Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth (SAQA Regional)

Created as a group exhibit to shine a light on the issues facing the Pacific Ocean today, Shifting Tides is a collection of work by 46 artists chosen from the seven Pacific-facing regions of SAQA. Curated by renowned textile artist Ann Johnston, the exhibit offers a variation of style and context about the plight of oceans and the communities they support.  

From their strikingly different vantage points—from Southern California northward to Western Canada and Alaska, plus Hawaii—artists from a range of backgrounds were asked to express their concerns and feelings about the Pacific. “Merely because we live in this part of the world, we as individuals are part of the Pacific ecosystem. On a daily basis we may not recognize the changes that are happening, but they are of vital importance to our world,” write Georgia French and Sonja Campbell, co-chairs of the exhibit planning committee.

Shifting Tides debuted in San Jose, California at the time of the 2019 SAQA Conference for the purpose of showcasing the talents of SAQA members living in the greater North Pacific region. The show will tour the seven participating Regions, bringing to public view the innovative contemporary art that SAQA stands for.

Forty-six artists from the seven Pacific-facing SAQA regions, from the northern reaches of Alaska to the Archipelago of Hawaii, are represented in this comprehensive regional exhibition.

Juror: Ann Johnston, Lake Oswego, Oregon.


Exhibition Schedule

April 19 – May 5, 2019
Works/San Jose, San Jose, CA

June 26 – September 29, 2019
Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum, La Conner, WA

March 3 – April 25, 2020
Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR

May 15 - June 13, 2020
CityScape Community Art Space, Vancouver, BC - **CANCELLED

September 4 - 26, 2020
International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK

October 9 – December 19, 2020
Pratt Museum, Homer, AK

January 16 – April 4, 2021
Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA

April 18 - June 27, 2021
Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA - ONLINE

July 16 – September 12, 2021 
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, CA

Wailoa Center - online exhibition only - Dates TBD

Selected Artists

Clare Attwell
Karen Balos
Nancy Bardach
Diana Bartelings
Alice Beasley
Beth Blankenship
Bonnie M. Bucknam
Sharon Carvalho
Barbara Confer
Judith Content
Phyllis A. Cullen
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
Judith Quinn Garnett
Alisa Golden
Louise Hall
Janet Hiller
June Jaeger
Lisa Jenni
Jennifer Hammond Landau
Cat Larrea
Sheryl LeBlanc
Nancy Lemke
Jacqueline Manley
Kathleen McCabe
Amanda Miller
Denise Oyama Miller
Cathy Miranker
Deborah Runnels
Nancy Ryan
Roxanne Schwartz
Janet Scruggs
Maria Shell
Sue Siefkin
Sigrid Simonds
Gail P. Sims
Bonnie J. Smith
Amanda Snavely
Carla Stehr
Nan Thompson
B. Lynn Tubbe
Carolyn Villars
Deborah Weir
Jean Wells
Libby Williamson
Amy Witherow