The Artful Log Cabin – a Workshop with Katie Pasquini Masopust

Katie Pasquini Masopust (Katie PM) was here for her first June workshop. She usually comes in the late Fall, so Katie and her group enjoyed seeing the inn in all its Spring finery. But speaking of finery, the workshop students created some really great grid and line interpretation of photos. They were a hard working and happy group.

“Katie never disappoints! Expectations are managed and exceeded!. This is a great facility – ample space, ample electrical availability. All meals were excellent – food restriction accommodations top rate. Service was excellent” – Becky Poisson.

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The final night’s dinner started with a Champagne toast curtesy of one of the students! That’s how to celebrate with style. IMG 3321 The peonies will be gone in the Fall, but Katie will be back! She is returning in early December to teach her Stitched Paintings class. That’s one of Katie’s stitched paintings behind the peonies. IMG 0942

Smear, Scumble, Glaze and Paint with Liz Kenyon

It is always a fun and colorful week when Liz Kenyon is here to teach a pastel workshop. She has everyone working on projects with vibrant, shiny, and yummy subjects. Everyone created an amazing array of paintings. Each one a step up from the last. This photo is of Liz’s demo. IMG 3281
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IMG 3282 It was quite colorful outside around the grounds, too. As the climatis on the flowering fence are starting to put on their annual display. IMG 3287
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Pics from the Paul George Watercolor Workshop

New England watercolor artist, Paul George recently was here teaching a 3-day workshop to a happy and eager group of students. Each day the group spent the morning painting outside around the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn (where the workshops are hosted). IMG 3261
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The pool was recently opened and it made a lovely spot to set up an easel and paint. IMG 3265
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Patti Mollica Teaches Them How to Get Big and Bold

Lots of paint was flying around the studio during Patti Mollica’s 5-day workshop, big gobs of it. Well, not actually flying around, but being lavishly applied to board in wonderfully colorful compositions. IMG 3243 Every day Patti had the class focusing on a different stepping stone to good paintings – value, brush work, and color mixing. IMG 3240 Before long the studio was filled with vibrant little paintings. IMG 3244 Patti had people work on specific image exercises each day, but participants still had plenty of time to work on images of their choice. IMG 3245
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Outside the studio the huge and ancient lilac bush was putting on it’s own color display. IMG 3250 The pool is open and beautifully clear, but, yeah, still a bit cold! IMG 3251
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IMG 3260 It was an amazing and fun workshop. If you are one of the many who didn’t get in this year, Patti will be returning in 2017, so sign up early!

An Interview with Sue Spargo, Quilt Artist and Instructor

Sue Spargo was born in Zambia, and later lived in England. The stark contrasts between the arid beige-browns of the African bushveld and the lush greens of the rolling hills of Southern England has been the inspiration for many of her designs, and continue to be a vast source of ideas.


In 1989 Sue moved to the United States. She now teaches workshops around the US, as well as internationally. We are thrilled that Sue Spargo will return to the Hudson River Valley Fiber Art Workshops this year, teaching a five day Workshop, Contemporary Folk Art: Travel Journals from November 8 to 14, 2015. This very popular 2015 Workshop is already Wait List only, but not to worry, Sue will return to teach another Workshop for us November 5 to 11, 2017.


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

I have been teaching for 20 years. I have 4 children and when they were young, sharing my love of quilting was a way for me to meet new people and be able to have a little creative time. I started to teach from home first, then at a local quilt store.


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What is your favorite part about teaching?

Sharing my passion for folk-art and embellishment and helping develop the creative path of each of my students through design, color and thread.


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

There are no rules in my classes. 


My classes are creative.


We have a lot of fun working with color and texture and learn many creative techniques. I encourage my students to look at appliqué in a different way by incorporating embroidery stitches using textural thread to give each element in their quilt a textural character of its own.


There is always a lovely tone in my classroom which is due to the satisfaction of doing handwork. There is much sharing between students, and each student gets a great deal of individual, hands-on creative time from me.


What are you currently working on in your own art?

I am always experimenting with new techniques to incorporate in my quilts. Wool is an amazing medium to work with; I have found the possibilities are endless.


Where is your art currently being exhibited?

Last year 30 pieces of my work were exhibited at the La Conner Museum in WA. Currently, they are in my suitcase to share with my students.


Is your work represented in galleries?

No. I do not sell my work – I use them as inspiration for my students.


Do you sell your work in any online gallery?

No. Each of my quilts are very personal and have a story. I make them as samples for my books, and for teaching purposes. I hope these will be treasured by my children one day.


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What is your favorite art quote?

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.” ? Pablo Picasso, Pablo Picasso: Metamorphoses of the Human Form: Graphic Works, 1895-1972



Describe your studio.

As I am writing this we are moving my business into a much larger newly designed space where I will have a lovely new studio and well-equipped dye room. We will have the web business here, as well as a space to teach classes in the future.

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

Freezer paper

Wool punches

Genziana wool thread

Milliners Needles in all sizes

Embellishment Fibers