Local Color 4: Rails, Roads & Rivers

Please explore the Local Color 4: Rails, Roads & Rivers virtual tour! The artworks in this exhibit are for sale, please contact the art center with inquiries at 860-688-2528.

This juried show, includes artists in the Connecticut region of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) who submitted these quilts for display and judging. They reveal a broad range of metaphors evoked by this year’s theme of human-built and nature-carved modes of movement and transportation and the people who build and/or use them. Participating artists have explored the theme’s variety of meanings, images and experiences and have interpreted the theme in their own unique way. In their quilts, they employ metaphors denoting connection, journey, coming and going, liquid vs solid, trips, and travels and more.

The juror for this exhibition is Martha Wolfe, an award-winning fiber artist and printmaker living in Northern California. In addition to creating art quilts, she exhibits and teaches workshops, offers lectures and leads a textile tour to Japan in conjunction with the Tokyo Quilt Festival. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and books and is held in public and private collections. She is the founding member and curator of the international collaborative group, Viewpoints 9, consisting of 9 artists who share a guided creative journey and exhibit together throughout the world. Martha currently serves on the SAQA Board of Directors.


Events & Workshops:

CANCELLED: Opening reception and Meet the Artists: Saturday, March 21, 2020, 5–7pm.

POSTPONED: Workshop: The Felted Landscape Taught by Diane Cadrain. Saturday, March 28, 11am – 4pm. Participants will create an original felted work of art on raw silk from a landscape image (8”X10” print brought from home). Workshop Fee: $100. Material Fee: $20 (payable to instructor).

CANCELLED: Free Film Friday: A romantic film with Clint Eastwood in a story of love and crossroads. Friday • April 3 • 6-8pm. Enjoy an old fashion movie night with popcorn and pizza! FREE.

POSTPONED: Dramatic Performance: A powerful one woman show by Jessica Washington; directed and produced by Sal Jones. (3 shows)

CANCELLED: WACKY Comedy Nights: Thursdays • April 9 

WACKY Comedy Nights: Shad Derby Special • May 14. Enjoy a night of laughs from stand-up comedians. Produced by Brooke Ferguson and hosted by Ed Richters of Wry BrEd Comedy. Comedy begins at 7:15pm. Wine, beer, & light refreshments provided. $10 suggested donation.

Save the Dates! Members’ Exhibition Artwork Drop-off. Sunday, April 26, 11am – 1pm & Thurs. April 30, 5-7pm. The Windsor Art Center invites all members to submit work to the 7th annual Members’ Exhibition which will be on view May 9 – July 18. Members may submit up to 2 works of art that are properly prepared for exhibition.

Workshop: April Showers Bring May Flowers Greeting Cards Saturday • May 9 • Noon – 2pm. Participants will learn the art of ‘pop-up’ designs to create up to 3 hand-crafted multi-dimensional cards. All materials included. Held at the Train Station. Fee: $30.


This exhibition is made possible by a grant from Travelers; Dan J. & Alice Ford Ferraina; and other individuals, businesses, & organizations in our community.

About SAQA

SAQA is a world-wide resource for information on the art quilt and the artists who create them. In addition to mounting museum-quality exhibitions that travel the world, SAQA documents the art quilt movement through exhibition catalogs and the continuing series of Portfolios, the art quilt sourcebook.

SAQA creates professional development opportunities for the membership that continue to address the ever-changing needs of the artist. From basic studio management to mastering current technology for both business and artistic purposes, SAQA members have access to a treasure trove of support for taking their artwork and career to the next level.

Over the past 30 years, SAQA has evolved into an active and dynamic organization that offers many services to our members as well as to the community at large. Our website provides visibility to the accomplishments of the artist members and gives members immediate access to information about exhibition opportunities, announcements of upcoming events and conferences, and other resources.

The Windsor Art Center, Windsor, Connecticut, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the visual and performing arts and presents visual art exhibits showcasing the works of a variety of artists working in diverse media and genres. There is no charge to visit the gallery or the on-site gift shop which features locally made art. Parking is free and easily accessible. Call 860-688-2528 for more information on the exhibition, scheduled programs and exhibits, membership, and performing or exhibiting in the gallery.