Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spring Thaw

An art quilt by Carol Vinick
This weekend a new exhibit of art quilts by members of the Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective will open at the Duncaster Retirement Center in Bloomfield, CT.

In addition to spring-themed quilted wall hangings the group will present the Grey Matter Challenge in its first public showing. Each member of CTFAC received a small packet of grey fabrics and was asked to use at least 2 of the fabrics in a small open-themed art quilt. Finished pieces were then mounted on 11"x14" stretched canvas.

The opening reception is Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Three members (Carol Vinick, Christina Blais, and Diane Cadrain) will be presenting gallery talks and other members of CTFAC will be available to answer questions about their work and inspirations.

I hope you can join us at the reception.

Duncaster Retirement Center
40 Loeffler Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002
"Spring Garden" by Mary Lachman

Sunday, February 9, 2014

CTFAC reveals The Grey Matter Challenge

Recently the members of CTFAC met for our monthly meeting at a local cafe. After the business was sorted out we revealed our completed Grey Matter Challenge pieces to one another. This challenge was posed early last summer when each member was given a paper bag containing several strips of grey hued commercial cotton and asked to create a small art quilt using at least 2 of the fabrics.

As always, because CTFAC is composed of such a diverse group of talented individuals, the reveal was exciting and the quilts were all very different from one another.  Some members added beads and paint, others used tulle to create shadows and water effects. Everyone added their own distinct pattern of stitching to the pieces.

Rosalind Spann's Grey Matter

Christina Blais

Karen Loprete

Carol Vinick

Carol Eaton's work with Antonia Torres looking on

The assemblage, lower right work of Mary Lachman

All of the Grey Matter Challenge pieces will be exhibited at our next show at the Duncaster Center in Bloomfield next month. The "Spring Thaw" exhibit will be at the Duncaster March 1 to March 28, 2014. The opening reception is Sunday, March 2nd from 4:00-5:30 p.m.

CTFAC members in 2014 from left to right and first row to second: Antonia Torres, Diane Cadrain, Karen Loprete, Christina Blais, Wanda Seldon, Carol Vinick, Carol R. Eaton, Mary Lachman, Rosalind Spann