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SAQA Monthly Update - January 2016

Dear Jennifer, 

Happy New Year!

This is a long message, but so many exciting things are happening in SAQA that I hope you’ll read through it all.

Board and Staff Changes

Four new members will be joining the Board at the conference in Philadelphia.  We are delighted to welcome Deborah Boschert, Jayne Gaskins, Jeanne Marklin, and Chris Nielsen!  In addition, Marvin Fletcher is taking over the position of Treasurer.  Also at the conference, Kris Sazaki and Judith Trager will be stepping down after six years of service. Lisa Ellis will become the new President of the Board.

I am especially pleased to announce that we will now have an Assistant Executive Director – Jennifer Solon will be expanding her duties beyond managing our website and our bookkeeping to now also help manage the organization.

I will miss Cheryl Ferrin as Marketing Director – we’ve been working together for 12 years!  However, I am looking forward to working more closely with Cynthia Wenslow and Diane Howell as they work to manage the digital and print aspects of SAQA’s marketing.

Desi Vaughn will be increasing her hours as our regions continue to grow and become more active.  And Bill and Allison Reker will be managing the logistics for the 2016 Benefit Auction.

More Museum Venues!

We’ve been negotiating with two more museums which are interested in displaying SAQA exhibitions.  The Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, California, will be hosting “Wild Fabrications,” and a museum in Missouri is interested in hosting both “Wild Fabrications” and “Food for Thought.”

Wonderful news about SAQA’s 2015 Appeal

I am thrilled to be able to tell you that thanks to the generosity of our Board and our members, we raised more than $43,000 to support SAQA’s exhibitions and programs in 2016.  Thank you so much to everyone who donated!  None of SAQA’s success would be possible without your support. (Note:December Donors are listed near the bottom of this email).

In the appeal letter, I asked you to think about where you want to be in three years.  I wanted to share a few of the wonderful responses that I received:

Frieda Anderson from Elgin, Illinois: “I would love to be standing in front of my quilt in a museum.”

Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas from Cochrane, Alberta, Canada: “As a senior professional artist, I will hopefully be healthy enough to continue to create and show my art work as far and as wide as I have been since graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design.”

Carol Hancuh from Eagan, Minnesota: “I want to finish organizing my sewing room. I want to make at least 5 more pieces with portraits and social justice themes. I’d like a show of my work.”

Gloria Klutzke from Lafayette, Indiana: “Entering a quilt in a major exhibition? That would be great!

Standing in front of your quilt in a gallery? I would love that.

Teaching a class? Not sure about that.

Sharing you art quilts with museum visitors? Absolutely!

Or simply moving your inner creativity to the next level? Always looking for inspiration!!

Yemima Lavan from Modin, Israel: “Three years from now I want to enter my quilts in museum and gallery exhibitions. I hope it will come true.”


I’d love to hear from you about your dreams for your art quilt career!


Upcoming Deadlines

2016 Conference Registration - January 31

Tranquility - January 31

Spotlight Auction - February 6

Turmoil - February 29

Juried Artist Membership Applications - March 1

SAQA Journal Gallery (Adventure) - April 1

A full list of SAQA Calls for Entry can be found on our website


New this Month

Each month, SAQA is pleased to highlight some of our members as Featured Artists. Click each image below to find out more information about these artists including samples of their artwork.

Ludmila AristovaAlicia Merrett

Interested in being a Featured Artist? Contact us at

Other News

Meet Your Representative Meet Your Representative
Amy Meissner is a Regional Rep for Alaska. Amy's textile art combines traditional handwork and contemporary imagery to explore themes of the body, fear and loss. Her award-winning work resides in the permanent collection at the Anchorage Museum and in several private collections.
Meet your Rep Meet Your Representative
Maria Shell is a Regional Rep for Alaska. Her work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quilt making. Maria manipulates the classical components of a traditional bedquilt with the hope of creating surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer.

Mentorship Webinar

Brenda Gael SmithJenny BowkerCharlotte Scott

Don't miss this!

The next Mentorship Webinar is an International Artists Panel and will include three SAQA members sharing their art quilts and discussing how their creative lives are influenced by the places they live.

Brenda Gael Smith creates contemporary textile art and lives in New South Wales, Australia. Jenny Bowker has lived in several countries but currently resides in Australia. Charlotte Scott lives on a boat in New Zealand where she quilts and designs patterns.

This webinar is an outstanding opportunity to learn about some of SAQA’s international members and be inspired by these talented art quilters.

Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7 pm EST

Attendance in the live webinar is limited, but SAQA members have access to all recorded webinars on the SAQA website ( after the event. Login to mySAQA is required.


2016 SAQA Conference

Registration Ends January 31st!

Less than a month left to sign up for the 2016 “Inspire – Connect – Engage” SAQA Conference. We are bringing together hundreds of members for a great schedule of thought provoking and inspiring events.



Spotlight Auction submission by Heather Dubreuil  

Get YOUR work in the Spotlight! We are now accepting artwork from ALL SAQA members for the 2016 Spotlight Auction. These 6" x 8" pieces will be sold through a silent auction at the Conference Banquet. All proceeds benefit SAQA's exhibition programs.   


PechaKucha Sneak Peak:


Breaking the Surface

Wen Redmond will share how to add a new tool box to your art making -  your own photographs! Learn about new surfaces, digital printing and some of Wen's own presentations.

PechaKucha is a fast-paced informative presentation where each speaker creates a presentation of 20 slides and then speaks about each slide for 20 seconds. If you have something to share, we’d love to hear your PechaKucha presentation.  


Membership Drive

Refer a Friend -  and you get benefits too!
YOU are a valued member of SAQA. We love hearing your feedback, seeing your art and following your creative process. We're here to help you along. Bet you have friends who would love SAQA as much as you do.

Let them see how our community of artists, our Journal, website, webinars and other resources can help get them to the next level.

Thank you to the following members who recently referred someone to SAQA!

Margaret Abramshe, Karen Bates, Kiranada Sterling Benjamin, Regina Benson, Kim Buchmann, Sonja Campbell, Deb Cashatt, Marion Coleman, Jennifer Day, Jay Dodds, Brenda Jane Dodson, Nancy Eisenmenger, Bethany Garner, Monique Gilbert-Oversteyns, Lynne Goulette, Ann Grundler, Betty Hahn, Jim Hay, Leah Higgins, Christine Holden, Judy Ireland, Ann Jacob, Lisa Jenni, Barbara Kibbe, Karol Kusmaul, Barbara Lange, Uta Lenk, Sandra Lindfors, Judith E. Martin, Penny Mateer, Karolyn McChesney, Alicia Merrett, Denise Oyama Miller, Mary Alice Neubeck, Susan Polansky, Sheree Rasmussen, Shelly Recicar, Valerie Rodelli, Michele Sanandajian, Christine Seager, Joni Seidenstein, Cyndi Souder, Jana Sterbova, Mary Strinka, Rhoda Taylor, Desiree Vaughn, Lisa Walton, Sylvia Weir, and Hope Wilmarth

New Online Gallery - Sunlight and Shadow

Kathleen McCabe - Funeral in the Rain

Sarah Entsminger is our guest curator for this month's online gallery - Sunlight and Shadow. She comments: 

"Skillful use of sunlight and shadow defines the shapes or forms needed to create a pleasing composition. Direction, intensity, value and color of light or shadow all play a role in illustrating the story. Sunlight and shadow also call to memories or emotions in our mind’s eye that are reflected in our understanding of the image being viewed.

The pieces of work in this gallery all use sunlight and shadow to shape our appreciation and understanding. These images make me want to linger a little longer with each piece and imagine the story being illustrated. I hope you enjoy spending time in the sunlight and shadow as you view each image in this gallery."

Selected Artists: 
Melani Brewer, Lenore Crawford, Pat Durbin, Betty Hahn, Tracey Lawko, Ellen Lindner, Kathleen McCabe, Barbara Barrick McKie, Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix, Elaine Quehl, Melody Randol, Joan Sowada, Laurie Swim, Grietje Van der Veen, Charlotte Ziebarth  


View More Online Galleries »


SAQA Calls for Entry

The following Calls for Entry are open to all SAQA Members. View all Calls for Entry »

TranquilityMore Info     ** Now Open
Tranquility is defined as a quality or state of being, possessing the concepts of quiet, peacefulness, calmness or serenity. Tranquility, as a mental and physical concept, is the primary focus of certain religious sects, whereby tranquility of the body, thoughts and consciousness are believed to lead to the path of personal enlightenment.


TurmoilMore Info
This exhibition will feature work that depicts chaos, discord, imbalance and tumult.  Artists are requested to explore the meaning of turmoil in their own lives. Both abstract and representational styles of work are being sought.


Layered Voices More Info
Artwork may be two-dimensional or three, viewed from one side, two sides, or any angle. The layering of the media may be literal, inferred, or even digital. Realistic, representational, and abstract work will be considered. 

H2Oh!More Info
Water - it’s everywhere!  This exhibition encourages the artist to interpret one of the most vital, desired, powerful, sacred, and enjoyed resources on earth in their own unique, individual style, whether abstract, graphic, or representational


Exhibition News

Congratulations to the SAQA artists selected by juror Micaela Fitzsimmons for My Corner of the World. This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and with the Canadian Regions of SAQA.

My Corner of the World will debut along with the parallel regional Canadian exhibition at the Museum in May 2016. 



Coming to a Venue Near You

Here are just some of the upcoming SAQA exhibitions on display around the world. To view a complete list, visit our Event listing, which can be filtered by region.

Eastern United States

Text Messages - Morris Museum
Morristown, New Jersey  •  December 10, 2015 - April 10, 2016

Stories of Migration -  The Textile Museum
Washington. DC  •  April 19, 2016 -  September 6, 2016

People and Portraits -  AQS QuiltWeek
Daytona Beach, Florida  •  February 24, 2016 -  February 27, 2016

SAQA Regional - Art as Quilt (MA/RI)
Brockton, Mass.  •  October 3, 2015 -  January 17, 2016

SAQA Regional - Piecing Together a Changing Planet (FL)
Lowell, Mass.   •  December 6, 2015 -  February 7, 2016


Central United States

Wild Fabrications -  Texas Quilt Museum
La Grange, Texas  •  January 7, 2016 -  March 27, 2016

Balancing Act -  International Quilt Festival
Chicago, Illinois  •  April 7, 2016 -  April 9, 2016

Wild Fabrications -  International Quilt Festival
Chicago, Illinois  •  April 7, 2016 -  April 9, 2016

SAQA Regional - Deeply Rooted (Midwest states)
Kenosha, Wisconsin  •  January 31, 2016 -  March 20, 2016

SAQA Regional - Architexture (Nebraska)
Omaha, Nebraska   •  January 1, 2016 -  January 30, 2016

SAQA Regional - Deeply Rooted (Midwest states)
Kenosha, Wisconsin  •  January 31, 2016 -  March 20, 2016

Mountain United States

People and Portraits -  AQS QuiltWeek
Phoenix, Arizona  •  February 11, 2016 -  February 14, 2016

Pacific United States

Earth Stories - San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
San Jose, California  •  November 06, 2015 -  February 28, 2016



SAQA Regional - Structures (Atlantic Canada)
Saint John, New Brunswick  •   January 15 - March 4, 2016



Redirecting the Ordinary - International Patchwork Festival
Sitges, Spain  •  March 15, 2016 -  March 16, 2016

Two by Twenty  -  Quilt Expo Beaujolais
Villefranche sur Saone, France  •  April 13, 2016 -  April 16, 2016


Food for Thought - Stitches & Craft Show
Sydney, Australia  •  March 3, 2016 -  March 6, 2016

Food for Thought -  Stitches & Craft Show
Brisbane, Australia  •  March 17, 2016 -  March 20, 2016

Do you know a venue that might be interested in hosting a SAQA Exhibition near you? Contact Bill Reker at


Current Exhibitions

Balancing Act Balancing Act Throughout history, women have had to balance responsibilities to community, home and family while pursuing other interests, jobs or careers. This show celebrates women both throughout history and today.

Concrete and Grassland explores the juxtaposition of the natural landscape and the human constructed cityscape. This call for entry asked artists to submit works that explore either the soft lines of nature or the hard lines of urban structures—or a combination of both. 

Food For Thought Food For Thought examines the many aspects that food plays in our daily lives — from a single piece of fruit to a still life, from the family table to the significance of food in culture and the celebration of family milestones.

Stories of Migration will reflect upon the theme of “Diaspora.” Diaspora is the dispersion of a people from an established ancestral homeland. This timely exhibition will showcase the wide range of talent of our SAQA members - selected pieces include art quilts, 3-D works, large installations and video.

Text Messages Two by Twenty Two works each by twenty artists equals forty art quilts to explore and a multitude of potential pairings to consider. From bold and graphic to subtle explorations of texture and nuance, there is plenty to explore in this collection. 

Wild Fabrications

Wild Fabrications celebrates a world of animals both real and fantastical.  Let your imagination run wild as you create interesting and unusual interpretations of animals using unexpected or unconventional materials and adornment, and/or unusual techniques

Other Current Exhibitions

Celebrating Silver
Earth Stories
People & Portraits
Radical Elements
Redirecting the Ordinary
25th Anniversary Trunk Show
Seasonal Palette
Text Messages


Member News 

New Members

Regional Rep News:  
Please welcome incoming reps Susan Callahan and Linda Strowbridge, co-reps for DC/MD/W.VA. A big thank you to outgoing rep Kathy Angel Lee of ME/NH/VT. Thank you!

Welcome to our new members who joined in December:
Susan Andrews, Eva-Britt Berghall, Lisa Bowles, Elizabeth Braun, Ruth Brown, Carol Cislowski, Pat Cooper, Tracey Davis, Andrea Dodds, Wendy Henderson, Nancy Hershberger, Heidi Heuerman, Suzanne Housley-Noonan, Elaine Huffman, Adrianne Joslin, Amanda Kapp, Dwight Lopes, Ann Luther, Michelle Mailloux, Carol Marllin, Frances McNamee, Ruth Murayama, Julie Neu, Susan Osinoff, Betty Prince, Julie-Anne Rogers, Elaine Ross, Penelope Soldatos, Loree Tannett, Cheryl Thompson, Marleen Vanderschueren, Shari Wentz, Anna Willard, and Jann Woods


Thank you to everyone who made donations to SAQA in December: 
B.J. Adams, Judith Ahlborn, Barbara Aiken, Lynne Allen, Frieda Anderson, Meredith Armstrong, Genevieve Attinger, Alison Banks, Abbi Barden, Astrid Hilger Bennett, Stephen Berkenfeld, Charlotte Bird, Susan Bleiweiss, Nancy Bougher, Esther Brabec, Holly Brackmann, Susan Brehm, Karey Bresenhan, Eliza Brewster, Kathy Brown, Peggy Brown, Esther T. Bruckel, Martha Bryans, Nancy Bryant, Kim Buchmann, Sharon Buck, Eileen Campbell, Sonja Campbell, Sharon Casey, Carol Churchill, Maureen Cole, Maryline Collioud-Robert, Joyce Compton, Barbara Confer, Judith Content, Sherri Culver, Millie Cumming, Rosalind Daniels, Anne Datko, Donna Deaver, Geri deGruy, Vivika Hansen DeNegre, Giny Dixon, Chiaki Dosho, Heather Dubreuil, Joan Dyer, Annabel Ebersole, Aileyn Renli Ecob, Lisa Ellis, Linda Engstrom, Jane Fellows, Susan Fernandez, Clairan Ferrono, Dianne Firth, Andra Fischgrund, Tommy Fitzsimmons, Floris Flam, Marvin Fletcher, Laura Fogg, Betty Ford, Cynthia Fowler, Ruthann Fox, Annette Friedlein, Susan Fuller, Julia Gaff, Bethany Garner, Judith Quinn Garnett, Jayne Gaskins, Lynn Glesne, Vicki L. Graham, Sonia Grasvik, Kerri Green, Jean Grimes, Becky Grover, Lynda Guevremont, Ellenina Harris, Jim Hay, Cathy Heeter, Carol Heist, Georgia Heller, Sharon Wiley Hightower, Susan Hilsenbeck, Tina Hilton, Jaynie Himsl, Sue Holdaway-Heys, Cathie Hoover, Yvette Howard, Susan Jackan, Robert James, Laura Jaszkowski, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Iva Jensen, Maren Johnston, Bella Kaplan, Kathleen Kastles, Jean Wells Keenan, Annette Kennedy, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Barbara Kibbe, Sherry Kleinman, Lynn Koolish, Brigitte Kopp, Paula Kovarik, Ellie Kreneck, Lynn Kunz, Paulette Landers, Judy Langille, Cat Larrea, Carol Larson, Sandra Lauterbach, Kate Lenkowsky, Hsin-Chen Lin, Heidi M. Lindsay, Denise Linet, Kevan Lunney, Jenny K. Lyon, Penny Mateer, Salley Mavor, Anne McAllister, Kathleen McCabe, Phyllis Leavitt McCalla, Susan McCraw, Maureen McDermott, Melanie McFarland, Annette McFarlane, Melody McGinnis, Robyn McGrath, Amy Meissner, Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil, Carol Chelette Miller, Denise Oyama Miller, Dolores Miller, Roberta Chalfy Miller, Virginia Millington, Pam Morris, Gillian Moss, Jan Mullen, Frances Murphy, Madalene Murphy, Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix, Christine Nielsen, Ellen F November, Diane Nunez, Gwendolyn O Hara, Michele Obermeier, Kathryn Oftedal, Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak, Nancy Orr, Pat Owoc, Simona Peled, Candice Phelan, Margaret Phillips, Dawn Piasta, Casey Pike, Judith Plows, Ruth Powers, Heather Pregger, Sherrill Pryor, Teri Quinn, Susanne Rasmussen, Dorothy Raymond, Lisa White Reber, Daren Redman, Martha Ressler, Melissa Richmond, Linda Ritchie, June Robertson, Ruan Robertson, Judith Roderick, Connie Rohman, Carole Rossi, Stephanie Rubanowice, Karen Russell, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Kris Sazaki, Helena Scheffer, Lise Schioler, Norma Schlager, Barbara Schulman, Karen Schulz, Marion Shimoda, Sandra Sider, Susan Siefkin, Martha Sielman, Bonnie J. Smith, Catherine Whall Smith, Joan Sowada, Jen St.Martin, Carole Staples, Janet Starr, Bill Stearman, Linda Steele, Nancy Steidle, Gleva Stephens, Tracy McCabe Stewart, Kate Stiassni, Mary Jo Stipe, Paula Tanner, Tiziana Tateo Raveri, Sandra Teepen, Catherine Timm, Judith Trager, Mary Ann Vaca-Lambert, Elisabeth Vereycken, Mary Vinovskis, Cynthia Vogt, Patricia L. Walters, Lisa Walton, Betty Warner, Laura Wasilowski, Lynn Welsch, Grace Wever, Ruth A White, Valerie White, Andrea Willey, Hope Wilmarth, Martha Wolfe, Nancy Woods, Colleen Wootton, Diane M. Wright, and Christine Zoller 


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Other Opportunities

The High Desert Museum of Bend, Oregon is collecting donated blankets with personal stories behind them to be used in a new exhibition opening next spring. Portland-based artist Marie Watt will shape some 300 blankets into a sculpture called Blanket Stories, a tower that carries the poignant stories of the blankets’ owners.



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