Catherine Whall Smith . . . shares “Thread Count” demo and lectures for February and March 2020

Lots going on at the Hartford Fine Art and Framing Gallery. “Thread Count” Winter 2020 Lecture Series and Demonstrations are free to all artists and art lovers. Check out Facebook for up-dates.
Sat.  Feb. 15th, 11AM – 1PM: Diane Cadrain – will be performing a demo using her unique felting and sewing techniques to create an image.
Saturday, February 29th, 11AM – 1PM:- Kate Themel
Thursday, March 12th, 5:30 – 6:30PM: Clara Nartey
Saturday, March 28th, 11AM – 1PM: Judy Ross

So if you haven’t had a chance to stop by the Hartford Fine Art and Framing Gallery in East Hartford to view all the Fiber Art in “Thread Count”, this Saturday might be the day!


Reminder: The Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, Connecticut is hosting their 2020 Members and Elected Artists Exhibition through March 29th; as well as the “Six by Six” Elected Artist show which is up and will continue through April 4th – 2020. My pieces in this show are shown below.  Each one is part of my “Transfusion” series.  Top piece “Transfusion #3” 40H x 70W (Not For Sale). Since one of the signature  fabrics in this series (white with red dots) is a Dr. Seuss print I thought it appropriate to give each  mounted piece a title from a Dr Seuss* quote.   Left to Right – below Transfusion #3

1 – “Don’t Stand Behind” (12H x 12W x 1.5 D) – “Oh the things you can find if you don’t stand behind” . . . Dr. Seuss

2 – “Only You Can” (12H x 12W x 1.5 D) – “Only you can control your future”. . . Dr. Seuss

3 – (Center) “Don’t Cry – Smile” ” (12H x 12W x 1.5 D) “Don’t Cry because it’s over, smile because it happened . . . Dr. Seuss

4 – “Born to Stand Out” (12H x 12W x 1.5 D) – “Why fit in when you were born to stand out” . . . Dr. Seuss

5 – “Pretty Good Shape” (12H x 12W x 1 D) – “You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in” . . . Dr. Seuss

Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss! (*Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Doctor Seuss.)


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Catherine Whall Smith . . . shares her trip to the Mystic Museum of Art today

So, if you remember, during July 2019 I shared my post  “Catherine Whall Smith . . enjoys-driving-the-back-roads-of-connecticut.  At that time the plastic covered hay bales were dressed up with bunny ears and sunglasses. Today I drove that same road and guess what – Mr. Bunny is now Mr. Snowman .

So perfect since this Winter we have been pretty much “snow-less” in Connecticut.  The purpose for my trip today was to hang my pieces in the MMoA “Six by Six” invitational Show and Sale of Art.  On view form February 2nd – April 4th, in the Schuster Gallery (MM0A). All of the art is for sale, you will need to contact the artist to purchase a piece in the show. Artists contact information is available at the museum.

Here are some images from the installation of that show.

The artists hanging their art

Steve pounding the hanging hooks

The “Transfusion” pieces hung on my 6 foot section of the Schuster Gallery.

The top piece is “Transfusion #3” (41H x 71W) which has been hand-quilted. Each one of the “PARTS” (below “Transfusion #3) have been mounted on 12 x 12 x 1.5 inch canvas.  The 1.5 depth adds some interest to each “PART” and gives me a chance to extend the viewers eye to the canvas sides with the addition of some wonderful fabrics.

 Hope you will be able to get down to visit the “6X6” show as well as the Annual Members/ Elected Artists Exhibition which is on view from January 30th – March 29th, 2020.


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Catherine Whall Smith . . . shares “Thread Count” – Opening Day!

Opening day  – – post from the Hartford Fine Art & Framing Gallery;  “What a great turnout!!! “Thread Count” had it’s opening reception on Saturday and it was a massive success!! Thank you so much Clara Nartey, Kate Themel, Catherine Whall Smith, Judy Ross and Diane Cadrain for letting us hang your amazing artwork in our gallery space. It’s been an honor working with you all!! Stay tuned for demo schedules and our “Piece of the Week” series, where we feature some of the beautiful fiber art that is showing in our gallery right now! ” Note: Demo Days – so far Kate Themel is scheduled for Saturday, February 29th: and Judy Ross for Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

See the whole show via Clara Nartey’s post;


Next week I will be hanging more of my “Transfusion” series pieces at the Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT.  New for 2020 will be a museum store and a series of shows by Elected Artist members. The first “Six by Six” Invitational Show and Sale of Art in the Shuster Gallery will include; Ralph Acosta, Catherine Whall Smith, Joan(J.R.) Dill, Mary Gazda, Catherine Weiss, and, R. Douglass Rice. Dates: February 2nd – April 4th.

Beautiful sunny day, go see some art!









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Catherine Whall Smith’s New Year’s Resolutions include . . . working at a slower pace???

Happy New Year 2020! A year that I resolved to work at a slower pace, but maybe that is not what will happen.  Starting January 11th thru March 31st, 2020 my Fiber Art will be included in “Thread Count” an Invitational Show and Sale of art by Five Connecticut Fiber Artists at The Gallery at Hartford Fine Art, 80 Pitkin Street East Hartford, CT 06108  (860) 528-1409.  OPEN:  Monday thru Friday 9:30AM – 5:30PM Saturday 9:30AM – 3:00PM. On view will be works from the following artists;

Diane Cadrain

Judy Ross

Clara Nartey

Catherine Whall Smith

Kate Themel

Please join us for the OPENING RECEPTION on Saturday, January 25th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  So, what’s your new year’s resolution?


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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is getting ready for a “Simplified” Thanksgiving 2019

This Thanksgiving my focus is to “Simplify . . . Simplify . . . Simplify”. We will host Thanksgiving dinner again this year – but in addition to the whole turkey we will edit it to it’s parts. One whole turkey and one turkey breast should do it.

The table is almost set;

My art in 2019 has also been reflective of this idea. “Transformation #3 (41H x 71W) shown below was “carved ” into it’s PARTS;Here are the PARTS

         Each mounted 12″ x 12″ PART copies a section in the larger “Transformation #3”.

So, Happy Thanksgiving 2019 and enjoy all the that this holiday has to offer.

P. S. After all that turkey, if you get the feeling that you need to “Get Me Out of Here” – (shown right) don’t forget to head out to visit the artists that are participating in the 2019 Artists Open Studios of Northeast Connecticut – November 29, 30, December 1, 7, & 8 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.











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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is thinking only two more days to see “American Barns and Farms”

Hard to believe that September will be over soon and so will the “American Barns and Farms” art show at Arts of Tolland  On Wednesday, Sept. 25th the center will be open from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, Sept. 28th from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Stop by if you can!

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . invites you to the Opening of “American Barns and Farms”

Please join us as we celebrate the Opening of “AMERICAN BARNS AND FARMS,” our two person exhibit at the Arts of Tolland Gallery, 22 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084, Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, from 2 – 4 pm.

The show runs until September 28. Gallery hours are Saturdays 10 – 2, and Wednesdays 2 – 5 pm. We plan to be at the gallery on these days to demonstrate our creative processes. Hope you can stop by!

“Big Sky,” oil on canvas, 30 x 30″ by Jane Collins


“Are You Leaning to the Right” fabric art 12 x 12″ by Catherine Whall Smith



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Catherine Whall Smith . . . thinks there is still time!

My last post included the “Bunny with the Sunglasses” picture from Ledyard CT.  Next Monday, August 19th, I will once again pass by that installation art to pick up my piece at the Mystic Museums of Art. “Blue Bloods” Transfusion #8 (42H x 42W) shown here  is in two parts connected by fabric lines that allow you to see the wall behind it.  The piece is in their back gallery, on the far wall where it has a lot of impact. The two framed pieces on either side work beautifully with my large piece. So, thank you to the person who hung The Mystic Museum of Art Member’s & Elected Artist Exhibition on view until Saturday, August 17th, 2019.   If you should head down to Mystic, CT you will also be able to take in the yearly Sidewalk Sale in Downtown Mystic (just a short walk from the Museum) – August 16th, 17th, and 18th  Enjoy the drive!

NOTE:  During September, I will be participating in a joint show at the Tolland Art Center (TAC) in Tolland, CT. “American Barns and Farms” includes Oil Paintings by Jane Collins and my scenic Fiber Art. Opening Reception is Saturday, September 7th 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  On Saturdays during the month of September Jane and I will also be doing  demonstrations on how we each use our different mediums in creating our art.



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Catherine Whall Smith . . . enjoys driving the back roads of Connecticut

Sunday, July 7th on my way to the Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, CT I can across this,

I was eager to get to the “drop-off” in Mystic, so on my way home to Chaplin, CT I stopped on the side of the road to take a picture of “Bunny with Sun Glasses”.  I’m not sure if this image will make it’s way into one of my “Marshmallow” wall hangings, but the person who created this “installation” is certainly noteworthy.  That person has found a way to connect to the drive-bys.  Isn’t that what art does.

So if you are looking for art that makes a connection to you why not head down to MMOA. The Member’s & Elected Artist Exhibition is on view from July 12th – August 17th, 2019. Opening Reception Thursday, July 18th 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  My piece “Blue Bloods” . . Transformation #8 (shown below) has been included in this show.

For some information on the process in creating my piece check out this post;

Note: “The Bunny with Sun Glasses” is waiting for you at a farm in Ledyard, CT on Rte 117.  Enjoy the drive!



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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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