May 2019 Newsletter SAQA CO/UT/WY

Evolving Perceptions

Evolving Perceptions call for entry had tremendous participation by our members.  Many thanks to all who participated – this is going to be a fabulous exhibit!! Our jurors, Deborah Boschert and Eriq Hochuli were very impressed with the quality of work submitted.  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 Schoennage Anne Severn Joan Sowada
Karen Stalgren Andra Stanton Kathy Suprenant
Nancy Woods Charlotte Ziebarth


Here is the remaining timeline for the exhibit:

©Phillippa K Lack


    • May 15, 2019    Additional images due if requested
    • June 15 – June 25, 2019     Accepted artwork delivery date
    • June 27, 2019 – 6-8 pm     Artist Reception – Save the date!
    • August 23, 2019 5-7pm     Gallery Lecture with Deborah Boschert




As Part of our CO/UT/WY Regional Exhibit the Foothills Art Center is offering THREE WORKSHOPS WITH DEBORAH BOSCHERT

Registration Now Open!! (See below)

August 20, 21 and 22, 2019
Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado

023bTuesday, August 20 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm: Captivating Compositions
Deborah introduces eight design guides that get the creative juices flowing. Look at examples of captivating compositions from fine art and the quilt world. Create a “sketch” for each of the design guides using fused fabrics. Learn to edit, audition and improvise using a super helpful design checklist. Explore adding details with machine and hand stitching. Your completed set of fabric sketches can be used as instruction and inspiration for future art quilts.

CreativiTree projectWednesday, August 21 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm: Creativi-Tree Art Quilts
Create a small art quilt with a beautifully original tree using a simple formula and interchangeable patterns. Explore layers of design and innovative stitching. Deborah will share several options for edge treatments and finishing techniques. Super fun, uncomplicated process and patterns make this a great project for enthusiastic beginners.


Personal SymbolssmallerThursday, August 22 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm: Personal Symbols for Art Quilts           What symbols and personal themes will you incorporate into your small art quilt collages? Houses, leaves, bowls, ladders? Deborah will guide you through exploring and creating shapes and symbols that have personal meaning. Create 5×7 fabric collages highlighting personal symbols using composition templates and inspiring fabrics. Embellish with machine and hand stitching. Learn simple finishing techniques and mount your art quilt collage on mats ready for framing.

  • Price: $125 for each one day workshop, $300 for all three workshops (Three Boschert Workshop Bundle)
  • Materials fee $25 per workshop paid to the instructor
  • Open to all: However, SAQA and Foothills Art Center Members will be given priority

Registration is NOW OPEN through the Foothills Art Center:

Deborah Boschert Captivating Compositions

Deborah Boschert Creativi-Tree Art Quilits

Deborah Boschert Personal Symbols For Art Quilts



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 “Threads of Innovation” Conference

We’ve just returned from a wonderful, information packed conference in San Jose with exciting speakers and events.  Speakers included :

  • Pokey Bolton
  • Lisa Congdon
  • Nancy Bavor
  • RoCoCo (KC Rosenberg and Modesto Covarrubias collaborative team)
  • Sara Trail and The Social Justice Sewing Academy
  • Joan Schulze

And we were given tours of the SAQA global exhibition “H2Oh!”

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and the SAQA multi region exhibition, “Shifting Tides – Convergence in Cloth”.

The whole event was so inspirational. The Lightening Talks were informative and inspirational.

We so enjoyed seeing others from our region!!  Many thanks to the SAQA Special Events Committee and California volunteers who worked for many months and presented a successful conference!!

Next year, the conference will be in March in Toronto. Rumor has it will fill up fast. So look for the registration announcements so you can participate with other members from all over the world.



Be part of SAQA’s most-anticipated fund-raising event! Donate a 12 x 12-inch art quilt to our 2019 Benefit Auction to support our exhibition and outreach programs.

The 2019 auction will take place online from September 13 through October 6.  

Questions? Please email

SAQA Benefit Auction Donation





Regional outing anyone?  Many came forward with interest in this regional outing and we are pleased to announce we have scheduled a docent led group tour to view the Claude Monet exhibit on October 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm.  Email notices with additional details will be sent out very soon to those who have previously responded.  We will be compiling a waiting list for this group tour of the exhibit, so please contact Anne Severn if you are interested in being added to this wait list.

Here are some details about our tour which was provided by museum staff:

Docent-led tours

Tours will be 90 minutes long.  Currently the ticket prices are considered Early Bird pricing:  Docent-Led: $30 per adult; $10 per Youth (6-18)

Path in the Wheat Fields at Pourville (Chemin dans les blés à Pourville), 1882Claude Monet

Claude Monet
The Truth of Nature
Opens October 20, 2019

The Denver Art Museum will be home to the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades. The exhibition will feature more than 100 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and will focus on the celebrated French impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked.

October 20, 2019 – February 2, 2020
Denver Art Museum – Hamilton Building
Tickets not yet on sale


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


Local Connections:  Colorado Springs, CO

This group is meeting next on Sat May 11th, 10am-12pm.  Please contact Katrina ( if you have any input for future meetings.

If you are interested in joining this group of vibrant artists in the southern front range area, contact Linda Laird.


Local Connections: Northern Denver Metro/Boulder

Here is a list of upcoming meetings for this group:

  • May 14, 2019: Sue Lewis; Stanley Lake Library, Arvada; Writing the Artist Statement
  • June 8, 2019 : Barb Olsen; Boulder; Low Water Dying.
  • July 16, 2019: Andy Stanton; Boulder; Leaf Dying. Andy’s class will be size limited.
  • September 17, 2019: Carol Eaton, Play Date from 10-2.

Contact Anne Severn if you would like to join the group.



Local Connections: Utah and Southern Nevada

A big shout out and thank you to Janett Rice and Margaret Abramshe for doing a great job of organizing future meetings for this group!!

Next meeting will be June 1, 2019 for a critique and lunch.

Future Pod meetings will be as follows:

  • Starbright Theater – Pinnacle Center, Sun City Summerlin

Frequency:  Approximately every other month

  • Future meeting dates to be selected at each meeting
  • Day of the week Saturdays
  • Time 10:00 am until noon
  • Items of Interest critique sessions
  • New topics to be determined at each meeting

Next meeting – Sue Karaalp will make the room
reservation on the first day of the month that we are meeting.
-Janett Rice will send an email memo with the date as soon as
it is available.
-Topics for the March 2019 meeting include a critique session
and information about photographing fiber art for entering
SAQA Calls for Entry. Margaret Abramshe will lead both topics.

The website Margaret suggested we look at for tips on photographing fiber art is “Shoot That Quilt!” It is titled Digital Photography for Textile Artists by Andy Baird and Holly Knott.


To join this Local Connections Pod, please contact Margaret Abramshe at:



Member News (We Have Been Busy…)

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 will premiere at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan in September 2019.

Slot Canyon
©Mary McCauley

Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artist Mary McCauley who was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit, with her piece “Slot Canyon”!








Regina Benson

Low Tide
©Regina Benson

Cloth and Clay: Textural Explorations

  • May 10 – June 22, 2019
  • Center for the Arts Evergreen, 31880 Rocky Village Dr., Evergreen, CO  80439
  • 303 674-0056
  • Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 4-7pm
  • Regina Benson Talk /Demo: Wednesday, May 22, 4pm
  • Closing Reception: Saturday, June 22, 2pm

Regina Benson is collaborating with 17 Colorado ceramic artists in a unique exhibition highlighting the dichotomies and synergy of aesthetics, process and materials in contemporary textile and ceramic arts. The exhibition highlights the juxtaposition of hard ceramics with ethereal fiber surfaces, demonstrating the diverse textural relationships of these art forms. Regina will speak to the specific aspects of her surface design and construction techniques that share affinity with ceramic clay, glazing, and firing processes on May 22, at 4pm.  Congratulations to Regina for being the sole art quilter in this art show!


Katrina Wright

Katrina Wright’s  piece “Blooming Again” was accepted into the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum exhibit Evolutions Juried Challenge, which runs July 22 to October 19, 2019.  Congratulations, Katrina!


Theresa Ely

Theresa has been accepted into a 2 week long artist in residency in the Badlands of Western ND this summer, from June 24-July 7th and should have her fiber art exhibit setup in the gallery there by June 26, 2019.  Plan a visit!  Congratulations, Theresa!


©Diana Fox

Diana Fox

Congratulations to Diana Fox, her work will be exhibited in the Foothills Art Center Community Gallery from September 13, 2019 – October 20 2019. Learn more about Diana and her work here.




Visions Art Museum

Bonamargy Friary ©Denise Labadie

Congratulations to these CO/UT/WY members who were accepted into Visions Art Museum’s “Interpretations 2019: Rhapsody”, October 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020:

  • Margaret Abramshe
  • Denise Labadie
  • Lea McComas
  • Melody Randol
  • Charlotte Ziebarth





Sacred Threads,  July 11-28, 2019

This biennial exhibition was established to provide a venue for quilters of all faiths who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey. The first exhibit was held in 2001 and the exhibit is held in the summer of odd numbered years.  This year is the 20th anniversary of this exhibit.  CO/UT/WY members have a huge showing in this years exhibit.  Congratulations to all!!

2019 Exhibit Artworks


  • Margaret Abramshe – “Cancer”
  • Ruthann Adams – “Grief”


  • Susan Brooks – “My Mother’s Memories (She Had None)”
  • Mary Louise Gerek – “Inner Landscapes: Depression”
  • Cynthia Jarest – “Springtime in the Rockies”


  • Rhonda S Denney – “Henry the Goat”
  • Becky Sue Poisson – “Letting Go”


  • Dorothy G Raymond – “Calypso”
  • Luana D Rubin – “Chautauqua Sanctuary”

Peace and Brotherhood

  • Bev Haring – “Love Has No Boundaries”


  • Jean R Herman – “Enlightenment”
  • Cheryl Olson – “I Choose Joy”


HeaderConnecting 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.


Premiere Location:
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Tucson, Arizona
October 5, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artists accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit!

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


The International Quilt Study Center & Museum

SAQA 30th Anniversary Showcase – April 2, 2019 to August 4, 2019

Anne Severn

Each year, various Studios Art Quilt Associates members create 12 x 12-inch art quilts for a benefit auction.  The exhibition of thirty of these small pieces celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the organization’s founding in 1989.  CO/UT/WY member and co-rep Anne Severn’s auction donation was accepted into this exhibition.




SAQA members Louisa Smith, Melody Randol, Dorothy Raymond and Anne Severn have pieces in this new exhibit!

See the first exhibition in the new Dunning History Gallery!

April 11 – September 29, 2019

Dunning Gallery, Free Admission

This exhibit presents a variety of quilts and related objects drawn directly for the Loveland Museum’s historic collection. Also included are examples of contemporary art quilts, defined by Studio Art Quilt Associates as an art form that is layered and stitched, made by members of SAQA living in Loveland.


Bev Haring and Andra Stanton

Bev and Andra have work displayed in the first edition of Salann Magazine, a magazine whose vision is to help artists be seen and heard. They are a community of artists, curators, collectors, galleries, shops, etc… supporting each other.


Throughout history people have been forced to flee from their homes for their own safety and survival due to war, oppression, natural disasters, and atrocious human rights violations. The refugee crisis has imposed severe impacts on the social, economic, and political structures of host countries, especially poor and developing countries.

I was moved to tears by many of the sorrowful stories in these powerful depictions. These works are accessible even if they can make uncomfortable viewing. Audiences will surely come away with images etched into their memories, and with more awareness of the tragic plight of large sections of humanity.

— Dr. Sue Marks

This powerful and timely exhibition illustrates the global challenges arising from the current refugee crisis impacting countries across the globe.

©Margaret Abramshe

Margaret L Abramshe – Roadmap was juried into Forced to Flee, SAQA Global Exhibition, Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, Florida: May 25 – August 24, 2019.

Congratulations, Margaret!!



Lea McComas

Lea is still accepting bricks and the wall continues to grow. Please spread the word.

Follow the progress of the Border Wall Project at: Border Wall Quilt Project   

Find a full prospectus and entry forms at: Border Wall Quilt Entry


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

An opportunity in Laramie, WY

2nd annual Higher Ground Fair Quilt Show, being held September 21 and 22, 2019 in Laramie, Wyoming.

The Higher Ground Fair is a regional celebration of rural Rocky Mountain living, which brings together an extraordinary mix of music and art, agriculture and animals, contests, workshops and artisan’s marketplace—everything great about tradition and innovation. Our quilt show seeks to showcase quilts from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and the Native First Nations within them.

The judge this year will be Cindy Brick who has been certified by the American Society of Appraisers and the American Quilter’s Society. She will also be hosting a quilting workshop and will be available for quilt appraisals the weekend of the fair.

They will be awarding prizes to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners of each class, as well as awarding ribbons for up to 6th place in each category. Quilts may be entered to be judged or for display only. Entry forms must be completed and sent by August 5, 2019. 

For more info:  2nd Annual Higher Ground Quilt Show


Call For Entry

37th Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts

2018 New Legacies ExhibitThe Fort Collins Lincoln Center invites contemporary art quilters to submit their artwork for the 37th Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts. This juried exhibition features the current work of the finest national and international contemporary quilt artists, July 20 – September 21, 2019. Art quilts accepted for exhibition will exemplify innovation in quilting and surface design techniques as well as excellence in artistic composition and craftsmanship. The goal of the exhibition is to recognize the world’s finest contemporary quilt artists and to advance the art form.

Deadline: May 20, 2019, entry fee $35.

For more information and to apply, visit:


Many exhibition opportunities with the SAQA Calls for Entry.

Traveling?  Check out the SAQA Calendar of Events  for current and upcoming exhibitions.



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