August 2019 Newsletter SAQA CO/UT/WY

Evolving Perceptions

June 28, 2019 – October 6, 2019

Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St, Golden, CO 80401

Ancient Tree ©Karen Stalgren

Binding Together ©Laurie Hill Gibb and Paul Caouette










Please take the time to visit and enjoy our regional exhibit.  Here is a link to the Foothills Arts Center to check for daily hours: Foothills Art Center .

A huge thank you to everyone who made 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.  August 21, 22, 23, 2019.

You can sign up for one, two or all three of the workshops.  They are guaranteed to be informative and a great time!!  More information can be found below.

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):  

Evolving Perceptions Catalog Amazon

©Phillippa K Lack

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

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 QuiltsWhat 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:

Captivating Compositions

Creativi-Tree Art Quilits

Personal Symbols For Art Quilts



SAQA 2020 Conference News

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

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.

Hotel Info:
Hilton Toronto
145 Richmond Street West,
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2L2, Canada

Registration will open in September.

Questions about the conference? Email



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






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 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:

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

Is There Interest For Another?

Is there interest in another docent led museum outing in the spring of 2020?  The Denver Art Museum has just announced a Frederic Remington and Winslow Homer exhibit that sounds very intriguing.  Please contact Anne Severn if interested.  Here is some information from the DAM website regarding this exhibit:

Winslow Homer, West Point, Prout’s Neck, 1900

Frederick Remington, The Fall of the Cowboy, 1895

March 15—June 7, 2020

The Denver Art Museum is proud to announce Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington, an exhibition that will reveal connections between common artistic themes and techniques used by acclaimed American artists Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington through 60 artworks.

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

July’s meeting was a lot of fun! We had some brief show n tell, but then exchanged our ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards). For those who weren’t there, but are still interested in participating in the ATC swap, please bring them to the next meeting. We all had
some left over just in case you would like to make some too!

For August 10, the plan is to meet at Linda’s house and do some sun printing. Kim and
Linda are going to head this activity up. There may be a small material fee to help cover the cost of supplies in addition to what you need to bring from your own stash.

Just a quick reminder about the August 10, 2019 meeting. The reservation for August at Marco’s has been cancelled.  The August meeting will be at Linda’s house, so if you haven’t been there before or it’s been a while, please contact her for her address. (
Attendees will be doing sun printing…so fun!

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

Westminster/Boulder Local Connections Meetings

On Wednesday, July 17, Andy Stanton, gave a class on leaf and flower printing. Using kits, made by Andy, we learned how to print on fabric and paper. We printed leaves on silk and flowers and leaves on paper. Our results were all a little different, but all were very exciting. Thank you Andy for a great day.





Several members got together for a second fabric dye class with Barb Olson on Saturday July 13. Some built on last month’s class and several started at the beginning and quickly transitioned to Saturday’s work. Everyone’s dye pieces were different but equally interesting and beautiful. Thank you Barb for a great class.  Going forward please contact Barb directly if you are interested in her fabric dye classes.







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



Local Connections: Utah and Southern Nevada

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

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


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.

Image a quilt with a delicate lace blouse as the focal point.
A Girl’s Lace Blouse, by Cathy Erickson

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

Layered Voices (SAQA Global Exhibition) –  June 22, 2019 – August 31, 2019

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:

Core Sample
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.


Smoke and Ashes: Ruins #1
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.

Yellowstone Quilt Fest
SEPTEMBER 12, 13, 14, 2019


Cody Auditorium
1240 Beck Avenue
Cody, Wyoming
For information and how to participate visit:  Yellowstone Quilt Fest

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.

For more info:  2nd Annual Higher Ground Quilt Show


Member News

The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum exhibit Evolutions 2019 Juried Challenge asked quilters and fiber artists to submit quilted works embodying their personal concept of growth and continuous change. The quilts range from simple to complex in style, with the artists drawing from a wide range of techniques, designs and materials. Visitors will see examples of fabric dyeing, hand beading, screen printing and digital design, among others. The result is an open, flowing collection of quilts exploring the nooks and crannies of life, change and growth. Come explore with us, and discover your own meaning of evolution.  Many SAQA members have work displayed in this exhibit.  The exhibition dates are July 22 through October 19, 2019.  The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is located at200 Violet St #140, Golden, CO 80401

Breakthrough ©Sue Lewis

Awakening ©Sue Lewis

Birds, insects, and even some mammals are able to fly and soar. Plant seeds and kites are carried on the breeze, and the perfect pass can float through the air. Humankind has dreamt of ways to fly from Icarus’ attempt to create his own wings to the advent of airplanes, satellites, and  space exploration. This exhibition provides new perspectives through which to see our world. Call for Entry Details »

This exhibition will premiere in February 2020 at AQS QuiltWeek Daytona

Sky Lanterns ©Margaret Abramshe

Flying Free ©Ruthann Adams

Forever Free © Mary Louise Gerek

Mapforms #7 ©Michele Hardy











Congratulations to the regional members whose work was selected for Aloft:

  • Margaret Abramshe
  • Ruthann Adams
  • Mary Louise Gerek
  • Michele Hardy


Kimberly Lacy

Kim will be taping a segment for “The Quilt Show” the afternoon of August 18, 2019.  Fabulous!



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’s work was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit, “Slot Canyon”!






©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

Silent Stones ©Melody Randol

Congratulations to these CO/UT/WY artists who’s work was 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



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 who’s work was accepted into this SAQA Global Exhibit!

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


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.


Lea McComas

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.

SAQA JAM Pat Pauly of Rochester, NY will be teaching 

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.

Pat Pauly



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



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!

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