Archive for March, 2011



Northeast Regional Juried Contemporary Fiber Exhibition Opening in Rochester, NY, Friday, April 1


The Northeast Juried Contemporary Fiber Exhibition at Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Avenue, Rochester, NY, presents 28 works by 22 artists that expand the definition of fiber art.

Dates: April 1 – May 9, 2011

Opening Reception: April 1, 6- 10 PM

Artists’ Reception: May 6, 6-10 PM

The participating SDA artists from NYS are: Marilyn Henrion, Tracy Jamar, Elaine Longtemps, Carol Ann Rice Rafferty, Elena Shandalow/Dana Connell, Betty Vera and Vivien Zepf.

Fiberart International also opens at the Memorial Art Gallery on May 1, so if you are interested in visiting both venues, you’ll want to time a visit to Rochester between May 1 – 9 and enjoy two intriguing exhibitions of contemporary fiber.

Deborah Bein


Deborah Bein, “You’re Fracking ’Killing Me”

Deborah Bein’s piece, “You’re Fracking Killing Me”  has been selected for the Fiber Plus juried exhibition at the Blue Door Gallery, 13 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, NY.

FiberPlus Postcard Front

The exhibit opens March 19 and runs through May 18, 2011

Gallery Hours: Friday 1-6, Saturday and Sunday, 12-5

FiberPlus Postcard Back 

Tracy Jamar

Tracy Jamar has two pieces in the Fiber Plus exhibit at the Blue Door Gallery, 13 Riverdale Ave. Yonkers, NY March 19 – May 18, 2011


Tracy Jamar, “Moss” 2010,  approximately 13″ x 15″ x 1.5″, wool, cotton and mixed fiber in fabric and yarn; hand hooked, knit, crocheted and embroidered on Monk’s cloth.



Tracy Jamar, “Nest” (Mutation/Adaptation?) 2010 approximately 24″ x 21″ x 11″ cotton fabric, sticks, wire, micro fiber. Commenting on the effect modern production has on nature.

Jozef Bajus

Bajus has two works in Overabundance of Detail show at Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo.

Overabundance of Detail
February 12–July 3, 2011

Sylvia L. Rosen and Charles Cary Rumsey Galleries

Overabundance of Detail focuses on artists who create intricate aesthetic experiences by focusing on minute variations and fluctuations in content and form. A commitment to detail borders on obsession in some works; while in others, it reveals to us the unique nature of the objects presented. Large-scale pieces can entice from afar with rich patterns, examined closely they reveal precision. Smaller works, because of their tooling or architectural reference points, seem monumental. Works as varied as paintings, drawings, metal sculpture, and cake designs will illustrate different artist’s use of extreme detail work.



Jozef Bajus, Variation 1 On the Mirror


Jozef Bajus, Variation 2

K. Velis Turan



K.Velis Turan, Brooklyn Bridge #3

K. Velis Turan   piece, Brooklyn Bridge #3, will be part of  “Urban Landscapes” at the Guggenheim Pavilion at the Rensselaerville Meeting Center, 63 Huyck Road, Rensselaerville, NY 12147 – 518-797-5100

Dates: March 30 – April 29, 2011

Turan’s art represents the vibrancy of shape, line and color that makes up a city.  Steel, stone, concrete and glass designed and engineered at its most functional, abstract and forceful.  Her mixed-media fiber pieces are works in dyes, threads and a variety of other media on whole cloth that give the impressions of the hardness of the city but in the malleable surface of textiles.

Jappie King Black


Jappie King Black, Small Wall Collection

Jappie King Black’s “Small Wall Collection”, above is one of three pieces on exhibit at the Uncommon Threads show at Artworks in Trenton, NJ, March 12 – April 16, 2011.


Jappie King Black, Platter, bronze.

The artist also has three bronze baskets in Cast II an exhibit at Index in Newark, New Jersey.

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Jeanne Raffer Beck


Jeanne is participating in “Something Old, Something New” as part of the Arena Art Group. The opening reception will be at Williams Gallery, First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY, on Friday, March 18, 5:30 – 8:00 PM. Dates: February 25 – April 4.


Jeanne’s “Pages 7” , above left, is one of the works in the Hungerford Urban Artisan’s “Flux” exhibition in Room 258, Hungerford Building, 1115 East Main St., Rochester, NY. The Hungerford Urban Artisans are participating in the Western New York area “Thaw” gallery events.

Judith Plotner

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4 collages by Judith Plotner paired with jewelry by Stan Plotner will be included in an exhibition at
Mimosa Gallery
70c Beekman St
Saratoga Springs, NY
February 23 – Mar 20
Reception: Mar 5 from 5-8.
Gallery hours:
Sun 11-5, Fri, Sat 11-8, Tues, Wed, Thurs 11-7


Solo Exhibition : Judith Plotner Collages
Northville Library Gallery
341 S Third St
Northville, NY
March 1-30
Reception: Mar 8, from 6-8
Gallery hours:
Mon, Fri, Sat 9-12
Tues 9-8
Wed, Thurs 9-4


Judith Plotner will have one work included in Fiber Plus
Blue Door Gallery
13 Riverdale Ave
Yonkers, NY
March 19 – May 21
Reception: March 20, 2 – 5
Fri, 1 – 6
Sat, Sun 12 – 5

Reception for New York Fiber in the 21st Century

Reception: Monday, March 21, 6-8:00 pm 
The reception for the artists will include a performance by
Vered Sivan.  The public is invited to attend.

New York Fiber in the 21st Century

Lehman College Art Gallery · Bedford Park Blvd West · Bronx, NY 10468 · 718-960-8731

Through May 12, 2011 

Curated by Sandra Sider

Participating Artists: Gema Alava, Blanka Amezkua, Xenobia Bailey, Erika Baker,   Michael Cummings, Lisa Curran, Margaret Cusack, Andrea Dezsö,
Marilyn Henrion, Ai Kijima, Katherine Knauer, Nancy Koenigsberg,
Carole P. Kunstadt, Aristides Logothetis, Patricia Malarcher,
Ruth Marshall, Dindga McCannon, Norma Minkowitz, Leslie Pelino,
Don Porcella, Lina Puerta, Lacey Jane Roberts, Larry Schulte,
Donna Sharrett, Ann Shostrom, John Sims, Vered Sivan,
Arlé Sklar-Weinstein, Ludmila Uspenskaya, and Erma Martin Yost

New York Fiber in the 21st Century focuses on artists in and near New York City who work primarily in fiber/textile materials or modes, including quilt-making, knitting, crochet, tapestry, weaving, felt making, rug hooking, embroidery, needlepoint, basketry, book arts, and metal work. This exhibition offers a unique survey and features emerging artists beginning to make a name for themselves, as well as mature artists whose work was recognized in the first major wave of New York fiber art in the 60s and 70s. All of the works were produced since 2001, and four artists – Gema Alava,  Lisa Curran, Don Porcella, and Vered Sivan – have created large-scale installations for the exhibition. This survey includes forty-seven works by thirty artists and demonstrates the vibrant diversity of fiber art on the New York scene.

An online catalogue is available at

  COMPANION EXHIBITION March 20 through  May 17, 2011
                              Opening RECEPTION Sunday March 20th  2 – 5 pm
               A National Juried Exhibition of 21st Century Fiber with Mixed Media
                           Juror: Arle Sklar-Weinstein
      BLUE DOOR GALLERY 13 Riverdale Avenue (south of Main Street), Yonkers, NY 10701
                   914-375-5100    HOURS: Friday 1-6,  Saturday and Sunday 12-5
                              info@bluedoorgallery     http://www.bluedoorgallery.org     


Member-to-Member Requests

Visiting Manhattan from Vancouver, CA

Ros Aylmer, an SDA member from Vancouver, Canada is traveling to NYC in April with some  textile and Surface Design enthusiasts, and is wondering if our Manhattan based members have any suggestions for them while they’re in town. Their primary focus is on one-of-a-kind clothing design. They will be visiting museums as well as the garment district and as many fashion designers as possible. If you know of any textile related shows or studios they might visit, please send Ros an e-mail at rosaqed@shaw.ca. I’m sure she would greatly appreciate it.

New in Town and Would Like to Meet Fellow SDA Members


Karen in her SF Bay Area studio, upper left, holding a white bottle.

After spending 30 years in the SF Bay Area, Karin Moggridge has moved to Manhattan, NY.  Being fairly new in town, she would welcome contacts with other textile people in Manhattan.  Karin has a studio in Long Island City, as well as one at her home on The Upper West Side. Karin’s e-mail is karinmogg@mac.com


Upcoming: Buffalo State Runway 4.0 Fashion Show

Date: Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Location: Pierce Arrow Building 1685 Elmwood Avenue


4:00pm show

Available at Rockwell Hall Box office’s on Buffalo State College Campus, Please call 716-878-3005 or visit.

General $20
Student $10
*doors open @ 3:00pm

8:30pm show: Tickets $100 VIP, $50 Reserved and $30 General Seating

Doors open at 7:00pm, join us during the “high fashion red carpet pre-show party”…cash bar, DJ, New Era Photo booth, Raffle, Art Exhibitions and much more.


For more information, please visit their website at:




For VIP tickets call 716-878-6018, starting March 1st.  

Any SDA members that purchase tickets for the evening event at Wegmans need to register their name with Elaine Pulvanen at epcad@oradrunner.com  to get a reserved seat  with their name on it and entrance into the evening VIP reception.

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