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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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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