Monday, March 31, 2014

Special Concert

This is an off-topic subject, but such a special event, I thought some of you would appreciate knowing about it.

The Community Chorus of Detroit will be presenting a grand concert:  Giuseppi Verdi's Requiem.  This is a tour de force in and of itself.  It will be sung with three choirs, 4 top notch soloists, and a large orchestra.  It will be performed only once:  at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Woodward Avenue, in Detroit, on Sunday, 18 May at 4:30 PM.

 What many do not know is that this Requiem was taught from a single score to dozens of Jews who were rounded up and taken to a camp called Terezin in what I believe was Czechoslovakia at the time.  It was not in Germany. The conductor was Jewish and he used this music to keep the hopes alive for the captives. The Nazis used it as a way of showing the Red Cross how humanely they treated the Jews. The Requiem was sung over a dozen times at the internment camp.  Many of the singers did not make it. Some survived, and some of those who did will be in attendance at this presentation.  [There may be other holocaust survivors present as well].

This concert is attracting lots of interest and we suspect it will be a sell-put performance.   Tickets are $35.00 each.

Tickets available at after mid-April


Friday, March 28, 2014

Quilting Arts T.V.

I'd like to share my latest news and hope you will tune in. I returned from Cleveland last night after taping an episode for Quilting Arts T.V. I did a demo of stitched shibori on a fabric that has the dye fixative (a secret formula) embedded into the threads. It works for all of the dyes and speeds the entire dyeing process. The episode will air in July. I have to tell you all what a marvelous experience it was.  Susan Brubaker Knapp just started as the new host. She is warm and engaging and does a great job. The entire crew made me feel welcome and comfortable and their calm and caring did a lot to calm the jitters!

QATV is carried by Public Television. Unfortunately the Detroit PBS station doesn't. If enough people let PBS Detroit (or maybe Michigan) know that they are interested, they may be willing to pick up the program.

Here we are, just before taping.
Susie Krage

Call for Entries

Forward this Call for Entry to an artist you know!

Entries for Fiber Fever, an exhibition highlighting the use of fiber arts as media and process toward artistic expression, are now being accepted at the Foundry Art Centre. Dyeing, stitching, surface design, weaving, embroidery, quilting, batik, felting, basketry, textile manipulation, soft sculpture and other mixed media artworks, two- or three-dimensional, utilizing fibers as their primary material will be considered for this exhibition. Traditional and contemporary techniques and materials are welcome, as well as any themes the artist explores through fiber arts. Works may be two- or three-dimensional and must be original artworks conceived of and made by the artist. Pieces may be mixed-media, but must be primarily fiber; no photography or videos will be exhibited.  
Michigan-based artist and educator Mark Newport will jury the exhibition and award one $1000 Best In Show Award and three Group 3 Awards. All entries are due by Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Artists may submit up to three works for a non-refundable processing fee of $35. Foundry Art Centre members may submit up to three works for a non-refundable fee of $24. 

The exhibition runs from August 8 – September 19, 2014 with an opening reception on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 6pm-8pm. Award winners will be announced at the opening reception.
MARK NEWPORT is an artist & educator living in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Newport’s work has been exhibited in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including solo exhibitions at The Chicago Cultural Center, and Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO. His work is included in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Cranbrook Art Museum; The Arizona State University Art Museum, Microsoft, and Progressive Insurance. Newport’s work will be exhibited in the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis this April 2014. Newport is the Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986 & his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991.To view his work and for more information, visit
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Workshop and Call for Entry

In conjunction with the opening of her solo exhibit August 14, 2014, renowned quilt artist Nancy Crow will teach a five-day workshop at the Muskegon Museum of Art this summer.  


Instructor: Nancy Crow
5 days, August 11-15, 2014 – 9:00 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
(classroom with be open from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm each day)
Level: Intermediate to Advanced (sewing machine used)
Class Fee: $650 ($350 is non-refundable)
Location: Century Club Ballroom (downtown Muskegon,

The museum will email an updated description and material list to participants.  An old description of the workshop can be found on Nancy’s webpage ( is in the midst of clarifying and reworking the description for this workshop.
To register and secure your spot we are asking for the full payment of $650 (credit card or check payment).  To register please call at 231.720.2571.

Call for Entries: Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge

The Muskegon Museum of Art announces a call for entries for Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge, a two-part exhibition that will feature artwork from established and emerging textile artists from around the world. An illustrated publication, as the budget allows, will accompany the exhibition. The deadline for entries is November 14, 2014; the exhibit will be held Aug 20-Nov 1, 2015.
  1. Part one of the exhibition is comprised of the artwork of some of the world’s top fiber artists, to include: Luis Acosta, Kyoung Ae Cho, Kate Anderson, Ewa Bartosz-Mazus, Lia Cook, Thomas Cronenberg, Nancy Crow, Patricia Hickman, Jan Hopkins, Wolfgang Horn, Ferne Jacobs, David Johnson, Gerhardt Knodel, Gyöngy Laky, Maximo Laura, Tom Lundberg, Libby Mijanovich, Laura Foster Nicholson, Krystyna Sadej, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Chizu Sekiguchi, Sherri Smith, Ixchel Suarez, Yoshiko Wada, Dawn Walden, Carole Weller, and Bhakti Ziek.
  2. Part two of the exhibition will feature artwork selected by a 3-juror panel (Ferne Jacobs, Gyöngy Laky, Namita Gupta Wiggers). Entry in this section is open to artists, 18 years and older, from any country. 
  3. Artists are invited to enter up to two works of fiber and textile based art for consideration. Entry is $50 for one or two artworks.  
Please find complete details at the museum's website:

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hello again,

Silly me, I looked at the March calendar to schedule our April meeting. Please make a note that the SDA Michigan meeting will be Sunday, 2 p.m., APRIL 27th.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hello again, SDA-Michigan members,

Many of you responded to my recent e-mail about getting together again, so, lets do it. We will have a gathering at 2 p.m. at my home on Sunday, April 30th. (Address below) Please bring some recent work for a show and tell,  a snack to share as well as your own beverage. Adult beverages are o.k. I look forward to seeing all of you who are able to come as it has been a while. So mark your calendar, pull out your newest work, find a great recipe and be prepared for a lively afternoon.

Please respond to me at :

Susie Krage
1731 Seminole St.
Detroit, MI 48214

Thursday, March 6, 2014

To SDA Michigan Members from Susie Krage,

I spoke with our new rep, Diane Nunez today. Unfortunately she is not well and has not been able to work as our rep. She has been suffering from a chronic inner ear imbalance which has incapacitated her. She has tried a number of treatment modalities and continues to search for a solution. In the meantime, there are two things I would like to ask. Is there anyone who would be willing to help out in the meantime and how would you feel about a Sunday afternoon meeting at my home in April? I thought it might be a chance to reconnect, and have a show and tell as well as to make some important decisions about the future of our group.

Pleas e-mail me <> with your thoughts by the end of the week, March 8.

I hope you are all using this cold weather to get lots of fiber work done. I know I have wanted to stay home and stay warm!