUMINUM THANKSGIVING HAM TURKEY ROAST ROASTING PAN US $85.50 and here is what it looks like in the EBAY ad. It looks in very good condition.  You may want to consider it for your next Turkey dinner. A Happy Thanksgiving to You, Your Family, and Your Friends! Stay warm it’s suppose to be the coldest Thanksgiving on record.      Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!





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Catherine Whall Smith . . . shares a day at the New England Quilt Museum

On Saturday, we headed up to the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA to view for the first time “Explorations, Journeys in Creativity – The Quilt Artist’s Studio”.  This art exhibit is being presented in two parts:  In each show 12 of the 24 artists will display a 30″ x 50″ art quilt showcasing the signature technique for which they have been selected.

Show #1 October 2 – December 30, 2018: and Show #2 (this is the corrected date from one of my earlier posts) April 3 – June 23, 2019 – Artist reception: April 7th, 2019 @ 1 p.m.  Over 100 people attended the opening in a room that contained the art of 12 fiber artists that were juried into this show.  Each piece was accompanied by a 50 x 30 inch banner that was in the artists words and contained pictures of their studio and their process. Note: A book that includes a six page spread on each of the 24 artists is for sale in the Museum store.

Pamela Weeks, Binney Family Curator of the NE Quilt Museum states about this show: “I’m excited to exhibit art quilts with companion panels prepared by the artists explaining the techniques. It was my idea with this exhibit to not just explain the work of artists, but perhaps to make the art more accessible and encourage more quilters to “work outside the box”.   Nancy Turbitt, and Allison Wilbur members of SAQA MA/RI should be congratulated for their curatorial efforts in the coordination of this exciting show.  Participants include: Agusta Agustsson, Sue Bleiweiss, Ann Brauer, Diane Cadrain, Sue Colossi, Judy Dales, Janis Doucette, Diane English, Janice Jones, Mary-Ellen Latino, Marya Lowe, Jeanne Marklin, Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Sharon McCartney, Suzanne Munroe, Madalene Murphy, Sue Polansky, Wen Redmond, Cheryl Rezendes, Diane Sheckells, Catherine Whall Smith, Sarah Ann Smith, Timna Tarr, and Nancy Turbitt.

Along with “Explorations 1: Inside the Quilt Artist’s Studio”; On-going exhibits include: The Fabric Collage of Susan Carlson, thru – December 30;  and, Liberty and Justice: The Satirical Art of Salley Mavor, thru – December 30.

Check out to obtain more information on several events including some Brown Bag Lunches;  a Gallery Talk and a 2-Day Workshop. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 – 4. Maybe it’s time for that Autumn Foliage Drive, Massachusetts is almost peak at this time of year!

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