Saturday, August 22, 2009

“Textile Extensions: Quilts in a New Context” - Carole Harris

'The Sun's Gon' Shine In My Backdoor Someday'
'The Sun's Gon' Shine In My Backdoor Someday' is just one of 15 of Carole's work that will be in the exhibition “Textile Extensions: Quilts in a New Context” which opens at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum Oct. 2. Carole is a well-known Michigan interior designer/fiber artist and a member of SAQA Michigan.

A reception to meet the artist will be held at the Museum Saturday, Oct. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Carole Harris and her husband Bill will attend. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 989-964-7082.

Carole's rhythmically constructed, non-traditional tapestries are composed of hundreds of richly colored fabrics which are cut, overlaid, appliqu├ęd, pieced and quilted. A professional interior designer and fiber artist, she creates one-of-a-kind, improvisational works that provide warmth and texture to enhance commercial and residential interiors.

“This exhibition presents for the first time a large body of my work representing a period of almost 20 years, a retrospective of sorts. The exhibition will allow both me and the public to view changes and similarities in my work over a long period. One will see how I hold the tradition while expanding the process through the use of texture and by extending the form beyond the rectangle,” said Harris in a recent interview about her show.

Harris’ work has been exhibited nationally in museums and galleries over the last 30 years.
“Carole’s quilts are not ordinary or traditional. They are comparable to a good jazz composition, improvisational and unpredicted,” said Marilyn Wheaton, Museum Director. Harris will talk about her work, the art of design and quilting, at the Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 4:00 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The exhibition runs through January 28, 2009. For more information, call (989) 964-7125 or visit the Museum’s website at

Here is a peak at some more of Carole's work


'Big City Blues'

'Down the Block & Across the Street'

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Exhibition of work by Laurie Ceesay

SAQA member Laurie Ceesay from Menomiee, Michigan is displaying some of her work at the following venues.

Purple Rain by Laurie Ceesay

Purple Rain was on display at the World Quilt Show-New England, Manchester NH, Aug. 13-16, 2009 in the Innovative Wall Quilt category.

BIBA 1 by Laurie Ceesay

BIBA 1 will be hung at the Wisconsin Quilt Expo, Madison WI. Sept. 10-12, 2009, in the Pictorial Quilt category.

The Blue Wig by Laurie Ceesay

Laurie's The Blue Wig will be on display at the Michigan Quilt Network's exhibit "Show Your Colors" in ' Lansing MI, Sept. 10-13, 2009. This display is part of the "show your colors" challenge.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Around Michigan

Thanks to SAQA member Anne Hiemstra for providing these exhibit and show entries around town!

The following exhibits are currently at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham, MI: July 24 – August 21, 2009:

“Let the Silence Have Its Say”: A Graffiti Exhibit

The Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild: This beadwork exhibit has some magnificent neck pieces, handbags and sculptural art
Calls for entries:

17th Annual Juried Art Show and Sale, First Presbyterian Church, Northville, MI. Show dates: October 2-9, 2009. Entry deadline: September 17, 2009. Contact: 248-349-0911 There doesn’t seem to be an online version of this information.

“Liggett Celebrates Michigan Artists”, University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. Show dates: November 6-7, 2009. Entry deadline: September 17, 2009.

Handmade in Michigan, Online Artisan Market. This seems to be a very new venture, based in Ferndale. No indication yet of what their marketing strategy is, but it’s a good looking site and an idea with a lot of potential.

Bead Bonanza, Bead Show & Sale sponsored by Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild, Sunday, October 11, 2009, Southfield Municipal Complex, Southfield, MI.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Mary Andrews Exhibit

'Sunflower' by Mary Andrews, Grand Blanc, Michigan

Mary Andrews will be having a show at the University of Michigan Hospital Gifts of Art program in Ann Arbor. Mary's quilts will be in the Main Corridor West from August 24 thru October 12, 2009.

One of the first and most comprehensive arts-in-health care programs nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art & music to the University of Michigan Health System. During times of stress and illness, the arts have the power to nurture and engage. The Gifts of Art programs utilize the arts to assist and enhance the healing process, reduce stress, support human dignity and renew the spirit.

This is a wonderful place for Michigan SAQA members to show their work. There are 7 galleries throughout the hospital and thousands of people pass through the hospital during the time your work is on exhibit. The University Gifts of Art program are very fiber friendly and welcome exhibits, such as the Michigan Quilt Artists Invitational, every year as well a few fiber artists. They usually have a call for entries in the spring every year. For further information about Mary's exhibit and future programs or exhibit opportunities, check out their web site at