Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Back from Vacation

View to South Bass Island from Kelleys Island, OH

Beach pebbles

Large horn coral fossil en face in limestone bedrock

Stand of tress

Sunset over Lake Erie

Friday, May 4, 2018

Congratulations to Phyllis Small!

Phyllis Small received the mixed media prize at the CAFA juried show at the Mystic Museum of Art for “Brown and Sharpe.” 
The show continues through June 2, 2018 at the Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water Street, Mystic, CT 06355
Part book, part mixed media, part sculpture and entirely AMAZING!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

May 5th is Fiber Day at the Windham Textile Museum!

The Local Color 3 show will be at the Windham Textile Museum from Saturday, May 5th - Sunday, July 8th, 2018.  

Fiber Day is Saturday, May 5th.  
Parking is across the street from the museum and
if you will check in at Duggan Mill we will have a name tag for you.
All of the LC3 artists in the show will be admitted free on this day.  The
suggested donation to the public is $10.00. 

Joan Blade Johnson is in charge of the vendors, which will be set up in Duggan Mill.  Please
contact Joan <loveartquilts@gmail.com> for more information on the

The LC3 artists will be introduced at some point during the May 5th Fiber Day.  
Considering joining  Catherine at 1:00 when she will be talking about Fiber Art publications.  And please feel
free to bring a favorite publication or one that you have been featured in to share.

There will be music and a Food Truck - so no need to bring your lunch.  

The WTHM hosts a monthly meeting of a local Weaving group and has
set aside a designated weaving room on the 2nd floor of the main
museum.  Several of the weavers will be doing demos and displaying
their finished products during the May 5th Fiber Day.  Peggy Church, a
master weaver is in charge of this group. So if you have ever wanted
to learn more about weaving - this is a great opportunity.

Any questions? contact Joan Blade Johnson or Catherine Whall Smith
Joan   loveartquilts@gmail.com
Catherine   smith.catherine62@gmail.com

Arts Center East is looking for Submissions!

Arts Center East in Vernon, CT is looking for submissions for the
Seventh Annual Juried Multimedia Exhibit!  [download prospectus here]

Open to artists 18 years of age and older. All media: drawing,
painting, collage, mixed media, prints, sculpture, textiles & pastels.
No giclee prints. No photography. (ACE hosts an annual photography

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Gallery 53 - Opening Reception this Saturday April 14th

If you have some free time on Saturday afternoon I suggest you stop into Gallery 53 in Meriden to see this show

​Reception: Saturday April 14th, 12-2 pm
Refreshments served, free parking in garage across the street.

This is what they have posted on their website with pictures - looks
great: http://www.gallery53.org/textileshow2018.html

On Exhibit: April 14 - 27

See how regional artists exploit the creative potential of textiles to
create new, exciting and meaningful works. Many of the exhibitors are
members of ​SAQA ​(Studio Art Quilt Association) Connecticut, a group
dedicated to supporting and promoting professional fiber artists and
teachers as well as quilters working to develop their fine art skills.
This juried show will be judged by well-known textile artist Clara Nartey.

These stunning layered, stitched visual works are an eye-opener: from
its roots as a practical craft, quilting has evolved into an art form
in its own right. Don't miss this exhibit!

In addition, Gallery 53 has a lovely gift shop filled with goodies to delight and surprise!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Local Color 3 Catalog Available

Thank you to all my old and new friends who came out to the opening reception of the SAQA-CT Local Color 3 exhibit in Westbrook last week.

If you would like to have an exhibition catalog that has images of ALL the works, I have great news. It is now available to order on Amazon. It features full color images of each art quilt in the collection, detail images and artist statements. Participating artists include: Dawn Allen, Kathleen Bagioni, Hope Barton, Christina Blais, Meredith Brooks, Rita Daley-Hannafin, Cher Hurney, Cathey LaBonte, Mary Lachman, Barbara McKie, Clara Nartey, Evelyn Oliver Knight, Judy Ross, Phyllis Small, Kate Themel, Anna Tufankjian, Catherine Whall Smith and Diane Wright.

Here is a link:
You might even consider ordering two! One for you and one for a friend!   

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Good day friends.

But first, a bit about the weather. This is the view out my window.

The beautiful thing about it is I didnot go in to work today. The 53 mile drive on the parkway is simply dangerous. And although I might have done it 10 years ago, times have changed and so have I. Now I don't take as many risks as I once did. The weatherman said 6-9 inches of snow with 40-50 mph winds and I decided to stay home.

This morning I did a little upgrading of my website MaryLachman.com and this blog. Check it out and tell me what you think. I am always trying to make it easier to read.

Now let me tell you about my knitting.  I am rediscovering my mojo after several months wearing a wrist brace for tendonitis. This is not what one wants when one enjoys knitting as much as I do. The experience made me wonder how would I be creative if I couldn't use of my hand


I finished a simple triangular scarf. One skein of a mohair blend on a U.S. size 9 needle using garter stitch.
It is started with a simple cast on of 3 stitches, then turn.
Row 1: Knit 1, yo, Knit 1, yo, Knit 1.
Row 2: Knit 1, yo, Knit 1.
Row 3: Knit 1, yo, Knit 3, yo, Knit 1.
Rows that Follow: Continue this pattern for as long as you wish or until you have just enough yarn left to bind off. My scarf is 12" deep and 42" long.