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Massachusetts & Rhode Island• October 2019


MA/RI Regional Co-Reps

Nancy Crasco: 

Adrienne Sloane:

MA/RI Chapter Events

10:00am FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

Fiber Arts Boston has agreed to host our October coffee Friday, October 18 at 10am at 27/25 Dunstan St in West Newton. Liz and Rebekah of Shepherd & Maudsleigh Studio have generously offered to give us a tour and overview of the resources the studio offers which we thought would be of interest to our members.

In order to accommodate our group, they would like to have a head count of how many to prepare for.  To that end, we are requesting an RSVP, to Nancy or Adrienne. We hope to also have our regular check in so please bring news, any issues that may be on your mind or any new work that you would like to share. Please also note that it would be best to bring your own coffee as it will not be available on site. 

NH Chapter Meetings

SDA NH holds monthly gatherings on the second Thursday at 4 pm at Twiggs Gallery in Boscawen, NH. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Kate Dean with any questions at:

SDA Resources

Get answers to common questions such as membership renewal, uploading your images, or accessing the digital journal:

SDA Social Media Hashtags
Make sure to tag SDA Central’s accounts when you post to social media:
Instagram: @surface_design 
Facebook: @surfacedesignassociation

Submitting to the SDA Journal
Information about upcoming Journal themes and submission schedule:

SDA Volunteer Opportunities
See the range of great volunteer opportunities with SDA Central:


SDA and the Mosesian Center for the Arts
The Mosesian Center for the Arts in partnership with the Surface Design Association seeks artwork for its upcoming winter regional exhibition titled “Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England.” 

This call is open to all SDA members who live in New England, and the deadline is Nov 1, 2019. Information and application:

Textile Society of America 2020 Symposium Call for Submissions

The Textile Society of America’s 2020 Symposium, Hidden Stories/Human Lives, will be held in Boston from Oct 14-18, 2020. Their call for submissions is now open. 


CaFE Website: Compendium of Calls for Artists

Check out various calls for entry on the CaFE website at


Robin Bergman

Animals, Farms & Crafts
Francesca Anderson Fine Art/Portraits North
56 Adams St., Lexington, MA 02420
781 862.0660
Sept 11 – Oct 26, 2019
Opening Reception Saturday, Sept. 21, 3-5pm
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 10 – 5 Sundays 12-5pm

Kimberley Harding

Kimberley will teach basket classes this fall at Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville, MA. These 1-day workshops will be held on October 19 and November 9. Information:

Kimberley will also teach a basket class in November at the Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA. Information:

Diane Franklin

Diane’s piece, Urbana 5, has been accepted into the “Quilts=Art=Quilts” exhibition at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, NY. The show runs from October 26, 2019 to January 5, 2020. This is always a very interesting show with a wide variety of work.

Diane’s piece, Homage to Rosalie G, will be part of the Fiber Art Now Excellence in Fibers V print exhibition. It will appear in the Winter 2019/2020 edition of Fiber Art Now. Then, it will go to the Muskegon Museum of Art and be part of the Excellence in Fibers V physical exhibition that will be held at the museum. That exhibition will be up from December 12, 2019 to March 15, 2020.

Adrienne Sloane

Crafting Democracy
Harold Hacker Hall
Central Library of Rochester, New York
August 1 – Oct 25, 2019

The exhibit’s companion book, published by RIT Press, is available here.

Adrienne Sloane, Crafting Democracy

Unbound: Contemporary Rope Art
Highfield Hall
Falmouth , MA
Through October 31, 2019 

Small Works: SDA 2019 Member Exhibition

Adrienne Sloan, Not Knots

On Edge, Topical Fiber Work

Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA

November 1-30, 2019

First Friday opening: Nov 1, 2019 6-8:30pm

Adrienne Sloan, Repair

The Unraveling is included in The Language of Making: Visual Voices from the Textile Study Group of New York, a publication focused on the work of  The Textile Study Guild of NY

Karen McCarthy

Karen McCarthy's mixed media work will appear in the following shows:

PaperWorks: Art as Evidence
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA
Oct. 17  - Nov. 24
Reception: Oct. 19, 2-4 pm

Small Works: SDA 2019 Member Exhibition
Arcade Building Contemporary Art Projects
Gateway Campus, Webster University
St. Louis, MO
October 1– December 15, 2019

Michèle Fandel Bonner

Social Fabric
Art at the Gleason
22 Bedford Road
Carlisle, MA 01741
Sept 21 – Dec 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Sat, Oct 12, 2019  2 – 4pm

Minna Rothman

Impact: Climate Change at the Belmont Gallery of Art.  
September 8 - October 13, 2019

This is a juried group show organized by the Tapestry Weavers West (TWW) and the Tapestry Weavers in New England (TWiNE). Minna’s latest tapestry Integration from the Migration 2015 series is included in this show. 

Nancy Crasco

Fiber Fusions: A Juried Quilt Exhibition
243 Worthern Street, Lowell MA
August 24-October 26, 2019

Kristina Goransson

Kristina is offering the following felt workshop:

Felted and Dyed Forms Workshop 
Curaumilla Art Center, Valparaiso, Chile
November 17-22, 2019

This immersive experience will include 5 nights at Curaumilla Art Center on the cliffs of Valparaiso overlooking the ocean. This course will focus on color and form. We will be felting forms and dyeing using both natural and acid dyes to create multiples, sculptures, and layering of color. What better way to see the world than to experience it while creating. This class is open to beginners as well as more experienced felters. For more information:

Mo Kelman

Mo Kelman recently gave a presentation as part of the Artists Speak series by the IMAGO Foundation for the Arts in Warren, RI.

Mo Kelman is a sculptor, fiber artist, and Professor Emeritus of Art at the Community College of Rhode Island. A recipient of a U.S. National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Kelman has exhibited internationally, including the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show; the British Crafts Centre; Korea’s Cheongju International Craft Biennale; the International Shibori Symposia in Nagoya, Japan and Hong Kong; Brown University’s Bell Gallery; and the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts. In 2012 she received an Artist’s Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Art in the Orchard at Park Hill Orchard

SDA members Sally Dillon and Martha Robinson are also members of the Fiberistas, a group whose outdoor sculptural piece “La Cage Au Fowl” is included in “Art in the Orchard.” This juried exhibition of outdoor sculptures and site-specific installations is  displayed over the hills and fields of Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road, in Easthampton, MA. The show is up through Thanksgiving.


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