Monday, January 12, 2015

Exploring Layers Exhibit at Umpqua Valley Arts Center

Exploring Layers

January 16 – March 13, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, January 16  |  5-7 PM

 (January 16 - February 27)
Exploring Layers is an exhibit of textile art featuring work
from the Oregon and Southwest Washington members of
the Studio Art Quilt Associates.  The theme Exploring
Layers has stimulated their members to create many pieces
expanding the boundaries of contemporary textile art. 
This work explores many layers of thought and an expanded
view of fibers as a medium.  The curators for Exploring
Layers are proud to present this work to the Oregon public.
The exhibit seeks to further promote quilting and its
evolution from craft to artform.

Morin Receives Award at Quilt Visions Biennial

Hilde Morin's EL CERRO (The Hill) received the Viewer's Choice Award at the closing of the Quilt Visions Biennial 2015 - The Sky's The Limit exhibit in San Diego, CA.
El Cerro by Hilde Morin
 42" x 51"

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Bucknam Launches Solo Exhibit at Portland International Airport

Bonnie Bucknam has a solo exhibit of four quilts at the Portland International Airport.  The exhibit opens January 1 and runs through December of 2015.  The quilts can be seen overhead in Concourse D, just before Gate D2.  This is past security, so you must be a traveler to view the quilts.

Caverns, Bonnie Bucknam's Installation at PDX Concourse D
Photos by Greta Blalock

Crater by Bonnie M. Bucknam
Photos by Mark Frey

Cavern by Bonnie M. Bucknam

Tumble by Bonnie M. Bucknam

Reflection by Bonnie M. Bucknam

Friday, December 12, 2014

Message from the Co-Rep

There will be no Central Oregon meeting in December. We meet again in January to share thought, concepts, and work in progress for the "Blending Poetry and Cloth" exhibit. We'll also share our artistic goals for the New Year - 2015. The time and place for the meeting as well as additional content will be announced right after the first of the year.


I'm pleased to announce that we have secured a third venue for Poetry and Cloth. The Rogue Gallery in Medford will display the exhibit from June 3rd - July 29th, 2016. In this same time period a national SAQA show will be on display at Grants Pass Museum of Art which is only 36 miles from Medford.

For new members - look for a statewide SAQA email next week in which I'll go over the call-to-entry for "Blending Poetry and Cloth." We hope that you will be inspired to participate and hopefully have your work on display throughout the state of Oregon.

Wishing you much joy 
in the holiday season,
Leotie Richards
Co-Rep SAQA Oregon

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

"What's Blue to You?" and "Portland Bridges" on Display at PDX

Several SAQA Oregon members have work in High Fiber Diet's exhibit "What's Blue to You?" which is now on display at the Portland Airport in Concourse B.  It's behind security, so you have to be a traveler in order to see the show.  The exhibit will be up through the end of May, 2015, so if you are traveling, be sure to set aside a few extra minutes to see the 17 quilts interpreting the word "blue".

In the same concourse, across the hallway, is an exhibit by Portland's Westside Modern Quilt Guild depicting Portland Bridges. SAQA Oregon members have work in this exhibit as well.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Pi Project

SAQA member Sally Sellers has created the Pi Project.  Check out her website for details of the project.  Then CONTRIBUTE A SQUARE!

Why:  Next March 14, the date will be 3/14/15, or the first 5 digits of pi: 3.1415.  Pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, is arguably the most significant number in history.  Many celebrate Pi day each year, but this next Pi day is special.  This alignment of digits will not occur again for a century.
What: Therefore we are celebrating Pi by creating a fabric ribbon of its digits, stretching as long as we can make it, whether that be 20 feet or 2000 feet.  The digits will be sewn on in the correct order that they actually appear in Pi.  Not only is it a fun and educational project, but it will put fiber art in the spotlight (for once).  
Help us by creating as many numbers as you can!
The Requirements necessary to make this happen:
  • Each digit will be on a square of fabric which is 9.5 x 9.5"
  • The number can be any number from 0 to 9.
  • One number per square.
  • The number can be any size, any style, any font, but hopefully will not be closer to the edge than 1/4".
  • You can sign the back if you want, with your city and state or country, and your name -- or just leave it plain.
  • Numbers will not be returned but will become part of the artwork.
Ways to create your number:
  • another pice of fabric appliqued on
  • beads
  • paint
  • dye
  • sequins
  • silkscreen
  • waterproof magic marker
  • embroidery
  • stitching
  • stamping
  • buttons
  • whatever else you can think of.  

Because the artwork will most likely be displayed outside, it would be best if it were waterproof or on materials that won't be damaged in the rain.

School classrooms, quilt guilds, surface design artists, painters, politicians, military, and those in law enforcement -- and anyone else -- are all welcome to participate.  Your fabric can be cottons, canvas, old dishtowels, whatever, just so long as it is the proper size and has a single number on it.
Mail all finished numbers to:
The Pi Project
PO Box 2127
Vancouver, WA 98668

"What's Blue to You?" Opens at Portland International Airport

Pushing Through the Blues
Kimberly Connelly
Photo by Bill Bachhuber

Many SAQA Oregon members are part of High Fiber Diet, a specialty group within Columbia FiberArts Guild, and have work in High Fiber Diet's newest exhibit, "What's Blue to You?" This is a larger show than usual for High Fiber Diet, and so it has been divided into Parts A and B for some venues.  Part A will be on display at the Portland International Airport Concourse B, opening November 13, 2014, and running through May 28, 2015.  This area is behind security, so you need to be a traveler in order to view the exhibit there. If you won't be traveling soon, don't worry. The exhibit will be showing at other venues later in 2015. Part B will debut as a special exhibit at the Oregon Gardens' Stitches in Bloom January 23 - 25, 2015.  Be sure to make an effort to see these wonderful and creative works.

Wetland Blues
Emily Stevens
Photo by Emily Stevens

Blue Notes
Anita Kaplan
Photo by Steve Kaplan