Archive for March, 2010


Linda Van Alstyne

Linda Van Alstyne is one of the participating artists in RiverFront Studio’s Spring Opener in Schuylerville NY, March 13 – April 23, which features the work of five women, including three sculptures, one in clay, one in fiber and one in metal.

Lynda van Alstyne open house  


Here are two of Linda’s collections in the show. Photos courtesy of Clifford Mealy

Pat Hickman Exhibit at Eric David Laxman Gallery


Nancy Koenigsberg’s Work in Poland’s 13th Triennal

Nancy’s piece, “Morning Night” will be shown at the 13th Triennal in Poland.  

Morning_LightMorning Night, 78” x 88” x 15”, coated copper wire and glass beads

Pat Pauly Organizes “The Almighty Dollar” Exhibition in Rochester


George”, by Pat Pauly, part of “The Almighty Dollar” exhibition.

The Almighty Dollar: Art Quilts Inspired by the Dollar Bill

Dates: March 24 – April 30, 2010
Location: Lower Link Gallery of The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County,115 South Avenue, Rochester,NY

Opening Reception April 15, 5-8 p.m.

Two lectures will be given in conjunction with the exhibit:
April 12, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.“A Dollar for Inspiration: Art Quilts and the Creative Process”, by Pat Pauly
Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library

April 19, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.“The History of US Paper Money (By George!)”
Gerard Muhl and John Zabel
Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library

Seventeen artists took up the challenge to create a new work for “The Almighty Dollar: Art Quilts Inspired by the Dollar Bill” now being exhibited at the Central Library’s Lower Link Gallery in downtown Rochester.

Pat Pauly, a contemporary quilt artist, organized the exhibition and invited regional artists to create an art quilt whose theme was generated from the US dollar bill.

“The Almighty Dollar” exhibit is reaching a segment of the population that would seldom encounter new art quilts. It is open during regular library hours.

Pat was awarded funding for the project, in part, by the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester with a Fiber Arts Program grant made in collaboration with the Genesee Valley Quilt Club.


Spring Classes at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops


Carol Taylor: April 11 – 17, 2010 (5-day workshop) Improvisational Piecing
In this workshop, Carol teaches 20 different improvisational piecing techniques and free ways of creating designs. Learn to play with color, value, and design without anxiety. All constructions methods are fast and easy! For more information contact: Hudson River Valley Art Workshops at 800-665-0044. www.FiberArtWorkshops.com


Kathyanne White: April 18 – 24, 2010 (5-day workshop) Mixed Media Journals
Create digital mixed media fiber journals in this innovative workshop with Kathyanne White. Discover digital printing on surfaces such as lutradur, tyvec, pimatex cotton, organdy, painted muslin, and watercolor paper. Expand your thinking on how to use photos and images in your mixed media art.
Create writable pages, a funky cover, and combine images with textures and found objects.


Natalie Sewell: April 29 – May 2, 2010 (3-day workshop) Designing Landscapes in Fabric and Paint
This workshop requires no measuring,
templates, or patterns. Learn how to create a unique landscape that reflects your own artistic definition of a favorite scene. Starting with a favorite photo, Natalie shows you how to use fabric and scissors as your canvas and paintbrush. The emphasize is on design techniques, but includes tips for choosing borders and finishing your landscape quilt.  No sewing machine required.

For more information contact: Hudson River Valley Art Workshops at 800-665-0044. http://www.FiberArtWorkshops.com

Hudson River Valley Art Workshops
PO Box 659
Greenville, NY 12083
(518) 966-5219

Barbara Arlen Teaching Classes at FIT School of Continuing Education


Barbara Arlen Classes for March, April, May, June 2010

Private Color Sessions for Fiber contact: b.arlen@mac.com 212-628-1289

FIT School of Continuing Education

SXC 260 Color Painting Studio $225    1.2 CEU Paint with color as a professional by learning how to mix,  paint and create your own color chips and color schemes through this hands-on study for the use of mixing colors for fashion, accessories, home, branding, cosmetics, personal image, graphics and painting. Strengthen your ability to visualize the appearance of basic hues and their variant tints and shades, exploring the potential intensity and or muted effects of color combinations, lighter and darker. Use Josef Albers’ juxtaposition and harmonies of color and get tips on color mixing, matching and selection for different products. Studio supplies included in course fee. Some additional supplies recommended at first session. Bring a smock or cover-up to all sessions. 4 sessions: (55B) April 28, May 5, 12, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Hot Topics!

SXF 820 Color Forecasting for Product Creation and Promotion $150 Knowing what colors are being touted as new and exciting is only helpful if you really understand how to use color effectively for your market or to communicate to your audience. This program concentrates on how fashion and design color forecasts are used to successfully evolve future commercial lines and products far beyond fashion goods. Among the subjects stressed are: color cycles, color symbolism and cues, color and geography, national color preferences, color codes and color as a cultural experience. The trickle down of color popularity from apparel to consumer goods and services is examined in relation to overall consumer eye adjustment and timing. Included is a trip to the Color Association of the U.S., the oldest fashion and design forecasting organization in the country. 3 sessions: (55A) April 19, 26, May 3 10535 55A M 6:00pm-9:00pm 

SXF 840  Career Opportunities for Working With Color $75 If you are an artist, designer, Color Specialist Certificate student or have a creative eye and are looking for fresh career direction find out how color knowledge and talent is extremely marketable in fashion and related businesses. Meet a panel of successful professionals from a variety of fields such as advertising, cosmetics, fashion home markets, textiles or art education who share how color expertise is the bedrock of their success. Gain insight into how you can use your own color strengths to distinguish your employment opportunities and enhance your promotability in fashion and beyond. 1 session: (55A) April 15 55A 6:00-9:00 pm

Color Discovery Interactive Workshop at FIT’s Hot Topics!


Discover the color principles used by the Bauhaus Masters including Albers, Klee and Itten in this hands-on color workshop designed to provide color lovers with creative discovery. Experience a series of exercises using screen-printed colored paper and collage techniques to learn the dynamics and interaction of colors and nurture a whole new perspective. Program includes an introduction to Bauhaus methods and projects in chroma, value and color relativity, as well as optical mixtures, the emotional aspects of color and a museum visit for inspiration. Whether you are new to artistic expression or in need of a boost to your color sense for professional and artistic development let this unique program elevate your taste and design creativity. Open to 15 participants.

New Gallery – Avivartes — Opening

This notice arrived too late for our previous blog post, so the opening for this new gallery was last week, but we wish them every success in this new endeavor.

34 Artist Owners Deborah "Cobra" Kruger and Stephano Qualiotti and his wife, Rosalia Tinajera (owners of Manhattan Ice Cream Shop) cordially invite you to join them to celebrate the Grand Opening of Avivartes.
When: Saturday March 20th  6pm – 11pm
Where: On the Carettera  West of Colon across from the Post Office
Same side as Manhattan Ice Cream Shop
Expect: Delicious refreshments, Scintillating conversations with the artists and their friends & Lots of exciting new art!
For More Information: avivartes@gmail.com or call our local cell phone: 331-410-1707


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Exhibition News

Jessie Fair



“Growth 1” by Jessie Fair

Jessie Fair’s piece, “Growth 1” has been accepted into “Fiber: TwentyTen”, an exhibition of contemporary fiber art co-sponsored by the Foundry Art Centre and Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA). The show will take place at the Foundry Art Centre (St. Charles, MO) from April 2 – May 14, 2010 with a Public Opening Reception April 16, 6-9pm.


Suzanne Punch


Suzanne Punch will participate in “Hand and Heart” the first of a series of explorations on the artistic process at a program presented by Artsweekend.

Date and Time: Friday, March 26, 8 PM

Location: Orchard House Cafe, 1064 1st Avenue at East 58th Street in Manhattan.

Suggested Donation: $15 ($10 students and seniors)

What is the source of creativity? What is the work in art or craft? Perhaps one of the materials worked on is also the person engaged in the process.

Three artists who teach at the Artsweekend each July will discuss their aims and efforts to produce high quality work in a variety of mediums. Sylvia March will explore the mysteries of pottery making, Suzanne Punch will demonstrate painting on silk and Barbara Spiegel will describe how she teaches creating a character in acting classes. There will be opportunities for hands-on experience and participation.

Elaine Longtemps


“CORKGUN” has been selected for inclusion in Fiber: TwentyTen,  an exhibition celebrating contemporary fiber art, co-sponsored by Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA) and The Foundry Art Centre in Saint Charles, Missouri.  The exhibition opens April 2, 2010 and closes May 14, 2010.  The opening reception will be held on April 16, 6-9 PM.  The address is 520 North Main Center in St. Charles, telephone:636-255-0270. 

CORKGUN, which was also exhibited last year at the ARC Gallery in Chicago, has also been selected for the Exposures Section of Surface Design Magazine, 2010 Winter Issue

Textile Society of America Study Tour Day Trip Announcement

Trip to Paterson, New Jersey’s Silk City
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2010

On Saturday, April 17th, join Textile Society of America members on a day tour of Paterson, the leading producer of silk fabric in the United States from the 19th century until well into the 20th century. Learn about the nation’s first planned industrial city.

Visit the Great Falls of the Passaic River and the raceways that transferred power to the mills. See the Paterson Museum’s extensive collection of textile manufacturing equipment. Observe the jacquard process from initial design to finished fabric.

Examine narrow ribbon and broad loom textile samples. Tour the opulent home of textile mill owner Catholina Lambert. Hear the story of the 1913 Paterson Silk strike at the modest Botto House.

You can choose to join the tour bus in midtown Manhattan or meet the group in Paterson, NJ.  The trip costs $125 per person for TSA members and $150 for non-members. The priced includes lunch, snacks, admissions, tips and a $30 donation to TSA.

For more information or to register for this trip, visit http://www.textilesociety.org/events_tours.htm . TSA is also offering a scholarship for one TSA member to participate in this tour of Paterson. To apply for the scholarship, go to:

Textile Society of America
PO Box 193
Middletown, DE 19709
302-378-9636 (office)
302-378-9637 (fax)

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