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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July 2017 – Newsletter

Had a Terrific Meeting with Wyoming Members in Gillette, WY

It was a small, but talented group that met in Gillette, WY. We are standing beneath a piece by Joan Sowada, our host.  Also Heidi Heuerman.  We talked about our work, art and various techniques.  Great fun was had by all.  Look for a meeting coming to your neighborhood in the (hopefully) near future.

More Members Showing their Work Nationally

Four members from our region were juried in to H2Oh! which opened June 25th at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.  Congratulations to Gay Lasher, Judith Duffield, Margaret Abramshe and Regina Benson.

You can view a slideshow of the show here

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Patricia Anderson Turner will exhibit in the international art show, “Art of Engagement” at the Touchstone Gallery in the heart of Washington, DC. Touchstone was voted the Best Small Gallery in all of the DC area by the Washington Post for 2016. Turner’s work, “Day At The Beach”, was chosen from 752 entries by Jack Rasmussen, Ph.D, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center since 2004. The exhibit runs from August 4 through 26 at 9th and New York Avenue, the reception is August 4, from 6 – 8:30.
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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

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And…      There is still time to see Under the Western Sun

You can catch the show at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum until July 22.  It will then travel to Socorro, NM for display at The Macey Center from July 24 to September 11. The exhibit then travels to HandiQuilter in North Salt Lake, UT from October 1 to January 1. Be sure to see this impressive regional exhibit.

 

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June Newsletter – Lots going on!

Regional Meeting

Mary Louise Gerek and Joan Sowada will be hosting a regional member’s meeting in Gillette, WY, June 11, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  The location is the  AVA Community Art Center, located 509 W. 2nd St., Gillette, WY 82716.

Joan invites anyone who arrives before 1:00 to visit her studio, located at 206 W. Hogeye Dr. Gillette, WY 82716.  It is a two minute drive from the studio to the Art Center. Joan has graciously offered to put anyone up for either night  in her two guest rooms, one with king bed and other with a queen bed, (not fancy). Please contact Joan at  joansowada@gmail.com to make any arrangements with her.

All CO/UT/WY members are invited to attend.  We have also inviting our members from Montana to join us. I look forward to meeting everyone. I will have a SAQA book and a book by Michael James as door prizes and lots of info on what SAQA is up to these days.

Mary Louise Gerek, Regional Rep CO/UT/WY

 


New Venue for Under the Western Sun

The folks at Handi Quilter in North Salt Lake, Utah, have agreed to have a major portion of the pieces from our show, Under the Western Sun, hang in their facility from October 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018.

We’re delighted to have this additional exposure for these pieces.

For now, you can catch the show at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum until July 22.  It will then travel to Socorro, NM for display at The Macey Center from July 24 to September 11.  Be sure to see this impressive regional exhibit.


Uncrown

In September, Surface Design Association member and renowned artist Pat Hickman will be in Durango, Colorado  for a series of events.
Friends of the Art Library at the Durango Arts Center will host an exhibit as well as a two-day workshopentitled OPENINGS: Netting and Looping
The exhibit info below contains links to the workshop. 
OPENINGS: Netting and Looping
with Pat Hickman
Saturday-Sunday, September 9 & 10 | 9am-5pm
$250 members / $275 Non-Member 
+ est. $35 materials fee payable to DAC on first day of class 
(Payment can be made in two installments. To register in two payments, call Doug Gonzalez at (970) 259-2606, Ext 13 or Sandra Butler, Ext 15)
Limited to 12 students
This workshop will encourage participants to explore visual ideas suggested through openwork textile structure, primarily that of knotted netting and knotless netting. Reserving space for air and the importance of what is “not there” will be built into conceptually based quick studies and studio projects, both 2-D and 3-D. There will be exploration with a variety of materials, including gut (hog casings), Hickman’s signature material, using it as both structure and skin in netting. Other materials include colored wire and waxed linen thread. The workshop is less a “how to”, more an experience in discovery, questioning, and ongoing ways of working. No previous knowledge of these textile structures is required, just a willingness to explore and learn.
Pat Hickman will be featured in a solo exhibit, Here, Still, in the DAC Art Library, September 8-October 28.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 8 at 5pm.
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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 Barn.

Tickets for NEXT, the symposium

Further details on symposium and housing

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 Member Announcements

Diana Fox from Denver had a piece accepted into Quilt National, which opens the weekend of May 27th. Her piece is #1 in the Rain series, Purple Rain.

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May 2017 News – Report on Lincoln 2017 and more…

SAQA Conference in Lincoln, NE

I just attended my first SAQA Conference at Lincoln and I was blown away.  Being in the company of all the wonderful artists that were there was so exciting and energizing.  I came back inspired to work in my studio and get to work for you.  Here are some of the highlights.

First, I spent two days with other regional reps learning the ins and outs of this job.  Hopefully, the activity you see from me from now on will reflect what I learned.  I got to know the Rep from Montana/Idaho (Carol Kimble) so look for some joint gatherings.  Two other regions want us to join them in a multi-regional show (details will be forthcoming when we have the approvals and plans in place.

We also talked about Regional Meetings.  I will be working with our regional members to set up local groups that SAQA is calling Local Connections.  You will hear more details soon.  I will send out announcements for each one in separate emails.  I am really looking forward to meeting more of you.

The conference itself was great.  We spend a whole day at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.  The SAQA exhibit Layered Voices was on display as well as an installation exhibit of 50 log cabin quilts designed by artist Luke Haynes.  The most exciting part was the visit to the quilt preservation and storage area.

 

The rest of the program included several very informative Lightening Talks including those by Christi Beckman, Regina Benson, Denice Labadie from Colorado, and Joan Sowada from Wyoming (25% of all Lightening talks from our region!!), two panel presentations and a talk by Michael James showing how his work has changed over the four decades he has been quilting.

I also learned how to play Bananagrams and other quite useful skills that will remain unnamed.

Next year, the conference (TEXtiles 2018) will be held April 5-8, 2018 in San Antonio, TX..  If you can, I really urge you to go.  It is was fun, inspirational experience.  The following two conferences will be in San Jose, CA and Toronto, Ontario. Check the SAQA website for dates.

Mary Louise Gerek, Co-Rep for CO/UT/WY

Regional Meeting in Gillette, WY

Mary Louise and her DH, Jim, are taking a trip that will lead them through Gillette, WY in June.  DH has generously given her a half day from their vacation to meet with SAQA members in the area.  (If anyone has hints for a hike, or some activity for him while we meet, I would appreciate it!)

So, Mary Louise will be at the AVA Community Art Center, located 509 W. 2nd St., Gillette, WY 82716, Sunday, June 11, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  We will have light refreshments and there will be a door prize for a lucky member in attendance. Please come and join us in talking about SAQA, what we want SAQA to be for us and just getting to know each other.  All regional members are welcome.  We are also inviting SAQA members from Montana to join us. It is all in the geography…

See you in Wyoming.

Shows/Exhibitions

Congratulations to Charlotte Ziebarth of Boulder for her show at Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA.  Her show, Earth Wind and Water opened April 18 and will remain on exhibit through July 2.

by Charlotte Ziebarth, Boulder, CO.

A New Call for Entries

We have been invited by the New Mexico Region to join them in a show titled Life Along the Rio Grande

The complete call for entries is on the 2018 Regional Show tab of our blog

Time to get back in the studio and make some new work!

To Contact Your Reps:

Mary Louise Gerek, ml@mlfiberarts.com

Bev Haring, webspinner51@Yahoo.com

Seeing Red – April 2017 News

When the latest issue of the SAQA Journal showed up in my mail box, I was excited to sit down and read all the articles and enjoy the eye candy.

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I was really delighted to see that two of our Region’s artists had work including in the “center fold”

Michele Hardy’s Geoforms: Strata #4

judith-tragerand Judith Trager’s Fauve

Congratulations!

And – Speaking of Congratulations…

Several of our regional members had their work accepted into this year’s Sacred Threads.  All three states in our region are represented.  Terrific accomplishment!

Margaret Abramshe, St. George UT

Patty Emmons, Denver, CO

Mary Louise Gerek, Fort Collins, CO

Heidi Kristen Heuerman, Sheridan, WY

Jane King, Longmont CO

Kimberly Lacy, Colorado Springs, CO

Millah Nikkel, Denver, CO

Dorothy Raymond, Loveland CO

Judith Tomlinson Traeger, Boulder, CO

Valerie Cecilia White, Denver CO

To everyone, Well Done.

Wanted:

Someone able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, walk through walls and fly –

In short, we’re looking for someone to be a “Super Hero” and help us make the Colorado/Utah/Wyoming region be even better than it is.

We need someone that is interested in learning even more about SAQA, making connections with other SAQA members and to helping us with our future goals.

In our March blog posting, we talked about the goals we have for hosting more shows – including a show in both Utah and Wyoming, and for making regional meetings on line through ZOOM a reality.

There are only two qualifications for this job:  being an active SAQA member, and have an interest in helping us grow.

Would you like to come and help us?

Contact Mary Louise at ML@MLFiberArts.com and she can answer your questions and get you started.  Thank you.

 

New Call for Entries!

As you may remember, our region invited the New Mexico region to join us in creating pieces for Under the Western Sun.

In return, the New Mexico region has now invited our members to enter their upcoming show titled Life Along the Rio Grande.

This is a great opportunity to have your work shown in three New Mexico venues, with the possibility of more to come!

Here is the call:


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 relating to the flora, fauna, and people living on or near this historic river.
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.

One entry only by each artist will be allowed.

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

 

Venues: To be announced when the contracts are signed, venues will include the Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces,

The Roswell Museum and Art Center, the Macy Center in Socorro, and others.

 

Requirements– uniform 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, 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.

 


March 2017 News

State of the Region Report:  Colorado, Utah and Wyoming

Each year, your Regional Representatives file a State of the Region Report to SAQA Central. These reports are available on the SAQA website, but we thought it would be a fine idea to share the highlights with you, our members. The Region is the level to first touch base with other members, a source of information for regional and national activities, and a resource for information and advice.

Exhibits:  We had one exhibit last year, Above and Beyond. Fifty-one members submitted 244 pieces for entry.  Forty-five members/pieces were juried into the show.

SAQA Regional Groups: Fifteen members in Northern Colorado started the NOCO SAQA Critique group. The purpose of the group is to get feedback on current work, share creative resources and encourage each other to move forward in their art.

The Regional Reps encourage other critique groups to form in other areas of the region. If you need help doing this, please contact Mary Louise or Bev for information.

Communication: The Regional Reps wrote and sent the blog to all regional members 15 times last year.  These included the monthly news as well as several special notices.

We also have a FaceBook page with 123 members. We need more members to sign up since we now have 194 members in the region.  You can access our FaceBook page here

SAQA Trunk Show: We brought the SAQA Trunk Show to ten venues this year to share the art we all love to create.

Goals for 2018:  Mary Louise  and Bev have put forward several ambitious goals for the next year:

  • Revive the Small Works Regional Show
  • Hold a virtual Regional Meeting
  • Schedule shows in Wyoming and Utah for 2018 and 2019

In order to accomplish these, we need help from our members.  We would be especially interested in hearing from anyone about possible venues for shows.  Please contact Mary Louise or Bev if you are interested in working on any of these goals,

 

Congratulations to Melody Money!  SAQA’s Featured Artist on February 15 blog. http://www.saqa.com/weblog/?p=2619

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Carol Ann Waugh’s “Decades” series is part of a show titled To Expand that will continue until March 8 at the Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr, Littleton

Gallery is open from 8 am to 7 pm , Monday through Friday

 


Other items of interest in March:

March 3-4, Interfaith Quilt Show and Sale, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3rd Avenue and Terry, Longmont, CO

March 30 – April 9 El Pueblo History Museum Quilt Show, 301 N. Union, Pueblo

until April 22 Evolutions 2017 at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 200 Violet Street, Ste 140, Golden

 

 

The Jury Is In!

Our juror, Patty Kennedy-Zafred, had completed the hard task of choosing the pieces for our upcoming show “Under the Western Sun”.

We had 113 pieces submitted by 66 artists, and Patty tells us she had a very difficult time making the selection.  While it may be hard that Patty had to stuggle a bit, we are delighted that we have such talented artists that submitted to this show.

We’re sorry that we can’t hang every single piece that was entered, and we hope that if you submitted and did not get in this time that you will enter again in the very next show we have.

The selected artists are:

Margaret Abramshe, Carole Angel, Barbara Yates Beasley, Julie Brigham, Shannon Conley, Vicki Conley, Rhonda Denney, Indrani Guawardana, Michele Hardy, Bev Haring, Jean Herman, Heidi Heuerman, Ronni Hunter, Annette Kennedy, Carol Kolf, Melody Money, Margaret Adele Parker, Char Punke, Dorothy Raymond, Lynn Rogers, Joan Sowada, Karen Stalgren, Irene Takahashi, Lynn Welsh and Hope Wilmarth

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