Managing Curators – CT Stories

Diane Wright

Guilford, CT

A university math and psychology major, Diane has studied art as career and family allowed. For many years she focused on representing Australian Aboriginal Artists to venues in the United States developing a lecture series for art educators. Her work, noted for its use of color and original design, is inspired by nature and her years lived in Japan and Australia,

Currently, she lives and works in Guilford, CT where she is a member of art quilt group Sisters in Cloth, the Shoreline Arts Trail and Studio Art Quilt Associates, having served as Regional Co-Representative and on the Board of Directors as Membership Co-Chair. Her own art quilts have been exhibited nationally and internationally over the past 18 years.

Diane was privileged to serve with Kate Themel as co-Curator for Local Color 1 and Local Color 2:  CT Stories, both exhibits traveled throughout CT venues, with LC2 having achieved an exhibit in CA.  She also serves as curator for exhibition of CT shoreline artists at a local gallery space.


Kate Themel

Kate Themel is an award-winning artist and teacher living in Cheshire, Connecticut. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art in 1992 and began using fabric as an artistic medium in 1996.  Over the years, Kate has developed a distinct painterly style in her work.  Her collage compositions are constructed with cut and layered pieces of fabric, then quilted using hand-guided machine stitching.

Kate Themel has created custom fiber art for individuals, hospitals and corporate clients and her unique fiber pieces have been exhibited in art galleries and museums from Boston to Botswana. Her quilted compositions have been juried into international exhibitions such as Art Quilt Elements, Kagoshima Quilt Show in Japan and Quilt National where Kate’s work earned the People’s Choice Award.  Kate Themel’s work is on permanent display at the Yale Pediatric Specialty Center in New Haven and at the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale University.

Kate is a juried member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and Connecticut Women Artists (CWA).


Curators’ Statement

Connecticut, home to a growing number of art quilters, has centuries of stories to tell.  Local Color: CT Stories is the second of CT themed, juried exhibit mounted by our talented group of artists.

We, co-curators Kate Themel and Diane Wright, challenged our SAQA/CT members to explore the narrative of their art quilt and its connection to our home state.

This visually exciting collection embodies the uniqueness of our state’s history and each artist’s personal narrative.