Award-winning Art Quilter and Instructor, Gloria Loughman

Awarding winning art quilter Gloria Loughman is a popular teacher from Victoria, Australia. She is the author of Luminous Landscapes and Quilted Symphony. Gloria returns to the Hudson River Valley Fiber Art Workshops October 25 to 31, 2015 to teach an innovative new Fiber Arts class, “Fabulous Facades”.


Opera House


How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?

Seems like I have always been a teacher. I used to be a Special Ed teacher in the secondary setting for many years. I have been teaching quilting classes for almost 20 years.


What is your favorite part about teaching?

I love teaching. I love the anticipation and excitement of the students before a class begins. I love the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction as students realise they can achieve wonderful results when tasks are broken down to manageable steps.

What are you currently working on in your own art?

I am currently working on a series of quilts based on architecture. Taking an existing building and playing with the colours and textures to produce an image that is original and eye-catching. I am also still exploring landscapes with some degree of abstraction.




Where is your art currently being exhibited?

In a couple of months I have an exhibition of my recent work at the Festival of Quilts at Birmingham in the UK. This is indeed an honour and privilege to be invited to have a gallery at this event.




Describe your studio.

About 6 years ago, we built a new house near the beach. I thought I might teach some classes at home so the studio was designed to be large enough to accommodate a class. When we moved in, I spread out and now have no thoughts of teaching at home. My husband says our new home is actually a studio with a small house attached. 


It is wonderful. I have a wet area for dyeing, a cosy area for reading, a number of large surfaces for cutting and designing, a large design wall, and a bathroom. The studio doubles as a dormitory for lots of grandchildren when they all decide to visit at the same time.

Landscapes with Lorenzo Chavez

Lorenzo Chavez, one of the West’s premium pastelists, taught a lively 5-day workshop here last week, during some outstanding Spring (seemed like Summer) weather.

The first day the group headed up to the Greenville Town Park.

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The following day Olana, the historic home of Frederick Church, was the destination.

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Besides the gorgeous views, my favorite part of Olana is the perennial garden. It’s looking good so far. Can’t way to see it in full bloom.

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We always strive to provide great food for the workshops and are happy to work with dietary restrictions. This was the alternate meal for a couple of folks who were vegetarians, a three cheese pasta with artichoke hearts and sautéed zucchini sticks. Yum!

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On Thursday the group stayed local to the inn again, and went over to the Greenville Cemetery. The builder of our historic inn, William Vanderbilt, is buried in this cemetery.

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Picnic time in the cemetery!

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Just look at this display of art by the students in this class. I wish I could have gotten a close up of each painting. The growth and improvement from day one to day five was amazing and clearly noticeable – a testament to Lorenzo as a teacher! Every one was talk “reunion” when Lorenzo returns in 2017.

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Here is the happy crew on the festive Friday night dinner!

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Creative Expression with Sheila Frampton-Cooper

We had fun week with Sheila Frampton-Cooper. Sheila was here to teach her “Express Yourself One Piece at a Time” workshop, a very improvisational piecing method with lots of curves. It was inspiration to see Sheila’s graphically stunning and complex pieces in person.

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Sheila brought this wonderful large color wheel and set the class to experimenting with color and construction.

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The process created a beautiful chaos on everyone’s table!

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Meanwhile outside the studio the Spring flowers are blooming all over the place.

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The next fiber art workshop coming up on the schedule is “The Artful Log Cabin” taught by Katie Pasquini Masopust, June 7 – 13, 2015.

Dye Painting with Hollis Chatelain

“Super – Best I have ever had! Learned so much.”

Hollis Chatelain returned to teach another exciting workshop at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops. The workshop covered painting images on white cloth based on photos brought in by each student. The class learned how to use the procion dyes, blending colors, layering, and special effects.

Hollis brought several of her inspiring pieces to hang around the studio.

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This is one of Hollis’ amazing works made with demin fabrics.

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Patti M., one of the students made this fantastic “chocolates” pin cushion for Hollis.

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Hollis showed the students how to use tracing paper to plan their stitches for their whole cloth paintings.

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Hollis spent lots of time with each participant, guiding and assisting, and also answering questions about finishing some of their previously started projects. (Below is a piece that a student started in the Charlotte Warr Andersen workshop last year.)

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Everyone made several dye paintings and on the third day of the workshop, the group gathered for a critique / discussion of their paintings.

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It was a workshop enjoyed by all. We are already looking forward to when Hollis returns in 2017 to teach another workshop!

An Interview with Cynthia England, award-winning quilt Designer and Instructor

Cynthia England’s quilts have been honored with many awards, including two Best of Shows at the prestigious International Quilt Association. Her quilt, Piece and Quiet, was distinguished as one of the Hundred Best Quilts of the 20th Century.


We are pleased to welcome Cynthia in 2015 as one of our most anticipated Fiber Art Workshop instructors. Her 3 day Workshop, Picture Piecing: Creating Realistic Pieced Pictures will be held December 3 – 6, 2015.


How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?

I have been teaching quilting for 21 years specializing in a technique I developed, “Picture Piecing”. I made a quilt “Piece and Quiet” that won Best of Show at the International Quilt Association. Everyone wanted to know how I made it. One teaching job led to another, to another. I have been very lucky to teach in wonderful places.

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What is your favorite part about teaching?

When the “light goes on” and you can see that the student gets it! I love sharing that any drawing can be created into a fiber work of art. 

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What would you tell your prospective students are the best reasons for taking a workshop?

Take something you don’t know how to do.

Take something that you can build on. In other words, you can use in other aspects of quilting, not that one project.

In the classes I have taken there are things that you take away that you hadn’t planned on. One or two little tips that save a lot of time.

In design classes especially, you learn from what the other students bring in and the ways to handle those issues.

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What are you currently working on in your own art?

Right now I am trying out patterns for Fall Market. Currently, I am working on a small mountain landscape of a road going off in a distance, a Valentine quilt and a southwest Kokopelli figure.

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Com into the light

Where is your art currently being exhibited?

Two quilts “One Fine Day” and “Open Season” just returned from being away for two years on travel exhibit with the Texas Quilt Museum.

In June two quilts (“Piece and Quiet” and “Come Into the Light”) will be exhibited at the Brigham City Museums 2015 International Quilt Invitational Exhibit.


What is your favorite art quote?

Use your brain.


Describe your studio.

Wonderful! Looks out onto a pond and beyond that there is a creek which attracts wildlife. Great storage for fabric. I have everything a quilter would want. Only problem is I travel often and don’t get to sew nearly as much as I would like.


Name five of your “can’t do without” tools/products.

Purple Pair of Karen K. Buckley’s scissors

45 degree triangle

A wafer thin lightbox

A travel iron without holes that gets hot and does not shut off

A copy machine that enlarges and reduces


Read more of our recent Instructor interviews:




Sue Benner discusses creating superb quilts, and teaching.


An Interview with Elizabeth Barton, Art Quilt Designer and Instructor


An Interview with Tony van Hasselt, Watercolor Artist


An interview with Lorenzo Chavez: Prominent Landscape Painter in Pastels and Oils


An Interview with Leah Lopez, Award-Winning Artist and Instructor


An Interview with Frank Francese, Watercolor Artist


An Interview with David Daniels: Artist in Watercolor + more


An interview with Judy Coates Perez, mixed media textile artist.


Interview with Liz Kenyon, Pastel Painting Instructor


Patti Mollica discusses creating her art, and teaching


An Interview with Kim English, Oil Painter


An Interview with Barbara Nechis, Watercolor Artist


An interview with Hollis Chatelain: Fiber Artist


An Interview with Natalya Aikens: Computer + Stitch = Art Quilt


Ruth Powers: Designing and Sewing for Picture Piecing