Monday, September 19, 2016

Vancouver Studio Tour & Potluck October 19

October Meeting Portland Pod

SAQA Oregon Studio Tour & Pot Luck- Vancouver
October 19, 2016 

There are three studios open in Vancouver on October 19, 2016.  Mary Arnold and Bonnie Bucknam will be open between 10am and 11:30am.  Marie Wolfe will be open at 11:30am as we finish the tour with a salad pot luck lunch at Marie’s.  Please bring something to add to a salad. Greens and dressing will be provided. Call Mary with questions at 360.521.6499. Directions are written to go to Mary’s, Bonnie’s, then Marie’s in that order. Contact Annette annettemcfar@gmail.com for directions.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Meet Sidnee Snell

Sidnee Snell of Portland, Oregon





Profile Questions:

1.  How would you describe the work that you make? Do you have an elevator speech? Have you found your "artistic voice"?

I use fabric and stitch to create an impressionistic image of subject matter that interests me.
I consider my work to be representational, although it sometimes appears abstract. I enjoy odd angles, the effects of light and shadow, and close-up views.

Red Laces
Sidnee Snell 2012

2.  What brought you to making fiber art? What is your art, sewing, or fiber background? When did you make your first quilt that you considered "art"?


I have been working with fiber and fabric since girlhood, including a stint as a custom dressmaker in high school. I made my first 'art' quilt in the late-nineties. My early art quilts were geometrical and abstract in design. They were heavily influenced by traditional quilts and my studies with Nancy Crow and other prominent art quilters. 
Tools of the Trade
Sidnee Snell 2001

3.  Describe the steps involved in your art-making process.

Each of my pieces begins with a digital image, usually one of my own snapshots. Using the computer, I eliminate much of the detail, creating an impression of the subject rather than a photorealistic re-creation. The pieces are constructed using a machine appliqué technique and machine quilting.
PDX Phase 2 - detail
Sidnee Snell 2010

4.  What is your one favorite or most common source of inspiration?


It all starts with an observation. My art-making is part of an ongoing, internal conversation where I attempt to answer the questions “What am I seeing? Why do I keep looking?” An everyday, often overlooked, object or view captures my attention and begs for further exploration. I am generally attracted to imagery that includes a man made component.
Sanctuary
Sidnee Snell 2015

5.  Do you enter your work in shows? What would you say have been your top three exhibits?

I apply to shows and/or galleries occasionally. My favorite three were:

Guardino Gallery 2014
Quilt National 2013
Quilted Surface' at the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus OH 2002
Riveted
Sidnee Snell 2012

6.  Describe your studio space.

My studio space is in the basement of my home. I had the basement finished specifically as studio space and it truly meets my needs. It's well lit, well organized and I love it. I also use the garage and back yard part time when I have too many things in progress to contain them in the studio.
Sidnee in her studio

7.  How much time do you spend on your art? How do you balance your life between art, family, friends, day job, etc.?

It's hard to say. Art and life are so intertwined. I try to spend time daily in the 'making' process whether it's making art or making craft or making food (especially dessert!).

8.  Do you work in other mediums or use unusual materials in your work?

I knit, spin, bake and I'm learning to sketch and paint. Other than the computer, I tend to prefer traditional materials in all my making.

No September Portland Pod Meeting - See You at the Conference!

There will not be a meeting in September so everyone will be able to attend the regional conference in Salem on Sept. 22, with featured speaker, Kay Khan, from New Mexico.  She’ll be bringing several pieces to exhibit and we have over 40 entries in our member, non-juried 3-D show.  Plus there are 6 interesting table top presentations by members from all over the state.  Registration deadline is Sept 13, and we’ve opened it up to guest of members, so bring a friend!, Click here to register and get more details about the conference.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Central Oregon Pod Meets and Exhibits

Published authors and Central Oregon SAQA members June Jaeger, Sarah Kaufman, Pat Pease and Wendy Hill shared the highs and lows of being writers at our August meeting.  June spoke of retaining control by self-publishing.  Wendy, Sarah and Pat said working with a good editor was key for them.  Wendy had the long view…she published her first book in the 1990s when the author was responsible for her own photography.  Sarah and June reported that having a published book stimulated their teaching careers.  Wendy and Pat concentrate more on promoting their book and exhibiting the work that has come out of their collaborative efforts.  Each of the authors had a skill or technique or premise that made what they had to say book worthy.  Nobody reported getting rich by being an author!

 There will NOT be a Central Oregon SAQA meeting in September.  We will be at the Oregon regional conference, New Dimensions…Into the Future!
Support art quilts and SAQA artists by attending one (or more!) of the many upcoming shows by Central Oregon SAQA artists:

Fourth Friday, Aug 26 at Twiggs - Sarah Kaufman, Carol Webb and Sheila Finzer
Twigs, 311 W. Cascade,  Sisters, 4 - 8 pm

First Friday, Sept. 2 - Doors theme exhibit by 28 Central Oregon SAQA artists
Sotheby’s 821 Wall St., Bend, 5 - 8 pm

First Friday, Sept. 2 - Patti Stewart, featured artist
Quiltworks   926 NE Greenwood, Bend,5 - 8 pm

and in the near future:

Fourth Friday, Sept. Sept. 23 - June Jaeger
Twigs, 311 W. Cascade, Sisters, 4 - 8 pm

Fourth Friday, Sept. 23 - Journeys’ Art Quilt Group of Central Oregon
Sisters Art Works, 204 W. Adams, Sisters, 5 - 7 pm

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

SAQA Oregon August Newsletter

Our four SAQA Oregon Pods are meeting this month.

On September 22nd we’ll hold our second SAQA Oregon Regional Conference in Salem.

We were proud to bring Jane Dunnewold to Oregon for her lecture, trunk show and book signing on August 7th.  We'll report on the event next newsletter.

A region-wide Exhibition Committee was formed in June to define and run our next SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibition.
 
In this Newsletter:
1. Requests for Input and Participation
2. SAQA Exhibits in Oregon
3. 2016 SAQA Oregon Regional Conference
4. SAQA Oregon Pods
5. SAQA Oregon Blog and SAQA Oregon Facebook Group

Marion Shimoda
SAQA Oregon Regional Co-Representative
marion.shimoda@gmail.com

1. Requests for Input and Participation
SAQA Oregon Member Profiles are requested for the SAQA Oregon blog.  Please visit our blog at http://saqaoregon.blogspot.com/p/saqa-oregon-member-profiles.html to see our Member Profiles and for information on submitting your own Member Profile.

2. SAQA Exhibits in Oregon
SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit Committee by Sherrie Moomey
Members of the SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit Committee began meeting in late June to develop our next regional exhibit.  The current focus of the committee, composed of members from each pod, is writing the prospectus for the Call for Entry and contacting venues across Oregon to assess potential for our show.  The goal of the committee is to complete the prospectus and submit our proposal to SAQA for approval in time to release the call for entry at our conference in September. We are all excited at our progress and look forward to sharing the exhibit prospectus in September.
Committee members are:
Lynne Goulette, lynnegoul@gmail.com, Rogue Art Quilters, Ashland Pod
Sherrie Moomey, sherrie.moomey@gmail.com, Portland Pod
Donna Rice, rice4@bendcable.comCentral Oregon Pod
Marion Shimoda, marion.shimoda@gmail.com, Oregon Regional Representative
Deb Sorem, debsorem@gmail.comValley-South Pod
Please feel free to contact any member if you have questions.

Blending Poetry & Cloth SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit by Leotie Richards
All quilts that are part of the "Blending Poetry & Cloth” Regional Exhibit have been delivered back to safe storage in Sisters by Kathy Erickson of Vancouver, Washington. We want to thank her for her most valuable assistance with transportation.
We're working now to organize the promotional materials and exhibit layout for the upcoming show at the Willamette Heritage Center.

  Willamette Heritage Center, Salem   
  Opening reception - Thursday, September 22 from 5:30 to 7pm
  The show runs through December 22nd, 2016.

  Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill
  1313 Mill Street, Salem, OR 97301
  (501) 585-7012
  www.willametteheritage.org
  Museum & Exhibit Open Monday - Saturday 10-5

Concrete & Grassland SAQA Exhibit by Georgia French

The Road Trip to Grants Pass and Medford was a lot of fun.  The rooms we reserved at the Riverside Inn were snatched up and a great group of SAQA members from around the state were there for the openings of SAQA Oregon's Regional Exhibit "Blending Poetry & Cloth" (Medford) and the national SAQA Exhibit "Concrete & Grassland" (Grants Pass). 
At the June 3rd opening of “Concrete & Grassland", a First Friday event for the Grants Pass Museum, around 300 people saw the exhibit.  At the July 1st First Friday gathering, 365 people came to see the show.  On July 9th there was an Artists' Talk and four of the artists came and had a wide-ranging discussion with the visitors and those of us connected with the show.  The Grants Pass Museum of Art said that the show was breaking all their records, with 50-60 people per day coming in to see the quilts (57 in all).  It is quite possible that they will host another national SAQA exhibit in three years, as this was their fourth time for hosting one.
More information available at:  http://saqaoregon.blogspot.com/p/exhibits.html

3. 2016 SAQA Oregon Regional Conference
Our Regional Conference "NEW DIMENSIONS ... into the future" will be held Thursday September 22, 2016 at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, Oregon.
We have been contacting you time and time again about the upcoming Conference.  Now we are ready to begin sharing what you may miss, if you don’t register today!
We will be spending the morning learning about three dimensional fiber art.  Our keynote speaker, Kay Khan, from Santa Fe, NM, will share her work, which will amaze you!  Later she will be joined by a panel of experts to entice you to give 3-D a try and guide you through the challenges of exhibiting it.

There are so many talented fiber artists throughout Oregon that we decided to showcase a few in our afternoon Table Talk Presentations.  Here are the six topics and their presenters:
  Take the Collaborative Challenge! by Wendy Hill and Pat Pease
  From Digital Design to Unique Fabrics by Sharon Carvalho
  Hand-Carved Rubber Stamps by Joanna Price
  Dancing on the Edge:  Finishing Art Quilts by Pam Pilcher
  Scrunching! by Anne Daughtry
  NON-WOVEN FABRICS: Find, Paint, Stitch, Love by Sue Siefkin
Register at:  http://www.saqa.com/calendar-detail.php?ID=5135
More information available at:  http://saqaoregon.blogspot.com/p/meetings-and-events.html

4. SAQA Oregon Pods - Ashland, Central Oregon, Portland and Valley South
SAQA Oregon Pod meeting information is available at:  http://saqaoregon.blogspot.com/p/meetings-and-events.htm

Ashland SAQA Rogue Art Quilters by Lynne Goulette
Ashland Rogue Art Quilters meeting is held on the third Monday of the month at 2 pm at Sew Creative in Ashland.  It is immediately following the Journal Quilters meeting at 1pm.  July meeting was quite casual as there were only about 6 members present.  We discussed the conference and encouraged all to enter a 3-d piece as well as register both for the conference and for June Dunnewold in Eugene and Salem.  We also reminded members of upcoming deadlines for two SAQA shows later this fall and encouraged everyone to enter.  We discussed our next challenge but did not come up with a new one since there were not too many members present.  In August we will continue to have show and tell as well as our critique as people bring in their work for this. August meeting will be led by Grace Ladygo with some help from Mary Ruzich.

For more information you can contact Lynne Goulette at lynnegoul@gmail.com.

Central Oregon SAQA Pod by Jan Tetzlaff
The group Doors themed quilts debuted at the July 2016 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  The quilts were hung in a garden and made a beautiful statement of the creativity, talent and diversity of 28 SAQA artists unified by theme.   Beginning Friday, September 2 the quilts will hang for a month in Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, 821 NW Wall St., Bend.  A First Friday artists’ reception is scheduled for the opening day.

Book publishing is the theme for the group’s Thursday, Aug. 18th meeting to be held from 3-4:30 pm at The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters.  Sarah Kaufman, June Jaeger, Pat Pease, Wendy Hill and Jean Wells are all members who have written and published work.  They will share their experiences with the group.

No pod meeting in September as we will be attending the Regional conference in Salem.

For more information contact Jan Tetzlaff at jmtathome@hotmail.com

Portland SAQA Pod by Annette McFarlane
Our August meeting on Wednesday, the 17th, from 10-12PM., will be a studio tour.  Four of our members- Gerrie Condon, Anita Kaplan, Jo Noble and Kristin La Flamme will open their studios to us.  Members are encouraged to form carpools and three of the studios are close to the streetcar.  For directions, please contact annettemcfar@gmail.com.

Our July meeting was at Mary Ann McCammon’s home in Sherwood, where we enjoyed a picnic, beautiful views and did a show and tell.

Valley South SAQA Pod by Georgia French
The Valley South pod meets the third Friday of each month at Eugene Textile Center, 1510 Jacobs Dr., Eugene 97402 at 2 p.m., and members can meet for lunch at 12:30 p.m. at New Day Bakery, 449 Blair Blvd.
Valley-South continues to perk along with about 20-25 attendees at each meeting.  We are so enthusiastic it's hard to fit everything into our two hour allotment of time, but we also get a great social hour ahead of time as we meet for lunch.  We are still looking at relatively unknown abstract artists and reacting to them with sketches, small studies, and once in awhile even a finished quilt.  We continue our monthly demos which give us the meeting space at the Eugene Textile Center (a terrific perk).   We are starting to rev up for our SAQA Showcase during Quilt County a year from now, once again to be at the Oregon State University Memorial Union gallery. Our theme this time is "Pathways."  Our member Vera Rogers is hosting her third "retreat" at her ranch in Days Creek, Oregon.  This year it's "independent study" but we know Vera will share her expertise in all kinds of dyeing, painting, resists, etc., and the lucky ones who go will learn a lot, get a lot done, and have a hugely wonderful time at the ranch.  There is always a battle for the choice spots to sleep out under the stars!
Our new facilitators Katie Walwyn and Carolyn Walwyn are doing a great job.  We have some exciting ideas in the pipeline, so stay tuned for more from Valley-South next newsletter!
For more information, contact Katie Walwyn, ktwalwyn@comcast.net or Carolyn Walwyn,carolynwalwyn@gmail.com

5. SAQA Oregon Blog and SAQA Oregon Facebook Group

The SAQA Oregon Blogwww.saqaoregon.blogspot.com, is where public SAQA Oregon Regional information is posted.  It is the place to go for up to date information on SAQA Oregon Pod meetings, SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibits and SAQA Oregon Regional Conferences.  Resources, calls for entry and other regional news is also available on the blog.  The blog also provides links to SAQA Oregon Member websites and blogs.  To submit news for the blog, please follow the instructions in the bottom right corner of any blog page.
If you’d like to receive SAQA Oregon Blog posts by email, sign up to “Follow By Email” from any page on the blog.

The SAQA Oregon Facebook Group is a closed group.  Information that may be of interest to SAQA Oregon members is posted to the group.  Any SAQA member can join the group by going to the Facebook group and requesting to join. Membership is approved within a day.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

MIX Opens at Chessman Gallery in Lincoln City October 14, 2016

MIX will have a show at the Chessman Gallery in Lincoln City.  The opening will be Friday, October 14th from 5-7 pm and the show runs through November 7th, 2016.  The eight MIX artists have created a collection of fiber art pieces exploring the extremes of color, form and materials.  In addition, there is a series of small abstracts based on a single photograph, and another series of small pieces inspired by the city of Portland.  The artists have also produced a number of 3-D pieces in fiber, with a variety of approaches and themes. Members of the group are Kathy Blondell,Lynn Anderson, Valri Chiappetta, Betty Daggett, Diane Losli-Britt, Annette McFarlane, Elaine Millar and Hilde Morin.

Gallery hours are 10 am to 4 pm, every day but Tuesday (closed) and it is located in:
Lincoln City Cultural Center 
540 NE Hwy 101   (corner of NE 6th and 101)
Lincoln City, OR
(541) 994-9994