Celebrating Silver (SAQA Global Exhibition)

SAQA's 25th Anniversary!

As part of SAQA's 25th Anniversary, we are 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.

Juror: Yvonne Porcella 

Exhibition Schedule

International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas, October 30-November 2, 2014
International Quilt Festival, Chicago, Illinois, March 2015
Quilt! Knit! Stitch!, Portland, Oregon, August 2015
St. George Art Museum, St. George, Utah, September 12 through December 31, 2015
Original Sewing and Quilting Expo Atlanta, GA, March 10, 11 & 12, 2016
Original Sewing and Quilting Expo Lakeland, FL, March 17, 18 & 19, 2016
Original Sewing and Quilting Expo Cleveland, OH, March 31, April 1 & 2, 2016
Original Sewing and Quilting Expo Worcester, MA, April 7, 8 & 9, 2016
America Quilts Expo Des Moines, IA, May 26, 27 & 28, 2016
Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK in August 11-14, 2016
8th Asia Quilt Festival in Shanghai, China, September 23 - 25, 2016
Adelaide Craft & Quilt Fair, Adelaide, Australia, November 3 - 6, 2016
Hobart Craft & Quilt Fair, Hobart, Australia, February 17 - 19, 2017

Juror's Statement

In the last quarter of the twentieth century, quilts were removed from the bed and hung on walls of museums and galleries. This dramatic shift in placement led to changes in the size and shape of a quilt. Artists who chose to work within the genre of quilts began to invent their own decorative surfaces, whether designing a new geometry or creating their own graphically exciting work in fiber. Instead of relying on a traditional block pattern to identify a quilt, art quilts were recognized by the quilt’s title, the maker’s name, and the artistic concept and design originality.

Celebrating Silver celebrates the 25th anniversary of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA). I founded SAQA in 1989 to provide a professional organization for artists creating art quilts. This exhibition provided an opportunity to look back and reflect on how things have changed. Each artist submitted six digital images, three full pieces and three details, which were typical of their current style of work. My goal was not to select a specific work by the artist but rather to trust that the artist would individualize the theme with a variety of new and exciting techniques.

Names of the artists were not revealed to me until after the selection process. I kept notes as I scrolled through the 300 images, returning many times to individual artist’s images, scrutinizing the work, identifying the voice of the artist. I reread statements from the artists who gave a hint of what they would like to accomplish within the theme. Techniques new to the 21st century dominated the entries — use of electronic manipulation, painting, dyeing, texture within the fabric, copious use of machine threads, photography — yet there was also a link to tradition with piecing and hand stitching. I am excited to join you all as we enjoy the debut of Celebrating Silver at the International Quilt Festival Houston, October 2014.

—Yvonne Porcella
 


Yvonne Porcella was the Founder and served as President of the Board of Directors of Studio Art Quilt Associates from 1989–2000. She has also served on the boards of other non-profit organizations. Her work continues to be featured in major exhibitions, art galleries, and museums in the U.S. and abroad and is actively collected by individuals and corporations.

Selected Artists

Jill Ault - Silver Flash   
Diane Bird - A Mine is Forever
Sandra Branjord - Still I Rise
Peggy Brown - Reflections Reflecting
Wendi Bucey - Angel of Silver
Elizabeth Busch - Dance with Me
Jennifer Day - Beginnings
Margaret Fabrizio - Silver Eruption
Sheila Frampton-Cooper - Arianrhod-Goddess of the Silver Wheel
Jayne Gaskins - Embracing the Silver Years
Michelle Jackson - The Silver Touch
Patricia Kennedy-Zafred - On That Silver Knight
Lynn Krawczyk - Rusted Silver
Ellie Kreneck - Silver Roses Fall on the Llano
Judy Langille - Silver Forms
Patricia Malarcher - Lunar Portal
Kathleen McCabe - Jubilations
Jeannie Moore - Silver Cake
Kathy Nida - Awakening the Crone
Mary Pal - Precious Time
Sandra Poteet - Silver Birch Grove
Daren Redman - Silver Legacy
Wen Redmond - The Machine
Jean Renli Jurgenson - Reflection - World Trade Center
Joan Schulz - Past and Future
Maria Shell - Two-Five
Bonnie J. Smith - Upward and Onward
Cynthia St. Charles - Silver Hills
Elena Stokes - Moonshine
Tiziana Tateo - Flowers and Champagne Streams
Judith Trager - Ciel D' Argent
Sylvia Weir - Quick Silver
Marianne R. Williamson - US Silver Abstractions
Roseline Young - Passing the Torch to the Future
Charlotte Ziebarth - The Color of Dreams 

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In the Exhibition
Diane Bird - A Mine is Forever
Diane Bird
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Wendi Bucey - Angel of Silver
Wendi Bucey
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Sheila Frampton-Cooper - Arianrhod-Goddess of the Silver Wheel
Sheila Frampton-Cooper
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Kathy Nida - Awakening the Crone
Kathy Nida
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Jennifer Day - Beginnings
Jennifer Day
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Judith Trager - Ciel D'Argent
Judith Trager
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 Elizabeth Busch - Dance With Me
Elizabeth Busch
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Jayne Gaskins - Embracing The Silver Years
Jayne Bentley Gaskins
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Tiziana Tateo - Flowers and Champagne Streams
Tiziana Tateo Raveri
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Kathleen McCabe - Jubilations
Kathleen McCabe
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 Patricia Malarcher - Lunar Portal
Patricia Malarcher
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Elena Stokes - Moonshine
Elena Stokes
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Patricia Kennedy-Zafred - On That Silver Knight
Patty Kennedy-Zafred
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Roseline Young - Passing The Torch To The Future
Roseline Young
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Joan Schulze - Past and Future
Joan Schulze
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Mary Pal - Precious Time
Mary Pal
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Jean Renli Jurgenson - Reflection - World Trade Center
Jean Renli Jurgenson
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Peggy Brown - Reflections Reflecting
Peggy Brown
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 Lynn Krawczyk - Rusted Silver
Lynn Krawczyk
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Marriane R. Williamson - Silver Abstractions
Marianne R. Williamson
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Sandra Poteet - Silver Birch Grove
Sandra Poteet
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 Jeannie Moore - Silver Cake
Jeannie Moore
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Margaret Fabrizio - Silver Eruption
Margaret Fabrizio
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 Jill Ault - Silver Flash
Jill Ault
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Judy Langille - Silver Forms
Judy Langille
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Cynthia St. Charles - Silver Hills
Cynthia St. Charles
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Daren Redman - Silver Legacy
Daren Redman
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Ellie Kreneck - Silver Roses Fall on the Llano
Ellie Kreneck
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Sandra Branjord - Still I Rise
Sandra Branjord
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Charlotte Ziebarth - The Color Of Dreams
Charlotte Ziebarth
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Wen Redmond - The Machine
Wen Redmond
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Michelle Jackson - The Silver Touch
Michelle Jackson
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Maria Shell - Two-Five
Maria Shell
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Bonnie J. Smith - Upward and Onward
Bonnie J. Smith
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