LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
SAQA Booth at IQF-Chicago
June 20-23, 2013
Shelley Brucar & Cathy Mendola are coordinating the booth for SAQA at the International Quilt Festival Chicago June 20-23, 2013. Please help SAQA during this wonderful event. It is a great opportunity to meet members and network. If you are willing to work a two-hour shift, you will get in the show that day for free! Shifts still in need of volunteers:
4pm - 6:15pm
Email Cathy if you can help!Additionally, if anyone would like to volunteer to help take down on Sunday afternoon that would be fantastic. If you have a friend who is not a SAQA member but would like to help out, please let them know they are welcome to join us.
To learn more about the show click here:
NEW on the website:
Meet your Reps: Michelle O'Neill Kincaid and Bev Haring
Featured Artist: Lura Schwarz Smith
has a 4-page spread on Seasonal Palette
in the current issue, as well as a profile of Leslie Gabrielse
, information about SAQA-New Mexico's Unfolded
exhibition and Sheila Frampton's Cooper
as the Photo Finish artist.
Quilt Trends magazine
has a lovely article about SAQA's A Sense of Scale
The Visioning Project
revolves around visualizing goals and dreams - and making them happen. By making a public commitment, the artist is inspired to achieve a specific goal. Some goals are very specific, such as gaining a private commission, getting gallery representation, or selling a work. Other goals are more developmental: building a cohesive body of work or producing work regularly. The Visioning Project members are wonderful in helping each other with support, networking, and resource information. If you are interested in joining, please contact Helen Conway.
The SAQArtique group
is open to all SAQA members. Members trust in each other to make honest comments about the issues that they wish to have critiqued. The critiques are all in the spirit of a shared interest in quilting as an art form and improvement of each person's talents. The requirements for belonging to a group are simply that each member is expected to post at least one of her/his own works every 3 months and to participate in all critiques of other members' work. If you are interested in joining, please contact Martha Ginn
|Deadlines & Dates
May 18 - August 24, 2013 - Masters 2 at Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida
May 23 - August 18, 2013 - Beyond Comfort at Texas A&M University's J. Wayne Stark Galleries, College Station, Texas
May 28 - July 26, 2013 - Sightlines at Grant's Pass Museum of Art, Grant's Pass, Oregon
June 21-23, 2013 - Deux at IQF-Chicago
August 2-4, 2013 - A Sense of Scale and Seasonal Palette at International Quilt Festival-Long Beach, Long Beach, California
August 8-11, 2013 - Metaphors on Aging at Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK
August 22 - October 15, 2013 - Sightlines at William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, Illinois
September 6-8, 2013 - Metaphors on Aging at International Quilt Convention, Johannesburg, South Africa
September 12-15, 2013 - Deux at Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork, Sainte Marie aux Mines, France
September 12 - December 2, 2013 - Seasonal Palette at the National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky
April 3 - May 9, 2014 - Radical Elements at Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Montgomery College, Silver Springs, Maryland
May 1-4, 2014 - Capitolizing on Fiber Conference in Washington, D.C. (details coming soon!)
May - November 2014 - Earth Stories at Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, Michigan
Please welcome our new Regional Representatives:
Diane Melms - Alaska
Gail Ramsay - Alaska
And a BIG THANK YOU to retiring representatives:
Jennifer Bailey - Florida
Alison Bessesdotter - Pennsylvania
Paula Benjaminson - Africa
Cat Larrea - Alaska
Kate Themel - Connecticut
Deborah Boschert - Maryland
Anna Hergert - Canada
Susan Christensen - Alaska
Welcome to all our new members who joined in May:
Steffanie Frank, Jessica Abraham, Judy Alexander, Anna Brown, Lee Dong Bun, Michele-Renee Charbonneau, Young Mi Choi, Kim Choonmi, Lisa Courtnage, Lea Cox, Linda Davis, Pauline Davy, Christel De Vrij, Susan Distel, Kim Dong-Jin, Marylee Drake, Karen Ernst, Merrilee Fearnow, Michele Foote, Ellen Gallardo, Julia Graber, Grace Grinnell, Valerie Harrison, Merry Havens, Cho Myung Hee, Rosemary Hopkins, Kin Hum, Chris Hussey, Dina Jeannotte, Chang Jin, Linda Jurkiewicz, Judith Kaplan, Patsy Kaufman, Ahn Kayoung, Carlene Keller, Amy Eileen Koester, Sylvie Lajoie, Chris Lighthipe, W. John MacMullen, Toni Major, JoElla Manning, Cheryl Mansfield, Eleonore Molstad, Locquen Nathalie, Susan OConnor, Lisbet Okun, Margaret Adele Parker, Edith Perman, Jenny Perry, Diana Picklesimer, Nancy Proctor, Susan Raab, Annemarie Riemer, Joyce Ross, Susan Ruda, Robin Ryan, Kim Sangsook, Terri Sankovitz, Deborah Schupp, Ann Scott, Lisa Shepard Stewart, Oh Young Sil, Park Yook Sook, Linda Syverson Guild, Helen Tait, Pam Toombs, Maria Vuilleumier, Louise Wagner, Nancy Walton, Barbara Wendt, Christine Wilson, An Mi Won, Jin Gook Yang, Lee Jee Youn, and Laura Ziock.
SAQA Catalogs Fundraiser
|We've already received $2,765.00 towards the cost of our new catalogs!!!
Deux = $1,010.00
Metaphors on Aging = $805.00
Text Messages = $950.00
And 12 first-time donors have taken advantage of the Challenge Grant matching program to double their donations, turning $870 of donations into $1,740 for catalog publication!
Thank you to all our generous donors:
Anonymous, Mary Lou Alexander, Serena Brooks, Pat Budge, Shannon Conley, Sheryl Culver, Andra Fischgrund, Sheila Frampton-Cooper, Kathleen Kastles, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Therese Sankovitz Kirchner, Susan Webb Lee, Lisette Leveille, Sally Lloyd, Jenny Lyon, Jeanne Marklin, Denise Oyama Miller, Carol Moore, Pam Morris, Daren Pitts Redman, Lesley Riley, Judy Ross, Lisa Flowers Ross, Martha Sielman, Lois Sprague, Nelda Warkentin, Juanita Yaeger.
The cost of publishing high-quality catalogs is $6,500 for each one:
$1,500 for design and editing
$4,500 for printing
$500 for customs fees, freight and shipping
Documenting your art quilts is a critical part of SAQA's mission. In addition to helping with sales, SAQA catalogs are given to museum libraries and stored as part of the SAQA Archives at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. The work that you are creating today will be available for reference and study long into the future.
With your help, we can publish these catalogs. PLUS SAQA has received a Challenge Grant of $2500! A very enthusiastic supporter has generously offered to match every dollar contributed by NEW donors, up to a total of $2500. This means that if you are thinking of donating for the first time, your money will go twice as far thanks to this special opportunity.
You may designate your support for a specific catalog or support all three. Just note which catalog you'd like to support in the Additional Information field. Any extra funds raised through this appeal will be used for the rest of the exhibition program.
Or mail a check to:
PO Box 572
Storrs, CT 06268
Thank you for your support of this important project!
|SAQA's Thank You Gifts Program
New Thank-You Gifts for the 2nd Quarter Star Recruiters:
Thank-You Gifts include:
Simplicity's 12-Needle Deluxe Felting Machine
Havel Sewing's scissors gift pack
Odif USA Spray-n-Fix gift pack
Katie Pasquini Masopust autographed copy of "Design Explorations"
Creativity Get-away for two - La Grange, Texas
So far, there are 20 Star Recruiters
in the 2nd Quarter of 2013. There is one more month to go: Add your name to the list
by recruiting two new SAQA members!
Star Recruiter List for 2nd Quarter 2013:
Misik Kim (13 new members), Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix (9 new members), Carole Staples (8 new members), Phyllis Cullen (6 new members), Bev Hilton (4 new members), Jayne Gaskins, Lisa Walton, Dwayne Wanner
and Jean Wells (3 new members each), Jennifer Bailey, Paula Brown, Dena Crain, Monique Gilbert, Mary McBride, Mary Pal, Elaine Quehl, Sue Rasmussen, Brenda Gael Smith, Cyndi Souder and Marianne Williamson (2 new members each so far!)
Star Recruiters for the 2nd Quarter of 2013 will be choosing from the wonderful Thank-You Gifts
that have been donated by our generous supporters:
- AURIfil USA
- C&T Publishing
- Cedar Canyon Textiles
- Dharma Trading Company
- Interweave Press
- Lark Crafts
- Meinke Toy
- Odif USA
- Simplicity Creative
- Swarovski Crystals
- Lynne Allen
- Frieda Anderson
- Karey Bresenhan
- Judith Content
- Eileen Doughty
- Carol Eaton
- Lisa Ellis
- Cheryl Ferrin
- Clairan Ferrono
- Lynn Krawczyk
- Sheri Marshall
- Pamela Morris
- Candice Phelan
- Pixeladies (Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki)
- Barbara Schneider
- Robin Schwalb
- Sandra Sider
- Martha Sielman
- Mary Tabar
- Judith Trager
- Desi Vaughn
- Laura Wasilowski
- Jack Walsh
How the Thank You Gifts program works:
Who is eligible to participate in the Thank You Gifts program?
All SAQA members, excluding Board members, paid staff and consultants.
How do I participate in the Thank You Gifts program?
Refer two or more new SAQA members and have each new member list you in the "Referred by" field either on the web or on their paper application.
Where can I see the Thank You Gifts?
We have created a website page for the Thank You Gifts program.
How often can SAQA members select a membership drive Thank You Gift?
Members may select one gift per quarter when they refer two or more new members.
How does the Thank You Gifts selection process work?
The member referring the most new members in that quarter will select from that quarter's Thank You Gifts list first. The member referring the second-most new members in that quarter will pick second, and so on. In the event of a tie, the member identified as having recruited that number of new members earliest will pick first.
|Calling All SAQA Teachers and Lecturers!
|Are you conducting workshops, seminars, classes or lecturing about fiber art? Here is an opportunity to add even more value to your event.
For a limited time, you can offer your students a 10% discount on their new SAQA membership. Just register your event with SAQA's executive director, Martha Sielman, and receive your personalized membership discount code. Every new member who joins SAQA and puts your membership discount code on their application or web form, will receive a 10% reduction in their first year membership fee - and you will receive credit for recruiting another new member.
So whether you are running multi-day workshops, ½ day seminars or lecturing to a quilt guild, email Martha Sielman to register your event and receive your personalized membership discount code. By sharing SAQA with your attendees, you are helping them to open another door to new opportunities for their art and career.
|New Virtual Exhibit on SAQA Website
Eileen Wiilliams - "School's Out"
Cindy wrote: "Summer memories bring back a carefree time--trips to the beach, time in the garden, bike rides, relaxing in the sun. These images, some representational and some more abstract, evoke the lazy days of summer with vacation from school and work, longer days, bright colors, and growing things."
List of selected artists:
Nancy G. Cook
Denise A. Currier
If you would like to volunteer to be a Virtual Gallery curator, please contact
|Jen Solon (Galleries@SAQA.com) who organizes the Virtual Exhibitions.
|This is a Quilt! Trunk Shows available to travel
These three pieces are from Trunk Show A, which is in Africa this month:
Marianne Williamson - "Oil and Water Don't Mix" *** Helena Scheffer - "Leafy Greens 3" *** Jan Soules - "Pink Grapefruit"
All of the pieces from all of the trunk shows are up on the SAQA website:
There are seven different trunk shows of small matted pieces. They are available to travel to your region any time through October 2013.
We hope that you will find venues where these wonderful gems can be displayed as a way to educate about our medium. Perhaps there's a library, community center, or art center in your town that has a display space. If you belong to a quilt guild, talk to the program chair about using this as a program. We can also arrange to send you our PowerPoint presentation that explains about art quilts and about SAQA. And it would be a great time to share your own artwork.
On the Trunk Show pages, you can search by Trunk Show letter (each Trunk Show has its own page) or by artist (through the index). At the bottom of each trunk show page, there is a Google calendar that shows where the trunk will be exhibited. When you click on the colored bar in the calendar, you will see details about each venue and dates.
A "Learn More" link explains what the trunk show is and a "Contact Us" link is above the calendar so that members or other interested parties can request a trunk viewing in their area. If you are interested in hosting a trunk show, please contact your regional rep.
| SAQA Exhibition News: Calls for Entries
**NOTE: SAQA exhibitions are open to ALL members, unless there is a geographical restriction
Open to all SAQA members
As part of SAQA's 25th Anniversary, we will be 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. In addition to its physical properties silver is recognized as a symbol of love, insurance and commitment for twenty-five years. We invite you to share your reflections on the precious metal's economic and symbolic value in order to celebrate SAQA's 25th anniversary.
The juror will select approximately thirty artists to create artworks specifically for this commemorative exhibition. She will endeavor to form a cohesive exhibition that includes a wide range of creative styles, techniques and imagery.
International Quilt Festival - Houston, Texas October 2014
International Quilt Festival - Cincinnati, Ohio April 2015
International Quilt Festival - Long Beach, California August 2015
Additional venues to be determined.
Juror: Yvonne Porcella
Managing curator: Nancy Bavor
Online entry opened: May 15, 2013
Online entry deadline: June 15, 2013
Deadline for new artwork to be completed: February 1, 2014
Full details, instructions and entry form may be found at
SAQA 2014 Anniversary Trunk Show
Open to all SAQA Members
Join SAQA in celebrating our 25th amazing year with your trunk show submission! This traveling exhibition asks SAQA members to create a 10" x 7" art quilt that showcases their artistic expression.
The 2014 Anniversary Trunk Show will premiere at the 2014 SAQA conference in Washington, DC, and then travel all across the United States and around the world.
A group of quilts from this exhibition will be chosen by jurors Linda Colsh and Margaret "Peg" Keeney to become a permanent part of the collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.
Submissions for the 2014 Anniversary Trunk Show must meet the following criteria:
*Quilted pieces must have three layers, and measure 10" high x 7" wide (25.4 x 17.8 cm) in a PORTRAIT orientation. All embellishments must fit within the 10" x 7" size.
*SAQA will mount artwork on a 12 x 9" black backing board.
*Quilts could travel for up to three years. They must stay with the Trunk during the entire exhibition period.
*Participation fee is $10 to cover cost of materials and return shipping.
*If you wish your quilt to be for sale, please indicate its price on the entry form.
*Due to the constraints of international travel costs, SAQA will not be insuring this exhibition. An insurance waiver is included in the form.
Quilts are due no later than Friday, January 31, 2014 to the SAQA 2014 Trunk Show Coordinator, Eileen Doughty.
Full details and link to the entry form may be found here: http://www.saqa.com/membership.php?ID=2419
| SAQA Exhibition News:
Current All-SAQA Exhibitions
This is a listing of SAQA exhibition travel plans. The artists for these exhibitions have already been chosen.
Exhibitions are listed alphabetically
Exhibition Name: Beyond Comfort
This exhibit challenges each artist to venture into uncharted territories of creative expression by turning away from the comfort zones of their established body of work. The catalog for this exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Teri Quinn.
Juror: Marci Rae McDade, editor of Fiberarts magazine
Curator: Eileen Doughty (email@example.com)
4. Texas A&M University, J. Wayne Stark Galleries
College Station, Texas
May 23 - August 18, 2013
Exhibition Name: DEUX--Two Ideas, Two Inspirations, Two Complementary Quilts
Artists will exhibit two works that best represent their body of work and which relate to one another in some way. Juror: Katie Pasquini Masopust Managing Curator: Kim LaPolla Travel Venues:1. International Quilt FestivalChicago, IllinoisJune 21-23, 2013
2. Carrefour Européen du Patchwork
September 12-15, 2013
3. Vicenza Festival
Exhibition Name: Earth Stories
There are many stories of hope across the globe. Both individuals and small groups are working on projects that when added together make a positive impact on increasing the quality of life on this planet. Earth Stories will celebrate 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.
25 artists from around the world will be chosen to interpret a "story" of their choice. Each artist will feature a project or person of their choice; the views presented by the artist do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of SAQA or MSU, neither of which endorses any person, project or organization.
Juror: Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi
Managing curator: Leni Levenson Wiener
1. Michigan State University Museum
May - November 2014
Exhibit Name: Masters 2 An invitational exhibit of one work each by 37 of the artists featured in the new book Masters: Art Quilts, Volume 2 by Martha Sielman (Lark, August 2011). The book is now available in the SAQA Bookstore - our copies were donated to SAQA by Lark, so the complete purchase price goes to support SAQA.
This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Lark Crafts, AURIfil Threads,
and the American Quilter's Society.Managing Curator: Marjorie DeQuincy (firstname.lastname@example.org)Travel Venues to date:
6. Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
May 18 - August 24, 2013
Exhibition Name: Metaphors on Aging
There are a rare few of us who have not been affected in some way by the changes that occur with aging, be it ourselves, or the aging of our parents, loved ones or even our children. Here you have the opportunity to explore any of these passages that have touched your own life. Subjects can include aging, illness, death, the growth of our children, or the passage of time in general.
Juror: Pamela Allen
1. Festival of Quilts
August 8-11, 2013
2. International Quilt Convention
Johannesburg, South Africa
September 6-8, 2013
Exhibition Name: Radical Elements
Our physical world is created out of the chemical elements, from hydrogen to platinum to arsenic. For this exhibit, each of the selected artists will create a new work that is influenced by an element from the periodic table. Inspirations can come from anything relating to that element, whether it is a play on the name, its color or the products made from it. Both representational and abstract works are welcomed.
As the second part of the Radical Elements theme, the artists will also be asked to move quilting beyond the usual materials of fabric and thread, exploring the function and decorative properties of different surfaces and stitching materials. This exhibit is the first to embrace the newly expanded definition of an art quilt and will be a signature exhibition for SAQA.
Curator: Jill Rumoshosky Werner
1.Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
Montgomery College - Takoma Park
Silver Springs, Maryland
April 3 - May 9, 2014
Co-curators and Jurors: Vicki Mangum and Kathleen McCabe
4. International Quilt Festival
Long Beach, CA
July 26-28, 2013
Exhibition Name: Sightlines
This exhibit will compare and contrast a series of very large works with several small work installations. The works will be displayed on the outside walls of the SAQA exhibit space. This will allow the viewer to step back and contemplate the dramatic juxtaposition of the sizes of these works.
has generously funded the design of a catalog
for this exhibit.
Ulysses Grant Dietz, curator of Decorative Arts at The Newark Museum
3. International Quilt Festival
Long Beach, CA
August 2-4, 2013
Sightlines will be an installation of artworks from 14 invited artists featuring a sightline linking all the artwork in the exhibit. The creation of a full-color catalog, with a gatefold center section showing the entire installation, is made possible through the generosity of Herb Anhaltzer in memory of his wife, Mary Anhaltzer.
9. Grant's Pass Museum
May 28 - July 26, 2013
Grants Pass, Oregon
10. William and Florence Schmidt Art Center
August 22 - October 1, 2013
SAQA's 2011-2012 Traveling Trunk Show
Theme: This is a Quilt!
|Upcoming Regional Exhibitions
(Listed chronologically by opening dates - contact the regional reps for more information)
Full information about these exhibitions and the venues at which they can be seen is on the website under Exhibitions >Regional Exhibitions.
Europe & Middle East -- Wide Horizons III
Ongoing - June 9, 2013
Europe & Middle East -- The Evolution of the Kibbutz 1910 - 2010
April 11 - June 10, 2013
New Mexico -- Unfolding
April 12 - August 16, 2013
Connecticut -- Local Color
May 4 - Spring 2014
Western Canada -- Meet the Best of the West
May 16 - July 2014
Nebraska -- Timelines
May 29 - June 30, 2013
Northern California / Nevada -- Layered & Stitched
June 7 - July 13, 2013
Oregon -- Oregon State of Diversity II
July 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013
Illinois/Wisconsin -- The Eye and the Needle
October 11 - November 16, 2013
|Nebraska -- Time Lines
October 15, 2013 - May 2014
If you would prefer to ONLY read the Journal online, you can indicate your preference by checking off the Online Journal Only box in your Member Profile.
Upcoming Journal Gallery Page Themes and Deadlines:
- Celebration - due date August 1, 2013
- Family - due date November 1, 2013
- Creation - February 1, 2014
- Off the Wall - May 1, 2014
- Grief/Sorrow/Loss - August 1, 2014
- Joy/Happiness - November 1, 2014
- Creatures - February 1, 2015
- Health and Wholeness - May 1, 2015
We can accept digital photos only. Images will be chosen on the basis of artistic merit as well as photo quality. To improve your chances of being selected, send only your best photos and use the same considerations you would for entering a juried show, which means sharp focus, even lighting, no extraneous hands or feet or garage doors showing in the photo, etc.
All edges of the quilt must be visible; do not crop into the edges of the quilt.
Send a digital image with a resolution of no less than 1800 pixels on the longest side, in jpeg format. Label the file with your last name followed by partial title (example: smith_dreamingtrees.jpg). In the body of the e-mail, Include caption information consisting of your name, size in inches, year created, your web site URL (if applicable), and a very brief statement describing something interesting about the work, perhaps your inspiration or your process. Send your images to email@example.com (This address will be used ONLY for the image gallery.)
|NOTE: due to the large number of submissions received, an individual response to each submission is not possible.
| Other Information
From the Texas Quilt Museum:
Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin
The Texas Quilt Museum invites submission of original quilt art created after 2010 from those residing in the U.S. on the theme of butterflies, including caterpillars, the concept of a chrysalis, and plants attractive to butterflies. Abstract as well as representational designs are welcome. Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin will be a juried exhibition of contemporary quilt art, with selected quilts touring from September of 2014 through 2017, in secure, insured exhibition spaces. All accepted quilts must be available for the tour and the quilts may not be for sale. The exhibition will premiere at the Texas Quilt Museum in April through June of 2014. The jury committee consists of Karey Bresenhan, Nancy O'Bryant Puentes, and Sandra Sider. To apply, please go to
DEADLINE to receive entries: November 15, 2013.
From Japan Handicraft Instructors' Association:
Entry for The 12th Quilt Nihon Exhibition 2013 will begin July 1, 2013.
Entry is open to art quilters from around the world.
Grand prize is 1,000,000 yen.
Deadline is July 31, 2013.
|We have relief funds available for artists affected by all kinds of natural and man-made disasters. Look on our website for complete information:
| SAQA Discussion Group
As a member of Studio Art Quilt Association, you are also invited to join an email discussion group hosted on Yahoo.com. This group is only for SAQA members, and is private to the outside world. You can join by requesting membership at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SAQA/join. Please include your full name with your request, so we can verify that you are a member. Once your request is made, the moderators will approve you ASAP.
|KEEP LETTING EVERYONE KNOW HOW WONDERFUL ART QUILTS ARE!
--Martha Sielman (MarthaSielman@SAQA.com)
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.
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