August 2017 – CO/UT/WY Newsletter

Introducing our new Regional Rep:  Anne Severn

Anne grew up in a household that nurtured her enthusiasm of creativity.  At an early age a needle was placed in her hand and she was encouraged to sew whatever her heart desired.  One of Anne’s early creations was Snoopy atop his doghouse which was “masterfully stitched” on burlap.  She is continually inspired by her mother and grandmother who were very proud to have achieved Embroiders’ Guild Master Craftsman.  Anne has taken every opportunity to learn knitting, crocheting, spinning wool, embroidery, making quilts and most recently techniques for art quilts.

While in her twenties, Anne developed a love and involvement with traditional quilting, using cardboard templates for her first quilt block pieces.  Learning to do needle turn applique veered her creative life in a direction that has evolved into making art quilts.  The pieces she creates are stylistic, somewhere between realism and abstract.  Being in a continual process of exploration has resulted in each subsequent art quilt piece she creates being different.

“I love the moment when any uncertainty I may have with a piece disappears and is replaced with the joy of what it has become.  I am often inspired by both nature and human’s effects on nature and my work reflects this.  To achieve the colors I desire I use acrylic paint on fabric and also have been dyeing fabrics.  Raw edge applique now rules the day and of course I enjoy adding embroidery to wherever I can.”

Anne has had her work juried into exhibitions.  “I am very appreciative of the opportunities SAQA has given me to show my work nationally and very soon internationally.”  Anne is also very involved with the Front Range Contemporary Quilters, outside of Denver.  She makes her home in Loveland, Colorado where she enjoys the company of her husband, adult children and their families, and their dog Athena.

And, Saying Good-Bye and Thank You to Bev Haring

It has been my pleasure to serve as the rep for this region.  This area has amazing members!

I will still be active in working on projects for our region, but it’s time for someone else to lead.    I’m looking forward to where Anne and Mary Louise will take us next!

Thank you, Bev, for all of your hard work and vision.  It has been great fun to work with you – I learned a lot and feel ready to move forward.   Mary Louise

Update on Life Along the Rio Grande Call for Entry

 Description:35 contemporary mixed media fiber art works measuring 32” wide by 48” long.  These will be created by artists living in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and surrounding states.

Entry guidelines:

Title:Life Along the Rio Grande

Theme: The wonderful variety of living things along the vitally important Rio Grande River. Work could explore historical or cultural themes, scientific or geological topics, or social and environmental issues touching the flora, fauna, and people of the Rio Grande.

Abstract and representational work will be accepted.

Eligibility: SAQA members in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado/Utah/Wyoming

Selection: this show will NOT be juried- the first 35 works entered will be accepted to the initial venue.

A waiting list of additional pieces will be maintained to replace pieces that are sold.

Venues: Premiering at the Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces, April 6-May 12 ’18

Macey Center at New Mexico Tech –October 1-November 15 ‘18

Additional venues TBA

Requirementsuniform size is 48″ in height and 32″ in width. (yes, that means that everything needs to be that size)

This will be a traveling exhibition, quilts must be able to be rolled and packed, please no fragile embellishments.

A legible label must be stitched to the back of each work with the title, artist, and artist’s contact information.

A regular 4″ sleeve will also need to be stitched to the back.


Call for entry issued March, 2017

Entries accepted beginning November 10, 2017 at 12:01 am MST, and continuing until all 35 spots in the show are filled.

Entry will be by simple email to Betty Busby, curator, and payment of the $35 entry fee will be made through the SAQA online store.

Entry forms and instructions will be distributed prior to the November application date. Keep an eye out.

Upcoming Small Group Meetings:

The purpose of our Small Group Meetings is to have the members in a smaller part of our region get to know each other, and hopefully continue to meet and share work and ideas.  We had a very successful meeting in Wyoming in June.  We are working to get other meetings together in various parts of our region.

The first upcoming meeting is on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the home of member Linda Laird, 2990 Rhapsody Dr., Colorado Springs, CO. All  members are invited, especially those in the Colorado Springs area. For planning purposes, please RSVP to Mary Louise Gerek at

The second upcoming meeting is on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the home of Jean Tutolo, 737 York St. in Denver, CO. All members are invited, especially those in the Denver area.  For planning purposes, please RSVP to Mary Louise Gerek at

Anyone who is willing to host a meeting in your area, please contact Mary Louise at the above email.  Also, there will be more details on the meetings as planning proceeds.

Remember NEXT is coming!!  Its not too late to register…

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 Arts Center.

Tickets for NEXT, the symposium

Further details on symposium and housing

Under the Western Sun has moved on to New Mexico.

Under the Western Sun – Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

If you are near Socorro, New Mexico, be sure to stop at the The Macey Center to see Under the Western Sun, from July 24 to September 11.  This will be the final opportunity to see the complete exhibit.  The wonderful 3D pieces will not be traveling to Utah.  More details on the Utah venue next month.

Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Regional Representatives

Mary Louise Gerek –

Anne Severn –


3 thoughts on “August 2017 – CO/UT/WY Newsletter

  1. Hi,

    I wanted to clarify something that I am seeing in the Bits and Pieces newsletter today. Here is the passage:

    “Mark your calendars now for NEXT, a SAQA-sponsored symposium to held August 26, 2017 at the 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. A three-day Betty Busby workshop at The Dairy, August 27, 28, 29 follows the event. ”

    I believe I am scheduled for the symposium on the 26th and then a workshop on August 31, September 1 & 2, which are dates NOT mentioned above. Can you clarify and confirm please?

    Thanks much, Diana Fox

    (PS _ I’ve tried to send this to Bev’s yahoo account with no luck) ________________________________

    • Diana – Sorry I did not get back to you sooner. Bev has been under the weather and I am not sure I get notices of all of the comments. Yes, the Symposium is on the 26th. And there is a Betty Busby class starting the 31st. She is offering two. If you have registered and have your tickets from the Dairy Arts Center, you are all set. If you do not have the tickets (essentially receipts), check with the Dairy Art Center at (303) 440-7826. Hope to see you Friday or Saturday.
      Mary Louise

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