Camouflage (SAQA Global Exhibition)



This exhibition was inspired by a theme submitted by SAQA Member Leilani Purvis

Nature produces an endless array of colors, shapes, and patterns that creatures use to fool the eye. These animals become visible only when they move or are in contrasting surroundings. Creatures may disguise themselves to blend in by changing color on demand or with the seasons, allowing plants to grow on them, or by evolving to look like something else.

The chameleon is known for changing its colors, but many other animals also have this ability, including bugs, fish, octopuses, foxes, and rabbits. Some creatures hide in plain sight by resembling leaves and twigs, or by using disruptive patterning to blend in when needed. How will you explore this marvel of camouflage and adaptation?

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Exhibition Schedule

International Quilt Festival, Houston Texas: October 2024 (Exact Dates TBD)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona: July 19th - September 28, 2025
* Additional venues will be added to the schedule (exhibition will travel through December 2027)

About the Juror

Lorraine RoyRaised in rural Southern Ontario, Lorraine Roy completed an Honours B.Sc. in Horticultural Science before opting for a professional career in art textiles. Kindled by an early love of hand-embroidery, she eventually learned to ‘paint’ with fabric using her sewing machine. All her work explores connections between art, science and nature, drawing great inspiration from the biology, mythology and cultural impact of trees, classic symbols of our connection with the natural world.

Lorraine continues to acquire new knowledge and insights about trees, in order to better address and convey our mutual rich and complex kinship. Although mainly self-taught, she has exhibited and presented widely across Canada and the USA, and is the recipient of several provincial and federal grants.

Selected Artists

Patricia Arensen (Minnesota, USA) - Hidden In the Crowd
Barbara Arguedas (New Mexico, USA) - Colorful Drama
Carol Bridges (Montana, USA) - I Spy An Elephant
Susan Brubaker Knapp (North Carolina, USA) - Marbled Salamanders
Laurie J. Bucher (California, USA) - Lost and Found
Betty Busby (New Mexico, USA) - Island
Shin-hee Chin (Kansas, USA) - Poetic Camouflage
Vicki Conley (New Mexico, USA) - Dog Gone
Yael David-Cohen (United Kingdom) - Camouflage
Janet Ruth Davis (Colorado, USA) - Twilight Flight
Jennifer Day (Texas, USA) - Orchid Praying Mantis
Rhonda Denney (Kansas, USA) - Waterhole Camouflage
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry (Washington, USA) - Personal Transparency
Nancy K. Fisher (Texas, USA) - The (Canyon) Walls Have Eyes
Debra Goley (Arizona, USA) - Flamenco Dance
Susie Goodman (Indiana, USA) - Hidden Harmony
Kim Keller (Colorado, USA) - Snowy Owl
Darlene M. Khosrowpour (Texas, USA) - Earning my Stripes
Margaret Knepper (Florida, USA) - Dude!
Deborah A. Kuster (Arkansas, USA) - Hopeful
Mary-Ellen Latino (California, USA) - Into the Wild!, var.2
Tracey Lawko (Ontario, Canada) - Threatened
Paola Machetta (Italy) - Spot the dot
Fuzzy Mall (Ontario, Canada) - Janine Heschel2 (Octo Camo)
Lena Meszaros (France) - Don't Close Your Eyes
Karen Illman Miller (Oregon, USA) - Peacock Coat
Lindsay Olson (Illinois, USA) - Bothus
Claire Passmore (Mauritius) - Watching and Waiting
Amanda Preston Araujo (Colorado, USA) - Blue Cayman Iguana
Luana Rubin (Colorado, USA) - Uncompahgre Fritillary  - An Endangered Pollinator
Sara Sharp (Texas, USA) - His Leafy Refuge
Amanda Snavely (Oregon, USA) - Just Add Color
Maggie Vanderweit (Ontario, Canada) - Walking Into Crestwood
Mieko Washio (Japan) - Green pepper and gecko
Lisa Yahne (Texas, USA) - In Plain Sight
Marian Zielinski (Georgia, USA) - Mutual Life of the Universe


** artists were notified via email on 03/13