May 2021 Newsletter SAQA CO/UT/WY

Malachite and Azurite by Anne Severn

 
 

Oceans Apart, Connected by Art

Featuring the Oceania region
 

We hope you were able to attend SAQA’s Annual Conference – Oceans Apart, Connected by Art. If you registered and missed any of the sessions you have up to 3 months to watch or REwatch any of the programs.  Follow the link below for more details regarding speakers and programming.Oceans Apart

 


Regional Exhibit

EXCITING NEWS:  Have you ever wanted to learn what goes on behind the scenes in creating an Art Quilt Exhibition? Do you already have skills and experience in this area and would like to help out your region? Well, here is your perfect chance! Your representatives (Susan and Tree) are in the beginning stages of planning a regional exhibit for 2022. We are looking for volunteers that would like to serve on the committee. We plan to do a majority of the planning work via Zoom calls. Our first meeting is May 10,2021 at 6PM. Let us know if you would like to join us on the committee. Here’s a list of the tasks associated with creating a successful exhibit.

Choosing Theme, Size
Choosing Venue(s) 
Choosing Juror(s)
Entry Coordination
Show Layout
Show Publicity and Outreach – flyers, postcards, catalog, digital postings
Hanging the Exhibit(s)
Artists Reception(s)
Exhibit Docents
Exhibit Takedown

Concurrent Lecture/Workshop by Juror

Won’t you join us? Please send Susan Serreze and Tree Ely  an email so that we can begin this fun process together!


Exhibits and Shows
 
We have a SAQA Global Exhibition now open in our region!
CO/UT/WY member Andra Stanton was the juror for this exhibit!!  Thank you, Andra!
It is not too late to see this fabulous exhibit!
 
Beyond the Mirror (SAQA Global Exhibition)

What do you see when you look in the mirror? In this digital age, we cannot escape our own images, whether taken as a selfie or found on social media. Does our image reflect our individual identity or do we see what we are conditioned by society to see? We need to look beyond the mirror to see our strength of character, intelligence, creativity, skills, and our potential to be even more than what can be reflected. 

Beyond the Mirror

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

 Congratulations to Margaret Abramshe and Amanda Preston Araujo for their acceptance into this exhibit!


At the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO

Walk on the Wild Side
Animal Portraits by Barbara Bates Beasley
April 19 – July 17 ,2021

Take a Walk on the Wild Side with quilt artist, Barbara Yates Beasley of Boulder. Enjoy the mastery she presents in the vibrant colors and textures of the animals in this stunning exhibit.

Every Stitch Matters
Jackie Grimaldi
April 19 – July 17 ,2021

Jackie Grimaldi of Steamboat Springs, Colorado is known for her embroidered quilt edges, machine quilting, and use of decorative stitching.


La Plata Quilters Guild
BiAnnual Quilt Show
“Quilts Are Fun in 2021”

La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
2500 N. Main Ave.
Durango, Colorado
Saturday, June 26, 2021, 10 AM to 5 PM and 
Sunday, June 27, 2021 10AM to 3 PM
Admission $4 / person Children 12 & under free
Proceeds support our outreach projects!

 
 
 
Primal Forces: Earth!

Premiere Exhibition Location
National Quilt Museum (September 2021)

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

SAQA is proud to announce a new, three-part series to premiere at the National Quilt Museum over the next six years. The first will be Primal Forces: Earth (Wind and Fire will be the other calls).

All life on this planet depends on earth, it nurtures us through the soil beneath our feet. However, it can be a destructive force as well. Seismic activity and mudslides have shaped the landscape for millions of years and taken a toll on living beings as well. We are in an era of tremendous change in the earth as well, due to shifting balances brought on by human activity.  Juror: Sue Cavanaugh.

Five of our regional members were accepted into this exhibit.  Congratulations to Judy Duffield, Mary Louise Gerek, Michele Hardy, Dorothy Raymond, and Anne Severn!


 

Member News

Barbara Bates Beasley

Congratulations to Barbara. She has a show at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – Walk on the Wild Side. Even more congratulations to Barbara; she is on the cover of Art Quilt Quarterly!

Barb beasley2

Ellie

Rosanna Lynne Welter 

Rosanna Lynne Welter’s disperse dye piece, “Mapping,” was accepted into the Springville Museum of Art’s 97th Annual Spring Salon. The museum invited all artists in Utah to participate in this juried competition that showcases the diversity and quality of contemporary Utah Art.  The show runs from April 21 through July 3, 2021.  Congratulations Rosanna!

Mapping_full

Mapping

Judith Traeger

Congratulations to Judith Traeger!  Her 3-dimensional piece, Braintangles, was accepted into Visions Interpretations 2021, which will be on exhibit from October 16 – January 2, 2022.

J Trager

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Judith:  This is Braintangles which is a free-standing work of fiber art. It has been accepted Visions 2021—Interpretations—which will open at the  Visions Art Quilt Museum in San Diego in October. It is about 40” W and 72” long and hangs from the ceiling. I am delighted and humbled to be part of this exhibition. The jury chose 33 pieces out of 437 submissions 3-D artists invited. This is the first time I have been in Visions in more than 30 years of applying, I am third.
 
 

 
Any members who have work exhibited, please let us know so we can share your news!
 
 

Regional Meeting

Please join us for a Regional Meeting on June 11, 2021 (Friday) at 3 PM.  We plan on having Judith Traeger, Deb Zelenak, and Martha Sielman give presentations. More information to follow.  

 

New SAQA Members

This month we have added a new section to our newsletter.  We want to extend a SPECIAL WELCOME to our newest SAQA regional members!    Welcome one and all!  Feel free to contact Susan or Tree if you’d like more details regarding our region.  These members have joined SAQA between March and mid April 2021.  We would love to see the artwork of our newest members who have joined in the last six months.  Please send low resolution photos with title of your artwork to your regional representatives for inclusion in our monthly newsletter. We’ve included names and locale of new members that chose CO-UT-WY as their first or second region.

Neffra Matthews of Lakewood CO
Alana Blumenthal of Brigham City UT
Michelle Swank of Littleton CO
Katherine McCaston of Austin TX
Shanna Vernon of Loveland CO
Dana Chapman of Longmont CO
Rain Klepper of Paonia CO

 

Local Connections

Local connections are a group of SAQA members that meet and discuss fiber art topics in their geographic area.  Please contact Susan Serreze or Tree Ely if you have an idea for a Local Connections group in your area.   


Local Connections:  Colorado Springs, CO

Katrina Wright is coordinating the scheduling of meetings. This is a vibrant group of talented artists who are exploring their art together.  This group is meeting monthly virtually generally on the 1st Thursday, with an occasional in-person meeting.  They are currently creating a group exhibit including a portfolio of their work and have some venues lined up for summer 2021. Wow!!

If you are interested in becoming a member of this group, contact Linda Laird or Katrina Wright.


Local Connections: Westminster/Boulder

The group discussed ideas for play dates for 2021 at their April 14, 2021 meeting.  Upcoming events are:

July 14h 2021 (Wednesday) 10AM

LaVonne and Mike Dunetts will give a workshop on how to take photos of your art. The location will be announced. 

Some members are researching some of our other ideas. So stay tuned for updates. 

Next Meeting – May 19th, 2021; 10AM at Barb Olson’s house and on zoom. 

Time: May 19, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85019588724?pwd=dVdTRkVUVytoYTZNM0NuN0N3MGJUZz09

Meeting ID: 850 1958 8724

Passcode: 709375

 

Local Connections: Wyoming

This talented group of artists is meeting virtually in Wyoming.  They meet on the 2nd Thursday monthly to share their ideas and work.  Here is a list of zoom meeting dates and times:

  •          May 13, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Jun 10, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Jul 8, 2021 10:00 AM
Contact Deb Zelenak if you would like to join this group.

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Virtual Gallery Volunteer Curator Program 

Interested in being a volunteer curator?  The Virtual Gallery committee is actively seeking SAQA members to serve as volunteer exhibition curators. Every exhibition tells a story and the curator is the author of that narrative. If your proposal is accepted, curators will work with the committee to:

  • develop an exhibition concept or theme
  • create an enticing call for entry
  • answer questions from members
  • build a compelling exhibit from the chosen images and statements submitted
  • write a curator’s statement to accompany the online exhibit.

Check out the Volunteer Curator application form. Please contact virtualgallery@saqa.com if you have any questions.


SAQA Virtual Gallery Program

Opportunities to submit your work to a Virtual Gallery are listed on SAQA Calls for Entry. Virtual galleries are not restricted by the requirements inherent in a brick-and-mortar venue, so any artwork may be shown that meets SAQA’s definition of an art quilt.

There are no limits on the type of work that can be shown virtually. For example, work that is very large or very small (including an installation with a large footprint), contains complicated electronic components, cannot travel in a crate with other artwork, is too expensive to ship, or is otherwise not a good fit for a physical exhibit may be submitted for Virtual Galleries, as well as more standard 2D and 3D work.

Upcoming SAQA Virtual Gallery Calls:

Structures,  Open May 1-31, 2021

Questions? Please contact  virtualgallery@saqa.com.


Juried Artist Program

Juried Artist Member is an artist who has successfully presented a portfolio including a selected body of work and documentation showing a professional approach to art.  Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are well-represented in this membership category.

Margaret Abramshe
Regina Benson
Michele Hardy 
Diana Fox
Bev Haring  
Jean Herman 
Sandra Hoefner 
Annette Kennedy 
Denise Labadie 
Kay Liggett 
Melody Money
Dorothy Raymond
Joan Sowada 
Judith Trager
Valerie White
Charlotte Ziebarth

Click on any of their names, and be taken to their Juried Artist page on the SAQA website—where you can see more images of their art. 

For more information, see:
Want to become a Juried Artist? (SAQA Journal article by Dorothy Raymond). 

Do you want to become a Juried Artist? (Powerpoint presentation by Dorothy Raymond, includes body of work samples).  Thank you Dorothy for your work and commitment to this program!

Want to become a Juried Artist? Click here to learn how to apply, and see the resources available to help you achieve this goal. 


Shannon Conley has shared select SAQA regional exhibit catalogs which she created for regions; they are presented here as online flipbooks.  She is reaching out in an effort to help people enjoy some of our neighboring regions’ great exhibits virtually.  It is a great source of inspiration. 

Here are the individual links:

De-light/Full (Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma and Indiana Regions)

Life Along the Rio Grande (New Mexico Region, Colorado and Texas artists)

Made in New Mexico: Structural Diversity (New Mexico Region)

Natural Healing (New Mexico Region)

Our Changing Landscape (Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma Region)

Out of the Blue (New Mexico Region)

Under the Western Sun (New Mexico and Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Regions)

 

Textile Talks features weekly presentations and panel discussions from the International Quilt Museum, the Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Surface Design Association. The programs are held online at 2 pm. Eastern (11 am Pacific). Each talk requires a separate preregistration.Recordings of previous talks are available:  View Recordings

Want to stay informed about Textile Talks?

Click here for more info and to sign up for the email newsletter


Join the conversation!  Our region is now on Instagram.  Member Sherri Ramsey is monitoring the page for our region and is doing a fantastic job!  Thank you, Sherri!!

@saqacoutwy

Facebook (both are SAQA members only):

SAQA – Members Only

SAQA CO/UT/WY

 

Link to Wyoming Quilt Events:

Wyoming State Quilt Guild

wsqg.org/quilt-events/


Link to Utah Quilt Events:

Utah Quilt Guild


Link to Colorado Events:

Member Barb Gardner compiles a list of goings on in our region.  Document can be viewed here:  A Friends Update March/April 2021

Thanks for this information Barb!

 

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum


Many exhibition opportunities with the SAQA Calls for Entry. Traveling?  Check out the SAQA Calendar of Events  for current and upcoming exhibitions.


 

Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Reps

Susan Serreze: serreze@comcast.net

Tree Ely: ely60stpaul@gmail.com

 








April 2021 Newsletter SAQA CO/UT/WY

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Austin City Nights: a Symphony of Sound and Light Waves by Nancy Woods

Happy Spring fellow fiber artists!  April is an exciting time in the SAQA world.  It’s the Annual Conference…a ten day extravaganza for only $200.  That’s just $20/day for 2 hours of virtual programming each day.  AND IF you can’t join us live from April 16-25th or if you have to miss a day of programming, you have up to 3 months to watch or REwatch any of the programs.  Where else can you sit in your studio, easy chair or couch and met artists from across the globe?  Follow the link below for more details regarding speakers and programming.

 
 
 
 

Oceans Apart, Connected by Art

Featuring the Oceania region

Oceans Apart

Registration is now open!

 

EXCITING NEWS:  Have you ever wanted to learn what goes on behind the scenes in creating an Art Quilt Exhibition? Do you already have skills and experience in this area and would like to help out your region? Well, here is your perfect chance! Your representatives (Susan and Tree) are in the beginning stages of planning a regional exhibit for 2022. We are looking for volunteers that would like to serve on the committee. We plan to do a majority of the planning work via Zoom calls and plan to start this process in May 2021. Here’s a list of the tasks associated with creating a successful exhibit.

Choosing Theme, Size

Choosing Venue(s) 

Choosing Juror(s)

Entry Coordination

Show Layout

Show Publicity and Outreach – flyers, postcards, catalog, digital postings

Hanging the Exhibit(s)

Artists Reception(s)

Exhibit Docents

Exhibit Takedown

Concurrent Lecture/Workshop by Juror

Won’t you join us? Please send Susan Serreze and Tree Ely  an email so that we can begin this fun process together!


 
 
We have a SAQA Global Exhibition now open in our region!
CO/UT/WY member Andra Stanton was the juror for this exhibit!!  Thank you, Andra!
 
Beyond the Mirror (SAQA Global Exhibition)

What do you see when you look in the mirror? In this digital age, we cannot escape our own images, whether taken as a selfie or found on social media. Does our image reflect our individual identity or do we see what we are conditioned by society to see? We need to look beyond the mirror to see our strength of character, intelligence, creativity, skills, and our potential to be even more than what can be reflected. 

Beyond the Mirror

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

 Congratulations to Margaret Abramshe and Amanda Preston Araujo for their acceptance into this exhibit!

Daydreaming
by Amanda Preston Araujo

Gaze
by Margaret Abramshe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

At the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO

Kate Themel – Home

Viewpoints 9: Word
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Golden, Colorado, USA
January 18 – April 17, 2021

The Korean dictionary has over 1 million words; English: around 520,000; and Chinese: around 370,000. In Viewpoints 9’s fourth series: Word!, V9 artists creatively respond to Home, Possibility, Line, and 6 other words selected by their fellow artists. The emerging narrative provides opportunities to experiment with new techniques, share each artist’s individual perspective, and glimpse their creative process. Viewpoints 9: Word is an intimate portrait of the feelings and fascinations of the artists transcending language, distance, and culture.

 

 
 
 
 

Member News

Nancy Woods

Congratulations to Nancy!   Her artwork titled Austin City Nights: a Symphony of Sound and Light Waves has been accepted for the Light the World exhibit.

Jean Herman 

Congratulations to Jean!  Her artwork titled Fire God is hanging at the Sync Gallery,930 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.

 

Andra Stanton

I Disagree
by Andra Stanton

Andra’s  piece, “I Disagree” has been accepted into the virtual Art Fluent Gallery show, STAND.  You can see it here: https://www.art-fluent.com/stand

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luana Rubin

Luana, a color influencer from the quilting industry, joins Quilting Arts Podcast as an Artist in Residence to discuss how trending colors are identified, named, and predicted.   Color Confidential with Luana Rubin

 
 
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Primal Forces: Earth!

Premiere Exhibition Location
National Quilt Museum (September 2021)

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

SAQA is proud to announce a new, three-part series to premiere at the National Quilt Museum over the next six years. The first will be Primal Forces: Earth (Wind and Fire will be the other calls).

All life on this planet depends on earth, it nurtures us through the soil beneath our feet. However, it can be a destructive force as well. Seismic activity and mudslides have shaped the landscape for millions of years and taken a toll on living beings as well. We are in an era of tremendous change in the earth as well, due to shifting balances brought on by human activity.  Juror: Sue Cavanaugh.

Five of our regional members were accepted into this exhibit.  Congratulations to Judy Duffield, Mary Louise Gerek, Michele Hardy, Dorothy Raymond, and Anne Severn!

Cerulean Lake
by Anne Severn

 

Greenland Is Melting
by Judy Duffield



Mixing Paint
by Mary Louise Gerek

Vortex
by Dorothy Raymond

 

Geoforms: Fractures #6
by Michele Hardy

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Birds, insects, and even some mammals are able to fly and soar. Plant seeds and kites are carried on the breeze, and the perfect pass can float through the air. Humankind has dreamt of ways to fly from Icarus’ attempt to create his own wings to the advent of airplanes, satellites, and  space exploration. This exhibition provides new perspectives through which to see our world.  Information and a slideshow of the exhibit can be found here.

Congratulations to the regional members whose work was selected for Aloft:

  • Margaret Abramshe – “Sky Lanterns”
  • Ruthann Adams – “Flying Free”
  • Mary Louise Gerek – “Forever Free”
  • Michele Hardy – “Mapforms #7”

Sky Lanterns ©Margaret Abramshe

Flying Free ©Ruthann Adams

Forever Free © Mary Louise Gerek

 
 

Mapforms #7 ©Michele Hardy

 

 

Explore a New Dimension in Contemporary Fiber Art SAQA’s Global Exhibition 3D Expression offers an intriguing glimpse into a new dimension of art quilts, creatively interpreted by artists from 14 US states and 10 countries (in fact, 36% are from outside the US). The wide variety of pieces selected by juror Bruce Hoffman include vessels, wearables, wall-pieces, and sculptural artworks. This cutting-edge exhibition shows how textile art can expand both into the third dimension and into the future. This exhibition is traveling:  3D Expression Calendar

Slot Canyon
©Mary McCauley

Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artist Mary McCauley who’s work was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit, “Slot Canyon”!

 

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Connecting Our Natural Worlds showcases artwork that beautifully illustrates the natural wonder of habitats around the globe. Through their own unique artistic interpretation, each artist has identified danger to flora and fauna in their own backyards and recommended a call to action that can be taken to help save the species. The selected pieces will inspire viewers to get closer to nature and become better stewards for our environment.  This exhibit is now available for travel.

In this video, SAQA Board Member Deborah Boschert and Craig Ivanyi, the Executive Director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum discuss the importance of conservation and the role that art and museums can play in promoting it.: https://vimeopro.com/saqa/naturalworlds/video/377402151

Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artists who’s work was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit!

  • Ruthann Adams – “In Awe”
  • Michele Hardy – “Elements #13: Wildfire”
  • Ruth E Murayama – “Manzanita”

    Manzanita
    by Ruth E Murayama

     

     

    Elements #13: Wildfire
    by Michele Hardy

    In Awe
    by Ruthann Adams

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Any members who have work exhibited, please let us know so we can share your news!
 
 
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Local connections are a group of SAQA members that meet and discuss fiber art topics in their geographic area.  Please contact Susan Serreze or Tree Ely if you have an idea for a Local Connections group in your area.   


Local Connections:  Colorado Springs, CO

Katrina Wright is coordinating the scheduling of meetings.This is a vibrant group of talented artists who are exploring their art together.  This group is meeting monthly virtually generally on the 1st Thursday, with an occasional in-person meeting.  They are currently creating a group exhibit including a portfolio of their work and have some venues lined up for summer 2021. Wow!!

If you are interested in becoming a member of this group, contact Linda Laird or Katrina Wright.


Local Connections: Westminster/Boulder

This group is starting up again.  Join them on April 14, 2021 at 3PM MDT:

Join Zoom Meeting

 

Local Connections: Wyoming

This talented group of artists is meeting virtually in Wyoming.  They meet on the 2nd Thursday monthly to share their ideas and work.  Here is a list of zoom meeting dates and times:

  •         Apr 8, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         May 13, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Jun 10, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Jul 8, 2021 10:00 AM
Contact Deb Zelenak if you would like to join this group.

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Virtual Gallery Volunteer Curator Program

Interested in being a volunteer curator?  The Virtual Gallery committee is actively seeking SAQA members to serve as volunteer exhibition curators. Every exhibition tells a story and the curator is the author of that narrative. If your proposal is accepted, curators will work with the committee to:

  • develop an exhibition concept or theme
  • create an enticing call for entry
  • answer questions from members
  • build a compelling exhibit from the chosen images and statements submitted
  • write a curator’s statement to accompany the online exhibit.

Check out the Volunteer Curator application form. Please contact virtualgallery@saqa.com if you have any questions.


SAQA Virtual Gallery Program

Opportunities to submit your work to a Virtual Gallery are listed on SAQA Calls for Entry. Virtual galleries are not restricted by the requirements inherent in a brick-and-mortar venue, so any artwork may be shown that meets SAQA’s definition of an art quilt.

There are no limits on the type of work that can be shown virtually. For example, work that is very large or very small (including an installation with a large footprint), contains complicated electronic components, cannot travel in a crate with other artwork, is too expensive to ship, or is otherwise not a good fit for a physical exhibit may be submitted for Virtual Galleries, as well as more standard 2D and 3D work.

Upcoming SAQA Virtual Gallery Calls:

Structures,  Open May 1-31, 2021

Questions? Please contact  virtualgallery@saqa.com.


Juried Artist Program

Juried Artist Member is an artist who has successfully presented a portfolio including a selected body of work and documentation showing a professional approach to art.  Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are well-represented in this membership category.

Margaret Abramshe

Regina Benson

Michele Hardy

Bev Haring

Jean Herman

Sandra Hoefner

Annette Kennedy

Denise Labadie

Kay Liggett

Melody Money

Dorothy Raymond

Joan Sowada

Judith Trager

Valerie White

Charlotte Ziebarth

Click on any of their names, and be taken to their Juried Artist page on the SAQA website—where you can see more images of their art. 

For more information, see:
Want to become a Juried Artist? (SAQA Journal article by Dorothy Raymond). 

Do you want to become a Juried Artist? (Powerpoint presentation by Dorothy Raymond, includes body of work samples).  Thank you Dorothy for your work and commitment to this program!

Want to become a Juried Artist? Click here to learn how to apply, and see the resources available to help you achieve this goal. 


Shannon Conley has shared select SAQA regional exhibit catalogs which she created for regions; they are presented here as online flipbooks.  She is reaching out in an effort to help people enjoy some of our neighboring regions’ great exhibits virtually.  It is a great source of inspiration. 

Here are the individual links:

De-light/Full (Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma and Indiana Regions)

Life Along the Rio Grande (New Mexico Region, Colorado and Texas artists)

Made in New Mexico: Structural Diversity (New Mexico Region)

Natural Healing (New Mexico Region)

Our Changing Landscape (Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma Region)

Out of the Blue (New Mexico Region)

Under the Western Sun (New Mexico and Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Regions)

 

Textile Talks features weekly presentations and panel discussions from the International Quilt Museum, the Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Surface Design Association. The programs are held online at 2 pm. Eastern (11 am Pacific). Each talk requires a separate preregistration.Recordings of previous talks are available:  View Recordings

Want to stay informed about Textile Talks?

Click here for more info and to sign up for the email newsletter


Join the conversation!  Our region is now on Instagram.  Member Sherri Ramsey is monitoring the page for our region and is doing a fantastic job!  Thank you, Sherri!!

@saqacoutwy

Facebook (both are SAQA members only):

SAQA – Members Only

SAQA CO/UT/WY

 

Link to Wyoming Quilt Events:

Wyoming State Quilt Guild

wsqg.org/quilt-events/


Link to Utah Quilt Events:

Utah Quilt Guild


Link to Colorado Events:

Member Barb Gardner compiles a list of goings on in our region.  Document can be viewed here:  A Friends Update March/April 2021

Thanks for this information Barb!

 

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum


Many exhibition opportunities with the SAQA Calls for Entry. Traveling?  Check out the SAQA Calendar of Events  for current and upcoming exhibitions.


 

Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Reps

Susan Serreze: serreze@comcast.net

Tree Ely: ely60stpaul@gmail.com

 

March 2021 Newsletter SAQA CO/UT/WY

Tall Grass Daydreams
by Melody Money

 
 
 
 

 
 
We have a new Regional Representative!!!
 
Meet Theresa Maguire Ely aka Tree!
 

As an emerging fiber artist, retired from Geographer and Physical Scientist positions with the National Park Service, I create Fiber Arts using paper, yarn and cloth. I learned sewing at a young age then transition to traditional quilting by creating baby and graduation quilts. I challenged myself to explore and learn design and color principals while adding texture using surface design and embellishments. I grew up in Minnesota and lived in the Denver area for 30 years. I now live in western Colorado and my art is inspired by the beauty of my surroundings. In 2019, I enjoyed being the only fiber artist featured in an Artist in Residency program in Medora North Dakota. I created my “Tiny Houses” series prior to this residency and explored another series “Tiny Landscapes” during this residency. I enjoy creating Stitch meditations and using heavier fibers to add texture, color, depth and fullness to my designs. I look forward to meeting more fiber artists in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming by serving as a SAQA regional representative.   –Tree


A note from Anne:

I can’t fully express my gratitude for having had the opportunity to serve as one of the regional representatives since 2017, working first as a co-rep with Mary Louise Gerek and now Susan Serreze.  We live in a fascinating part of the world which has such a rich diversity of artists.  I have met the most interesting people and have had the most wonderful experiences I wouldn’t have had otherwise.  Such as: being a regional rep at several SAQA conferences (truly a delight); working to exhibit the art of our fabulous artist members; facilitating groups of kindred spirits via Local Connections; 2 road trips to Utah with Mary Louise during covid-19; and so many other experiences. 

Our region has two exceptional representatives to carry forward.  Susan and Tree have a lot of great ideas and possess the energy to get it done.  I would like to thank them for volunteering their time.  I plan on being available to them when they need help with projects and I encourage our members to contact Susan and Tree to offer support and/or volunteer in some way.  It is truly satisfying work.  

Susan Serreze: serreze@comcast.net    Tree Ely: ely60stpaul@gmail.com

Thank you to all for a fabulous 3 1/2 years!

–Anne

Malachite and Azurite by Anne Severn

 


 
 
We have a SAQA Global Exhibition now open in our region!
CO/UT/WY member Andra Stanton was the juror for this exhibit!!  Thank you, Andra!
 
Beyond the Mirror (SAQA Global Exhibition)

What do you see when you look in the mirror? In this digital age, we cannot escape our own images, whether taken as a selfie or found on social media. Does our image reflect our individual identity or do we see what we are conditioned by society to see? We need to look beyond the mirror to see our strength of character, intelligence, creativity, skills, and our potential to be even more than what can be reflected. 

Beyond the Mirror

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

Thank you and congratulations to Andra Stanton for being the juror for this exhibit!  Also, congratulations to Margaret Abramshe and Amanda Preston Araujo for their acceptance into this exhibit!

Daydreaming
by Amanda Preston Araujo



Gaze
by Margaret Abramshe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Oceans Apart, Connected by Art

Featuring the Oceania region

Oceans Apart

Registration is now open!

No matter where you live and make art, you’ve got something special to look forward to!

The silver lining in our COVID cloud is finding a virtual world where we can network and share as never before. This includes our annual SAQA conference which will be held online from April 16-24. This format will allow us to intimately showcase a region on the other side of the world from where our conferences have traditionally been, enriching both hosts and attendees.

For this year, we’re going to beautiful Oceania—mainly Australia and New Zealand—for a deep dive into unique, exciting art quilts, and textile art. New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon will discuss how quilting has inspired his work and ideas about creativity during quarantine. The world’s leading wearable art competition, World of Wearable Art, will give us a special look behind the scenes. Prepare to be WOW’d!

Other highlights include:

  • Presentations from Oceania artists will showcase the people and inspiration that make this region unique.
  • Artist Lisa Call will provide tips on how to get your artwork out of the studio and into the world.
  • Learn how Karol Kusmaul and Martha Wolfe bring artists around the world together through collaborative exhibits.
  • Find out how the only commercial fibre art gallery in Australia, Timeless Textiles, engages their community and promotes fiber art.
  • Artist Jenny Bowker will talk about defining boundaries about cultural appropriation.
  • PLUS: Lightning Talks, Spotlight Auction, studio tours, and online chat sessions with other attendees.

So please get ready to sign up for an experience that might otherwise be out of reach for many of us. Need further encouragement? We have reduced the regular conference rate by 50% even though we have even MORE content to share! And since it’s all online, you can take part without reserving a flight – no passport required!

Registration is now open!

Register Now

$200 USD (50% off regular conference price of $400). No refunds will be issued after April 15. A $25 cancellation fee will apply. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

SAQA Seminar 2021 – Color

SAQA:  Online January 25 – March 14, 2021
 

Offered once a year over a two month period (late January to February), SAQA Seminar is a multi-media collection of content that includes articles, video conversations, and more! All the offerings will be accessible online and participants will be sent weekly emails.

We are confident everyone will find something interesting, instructive or inspiring whether you’re new to art quilting or you’ve been creating art with fabric and stitching for years. And remember, all this great content is totally FREE for SAQA members!

Registration now open!

More Details

 

 


 

 

2021 Spotlight Auction

Deadline
Get YOUR work in the Spotlight!

Sentinel VI ( 2020 Spotlight Auction Piece) by Dorothy Raymond

SAQA
Call for Entry
Call for Entry Deadline

This year, the Spotlight Auction will be an online event taking place during the Oceans Apart Connected by Art Virtual Conference (April 16-24, 2021). This is an opportunity for all SAQA members to have their work showcased to a world-wide audience. You do NOT have to attend the conference to participate (or bid).

We are looking for pieces 6” x 8” (portrait or landscape orientation), which we will display in mats with a 4.5″ x 6.5” opening and place in clear cellophane sleeves (see sample). The edges of the piece (.75″ all around) will be hidden from view in the final presentation. Raw, straight-stitched or zigzag edges are best.

This size of artwork can be quick to make, showcasing your voice and raising funds for the organization which helps us all. Plus, it’s your opportunity to collect work made by fellow SAQA members. What a win-win!

IMPORTANT DETAILS

March 31: Deadline to complete submission form. Do NOT send your piece without completing this form!
April 9: Final Deadline for artwork to arrive at the address below:

SAQA Spotlight 
3880 Indian Ripple Rd
Beavercreek, OH, 45440
United States

Pieces that do not arrive in time will be saved for next year’s spotlight auction.

Shipping from outside the United States ?

Please take longer delivery times and customs delays into consideration. It is strongly advised that you send your piece EARLY!

More Info

Questions? Contact us at spotlight@saqa.com.


 

Artwork by Judith Quinn Garnett

Virtual Gallery Volunteer Curator Program

Interested in being a volunteer curator?  The Virtual Gallery committee is actively seeking SAQA members to serve as volunteer exhibition curators. Every exhibition tells a story and the curator is the author of that narrative. If your proposal is accepted, curators will work with the committee to:

  • develop an exhibition concept or theme
  • create an enticing call for entry
  • answer questions from members
  • build a compelling exhibit from the chosen images and statements submitted
  • write a curator’s statement to accompany the online exhibit.

Check out the Volunteer Curator application form. Please contact virtualgallery@saqa.com if you have any questions.

 


SAQA Virtual Gallery Program

Opportunities to submit your work to a Virtual Gallery are listed on SAQA Calls for Entry. Virtual galleries are not restricted by the requirements inherent in a brick-and-mortar venue, so any artwork may be shown that meets SAQA’s definition of an art quilt.

There are no limits on the type of work that can be shown virtually. For example, work that is very large or very small (including an installation with a large footprint), contains complicated electronic components, cannot travel in a crate with other artwork, is too expensive to ship, or is otherwise not a good fit for a physical exhibit may be submitted for Virtual Galleries, as well as more standard 2D and 3D work.

Upcoming SAQA Virtual Gallery Calls:

Plurality of Voices,  Open March 1-31, 2021

Structures,  Open May 1-31, 2021

Questions? Please contact  virtualgallery@saqa.com.

 

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Impressions of Oceania From Around the World

Oceania is the smallest continent by land mass, but the largest in overall size, due to the vast area within its boundaries in the Pacific Ocean. Four sub-regions comprise Oceania: Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, and Australasia. Oceania spans the eastern and western hemispheres and its very diverse climate is caused by changes in land formations, temperature, and amount of rainfall. Within the boundaries of Oceania are mountain ranges, deserts, volcanoes, coral islands, and rain forests, all populated by an incredibly high number of endemic species of flora and fauna.

Submerge by Judith Garnett

 

 

Congratulations to Judith Garnett (we are her 2nd region) for her acceptance into this virtual exhibit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Juried Artist Program

Juried Artist Member is an artist who has successfully presented a portfolio including a selected body of work and documentation showing a professional approach to art.  Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are well-represented in this membership category.

Margaret Abramshe

Regina Benson

Michele Hardy

Bev Haring

Jean Herman

Sandra Hoefner

Annette Kennedy

Denise Labadie

Kay Liggett

Melody Money

Dorothy Raymond

Joan Sowada

Judith Trager

Valerie White

Charlotte Ziebarth

Click on any of their names, and be taken to their Juried Artist page on the SAQA website—where you can see more images of their art. 

For more information, see:
Want to become a Juried Artist? (SAQA Journal article by Dorothy Raymond).  Do you want to become a Juried Artist? (Powerpoint presentation by Dorothy Raymond, includes body of work samples).  Thank you Dorothy for your work and commitment to this program!

Want to become a Juried Artist? Click here to learn now to apply, and see the resources available to help you achieve this goal. 

 
 
 

 

Shannon Conley has shared select SAQA regional exhibit catalogs which she created for regions; they are presented here as online flipbooks.  She is reaching out in an effort to help people enjoy some of our neighboring regions’ great exhibits virtually.  It is a great source of inspiration. 

Here are the individual links:

De-light/Full (Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma and Indiana Regions)

Life Along the Rio Grande (New Mexico Region, Colorado and Texas artists)

Made in New Mexico: Structural Diversity (New Mexico Region)

Natural Healing (New Mexico Region)

Our Changing Landscape (Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma Region)

Out of the Blue (New Mexico Region)

Under the Western Sun (New Mexico and Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Regions)

 

Textile Talks features weekly presentations and panel discussions from the International Quilt Museum, the Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Surface Design Association. The programs are held online at 2 pm. Eastern (11 am Pacific). Each talk requires a separate preregistration.Recordings of previous talks are available:  View Recordings

Want to stay informed about Textile Talks?

Click here for more info and to sign up for the email newsletter

 


 

At the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO

Kate Themel – Home

Viewpoints 9: Word
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Golden, Colorado, USA
January 18 – April 17, 2021

The Korean dictionary has over 1 million words; English: around 520,000; and Chinese: around 370,000. In Viewpoints 9’s fourth series: Word!, V9 artists creatively respond to Home, Possibility, Line, and 6 other words selected by their fellow artists. The emerging narrative provides opportunities to experiment with new techniques, share each artist’s individual perspective, and glimpse their creative process. Viewpoints 9: Word is an intimate portrait of the feelings and fascinations of the artists transcending language, distance, and culture.

 

 

 


In case you missed seeing this informational video by SAQA’s Bill Reker, you can view it here:

 
 

 

Join the conversation!  Our region is now on Instagram.  Member Sherri Ramsey is monitoring the page for our region and is doing a fantastic job!  Thank you, Sherri!!

@saqacoutwy

Facebook (both are SAQA members only):

SAQA – Members Only

SAQA CO/UT/WY

 


 

Please contact Susan Serreze or Tree Ely if you have an idea for a Local Connections group in your area. 

 


Local Connections:  Colorado Springs, CO

Katrina Wright is coordinating the arrangement of future meetings.

This group is a vibrant group of talented artists who are exploring their art together.  Zoom meetings are planned in the future.
Next meeting:

This group is meeting monthly virtually, with an occasional in-person meeting.

This group is putting together a group exhibit.  They are also putting together a portfolio of the group members work.  And they have some venues lined up for summer 2021 for their group exhibit. Wow!!

Stay tuned!

If you are interested in becoming a member of this group of vibrant artists in the southern front range area (or via zoom), contact Linda Laird or Katrina Wright.

 


 

Local Connections: Northern Denver Metro/Boulder

There are no new meetings in the works.  This group had such momentum and then stopped.  If you are interested in helping this group get going again and have ideas for the group, contact Susan Serreze at serreze@comcast.net.  She will help get this group off the ground again and keep a list of ideas for future meetings.

 
Contact Susan Serreze if you have ideas or would like to join this group.
 
 
 
 

Local Connections: Wyoming

A group is meeting virtually in Wyoming!  The SAQA members in Wyoming are meeting monthly to share their ideas and work.  They are such a talented group of artists!  Their next zoom meeting is scheduled for February 11, 2021 10:00 am.

Here is a list of zoom meeting dates and times for 2021 so far:

  •         Mar 11, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Apr 8, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         May 13, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Jun 10, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Jul 8, 2021 10:00 AM
Contact Deb Zelenak if you would like to join this group.
 
 
 

Link to Wyoming Quilt Events:

Wyoming State Quilt Guild

wsqg.org/quilt-events/

 


Link to Utah Quilt Events:

Utah Quilt Guild

 


Link to Colorado Events:

Member Barb Gardner compiles a list of goings on in our region.  Document can be viewed here:  A Friends Update February/March 2021

Thank you Barb for sharing this with us!

 


 

Member News

Kim Lacy

Kim won 3rd Place at Road To California “What You Think You See” Competition with her quilt titled “Feathers”.  Congratulations, Kim!

 

 

 

Phillippa Lack

Verdant
by Phillippa Lack

Phillippa was chosen by Las Laguna gallery, Laguna Beach, CA for the online portion of their Landscapes 2021 show. VERDANT is a silk painted ‘idealized’ landscape, an exercise in texture, using both hand and machine stitches.  Congratulations, Phillippa!

 

 

 

 

 

Andra Stanton

I Disagree
by Andra Stanton

Andra’s  piece, “I Disagree” has been accepted into the virtual Art Fluent Gallery show, STAND.  You can see it here: https://www.art-fluent.com/stand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Laird

Linda is showing 26 alphabetized textile works in the Hagnauer Gallery, Manitou Art Center (MAC), Manitou Springs, CO.  Exhibit opening February 5 until March 14, 2021.  The MAC is open by appointment only (719) 685-1861.  Congratulations, Linda!

To virtually tour Linda’s show, GO HERE.

 

Luana Rubin

Luana, a color influencer from the quilting industry, joins Quilting Arts Podcast as an Artist in Residence to discuss how trending colors are identified, named, and predicted.   Color Confidential with Luana Rubin

 

 
 
 
 
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Primal Forces: Earth!

Premiere Exhibition Location
National Quilt Museum (September 2021)

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

SAQA is proud to announce a new, three-part series to premiere at the National Quilt Museum over the next six years. The first will be Primal Forces: Earth (Wind and Fire will be the other calls).

All life on this planet depends on earth, it nurtures us through the soil beneath our feet. However, it can be a destructive force as well. Seismic activity and mudslides have shaped the landscape for millions of years and taken a toll on living beings as well. We are in an era of tremendous change in the earth as well, due to shifting balances brought on by human activity.  Juror: Sue Cavanaugh.

Five of our regional members were accepted into this exhibit.  Congratulations to Judy Duffield, Mary Louise Gerek, Michele Hardy, Dorothy Raymond, and Anne Severn!

Cerulean Lake
by Anne Severn

 

Greenland Is Melting
by Judy Duffield


Mixing Paint
by Mary Louise Gerek

Vortex
by Dorothy Raymond

 

Geoforms: Fractures #6
by Michele Hardy

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Many things in life and history demonstrate recurring patterns of growth and decline. From movements in history to the phases of our lives, the seasons, the position of the stars and planets, tides, conversations, even the progression of a piece of music or literature. Change is a constant, and this exhibition explores how it affects all different aspects of our lives.

Premiere Exhibition Location
International Quilt Festival, Houston TX, October 2020

Juror
The art of Linda Colsh examines humanist themes — aspects of growing old in her figurative series, as well as connections between natural spaces and populated, constructed places in her nature-inspired series. Colsh’s imagery and minimal palette is known worldwide and her artwork is in collections in Europe, Asia and America. Honors include the European Quilt Triennial first prize and Nihon Vogue’s Quilts Japan Prize.

Congratulations to the regional members whose work was selected for Ebb & Flow:
  • Joan Sowada – “Many Fires Burning”
  • Charlotte Ziebarth – “White Nights”
 

Many Fires Burning by Joan Sowada

 

White Nights by Charlotte Ziebarth

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Birds, insects, and even some mammals are able to fly and soar. Plant seeds and kites are carried on the breeze, and the perfect pass can float through the air. Humankind has dreamt of ways to fly from Icarus’ attempt to create his own wings to the advent of airplanes, satellites, and  space exploration. This exhibition provides new perspectives through which to see our world.  Information and a slideshow of the exhibit can be found here.

Congratulations to the regional members whose work was selected for Aloft:

  • Margaret Abramshe – “Sky Lanterns”
  • Ruthann Adams – “Flying Free”
  • Mary Louise Gerek – “Forever Free”
  • Michele Hardy – “Mapforms #7”

Sky Lanterns ©Margaret Abramshe



Flying Free ©Ruthann Adams

Forever Free © Mary Louise Gerek

 
 

Mapforms #7 ©Michele Hardy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Explore a New Dimension in Contemporary Fiber Art SAQA’s Global Exhibition 3D Expression offers an intriguing glimpse into a new dimension of art quilts, creatively interpreted by artists from 14 US states and 10 countries (in fact, 36% are from outside the US). The wide variety of pieces selected by juror Bruce Hoffman include vessels, wearables, wall-pieces, and sculptural artworks. This cutting-edge exhibition shows how textile art can expand both into the third dimension and into the future. This exhibition is traveling:  3D Expression Calendar

Slot Canyon
©Mary McCauley

Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artist Mary McCauley who’s work was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit, “Slot Canyon”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Connecting Our Natural Worlds showcases artwork that beautifully illustrates the natural wonder of habitats around the globe. Through their own unique artistic interpretation, each artist has identified danger to flora and fauna in their own backyards and recommended a call to action that can be taken to help save the species. The selected pieces will inspire viewers to get closer to nature and become better stewards for our environment.  This exhibit is now available for travel.

In this video, SAQA Board Member Deborah Boschert and Craig Ivanyi, the Executive Director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum discuss the importance of conservation and the role that art and museums can play in promoting it.: https://vimeopro.com/saqa/naturalworlds/video/377402151

Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artists who’s work was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit!

  • Ruthann Adams – “In Awe”
  • Michele Hardy – “Elements #13: Wildfire”
  • Ruth E Murayama – “Manzanita”

    Manzanita
    by Ruth E Murayama

     

     

    Elements #13: Wildfire
    by Michele Hardy



    In Awe
    by Ruthann Adams

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Any members who have work exhibited, please let us know so we can share your news!
 
 

 
 

Mary Louise Gerek with help from Dorothy Raymond, put together a beautiful catalog of the pieces accepted into this exhibit.   You can purchase a copy by going to this link (remember you can choose SAQA as a recipient of Amazon Smile funds):  Evolving Perceptions Catalog

 
 
 

 
 
Here is a link to purchase “Art Quilts Unfolding” from the SAQA store:  Art Quilts UnfoldingFront Cover “From 1965 through today, the art quilt movement has grown to become one of the most exciting art forms of the 21st century. Until now, there has not been a comprehensive, chronological history of the studio art quilt, which has become an international phenomenon. This feast for the eyes offers full-color images of 400 masterpieces along with engaging interviews and profiles of 58 influential artists, key leaders, important events, and significant collections. Organized by decade, an additional 182 international artists’ works are featured. An introduction by Janet Koplos, former senior editor of Art in America, and a conclusion by Ulysses Grant Dietz, emeritus chief curator of the Newark Museum, help us to understand the impact and the future of the art. This publication originated with Studio Art Quilt Associates, a non-profit professional organization founded in 1989 and now serving 3,500 members in nearly forty countries.”
 

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum


Many exhibition opportunities with the SAQA Calls for Entry. Traveling?  Check out the SAQA Calendar of Events  for current and upcoming exhibitions.

 


Join the conversation!  Our region is now on Instagram.

@saqacoutwy

Facebook (both are SAQA members only): SAQA – Members Only

SAQA CO/UT/WY

 


 

Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Reps

Susan Serreze: serreze@comcast.net

Tree Ely: ely60stpaul@gmail.com

 

Mid Month February 2021 News SAQA CO/UT/WY

Denver Art Museum Collection.
James Koehler, “Chief Blanket with Blocks” 2002

Share Your Textile Stories

The Denver Art Museum is seeking textile artists to share their pandemic stories.

It seems that these days, many people are turning to textiles as a source of well-being for themselves and for their communities. Some of us are helping others by sewing face-masks. Some of us have taken up a new craft—quilting, embroidery, knitting—to help slow down and meditate. We have turned to a beloved heirloom blanket for comfort, or found communities of fellow makers, through online sewing circles. Some of us have used banners and garments with messages to voice social issues we care about.

How have textiles and fashion contributed to your well-being during the pandemic and this time of social unrest?

The Denver Art Museum wants to hear from you. Please submit a paragraph or two (and photos if you want) letting us know.

They will follow up with 10 to 20 people to make a video of them telling their stories. A compilation will be included in the museum’s Thread Studio when it reopens.

Please submit your entry by March 1, 2021. Thank you!

The Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio is an exploratory space adjacent to the textile art and fashion gallery. Its displays and activities will invite visitors to consider the role textiles and fashion play in their daily lives, and how textiles and fashion connects humans across time and space.

February 2021 Newsletter SAQA CO/UT/WY

Tobias & Tatu
by Barbara Yates Beasley

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
We have a SAQA Global Exhibition now open in our region!
CO/UT/WY member Andra Stanton was the juror for this exhibit!!  Thank you, Andra!
 
Beyond the Mirror (SAQA Global Exhibition)

What do you see when you look in the mirror? In this digital age, we cannot escape our own images, whether taken as a selfie or found on social media. Does our image reflect our individual identity or do we see what we are conditioned by society to see? We need to look beyond the mirror to see our strength of character, intelligence, creativity, skills, and our potential to be even more than what can be reflected. 

Beyond the Mirror

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

Thank you and congratulations to Andra Stanton for being the juror for this exhibit!  Also, congratulations to Margaret Abramshe and Amanda Preston Araujo for their acceptance into this exhibit!

Daydreaming
by Amanda Preston Araujo

Gaze
by Margaret Abramshe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Oceans Apart, Connected by Art

Featuring the Oceania region

Oceans Apart

Registration is now open!

No matter where you live and make art, you’ve got something special to look forward to!

The silver lining in our COVID cloud is finding a virtual world where we can network and share as never before. This includes our annual SAQA conference which will be held online from April 16-24. This format will allow us to intimately showcase a region on the other side of the world from where our conferences have traditionally been, enriching both hosts and attendees.

For this year, we’re going to beautiful Oceania—mainly Australia and New Zealand—for a deep dive into unique, exciting art quilts, and textile art. New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon will discuss how quilting has inspired his work and ideas about creativity during quarantine. The world’s leading wearable art competition, World of Wearable Art, will give us a special look behind the scenes. Prepare to be WOW’d!

Other highlights include:

  • Presentations from Oceania artists will showcase the people and inspiration that make this region unique.
  • Artist Lisa Call will provide tips on how to get your artwork out of the studio and into the world.
  • Learn how Karol Kusmaul and Martha Wolfe bring artists around the world together through collaborative exhibits.
  • Find out how the only commercial fibre art gallery in Australia, Timeless Textiles, engages their community and promotes fiber art.
  • Artist Jenny Bowker will talk about defining boundaries about cultural appropriation.
  • PLUS: Lightning Talks, Spotlight Auction, studio tours, and online chat sessions with other attendees.

So please get ready to sign up for an experience that might otherwise be out of reach for many of us. Need further encouragement? We have reduced the regular conference rate by 50% even though we have even MORE content to share! And since it’s all online, you can take part without reserving a flight – no passport required!

Registration is now open!

Register Now

$200 USD (50% off regular conference price of $400). No refunds will be issued after April 15. A $25 cancellation fee will apply. 

 
 
 

 
 

SAQA Seminar 2021 – Color

SAQA:  Online January 25 – March 14, 2021
 

Offered once a year over a two month period (late January to February), SAQA Seminar is a multi-media collection of content that includes articles, video conversations, and more! All the offerings will be accessible online and participants will be sent weekly emails.

We are confident everyone will find something interesting, instructive or inspiring whether you’re new to art quilting or you’ve been creating art with fabric and stitching for years. And remember, all this great content is totally FREE for SAQA members!

Registration now open!

More Details

 


2021 Spotlight Auction

Get YOUR work in the Spotlight!

Sentinel VI ( 2020 Spotlight Auction Piece) by Dorothy Raymond

SAQA
Call for Entry
Call for Entry Deadline

This year, the Spotlight Auction will be an online event taking place during the Oceans Apart Connected by Art Virtual Conference (April 16-24, 2021). This is an opportunity for all SAQA members to have their work showcased to a world-wide audience. You do NOT have to attend the conference to participate (or bid).

We are looking for pieces 6” x 8” (portrait or landscape orientation), which we will display in mats with a 4.5″ x 6.5” opening and place in clear cellophane sleeves (see sample). The edges of the piece (.75″ all around) will be hidden from view in the final presentation. Raw, straight-stitched or zigzag edges are best.

This size of artwork can be quick to make, showcasing your voice and raising funds for the organization which helps us all. Plus, it’s your opportunity to collect work made by fellow SAQA members. What a win-win!

IMPORTANT DETAILS

March 31: Deadline to complete submission form. Do NOT send your piece without completing this form!
April 9: Final Deadline for artwork to arrive at the address below:

SAQA Spotlight 
3880 Indian Ripple Rd
Beavercreek, OH, 45440
United States

Pieces that do not arrive in time will be saved for next year’s spotlight auction.

Shipping from outside the United States ?

Please take longer delivery times and customs delays into consideration. It is strongly advised that you send your piece EARLY!

More Info

Questions? Contact us at spotlight@saqa.com.


Artwork by Judith Quinn Garnett

Virtual Gallery Volunteer Curator Program

Interested in being a volunteer curator?  The Virtual Gallery committee is actively seeking SAQA members to serve as volunteer exhibition curators. Every exhibition tells a story and the curator is the author of that narrative. If your proposal is accepted, curators will work with the committee to:

  • develop an exhibition concept or theme
  • create an enticing call for entry
  • answer questions from members
  • build a compelling exhibit from the chosen images and statements submitted
  • write a curator’s statement to accompany the online exhibit.

Check out the Volunteer Curator application form. Please contact virtualgallery@saqa.com if you have any questions.

 


SAQA Virtual Gallery Program

Opportunities to submit your work to a Virtual Gallery are listed on SAQA Calls for Entry. Virtual galleries are not restricted by the requirements inherent in a brick-and-mortar venue, so any artwork may be shown that meets SAQA’s definition of an art quilt.

There are no limits on the type of work that can be shown virtually. For example, work that is very large or very small (including an installation with a large footprint), contains complicated electronic components, cannot travel in a crate with other artwork, is too expensive to ship, or is otherwise not a good fit for a physical exhibit may be submitted for Virtual Galleries, as well as more standard 2D and 3D work.

Upcoming SAQA Virtual Gallery Calls:

Plurality of Voices,  Open March 1-31, 2021

Structures,  Open May 1-31, 2021

Questions? Please contact  virtualgallery@saqa.com.

 

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Waiting

In this Virtual Gallery, curator Katherine Wilson has selected pieces that explore the theme of waiting. She states: “The possible diversity of subjects is what attracted me to the theme and it presented a creative space for expression, particularly now, during a time where the nature of waiting has taken on new meanings.”

Congratulations to Sue Lewis, Keri Mills, and Joan Sowada for their acceptance into this virtual exhibit!

 

Monsters
by Joan Sowada

Soar to the Light
by Keri Renee Mills

 

 

 

Waiting to Fly
by Sue Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Juried Artist Program

Juried Artist Member is an artist who has successfully presented a portfolio including a selected body of work and documentation showing a professional approach to art.  Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are well-represented in this membership category.

Margaret Abramshe

Regina Benson

Michele Hardy

Bev Haring

Sandra Hoefner

Annette Kennedy

Denise Labadie

Kay Liggett

Melody Money

Dorothy Raymond

Joan Sowada

Valerie White

Charlotte Ziebarth

Click on any of their names, and be taken to their Juried Artist page on the SAQA website—where you can see more images of their art. 

For more information, see:
Want to become a Juried Artist? (SAQA Journal article by Dorothy Raymond).  Do you want to become a Juried Artist? (Powerpoint presentation by Dorothy Raymond, includes body of work samples).  Thank you Dorothy for your work and commitment to this program!

Want to become a Juried Artist? Click here to learn now to apply, and see the resources available to help you achieve this goal. 

 


 

Visions Art Museum – Interpretations 2021

Eakins Odalisque
by Jack Edson

 

Entry is open to the public.
Museum membership is not required.
$25 for VAM Members
$40 for Non-members
 
Visions Art Museum (VAM) is proud to announce the call for entries for Interpretations 2021, the museum’s 22nd international juried exhibition. Exhibition jurors will select innovative textile art that explores form and technique in both 2D art quilts and 3D free standing work that highlight fiber. Works selected for the exhibition will be featured in a full-color catalog.  Jurors are Betty Busby, Valerie Goodwin, and Mi-Kyoung Lee.  Cash prizes will be awarded.
 
 
 
Jan 1, 2021 Call for Entry Opens (Online Only)
Feb 11, 2021 Call for Entry Closes (12 noon PST)
Mar 31, 2021 Artists notified of jurors’ selections
Apr 12, 2021 Public announcement of accepted artists
Sep 29, 2021 Deadline for artwork to arrive at VAM
Oct 13-17, 2021 Interpretations Festival Days
Oct 16, 2021 Opening Reception
Jan 2, 2022 Exhibition Closes
Jan 14, 2022 Artwork pick up deadline
Jan 14, 2022 Artwork shipping deadline
 
 
 

Shannon Conley has shared select SAQA regional exhibit catalogs which she created for regions; they are presented here as online flipbooks.  She is reaching out in an effort to help people enjoy some of our neighboring regions’ great exhibits virtually.  It is a great source of inspiration. 

Here are the individual links:

De-light/Full (Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma and Indiana Regions)

Life Along the Rio Grande (New Mexico Region, Colorado and Texas artists)

Made in New Mexico: Structural Diversity (New Mexico Region)

Natural Healing (New Mexico Region)

Our Changing Landscape (Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma Region)

Out of the Blue (New Mexico Region)

Under the Western Sun (New Mexico and Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Regions)

 

Textile Talks features weekly presentations and panel discussions from the International Quilt Museum, the Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Surface Design Association. The programs are held online at 2 pm. Eastern (11 am Pacific). Each talk requires a separate preregistration.Recordings of previous talks are available:  View Recordings

Next Talk:

February 10, 2021 12:00 (Mountain): Creative Continuity with Joe Cunningham

Presented by San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

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At the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO

Kate Themel – Home

Viewpoints 9: Word
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Golden, Colorado, USA
January 18 – April 17, 2021

The Korean dictionary has over 1 million words; English: around 520,000; and Chinese: around 370,000. In Viewpoints 9’s fourth series: Word!, V9 artists creatively respond to Home, Possibility, Line, and 6 other words selected by their fellow artists. The emerging narrative provides opportunities to experiment with new techniques, share each artist’s individual perspective, and glimpse their creative process. Viewpoints 9: Word is an intimate portrait of the feelings and fascinations of the artists transcending language, distance, and culture.

 

 


In case you missed seeing this informational video by SAQA’s Bill Reker, you can view it here:

 
 

Join the conversation!  Our region is now on Instagram.  Member Sherri Ramsey is monitoring the page for our region and is doing a fantastic job!  Thank you, Sherri!!

@saqacoutwy

Facebook (both are SAQA members only):

SAQA – Members Only

SAQA CO/UT/WY

 


Please contact Anne Severn if you have an idea for a Local Connections group in your area. 

 


Local Connections:  Colorado Springs, CO

Katrina Wright is coordinating the arrangement of future meetings.

This group is a vibrant group of talented artists who are exploring their art together.  Zoom meetings are planned in the future.
Next meeting:

This group is meeting monthly virtually, with an occasional in-person meeting.

Their discussion of a group exhibit is advancing. (Very exciting!)  The group is reaching out to venues and putting together a group portfolio.  Stay tuned!

If you are interested in becoming a member of this group of vibrant artists in the southern front range area (or via zoom), contact Linda Laird or Katrina Wright.

 


 

Local Connections: Northern Denver Metro/Boulder

There are no new meetings in the works.  This group had such momentum and then stopped.  If you are interested in helping this group get going again and have ideas for the group, contact Susan Serreze at serreze@comcast.net.  She will help get this group off the ground again and keep a list of ideas for future meetings.

 
Contact Susan Serreze if you have ideas or would like to join this group.
 
 
 
 

Local Connections: Wyoming

A group is meeting virtually in Wyoming!  The SAQA members in Wyoming are meeting monthly to share their ideas and work.  They are such a talented group of artists!  Their next zoom meeting is scheduled for February 11, 2021 10:00 am.

Here is a list of zoom meeting dates and times for 2021 so far:

  •         Feb 11, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Mar 11, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Apr 8, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         May 13, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Jun 10, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Jul 8, 2021 10:00 AM
Contact Deb Zelenak if you would like to join this group.
 
 
 

Link to Wyoming Quilt Events:

Wyoming State Quilt Guild

wsqg.org/quilt-events/

 


Link to Utah Quilt Events:

Utah Quilt Guild

 


Link to Colorado Events:

Member Barb Gardner compiles a list of goings on in our region.  Document can be viewed here:  A Friends Update January/February 2021

Thank you Barb for sharing this with us!


 

Member News

Kim Lacy

Kim won 3rd Place at Road To California “What You Think You See” Competition with her quilt titled “Feathers”.  Congratulations, Kim!

 

 

 

Phillippa Lack

Verdant
by Phillippa Lack

Phillippa was chosen by Las Laguna gallery, Laguna Beach, CA for the online portion of their Landscapes 2021 show. VERDANT is a silk painted ‘idealized’ landscape, an exercise in texture, using both hand and machine stitches.  Congratulations, Phillippa!

 

 

 

 

 

Andra Stanton

I Disagree
by Andra Stanton

Andra’s  piece, “I Disagree” has been accepted into the virtual Art Fluent Gallery show, STAND.  You can see it here: https://www.art-fluent.com/stand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Laird

Linda is showing 26 alphabetized textile works in the Hagnauer Gallery, Manitou Art Center (MAC), Manitou Springs, CO.  Exhibit opening February 5 until March 14, 2021.  The MAC is open by appointment only (719) 685-1861.  Congratulations, Linda!

To virtually tour Linda’s show, GO HERE.

 

Luana Rubin

Luana, a color influencer from the quilting industry, joins Quilting Arts Podcast as an Artist in Residence to discuss how trending colors are identified, named, and predicted.   Color Confidential with Luana Rubin

 

 
 
 
 
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Primal Forces: Earth!

Premiere Exhibition Location
National Quilt Museum (September 2021)

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

SAQA is proud to announce a new, three-part series to premiere at the National Quilt Museum over the next six years. The first will be Primal Forces: Earth (Wind and Fire will be the other calls).

All life on this planet depends on earth, it nurtures us through the soil beneath our feet. However, it can be a destructive force as well. Seismic activity and mudslides have shaped the landscape for millions of years and taken a toll on living beings as well. We are in an era of tremendous change in the earth as well, due to shifting balances brought on by human activity.  Juror: Sue Cavanaugh.

Five of our regional members were accepted into this exhibit.  Congratulations to Judy Duffield, Mary Louise Gerek, Michele Hardy, Dorothy Raymond, and Anne Severn!

Cerulean Lake
by Anne Severn



Greenland Is Melting
by Judy Duffield



Mixing Paint
by Mary Louise Gerek

Vortex
by Dorothy Raymond

 

Geoforms: Fractures #6
by Michele Hardy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Many things in life and history demonstrate recurring patterns of growth and decline. From movements in history to the phases of our lives, the seasons, the position of the stars and planets, tides, conversations, even the progression of a piece of music or literature. Change is a constant, and this exhibition explores how it affects all different aspects of our lives.

Premiere Exhibition Location
International Quilt Festival, Houston TX, October 2020

Juror
The art of Linda Colsh examines humanist themes — aspects of growing old in her figurative series, as well as connections between natural spaces and populated, constructed places in her nature-inspired series. Colsh’s imagery and minimal palette is known worldwide and her artwork is in collections in Europe, Asia and America. Honors include the European Quilt Triennial first prize and Nihon Vogue’s Quilts Japan Prize.

Congratulations to the regional members whose work was selected for Ebb & Flow:
  • Joan Sowada – “Many Fires Burning”
  • Charlotte Ziebarth – “White Nights”
 

Many Fires Burning by Joan Sowada



White Nights by Charlotte Ziebarth

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Birds, insects, and even some mammals are able to fly and soar. Plant seeds and kites are carried on the breeze, and the perfect pass can float through the air. Humankind has dreamt of ways to fly from Icarus’ attempt to create his own wings to the advent of airplanes, satellites, and  space exploration. This exhibition provides new perspectives through which to see our world.  Information and a slideshow of the exhibit can be found here.

Congratulations to the regional members whose work was selected for Aloft:

  • Margaret Abramshe – “Sky Lanterns”
  • Ruthann Adams – “Flying Free”
  • Mary Louise Gerek – “Forever Free”
  • Michele Hardy – “Mapforms #7”

Sky Lanterns ©Margaret Abramshe

Flying Free ©Ruthann Adams


Forever Free © Mary Louise Gerek

 
 

Mapforms #7 ©Michele Hardy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Explore a New Dimension in Contemporary Fiber Art SAQA’s Global Exhibition 3D Expression offers an intriguing glimpse into a new dimension of art quilts, creatively interpreted by artists from 14 US states and 10 countries (in fact, 36% are from outside the US). The wide variety of pieces selected by juror Bruce Hoffman include vessels, wearables, wall-pieces, and sculptural artworks. This cutting-edge exhibition shows how textile art can expand both into the third dimension and into the future. This exhibition is traveling:  3D Expression Calendar

Slot Canyon
©Mary McCauley

Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artist Mary McCauley who’s work was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit, “Slot Canyon”!

 

 

 

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Connecting Our Natural Worlds showcases artwork that beautifully illustrates the natural wonder of habitats around the globe. Through their own unique artistic interpretation, each artist has identified danger to flora and fauna in their own backyards and recommended a call to action that can be taken to help save the species. The selected pieces will inspire viewers to get closer to nature and become better stewards for our environment.  This exhibit is now available for travel.

In this video, SAQA Board Member Deborah Boschert and Craig Ivanyi, the Executive Director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum discuss the importance of conservation and the role that art and museums can play in promoting it.: https://vimeopro.com/saqa/naturalworlds/video/377402151

Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artists who’s work was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit!

  • Ruthann Adams – “In Awe”
  • Michele Hardy – “Elements #13: Wildfire”
  • Ruth E Murayama – “Manzanita”

    Manzanita
    by Ruth E Murayama

     

     

    Elements #13: Wildfire
    by Michele Hardy

    In Awe
    by Ruthann Adams

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Any members who have work exhibited, please let us know so we can share your news!
 
 

 
 

Mary Louise Gerek with help from Dorothy Raymond, put together a beautiful catalog of the pieces accepted into this exhibit.   You can purchase a copy by going to this link (remember you can choose SAQA as a recipient of Amazon Smile funds):  Evolving Perceptions Catalog

 
 
 

 
 
Here is a link to purchase “Art Quilts Unfolding” from the SAQA store:  Art Quilts UnfoldingFront Cover “From 1965 through today, the art quilt movement has grown to become one of the most exciting art forms of the 21st century. Until now, there has not been a comprehensive, chronological history of the studio art quilt, which has become an international phenomenon. This feast for the eyes offers full-color images of 400 masterpieces along with engaging interviews and profiles of 58 influential artists, key leaders, important events, and significant collections. Organized by decade, an additional 182 international artists’ works are featured. An introduction by Janet Koplos, former senior editor of Art in America, and a conclusion by Ulysses Grant Dietz, emeritus chief curator of the Newark Museum, help us to understand the impact and the future of the art. This publication originated with Studio Art Quilt Associates, a non-profit professional organization founded in 1989 and now serving 3,500 members in nearly forty countries.”
 

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum


Many exhibition opportunities with the SAQA Calls for Entry. Traveling?  Check out the SAQA Calendar of Events  for current and upcoming exhibitions.

 


Join the conversation!  Our region is now on Instagram.

@saqacoutwy

Facebook (both are SAQA members only): SAQA – Members Only

SAQA CO/UT/WY

 


 

Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Reps

Anne Severn: severn.anne@gmail.com

Susan Serreze: serreze@comcast.net

 

January 2021 Newsletter SAQA CO/UT/WY

Seeing Eye to Eye by Joan Sowada

 
 
Save the date/time and join us!

SAQA Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Regional Meeting

January 8, 2021
3:00 PM (MST)

Featured speakers:

  • Margaret Abramshe
  • Luana Rubin
  • Joan Sowada

Please join us for a SAQA Regional Meeting on January 8, 2021, 3:00 PM (MST). This will be a zoom meeting – details below. Let’s connect and have a fun and informative meeting. We have three speakers, one from each state. We will have 20-minute presentations followed by questions. Each of these women may already be familiar to you, but if not this is a great opportunity to learn more about them and their art.  We are very privileged to have their talent and expertise in our region!  Many thanks to our speakers! 

Here is our planned agenda:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • SAQA International, National, and Regionals News
  • Upcoming Calls for Entry
  • SAQA Speakers
    Luana Rubin, Colorado. Luana will share some of her images From the Tokyo Quilt Festival and QuiltCon.
    Margaret Abramshe, Utah. Margaret will present her process for using photographs and digital tools in quilts.
    Joan Sowada, Wyoming. Joan will discuss her compositional approach where the focus is on values.

Join Zoom Meeting
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For more information about Zoom, visit our help page: http://www.saqa.com/zoom

 
 
 

 
 
SAQA Virtual Conference 2021
 

Oceans Apart, Connected by Art

Featuring the Oceania region

Oceans Apart

No matter where you live and make art, you’ve got something special to look forward to!

The 2021 SAQA conference will be an online event to be held mid-April 2021. The silver lining in our COVID cloud is finding a virtual world where we can network and share as never before.

The Oceania region wants to share the people and inspiration that make it unique. You can take part without reserving a flight, because it will all happen online.

Your SAQA Special Events Committee has been working with Oceania members to create the best virtual event possible.

Stay tuned for details regarding registration.
 
 
Oceania Call for Entry
Impressions of Oceania from Around the World
(SAQA Virtual Gallery Exhibit)
Open to all SAQA members! 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

SAQA Seminar 2021 – Color

SAQA:  Online January 25 – March 14, 2021
 

Offered once a year over a two month period (late January to February), SAQA Seminar is a multi-media collection of content that includes articles, video conversations, and more! All the offerings will be accessible online and participants will be sent weekly emails.

We are confident everyone will find something interesting, instructive or inspiring whether you’re new to art quilting or you’ve been creating art with fabric and stitching for years. And remember, all this great content is totally FREE for SAQA members!

Registration will open in January!

More Details

 
 
 

 
 

Mary Louise Gerek with help from Dorothy Raymond, put together a beautiful catalog of the pieces accepted into this exhibit.   You can purchase a copy by going to this link (remember you can choose SAQA as a recipient of Amazon Smile funds):  Evolving Perceptions Catalog

 


Artwork by Judith Quinn Garnett

Virtual Gallery Volunteer Curator Program

Interested in being a volunteer curator?  The Virtual Gallery committee is actively seeking SAQA members to serve as volunteer exhibition curators. Every exhibition tells a story and the curator is the author of that narrative. If your proposal is accepted, curators will work with the committee to:

  • develop an exhibition concept or theme
  • create an enticing call for entry
  • answer questions from members
  • build a compelling exhibit from the chosen images and statements submitted
  • write a curator’s statement to accompany the online exhibit.

Check out the Volunteer Curator application form. Please contact virtualgallery@saqa.com if you have any questions.

 


SAQA Virtual Gallery Program

Opportunities to submit your work to a Virtual Gallery are listed on SAQA Calls for Entry. Virtual galleries are not restricted by the requirements inherent in a brick-and-mortar venue, so any artwork may be shown that meets SAQA’s definition of an art quilt.

There are no limits on the type of work that can be shown virtually. For example, work that is very large or very small (including an installation with a large footprint), contains complicated electronic components, cannot travel in a crate with other artwork, is too expensive to ship, or is otherwise not a good fit for a physical exhibit may be submitted for Virtual Galleries, as well as more standard 2D and 3D work.

Upcoming SAQA Virtual Gallery Calls:

Impressions of Oceania from Around the World,  Open now January 1-31, 2021

Plurality of Voices,  Open March 1-31, 2021

Structures,  Open May 1-31, 2021

Questions? Please contact  virtualgallery@saqa.com.

 

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Waiting

In this Virtual Gallery, curator Katherine Wilson has selected pieces that explore the theme of waiting. She states: “The possible diversity of subjects is what attracted me to the theme and it presented a creative space for expression, particularly now, during a time where the nature of waiting has taken on new meanings.”

Congratulations to Sue Lewis, Keri Mills, and Joan Sowada for their acceptance into this virtual exhibit!

 

Monsters
by Joan Sowada

Soar to the Light
by Keri Renee Mills

 

 

 

Waiting to Fly
by Sue Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Juried Artist Program

Juried Artist Member is an artist who has successfully presented a portfolio including a selected body of work and documentation showing a professional approach to art.Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are well-represented in this membership category.

Margaret Abramshe

Regina Benson

Michele Hardy

Bev Haring

Sandra Hoefner

Annette Kennedy

Denise Labadie

Kay Liggett

Melody Money

Dorothy Raymond

Joan Sowada

Valerie White

Charlotte Ziebarth

Click on any of their names, and be taken to their Juried Artist page on the SAQA website—where you can see more images of their art.

Want to become a Juried Artist? Click here to learn now to apply, and see the resources available to help you achieve this goal.

 


Visions Art Museum – Interpretations 2021

Eakins Odalisque
by Jack Edson

 

Entry is open to the public.
Museum membership is not required.
$25 for VAM Members
$40 for Non-members
 
Visions Art Museum (VAM) is proud to announce the call for entries for Interpretations 2021, the museum’s 22nd international juried exhibition. Exhibition jurors will select innovative textile art that explores form and technique in both 2D art quilts and 3D free standing work that highlight fiber. Works selected for the exhibition will be featured in a full-color catalog.  Jurors are Betty Busby, Valerie Goodwin, and Mi-Kyoung Lee.  Cash prizes will be awarded.
 
 
 
Jan 1, 2021 Call for Entry Opens (Online Only)
Feb 11, 2021 Call for Entry Closes (12 noon PST)
Mar 31, 2021 Artists notified of jurors’ selections
Apr 12, 2021 Public announcement of accepted artists
Sep 29, 2021 Deadline for artwork to arrive at VAM
Oct 13-17, 2021 Interpretations Festival Days
Oct 16, 2021 Opening Reception
Jan 2, 2022 Exhibition Closes
Jan 14, 2022 Artwork pick up deadline
Jan 14, 2022 Artwork shipping deadline
 

Shannon Conley has shared select SAQA regional exhibit catalogs which she created for regions; they are presented here as online flipbooks.  She is reaching out in an effort to help people enjoy some of our neighboring regions’ great exhibits virtually.  It is a great source of inspiration. 

Here are the individual links:

De-light/Full (Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma and Indiana Regions)

Life Along the Rio Grande (New Mexico Region, Colorado and Texas artists)

Made in New Mexico: Structural Diversity (New Mexico Region)

Natural Healing (New Mexico Region)

Our Changing Landscape (Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma Region)

Out of the Blue (New Mexico Region)

Under the Western Sun (New Mexico and Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Regions)

 

Textile Talks features weekly presentations and panel discussions from the International Quilt Museum, the Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Surface Design Association. The programs are held online at 2 pm. Eastern (11 am Pacific). Each talk requires a separate preregistration.  Recordings of previous talks are available:  View Recordings

Next Talk:

January 6, 2021 12:00 (Mountain), Pushing Forward by Looking Back: Marla Jackson and Sankofa Lessons Learned, Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild

Want to stay informed about Textile Talks?

Click here for more info and to sign up for the email newsletter

 


In case you missed seeing this informational video by SAQA’s Bill Reker, you can view it here:

 
 

Join the conversation!  Our region is now on Instagram.  Member Sherri Ramsey is monitoring the page for our region and is doing a fantastic job!  Thank you, Sherri!!

@saqacoutwy

Facebook (both are SAQA members only):

SAQA – Members Only

SAQA CO/UT/WY

 


Please contact Anne Severn if you have an idea for a Local Connections group in your area. 

 


Local Connections:  Colorado Springs, CO

Katrina Wright is coordinating the arrangement of future meetings.

This group is a vibrant group of talented artists who are exploring their art together.  Zoom meetings are planned in the future.
Next meeting:

This group is meeting monthly virtually, with an occasional in-person meeting.

Their discussion of a group exhibit is advancing. (Very exciting!)  The group is reaching out to venues and putting together a group portfolio.  Stay tuned!

If you are interested in becoming a member of this group of vibrant artists in the southern front range area (or via zoom), contact Linda Laird or Katrina Wright.

 


 

Local Connections: Northern Denver Metro/Boulder

There are no new meetings in the works.  This group had such momentum and then stopped.  If you are interested in helping this group get going again and have ideas for the group, contact Susan Serreze at serreze@comcast.net.  She will help get this group off the ground again and keep a list of ideas for future meetings.

 
Contact Susan Serreze if you have ideas or would like to join this group.
 
 
 

Local Connections: Utah and Southern Nevada

Contact Margaret Abramshe for details regarding meetings.

To join this Local Connections Pod, please contact Margaret Abramshe at:  metaphysicalquilter@gmail.com

 


Local Connections: Wyoming

A group is meeting virtually in Wyoming!  The SAQA members in Wyoming are meeting monthly to share their ideas and work.  They are such a talented group of artists!  Their zoom meeting is scheduled for January 14, 2021 10:00 am. They will be discussing the groups goals for 2021.

Here is a list of zoom meeting dates and times for 2021 so far:

  •         Jan 14, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Feb 11, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Mar 11, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Apr 8, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         May 13, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Jun 10, 2021 10:00 AM
  •         Jul 8, 2021 10:00 AM

 

Contact Deb Zelenak if you would like to join this group.
 
 
 

Link to Wyoming Quilt Events:

Wyoming State Quilt Guild

wsqg.org/quilt-events/

 


Link to Utah Quilt Events:

Utah Quilt Guild

 


Link to Colorado Events:

Member Barb Gardner compiles a list of goings on in our region.  Document can be viewed here:  A Friends Update December 2020/January 2021

Thank you Barb for sharing this with us!


 

Member News

Keri Mills

Soar to the Light
by Keri Renee Mills

Keri’s piece Soar to the Light was accepted into the SAQA Virtual Galery Exhibit, Waiting. 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, her piece Shattered Ceilings was accepted into the Rest In Power RBG exhibit at the Stola Gallery in Chicago, IL.   Congratulations, Keri!!

Shattered Ceilings
by Keri Mills

 

Sue Lewis

Sue’s piece, Waiting to Fly was accepted into the SAQA Virtual Galery Exhibit, Waiting.  Congratulations, Sue!!

Waiting to Fly
by Sue Lewis

 

 

Andra Stanton

Andra’s piece Postcards from a Broken Heart has been accepted into Art-Fluent, multi-media show, Identity.  https://www.art-fluent.com/identity (Art Fluent offers opportunities to artists worldwide through juried exhibitions throughout the year. Each with a different theme and cash prizes. Artists retain all rights and ownership of their images. Any artwork that is sold the artist receives 100% of the sale.) 

Postcards from a Broken Heart by Andra Stanton


Blood Moon by Andra Stanton

Andra also has her piece, Blood Moon on exhibit in R Gallerys show Circles and Squares.  Congratulations Andra!!

 

 

 

 

 

Luana Rubin

Luana, a color influencer from the quilting industry, joins Quilting Arts Podcast as an Artist in Residence to discuss how trending colors are identified, named, and predicted.   Color Confidential with Luana Rubin

 

Quilt Stories – Crossing Over with Lea McComas

 

Quilts=Art=Quilts

Oct. 15, 2020, to Jan. 10, 2021

Quilts=Art=Quilts is an annual juried quilt exhibition that has been held since the art center’s opening in 1981. Each year the exhibit attracts competitive entries from some of the world’s leading quilt makers and fiber artists. Juried by Valerie Goodwin and Mary Lou Alexander, Quilts=Art=Quilts 2020 features 71 quilts from 58 national and international artists. The exhibit opens Oct. 15 and closes Jan. 10. Prizes will be announced on the Schweinfurth Art Center social media accounts Oct. 15th.

Congratulations to Margaret Abramshe, Diana Fox, and Denise Labadie on their acceptance into this exhibit!

Bonamargy Friary
by Denise Labadie

Jana
by Margaret Abramshe

Friary Wall
by Denise Labadie

Eyes on the World
by Diana Fox

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Primal Forces: Earth!

Premiere Exhibition Location
National Quilt Museum (September 2021)

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

SAQA is proud to announce a new, three-part series to premiere at the National Quilt Museum over the next six years. The first will be Primal Forces: Earth (Wind and Fire will be the other calls).

All life on this planet depends on earth, it nurtures us through the soil beneath our feet. However, it can be a destructive force as well. Seismic activity and mudslides have shaped the landscape for millions of years and taken a toll on living beings as well. We are in an era of tremendous change in the earth as well, due to shifting balances brought on by human activity.  Juror: Sue Cavanaugh.

Five of our regional members were accepted into this exhibit.  Congratulations to Judy Duffield, Mary Louise Gerek, Michele Hardy, Dorothy Raymond, and Anne Severn!

Cerulean Lake
by Anne Severn

Greenland Is Melting
by Judy Duffield

Mixing Paint
by Mary Louise Gerek

Vortex
by Dorothy Raymond

 

Geoforms: Fractures #6
by Michele Hardy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beyond the Mirror (SAQA Global Exhibition)

What do you see when you look in the mirror? In this digital age, we cannot escape our own images, whether taken as a selfie or found on social media. Does our image reflect our individual identity or do we see what we are conditioned by society to see? We need to look beyond the mirror to see our strength of character, intelligence, creativity, skills, and our potential to be even more than what can be reflected. 

Beyond the Mirror

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

The opening of this exhibit will be special as the juror, Andra Stanton is a member of our region!  More info on the opening date/time coming soon.  Thank you and congratulations to Andra Stanton for being the juror for this exhibit!  Also, congratulations to Margaret Abramshe and Amanda Preston Araujo for their acceptance into this exhibit!

Daydreaming
by Amanda Preston Araujo


Gaze
by Margaret Abramshe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Many things in life and history demonstrate recurring patterns of growth and decline. From movements in history to the phases of our lives, the seasons, the position of the stars and planets, tides, conversations, even the progression of a piece of music or literature. Change is a constant, and this exhibition explores how it affects all different aspects of our lives.

Premiere Exhibition Location
International Quilt Festival, Houston TX, October 2020

Juror
The art of Linda Colsh examines humanist themes — aspects of growing old in her figurative series, as well as connections between natural spaces and populated, constructed places in her nature-inspired series. Colsh’s imagery and minimal palette is known worldwide and her artwork is in collections in Europe, Asia and America. Honors include the European Quilt Triennial first prize and Nihon Vogue’s Quilts Japan Prize.

Congratulations to the regional members whose work was selected for Ebb & Flow:
  • Joan Sowada – “Many Fires Burning”
  • Charlotte Ziebarth – “White Nights”
 

Many Fires Burning by Joan Sowada

White Nights by Charlotte Ziebarth

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Birds, insects, and even some mammals are able to fly and soar. Plant seeds and kites are carried on the breeze, and the perfect pass can float through the air. Humankind has dreamt of ways to fly from Icarus’ attempt to create his own wings to the advent of airplanes, satellites, and  space exploration. This exhibition provides new perspectives through which to see our world.  Information and a slideshow of the exhibit can be found here.

Congratulations to the regional members whose work was selected for Aloft:

  • Margaret Abramshe – “Sky Lanterns”
  • Ruthann Adams – “Flying Free”
  • Mary Louise Gerek – “Forever Free”
  • Michele Hardy – “Mapforms #7”

Sky Lanterns ©Margaret Abramshe


Flying Free ©Ruthann Adams



Forever Free © Mary Louise Gerek

 
 

Mapforms #7 ©Michele Hardy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Explore a New Dimension in Contemporary Fiber Art SAQA’s Global Exhibition 3D Expression offers an intriguing glimpse into a new dimension of art quilts, creatively interpreted by artists from 14 US states and 10 countries (in fact, 36% are from outside the US). The wide variety of pieces selected by juror Bruce Hoffman include vessels, wearables, wall-pieces, and sculptural artworks. This cutting-edge exhibition shows how textile art can expand both into the third dimension and into the future. This exhibition is traveling:  3D Expression Calendar

Slot Canyon
©Mary McCauley

Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artist Mary McCauley who’s work was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit, “Slot Canyon”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Connecting Our Natural Worlds showcases artwork that beautifully illustrates the natural wonder of habitats around the globe. Through their own unique artistic interpretation, each artist has identified danger to flora and fauna in their own backyards and recommended a call to action that can be taken to help save the species. The selected pieces will inspire viewers to get closer to nature and become better stewards for our environment.  This exhibit is now available for travel.

In this video, SAQA Board Member Deborah Boschert and Craig Ivanyi, the Executive Director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum discuss the importance of conservation and the role that art and museums can play in promoting it.: https://vimeopro.com/saqa/naturalworlds/video/377402151

Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artists who’s work was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit!

  • Ruthann Adams – “In Awe”
  • Michele Hardy – “Elements #13: Wildfire”
  • Ruth E Murayama – “Manzanita”

    Manzanita
    by Ruth E Murayama

     

     

    Elements #13: Wildfire
    by Michele Hardy


    In Awe
    by Ruthann Adams

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Any members who have work exhibited, please let us know so we can share your news!
 
 

 
 
 
Here is a link to purchase “Art Quilts Unfolding” from the SAQA store:  Art Quilts UnfoldingFront Cover “From 1965 through today, the art quilt movement has grown to become one of the most exciting art forms of the 21st century. Until now, there has not been a comprehensive, chronological history of the studio art quilt, which has become an international phenomenon. This feast for the eyes offers full-color images of 400 masterpieces along with engaging interviews and profiles of 58 influential artists, key leaders, important events, and significant collections. Organized by decade, an additional 182 international artists’ works are featured. An introduction by Janet Koplos, former senior editor of Art in America, and a conclusion by Ulysses Grant Dietz, emeritus chief curator of the Newark Museum, help us to understand the impact and the future of the art. This publication originated with Studio Art Quilt Associates, a non-profit professional organization founded in 1989 and now serving 3,500 members in nearly forty countries.”
 

At the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Color and Composition with Lea McComas

  • October 24, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • November 28, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Many exhibition opportunities with the SAQA Calls for Entry. Traveling?  Check out the SAQA Calendar of Events  for current and upcoming exhibitions.

 


Join the conversation!  Our region is now on Instagram.

@saqacoutwy

Facebook (both are SAQA members only): SAQA – Members Only

SAQA CO/UT/WY

 


 

Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Reps

Anne Severn: severn.anne@gmail.com

Susan Serreze: serreze@comcast.net

December 2020 Newsletter SAQA CO/UT/WY

Seeing Eye to Eye by Joan Sowada

 
 
Save the date/time and join us!

SAQA Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Regional Meeting

January 8, 2021
3:00 PM (MST)

Please join us for a SAQA Regional Meeting on January 8, 2021, 3:00 PM (MST). This will be a zoom meeting – details below. Let’s connect and have a fun and informative meeting. We have three speakers, one from each state. We will have 20-minute presentations followed by questions. Each of these women may already be familiar to you, but if not this is a great opportunity to learn more about them and their art.  We are very privileged to have their talent and expertise in our region!  Many thanks to our speakers! 

Here is our planned agenda:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • SAQA International, National, and Regionals News
  • Upcoming Calls for Entry
  • SAQA Speakers
    Luana Rubin, Colorado. Luana will share some of her images From the Tokyo Quilt Festival and QuiltCon.
    Margaret Abramshe, Utah. Margaret will present her process for using photographs and digital tools in quilts.
    Joan Sowada, Wyoming. Joan will discuss her compositional approach where the focus is on values.

Join Zoom Meeting
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For more information about Zoom, visit our help page: http://www.saqa.com/zoom

 
 
 

 
 
SAQA Virtual Conference 2021
 

Connected by Art

Featuring the Oceania region

Oceans Apart

No matter where you live and make art, you’ve got something special to look forward to!

The 2021 SAQA conference will be an online event to be held mid-April 2021. The silver lining in our COVID cloud is finding a virtual world where we can network and share as never before.

The Oceania region wants to share the people and inspiration that make it unique. You can take part without reserving a flight, because it will all happen online.

Your SAQA Special Events Committee has been working with Oceania members to create the best virtual event possible.

Stay tuned for details regarding registration.
 
 

 

 

SAQA Seminar 2021 – Color

SAQA:  Online

Offered once a year over a two month period (late January to February), SAQA Seminar is a multi-media collection of content that includes articles, video conversations, and more! All the offerings will be accessible online and participants will be sent weekly emails.

We are confident everyone will find something interesting, instructive or inspiring whether you’re new to art quilting or you’ve been creating art with fabric and stitching for years. And remember, all this great content is totally FREE for SAQA members!

Registration will open in January!

More Details

 
 
 

 
 

Mary Louise Gerek with help from Dorothy Raymond, put together a beautiful catalog of the pieces accepted into this exhibit.   You can purchase a copy by going to this link (remember you can choose SAQA as a recipient of Amazon Smile funds):  Evolving Perceptions Catalog

 


 

Artwork by
Judith Quinn Garnett

 

Virtual Gallery Volunteer Curator Program

Interested in being a volunteer curator?  The Virtual Gallery committee is actively seeking SAQA members to serve as volunteer exhibition curators. Every exhibition tells a story and the curator is the author of that narrative. If your proposal is accepted, curators will work with the committee to:

  • develop an exhibition concept or theme
  • create an enticing call for entry
  • answer questions from members
  • build a compelling exhibit from the chosen images and statements submitted
  • write a curator’s statement to accompany the online exhibit.

Check out the Volunteer Curator application form. Please contact virtualgallery@saqa.com if you have any questions.

SAQA Virtual Gallery Program

Opportunities to submit your work to a Virtual Gallery are listed on SAQA Calls for Entry. Virtual galleries are not restricted by the requirements inherent in a brick-and-mortar venue, so any artwork may be shown that meets SAQA’s definition of an art quilt.

There are no limits on the type of work that can be shown virtually. For example, work that is very large or very small (including an installation with a large footprint), contains complicated electronic components, cannot travel in a crate with other artwork, is too expensive to ship, or is otherwise not a good fit for a physical exhibit may be submitted for Virtual Galleries, as well as more standard 2D and 3D work.

Questions? Please contact  virtualgallery@saqa.com.

 

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Land Art: From the Forest to Your Balcony

Welcome to the first SAQA-wide land art exhibit. The Exhibitions Committee had discussed this idea for years, but including outdoor installations in traveling brick-and-mortar exhibits seemed daunting. Now the new Virtual Gallery Program has made this project possible. Curated by Judith Martin, Daren Pitts Redmond, and Susan Lenz.

Outdoor artwork installations provide temporal beauty within the community. Ingenuity, art supplies, and imagination, are all that one needs to create an outdoor installation that invites exploration or participation. In the freedom of an outdoor context, even traditional art has the power to interact with the landscape in a new and meaningful way.

Please take the time to view all the artists’ installations HERE

Congratulations to JoAnne Hoffman on her acceptance into this exhibit!

I Touch The Earth
by JoAnne Hoffman

 

“The image portrays the spiritual energy surrounding the earth and that we can tap into that energy. My initial inspiration for this piece came from the spiritual images of the hand and eye: the Hamsa.

This piece is also double sided: it is meant to be able to be walked around.”

–JoAnne Hoffman

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 

Juried Artist Program

Juried Artist Member is an artist who has successfully presented a portfolio including a selected body of work and documentation showing a professional approach to art.Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are well-represented in this membership category.

Margaret Abramshe

Regina Benson

Michele Hardy

Bev Haring

Sandra Hoefner

Annette Kennedy

Denise Labadie

Kay Liggett

Melody Money

Dorothy Raymond

Joan Sowada

Valerie White

Charlotte Ziebarth

Click on any of their names, and be taken to their Juried Artist page on the SAQA website—where you can see more images of their art.

Want to become a Juried Artist? Click here to learn now to apply, and see the resources available to help you achieve this goal.

 


Visions Art Museum – Interpretations 2021

Eakins Odalisque
by Jack Edson

 

 

Call for Entries opens January 2021

Exhibition opens October 16, 2021
 
Entry is open to the public.
Museum membership is not required.
 
$25 for VAM Members
$40 for Non-members
 
 
Visions Art Museum (VAM) is proud to announce the call for entries for Interpretations 2021, the museum’s 22nd international juried exhibition. Exhibition jurors will select innovative textile art that explores form and technique in both 2D art quilts and 3D free standing work that highlight fiber. Works selected for the exhibition will be featured in a full-color catalog.  Jurors are Betty Busby, Valerie Goodwin, and Mi-Kyoung Lee.  Cash prizes will be awarded.
 
 
 

Shannon Conley has shared select SAQA regional exhibit catalogs which she created for regions; they are presented here as online flipbooks.  She is reaching out in an effort to help people enjoy some of our neighboring regions’ great exhibits virtually.  It is a great source of inspiration. 

Here are the individual links:

De-light/Full (Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma and Indiana Regions)

Life Along the Rio Grande (New Mexico Region, Colorado and Texas artists)

Made in New Mexico: Structural Diversity (New Mexico Region)

Natural Healing (New Mexico Region)

Our Changing Landscape (Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma Region)

Out of the Blue (New Mexico Region)

Under the Western Sun (New Mexico and Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Regions)

 

Textile Talks features weekly presentations and panel discussions from the International Quilt Museum, the Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Surface Design Association. The programs are held online at 2 pm. Eastern (11 am Pacific). Each talk requires a separate preregistration. 

Recordings of previous talks are available:  View Recordings

Next Talk:

Dec 09, 2020, 12:00 (Mountain), Textile Talks: Quilts of Emotion (International Quilt Museum)

Want to stay informed about Textile Talks? Sign up for the email newsletter.

Click here for more info and to sign up for the email newsletter

 


 

In case you missed seeing this informational video by SAQA’s Bill Reker, you can view it here:

 
 

Join the conversation!  Our region is now on Instagram.  Member Sherri Ramsey is monitoring the page for our region and is doing a fantastic job!  Thank you, Sherri!!

@saqacoutwy

Facebook (both are SAQA members only):

SAQA – Members Only

SAQA CO/UT/WY

 


Please contact Anne Severn if you have an idea for a Local Connections group in your area. 

 


Local Connections:  Colorado Springs, CO

Katrina Wright is coordinating the arrangement of future meetings.

This group is a vibrant group of talented artists who are exploring their art together.  Zoom meetings are planned in the future.
Next meeting:

This group is meeting monthly virtually, with an occasional in-person meeting.

Their discussion of a group exhibit is advancing. (Very exciting!)  The group is reaching out to venues and putting together a group portfolio.  Stay tuned!

If you are interested in becoming a member of this group of vibrant artists in the southern front range area (or via zoom), contact Linda Laird or Katrina Wright.

 


 

Local Connections: Northern Denver Metro/Boulder

There are no new meetings in the works.  This group had such momentum and then stopped.  If you are interested in helping this group get going again and have ideas for the group, contact Susan Serreze at serreze@comcast.net.  She will help get this group off the ground again and keep a list of ideas for future meetings.

 
Contact Susan Serreze if you have ideas or would like to join this group.
 
 
 

Local Connections: Utah and Southern Nevada

Contact Margaret Abramshe for details regarding meetings.

To join this Local Connections Pod, please contact Margaret Abramshe at:  metaphysicalquilter@gmail.com

 


Local Connections: Wyoming

A group is meeting virtually in Wyoming!  The SAQA members in Wyoming are meeting monthly to share their ideas and work.  They are such a talented group of artists!  Their zoom meetings are scheduled for

Dec 10, 2020
 
Contact Deb Zelenak if you would like to join this group.
 
 
 

Link to Wyoming Quilt Events:

Wyoming State Quilt Guild

wsqg.org/quilt-events/

 


Link to Utah Quilt Events:

Utah Quilt Guild

 


Link to Colorado Events:

Member Barb Gardner compiles a list of goings on in our region.  Document can be viewed here:  A Friends Update November 2020

Thank you Barb for sharing this with us!


 

Member News

 

Luana Rubin

Luana, a color influencer from the quilting industry, joins Quilting Arts Podcast as an Artist in Residence to discuss how trending colors are identified, named, and predicted.   Color Confidential with Luana Rubin

 

Quilt Stories with Lisa Walton

Quilt Stories – Fascinating Portrait Quilts with Margaret Abramshe

Quilt Stories – Crossing Over with Lea McComas

 

Quilts=Art=Quilts

Oct. 15, 2020, to Jan. 10, 2021

Quilts=Art=Quilts is an annual juried quilt exhibition that has been held since the art center’s opening in 1981. Each year the exhibit attracts competitive entries from some of the world’s leading quilt makers and fiber artists. Juried by Valerie Goodwin and Mary Lou Alexander, Quilts=Art=Quilts 2020 features 71 quilts from 58 national and international artists. The exhibit opens Oct. 15 and closes Jan. 10. Prizes will be announced on the Schweinfurth Art Center social media accounts Oct. 15th.

Congratulations to Margaret Abramshe, Diana Fox, and Denise Labadie on their acceptance into this exhibit!

Jana
by Margaret Abramshe

Eyes on the World
by Diana Fox

Bonamargy Friary
by Denise Labadie

Friary Wall
by Denise Labadie

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Primal Forces: Earth!

Premiere Exhibition Location
National Quilt Museum (September 2021)

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

SAQA is proud to announce a new, three-part series to premiere at the National Quilt Museum over the next six years. The first will be Primal Forces: Earth (Wind and Fire will be the other calls).

All life on this planet depends on earth, it nurtures us through the soil beneath our feet. However, it can be a destructive force as well. Seismic activity and mudslides have shaped the landscape for millions of years and taken a toll on living beings as well. We are in an era of tremendous change in the earth as well, due to shifting balances brought on by human activity.  Juror: Sue Cavanaugh.

Five of our regional members were accepted into this exhibit.  Congratulations to Judy Duffield, Mary Louise Gerek, Michele Hardy, Dorothy Raymond, and Anne Severn!

Greenland Is Melting
by Judy Duffield

 

Mixing Paint
by Mary Louise Gerek


Vortex
by Dorothy Raymond

 
 
 
 

 

 

Geoforms: Fractures #6
by Michele Hardy

 

Cerulean Lake
by Anne Severn

 

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Beyond the Mirror (SAQA Global Exhibition)

What do you see when you look in the mirror? In this digital age, we cannot escape our own images, whether taken as a selfie or found on social media. Does our image reflect our individual identity or do we see what we are conditioned by society to see? We need to look beyond the mirror to see our strength of character, intelligence, creativity, skills, and our potential to be even more than what can be reflected. 

Beyond the Mirror

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

The opening of this exhibit will be special as the juror, Andra Stanton is a member of our region!  More info on the opening date/time coming soon.  Thank you and congratulations to Andra Stanton for being the juror for this exhibit!  Also, congratulations to Margaret Abramshe and Amanda Preston Araujo for their acceptance into this exhibit!

Daydreaming
by Amanda Preston Araujo



Gaze
by Margaret Abramshe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Many things in life and history demonstrate recurring patterns of growth and decline. From movements in history to the phases of our lives, the seasons, the position of the stars and planets, tides, conversations, even the progression of a piece of music or literature. Change is a constant, and this exhibition explores how it affects all different aspects of our lives.

Premiere Exhibition Location
International Quilt Festival, Houston TX, October 2020

Juror
The art of Linda Colsh examines humanist themes — aspects of growing old in her figurative series, as well as connections between natural spaces and populated, constructed places in her nature-inspired series. Colsh’s imagery and minimal palette is known worldwide and her artwork is in collections in Europe, Asia and America. Honors include the European Quilt Triennial first prize and Nihon Vogue’s Quilts Japan Prize.

Congratulations to the regional members whose work was selected for Ebb & Flow:
  • Joan Sowada – “Many Fires Burning”
  • Charlotte Ziebarth – “White Nights”
 
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Birds, insects, and even some mammals are able to fly and soar. Plant seeds and kites are carried on the breeze, and the perfect pass can float through the air. Humankind has dreamt of ways to fly from Icarus’ attempt to create his own wings to the advent of airplanes, satellites, and  space exploration. This exhibition provides new perspectives through which to see our world.  Information and a slideshow of the exhibit can be found here.

Congratulations to the regional members whose work was selected for Aloft:

  • Margaret Abramshe – “Sky Lanterns”
  • Ruthann Adams – “Flying Free”
  • Mary Louise Gerek – “Forever Free”
  • Michele Hardy – “Mapforms #7”

Sky Lanterns ©Margaret Abramshe



Flying Free ©Ruthann Adams

Forever Free © Mary Louise Gerek

 
 

Mapforms #7 ©Michele Hardy

 

 

***************************************

 

Explore a New Dimension in Contemporary Fiber Art SAQA’s Global Exhibition 3D Expression offers an intriguing glimpse into a new dimension of art quilts, creatively interpreted by artists from 14 US states and 10 countries (in fact, 36% are from outside the US). The wide variety of pieces selected by juror Bruce Hoffman include vessels, wearables, wall-pieces, and sculptural artworks. This cutting-edge exhibition shows how textile art can expand both into the third dimension and into the future. This exhibition is traveling:  3D Expression Calendar

Slot Canyon
©Mary McCauley

Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artist Mary McCauley who’s work was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit, “Slot Canyon”!

 

*********************************************

 

Connecting Our Natural Worlds showcases artwork that beautifully illustrates the natural wonder of habitats around the globe. Through their own unique artistic interpretation, each artist has identified danger to flora and fauna in their own backyards and recommended a call to action that can be taken to help save the species. The selected pieces will inspire viewers to get closer to nature and become better stewards for our environment.  This exhibit is now available for travel.

In this video, SAQA Board Member Deborah Boschert and Craig Ivanyi, the Executive Director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum discuss the importance of conservation and the role that art and museums can play in promoting it.: https://vimeopro.com/saqa/naturalworlds/video/377402151

Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artists who’s work was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit!

  • Ruthann Adams – “In Awe”
  • Michele Hardy – “Elements #13: Wildfire”
  • Ruth E Murayama – “Manzanita”

    Manzanita
    by Ruth E Murayama

     

     

    Elements #13: Wildfire
    by Michele Hardy



    In Awe
    by Ruthann Adams

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Any members who have work exhibited, please let us know so we can share your news!
 
 

 
 
 
Here is a link to purchase “Art Quilts Unfolding” from the SAQA store:  Art Quilts UnfoldingFront Cover “From 1965 through today, the art quilt movement has grown to become one of the most exciting art forms of the 21st century. Until now, there has not been a comprehensive, chronological history of the studio art quilt, which has become an international phenomenon. This feast for the eyes offers full-color images of 400 masterpieces along with engaging interviews and profiles of 58 influential artists, key leaders, important events, and significant collections. Organized by decade, an additional 182 international artists’ works are featured. An introduction by Janet Koplos, former senior editor of Art in America, and a conclusion by Ulysses Grant Dietz, emeritus chief curator of the Newark Museum, help us to understand the impact and the future of the art. This publication originated with Studio Art Quilt Associates, a non-profit professional organization founded in 1989 and now serving 3,500 members in nearly forty countries.”
 

At the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Color and Composition with Lea McComas

  • October 24, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • November 28, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Many exhibition opportunities with the SAQA Calls for Entry. Traveling?  Check out the SAQA Calendar of Events  for current and upcoming exhibitions.

 


Join the conversation!  Our region is now on Instagram.

@saqacoutwy

Facebook (both are SAQA members only): SAQA – Members Only

SAQA CO/UT/WY

 


 

Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Reps

Anne Severn: severn.anne@gmail.com

Susan Serreze: serreze@comcast.net

November 2020 Newsletter SAQA CO/UT/WY

Seeing Eye to Eye by Joan Sowada

 
 
CO/UT/WY Regional Meeting
 
Mark your calendars for January 8, 2021, 3PM (Mountain Time) for a virtual SAQA Regional Meeting. Our preliminary agenda includes SAQA and Local Connections updates and presentations by Margaret Abramshe (Utah), Luana Rubin (Colorado), and Joan Sowada (Wyoming). 
Save the date/time and join us!
 
 
 

 
 

Mary Louise Gerek with help from Dorothy Raymond, put together a beautiful catalog of the pieces accepted into this exhibit.   You can purchase a copy by going to this link (remember you can choose SAQA as a recipient of Amazon Smile funds):  Evolving Perceptions Catalog

 


 

Have you checked out the new SAQA website?  It is something special!  Thank you to everyone that made this project a reality.  Take some time to explore.  SAQA.comWondering how to log in? Here’s a step-by-step. If you’re not logging in, you’re missing tons of great members-only resources!  SAQA personnel are always there to help, just drop them an email at info@saqa.com.

 


Artwork by
Judith Quinn Garnett

Virtual Gallery Volunteer Curator Program

Interested in being a volunteer curator?  The Virtual Gallery committee is actively seeking SAQA members to serve as volunteer exhibition curators. Every exhibition tells a story and the curator is the author of that narrative. If your proposal is accepted, curators will work with the committee to:

  • develop an exhibition concept or theme
  • create an enticing call for entry
  • answer questions from members
  • build a compelling exhibit from the chosen images and statements submitted
  • write a curator’s statement to accompany the online exhibit.

Check out the Volunteer Curator application form. Please contact virtualgallery@saqa.com if you have any questions.

SAQA Virtual Gallery Program

Opportunities to submit your work to a Virtual Gallery are listed on SAQA Calls for Entry. Virtual galleries are not restricted by the requirements inherent in a brick-and-mortar venue, so any artwork may be shown that meets SAQA’s definition of an art quilt.

There are no limits on the type of work that can be shown virtually. For example, work that is very large or very small (including an installation with a large footprint), contains complicated electronic components, cannot travel in a crate with other artwork, is too expensive to ship, or is otherwise not a good fit for a physical exhibit may be submitted for Virtual Galleries, as well as more standard 2D and 3D work.

Questions? Please contact  virtualgallery@saqa.com.

 

***************************************************************

Land Art: From the Forest to Your Balcony

Welcome to the first SAQA-wide land art exhibit. The Exhibitions Committee had discussed this idea for years, but including outdoor installations in traveling brick-and-mortar exhibits seemed daunting. Now the new Virtual Gallery Program has made this project possible. Curated by Judith Martin, Daren Pitts Redmond, and Susan Lenz.

Outdoor artwork installations provide temporal beauty within the community. Ingenuity, art supplies, and imagination, are all that one needs to create an outdoor installation that invites exploration or participation. In the freedom of an outdoor context, even traditional art has the power to interact with the landscape in a new and meaningful way.

Please take the time to view all the artists’ installations HERE

Congratulations to JoAnne Hoffman on her acceptance into this exhibit!

I Touch The Earth
by JoAnne Hoffman

 

“The image portrays the spiritual energy surrounding the earth and that we can tap into that energy. My initial inspiration for this piece came from the spiritual images of the hand and eye: the Hamsa.

This piece is also double sided: it is meant to be able to be walked around.”

–JoAnne Hoffman

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 

Juried Artist Program

Juried Artist Member is an artist who has successfully presented a portfolio including a selected body of work and documentation showing a professional approach to art.Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are well-represented in this membership category.

Margaret Abramshe

Regina Benson

Michele Hardy

Bev Haring

Sandra Hoefner

Annette Kennedy

Denise Labadie

Kay Liggett

Melody Money

Dorothy Raymond

Joan Sowada

Valerie White

Charlotte Ziebarth

Click on any of their names, and be taken to their Juried Artist page on the SAQA website—where you can see more images of their art.

Want to become a Juried Artist? Click here to learn now to apply, and see the resources available to help you achieve this goal.

 


Visions Art Museum – Interpretations 2021

Eakins Odalisque
by Jack Edson

 

 

Call for Entries opens January 2021

Exhibition opens October 16, 2021
 
Entry is open to the public.
Museum membership is not required.
 
$25 for VAM Members
$40 for Non-members
 
 
Visions Art Museum (VAM) is proud to announce the call for entries for Interpretations 2021, the museum’s 22nd international juried exhibition. Exhibition jurors will select innovative textile art that explores form and technique in both 2D art quilts and 3D free standing work that highlight fiber. Works selected for the exhibition will be featured in a full-color catalog.  Jurors are Betty Busby, Valerie Goodwin, and Mi-Kyoung Lee.  Cash prizes will be awarded.
 
 
 

Shannon Conley has shared select SAQA regional exhibit catalogs which she created for regions; they are presented here as online flipbooks.  She is reaching out in an effort to help people enjoy some of our neighboring regions’ great exhibits virtually.  It is a great source of inspiration. 

Here are the individual links:

De-light/Full (Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma and Indiana Regions)

Life Along the Rio Grande (New Mexico Region, Colorado and Texas artists)

Made in New Mexico: Structural Diversity (New Mexico Region)

Natural Healing (New Mexico Region)

Our Changing Landscape (Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma Region)

Out of the Blue (New Mexico Region)

Under the Western Sun (New Mexico and Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Regions)

 

Textile Talks features weekly presentations and panel discussions from the International Quilt Museum, the Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Surface Design Association. The programs are held online at 2 pm. Eastern (11 am Pacific). Each talk requires a separate preregistration. 

Recordings of previous talks are available:  View Recordings

Next Talk:
November 11: Tell Me About the Quilt You Brought Today: Documenting Quilt Stories from Start to Finish (Quilt Alliance)

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In case you missed seeing this informational video by SAQA’s Bill Reker, you can view it here:

 
 

Join the conversation!  Our region is now on Instagram.  Member Sherri Ramsey is monitoring the page for our region and is doing a fantastic job!  Thank you, Sherri!!

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Facebook (both are SAQA members only):

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Please contact Anne Severn if you have an idea for a Local Connections group in your area. 

 


Local Connections:  Colorado Springs, CO

Katrina Wright is coordinating the arrangement of future meetings.

This group is a vibrant group of talented artists who are exploring their art together.  Zoom meetings are planned in the future.
Next meeting:

This group is meeting monthly virtually, with an occasional in-person meeting.

Their discussion of a group exhibit is advancing. (Very exciting!)  The group is reaching out to venues.  Stay tuned!

If you are interested in becoming a member of this group of vibrant artists in the southern front range area (or via zoom), contact Linda Laird or Katrina Wright.

 


 

Local Connections: Northern Denver Metro/Boulder

There are no new meetings in the works.  This group had such momentum and then stopped.  If you are interested in helping this group get going again and have ideas for the group, contact Susan Serreze at serreze@comcast.net.  She will help get this group off the ground again and keep a list of ideas for future meetings.

 
Contact Susan Serreze if you have ideas or would like to join this group.
 
 
 

Local Connections: Utah and Southern Nevada

Contact Margaret Abramshe for details regarding meetings.

To join this Local Connections Pod, please contact Margaret Abramshe at:  metaphysicalquilter@gmail.com

 


Local Connections: Wyoming

A group is meeting virtually in Wyoming!  The SAQA members in Wyoming are meeting monthly to share their ideas and work.  They are such a talented group of artists!  Their zoom meetings are scheduled for

Nov 12, 2020
Dec 10, 2020
 
Contact Deb Zelenak if you would like to join this group.
 
 
 

Link to Wyoming Quilt Events:

Wyoming State Quilt Guild

wsqg.org/quilt-events/

 


Link to Utah Quilt Events:

Utah Quilt Guild

 


Link to Colorado Events:

Member Barb Gardner compiles a list of goings on in our region.  Document can be viewed here:  a friends update October 2020

Thank you Barb for sharing this with us!


 

Member News

 

Luana Rubin

Luana, a color influencer from the quilting industry, joins Quilting Arts Podcast as an Artist in Residence to discuss how trending colors are identified, named, and predicted.   Color Confidential with Luana Rubin

 

Quilt Stories with Lisa Walton

Quilt Stories – Fascinating Portrait Quilts with Margaret Abramshe

Quilt Stories – Crossing Over with Lea McComas

 

Quilts=Art=Quilts

Oct. 15, 2020, to Jan. 10, 2021

Quilts=Art=Quilts is an annual juried quilt exhibition that has been held since the art center’s opening in 1981. Each year the exhibit attracts competitive entries from some of the world’s leading quilt makers and fiber artists. Juried by Valerie Goodwin and Mary Lou Alexander, Quilts=Art=Quilts 2020 features 71 quilts from 58 national and international artists. The exhibit opens Oct. 15 and closes Jan. 10. Prizes will be announced on the Schweinfurth Art Center social media accounts Oct. 15th.

Congratulations to Margaret Abramshe, Diana Fox, and Denise Labadie on their acceptance into this exhibit!

Jana
by Margaret Abramshe



Eyes on the World
by Diana Fox



Bonamargy Friary
by Denise Labadie

Friary Wall
by Denise Labadie

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Primal Forces: Earth!

Premiere Exhibition Location
National Quilt Museum (September 2021)

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

SAQA is proud to announce a new, three-part series to premiere at the National Quilt Museum over the next six years. The first will be Primal Forces: Earth (Wind and Fire will be the other calls).

All life on this planet depends on earth, it nurtures us through the soil beneath our feet. However, it can be a destructive force as well. Seismic activity and mudslides have shaped the landscape for millions of years and taken a toll on living beings as well. We are in an era of tremendous change in the earth as well, due to shifting balances brought on by human activity.  Juror: Sue Cavanaugh.

Five of our regional members were accepted into this exhibit.  Congratulations to Judy Duffield, Mary Louise Gerek, Michele Hardy, Dorothy Raymond, and Anne Severn!

Greenland Is Melting
by Judy Duffield

 

Mixing Paint
by Mary Louise Gerek

Vortex
by Dorothy Raymond

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Geoforms: Fractures #6
by Michele Hardy

 

 

 

Cerulean Lake
by Anne Severn

 

 

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Beyond the Mirror (SAQA Global Exhibition)

What do you see when you look in the mirror? In this digital age, we cannot escape our own images, whether taken as a selfie or found on social media. Does our image reflect our individual identity or do we see what we are conditioned by society to see? We need to look beyond the mirror to see our strength of character, intelligence, creativity, skills, and our potential to be even more than what can be reflected. 

Beyond the Mirror

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

The opening of this exhibit will be special as the juror, Andra Stanton is a member of our region!  More info on the opening date/time coming soon.  Thank you and congratulations to Andra Stanton for being the juror for this exhibit!  Also, congratulations to Margaret Abramshe and Amanda Preston Araujo for their acceptance into this exhibit!

Daydreaming
by Amanda Preston Araujo


Gaze
by Margaret Abramshe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Many things in life and history demonstrate recurring patterns of growth and decline. From movements in history to the phases of our lives, the seasons, the position of the stars and planets, tides, conversations, even the progression of a piece of music or literature. Change is a constant, and this exhibition explores how it affects all different aspects of our lives.

Premiere Exhibition Location
International Quilt Festival, Houston TX, October 2020

Juror
The art of Linda Colsh examines humanist themes — aspects of growing old in her figurative series, as well as connections between natural spaces and populated, constructed places in her nature-inspired series. Colsh’s imagery and minimal palette is known worldwide and her artwork is in collections in Europe, Asia and America. Honors include the European Quilt Triennial first prize and Nihon Vogue’s Quilts Japan Prize.

Congratulations to the regional members whose work was selected for Ebb & Flow:
  • Joan Sowada – “Many Fires Burning”
  • Charlotte Ziebarth – “White Nights”
 
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Birds, insects, and even some mammals are able to fly and soar. Plant seeds and kites are carried on the breeze, and the perfect pass can float through the air. Humankind has dreamt of ways to fly from Icarus’ attempt to create his own wings to the advent of airplanes, satellites, and  space exploration. This exhibition provides new perspectives through which to see our world.  Information and a slideshow of the exhibit can be found here.

Congratulations to the regional members whose work was selected for Aloft:

  • Margaret Abramshe – “Sky Lanterns”
  • Ruthann Adams – “Flying Free”
  • Mary Louise Gerek – “Forever Free”
  • Michele Hardy – “Mapforms #7”

Sky Lanterns ©Margaret Abramshe


Flying Free ©Ruthann Adams



Forever Free © Mary Louise Gerek

 
 

Mapforms #7 ©Michele Hardy

 

 

 

 

 

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Explore a New Dimension in Contemporary Fiber Art SAQA’s Global Exhibition 3D Expression offers an intriguing glimpse into a new dimension of art quilts, creatively interpreted by artists from 14 US states and 10 countries (in fact, 36% are from outside the US). The wide variety of pieces selected by juror Bruce Hoffman include vessels, wearables, wall-pieces, and sculptural artworks. This cutting-edge exhibition shows how textile art can expand both into the third dimension and into the future. This exhibition is traveling:  3D Expression Calendar

Slot Canyon
©Mary McCauley

Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artist Mary McCauley who’s work was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit, “Slot Canyon”!

 

 

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Connecting Our Natural Worlds showcases artwork that beautifully illustrates the natural wonder of habitats around the globe. Through their own unique artistic interpretation, each artist has identified danger to flora and fauna in their own backyards and recommended a call to action that can be taken to help save the species. The selected pieces will inspire viewers to get closer to nature and become better stewards for our environment.  This exhibit is now available for travel.

In this video, SAQA Board Member Deborah Boschert and Craig Ivanyi, the Executive Director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum discuss the importance of conservation and the role that art and museums can play in promoting it.: https://vimeopro.com/saqa/naturalworlds/video/377402151

Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artists who’s work was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit!

  • Ruthann Adams – “In Awe”
  • Michele Hardy – “Elements #13: Wildfire”
  • Ruth E Murayama – “Manzanita”

    Manzanita
    by Ruth E Murayama

     

     

    Elements #13: Wildfire
    by Michele Hardy


    In Awe
    by Ruthann Adams

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Any members who have work exhibited, please let us know so we can share your news!
 
 

 
 
 
Here is a link to purchase “Art Quilts Unfolding” from the SAQA store:  Art Quilts UnfoldingFront Cover “From 1965 through today, the art quilt movement has grown to become one of the most exciting art forms of the 21st century. Until now, there has not been a comprehensive, chronological history of the studio art quilt, which has become an international phenomenon. This feast for the eyes offers full-color images of 400 masterpieces along with engaging interviews and profiles of 58 influential artists, key leaders, important events, and significant collections. Organized by decade, an additional 182 international artists’ works are featured. An introduction by Janet Koplos, former senior editor of Art in America, and a conclusion by Ulysses Grant Dietz, emeritus chief curator of the Newark Museum, help us to understand the impact and the future of the art. This publication originated with Studio Art Quilt Associates, a non-profit professional organization founded in 1989 and now serving 3,500 members in nearly forty countries.”
 

At the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Color and Composition with Lea McComas

  • October 24, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • November 28, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Many exhibition opportunities with the SAQA Calls for Entry. Traveling?  Check out the SAQA Calendar of Events  for current and upcoming exhibitions.

 


Join the conversation!  Our region is now on Instagram.

@saqacoutwy

Facebook (both are SAQA members only): SAQA – Members Only

SAQA CO/UT/WY

 


 

Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Reps

Anne Severn: severn.anne@gmail.com

Susan Serreze: serreze@comcast.net

Mid Month October 2020 News SAQA CO/UT/WY

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 200 Violet Street, Suite 140, Golden, CO 80401, is having a meet and greet on Saturday, October 24 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Stop by and meet SAQA member Kathy Suprenant who has a solo exhibit, “Through A Lens“! (Note: there is a limit of 10 gallery guests. Contact the museum for more information, 303-277-0377)

 

 

Layered + Stitched + Art

I love art quilts

October 2020 Newsletter SAQA CO/UT/WY

High Plains
by Judy Duffield

 

Now that the “Evolving Perceptions” exhibit is over, we want to thank everyone who made this possible.  Both the Foothills Art Center and the Brigham City Museum were a pleasure to work with.  We owe them a huge thank you for their efforts.  A big thank you to Betsy Cannon for her virtual storytelling and artist talk with the Brigham City Museum;  and a big thank you to Margaret Abramshe, Judy Duffield and Sue Lewis for stepping forward to talk about their art in the Quilter’s Roundtable.    The art pieces have been collected from Utah and almost all have been returned to their owners.  Three pieces sold throughout the run of the exhibit.  Congratulations to Karen Stalgren, Charlotte Ziebarth and Anne Severn on the sales of their artwork.  

— Mary Louise and Anne
 

Betsy Cannon’s “Baba Yaga’s House: On the Prowl”, featured in “Evolving Perceptions” was a crowd favorite in Brigham City and the museum gets a lot of questions about Baba Yaga. View HERE as Betsy shares her love for Baba Yaga and how this mystical figure from Russian fairy tales became a muse.  Thank you Betsy!

The Brigham City Museum of Art and History put together a facebook live event which occurred in July 2020.  Three Evolving Perceptions exhibiting artists participated:  Margaret Abramshe, Judy Duffield and Sue Lewis.  Also participating was Deborah Boschert, the juror for this exhibit as well as the current SAQA Board of Directors President.  Thank you to these incredible women for sharing their art and some insight into the creation of their exhibited pieces.  Thank you to the Brigham City Museum staff for all the work they put into this presentation.  Thank you to all who were able to attend the Facebook live event.  If you missed the event, the museum has made it available on their YouTube channel.  View HERE the recorded Art Quilter Roundtable.

Lichen with Branches
by Sue Lewis

Aunt Gin
by Margaret Abramshe

 

 

 

 

 

And one last time, congratulations to these artists who had their work accepted in this exhibit:

Margaret Abramshe Carole Angel Brooke Atherton
Christi Beckmann Regina Benson Susan Brooks
Betsy Cannon Judith Duffield Carol Eaton
Leesa Zarinelli Gawlik Laurie Hill Gibb Michele Hardy
Bev Haring M. Lynette Holmes Cynthia Jarest
Patricia Joy Annette Kennedy Phillippa Lack
Sue Lewis Melody Money Barbara Olson
Cheryl Olson Casey Pike Dorothy Raymond
Jeannie Schoennagel Anne Severn Joan Sowada
Karen Stalgren Andra Stanton Kathy Suprenant
Nancy Woods Charlotte Ziebarth Paul Caouette

Mary Louise Gerek with help from Dorothy Raymond, put together a beautiful catalog of the pieces accepted into this exhibit.   You can purchase a copy by going to this link (remember you can choose SAQA as a recipient of Amazon Smile funds): 

Evolving Perceptions Catalog

 


The Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Region has a new regional representative!

Please extend a warm welcome and your appreciation to Susan Serreze!

From Susan:

I am a recently retired Environmental Scientist who has been sewing my whole life. I learned to sew from my Mother and Great Grandmother and always had access to a sewing machine. I made several traditional quilts in my 20s and a couple of appliqued baby quilts for friends. However, my quilt activity died down for a while after I moved to Colorado until I took a class in landscape quilts. I loved the new techniques and batik fabric that had come on the market and my quilting took off after that. I took a number of classes to get some skills and continue to take classes when I can.

My art quilts are inspired by nature, science, and math. I use sewing, fusing, and stitching to create landscapes and abstracts that I hope will spark interest in others. I am especially drawn to color and continuously try to improve my understanding of color theory and color placement.

All words have meaning and I like to use words as inspiration. I look for different meanings and visions that a word evokes and loves the challenge of making it into fabric. Not that it always works.

Fibonacci, 30″ x 38″, 2010 by Susan Serreze

I am not a traditional artist so I tend not to draw designs before I move to fabric. I think that my pieces are constructed more intuitively – mostly by trial and error.
In my art pieces, I use commercial and hand-dyed fabrics and have recently become more interested in how hand stitching can enhance my work.

Volunteer Opportunity:  Anne has decided to stay on as co rep for a short time to work with and facilitate a smooth transition for Susan.  So, the region is still looking for a Regional Representative to co rep with Susan; someone who is interested in stepping into this position sometime in the near future.  As a regional rep you will be expected to coordinate meetings within the region (mostly virtual), track the activities of the small groups, get out the monthly newsletter and complete a yearly report. These duties are usually split between two co reps.  As a Regional Rep, SAQA pays part of the registration fee for the annual conference where they offer two days of training.  The 2019 conference included meeting with the Board, which was very helpful. If you are interested in looking into being a Regional Rep, please contact Anne Severn (severn.anne@gmail.com). You can also contact the SAQA Rep Coordinator, Desi Vaughn (repscoordinator@saqa.com) directly. There is an application process and you will be interviewed by Desi before you are accepted as Rep. Please think about this opportunity to promote SAQA within the region. It is well worth the time invested.

A Note from Dorothy Raymond:

“Volunteering for SAQA is one of the most rewarding things you can do as a SAQA member. By giving your time, paradoxically, you’ll get more out of your membership!

Why YOU should volunteer to be co-rep for our region:

      1. You will make new friends-both from our region to around the world.
      2. You’ll get to know the inner workings of a great organization.
      3. You’ll get exposure to the movers and shakers in the art quilt world.
      4. You’ll get lots of support from SAQA central—you won’t need to figure it out all alone.

Colorado, Wyoming and Utah have had great reps. With Anne Severn stepping down—we need someone to step up and volunteer. Why not you?

 


2020 SAQA Benefit Auction

The annual Benefit Auction is SAQA’s premier fundraising event and took place online from September 11 through October 4, 2020. All proceeds help support SAQA’s exhibition programs, publications, and education outreach. Plus, your purchases helped increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them.  The auction raised over $109,000.  Thank you to everyone who donated work!  Also, thank you to those who purchased this one of a kind art!
 

You can view the auction pieces on SAQA’s Pinterest board or this Airtable link.

Questions? Please contact auction@saqa.com.

 


Have you checked out the new SAQA website?  It is something special!  Thank you to everyone that made this project a reality.  Take some time to explore.  SAQA.com

Wondering how to log in? Here’s a step-by-step. If you’re not logging in, you’re missing tons of great members-only resources!  SAQA personnel are always there to help, just drop them an email at info@saqa.com.


Virtual Gallery Volunteer Curator Program

Interested in being a volunteer curator?  The Virtual Gallery committee is actively seeking SAQA members to serve as volunteer exhibition curators. Every exhibition tells a story and the curator is the author of that narrative.

If your proposal is accepted, curators will work with the committee to:

  • develop an exhibition concept or theme
  • create an enticing call for entry
  • answer questions from members
  • build a compelling exhibit from the chosen images and statements submitted
  • write a curator’s statement to accompany the online exhibit.

Check out the Volunteer Curator application form. Please contact virtualgallery@saqa.com if you have any questions.

 


 

SAQA Virtual Gallery Program

Both SAQA Global Exhibitions and the Virtual Gallery Program feature exceptional member art exhibitions.  Global Exhibitions have been, and will continue to be, hosted in premiere brick-and-mortar venues around the world.  The Virtual Gallery Program, made possible by SAQA’s new website, offers members an additional opportunity to present their work to the public.

The Virtual Gallery Program enables SAQA to share the breadth and depth of art quilting with a new, digital audience via exhibitions crafted exclusively for online viewers.