Surface Design Association

Massachusetts & Rhode Island Chapter

Michèle Fandel Bonner at Art at the Gleason

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


Robin Bergman at Francesca Anderson Fine Art Gallery

Robin Bergman’s work can be seen in the following exhibit:

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

Animal Farms and Crafts Invitation Inside Final, final LC 9.13.19 copy


Mo Kelman Speaks at IMAGO Gallery

Fiber artist Mo Kelman will give a presentation as part of the Artists Speak series by the IMAGO Foundation for the Arts.
Mo Kelman
Artists Speak series presented by IMAGO Foundation for the Arts
Sunday, September 22 @1pm
IMAGO Gallery
36 Market Street, 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.
This talk is free and open to the public.
IFA strongly encourages student, emerging, and mid-career artists, as well as those interested in the arts, to attend.

Darkness and the Light: Curatorial Talk with Lissa Hunter


Date: Saturday, September 14
Time: 2 pm
Place: 522 Congress St, Portland, Maine

Surface Design Association Maine (SDA Maine) and Maine Crafts Association (MCA) present a talk with Lissa Hunter (MCA Master Craft Artist 2009), the curator of Darkness and the Light at The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art (MECA) on Saturday, September 14 at 2 pm. The talk is free and open to the public.

Hunter’s talk will touch on the process of curating the show, developing working relationships with the artists, and being witness to their practice. Darkness and the Light was conceived by Hunter several years ago. She invited thirteen Maine artists with established careers and reputations for fine craftsmanship and artistic excellence to join her in creating work specifically for this exhibition.

Exhibiting artists work in a range of materials and processes and include Lynn Duryea, Rebecca Goodale, Tom Hall, Joe Hemes, Alison Hildreth, Lissa Hunter, Jamie Johnston, George Mason, Julie Morringello, Jan Owen, Warren Seelig, Carol Stein, Todd Watts, and Susan Webster.

Lunch before talk at Nosh, 551 Congress St,

Please let Jennifer Lee Morrow (SDA ME area co-rep.) know if you plan to come to lunch –

Call to Fiber Artists| Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England

Call to Fiber Artists | Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England

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 exhibition will combine artwork from Surface Design Association members that reside in all 6 New England states (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island) in a narrative that presents a unique perspective on the artistic voices of our region. The dialogue that will be created between the works of art in this exhibition will speak to the diversity of fiber arts and surface design in our region and is representative of the explorative nature of artists in Massachusetts.

The exhibition will be juried by Beth McLaughlin, Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Fuller Craft Museum.

The MCA and SDA seek artwork in all fiber and surface design mediums as identified by the Surface Design Association’s membership criteria. 2D and 3D works will be considered. There is also an opportunity for site-specific installation proposals for the front entrance of the MCA facility. For more information on this opportunity, please contact the MCA Director of Exhibitions as

About the Juror:
Beth C. McLaughlin is Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. Ms. McLaughlin has held leadership and curatorial roles in the arts and museum fields for over 25 years at institutions across the U.S., including Fuller Craft Museum, Oakland Museum of California, and DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. She has curated over 45 exhibitions and has served as a juror/adjudicator for a number of cultural organizations, including American Craft Council, Fiber Art Now Excellence in Fibers, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Providence Holiday Art Sale, and the City of Worcester. Ms. McLaughlin has been published in several books and periodicals, such as Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats, Fiber Art Now, the Decorative Arts Society Newsletter, and American Craft Magazine. Ms. McLaughlin is passionate about expanding awareness of the craft field, promoting the makers, and exploring the transformative powers of handmade objects.

Important Dates:
11/1/19:    Call Deadline
11/15/19: Announce Selected Artists 2/1/20: Art Received By
2/6/20:     Exhibition Opens
3/14/20:   Opening Reception 3/20/20: Close
3/21/20:   Art Pick Up

Please note that the Mosesian Center for the Arts reserves the right to make minor adjustments to the exhibition timeline. Artists will be notified of final dates in their acceptance letters.

Artists who are members in good standing with the Surface Design Association and are residents of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island are welcome to apply. Local artists will be provided drop off time and date details upon acceptance. Non-local selected artists work must be received at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472 c/o exhibitions by February 1, 2019. Non-local artists are responsible for shipping costs both to and from the MCA, unless other arrangements are made, and are responsible for insuring their work while in transit. If shipping work, each artist must provide a pre-paid, UPS or FedEx return shipping label including insurance. Please pack your work in sturdy reusable packaging. The Mosesian Center for the Arts carries appropriate insurance to cover all artwork in the show for the duration of the exhibition, including the time frame of drop-off, installation, de-installation and pick-up.

Submission Fee:
$30 for up to 3 submissions. Artwork must be submitted online at:

The MCA gallery spaces are fully accessible and we strive to make the exhibition submission process accessible to all artists as well. We encourage anyone to enter our open call exhibitions. If you need any additional information or accommodations in order to enter, please email our Director of Exhibitions, Aneleise Ruggles at or call 617-932-0100.

Commission Structure:
Artists receive 60% commission and The Mosesian Center for the Arts receives 40% for art sold during the exhibition. The Artist reserves all copyrights and reproduction rights on the artwork in the exhibition. The Mosesian Center for the Arts may duplicate and reproduce images of work for purposes of public relations and exhibition announcements directly related to the exhibition.

About the Mosesian Center for the Arts:
Located in just six miles from Downtown Boston, The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts is a vibrant multi-disciplinary community arts venue located in Watertown, Massachusetts. This 30,000 sq. ft. former US Army arsenal is home to the 380-seat Main Stage Theater, a 100-seat Black Box theater, Exhibition Galleries, 2 Rehearsal Halls, Education Classrooms, and Resident Artist Studios. Offerings include visual and performing arts productions, classes, and workshops for all ages, literary/art discussions, and world-class theatrical and musical performances. The Center is home to the award- winning WCT – Watertown Children’s Theatre as well as New Repertory Theatre, Professional Theatre Company in residence. The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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SDA Members in “Art in the 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, located at 82 Park Hill Road, in Easthampton, MA.  The opening reception is August 17, 12 – 4 pm and the show is up through Thanksgiving.  

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