Tuesday, June 11, 2013


 When a group of quilting friends formed the Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective two years ago, we made exhibitions our primary goal.

The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective:  L-R, Antonia Torres, Mary Lachman, Carol Vinick, Diane Cadrain, Carol Eaton, Karen Loprete, Rosalind Spann.  Photo by Dominic Scaramuzzino.
Two years and many shows later, we're now opening Botanical Inspirations at the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, Connecticut.

We were lucky to be able to show our work at the Arboretum's striking new Silver Education Center, with its dramatic clerestory windows:

The center regularly throws open its doors for community events, and in fact there was a group of school children in there, learning about flowers and butterflies, as we hung the show.  The Arboretum is a lovely facility, well worth a visit.  Take a look:  http://bartlettarboretum.org/

People traveling from points north in Connecticut have the additional advantage of the option to travel there  via the Merritt Parkway, an old-style roadway known for its scenic layout and use of trees to create a garden-like setting.  Never mind that the road is somewhat too narrow and sinuous to accommodate 2013 high-speed traffic. 

Botanical Inspirations celebrates the beauty and variety of nature, from mushrooms to birches.  Here's a peek:

L-R Raised Beds, Harvest Moon, and Flower Garden by Mary Lachman
Autumn Trees by Rosalind Spann
Standing Tall by Mary Lachman and Jack O'Lantern Mushrooms by Diane Cadrain
We members of the Fiber Arts Collective threw open the doors of our show on Sunday, June 9, 2013, with a well-attended reception in conjunction with the Arboretum's annual garden tour.

The show will hang for the month of June, 2013.  Plan a visit, maybe in conjunction with one of these events:  http://bartlettarboretum.org/events.php?ID=1637#

Because we love it when people look at us when we're exhibiting!
And check out our blog: http://www.ctfac.blogspot.com/
L-R Mary Lachman, Antonia Torres, Carol Vinick Carol Eaton, Rosalind Spann, Diane Cadrain, Karen Loprete.  Photo by Dominic Scaramuzzino.


  1. The exhibit is a treat to view! The work looks fantastic and with the beautiful Bartlett grounds people can make a lovely day of it!

  2. Great photos Diane! What a beautiful day for a garden exhibit reception!