Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Next Meeting for SDA-IL Will Be Sunday November 22nd 2015 at 11am at Union Street Gallery

Hi all!

I just wanted to tell everybody that our next meeting will be held in Chicago Heights, IL at the Union Street Gallery on Sunday November 22nd at 11:00am. Please come out and enjoy good conversation revolving around fiber and textiles as well as hear the latest news from the SDA. We will also be having a show and tell where you can bring a piece of your art to get help with (in the form of critique) or bring something you just want to show. We will of course have our usual potluck so please bring a dish to share. Union Street has a very lovely gallery and is an artists studio collective space in a landmark historical building in Chicago Heights (they also have a wonderful gift shop too!). They also will have started their Twelfth Month Handmade & Artisanal Market so you can do a little Christmas shopping while you are at it. There is more information on the Union Street Gallery website below regarding their holiday market which runs from November 11 through December 23, 2015, and they have a reception the day before our meeting on November 21, 2015 from 12-3pm. This meeting should be a lot of fun so don't miss out. I hope to see as many of you there as travel and schedules permit. If possible please let me know that you are coming. Please feel free to bring a friend if they are interested, the more the merrier! Also, you can find more information about Union Street Galleries here.

* Union Street Galleries is located at: 1527 Otto Blvd. Chicago Heights, IL 60411. *

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hi all! The next meeting for SDA-IL will be Saturday October 3rd, 2015 at 11am at Ausrine's Arts Room located at 1123 Florence Ave, Evanston, IL 60202. Ausrine's storefront gallery has many lovely works of art along with Ausrine's wonderful felted and leather artworks. Please bring your own artwork to share for show & tell and also a snack to share for our mini potluck. Come enjoy good conversation, snacks, and the inspiration of seeing what other people are making and doing! You should also be receiving an email through the membership list. Please let me know if you are coming if possible.

Ausrine's Arts Room
1123 Florence Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Save the Date: Next SDA-IL Meeting will be August 1, 2015 11am.

Hi all,
I just wanted to leave a quick note stating that the next meeting for SDA-IL will be August 1st, 2015 at 11am at the Bridgeport Art Center. The address is 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609, 4th floor BAC Gallery. Kathy Weaver will be giving an artist talk and a tour of the show she is in; titled "Throes of Progress". More information will be coming soon!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

IL SDA Member Kathy Weaver In New Group Show at Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago IL

Press Release For:
Throes of Progress:
Bob Emser, Jacqueline Moses, Paul Sierra, Kathy Weaver
June 19 – August 7
Opening reception June 19
7 weeks

The artists in this exhibition explore the often negative effects not only on human society but on the planet itself of the notion of progress. Massive industrial technologies have led to unchecked growth, creating an over-engineered planet that no longer supports human, or even biological, values. The show includes paintings by Jacqueline Moses and Paul Sierra, as well as drawings by Kathy Weaver and a selection of three-dimensional works by Bob Emser that relate primarily to flight.

During his 30+ year career, Bob Emser has served as a visiting artist and has taught at several universities, held a tenured professorship, and founded a not-for-profit art center. He has also served as the executive director of Chicago’s international sculpture exhibition, Pier Walk, and as the founder of Chicago Sculpture International. Emser will present a number of his fascinating “model airplanes”, which, in contrast to the typical children’s toys, are very large. Other works also refer to air travel and even rocketry.

Jacqueline Moses has exhibited throughout the region, as well as internationally. Her large-scale oil paintings (many with photographic transfer) depict the global clash of old and new, the negative effects of globalization itself. Some present ominous scenes such as aircraft exploding in fire over placid landscapes.
Born in Havana, since immigrating to the United States in 1961 Paul Sierra has participated in numerous group and group exhibitions throughout the country, many of which have explored the contribution of Hispanic artists to American culture. Many of Sierra’s large-scale paintings depict cars that are mangled or burning up as a result of crashes on peaceful country roads, and can serve as eloquent metaphors for the death and destruction which represent the reverse side of our modern love affair with automobiles.

Kathy Weaver has exhibited widely in the area, as well as nationally, and has received many awards for her work. Her large-scale drawings show the toll of violent human confrontation. Weaver’s series “Collateral Damage” explores the effect of war on soldiers and civilians. Some of the drawings depict robot protagonists acting out human dramas.

The exhibition “Throes of Progress” presents much food for thought in a collection of masterful art works created by a highly respected and widely acknowledged group of Chicago area artists.

"Artifacts of War" by Kathy Weaver

Monday, May 11, 2015

Reminder: The Next SDA-IL Meeting Will Be Saturday May 16th at 11am at Gallery Seven in Joliet IL.

Hi all! You should have all gotten an email with all the particulars but I just wanted to put up a reminder... we will be holding our next Illinois SDA meeting at Gallery Seven located in Joliet, Illinois on Saturday May 16th at 11am. The address for Gallery Seven is 116 N. Chicago St. Suite 102 Joliet, IL 60432. We will have a quick meeting and then tour the show titled “An Art of Her Own”. This show displays the work of 6 women artists: Gretchen Jankowski, Marian Corley, also including Darcy Berg, Joy Lavrencik, Karen Gubitz, and Clairan Ferrono who are all well known Illinois SDA artists. After the meeting and gallery tour (which will run from 11am to 12pm) we will head to a local restaurant and have lunch (and do a quick show and tell if you wish to bring something to share). Please come out and see the work of these fabulous women. Aside from the visual feast there will be loads of fun and good conversation to look forward to! Please let me know if you are coming to the meeting and/or restaurant so that I can have a accurate count for the restaurant reservation (we will each be paying our own way at the restaurant, dutch treat). Please feel free to bring a friend if they are interested, the more the merrier! Here is Gallery Seven's website here

Hope to see you all there,

Friday, March 20, 2015

Next SDA-IL Meeting Saturday March 28th at 11am

Hi all!

We will be holding our next SDA Illinois meeting on Saturday March 28th 11am at the LillStreet Art Center located in Chicago at 4401 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 up in the print room on the third floor (go up the front stairs and walk down the hallway all the way to the back and it is the room to your right). The International Quilt Festival Chicago is also going on out by O'Hare that weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois from 10am to 6pm so you can make a day out of it with non-stop textiles! Please bring a dish or beverage to share and come out and enjoy refreshments, conversation, and the sharing of art. Make sure you bring some of your artwork (finished or unfinished) for show and tell. If possible please let me know that you are coming. Please feel free to bring a friend if they are interested, the more the merrier! LillStreet also has a cafe called First Slice on the first floor and they sell pies and pies by the slice (truly excellent pie) as well as other food and beverages. They also have an excellent gallery and gift area on the first floor near the cafe. So, there is plenty to see (and eat) on your way out. I hope to see you all there!

Friday, February 27, 2015

SDA Call For Artists

You can find the prospectus and link to application here on the Surface Design Association Website.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Extension on call for Artist Due February 27th

Lillstreet Rooftop Project Space

Artists are invited to install work onto four, 9-foot flag poles on top of Lillstreet’s rooftop deck and garden. Flags as well as alternative installation proposals will be considered. Work can be seen from the CTA Montrose Brown Line elevated tracks and Metra Train tracks, as well as Montrose and Ravenswood Avenues. Installations rotate monthly, May through December and work is displayed indoors prior to install date. Cash prizes are awarded to Best In Show ($500) and Honorable Mention ($150) artists. Photo documentation will be provided to all participating artists, as well as opportunities for artist receptions. All work will be archived on the Lillstreet Art Center gallery page and in the Textile Department's hallway gallery.

Extended Deadline: February 27, 2015. Proposals (just a proposal is due on the 27th along with online application) will be reviewed by Camille Canales, Director of Textile Department and Nora Renick-Rinehart, 2014-2015 Artist-in Residence. You can find out more by clicking on the LillStreet Website here.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day!!!!!!

I hope everyone has a fun and happy Valentines Day! Of the many things that are going on this month I wish to mention two. Ausrine Kerr is having a show titled "Hat or a Crown" at her studio and gallery space in Evanston IL starting Valentines Day and running through March 5th, 2015 (see picture below for announcement information). Also, we will be holding our next Illinois SDA meeting at her gallery on Saturday February 28th 2015 at 11am. You should all be receiving an email announcement in the next couple days. So, if you don't get a chance to come see her show earlier you can see it at the meeting.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hi all,

I just wanted to wish everyone a healthy, prosperous, and fantastic New Year!
Also, if you haven't been reading the updates from the SDA we are only $20,000 away from meeting our goal. If you have not donated and still want to, or if you need to update your membership (or buy someone the gift of a membership) it's not too late (2014 has one more day left)... you can pledge here at http://www.surfacedesign.org/get-involv…/pledge-your-support, or buy a membership on the website http://www.surfacedesign.org/. Let's keep the SDA going strong!

You all stay warm and have a great New Year!
SDA-IL Representative

***Special Postscript***
Good news, we are just $15,000 away from our goal. You can make your pledge now and pay in increments over the next year. One more day to make our goal!
~ Jeanette

Monday, October 6, 2014

Saturday October 11th 2014 at 11am at Union Street Gallery is the next meeting for SDA-IL

The Next Meeting for SDA-IL Will Be Sat. October 11th 2014 at 11am at Union Street Gallery:

Hi all!
I just wanted to tell everybody that our next meeting will be held in Chicago Heights, IL at the Union Street Gallery on Saturday October 11th at 11:00am. The first hour will be meeting and show & tell the second hour from 12pm on will be an artist talk held by Akemi Nakano Cohn about her work that is presently being displayed at Union Street Gallery as part of Union Street's exhibit “Materials Matter”. Union Street has a very lovely gallery and is an artists studio collective space in a landmark historical building in Chicago Heights (they also have a wonderful gift shop!). Please bring a dish or beverage to share and come out and enjoy refreshments, conversation, the talk, and the gallery. Make sure you bring some of your artwork (finished or unfinished) for show and tell (due to time limitation please bring no more than 2 pieces). This should be a lot of fun and for sure a very interesting talk. If possible please let me know that you are coming via email or comment below. Please feel free to bring a friend if they are interested (the more the merrier)! Also, you can find more information about Union Street Galleries here.

* Union Street Galleries is located at: 1527 Otto Blvd. Chicago Heights, IL 60411. *

Thursday, September 11, 2014

There is still time to see From the Inside Out at SIUE

A splendid review was written about From the Inside Out by Sun Smith-Foret for the Art Saint Louis / Art Dialogue blog.  You still have a little more than a week to see the show.  Details are on FTIO blog.
Check out the review here.

From the Inside Out
August 18-September 21
Art and Design West Gallery
75 South Circle Drive
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Gallery hours 10-2 Monday -Friday
Phone ahead to be sure--618-650-3183

By appointment -- contact Pat Vivod at shiborirust[at]yahoo[dot]com

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hi all!
You are invited Saturday September 13, 2014 to the home and studio of Adamandia Kapsalis. The meeting will include show and tell and snacks (please bring a dish to share as it is potluck). Adamandia lives in the Andersonville area on the North side of Chicago. She is a mixed media textile artist and recently had her work displayed in the SDA-IL exhibit "Transparent, Translucent, Transformed" held at the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center. You should receive a SDA email soon with her address and instructions. If you have any problems or questions regarding directions please feel free to comment below or email me. Anyway, please come out for the latest SDA news, food, and of course show & tell. Please let me know if you are coming so that we can have an idea of how many will be there.
Thank you,

(Note: Picture above features two of Adamandia's pieces)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pictures from the "Transparent, Translucent, Transformed" Show/Exhibit.

Hi all!
My husband took several pictures of the show before the reception. Here are a few of them. Have a look see!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

"From the Inside Out” - Opening Reception at SIUE from 5-9pm on August 22, 2014

After more than 22 months of planning, Pat Vivod and I, co-curators of FTIO, invite all fiber artists, collectors and those who simply love textiles to the opening reception of our exhibition at SIUE on August 22.  With artwork by five artists from Israel, The Netherlands and the USA, this will be a very exciting show!!

This exhibition is the recipient of a 2014 SDA Small Events Grant.

From the Inside Out is an international exhibition of five artists who share a devotion to ecological, economical and sustainable ways of dyeing and printing natural fibers, fabrics and handmade paper, but whose individual processes and ideas are quite diverse.

Each artist explores distinct interpretations of the overarching theme through personal investigations defined by their individual key words: Tangent, Seeds, Mapping, Feast, and Core. From handmade paper to heavily textured felt, from rust printed silk hangings to profusely embroidered eco-printed silks, the title describes both a process and an artistic vision.

                            Elizabeth Adams-Marks (Illinois, USA)
                            Irit Dulman (Tel Aviv, Israel)
                            Fabienne Rey (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
                            Patricia Vivod (Illinois, USA)
                            Rio Wrenn (Oregon, USA)

Opening Reception: Friday August 22, 5 to 9pm
Artist Talk: Friday August 22, 7pm
Exhibition: August 18 to September 21, 2014
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - Art and Design West Gallery
75 South Circle Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62026

For more information about the show and the artists, see our blog at: http://exhibition-fromtheinsideout.blogspot.com

Friday, August 8, 2014

The next meeting for SDA-IL will be Friday August 22, 2014 at Barbara Schneider's studio at 1pm

Hi all!

You are invited Friday August 22, 2014 to Barbara Schneider's studio at The Starline Gallery in Harvard, IL at 1 pm (address should be in SDA constant contact email that went out today). Please bring something to share for a potluck. Barbara will have coffee, ice tea, hot tea and bottled water.

We will hold a combined SAQA/SDA meeting. We will have the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) traveling trunk show as well as the SDA (Surface Design Association) Swatch Library available for viewing. This is a great opportunity to see at least 50 small quilts made with various techniques and also to see the many varieties of surface design techniques on the 12 x 12 fabric swatches. In addition to the meeting we will have show and tell and food. Harvard is approximately 60 miles northwest of Chicago and 10 miles south of Walworth at the west end of Lake Geneva. For those driving from the east and south you can take the northwest toll way to Rt. 47, go north 15 miles to Woodstock, and then west again to Harvard (about 15 miles).  For those who might like to take the train the Metra line is the Union Pacific Northwest Line to Harvard. You can look up the schedule. The train stops right outside the studio building.


In addition to our meeting at the Starline that day, you might want to consider these additional options:

1. A 15 minute drive up to Lake Geneva area for fun and frolic

2. Staying on (or coming back from Lake Geneva) for The Starline’ 4th Friday event. This is a great opportunity to see several open artist studios, see 1-2 juried art exhibits, a photo exhibit, hear live music, eat appetizers and generally have a fun time from 6-9 pm for $5!


3. Right next door to the Starline building is Steelheart , which stays open on 4th Friday nights. It is a huge space filled with all kinds of steel and wire ornamental stuff for your home and garden. And also just another interesting building to poke around in.


Please RSVP to Barbara Schneider (her email is in the SDA constant contact email that was sent out today) or myself to let her know if you can come so she can get a count on food, chairs and things like that. You can also reply via comment or on the SDA-IL facebook page.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Jean M. Judd - update

Greetings All,
I was interviewed by a writer for About.com on August 1st about having an artist career and juried exhibitions. It just went live late yesterday and here is the link.http://fineart.about.com/od/Artists/fl/Q-and-A-with-Textile-Artist-Jean-M-Judd-on-Having-an-Artist-Career.htm 

Jean M. Judd, N.S.A.
Textile Artist and Author
2807 State Road 87
Cushing, WI 54006-3209
Phone: 715.566.0212
Email: jean@jeanjudd.com
Web Site:http://www.jeanjudd.com

Xanadu Gallery (Scottsdale, AZ): http://www.xanadugallery.com
Busacca Gallery (San Francisco, CA): http://www.busaccagallery.com
Art Rent & Lease (Oregon & Minnesota): http://www.artrentandlease.com/html/home.asp
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanmjudd
Online Galleries:

Textile Art...Discover the Possibilities!TM

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Transparent, Translucent, Transformed Reception This Saturday 12pm - 3pm

I just wanted to remind and invite you all to the reception for the SDA-IL sponsored exhibition "Transparent, Translucent, Transformed" at the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center at 255 N Northwest Hwy. Park Ridge, IL on Saturday August 9, 2014 from 12pm to 3pm. There website is here. Below you can find the flyer for our show. As usual, please feel free to contact me of you have any questions.
~ Frances

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 2014 Meeting for SDA-IL

The Next Meeting for SDA-IL Will Be Sunday July 20, 2014 at the Urban Thread Studio at 11am.

Hi all! I just wanted to invite everybody to our next meeting which will be held in Chicago at the Urban Thread Studio which is on the fifth floor of the Bridgeport Art Center on Sunday July 20th, 2014 at 11:00am.
Urban Thread Studio “...is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to teach creative problem solving through textile arts in a nurturing and community-building environment”. The Bridgeport Art Center is located at 1200 West 35th Street in Chicago and the studio can be a bit tricky to get to. There is ample parking on the north side of the building by 34th Street and Racine. The studio itself is located on the 5th floor of the Fashion Design Center. Entrance to the Fashion Design Center is on Racine Ave, the east side of the building, just next to the furniture store, Coyle & Herr.  Once you see the intercom box by the entrance door, press key Star (*) 5405 and you will be buzzed in. Take the elevator to Floor 5 and as you exit make a left until the end and then a right until you get to studio 5405.
Please come out and explore Urban Thread Studio as well as enjoy good conversation, the latest SDA news, show & tell, and of course snacks. Make sure you bring some of your artwork (finished or unfinished) for show & tell and a snack to share as the meetings are potluck. As usual this should be a lot of fun. Please let me know that you are coming via email or in the comments section of the blog (or on our face book page).

Urban Thread Studio
Bridgeport Art Center - Studio 5405
1200 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
(312) 204-7313

Thank you,

Friday, July 4, 2014

More news on From the Inside Out

Elizabeth Adams-Marks and I are pleased as punch to announce we've won an SDA Small Events Grant of $500 to help fund our international exhibition From the Inside Out.

All of the artists involved are members of SDA and we are grateful for the support of the organization.