Exploring and celebrating the common thread of our art within the culturally rich

and geographically diverse Intermountain West.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

This is a Quilt - SAQA 2011-2012 Trunk Show

SAQA invites all members to submit work for its 2011-2012 traveling trunk show. This trunk show is designed to showcase SAQA artists, to help educate the public at large about the art quilt, and to serve as a teaching tool for our members.

Theme: "This is a Quilt!"

In general, create one piece that explores/expresses the aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, assemblage and sculpture, while retaining the clear relationship to the folk art quilt.

Size: Minimum 9" per side, maximum 11" per side.

Statement: Write a statement to the curators explaining why, in your mind, this quilt fits the definition. (200 word minimum)

Due Date: Jan 21, 2011

The full prospectus is on the main SAQA site or I can email it to you.

Regina Browne at Bigfork Musuem

"Not Your Grandmother's Needleart"

Exhibit at Bigfork Museum of Art and History, August 10 - September 4. Bigfork, Montana

SAQA member Regina Browne will be one of two artists in this exhibit featuring art quilts and needlepoint.


Congratulations Regina! You can see more of her work by clicking on her site on the side bar.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sharon Baker - Featured Artist on 'Scan 365'

'Matisse Dissected' by Sharon Baker

The textile art of SAQA Idaho member Sharon Baker will be the feature on SCAN 365, based in Seattle, Washington. SCAN 365 is a Community Access TV Network. www.scantv.org
It will air Tuesday, May 11th at 8 pm PDST. Sharon's segment is also on YouTube "Scan365" Sharon Baker-Fiber Artist.

It is fantastic and shows many of Sharon's Art Kimonos, as well as shedding insight on her chosen design medium. Sharon has 17 pieces in the show 'Collaborative Journey' at the La Conner Quilt Museum in Washington. It runs through June 27th.

Congratulations Sharon!

Sharon's website: www.kapamaker.com

La Conner Quilt Museum: www.laconnerquilts.com

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Interviews, New Call for Entries, Long Beach Int'l Quilt Festival

Check out the 'Dinner at Eight' blog for a great interview of Montana artist Cynthia St. Charles: http://www.dinnerateightartists.blogspot.com/

Sacred Threads has a call for quilts celebrating spiritual journeys, healing, etc. Deadline is Jan 9, 2011-March 9, 2011. The exhibit will be in Herndon, Virginia June 22, 2011-July 4, 2011.

If you are going to be attending the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, there are still 2 hour time slots that can be filled to help at the SAQA booth. Manning the information area will get you free entry for that day into the show. Check out the So. California SAQA site for more info. July 23-25, 2010 www.saqasocal.blogspot.com

Alegre Retreat


This is going to be a fantastic retreat. It is held in Gateway, Colorado, June 6-13, 2010. The photos and description of classes will make you want to sell your fabric stash just to go!
Linda Nelson-Johnson is going and has a discount coupon to apply to the cost of registration if anyone else is considering attending. Contact Linda at LNJ@wsu.edu if you are thinking of signing up.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

To Live a Creative Life . . .

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."
Joseph Chilton Pearce

'Art and Fear' Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of ARTMAKING by David Bayles and Ted Orland

This book only recently came to my attention and I wish I had read it a long time ago. I'm half way through and I think I've outlined most of it. It was published in 1993 and could have saved me countless hours of angst. (But then I am highly introspective and this may not appeal to everyone)

I am heartened to see so many members putting their work out there and winning! It is not easy to be brave, court criticism, and put a piece of ourselves on view to the world. This book will help you feel less alone on the double-edge sword that artmaking is.

From page 13 - "But if making art gives substance to your sense of self, the corresponding fear is that you're not up to the task-that you can't do it, or can't do it well, or that you're not a real artist, or not a good artist, or have no talent, or have nothing to say."

Another question for many of us from page 41 - "When your work is counted, will it be counted as art?"

Naturally, this leads to many questions we need to ask of ourselves and weaves itself into the ongoing dialogues of fiber art and art quilts as art.
Chapters on fear about yourself and others, finding your work, the outside and academic worlds, and conceptual worlds, make for interesting dialogue and yet more questions.

We are very fortunate to have such a fantastic support organization with SAQA. Lack of venues is one reason artists quit making art. SAQA tirelessly finds new venues and exhibit opportunities. Keep up the great work and even if you are in a 'fallow' time, support your fellow artists.

Denver National Quilt Festival

Congratulations to Karen Burton!

Her entry, "Silky and Sunny" received a Judge's Award from Linda Schmidt at the recent Denver National Quilt Festival. Karen is a SAQA member and art quilter from Missoula, Montana.

To see a picture, go to her new blog at www.karenburtonmt.blogspot.com