June Newsletter – Lots going on!

Regional Meeting

Mary Louise Gerek and Joan Sowada will be hosting a regional member’s meeting in Gillette, WY, June 11, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  The location is the  AVA Community Art Center, located 509 W. 2nd St., Gillette, WY 82716.

Joan invites anyone who arrives before 1:00 to visit her studio, located at 206 W. Hogeye Dr. Gillette, WY 82716.  It is a two minute drive from the studio to the Art Center. Joan has graciously offered to put anyone up for either night  in her two guest rooms, one with king bed and other with a queen bed, (not fancy). Please contact Joan at  joansowada@gmail.com to make any arrangements with her.

All CO/UT/WY members are invited to attend.  We have also inviting our members from Montana to join us. I look forward to meeting everyone. I will have a SAQA book and a book by Michael James as door prizes and lots of info on what SAQA is up to these days.

Mary Louise Gerek, Regional Rep CO/UT/WY


New Venue for Under the Western Sun

The folks at Handi Quilter in North Salt Lake, Utah, have agreed to have a major portion of the pieces from our show, Under the Western Sun, hang in their facility from October 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018.

We’re delighted to have this additional exposure for these pieces.

For now, you can catch the show at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum until July 22.  It will then travel to Socorro, NM for display at The Macey Center from July 24 to September 11.  Be sure to see this impressive regional exhibit.


In September, Surface Design Association member and renowned artist Pat Hickman will be in Durango, Colorado  for a series of events.
Friends of the Art Library at the Durango Arts Center will host an exhibit as well as a two-day workshopentitled OPENINGS: Netting and Looping
The exhibit info below contains links to the workshop. 
OPENINGS: Netting and Looping
with Pat Hickman
Saturday-Sunday, September 9 & 10 | 9am-5pm
$250 members / $275 Non-Member 
+ est. $35 materials fee payable to DAC on first day of class 
(Payment can be made in two installments. To register in two payments, call Doug Gonzalez at (970) 259-2606, Ext 13 or Sandra Butler, Ext 15)
Limited to 12 students
This workshop will encourage participants to explore visual ideas suggested through openwork textile structure, primarily that of knotted netting and knotless netting. Reserving space for air and the importance of what is “not there” will be built into conceptually based quick studies and studio projects, both 2-D and 3-D. There will be exploration with a variety of materials, including gut (hog casings), Hickman’s signature material, using it as both structure and skin in netting. Other materials include colored wire and waxed linen thread. The workshop is less a “how to”, more an experience in discovery, questioning, and ongoing ways of working. No previous knowledge of these textile structures is required, just a willingness to explore and learn.
Pat Hickman will be featured in a solo exhibit, Here, Still, in the DAC Art Library, September 8-October 28.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 8 at 5pm.
Don’t miss this opportunity to “hob nob with the wizards” right here in our own back yard.

NEXT will be held August 26, 2017 at the beautiful, newly-renovated Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colorado. This event will be part of a fabulous weekend of fiber art beginning with the opening of the 75 art quilt exhibit at the Dairy on August 25. Following the symposium, there will be a three-day workshop with Betty Busby at The Dairy, August 27, 28, 29.

The keynote speaker will be Alice Zrebiec, former curator of textiles at the Denver Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Panelists will address what comes NEXT in the growth of the art quilt movement and include Regina Benson (installation artist), Nancy Bavor (Curator, San Jose Quilt Museum), Judith Content (silk artist and jeweler), Lisa Ellis (SAQA president), Susan Else (3-D fiber artist), Elaine Quehl (Canada) and Alison Muir (Australia), Mary McCauley and others.

Cost for the symposium will be $115 with a $20 discount for SAQA members (use code SAQA17). Included in this fee is a catered lunch.

Registration is through the Dairy Barn.

Tickets for NEXT, the symposium

Further details on symposium and housing


 Member Announcements

Diana Fox from Denver had a piece accepted into Quilt National, which opens the weekend of May 27th. Her piece is #1 in the Rain series, Purple Rain.


One thought on “June Newsletter – Lots going on!

  1. Great newsletter, Mary Louise.

    One small problem: You have the sentence “Registration is through the Dairy Barn.” It’s the Dairy Arts Center, not the Dairy Barn. Sorry. I think people will figure it out. We in the quilt world just naturally say Dairy Barn because of Quilt National.




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