28 February 2013

Reception Tomorrow: “Artistry of CT Craft” at Brookfield Craft Center (Brookfield, CT)

The Brookfield Craft Center presents:
“The Artistry of Connecticut Craft”
March 1 – April 14, 2013

Opening Reception Friday, March 1st from 5 to 8pm


I’ll have 5 pieces of fiber art in this multi-media show and sale, including “New Year’s Eve” (detail shown here).

Participating artists include Robert Dancik (jewelry), Andy Pyle and Leslie French (glass), Ann Mallory (ceramics), Missy Stevens (fiber art), Patty Storms, William Trowbridge (forged iron), Brian Walters (sculpture) and Joy Wulke (sculpture).

Visit the Brookfield Craft Center’s gift shop and gallery for beautiful handmade gifts and fine crafts.

Gallery/Gift Shop Hours:
Monday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm
and by appointment

Brookfield Craft Center
285 Whisconier Rd
Brookfield, CT 06804

For more information call (203) 775-4526 or email

26 February 2013

New Work: “Café in Istra”

Challenge 6 for Viewpoints9 was written by Australian artist Sue Dennis.

“…I invite you to take a journey!
It can be actual or via the armchair, but you must travel to a country other than your own. Once there look around, observe, take in the sights, sounds and smells. Experience the humidity or cold, generosity or indifference of the people.
Have fun exploring and discovering what, to you, is the extraordinary in the ordinary.”

My inspiration: a small outdoor café in Groznjan, Istra, Croatia. 

In this tiny town of 785 people, accessible only on foot, you can find half a dozen tables set just like this.  Even on a picnic table over wooden benches, you’ll find water and wine glasses, plates, silverware, and of course olive oil and balsamic vinegar


You can read more about this piece, and see all the artists’ interpretations of the “Ordinary/Extraordinary” challenge, at Viewpoints9 blog:


03 February 2013

Opening Feb 7, 2013 - Two Exhibitions at W.Hartford Art League

In the Clubhouse Gallery: Out of the Loop
As the juror for "Out of the Loop", I was impressed by the imagination and variety of artwork submitted for Out of the Loop.  Some of the pieces really surprised me with their approach to materials and broadened my own view of fiber art.  It has been inspiring for me, as an artist.  I hope visitors enjoy the show.

Out of the Loop features fiber art created with a broad variety of materials and techniques.  Crochet, weaving, felted garments, dolls and art quilts co-exist in this beautiful and colorful show.

Down the hill at the Saltbox Gallery: Fiber Art by Kate Themel
I'll be exhibiting 18 pieces from my own collection in a separate exhibit.  This portrait "Under Stress" and my newest work "Science Center" will be on public display for the first time.
Themel_UnderStressSM (image: Detail, “Under Stress” by K.Themel)

Both exhibitions will run from February 7 – March 3, 2013.
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 6 – 8 PM
West Hartford Art League
37 Buena Vista Road
West Hartford, CT
(860) 231-8019

Gallery Hours:
Thursday - Sunday: 1 - 4 PM or by appointment