Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Blurred Boundaries (Kalamazoo, MI) – Call for Entries, Deadline July 12

The call for entry for the second Blurred Boundaries Exhibit is now available at the Fabrications Retreat website:

FabricationsBlurred Boundaries Mixed media Art Exhibit is a juried exhibit that seeks to display artwork combining various techniques from different mediums. The 2010 show will focus on surface design. The exhibit is open to U.S. and international participants.

The exhibit will be displayed during the Fabrications Retreat from

Aug 29th(evening) - Sept 3rd, 2010

Theme: Surface Design

The exhibit seeks work on paper and fabric that feature various surface design techniques

Juror: Jeanne Williamson

Important Info:

Entries due by Monday July 12, 2010

Notification by email: Monday August 2, 2010

Exhibit dates: August 30-September 3, 2010

Venue: Radisson Hotel Kalamazoo, Michigan

Entry fee: $25 for up to three works

Size restrictions: max 48", min 20"

There are cash prizes available and work may be for sale.

Questions?  Visit:

To download a .pdf with class descriptions and other basic information, click here.

Updated information is coming to the website as quickly as possible. Check back often to see what's new. For specific questions or to be added to our contact list, send an email to Cathy.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

SAQA Artists Accepted into Quilt Visions:No Boundaries (San Diego, CA)

SAQA-NY/CT Artist Debbie Bein was thrilled to learn that her art quilt Oh Say Can You Cell was one of the 40 quilts chosen out of 600 entries for Quilt Visions 2010: No Boundaries

“I wasn't even expecting to hear until the end of next week so it caught me by surprise” Bein said when she received the news, “I'm still walking around the house holding my head in hands and chanting ohmygawwwwd ohmygawwwwd!”

But Debbie is not the only SAQA Artist to receive good news.  In fact, our members make up the majority of the acceptance list, including SAQA’s former President Judith Content

Crested Barbet by Connecticut’s own Barbara McKie, It’s Time by SAQA-NJ artist Gloria Hansen, Nucleus by SAQA-NM’s Betty Busby, Zen Eucalyptus by Jane LaFazio and River Notes by SAQA-NY’s Judith Plotner were also accepted into this prestigious show. 

See below for a complete list of Exhibiting Artists

Brooke Atherton of Billings, Montana and SAQA Regional Rep for MT/ID, received an acceptance letter but didn’t want to celebrate until the official list was published by Quilt Visions.  Since the press release came out today, Brooke is now free to celebrate!  Acceptance into this show marks a special milestone for Atherton: “Some of these artists have been my guiding lights.  Wow.  I never in my wildest dreams imagined I’d be in a show with Joan Schulze, Judith Content or Velda Newman.”

The Oceanside Museum of Art will host this international juried, biennial event featuring the best of contemporary art quilts.  Quilt Visions has been highly anticipated as one of the most popular art quilt exhibits in the world. The show will run from October 24 through March 13, 2011.

shadowplay_LuraSchwarzSmithQuilt Visions: No Boundaries
Presented by: Quilt Visions/Quilt San Diego

Location: Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way,Oceanside, CA, 92054


Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m, Sunday 1-4 p.m. Closed Monday and major holidays

General Admission $8, Seniors and Students $5

Contact Beth Smith for more details: 619-546-4872

  (image: Shadowplay by Lura Schwarz Smith)

Congratulations to all the artists who submitted their artwork to the jurors of this year’s Quilt Visions.  To the 40 who were accepted as well as the 560 who won’t be included this time: You deserve KUDOS!

Quilt Visions: No Boundaries Artists:

(Names in bold indicate SAQA members)

Deidre Adams, Pamela Allen, Margaret Anderson, Brooke Atherton, Linda Beach, Deborah Bein, Sharon Bell, Rachel Brumer, Betty Busby, Elizabeth Busch, Benedicte Caneill, Sue Cavanaugh, Jette Clover, Nancy Condon, Judith Content, Fenella Davies, Dianne Firth, Britt Friedman, Gloria Hansen, Jane La Fazio, Katie Pasquini Masopust, Barbara McKie, Velda Newman, Anne McKenzie Nickolson, Judith Plotner, Sandra Poteet, Dinah Sargeant, Joan Schulze, Patti Shaw, Valya, Kerby Smith, Joan Sowada, Nelda Warkentin, Martha Warshaw, Kathy Weaver, Susan Willen, Kent Williams and Maria Winner

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Sense of Humor on Display at the Northern Star Quilters Show (Somers, NY)

WorldofQuilts2010 Northern Star Quilters Guild Presents

“A World of Quilts” XXXI
Featuring  SAQA’s "A Sense of Humor" exhibit.  The only scheduled east coast appearance of these amazing quilts!

May 1 & 2, 2010

Saturday, 10 - 5 & Sunday, 10 - 4

John F. Kennedy High School

54 Route 138, Somers, NY

The World of Quilts show includes lectures, classes and more!

New class this year "Sampler Shuffle"

For more info visit the guild website:

SAQA Awarded $25,000 Grant by National Endowment for the Arts

The Chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts announced today that Studio Art Quilt Associates is one of the Visual Arts grant award winners for 2010

This grant of $25,000 is awarded to support the costs of the Creative Force 2010 exhibition. The exhibition, to be held during the Houston International Quilt Festival, will include approximately 50 quilts by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.

“Besides the financial help that this award provides, we are very proud that our organization's exhibition is recognized as being a part of the Visual Arts category”, said Martha Sielman, SAQA’s Executive Director

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Brush Art Gallery (Lowell, MA) Call for Entries, Deadline June 1

Two Fiber Exhibition Opportunities for the 2010 Lowell Quilt Festival at

The Brush Gallery & Artists Studios



Art Quilts Lowell 2010 at the Brush Gallery
6th Annual Exhibition of Art Quilts; A venue of the Lowell Quilt Festival
Deadline: June 1

Click here for prospectus and on-line application



Quilt Candy in the Courtyard at the Lowell Quilt Festival
New! Exhibit and sell fiber related crafts at the Lowell Quilt Festival
Deadline: June 1
Click here for prospectus and on-line application



Thursday, April 8, 2010

April 3rd’s Regional Meeting in Branford – Fun, Friends and Fine Weather

SAQA-CT artist Cher Hurney was kind enough to arrange a meeting place for us at the Pine Orchard Yacht Club in Branford, Connecticut.  Artists and their guests met in a sun-lit dining room, with a beautiful view of Long Island Sound.  

The meeting started out with some announcements:

SAQA Benefit Auction – Please donate a finished 12” square quilt. 

    • Early Bird Deadline: April 1st. 
    • Final Deadline: July 1st
    • Send quilts to Pat Gould – 12620 Towner Ave NE/ Albuquerque NM 87112

Film Screening “Who Does She Think She Is?”Images Theatre in Williamstown, Massachusetts, will screen the movie on Monday April 5, 2010.

New Workshop at Guilford Art Center:

    • Saturday, Apr. 10th, 12 - 3:30 pm



New England Quilt Museum (NEQM) – “No Holes Barred” Exhibition

Deadline November 1, 2010

Open to SAQA Members from the New England States (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT)

For more information visit


Roots, Mutations: Evolution – SAQA Artists in NY, NJ and CT

Deadline for submission is May 1, 2010

See CT Blog for a full list of requirements and submission process: 

No submission fee


Windsor Arts Center WAC – SAQA CT Regional Fiber Art Show

Tentatively set for January 2011

Non-juried show, Open to SAQA artists in Connecticut and neighboring States

Theme: Personal & Cultural Identity – this could relate to family traditions, stories of assimilation or isolation, nationality, etc.  The work should be a representation of the artists personal experience, rather than commentary on race, culture or ethnicity in general society.

Wall and installation/sculptural pieces are up for consideration

More information TBD


We also talked about the Guilford Fiber Art Festival & our end-of-year meeting in December.  Although it seems a long way off, it’s not too early to start thinking about SAQA-CT’s participation in the fiber art events.  What would you like to see this year?  How do you want to be involved?  Ideas for Member Challenges, workshops, lectures or other events can be sent to Kate Themel, Diane Wright or Linda Zimmerman.

Then a delicious buffet lunch was served in the spacious dining room.  It was wonderful to catch up with everyone over soup, sandwiches and salads.  After the lunch break we continued with our “Show & Tells”.   Even more inspiring than the sunny weather was the artwork shared by our CT members.  The diversity and talent of our group always amazes me, and makes me want to get right back to my studio and get to work!

Every meeting is a little different, with some new members and some regulars, and some people just curious about art quilts.  This Saturday we had some wonderful surprises. 

A painter shared with us her first creation of fiber art – Jennifer O’Brien’s mother Jeanine, a pastel artist, came as her daughter’s guest.  Not wanting to be left out of Show & Tell, she made a lovely landscape using scrap fabrics.    Jennifer’s friend Sam brought an Escher-inspired quilt depicting the concept of metamorphosis.

We also met Selma Kente, who shared her experiences as a quilt shop owner in Istanbul and invited members to exhibit their work in an upcoming Fiber Art show there.  Selma also showed us her handmade quilts and uniquely Turkish fiber art jewelry – tiny 3 dimensional flowers created with delicately laced thread.

The work by our regular CT members was outstanding as always.   The quilts ranged in size from small framed pieces to large wall hangings, works in progress to finished, abstract to pictorial, personal, humorous, and whimsical.

I hope everyone found something to inspire them.  Thanks again to Cher Hurney for arranging the accommodations & lunch for us.  I’m looking forward to our next get-together!  Take care everyone,

~Kate Themel


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