Oceans Apart, Connected by Art
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.
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
Show Publicity and Outreach – flyers, postcards, catalog, digital postings
Hanging the Exhibit(s)
Concurrent Lecture/Workshop by Juror
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.
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
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”
Sunday, June 27, 2021 10AM to 3 PM
Premiere Exhibition Location
National Quilt Museum (September 2021)
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 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!!
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
Meeting ID: 850 1958 8724
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juried Artist Program
A 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.
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:
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?
Link to Wyoming Quilt Events:
Link to Utah Quilt Events:
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
Susan Serreze: email@example.com
Tree Ely: firstname.lastname@example.org