Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Common Threads" Exhibit

The Charlevoix Public Library is hosting the Northern Michigan Textile Artists' exhibit "Common Threads" through October 31, 2010. The group was founded in November 2007 in response to interest created by the Michigan Quilt Artists Invitational Show at the library. Composed of fiber and mixed-media artists from Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties, the group meets monthly at the Charlevoix Library. Meetings include discussion of artistic and professional issue. demonstrations of techniques, informal critique sessions.

SAQA members Kerry Bowes, Gera Witte from Elk Rapids and Kathie Briggs from Charlevoix are members of the group. The show features small works created during the past two years: a series of color studies, photo-inspired pieces and collaborative works.

Kerry's "First Course Series: Blue Bass" is mono-chromatic study and is one of four color studies by Kerry in this series.

Kathie's "45 Degrees North: Still Waters" is an example of a complementary scheme.
Gera's "Ice Blue" is one of her two interpretations of a photograph of ice boats on Torch Lake taken by group member Babs Young.

Kerry, Gera and Kathie collaborated with Betsy Ross Doyle to interpret a photograph of fishing buoys which they have donated to the library.

In addition to the main show, in the gallery between the community rooms and the main library, three dimensional work is featured in the display cases in the Michigan Room. For more information contact Kathie @

Friday, September 25, 2009

"Winds of Change" Exhibit

"Winds of Change" an exhibit by the Fiber Artists Coalition, a group of SAQA professional members, has opened at Gallery 50 in Traverse City, Michigan. It's a wonderful exhibit in an old state hospital that has been and continues to be renovated for retail, office and residential spaces. The setting is pleasing as with the brick walls as the background for the art quilts. The exhibit is representative of the work of a diverse yet professional group of quilt artists with each artist submitting up to three works. Michigan members with artworks in this show include Kathie Briggs, Joan Potter-Thomas, and Desiree Vaughn.If you are in the Traverse City area this September and October, stop in to Gallery 50 ( and enjoy the exhibit. Here are just a peak at 3 of the pieces in the exhibit.
'Autumn Visitor' by Kathie Briggs

'Blue Moon Rising' by Desiree Vaughn

'Arctic Storm' by Desiree Vaughn

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Laurie Ceesay

Congratulations to Lauire Ceesay and her quilt, 'The Blue Wig' on her recent blue ribbon at the Michigan Quilt Network's "Share Your Colors" Quilt Show in Lansing MI on Sept. 11-13, 2009.

Lauire also had her quilt, 'BIBA 1' juried in to the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison, Wi. This quilt will also be exhibited at the AQS IOWA Show late October.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Exhibit Reminders

Michigan Quilt Artist Invitational


by Barbara Kilbourn

The Michigan Quilt Artists Invitational featuring 'The Art of Nature' exhibit is on display until Friday, October 2, 2009 at Greater Flint Art Council gallery which is located at 816. S. Saginaw Street, Downtown Flint. (810-2138-ARTS).

Michigan Hospital Gifts of Art Exhibit

Mary Andrews


by Mary Andrews

Mary's quilts are currently on display at the University of Michigan Hospital Gifts of Art program in Ann Arbor. Her quilts will be in the Main Corridor West until October 12, 2009.

For further information about Mary's exhibit and future programs or exhibit opportunities, check out the Uof M Hospital Gifts of Art web site at

Textile Extensions: Quilts in a New Context

'The Sun's Gon' Shine In My Backdoor Someday'
by Carole Harris

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. A reception to meet the artist will be held at the Museum Saturday, Oct. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 989-964-7082. Carole 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, 2010. For more information, call (989) 964-7125 or visit the Museum’s website at

Monday, September 7, 2009

Michigan Quilt Artists Invitational - Art of Nature

Anne Hiemstra
Donna Hamilton

The Greater Flint Arts Council is presenting the Michigan Quilt Artists Invitational featuring 'The Art of Nature' exhibit. This exhibit is made up of original wall quilts by Michigan Artists and will be part of the Flint Festival of Quilts along with the Second Friday Artwalk which takes place Sept. 10 thru Sept. 12.

The opening reception for the 'Art of Nature' exhibit, is free and open to the public. Live music with Justin Scanlon on nylon string guitar, along with food and beverages, will take place from 6-9 on Sept. 11th. The exhibit will continue through Friday, October 2, 2009. The GFAC Gallery is located at 816. S. Saginaw Street, Downtown Flint. (810-2138-ARTS).

For further information on the MQAI traveling exhibit, visit