Stepping Inside the Outside Exhibit at Highfield Hall and Gardens
to Oct 31

Stepping Inside the Outside Exhibit at Highfield Hall and Gardens

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Exhibit Concept:
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

The exhibit will debut at Highfield Hall & Gardens in Falmouth, Massachusetts opening September 8 - October 31, 2018. The artist reception will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 1-3pm.

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11:00 AM11:00

Holiday Shopping Market at Coventry Farmers' Market

Holiday Shopping Market at Coventry Farmers' Market

2299 South St, Coventry, CT 06238

"The 15th season of the Coventry Farmers’ Market. Hosted on the grounds of Hale Homestead in Coventry, the market carries on the tradition of being the largest farmers’ markets in Connecticut, featuring some of the best of Connecticut-grown, Connecticut-made products around at one of the most unspoiled countryside settings in the state."

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Artist & Artisan Fair of the Congregational Church of Burlington
10:00 AM10:00

Artist & Artisan Fair of the Congregational Church of Burlington

Artist & Artisan Fair of the Congregational Church of Burlington

Saturday, November 3 at 10 AM - 3:30 PM

20+ selected Artists and Artisans converge on the Burlington, Ct Town Hall to sell their work. Exhibitors include: jewelry designers Linda Davidson, Lynne Patnode, and Judy Weingarden, potter Grace Epstein, artists Denise Balcanoff, Elizabeth McNally, Brook Nightingale, Lori Barker, Soul Threads designer Doreen Breen, woodcarver Ed Weingarden, and Fiber Artist Joan Blade Johnson and much more. Also bake sale, tea cup auction, and gallery walk

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Stepping Inside the Outside Exhibit-Bristol Art Museum
to Mar 10

Stepping Inside the Outside Exhibit-Bristol Art Museum


Exhibit Concept:
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

The exhibit will be at the Bristol Art Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island February 1 to March 10, 2019.  More information to follow...


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Shoreline WINE Festival
to Aug 12

Shoreline WINE Festival

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The 2018 Shoreline Wine Festival will take place August 11th from 12-7 and 12th from 12-6pm! It will celebrate fine wines from CT Wineries and Vineyards from all over the state, all offering their fine wines that range from grape wines to fruit wines. There is something for everyone. Pair this with some of the area’s finest foods, with the backdrop setting of a beautiful farm orchard and background sounds of tasteful music to put you in the mood.

This two day festival is a ticketed event that affords you the opportunity to taste the wines from all of the wineries, enjoy a tour of the Bishop’s Orchards Winery, numerous wine seminars given by local wine experts, live music and entertainment, and a chance to visit with local vendors and artisans.... (JBJ Fiber Art will be there!)  Food offered at the event is an additional charge.

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Martha's Herbary Annual Arts and Craft Fair
10:00 AM10:00

Martha's Herbary Annual Arts and Craft Fair

Martha's Herbary Annual Arts and Craft Fair

The Gathering Rooms and Garden will be blooming with talent and beauty. 

Meet local artists and crafters displaying their amazing wares. 

Plan to eat lunch at the Herbary.

Renee's Working Girl Catering

will be set up with delicious food available for purchase.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

10:00  - 4:00

Rain or Shine!




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to Apr 27



Reception: Saturday April 14th, 12-2 pm

Gallery 53



Refreshments served, free parking in garage across the street.

On Exhibit: April 14 - 27
See how regional artists exploit the creative potential of textiles to create new, exciting and meaningful works. Many of the exhibitors are members of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Association) Connecticut, a group dedicated to supporting and promoting professional fiber artists and teachers as well as quilters working to develop their fine art skills. This juried show will be judged by well-known textile artist and “Artrepreneur” Clara Nartey.

These stunning layered, stitched visual works are an eye-opener: from its roots as a practical craft, quilting has evolved into an art form in its own right. Don't miss this exhibit!  

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The Fiber Art of Joan Blade Johnson
to May 14

The Fiber Art of Joan Blade Johnson

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Joan Blade Johnson is a Hampton, Connecticut based fiber artist who exhibits nationally and internationally, and teaches a variety of surface design techniques. Her wall art is most often inspired by nature and her original nature photography, which she expresses through textile, thread, and other fibers as well as the incorporation of rogue media for example, wire, metals, and various found objects.

Joan creates her own fabric using non-traditional methods and materials such as commercial or plant based dyes, paints, soy wax, printing, and rusting. Once the fabric and composition is created, she enhances it with machine stitch or other embellishment to create texture and dimension. Joan often frames her smaller pieces for sale. Occasionally her works are stretched over prepared canvas for hanging, but generally, they are hung tapestry-like on walls, allowing viewers to closely examine and appreciate the textural nature of the work.

When not working with fiber, Joan is a Registered Dietitian, and has worked at UConn in both Nutritional Sciences and as Adjunct Clinical Dietetics Faculty in Allied Health. You can find her art and hand dyed silk Eco Print, and “Gem” scarves in a number of local galleries, artisan gift shops, and at the New Britain Museum of American Art Gift Shop.

Please join us for a reception on Thursday, March 22nd from 4-6 pm at the Babbidge Library Plaza Gallery on the UConn Campus at Storrs.

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New Britain Museum of American Art,  Maker's Market:  Holiday Edition
5:30 PM17:30

New Britain Museum of American Art, Maker's Market: Holiday Edition

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NBMAA Maker's Market: Holiday Edition

The Museum Shop is excited to present the 7th Annual Maker’s Market: Holiday Edition! Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the largest Maker’s Market of the year, featuring over 20 vendors.

Over the last year we have been actively seeking all kinds of vendors from the local handmade scene. Featuring jewelry by local designers, one-of-a-kind craftworks, music, food and much more. Shop small while supporting local vendors and the Museum.

$7 Museum Members | $12 non-Members

Divina Artwork
Nature's Artistry
Made By Jane Design
Summer Green Pottery
Good Gourds
Expressions Pottery
With Heart By Hand
Karen Drazen Jewelry
Jeanne La Rose (children's book author)
JBJ Fiber Art
A String of Beads
New England Cider Company
Knits and Beads
Laurie Lynne's Clay Jewelry
Cindy's Fine Jewelry
Shannon's Jammin Jams
See What I Saw
Keri Halloran Art
Melissa Punzalan Jewelry
Ogham Art
MKM Wood Creations
Linda Garcia Bohemian Textile "Wearable" Art
Jamie's Organic Candles
Nest Studio
Forest Chestnut Design
Innovative Design
Quilting After Dark

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QVCAH Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale 2017
to Nov 19

QVCAH Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale 2017

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Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities

Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale 2017

Buy from Local Artists – November 10th-19th

Get your holiday gifts at the Arts Center! You’ll find a diverse selection of locally handmade crafts and art objects including blown glass, jewelry, original paintings, prints & photographs, folk art & sculpture, ceramics & pottery, metal work, quilts & needlepoint and more.

Receive a 10% discount on all purchases with your current QVCAH membership.  All major credit cards accepted! Hot Mulled Cider served to you while you shop!

Sale Hours:

Friday, November 10th,        6-9pm – Sale Kick-Off and Opening Reception

Saturday, November 11th –  Noon to 4pm

Sunday, November 12th  –    Noon to 4pm

Friday, November 17th  –      Noon to 7pm

Saturday, November 18th –  Noon to 4pm

Sunday, November 19th –     Noon to 4pm     CLOSE OF SALE

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Impressions of Color
to Aug 11

Impressions of Color

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Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild Show

Impressions of Color

July 17 to August 11, 2017

Opening Reception

Friday, July 21, 2017

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

At the Spirol Gallery for Visual and Performing Arts

Quinebaug Valley Community College

742 Upper Maple St., Danielson, Connecticut 06239


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TEXTILE DUO - June 10th, 2017 - Quilting and Fiber Arts Event
5:00 PM17:00

TEXTILE DUO - June 10th, 2017 - Quilting and Fiber Arts Event


Windham Textile & History Museum

411 Main Street and 159 Union Street; Willimantic, CT 06226

Phone: 860-456-2178



Hours of Operation

Fri, Sat & Sun- 10 am - 4 pm

Admission:  Adults: $7.00 • Students, Seniors $5 • Groups: $4

Museum Members & Kids Club Members: Free

Guided Tours: Sunday 2:00 pm

Self-Guided Tours during hours of operation

Parking is directly across the street.


         June 10th Quilting & Fiber Arts - The speakers and vendors for this day include:


-       Martha Sielman, Author - Art Quilts International “Abstract & Geometric”

-       Jamie Eves, Executive Director WTHM "Connecticut and the History of Early Sewing Machines"

-       Hope Barton - SAQA-CT and SAQA Traveling Quilt Show display

-       Allison Wilbur – “Sashiko Stitching”

-       Pat Ferguson – “How To Hang Quilts of All Sizes”

-       Lois Palmer - Quilt Appraisals


Vendors and on-going Demonstrations

-       Allison Wilbur

-       Barbara Coleman Adams

-       Carol Eaton Designs

-       Catherine Whall Smith

-       Dawn Allen

-       Joan Blade Johnson

-       Michele Palmer

-       Pat Ferguson

-       Schiller’s Sewing Circle

-       Stitch Chicks Quilt Shop

-       Mary Lachman

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"Locally Inspired" Invitational Fiber Art/Quilt Show
to Jun 30

"Locally Inspired" Invitational Fiber Art/Quilt Show

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Windham Textile and History Museum

Invitational Fiber Art/Quilt Show– “Locally Inspired” 

411 Main Street, Willimantic, Connecticut


Solo Show – Shelia Rae Lutz

159 Union Street, Willimantic, Connecticut

June 1st – June 30th, 2017

Closing reception - Saturday, July 1st - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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1:30 PM13:30

New Britain Museum of American Art First Friday, May 12th, 2017

Music and Crafts at New Britain Museum of American Art’s First Friday, May 12th.

by Press Pool/ May 3, 2017/ LifestylesVarietyVariety Mini

Fans of legends such as Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, or Frank Sinatra, can expect a very enjoyable evening at the May edition of New Britain Museum of American Art’s signature First Friday event.

Noted vocalist, Theresa Wright, who enjoys covering songs by such these musical legends, will give a live performance of jazz, gospel and R&B at First Friday, on May 12th, 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Wright was selected Best Gospel Vocalist 2016 by CTNOW, and tours the Northeast as a solo performer and as a featured vocalist with renowned musical groups. She specializes in both cover songs and original songs, and had recently released an album of her music.

Also performing at First Friday will be jazz duo saxophonist Mike Casey and pianist Jen Allen. Based in the Greater Hartford area, Casey released his first album in February to international acclaim. Allen, a member of faculty at Trinity College in Hartford, has released two albums since 2011 as well as an award-winning book.

A guided tour will be provided of the Museum’s featured exhibition, Nor’Easter: The 47th Annual Juried Exhibition. It celebrates work in a variety of media by artists from throughout the country, curated by Sarah Fritchey, Curator/Gallery Director of ArtSpace New Haven.

Guests at First Friday can enjoy Yuengling and Goose Island IPA, cocktails, and wine and dance to live R&B and jazz performances.  In addition, guests can shop handcrafted merchandise by Sea Elegance, owned and operated by Kim Ferraguto, offering a selection of jewelry and trinkets that highlight the natural beauty of sea glass, as well as quilted masterpieces and one-of-a-kind scarves by Joan Blade Johnson, the woman behind JBJ Fiber Art.

Admission is $10 for Members and $15 for non-Members, and includes entrance to the Museum’s galleries, special exhibitions, activities, snacks, and soft drinks (including this month’s specialty drink: Spring Fling). Beer, wine, and cocktails will be served at a cash bar for $5. Please note: First Friday in May is being held on the second Friday of the month due to the Museum’s annual fundraiser being held the weekend before.




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3:30 PM15:30

Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World

February 15- April 29, 2017  

New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts

Organized by the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva in partnership with American Exchange Rome and Quilt for Change.

Exhibition Schedule:
March 22, 2016   Opening Reception, United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to commemorate UN World Water Day
October 2016    U.S. Tri Mission Art Gallery, Rome, Italy
February – April 2017    New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts
August 2017 – June 2018    Mancuso Quilt Festivals to seven major quilt shows across the United States

Quilters were invited to create and submit art quilts that address the issue of clean water and its impact on the lives of women and girls. Participating quilters highlighted many aspects of water – for example, how access to clean water can effect women’s daily lives, health, safety, the environment, mobility, income and development or any other aspect related to the theme, including women’s relationship to water, such as fishing, acquaculture and even transport.

The exhibit consists of 40 quilts. Joan Blade Johnson is proud to have her fiber art piece "Pure Water" featured in this exhibit.


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Swift Waters Artisans' Cooperative Open House
2:30 PM14:30

Swift Waters Artisans' Cooperative Open House

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OPEN HOUSE - This is our chance to invite customers and friends of Swiftwaters Artisan Coop to celebrate with our members and thank them for their patronage.  

We are a member-owned producer cooperative located in the heart of Downtown Willimantic, Connecticut. Our gift store carries a wide array of goods. Pottery, jewelry, clothing, prints, fine art, and photography are but some of the things we make.

Swift Waters artists are imaginative and skilled. You will find something for everyone on your gift list with a visit to our store. Because Swift Waters Artisans personally operate the store you will always find an artist available to assist.

Swift Waters is eclectic and changing. Visit us today to see an exceptional selection of unique, high-quality merchandise. Please stop by and see what the Windham arts community has to offer!

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