Wednesday, October 26, 2016

It's Not Easy Being Green Debuts at Mount Hood Community College

High Fiber Diet's exhibit, It's Not Easy Being Green, is on display at the Mount Hood Community College Visual Arts Gallery through October 27.  The gallery is open from 9am - 5pm. The college is located in Gresham.  Several SAQA Oregon members are included in the exhibit.

SAQA Oregon Newsletter - October 2016

SAQA Oregon held our second regional conference on September 22nd, 2016, at the beautiful, historic Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, Oregon. Seventy two people attended, including speakers. The theme of the conference was "New Dimensions - into the future". We explored the subject of 3D fiber art, which is engaging the attention of an increasing number of art quilters. Our morning program included a keynote speech by Kay Khan of New Mexico, who presented her innovative and colorful 3D fiber work; a panel discussion on the challenges of including 3D work in a fiber art show; and a very successful one-day, non-juried exhibit of members' 3D fiber art pieces, with 42 pieces shown. The afternoon program included a presentation on copyright issues for artists, and a series of six very well-received table-top presentations/demos by members on innovative techniques and approaches.  Our next regional juried exhibit, “Bridge", was announced.
In the evening, many people viewed our current regional juried exhibit: "Blending Poetry and Cloth" and attended the opening reception for the exhibit, hosted by the Willamette Heritage Center. The exhibit will be shown there until December 22nd.  Entry to the Willamette Heritage Center, where the exhibit is hung, is free to SAQA Oregon members and their guests until the exhibit is taken down in late December. Please tell the person at the front entry desk you are a member, and they will check your name on our list.

Save the dates for the 2017 SAQA Conference, “Creation to Curation”, April 27-30 in Lincoln, Nebraska; early bird registration until November 1st.  The Layered Voices SAQA Exhibition will open at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum during the conference  The 2017 SAQA Trunk Show will premier at the conference; online entry closes November 30, 2016.

The SAQA Education Committee has developed an exciting new project called SAQA Seminar, a multi-media collection of content on a specific theme designed to inform, inspire and connect SAQA members.The theme for SAQA Seminar 2016 is STITCHING and will run from September through December. During this time, new content will be released regularly in the form of articles, video conversations, challenges, tutorials, artist profiles, resource list, and much more! There will also be regular opportunities to connect with other members.  Access SAQA Seminar here:

While the bidding might be over, the 2016 SAQA Benefit Auction is still NOT done! We have a wide variety of pieces available for sale in the SAQA Store. Thanks to all who contributed work to the auction.

New this year:  Please track your volunteer hours for SAQA.  The SAQA Regional Representatives have been asked to collect this information from our members and report the aggregate volunteer hours for the region in our annual regional report.  Regional reports are submitted in January

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

1. Requests for Input and Participation
SAQA Oregon Member Profiles are requested for the SAQA Oregon blog.  We are off to a great start with nine member profiles:
Bonnie Bucknam
Sherri Culver
Lynne Goulette
Jill Hoddick
Kristin La Flamme
Annette McFarlane
Rose Rushbrooke
Marion Shimoda
Sidnee Snell
Please visit our blog at to see our Member Profiles and for information on submitting your own Member Profile.

2018 SAQA Oregon Regional Conference
We are already thinking about our next conference, which we tentatively plan to hold sometime in 2018, as venues need to be secured well in advance. We have sent email asking members to let us know which city and which month they prefer. Please respond – your input is important as we plan (yes, already!) for our next fun event.

2. SAQA Exhibits in Oregon
Blending Poetry & Cloth SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit by Leotie Richards
  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
  Museum & Exhibit Open Monday - Saturday 10-5

About 800 fiber enthusiasts attended the Quiltopia event at the Willamette Heritage Center Sept. 30th to October 3rd. Many of them visited the exhibit space for Blending Poetry and Cloth and often stayed in the room 30-45 minutes. Deb Sorem and Mary Goodson talked with exhibit docents to provided background information on the art quilts. A list of exhibitors with sales price and email addresses was provided to the Heritage Center staff. It will be displayed in the exhibit space with the quilts.
Our next showing of the exhibit will take place at the Chahalem Cultural Center in Newberg from April 4th to May 27th, 2017. We're going to install the exhibit on March 27 or 28th. We'll need three volunteers to help with the half day install. Let us know if you are available.

Bridge SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit by Sherrie Moomey
Noun, verb, metaphor or...The potential is limitless awaiting the creative interpretations from our members for the next Oregon SAQA Regional exhibit. 

The prospectus is complete and available on the SAQA site.

The committee continues to work with venues across the state. The reception has been very positive.  Our goal is to present artists with the opportunity to have their art displayed in venues representing the diverse communities of our state.   As venues are finalized, we will update our calendar. 

Please direct any questions or concerns to any of the SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit Committee Members.
  Lynne Goulette. (
  Donna Rice (
  Deb Sorem (
  Sherrie Moomey (
  Marion Shimoda (

More information available at: and

3. 2016 SAQA Oregon Regional Conference by Elizabeth Bamberger
We were really grateful for all the support provided to us by SAQA National, including handling at no cost the entire registration process, the insurance coverage and lower shipping rates for bringing our keynote speaker's art pieces to the conference, and for all the help with processing financial matters. Thank you so much!

We were very pleased with the members' keen interest in the theme of 3D art, with many questions asked of the keynote speaker and the panelists; and with the high level of engagement in the table-top presentations. The Blending Poetry and Cloth exhibit looked beautiful in the exhibit space and was very well received. We had a wonderful 12-member planning committee who started planning early and worked extremely hard and willingly to produce all the elements of our program and exhibit; also many willing volunteers who stepped up to help out on the conference day. For future reference, we have noted the importance of carefully testing ahead of time that all connections between computers, projectors etc work, and of providing the venue staff with a detailed diagram of exactly where tables will be placed, specifying the number of tables required etc. We are also considering whether we might offer a rather shorter afternoon program in future, to avoid audience fatigue.

4. SAQA Oregon Pods - Ashland, Central Oregon, Portland and Valley South

SAQA Oregon Pod meeting information is available at:
Ashland SAQA Rogue Art Quilters by Lynne Goulette
Our meeting in September was held as usual at Sew Creative in Ashland. Members shared their work in progress for the upcoming SAQA call to entries including the poster theme, H2Oh and Layered Voices. Other than that we discussed our wishes and plans for the next year and decided our next meeting will be held at a local winery so we can socialize and brainstorm ideas. This meeting is scheduled for October 17 at noon at the winery.
For more information you can contact Lynne Goulette at

Central Oregon SAQA Pod by Jan Tetzlaff

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 we will meet with Eugene quilt artist Niraja Lorenz.
Niraja’s award winning work is exuberant and intricately pieced.  She will bring some quilts to share as well as talk about how she creates her incredible work.
Meeting is 3-4:30 at the Stitchin’ Post.
At this meeting we need to decide if we are going to have another Central Oregon themed exhibit.  We need to commit soon if we are going to reserve venues for our show to hang.  This would be a non-juried show.
Oregon SAQA is having a juried show with the theme of Bridge. 

First Friday, Oct. 7
A View From Above quilts will make an encore at Quiltworks Friday and will be on display for the rest of the month.  Opening night reception is from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Women of Cloth (formerly Sundance Art Quilters, will be exhibiting ‘A Study in Color.” The show by six Central Oregon SAQA members opens at Sotheby’s (last month’s site of the Doors exhibit), 821 NW Wall St., Bend.
Barbara Doust-Boggess, Helen Brisson, Dianne Browning, Julia Jeans, Kris Lang and Leotie Richards have joined together to inspire, create and critique pieces of art.

Fourth Friday, Oct. 28
The 28 Central Oregon SAQA artists who contributed to the Doors will be featured at Twigs/Stitchin’ Post, 311 W. Cascade Ave., Sisters.
Opening night reception is from 4 to 6:30 pm

Future Meetings Include
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 - A private tour of A6’s Japanese exhibit and an origami book making class.  More information and cost about this will follow.
December 2016 - no SAQA meeting
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 - a post card making workshop with Tonye Phillips.  More information to follow about the workshop.

For more information contact Jan Tetzlaff at

Portland SAQA Pod by Annette McFarlane

The next SAQA Portland pod will be on Wednesday, Oct 19, with a Vancouver studio tour and potluck lunch.  Mary Arnold and Bonnie Bucknam’s studios will be open from 10-11:30AM, then Marie Murphy Wolfe will open her studio at 11:30 followed by a potluck salad lunch. Please bring a topping for the salad, greens and dressing will be provided.

Please email Annette McFarlane for the directions,

Valley South SAQA Pod by Katie Walwyn

The Valley South pod meets the third Friday of each month at Eugene Textile Center, 1510 Jacobs Dr, Eugene 97402 at 2 pm with many members gathering for lunch at 12:30 at New Day  Bakery, 449 Blair Blvd.  This month we will be highlighting our inspirational artist, Canadian abstract painter Mandy Budan ( as introduced by Joanna Price.  Vera Rogers will present a demonstration on making organza silk screens beginning at 3:15 pm.

For more information, contact Katie Walwyn, or Carolyn Walwyn,

5. SAQA Oregon Blog and SAQA Oregon Facebook Group
The SAQA Oregon Blog,, 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.

Marion Shimoda
SAQA Oregon Regional Co-Representative

Upcoming SAQA Oregon Exhibit - "Bridge"

Call to SAQA Oregon Artists

Oregon is a state filled with bridges ranging from the mythological Bridge of the Gods to the contemporary Tilikum Crossing.  The concept of “Bridge”, though, is much broader. A bridge can be the symbolic image of chrysalis to butterfly.   Bridges are a connection and a link. They are bonds and pathways—both physical and emotional—between people and things. A bridge joins and unites. It spans time and traverses space. It reconciles differences creating harmony. It represents progress, stability, hope and transition.  We invite artists to submit work that reflects the theme of “Bridge” either in a representational or abstract interpretation.

Both 2-D and 3-D work will be considered.

Juror:  Jane Dunnewold - internationally known artist, author and teacher

The Call for Entry for our “Bridge” SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit has been posted on the SAQA Calendar of Calls for Entry at
Here is the direct link:

Oregon Regional Exhibit Committee
Sherrie Moomey
Lynne Goulette
Donna Rice
Deb Sorem
Marion Shimoda

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bridge Controversy Opens at Visions Art Museum

Bonnie Bucknam's quilt "Bridge Controversy" will be included in Breakout: Quilt Visions 2016, at the Visions Art Museum, 2825 Dewey Road, Suite 100, San Diego California.  The opening reception is October 15, 2016, 5 - 7 pm.  The exhibit runs from October 15, 2016 through January 8, 2017.  A catalog will be available from the Museum.

Bridge Controversy
c 2016 Bonnie M. Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

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 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.
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
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.