Monday, September 10, 2018

Volunteers Needed for NW Quilting Expo

SAQA will have a table next to our “Bridge” exhibit at the NW Quilting EXPO, Sept 27-29, at the EXPO center, and we will need volunteers to sit at the table.  Two members for each 2 hour shift, and it may involve some white glove duty.  On Thursday and Friday, Sept 27 and 28, the hours are 9AM-5:30PM, and the shifts will start at 9AM, 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM (2.5 hours). Saturday, Sept 29, the hours are 9-5PM, shifts at 9AM, 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM ( and will include take down, about another 30 minutes).  We also may need 3 people to hang the show on the Wednesday, Sept 26, but I haven’t been able to confirm that yet.  Please contact me to reserve your volunteer space.  I’m looking for about 16 lovely ladies to help spread the word about SAQA and show off our beautiful “Bridge” exhibit.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Portland Pod Meets September 19

Please come to our meeting Wed. Sept. 19 at the Beaverton Community Center-10:00-12:00. We have a room change: the Vose room is street side through the main door. I’m extending an invitation to all our Oregon SAQA groups as well and hope to see you there!

Our subject matter has been quite a learning experience for your fearless leader, and I hope it will be for you all as well. I will be leading a discussion on derivative art, what it is, questions to ask the instructor of any class we take, what exactly is copyright and how does it apply to us, use of public domain photos in our work etc. Also how to protect our own art. (Yes it happens)

And for fun, bring your work that you realize is clearly the result of a class you took. I have one! If you are like me when you first ventured into Art Quilting you didn’t have a clue!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Unpredictable Outcomes - September Update

Unpredictable Outcomes, October 18th, SAQA OREGON REGIONAL CONFERENCE in Eugene, Oregon. During the afternoon of the conference, you’ll be able to participate in two of three AFTERNOON CONVERSATIONS:

WHAT IS A JAM? DO I WANT TO BE ONE? “JAM?” seems to be a frequent question among SAQA members. The term appears frequently on the web site and in the SAQA Journal but many are not sure what it means. Join the conversation and learn what a Juried Artist Member (JAM) is, how you become one and the benefits enjoyed by its members. 

MENTORSHIP Imagine having a one-to-one conversation each month with an established art quilter……and discussing only your own artwork and journey. This is a SAQA Mentorship!  The Mentorship Program is one of the best values of a SAQA membership and it is FREE! Join the conversation and learn all about how this incredible program can benefit your artistic journey.

After you have spent years honing your skills and working in your studio, now it’s time to get your art into shows!  Is fear of rejection keeping you from entering juried shows? Ask artists who are showing in major shows and every one of them will share tales of rejection. Learning from rejection is how they became successful. This conversation will discuss the ins and outs of entering shows. What shows to enter. What pieces to enter. Getting all the entry details right.  Reading and following a prospectus. Preparing work for shipping. What things can you control and what things do you have to leave to chance? 

Please join the conversation and get started collecting “no's” on your path to “YES -Congratulations!”

Oregon SAQA members Laura Jaszkowski, Judith Quinn Garnet, Sherri Culver and Carolyn Walwyn will be your hosts for these conversations.
 Interested? There’s still time to register for Unpredictable Outcomes at . The conference is open to the public. Invite your friends who are curious about Studio Art Quilt Associates to check out SAQA at this one-day event.  NOTE: To receive the special room rate at the Phoenix Inn, you must make your reservation by Sept. 17th.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fissures: Call for Entries

Has the hot weather or the smoky skies kept you indoors this summer? This is a good time to turn your creative mind to ideas for the art quilt show entitled FISSURES. I have shared this theme with many people and at times I see them pondering the word. So here is the description of the FISSURES (not fishers!) theme:
A fissure is simply a crack, an opening, a separation, a split. Other interpretations include vent, opening, breach, or cleft: A breach in the space/time continuum, or a black hole. A long narrow opening in rock. A volcanic fissure might spew lava, steam or smoke.
A biological fissure may be a split or break in tissue. Our relationships with others may develop fissures, miscommunications, a lack of togetherness.

Artists are encouraged to consider and explore the varieties of meaning, image and experience and follow where that particular fissure takes you.
Registration opens December 8, 2018. You have a little more that three months!
Please save this and share on your social media as this call is open to ALL Art quilters in the US and Canada! Feel free to send me questions if need be. If you are intending to enter this show please leave a comment. Thanks!
Thank you,
Ginny McVickar
Volunteer for 
Emerald Art Center
Springfield, OR

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Unpredictable Outcomes, Oregon SAQA Conference, Oct 18th, Eugene, Oregon

Unpredictable Outcomes, Oregon SAQA Conference, Oct 18th, Eugene, Oregon.

“Curatorial Conundrums” – Our afternoon speaker, Michael Fisher, Executive Director of the Maude Kerns Art Center (MKAC) in Eugene, will share stories of his eight years as the gallery curator at MKAC. Michael has been responsible for organizing, hanging, and installing numerous exhibits involving all kinds of media, including fiber art. As you might expect, seeing a piece in digital form during jurying is very different from having that piece in your hands and deciding how and where to display.  Come and hear how he solved some of his conundrums.

Showcase Exhibit – Conference participants have the opportunity to show and sell (if desired) a 12 x 12 mini quilt on the day of the conference and at an exhibit to be held at the Eugene Textile Center for a few weeks following the conference. See your Welcome letter for exhibit guidelines and entry form.

Lodging – The Phoenix Inn is holding a block of room for conference attendees until Sept. 17th. If you are planning to stay in the Inn, please make your reservation as soon as possible. The rooms will not be held past Sept. 17th.

Sponsorships – Individuals can help support the Unpredictable Outcomes conference and other SAQA Oregon events with a $25 sponsorship. Your name will be listed in the Conference program. You may also advertise your business in the printed program.  Please contact Daisy Schrock about individual sponsorships and advertising rates.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Richard Diebenkorn Docent Tour August 16

The Portland pod has a wonderful morning planned for our SAQA meeting on Wednesday August 15th. Please join me at 10:00 at the Portland Art Museum for a docent led tour of Richard Diebenkorn’s amazing work. The fee is $16.  You don’t need to be a Portland SAQA member,   friends are invited. So please consider joining us You will be dazzled! 
Let me know if I get to see or meet you-