November 2015 Monthly Update



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SAQA Monthly Update - November 2015

I am just back from Houston. Thanks to everyone who participated in making Market and Festival such great experience, especially our wonderful Texas co-reps who organized the SAQA booth and kept things running smoothly: Deborah Bright, Kim Buchmann, and Teresa Wong.  

We received so many compliments about our new exhibitions Wild Fabrications and Balancing Act. In fact, eight of the quilts were purchased! We also sold 50+ auction quilts which will help support our exhibition programs. We also welcomed a bunch of new members and sold a ton of catalogs. Despite heavy rains on Saturday, it was a fantastic Festival experience!

Issue 2 of Art Quilt Collector has just arrived from the printer. The cover story is a very moving report on Michael James’ exhibition of his latest body of work inspired by his wife’s battle with Alzheimer’s. Collection advice has to do with the importance of photography for your collection, and Jack Walsh talks at length about his new storage system. The “Artists to Watch” theme is Cityscapes, and the Gallery features landscape art. 

Subscribers should start receiving their issues in the next couple of weeks. Click on the thumbnail below to view a preview of Issue 2. Note: When subscribing, make sure you select which issues (Issues 1-4 or 2-5) you wish to receive. This is a drop-down box on the product page.

AQC Issue 2 Preview

Finally, I hope everyone is busy working on their entry for My Corner of the World. We had a such a tremendous response to both Concrete and Grassland and Stories of Migration calls for entry. I love to see so much creative energy from our members!


Upcoming Deadlines

My Corner of the World - November 30

Juried Artist Member Application - December 1

SAQA Journal Gallery (Landscape) - January 1

2016 Conference Registration - January 31

Tranquility - January 31

Turmoil - February 29

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.

Gay LasherRose Rushbrooke

Other News

Meet Your Representative Meet Your Representative
Marion Shimoda is a Regional Rep for Oregon. Marion is an improvisational quilter who incorporates patterns, colors and lines of her everyday life into her artwork.
Meet your Rep Meet Your Representative
Sheryl Culver is a Regional Rep for Oregon. Her art is inspired by faces - the mirror of our lives. Irregular faces, quirky or molded by life; joy in a moment; precious memories. 


2016 SAQA Conference

Join us in Center City Philadelphia from March 31 - April 3, 2016 for a conference full of informative talks, presentations, networking and socializing opportunities. Registration is now more than half full - act today to reserve YOUR spot!


Here are some highlights:

Did you know?

The Barnes Foundation boasts the greatest private collection of post-impressionist and early-modern art. Their collection includes more than 3,000 masterpieces, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modigli­anis, and 7 Van Goghs, plus textiles, metalwork, decorative objects, African sculpture, Native American ceramics and jewelry, and Pennsylvania German furniture.

Image courtesy of the Barnes Foundation

Do you have a question about the Philadelphia area? Want the inside scoop on some local activities? Then email, our SAQA team of Philly experts.

New Online Gallery - Dancing to a Different Drummer

Susan Else - Chasing a Dream

Melinda Rushing is our guest curator for this month's online gallery - Dancing to a Different Drummer . She comments: 

"Motion is a key concept in design. By combining elements that make the eye move over the work, an artist can convey motion. I find that if a quilt has motion, it holds my attention. That motion might range from slow and contemplative to frenetic and desperate, or somewhere in between.  I hope my selections do the same for you."

Selected Artists:

Barbara Lange
Barbara Schneider
Bobbi Baugh
Carolyn Carson
Catherine Beard
Deborah Kuster
Diane Melms
Heather Pregger
Hilary Rice
Hsin-Chen Lin
Jennifer Conrad
Katie Pasquini Masopust


Marcia DeCamp
Marilyn Belford
Nancy Bardach
Pam RuBert
Rose Rushbrooke
Susan Else
Susan Leslie Lumsden
Susan McCraw
Tiziana Tateo
The Pixeladies
Uta Lenk



View More Online Galleries »


SAQA Calls for Entry

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

My Corner of the World   More Info
My Corner of the World invites you, the artist, to examine your world - the world, real or imagined, that represents what is important in your life.  It might be where you reside, work, or grew up. It might be a favorite place from any point in your life or the special space you take yourself to internally. Apply now!


TranquilityMore Info
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.


NEW!  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. 

NEW! H2Oh! (All SAQA Members)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 (Note: deadline is in 2016)


Call for Entry: My Corner of the World

Deadline: November 30

My Corner of the World invites you, the artist, to examine your world - the world, real or imagined, that represents what is important in your life.  It might be where you reside, work, or grew up. It might be a favorite place from any point in your life or the special space you take yourself to internally.

Where do you feel most yourself? What place makes you feel most grounded, inspired or at peace? My Corner of the World asks you to look at the big picture including, but not limited to your homeland, ancestry or culture.

Premiering at the Stratford Perth Museum in Ontario, Canada in May 2016


Note: There are TWO calls for entry for My Corner of the World!
A parallel regional exhibition – “My Corner of the World – Canada” – is also being developed. Only Canadians can enter the regional exhibition. Make sure you apply to the correct one!


Exhibition News

Hope is the Thing with Feathers by Mary Pal

Earth Stories celebrates the stories of people or projects that enhance the planet, make a significant difference in restoring and/or protecting the environment, increase sustainability and otherwise improve the earth we all occupy.

This exhibition was jurored by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, SAQA's keynote speaker for the 2016 SAQA Conference. Dr. Mazloomi is an artist, author, historian, and curator and is acknowledged as one of the most influential African American quilt historians in the United States.

Earth Stories will be on display at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in California from November 6 through February 28.

Exhibition Details

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Coming to a Venue Near You

Here are just some of the SAQA exhibitions on display around the world. To view a complete list, visit our Event listing, which can be filtered by region. Do you know a venue that might be interested in hosting a SAQA Exhibition near you? Contact Bill at

Eastern United States

People and Portraits - Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
St. Bonaventure, New York  •  September 25, 2015 -  December 19, 2015

Text Messages - Morris Museum
Morristown, New Jersey  •  November 14, 2015 - March 20, 2016

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

SAQA Regional - Piecing Together A Changing Planet (FL)
Parma, Ohio   •  October 3, 2015 -  November 15, 2015

Central United States

SAQA Regional - A Piece of Me (MN)
Bloomington, Minnesota  •  November 12, 2015 -  November 14, 2015

Mountain United States

Celebrating Silver - St. George Art Museum
St. George, Utah  •  September 12, 2015 -  December 31, 2015 

Pacific United States

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

SAQA Regional - Strata (Northern Calif/Northern Nev)
Pleasanton, California  •  November 12, 2015 -  December 16, 2015



Redirecting the Ordinary - Abilmente Autunno Rome
Rome, Italy  •  November 5, 2015 -  November 8, 2015

Food for Thought - The Knitting & Stitching Show
Dublin, Ireland  •  November 12, 2015 -  November 15, 2015

Food for Thought - The Knitting & Stitching Show
Harrogate, England  •  November 26, 2015 -  November 29, 2015


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.

Celebrating Silver  Celebrating Silver Silver is indispensable. From industrial use to decoration, technology, photography and medicine, its unique properties of strength, malleability, reflectivity and conductivity make it an irreplaceable force in the global market.

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.

Redirecting the Ordinary Redirecting the Ordinary is about turning things around, upside down, inside out, backwards, or how even just a minuscule course correction can charge up the humdrum, turn the common into the uncommon, and make the expected unexpected. 


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

Earth Stories
People & Portraits
Radical Elements
SAQA 25th Anniversary Trunk Show
Seasonal Palette
Text Messages


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.


Member News 

Regional Rep News:  
We are very excited to welcome Shruti Dandekar as SAQA's first Regional Rep for India.  Also welcome new Reps Christine Seager for Europe and Middle East, Pamela Hamilton for Arizona, and Janet Bergeron for Iowa.

A huge thank you to outgoing reps Kate Oszko of Oceania and Lisa Flowers Ross of Montana/Idaho.  

Welcome to our new members who joined in October:
Stephanie Atwood, Kate Beebe, Kiranada Benjamin, Judy Beskow, Vernell Bevelander, Emily Bogard, Eva Brabcova, Katharine Brainard, Saundra Braund, Tina Brewer, James Brown (Jr), Kathryn Clark, Ora Clay, Shruti Dandekar, Marilyn Daniel, Adriane Dedic, Laurie Dittbenner, Sylvia Dresser, Mary Anne Dyer, Sian Fenwick, Karen Grimes, Sue Haering, Carol Hancuh, Darla Jo Hanks, Anita Harden, Rosemary Hargrove, Aliza Inbar, K3n, Jan Kalian, Carol Kimble, Mary Kiteley, Patricia Knott, Anne Marie Kraus, Sue Lewis, Linda Lusby, Ellen MacAvoy, Sunnie Malesky, Michele Markey, Elizabeth Marks, Sonia Martin, Betty Mathers, Alysn Midgelow-Marsden, Kay Miner, Lorna Mullens, Paula Murakami, Mary Alice Neubeck, Susan Newby-Robson, Laura Perritt, Linda Poore, Tina Potter, Lisa Reber, Avis Collins Robinson, Val Russell, Deborah Rychert, Claire Sherman, Ina Georgeta Statescu, Carole Sterry, Christina Thomas, Nancy Tripp, Linda Vermette, Barbara Waddell, Grace Bakst Wapner, and Karen Willis.

Thank you to everyone who made donations to SAQA in October: 
Alice Beasley, Martha Connell, Aileyn Renli Ecob, Nancy Erickson, Fiber Revolution, Gul Laporte, Loreen Leedy, Rae Poon, Ginny Smith, and Helen Snyder

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The Visioning Project revolves around visualizing goals and dreams - and making them happen. The Visioning Project members are wonderful in helping each other with support, networking, and resource information. If you are interested in joining, please contact Suzan Engler.

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Volunteer with Us!

If you are interested in volunteering for SAQA, please complete our Volunteer Interest Form  or email

Here are some of our current openings:

Finance Committee members
The SAQA Finance Committee is now accepting new members. Anyone with a financial or CPA background who might be interested should send a letter of interest and resume to Martha Sielman

Education committee members
Please contact Education Committee Chair, Martha Wolfe
SAQA Education Committee is seeking creative, enthusiastic committee members to join us in shaping SAQA’s educational offerings! The Education Committee is responsible for coordinating and implementing information and opportunities to our diverse membership worldwide through activities that currently include our Webinar series, Student Panel and Scholarships for the Annual SAQA Conference, and the development of educational materials to accompany SAQA exhibitions.

Website Assistants
Please contact Website Coordinator, Jennifer Solon
We are currently looking for a couple of volunteers to assist with various website functions, including: updating event calendar, editing website content, assisting users with questions, editing images, special projects, etc. Applicant should have some familiarity with HTML / website editing. Image editing software (Photoshop) a plus.  

View all of our Volunteer Openings »

Other Opportunities

The Dairy Barn Arts Center is seeking a full-time Quilt National and Exhibition Director to oversee planning and production of all exhibitions at the Dairy Barn Arts Center. More Details »

Sandra Sider is doing research for an article concerning museum exhibitions of contemporary quilt art since 2005. If you have been in a museum show or curated one since 2005, please email her at with the name and location of the museum, the title and dates of the exhibition, and the email address of a contact person there if you happen to have one. Deadline: November 20. 



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