January Supplement: SAQA CO/UT/WY

Here are a couple of announcements:

The Colorado Springs Local Connections Group will be meeting at The Lady Bug Hill Quilt Shop.  Please check with Linda Laird (lindalaird333@comcast.net) for time and details.

For Saturday’s demo on image transfers from magazine pages to fabric, each person will need:

Magazine pages, either text or pictures, on fairly heavy paper (Think “Vogue”, “Nat’l Geographic”, “Real Simple”, etc.)

A variety of fabric pieces, at least fat quarter size. Can be light, dark, solid, print. Smooth surface is best, sheers also are good.

A couple of throwaway foam brushes, at least 1” wide.

Acrylic medium, either matte or gloss.

Some throwaway plastic containers: yogurt, cottage cheese, you get the idea.

Either some waxed paper, or freezer paper, to form a throwaway work surface.

Some clear 2” wide packing tape.

I will bring some extras of all these supplies, so if you don’t have something, don’t worry!

Class Announcement

Explore Artistic and Creative Quilting  is a course in personal discovery guided by Mary Louise Gerek.  In six sessions, students will explore their own creative interests, learn about new techniques, materials and tools, and start to approach the creative process from an artist’s perspective.  The focus will be on inspiration, experimentation, and moving out of a personal comfort zone into a new creative space.

There will be no sewing in class, but it will be included in some of the homework assignments.  Mary Louise will present concepts and show illustrations on line.   A class will consist of reviewing the previous session’s homework, presenting new material and handing out assignments for the next class.  All students will be expected to attend each session and do homework assignments as possible.  Discussion about the homework and the students’ experiences with creativity is a crucial part of the learning process.  Photos  or examples associated with each class represent a suggestion of the assignment for that class.  Each student will be working on their own to create pieces for each assignment.

The class is six sessions starting Saturday, January 27, 1:00 to 4:00 pm and running every other week through April 14. There is an extra week prior to the last meeting for everyone to attend the SAQA conference.

To join Mary Louise and your fellow students in exploring the world of artistic quilting, call the Presser Foot in Fort Collins at 970-484-1094

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January Newsletter CO/UT/WY

Welcome to 2018!

Mary Louise and I are excited about the promise of this new year and wish the best to all in the coming year.  We have been working on a new juried regional exhibit which will show at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, CO and will run June 28-September 30, 2019.  This exhibit will be juried by artist Deborah Boschert and Eriq Hochuli, the Exhibits Manager of the Foothills Arts Center.

Evolving Perceptions”

  • Edward Bono said, “If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion, and this can lead to new ideas.” Most people relate to and have fond memories associated with quilts; those covers for a bed made from pieces of fabric that are stitched together and filled with padding. This exhibit is intended to challenge the perceptions of what a quilt is; an exhibit that will be exciting, cutting edge and will stretch the imagination of the viewer as to what an art quilt can be. It is an opportunity for the artist to be innovative in color, line, composition and materials in depicting their vision, whether realistic, representational or abstract. The artist is invited to submit pieces that explore the limits of the medium, including 3-D and multimedia (including video and audio). The call for entry information will be available February 2018, with the actual entry period open February 1-28, 2019.  You will have the time to stretch your materials and imagination to create fabulous work for a fabulous exhibit!

 

Local Connections Groups Starting

There have been some inquiries about the possibility of forming a Local Connections group in the Boulder area.  If you are interested in forming a Local Connections Group there or anywhere in the coming year, please contact Anne or Mary Louise for information and support.  We encourage all of our members to connect in some way this next year.  It is the best way to benefit from your SAQA membership.

Annual Conference:  San Antonio

Registration is now open for the April SAQA Conference in San Antonio, TX. Please consider attending this fun and informative conference where you meet SAQA members from all over the world.  For more information .  Anne and Mary Louise hope to see you there.

Member News

Did you know you can be affiliated with two SAQA regions? Log in to your account on saqa.com, go to “manage accounts”, scroll down and choose any region to be your second SAQA region. This enables you to be involved with their communications and exhibitions.

Margaret Abramshe, Linda Laird and Melody Money have their work exhibited in the Northern California/Nevada and Southern California/Nevada Regions show, “Art Quilts: Work by Members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates”.

  • California Heritage Museum (Santa Monica, CA) December 9, 2017 – March 18, 2018
  • Carnegie Arts Center (Turlock, CA) April 4, 2018 May 27, 2018

©Melody Money
Sky Prayer

©Linda Laird
Forgiveness

©Margaret Lowers Abramshe
Thomas Huston

©Margaret Lowers Abramshe
Narrows

 

 

©Margaret Lowers Abramshe
Release

 

 

From member Anne Datko on her visit to the “Under the Western Sun” exhibit:

I finally got to see the SAQA exhibit at Handiquilter yesterday. Lovely pieces. Couldn’t decide on favorite. Interesting to see different ways of handling edges, so many different techniques. Thanks, SAQA members!”

 

eQuilter Charity Sewing Day (Boulder, CO)

Here is a letter sent by eQuilter, a serious SAQA supporter, for us to share with all of our regional members.  Please help if you can.  Many thanks, Luana for helping us help.

Dear Anne,

I am writing to you about our first eQuilter Charity Sewing Day for 2018.
We will be meeting Saturday January 13 from 9:00 to 4:00 in eQuilter’s
fabulous 2000 square foot class room. We’ll be continuing our project of
sewing charity quilts for those who have experienced so much loss recently
from major weather events.
eQuilter will be providing the fabric and thread.  Blakeman Vacuum and
Sewing will be providing brand new BERNINA sewing machines, for which we are very grateful!
As usual, we’ll have coffee, tea, and cookies!  It wouldn’t be a gathering
of quilters without, right?
Those interested in joining us must RSVP to Customer Service at 303.527.0856
or service@eQuilter.com, as this will help us have enough sewing machines.
Participants are welcome to bring their own machine and if they indicate
that preference, we will not reserve a BERNINA for them.
Thank you for passing along this information! We hope to hear from you!

Best regards,
Dana

 

Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild                                                            Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 200 Violet Street, Suite 150 Golden, CO  “How New Is Modern ?” through January 23, 2018.

  • The Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild modern art exhibit, “How New is Modern?”  tells a story about how modern quilting has emerged out of quilting’s long history. By engaging with traditional quilts in a modern way and linking them to modern aesthetics, it creates a point of connection and dialog between traditional and modern quilts.
    The show also includes antique quilts in RMQM’s Permanent Collection all made prior to WWII and from personal collections as inspiration to hang along the original “modern” quilts in the show.

 

2018 Benefit Auction Competition

The SAQA regions are being challenged to get our members involved and have some friendly rivalry fun. For the 2018 Benefit Auction, the two regions with the highest percentage of participation will get $250 each towards a regional event. One award will go to a region with 100 members or less and another award to the region with 101 members or more. 

  • Online submissions for these 12″x12″ pieces will open in February. The deadline is June 1, 2018.  The finished auction quilts can be mailed or will be collected at the conference in San Antonio, so bring them to the conference! We might even display them. 
  • Let’s see how much fun we can have with this! Perhaps we could use the new SAQA Golden Hour fabric collection in their creations! The SAQA Store has a Fat Quarter Bundle available or you can order yardage directly from eQuilter.

2018 Spotlight Auction – Deadline March 1, 2018

  • 2018 SAQA Spotlight Auction
    SAQA TEXtiles Conference

 

 

Regional SAQA CO/UT/WY and SAQA Facebook Pages

Please feel free to visit and post your creative news on our CO/UT/WY Regional and SAQA facebook pages. They are both closed groups open to SAQA members only, so if you aren’t already connected, please join the conversation:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/438357779675116/  and    https://www.facebook.com/groups/mySAQA/

Your CO/UT/WY Reps:

Mary Louise Gerek, ml@mlfiberarts.com

Anne Severn, severn.anne@gmail.com

December Newsletter CO/UT/WY

Local Connections Groups Starting

Colorado Springs

Katrina Wright shared the group’s fun with Kool Aid dyeing at their last meeting. The group will not be meeting in December.  Please contact Jenae Redmond if you are interested in joining the group at their January meeting (TBA).

If you are interested in forming a Local Connections Group in the coming year, please contact Anne or Mary Louise for information and support.  We encourage all of our members to connect in some way this next year.  It is the best way to benefit from your SAQA membership.

Annual Conference:  San Antonio

Registration is now open for the April SAQA Conference in San Antonio, TX. Please consider attending this fun and informative conference where you meet SAQA members from all over the world.  For more information .  Anne and Mary Louise hope to see you there.

 Announcement from:

 

Here is a letter sent by eQuilter, a serious SAQA supporter, for us to share with all of our regional members.  Please help if you can.  Many thanks, Luana for helping us help.

Dear Mary Louise,

I am writing to you about our last charity sewing day for 2017.  We will be meeting Saturday December 9 from 9:00 to 4:00 in eQuilter’s fabulous 2000 square foot class room. We’ll be continuing our project of sewing charity quilts for those who have experienced so much loss this year from major weather events.

eQuilter will be providing the fabric and thread.  Blakeman Vacuum and Sewing will be providing brand new BERNINA sewing machines, for which we are very grateful!

It will be a celebration of our passion for quilting, helping others and of the season!  We’ll have coffee, tea, and Christmas Cookies!

We would appreciate your sharing this information with area members of SAQA.  Those interested in joining us should RSVP to Customer Service at 303.527.0856 or service@eQuilter.com

Thank you for passing along this information! We hope to hear from you!

Best regards,

Dana

******
From Dana Lacy Chapman at
www.eQuilter.com
email:  service@eQuilter.com
Toll Free: 877-322-7423
Local: 303-527-0856
eQuilter. Better than Chocolate. No Calories!

Member News

Linda MacDonald of Powell, WY has three quilts on Exhibit.

Amelia Earhart “Final Flight” is part of the “HERstory: A Celebration of Strong Women” exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  The book is available for pre-order at Amazon.

“Land Rover” and “Apollo 9: Splashdown” are part of the “Fly Me to the Moon” exhibit which was in Indianapolis for the month of October. The book is now available at Amazon.

Last Word

Anne and Mary Louise wish you the best Holiday Season. We will be back in touch in January with plans for a new year.  Hint:  we are working on a proposal for an exciting 2019 regional show.  Stay tuned for the January announcement!!

Your CO/UT/WY Reps:

Mary Louise Gerek, ml@mlfiberarts.com

Anne Severn, severn.anne@gmail.com

November News Letter CO/UT/WY

Local Connections Groups

 

The Colorado Springs group will be meeting on Saturday, November 11 at 10:00 am. Katrina Wright is demonstrating how to dye natural fibers using Kool-aid.  The meeting is a Jenae Redmond’s studio, 1111 N. Arcadia St, the stairs down to the studio is to the right of our front door.  There is an address sign of 1111 ½ over the studio door.  If you have problems with stairs, please call Jenae, cell number 719-338-0424.

Here is a materials list for the session.  Please call Jenae if you are planning to attend.

Raw, animal protein fiber, shoot for about an oz per color (wool roving, silk, etc…)
Small microwaveable containers (at least 2 cup size)
Usweetened Koolaid pkgs (1 for every oz of fiber)
Wooden skewers or chopsticks
Thick plastic gloves
Ziplock style bags to transport dyed fiber home in

Here is a link to my blog where I showed this back in 2013:
http://kwfiberart.com/blog/more-kool-aide-fun
Summit County

Jeannie Schoennag is interested in starting a small group in Summit County.  She will be emailing members within 30 minutes from Summit County after she returns to the area in mid-November. More details will be included in the next newsletter.

 

Call for Entry:  Life Along the Rio Grand Form and Instructions

Entries will be accepted beginning at 12:01 am MST on November 10, 2017.

Entry fee payment links and shipping instructions will be sent with your acceptance note beginning November 12.

The first 35 entries to come in will be accepted, the rest will be placed on a waiting list.

Please complete the following form and email it and your images back to Betty Busby at fbusby3@comcast.net

Artist:

Address:

Phone:

email:

website (optional):

title:

artist statement- 100 words max:

sale price :

 

Note: SAQA does not take a percentage of sales for regional exhibitions.  However, each venue will, the commission for each ranges from 20-40%- price your work accordingly.  Work must not be sold privately during the run of the show, and sale prices may not be changed.

However, work may be withdrawn between venues if you choose.

OR

insurance value if not for sale : you must include this if your work is NFS

artist statement- 100 word maximum:

 

Photo image instructions-

images should be labeled with the artist’s last name, followed by the title of the work.

Include one with all edges of the piece showing, and one detail image.

Images should be a minimum of 1800 pixels on the longest side.

Do NOT send images in the body of the email, they need to be sent as attachments.

Quality images are important- we plan to publish a catalog of the show, poor quality images may be excluded.

Original work only- kits and patterns not accepted.

The full prospectus of the show is on the SAQA website here-

please note that all members of the included regions are invited to submit work, whether you reside in the region or not.

http://www.saqa.com/calendar-detail.php?ID=5480

Betty Busby

Member News

Animals with Attitude

Animal Portraits by Barbara Yates Beasley

Tiger Eyes, Barbara Yates Beasley

Colorado State University

Veterinary Hospital Show

November 4 —December 28, 2017

I am honored to be invited back to CSU for a show in the lobby of the veterinary hospital. There are twelve new animals including Sanford the llama and our own Roxy, as the Yellow Dog of Arles.

You can visit the animals during lobby hours 8 AM – 10 PM. They’re located in the waiting area just inside the main entrance at 300 West Drake Rd, Ft Collins, Co. Visit through December 28, 2017.

 

 

 

CO/UT/WY October Mid Month News

Upcoming Events of Interest to Fiber Artists

HANDWEAVERS GUILD OF BOULDER  A celebration of all things fiber.   November 2-5.  Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont.

Enjoy this unique event presented by over one hundred Front Range fiber artists.  There will be a juried exhibit of work by members.

You will  find thousands of quality handmade fibers for sale, including knitting,  yarns, spinning, weaving, quilting,  felting, baby and children’s items, wall art, jewelry, clothing and accessories,  holiday decorations, and more.  Think holiday gifts for yourself and others.

Join us for the fashion show at 1PM Saturday and demonstrations on all days.

Admission and parking are free.   Visit  www.HandweaversOfBoulder.org   for details and to sign up for an e-postcard for future sales.

October News Letter CO/UT/WY

Local Connections Groups Starting

October saw two group meetings in Colorado.  First, there was a meeting in Colorado Springs attended by 6 SAQA members, very happy to get to know each other.  They have decided to continue, meeting on the second Saturday of each month at 10 am.  The next meeting  and will be meeting again at the home of Linda Laird, on October 14.  The address is 2990 Rapsody Dr, Colorado Springs, CO.  Please let Jenae Redmond know if you will be attending (jenae@justaquiltinggeek.com).

The second meeting was held in Denver.  We had 13 members attend and a great time was had by all.  Please note the “Cocktail Bunny” (a little bright in the photo) was lit, so the wine was enjoyed by several members.  The Denver group will continue discussing how it wants to continue.  However, the members were very happy to meet and get to know each other.  A great time was had by all at both meetings.

Call for Entry:  Life Along the Rio Grand Form and Instructions

Entries will be accepted beginning at 12:01 am MST on November 10, 2017.

Entry fee payment links and shipping instructions will be sent with your acceptance note beginning November 12.

The first 35 entries to come in will be accepted, the rest will be placed on a waiting list.

Please complete the following form and email it and your images back to Betty Busby at fbusby3@comcast.net

Artist:

Address:

Phone:

email:

website (optional):

title:

artist statement- 100 words max:

sale price :

 

Note: SAQA does not take a percentage of sales for regional exhibitions.  However, each venue will, the commission for each ranges from 20-40%- price your work accordingly.  Work must not be sold privately during the run of the show, and sale prices may not be changed.

However, work may be withdrawn between venues if you choose.

OR

insurance value if not for sale : you must include this if your work is NFS

artist statement- 100 word maximum:

 

Photo image instructions-

images should be labeled with the artist’s last name, followed by the title of the work.

Include one with all edges of the piece showing, and one detail image.

Images should be a minimum of 1800 pixels on the longest side.

Do NOT send images in the body of the email, they need to be sent as attachments.

Quality images are important- we plan to publish a catalog of the show, poor quality images may be excluded.

Original work only- kits and patterns not accepted.

The full prospectus of the show is on the SAQA website here-

please note that all members of the included regions are invited to submit work, whether you reside in the region or not.

http://www.saqa.com/calendar-detail.php?ID=5480

Betty Busby

Member News

Animals with Attitude

Animal Portraits by Barbara Yates Beasley

Amani by Barbara Yates Beasley

Colorado State University

Veterinary Hospital Show

November 4 —December 28, 2017

I am honored to be invited back to CSU for a show in the lobby of the veterinary hospital. There are twelve new animals including Sanford the llama and our own Roxy, as the Yellow Dog of Arles.

You can visit the animals during lobby hours 8 AM – 10 PM. They’re located in the waiting area just inside the main entrance at 300 West Drake Rd, Ft Collins, Co. Visit through December 28, 2017.

Sewing for Disaster Relief at eQuilter:

Here is a letter sent by eQuilter, a serious SAQA supporter, for us to share with all of our regional members.  Please help if you can.  Many thanks, Luana for helping us help.

Dear Mary Louise,

As I am sure you are well aware, there have been multiple recent disasters
and those of us not affected by the storms, fires and earthquakes, are
trying to keep up with relief efforts…and what is the best way to help.
eQuilter and Mission of Love have distributed over 12,000 donated comfort
quilts for disaster relief, medical patients, orphans, etc. since 2000. We
have already distributed disaster relief supplies to a remote coastal
community in Texas post-Harvey. Mission of Love is gearing up to help in
Puerto Rico. Quilts will be distributed to several areas for disaster
relief.

We are opening up our eQuilter.com 2000 sq ft classroom to groups or
individuals who would like to get together to sew comfort quilts, to be
delivered by Mission of Love to those most affected by these recent events.
WE WILL PROVIDE THE FABRIC!

We have scheduled special sewing days on two Saturdays in October – on 10/14
and 10/21 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

If area members of SAQA would like to schedule a sewing day, we have a local
BERNINA dealer who may provide machines, depending on the dates. You can of
course bring in your own machine as well.

Size: We suggest small bed quilts for children and adults. Many people are
living in small temporary housing situations, and children especially are
vulnerable to the trauma of losing all of their possessions.

Backing and Batting: We will also donate as much batting and backing as
possible for in-house Sewing Days. Not knowing how many quilt tops may be
produced.we will work with our suppliers for any extra donations needed. We
will supply fabric for all of the quilt tops that can be made in-house on
our Sewing Days.

Please call us and RSVP so we know we how many people to expect on the 2
weekends. Further dates can be scheduled based on input from the quilting
community.

On behalf of Luana, we ask you to share this news through your social media,
newsletters, etc. if possible.  I will also be sending an email to Anne
Severn, and appreciate both of your time in reading this email.

Best regards,

Dana

******
From Dana Lacy Chapman at
www.eQuilter.com
email:  service@eQuilter.com
Toll Free: 877-322-7423
Local: 303-527-0856
eQuilter. Better than Chocolate. No Calories!

 

SAQA CO/UT/WY September Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Local Connections Meetings:

Join us in Colorado Springs Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the home of member Linda Laird, 2990 Rhapsody Drive.  All  members are invited, especially those in the Colorado Springs area. For planning purposes, please RSVP to Mary Louise Gerek at ML@MLFiberArts.com

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 ML@MLFiberArts.com

Each agenda is the same

Meet other SAQA members in our region.
View SAQA’s new video.
Share ideas about what you would like from SAQA and our regional group.
Learn about Local Connections groups.
Discuss possibilities for local exhibitions.

It looks like we are putting together some lively meetings.  Several folks have already responded.  Please let us know if you plan to come, and which meeting you will attend.

Anyone who is willing to host a meeting in your area, please contact Mary Louise at the above email.


Photo courtesy of Betty Busby

Our region was so fortunate to have the NEXT Symposium right here in our backyard!

Featuring talks about the state of the art, where our art is going and what collectors think about what we’re doing, the August 26 gathering of fiber enthusiasts was full of exciting energy and friendly conversation.

Panelists included publishers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and artists.

Video was done during the symposium, and we hope to see it available on the SAQA website in the future so everyone can enjoy the presentations that were made.

A big Thank You to The Dairy Arts Center for hosting this event as well as to the sponsors eQuilter, FRCQ and SAQA.

The 75 Exhibit which features all new work by Judith Trager and 25 invited artists from around the world will continue at The Dairy Arts Center (2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO) through October 22


For those who want to remember the 75 Exhibit…

The catalog for 75 A Celebration of New Works in Fiber is available on Amazon for $20.00.

If you have not seen the exhibit yet, it is on display at the Dairy Art Center, Boulder, CO until October 22.


Member News

Sheridan, Wyoming Showing of the SAQA Trunk Show

SAQA Artists on Tour: An up close and personal view of art quilts made by members of SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates, an international organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt and the artists who create them.

September 11—22, 2017
Sheridan Community College
Martensen Gallery, Whitney Academic Center
8 am—5 pm , Monday—Friday
Artists’ Reception Tuesday, September 12 , 4—6 pm

Solo Exhibit

Melody Randol will have a SOLO EXHIBIT titled SEDUCTIVE SETTINGS at Visions Art Museum, San Diego, California, OCT 21, 2017 – JAN 7, 2018.  Opening reception is OCT 21, 5-7 PM.  The show includes six new major works by Melody.  Dimensions of each quilt: 54” x 24” © 2017

If you are passionate about landscape art, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Melody Randol.  She is teaching a 5-day workshop in San Diego, CA.

ART OF THE LAND

October 16-20, 2017

Sponsored by Visions Art Museum

For more information, please contact Visions Art Museum http://www.visionsartmuseum.org/ or Melody Randol randolm@earthlink.net


Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Regional Reps

Mary Louise Gerek, Fort Collins, CO     ml@mlfiberarts.com

Anne Severn, Loveland CO    severn.anne@gmail.com

Please contact us with any questions and send us event notices to include in the newsletter.

Local Connections Groups – Colorado Springs & Denver

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, members from Colorado/Utah/Wyoming SAQA Region will be gathering 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 ML@MLFiberArts.com

The agenda will be the same at both meetings:                                                           Meet other SAQA members in our region.
View SAQA’s new video.
Share ideas about what you would like from SAQA
and our regional group.
Learn about Local Connections groups.
Discuss possibilities for local exhibitions.

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 ML@MLFiberArts.com

Next is Almost Here

Dear NEXT Symposium participants and 75 artists,

I can’t believe that we are just a week away from the big 75/NEXT weekend! With thousands of details still to be finished, quilts still to be hung on gallery walls, and people to greet from all over the world, I thought I would take a moment to tell you about a few logistical details regarding the weekend.

First, let me apologize. Boulder is a college town and beginning the 22nd about 4,000 freshmen will be moving into their dorms. This madness lasts through the weekend as parents from all over descend upon our quiet, beautiful town. You’ll be caught in this madness in the fact of increased traffic and busier restaurants. No worries, though, we have a surfeit of fine food in Boulder and no one will go hungry. And, the Symposium includes coffee breaks and lunch. There may be some parking concerns but the Dairy Arts Center has a reasonable parking lot behind the building with additional parking just north of the building.

Now the important stuff:

The gala opening for the 75 exhibition is Friday evening, August 25 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Dairy. Please come and bring your family and friends. There are 46 invited artists who will be showing new work plus a solo show of new work by me.

The SAQA-NEXT Symposium begins the next morning, August 26 at 9:30 a.m., again at the Dairy Arts Center. We still have a few spaces left if someone wants to sign up and hasn’t. We have a wonderful program in store for you and are delighted you will be here. The program is exciting with voices that are in the thick of the art quilt movement both in the U.S. and overseas. We’re looking forward to it. I’ve included a program with this email.

There will be a Meet-the-Artist Event on Sunday, August 27 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Dairy Arts Center. We hope to see many of you when we will have time to visit and look at the really stupendous new fiber art.

For more information on the Dairy Arts Center itself, our program and exhibitions, and maps, please go to our website, www.thedairy.org.

Thank you for committing your weekend to glorious Boulder and to this great fiber art event. I look forward to greeting each and every one of you.

With best wishes,

Judith Trager

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.

Calendar:

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 ML@MLFiberArts.com

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 ML@MLFiberArts.com

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…

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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 – ML@MLFiberArts.com

Anne Severn – severn.anne@gmail.com

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