April News




SAQA members have lots to look forward to in the coming year
like our next BIG show………….

Exhibit Name: Under the Western Sun

Premier Location: Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Dates: April 27 to July 25, 2017

Exhibit Theme:

Where an artist lives impacts the voice with which they speak. Here in the West

we experience extremes of climate and altitude; intense color and light, unusual

landscapes and plants; unique people and cultures. These all influence the work

we do Under the Western Sun.

Entries open January 1, 2017 — start planning what you will enter


 Our region is happy to support and encourage critique groups. If you are not in a group or would like to share your groups experience; please let us know!

 Below is an excerpt from: “Taking the “EEK!” Out of Critique”
© 2015 by Marjorie Jannotta

Offering Critique. How can you be most helpful as a critique giver? Whether you have an artist’s vocabulary or not, you can productively give your thoughts and observations. Most experts say to avoid using generalizations and give specific comments about what you see or observe. This is very different from saying “I like it,” or “Doesn’t work for me.”

You can start sentences with phrases that lead to specifics, such as “I might try . . .” Or, “What stands out for me is . . . .” Over the years my grad students and I developed a checklist to make sure our critiques are constructive. Here is the list.

The feedback I gave was . . .











The key here is to describe what you see, not to judge.
(Check out http://www.goshen.edu/art/ed/critique form.html
for some more formal art critique notes.)

12742380_958480794206940_3018075036342536041_nCarol Kolf  asked us to spread the work about “Fabric of Memory” is a display of art quilts depicting interpretations of the Heart Mountain Internment Camp of the 1940s where citizens of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated during the war.

The exhibit will be available for viewing at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center just outside of Powell, Wyoming. The artist’s reception is Thursday, April 7, 6 – 8 pm. The exhibit will remain available for viewing until May 28, 2016.

Restructuring – Color and Line : Textile Paintings by Lisa Call

April 14 – May 8, 2016

Spark Gallery – North Gallery
Denver, Colorado

In 2000 I made the first artwork in what became my longest running series of textile paintings. Inspired by fences and walls, the Structures series explored the relationship between barriers and connection, and mostly found disconnection.

After completing the 170th composition in 2014 I abandoned the series in favor of landscapes and love in New Zealand. Feeling a sense of in-completion I decided to close out the series in 2016 with an even 200 artworks.

In Restructuring, I share the final 30 compositions of the series, each one a remake of one of the first 30 works of the series, bringing the original ideas up to date in my current style of thin lines and extensive contrasting stitching.

Opening Reception – April 15, 6-9pm
First FridayMay 6, 6-9pm

Spark Gallery
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Gallery Website
Hours: Thursday 12-5 pm | Friday 12-9 pm | Saturday 12-5 pm | Sunday 1-4 pm

A BIG thank you to all the artists and volunteers for “Above and Beyond” .

We could not have done this without you!


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