Balancing Act (SAQA Global Exhibition)

Throughout history, women have had to balance responsibilities to community, home and family while pursuing other interests, jobs, or careers. From those who helped farm the land or worked in factories during wartime, to those who stand shoulder to shoulder with men pursuing careers, or serve as caregivers; women have always had to juggle the various aspects of their lives.

This show celebrates women past and present; what we have accomplished that we now enjoy as rights and freedoms that our grandmothers and their grandmothers did not; and what obstacles we have left to conquer. As art quilting is a predominantly female pursuit, this exhibit is particularly personal. It is an opportunity to show works that explore the daily lives, both internal and external, of women. As artists we were free to explore what and who inspires us; what we find frustrating; what we are most proud of.

From serious to lighthearted, from literal to abstract, there are many ways to find balance. It can be found in formalism; in the pursuit of compositional balance and mastery of the medium that is fabric and stitch. It can be historic, spotlighting the people and events that contribute to our ability to achieve balance. But mostly, it’s personal. Viewers are invited to find their own stories in the pieces presented and ask, what does balance mean to me?

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In the Exhibition
Sara Sharp - Amelia Earhart's Tenacity
Sara Sharp
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 Daniela Tiger - An Autobiography
Daniela Tiger
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 Nancy Turbitt - Angelina's Eggs
Nancy Turbitt
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Betty Hahn - Baby...Briefcase
Betty Hahn
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Kathy York - Balance
Kathy York
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Linden Lancaster - Bath Time
Linden Lancaster
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Misty M. Cole - Centered
Misty M. Cole
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Kathy York - Fifty, Female, And Fearless
Kathy York
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Kathleen Kastles - Hala Vara Karu
Kathleen Kastles
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Maggie Vanderweit - Hands Off
Maggie Vanderweit
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Nancy Woods - Hot Flash 2
Nancy Woods
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Ruth Baker - I Rather Be
Ruth Baker
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Regina Dunn - Inner Balance 2
Regina Dunn
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 Jennifer Day - Judy
Jennifer Day
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 Elke Jordan - Juggling Life's Priorities
Elke Jordan
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Bobbi Baugh - Lillian's Expectations
Bobbi Baugh
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Mary Ruzich - My Circle of Life
Mary Ruzich
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Phillida Hargreaves - My Dear Old Girl
Phillida Hargreaves
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Joan Hug-Valeriote - Pink Lady II
Joan Hug-Valeriote
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 Doria A. Goocher - Release
Doria Goocher
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Susan Polansky - Schemadoodle
Sue Polansky
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Debra Blake - Seeking Balance
Debra Blake
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Artwork by Sheree Rasmussen
Sheree Rasmussen
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Pat Bishop - Sister Nature
Pat Bishop
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Elaine Millar - Swagger-100 Women in Congress
Elaine Millar
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Judith Ahlborn - Three Handstands
Judith Ahlborn
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Sandra Ciolino - Voluta #3: Release
Sandra Ciolino
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Gunnel Hag - Waking Up To Music
Gunnel Hag
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Deborah Boschert - Waning Crescent Meditation
Deborah Boschert
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Deborah Boschert - Waxing Crescent Endeavor
Deborah Boschert
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Bodil Gardner - Woman's Life - A Balancing Act - 1
Bodil Gardner
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Susan Jackan - Working The Earth
Susan Jackan
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