June 28, 2019 – October 6, 2019
Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St, Golden, CO 80401
The opening reception was a great success! Thank you to all who came. The exhibit is in a wonderful, well lit gallery. The staff of the Art Center did a fabulous job of hanging the artwork. A huge thank you to them for all they did to make this exhibit happen for SAQA and our region.
You don’t want to miss a chance to take Deborah Boschert workshops that are being offered in conjunction with this exhibit. Deborah Boschert Captivating Compositions, Deborah Boschert Creativi-Tree Art Quilits, Deborah Boschert Personal Symbols For Art Quilts. You can sign up for one, two or all three of the workshops. They are guaranteed to be informative and a great time!!
Again, many thanks to everyone who submitted work. 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 Schoennagel||Anne Severn||Joan Sowada|
|Karen Stalgren||Andra Stanton||Kathy Suprenant|
|Nancy Woods||Charlotte Ziebarth||Paul Caouette|
Mary Louise Gerek with help from Dorothy Raymond, put together a beautiful catalog of the pieces accepted into this exhibit. You can purchase a copy by going to this link (remember you can choose SAQA as a recipient of Amazon Smile funds):
Here is the remaining timeline for the exhibit:
- August 21, 22, 23, 2019 Deborah Boschert workshops at Foothills Art Center
- August 23, 2019 5-7 pm Gallery Lecture with Deborah Boschert
- Exhibit dates: June 28, 2019 – October 6, 2019
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
Tuesday, 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.
Wednesday, 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.
Thursday, 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:
SAQA 2020 Conference News
SAQA’s annual conference is an opportunity for our members to gather together, to network and socialize, to attend informative talks and presentations geared to help one grow as an artist, and to visit local art venues and landmarks.
We hope to see you at the next conference in Toronto, Canada (March 19-22, 2020). The theme of the conference is moSAiQA – a reflection of the many diverse global, artistic, ethnic and cultural elements that make both SAQA and Canada wonderful.
145 Richmond Street West,
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2L2, Canada
Registration will open in September.
Questions about the conference? Email email@example.com.
Thank you! to everyone who donated an art quilt to SAQA’s 2019 Benefit Auction to support exhibition and outreach programs.
The 2019 auction will take place online from September 13 through October 6.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAQA Seminar 2020 – Your Professional Toolkit
Launched in 2016, SAQA Seminar is a project offered through the Education Committee just for SAQA members. SAQA wanted to provide members with opportunities to learn more about a particular topic, share their expertise, ask questions, have conversations, and meet new people.
Offered once a year over a two month period, SAQA Seminar is a multi-media collection of content that includes articles, video conversations, a special Facebook group and opportunities for “live chats” using Zoom video conferencing. All the offerings will be accessible online. (It’s not a traditional retreat, workshop, class or conference. It’s all virtual.)
The next session of SAQA Seminar – Your Professional Toolkit – will start in late January 2020. Additional details will be available soon.
SAQA is confident everyone will find something interesting, instructive or inspiring whether you’re new to art quilting or you’ve been creating art with fabric and stitching for years. And remember, all this great content is totally FREE for SAQA members!
Links to previous years SAQA Seminar recordings can be found here: SAQA Seminars
WE HAVE A DATE!!
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 have been sent out 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:
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)
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.
Local Connections: Colorado Springs, CO
We decided on the agenda for the next couple of meetings and would welcome feedback for future meetings as we try to keep us on track and learning. Every meeting will still include a short critique session, but then still give us
time for an activity or technique session.
For July, we will meet on July 13th at Marco’s off of Briargate Pky., Colorado Springs, Co and will be trading fiber ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards). If you are not familiar with these, here is a brief introduction:
For our group, I suggested that everyone make about 8 cards (more if you wish). In order to accomplish this a little easier, you can also make a larger piece of art and cut it into multiple ATC’s. **TIP** If you choose this method
rather than making them all individually, try to make sure that there is something interesting on each card after you cut them apart, rather than a central focal point image. Regardless of the method you choose, the finished card
sizes need to be 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. There are lots of pictures and ideas out there to get you started, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me (email@example.com)
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
June 8, 2019 the group met at Barb Olson’s studio and she taught a class on Low Water Dying. It was a great gathering with many happy participants. It was so popular Barb is teaching again on July 13.
Here is a list of upcoming meetings for this group:
- July 13, 2019: Barb Olson; Boulder; Low Water Dying. It was so popular Barb is teaching again.
- July 16, 2019: Andy Stanton; Boulder; Leaf Dying. Andy’s class will be size limited and is full at this time.
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!!
Contact Janett or Margaret for details regarding the next meeting.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brigham City Museum of Art and History, 24 North 300 West,
Brigham City, UT
June 22 – August 31, 2019
47th Annual Quilt Exhibition
Prepare to be awed by Utah’s foremost art quilt exhibition and show, opening soon at the Brigham City Museum of Art & History. This exclusive exhibition brings together quilts from around the world to showcase what is possible in the world of fine art quilting. Quilts will come from Japan, South Africa, England, the United States of America, and many places in between.
This exhibition is the longest running annual quilt show in Utah and features top artists.
Artists showcased in this exhibition include Cathy Erickson, Megan Farkas, Annelize Littlefair, Alice Beasley, Donna Deaver, O.V. Brantley, and more.
The exhibition is presented by the Brigham City Museum of Art & History and is supported by Village Dry Goods, Brigham City’s awesome quilt shop.
Brigham City Museum of Art and History, 24 North 300 West,
Brigham City, UT
Layers are everywhere. They become apparent when we plumb the earth’s surface, make archeological digs to discover the history of civilizations, explore human anatomy, dress for the weather, dig in freshly fallen snow, and count rings in the stump of a tree. Layers are abstract, too. We find them in language when we ponder the hidden meanings in novels, poems, conversations, and puns.
Textile artists achieve layering many ways in their artwork. Multi-hued fabrics frequently begin the layering process. The character of the layers can be changed by selecting sheer, opaque, reflective, tinted or toned fabric. Enhancement of the layers can be achieved with paints, dyes, bleaching, distressing, embellishments, and stitching. These are the tools at the artist’s disposal to create layers of light, shade, depth, and color.
Entrants were encouraged to interpret the use and concept of layering in their work. The layering of the media may be literal, inferred, or even digital. Realistic, representational, wearable art, and abstract work were considered.
CO/UT/WY artists who have work in this exhibit:
Regina Benson • Golden, Colorado, USA
Watching geologists drill core samples in Colorado’s Piance Creek Basin, I am struck by the vibrant hues and textures of our earth’s layers: ribbons of history formed millions of years ago when these high mountains were lake beds and sea bottoms. This dimensional triptych has been layered and formed as an emerging underground experience.
Charlotte Ziebarth • Boulder, Colorado, USA
My Ruins series explores the visual landscape left behind as layers of time, gravity, weather, and other natural forces cause changes in our man-made and natural environments. Digital art based on original photographs was created by layering several images: rock walls, drippy graffiti lines, water flowing over a rock, and more. The layers of imagery evoke mountain landscapes, crumbling walls, old castles, ghost towns, archaeological digs, or the fireplaces and chimneys left standing vigil after a wildfire has swept through.
SEPTEMBER 12, 13, 14, 2019
1240 Beck Avenue
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
Inspired by Endangered Species: Animals and Plants in Fabric Perspectives
Kim will be taping a segment for “The Quilt Show” the afternoon of August 18, 2019. Fabulous!
Also, Kim’s piece “Copper Enamel Ammonite” won an Honorable Mention at AQS Quilt Week, Spring 2019 – Paducah, KY. Congratulations, Kim!
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.
Congratulations to CO/UT/WY Artist Mary McCauley who was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit, with her piece “Slot Canyon”!
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!
Rhonda received an Honorable Mention with her piece “Chameleon – The Eyes Have It” at AQS Quilt Week, Spring 2019 – Paducah, KY. Congratulations, Rhonda!
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!
Denise Labadie: Stone Portraits and Sacred Stonescapes
June 5 – July 14, 2019
Porcella Gallery, SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF QUILTS AND TEXTILES
Denise Labadie makes contemporary art quilt portraits of Celtic megalithic stones and monoliths, and more recent monastic ruins. These stonescapes – stone circles, standing stones, dolmens, burial tombs, abandoned churches, forgotten cemeteries, and lost-in-history portals and passageways – are both timeless and evoke deep remembrances of human pasts largely forgotten. Labadie’s quilts are known both for their surprising emotionality, large size and, from a construction standpoint, their hand-painted fabrics, textures, color gradation, shadowing and perspective, depth of field, craftsmanship and technique precision.
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.
Congratulations to these CO/UT/WY artists 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 Sacred Thread Exhibit Artwork by CO/UT/WY Artists:
- 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”
Connecting 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.
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
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.
Quilts: Warmth to Wonder
Loveland Museum and Gallery, Loveland, CO
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.
This powerful and timely exhibition illustrates the global challenges arising from the current refugee crisis impacting countries across the globe.
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.
RMQM Critique Class with Lea McComas
4th Saturday of the month, June-November (June 29; July 27; Aug. 24; Sept. 28; Oct. 26; Nov. 23), 10am to 1pm. Class fee: $20 per session. Attend as many or as few as you want! Join award-winning fiber artist, author and teacher Lea McComas for a new class series at RMQM. This once monthly class is open to all skill levels. You will learn how to expand your knowledge of tools and techniques, be more creative, deepen your understanding of color, design and composition, and discover your inner artist. Each class will begin with a short design lesson presented by Lea along with a suggested follow-up activity to be completed prior to the next class. The remainder of each session will be devoted to critique of projects; both in-progress and completed projects are welcome. Bring your work for group analysis and discussion in a safe and supportive environment.
Click Here or call 303-277-0377 to sign up for this class.
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!
Leesa Gawlik would like to invite members and friends to a workshop being held in Durango, CO.
IMPROV DESIGN: Start Small, Finish Large – a three-day workshop in Durango, CO – Aug 8, 9 and 10, 2019.
Click on the link to view registration.
Here is a link to purchase “Art Quilts Unfolding” from the SAQA store: Art Quilts Unfolding
“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
Many exhibition opportunities with the SAQA Calls for Entry.
Traveling? Check out the SAQA Calendar of Events for current and upcoming exhibitions.
Join the conversation!
Facebook (both are SAQA members only):
Mary Louise Gerek: ML@MLFiberArts.com
Anne Severn: Severn.Anne@gmail.com