Wednesday, May 18, 2016

MacGregor Needs Your Votes in The Square Exhibit, Jacksonville

Shirley MacGregor writes:
I was accepted into a show called The Square. It is in Jacksonville Florida. There is a public vote for prizes. I am most likely the only fiber artist, so I need your votes to win. Please go to this link http://www.wjct.org/ondemand/the-square/
and scroll way down to the 2016 and even farther down is my piece, which has my name under it. When you click on my piece, then have to scrol down till you see the little thumbs up hand. Then click it. 
Thanks for your vote. Shirley

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Central Oregon Pod Meets May 19

Wearable art does not mean a walking quilt, says Central Oregon SAQA member Deb Wilkinson.

On Thursday, May 19 Deb will share her mistakes and successes at the group’s Thursday, May 19 meeting from 3-4:30 pm at the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, OR.  Deb is an award winning designer and creator of wearable 3-D art.

Jan Tetzlaff and Marion Shimoda will report on SAQA’s Philadelphia convention.

As alway, show and tell is welcome.

Friday, May 6, 2016

SAQA Oregon Regional Newsletter

Our SAQA Oregon Pods are meeting and engaging in interesting discussions and activities.  Two SAQA exhibits are opening in Oregon venues in June.  Jane Dunnewold is giving a lecture and trunk show and teaching two classes in August.  In September we’ll hold our second SAQA Oregon Regional Conference in Salem.

There are opportunities for SAQA Oregon Members to provide input to and participate in regional activities, including transportation of quilts from Medford to Sisters in July, a Call for Table Top presentations at the September regional conference, a request for questions related to the copyright talk at the regional conference, the Call to Artists for 3-D artwork to be exhibited at the regional conference, and a request for member profiles on the SAQA Oregon blog.

The SAQA Conference in Philadelphia was informative and inspiring.  There were varied and interesting activities and speakers and opportunities to view art including art quilts.  Highlights for us were the Lightning Talks, attending the opening of the Art Quilt Elements exhibit at the Wayne Art Center, and a presentation on SAQA Exhibits.  Lightning Talks webinar:  http://www.saqa.com/members.php?ID=3210, Art Quilt Elements:  http://artquiltelements.org/, 2016 SAQA Conference Exhibit Presentation:  Exhibitions Slideshow for the 2016 Philadelphia Conference
Save the Date for SAQA's joint conference with the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska April 27-30, 2017.

In this Newsletter:
1. Requests for Input and Participation
2. SAQA Exhibits in Oregon
3. 2016 SAQA Oregon Regional Conference
4. Jane Dunnewold in Oregon
5. SAQA Oregon Pods
6. SAQA Oregon Blog and SAQA Oregon Facebook Group
Marion Shimoda and Sherri Culver
SAQA Oregon Regional Co-Representatives
marion.shimoda@gmail.com and sherriculverquilts@gmail.com

1. Requests for Input and Participation

SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit, Blending Poetry & Cloth, request for volunteers to transport quilts to and from The Rogue Gallery in Medford. 
Jean Wells will deliver the quilts from Sisters to The Rogue Gallery in Medford on or before May 27th.  It would be great if someone could meet her halfway on the route to Medford. We need a volunteer for the following:  Pickup quilts at The Rogue Gallery on July 29, 2016 and deliver them back to Sisters, OR.
Please email Leotie Richards lotidesignworks@gmail.com or Jean Wells jean@stitchinpost.com to commit to the above tasks.

* SAQA Oregon Regional Conference CALL FOR TABLE TOP PRESENTATIONS  (September 22, 2016)
A major part of the SAQA Oregon Regional Conference in September will be sharing ideas from throughout the region.  We are looking for those creative ideas or techniques that you have found and want to share with your fellow artists. Your presentation doesn’t have to be earthshaking, but something that you think other members would enjoy learning - it can be a quick tip you use, a new gadget or method you’d like to share.  Just send a short description and a photo if possible.  Free conference registration to all table top presenters!  So start thinking about how you can participate by sharing your knowledge and send your proposal to annettemcfar@gmail.com.  Deadline has been extended to June 1.
Request for Proposal (PDF)
Contact Annette Mcfarlane  annettemcfar@gmail.com for more information.

* SAQA Oregon Regional Conference COPYRIGHT TALK request for questions.
At the SAQA Oregon Conference in September, we are having a talk on the topic of copyright.  There are so many different issues that can be covered on a subject such as this and we want to make sure your questions are answered.  There seem to be two general areas of interest:  Will what I want to use violate someone else’s copyright.  Or, How can I copyright my own work?
Please send the questions you want to have addressed to sherriculverquilts@gmail.com.  Sherri will send them to the attorney, so the speaker can be prepared with a talk targeted to our needs.
* SAQA Oregon Regional Conference CALL TO ARTISTS for the "NEW DIMENSIONS ... into the future" 3-D Art Exhibition 
Detailed information can be found on the SAQA Oregon blog at:  http://saqaoregon.blogspot.com/p/calls-to-saqa-oregon-artists.html
* 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.  We are off to a great start with seven member profiles:  Bonnie Bucknam, Sherri Culver, Lynne Goulette, Jill Hoddick, Annette McFarlane, Rose Rushbrooke and Marion Shimoda.

2. SAQA Exhibits in Oregon
* The National SAQA exhibit "Concrete and Grasslands" at the Grants Pass Museum of Art opening reception will take place Friday, June 3rd 2016 from 6 - 9pm. We're told by the curator the openings are very well attended by 300-400 people. The exhibit runs from June 1st to July 29th.
Although the Concrete and Grasslands show is currently shown on the SAQA website as scheduled only in Grants Pass, we have been assured by SAQA that other venues are in the works.  At any given time SAQA has ten or more exhibits around the world!  There are 58 pieces in the C&G exhibit, which could limit its exposure to larger venues only, so SAQA has determined that the show might be divided into two parts, but this may not happen if larger venues are available.  Stay tuned!  Future venues will be posted on the main SAQA website as they are confirmed, and the C&G artists will be notified by the Exhibit Coordinator, Diane Born.
* The Regional SAQA exhibit "Blending Poetry and Cloth" runs June 3rd to July 29th at The Rogue Gallery in Medford with the reception taking place Friday June 17th from 5pm to 8pm.

* Attend both shows by stopping by The Rogue Gallery from 10am to 5pm on June 3rd and then taking the 30 minute drive to Grants Pass to attend the opening reception there.
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.
Registration begins June 1, 2016.
More information available at:  http://saqaoregon.blogspot.com/p/meetings-and-events.html

4. Jane Dunnewold in Oregon
* Lecture & Trunk Show:  Sunday August 7, 2016 at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, Oregon.  Open to SAQA Members and the public.  Tickets $10.
To register and for more information, see:  http://saqaoregon.blogspot.com/2016/04/jane-dunnewold-lecture-and-trunk-show.html
* In addition to our Jane Dunnewold lecture, the Eugene Textile Center is offering two classes by Jane Dunnewold:
August 4th, 2016, 10am -5pm, $125:  Exploring Creative Strength Training:  Spend a day immersed in the strategies of the Creative Strength Training Program
August 5th - 6th, 10am - 5pm, $250:  A New Approach to Color:  A crash course version of Jane's online color class.  Good artists play with color.  Great artists understand color.
For some reason, these classes are not on the ETC website, but contact the ETC (Eugene Textile Center) to sign up:  541 688-1565.

5. 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.html
Ashland SAQA Pod aka SAQA Rogue Art Quilters by Grace Ladygo:
May Meeting
Change in meeting day:  We will now meet on the 3rd Monday of every moth.
Next meeting:  Monday, May 16.  2:00 PM
Sew Creative, 115 E. Main Street, Ashland

Agenda:
Featured artists:  Sharon Lilly Bowes and Carolyn Platt
Series quilts:  bring latest piece in your series quilt challenge
Show & Tell
Make plans to attend SAQA opening receptions in Medford and Grants Pass
Highlights of the April meeting of the SAQA Rogue Art Quilters
Leotie Richards, co-curator of Blending Poetry and Cloth exhibit, talked about the exhibit which will be held June 3-July 29 at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford. She brought exhibit catalogs for sale.

The SAQA exhibit Concrete and Grassland will be held at the Grants Pass Museum of Art June 1-July 29. Open First Friday, June 3 from 5-9 PM.
Featured Artist: Deb Runnels brought examples of her evolution from art teacher to quilt artist. She has been featured several times in Quilting Arts magazine, including the December 2013 cover. Her 2 pieces "Heart of a Woman #1 and #2" will be part of the Blending Poetry and Cloth exhibit. In addition, her piece "Surveyed, Sold, Fenced" will be shown at the Concrete & Grassland exhibit at the Grants Pass Museum of Art. Deb’s quilt "Ukiyo - The Sadness of Life" has been accepted into the SAQA Turmoil exhibit, which will debut at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in October.

Series Quilts: Denise Johnson brought the 3rd installment of her series on Elements. In addition to Earth and Air, she presented Fire. Her final piece will be Water.

Mary Ruzich brought her quilt "Above and Below" which has been juried into the SAQA Turmoil exhibit to be debuted at the International Quilt Festival.

Carol Palmer brought the article from Quilt Life magazine showing the 19-panel, 39' long Rogue River quilt she talked about at the last meeting. She brought her panel.

Carolyn Platt showed her "Red Rocks.”
Central Oregon SAQA Pod by Jan Tetzlaf
May Meeting 
Thursday, May 19 from 3-4:30 at the Stitchin' Post in Sisters
Notes
What makes good art?
SAQA's Central Oregon pod explored the subject at April's meeting with metal artist and co-founder of Art in the High Desert, Carla Fox.  The criteria for the nationally recognized art show held annually in Bend is:
   * Original thought and intent, going beyond the expected, the usual.
   * Strong overall concept
   * Excellence in craftsmanship
   * Consistency of style and presentation
Studio design, what works and what doesn't, was dissected at the group's March meeting.  We enjoyed a tour of June Yaeger's purpose designed studio space in her Sisters' home.
At both meetings there was terrific show and tell as well as applause for members’ work accepted into shows.

May will bring a show of wearable art by member Deb Wilkinson and continued discussion of dimensional fabric art.

A reveal of quilts made for a Central Oregon challenge, Doors as Portals, will be our June meeting.  Unified by size, 18" by 40", and material - fabric - the quilts explore aspects of doors as portals, thresholds, entrances, passageways and a frame to new experiences.  The quilts will be displayed as a special exhibit at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.
July the group will take a summer break and resume meeting the third Thursday of August.

Portland SAQA Pod by Annette McFarlane
May Meeting
Wednesday, May 18, 10:00 AM, Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St, Beaverton
Notes
The Portland Pod has had several interesting meetings including how to fix your photos for entry, presentations by members of their favorite or first and last quilts, and Mary Ann McCammon’s Kenya Quilt project.  Our “question of the day” prompts interesting conversations.  Next month we’ll have a tutorial on how to critique based on design principles followed by critiques of members quilts.

Valley South SAQA Pod by Marika Pineda
May Meeting
The Valley South pod meets the third Friday of each month at Eugene Textile Center, 1510 Jacobs Dr. Meetings begin at 2 PM, and members can meet for lunch at 12:30 at New Day Bakery, 449 Blair Blvd. The next meeting is May 20th.
Notes
To fuel inspiration, each month we choose one woman artist and explore her work. Members create responses in any medium. Past artists have included Lynda Lanker, Angie Lewin, Analee Fuentes, and Carmen Herrara. The chosen artist for the May meeting is Amrita Dutia.
At each meeting one of our members presents a technique demonstration that is open to the public, starting at 3:15. Past topics have included dextrin resists, katazome, thread painting, basic embroidery. In June we’ll have a demonstration on leaf printing, and in July the demo will be mounting quilts on stretcher bars.
In March we had a show, “Lagniappe,” at Eugene Textile Center. Members showcased 12 x 12 pieces to be donated to the annual SAQA benefit auction.
For more information, contact Marika Pineda, marika.pineda@gmail.com.

6. 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, SAQAOregon 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.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Portland Pod Meets May 18, 2016

Portland’s next Pod meeting will be on Wednesday, May 18, 10 AM, at the Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St, Beaverton.  We will have a tutorial on critiquing quilts based on design principles, then we’ll break into small groups to critique members quilts.  Any questions or additions to the agenda can be sent to annettemcfar@gmail.com

Monday, May 2, 2016

Blending Poetry and Cloth - News / Updates / Schedule

Leotie Richards & Jean Wells 4/27/16

New Additions To The Exhibit:
In looking at our database we recently discovered that a few of the quilts were left off the list of accepted quilts. We deeply regret this error and are doing our best to correct it. We will now be adding seven new quilts to the exhibit in time for The Rogue Gallery opening.  We will also be printing an insert for the exhibit brochure that will feature the following artists and their quilts: Judith Quinn Garnett - “Explorations”, Judy Peterson - “Homage to the Dead”, Karen Spencer - “here, there & everywhere”, Karen Bates - “And you?”, Bevalee Runner -  “A Time For Every Purpose Under Heaven”, Toni Smith, “Connections” and Diane Born – “The Joy of Summer.”

Volunteers Needed:
Volunteers run all SAQA regional exhibits. Leotie has made one trip to Medford and is planning to make another for the reception. Jean Wells will deliver the quilts to The Rogue Gallery, Medford on or before May 27th, 2016. It would be great if someone could meet her halfway on the route to Medford. We need a volunteer for the following:
• Pickup quilts at The Rogue Gallery on July 29th, 2016 deliver back to Sisters, OR.
Please email Leotie Richards lotidesignworks@gmail.com or Jean Wells jean@stitchinpost.com to commit to the above tasks.

 Current Exhibit Schedule:
The Rogue Gallery, Medford
Opens – June 3, 2016
Reception – Friday, June 17, 5-8pm (SAQA members are encouraged to attend.)
Closes – July 29

Companion Exhibit:
The national SAQA exhibit “Concrete and Grassland
Grants Pass Museum of Art (30 minutes from Medford)
Opens – June 1, 2016
Reception – Friday, June 3, 5-9pm (SAQA members are encouraged to attend.)
Closes – July 29

Willamette Heritage Center, Salem
Opens – September 22, 2016
Reception – September 22 4-7pm (SAQA members are encouraged to attend.)
Closes – December 24

Chahelem Art Center, Newberg
Opens – April 4th, 2017
Reception ­–TBD
Closes – May 27

Crossroad Art Center, Baker City
Opens – May 31, 2017
Reception –  TBD
Closes – June 30

Leotie Richards lotidesignworks@gmail.com & Jean Wells jean@stitchinpost.com

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Meet SAQA Oregon Member Bonnie Bucknam

Bonnie Bucknam of Vancouver, Washington
1.  How would you describe the work that you make? Do you have an elevator speech? Have you found your "artistic voice"?

Most of my pieces are made using my own hand-dyed fabrics.  I work large and abstract.  My designs can be based on landscapes, my own photos, or ethnic textiles and crafts.

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 sewing since I was a small child.  I started a business in high school making purses out of burlap and cotton fabrics.  After making thousands of these bags, I had lots of scraps left over.  I decided to make a quilt, knowing nothing about it.  That first quilt took me years to finish, but by then I was hooked.  I have made quilts for the last 48 years! I made my first art quilt in the 1970's.  I made line drawings of rock music stars and machine quilted them. But I really began to focus on art quilts in the 1990's when I started attending the Quilt/Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, Ohio.  That is where I met Nancy Crow, who changed my life.
Stones Stars III - detail (Patti Smith)
1979 - Bonnie M. Bucknam

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

My process varies.  Sometimes I sketch and abstract a design from a photo that I've taken or an idea I've developed.  If the proportions seem critical, I may blow up the sketch to a full-size pattern and cut my pieces from there.  Other times I just cut into the fabric and sew.  Then I usually make chunks which I piece together in some way. Sometimes I pre-select a palette from my hand-dyed fabrics, and sometimes I just add fabrics and colors as the mood strikes.  I machine quilt with a longarm.  Sometimes I hand stitch over the machine quilting.

Beach
Example of freecut quilt
2015 - Bonnie M. Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

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

Most of my work is inspired by travel, things that I see.  I take lots of photos and abstract many of my designs from those.

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

Crater
Quilt National 2011 - Best of Show
Example of piecing from full-size pattern
2010 - Bonnie M. Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

I enter exhibits all the time.  My three top are probably:

Quilt National - Best of show in 2011
Solo exhibit at the Portland International Airport in 2015
Color Improvisations - an invitational curated by Nancy Crow that was exhibited in Europe for two years
Tangle
2010 - Bonnie M. Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey


6.  Describe your studio space.

My "studio" is about 1/2 of my house.  Half of the garage is set up as a dye studio.  In the other half I paint.  My car has never seen the inside of the garage.  My "living room" is my longarm room.  My "dining room" is my office.  Upstairs I have one bedroom as the sewing room and the loft for fabric cutting and storage.  The guest bedroom and the master bedroom also are quilt storage areas.

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

I spend time every day working on quilts, painting, or other crafts.  During the day I might paint, dye fabric, quilt on the longarm, do paperwork or work on show entries.  After dinner I spend at least 5 or 6 hours in my studio/sewing room, piecing, or doing some sort of sewing or handwork.  Most of my outings - other than going to the grocery store, the library, painting class, and the pool - are quilt or art related.  I have a very small family and my son who lives with me cooks for himself, so I have very few obligations other than those I create for myself.  I do love to travel. Traveling inspires many of my designs.

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

I paint in acrylic but also use collage and  oil and cold wax.  I dye fabric, make hand-bound books, knit, make purses, and occasionally bead. Other than the dyed fabric, I seldom use these other media in my quilts.  Some of my quilts are hand-stitched as well as machine quilted.

Reflection - detail
2009 - Bonnie M. Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

Since 2009 I have also been working on sending quilts to needy kids in Guatemala. These are scrap utility quilts.  Lots of my quilting friends and acquaintances have donated their time, fabric, and talents to the project. To date we have sent 212 quilts!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Central Pod Meeting Highlights Art in the High Desert

What makes good art? 

At SAQA Central Oregon's April meeting, metal artist and co-founder of Art in the High Desert, Carla Fox, spoke about art and how it is juried into that premier show. 

Jury criteria for 2016 Art in the High Desert included:
*strong overall concept
*original thought and intent, going beyond the expected, the usual
*excellence in craftsmanship
*consistency of style and presentation 


Promoting visual arts in Central Oregon was the founding goal of Art in the High Desert, Carla said. Jurors for the August show include two local artists and two nationally known artists who judge entries on computer images of the art, no other data. In the nine years since its inception, the show held in Bend's Old Mill area has been ranked 12th nationally based on sales. 


Thursday, May 19 will be the next SAQA Central Oregon meeting at the Stitchin' Post from 3-4:30 pm. Deb Wilkinson will speak about wearable art and show some of her work. The fun of Philadelphia SAQA national will be shared.