Thursday, March 3, 2011

ARTAA's Lucille Makrin Opens an Exhibit

The Salem Courthouse Community Center is featuring the amazing quilts of Lucille Makrin in the Great Hall from March 6th until April 13, 2011.

Below is Lucille's "Hooked!", using the reverse applique technique.  As you can see, she enjoys thinking outside of the box.

Lucille resides in Cambridge, NY and has loved fabrics since childhood, dabbling in all aspects of fabric creations and mixed media.  She is an active member of 7 regional quilt guilds, including ARTAA.  Lucille is also instrumental in founding the Courthouse Quilters that meet on a regular basis at the Courthouse.

Her show is a collection of quilts created over thirty years, many of them receiving special honors that included: blue ribbons from the Washington County Fair, Hildene Needlework Show awards and special recognition in Quilter's Newsletter magazine.

The public is invited to an opening reception on Sunday, March 6 at 1PM

Saturday, February 5, 2011

ARTAA member exhibits her work

Fiber artist and ARTAA member, Sandra Archbold, is shown Friday night, February 4th, at the opening reception of the Pember Library Museum, Granville, NY, where she exhibited her collection of original designed kimono's.

Despite wintery conditions in the region in recent days, attendance was high at the First Friday event that featured three local artists of the sleepy, rural Adirondack town in upstate New York.  The exhibit will remain on display for the month of February, 2nd floor.

Sandra has been teaching and lecturing about her work for the past 30 years.  She is a lover and collector  of fine fabrics and has been a member of the ARTAA group since it's inception.  Her
designs and original creations are interpreted into wearable and wall art.  In addition to her work with all kinds of fabrics, Sandra also maintains an enormous perennial flower garden during the summer months - an inspiration for any artist.

Congratulations, Sandra!

ARTAAfacts:  A second artist's reception (due to inclement weather) was held on February 3rd, at the Family and Children's Service of the Capital Region for the textile wall art of Diane Evans and Pat Spillane.  The exhibit, "The Threads That Connect Us" will run through February 18, 2011 at the FCSCR Social Art Gallery, 650 Warren Street, Albany.

ARTAAfacts:  Coming up in March, a trunk show by ARTAA member Lucille Makrin at the Salem Courthouse, Great Hall, Salem, NY.  As many as 50 pieces will be shown by the artist, with an opening reception on March 6th, between 1-4 PM.  The exhibit will remain until April 13th.

ARTAAfacts:  Teaching a class on "Quilted Art" in April, 2011, ARTAA member Kris Gregson Moss will join others artisans in presenting Fiber Art Workhops at the Town of Johnsburg
Library.  For enrollment or further information, please call (518) 251-4343.

ARTAAfacts:  ARTAA member Francelise Dawkins will be an exhibitor at "Color Moves", presented at the Shelnutt Gallery of RPI (Room 3606, Rensselaer Union) in honor of Black History Month.  Francelise will show her "Migrative Spirit" and "Sanctuary of the Still Waters".  A reception will be held on Friday, February 11, 2011 between 6-8 PM with live musical entertainment.

ARTAAfacts:  ARTAA will be on display this year at the Widlund Gallery, Tannery Pond, North Creek, NY during May ---------  the Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY in September ----- and at the Arts Center at Old Forge, NY this fall.  Watch our blog for details.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Excitement Stirring on Ebay

Pardon us while we share our pride!

Our own Nancy DiDonato, Diamond Point, NY, was asked by DMC Threads to create this "Stitch Pink" quilt to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Nancy took all the individual blocks (of varying sizes) sent to her by DMC and put them together into an exquisite arrangement, and then designed a border to pull it all together.  You can follow the exciting story of this gorgeous benefit quilt on eBay or read more about it's origins on DMC's Website.  Maybe you'd like to bid on it.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Sometimes ARTAA means getting together.  We actually miss each other when meeting dates dwindle during the busy holiday times, or when members move away.

Here we are celebrating the visit of member Linda Shea (wearing blue) who recently moved to the west coast.

Linda has an incredible repetroire of talents, but you can find her embroidery designs [Linda Rae Designs], such as the one above, on-line at Oregon Patchworks.  It was a wonderful gathering, as you can see!

ARTAAfacts: Members Kris Gregson Moss, Barbara Vanselow, and Joanna Monroe currently have art pieces in the "Gifted" exhibit at Buttondown Gallery, The Shirt Factory, Glens Falls now through January 8.   Hurry to see it before it's gone!

ARTAAfacts:  Works of members Diane Evans and Pat Spillane will be shown at "The Threads That Connect Us", a two woman show sponsored by Art'nSoul, Inc. at the Social Art Gallery of Family and Children's Service of the Capital Region, January 7 - February 18, 2011.