Wednesday, December 28, 2011

DeNicolis Meyer Featured in New Book by Sandra Sider

Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer is featured in Sandra Sider's book, The Studio Quilt No. 2: Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer, available on Amazon.  Check it out!

Portland Area Meeting on January 18

SAQA Meeting reminder.

The SAQA Portland area group met in Lake Oswego on December 14. As a focus for some followup meetings, participants were asked to select a SAQA show that they planned to enter in a year or so. We will meet in smaller groups and share our progress in the interim.

There will be a follow-up organizing meeting at Gerrie Congdon's home on January 18, from 10am to noon. Bring a sack lunch if you like. Those attending the meeting can RSVP and get directions from Gerrie at her email, The focus of the meeting will be discussing upcoming calls for entry from the SAQA website and examining the prospectuses that interest group members. Bring printed copies of any prospectus that interests you. If you find information of interest on the SAQA website, bring references to share. For any questions about the meeting, contact Jean Wells Keenan,, Betty Daggett,, or Gerrie Congdon.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Oregon: State of Diversity II Announces Accepted Works

Oregon Grape by Jill Hoddick of Portland

CONGRATULATIONS to the SAQA member artists whose work will be traveling throughout Oregon during the next two years as part of Oregon: State of Diversity II! Our jurors were SAQA Professional Artist members Patricia Gould and Betty Busby, both of New Mexico. They carefully reviewed almost fifty entries and selected thirty that they feel make a cohesive, dynamic exhibition. We salute everyone who entered, and we're proud to present the following works and their makers:

Glorious Pears by Karen Bates of Ashland
Poppies in Bloom by Karen Bates of Ashland
A Coop with a View by Suzy Bates of Beaverton

Spawn by Kathy Blondell of Portland

Spawn by Kathy Blondell of Portland
Sentinel by Kathy Blondell of Portland
Aspen Storm Watch by Gerrie Congdon of Portland

Sticks & Stones by Quinn Zander Corum of Portland

Sticks & Stones by Quinn Zander Corum of Portland
Time Travel by Betty Daggett of Portland
Glacial Morane by Diane English of Eugene

Fire by Diane English of Eugene

Fire by Diane English of Eugene
Three Sisters: Clouds Rolling In by Sheila Finzer of Terrebonne
Painted Hills Journey by Mary Goodson of Silverton
Springtime in Oregon by Mary Goodson of Silverton
Garden Guardian by Mary Goodson of Silverton
Mt. Hood from the Air by Terry Grant of Beaverton
Women of the Oregon Trail by Terry Grant of Beaverton
She Always Picks the Path of Most Resistance by Trisha Hassler of Portland
Falling Water by Carol Heist of Silverton
Oregon Grape by Jill Hoddick of Portland
At Ocean's Edge by Laura Jaszkowski of Eugene
Twilight by Charlene Kenny of Redmond

Flotsam by Nancy Kibbey of Eugene

Flotsam by Nancy Kibbey of Eugene
Portland Through Runners' Eyes by Shirley MacGregor of Portland
A Walk in the Woods by Elaine Millar of Portland
Common Weeds: Autumnal Chicory by Sara Shayne Miller of McMinnville
High Desert Wind by Donna Rice of Bend
Life's Sonata by Donna Rice of Bend
Falls on the Umpqua: Summer by Vera Rogers of Days Creek
First Return by Jean Wells of Sisters
Beneath the Earth by Jean Wells of Sisters

Oregon: State of Diversity II
Exhibit Schedule
More details as schedule progresses

January 26 - 28, 2012
Stitches in Bloom
Oregon Garden
Silverton, OR

April 14 - 22, 2012
Quilter's Affair
Lane County Hisrorical Museum
Eugene, OR

September 21 - 23, 2012
NW Quilt Expo
Portland, OR

November - December 2012
Umpqua Valley Arts Association
Harvard Ave.
Roseburg, OR

July 2013
High Desert Museum
59800 S. Highway 97
Bend, Oregon 97702
(541) 382-4754
Summer: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, May 1 through October 31.
Admission Rates: Summer: May 1 - October 31
Adult $15
Senior (65 plus) $12
Youth (ages 5-12) $ 9
Child (4 and under) Free
Active Military and immediate families Free

November - December 2013
Heritage Station
Pendleton, Oregon

Shirley MacGregor Exhibits with the Oregon Women's Caucus for Art

The Oregon Women's Caucus for Art is showing their work for the month of January at The 100th Monkey and I as my work is included in the show, I would like to invite all of you to the opening.

First Friday Opening: January 6th from 6-9pm, Live music by Amber Harlan
Show Dates: 1/6-1/27/2012
All ages welcome!

OWCA: The Oregon Women's Caucus for Art
Shirley MacGregor

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Two SAQA Oregon Members Take Awards at Quilts = Art = Quilts

Inner Space by Catherine Beard
Photo by Chris Beard, Blue Rhino Studio

Two SAQA Oregon members are award winners at Quilts = Art = Quilts, at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, New York.  Catherine Beard was awarded the Schweinfurth Award for Design Excellence for her quilt, Inner SpaceBonnie Bucknam received a Juror's Choice Award for her quilt, Coastlines. The exhibit is on view at the Schweinfurth through January 12, 2012.

Coastlines by Bonnie Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sitka Art Invitational at World Forestry Center November 4 - 6

Jean Wells Keenan has been working on a collabrative project with Patty Bently, an oil painter from Portland, Oregon.

The art above, called "Santiam Pass," is a a set of five separate panels. Pieces 1,3,and 5 are paintings by Patty, while pieces 2 and 4 are quilts made by Jean. The art will be on display at the 2011 Sitka Art Invitational Show to be held November 4, 5 & 6 at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon.

The two artists came up with the idea of commemorating the 2003 B&B Complex Fire along the Santiam Pass. A simple sketch of the landscape and selecting a color palette were the starting points. Jean first pieced the land in panels 2 and 4, then sent the work to Patty, who did the preliminary paintings on panels 1, 3 and 5.

After the base work was complete, Jean and Patty met again to plan the placement of the tree snags and the details to be added to all five panels, that would unite the panels into one flowing work.

Jean added the tree snags, quilted her pieces, finished them with art facings and returned the panels to Patty. Patty finished the paintings and took the peices to a framer. The quilts hang free from the top and the paintings are stretched over frames that are about 3/4" in width. A dimensional feeling is created when you look at the piece.

If you are in the Portland area, stop by the 2011 Sitka Art Invitational Show and enjoy all the marvelous artwork on display November 4-6th.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Greetings from Your New SAQA Co-Reps

Hello Oregon SAQA Members

This is our first communication as the new representatives. Let us introduce ourselves: Betty Daggett, from Portland, is a long time quilter who began making art quilts four years ago. Photography inspires much of her work as the camera's lens gives her a new perspective for viewing the world. Betty has been involved with several quilt groups in her community over the past fifteen years. She is an active member in Columbia Fiber Arts Guild in Portland and was the Membership Chairperson for that organization for two years. Taking classes has expanded her techniques to create quilts with many layers. Jean Wells Keenan of Sisters is well known in the quilting community for being the founder of the Outdoor Quilt Show and as co-owner of The Stitchin' Post for 36 years. She has written 38 books on quilting, traveled the country and internationally teaching quilting as well as lecturing on business in the industry. Quilting has always been her passion and her interest in art quilting began about eight years ago. Nature is her inspiration for color as well as imagery.

We both are looking forward to our term as your representatives. Our goals are to help personalize SAQA to the members and extend the learning environment and participation in show entries. Parlor meetings seem to be a good way of gathering together like-minded people to further develop the members as art quilters. The Eugene area and Central Oregon have established meetings. Some help is needed in the Portland area and rest of the state to form similar parlor groups to increase individual participation and growth as art quilters in the state.

We are both in the process of digesting the web site and want to have a one-day state conference in the fall of 2012 in the Portland area.

Please feel free to communicate with either Betty or myself.
Jean Wells

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ann Johnston Teaches Dye & Quilt Design Classes in Lake Oswego

Ann Johnston will hold a series of fabric dyeing and quilt design workshops in her Lake Oswego studio in 2012. To ensure maximum individualized attention, class size will be limited to four participants. Registration opens January 10, 2012. Registration closes for all workshops February 10, 2012.

For more information: or

1. Begin with Color by Accident: Low-Water Immersion Dyeing
3 days, May 12-14, 2012

A fast-paced run-through of the possibilities with new variations offered by the low-water immersion dyeing approaches introduced by Ann in her book Color by Accident

2. Add Dye Painting and Printing to Your Options
4 days, May 17-20, 2012

An introduction to all the basic surface design techniques with thick and thin dye, using brushes & rollers, stamps & blocks, stencils & screens.

3. Silk Only—Understanding the Alternatives
5 days, May 23-27, 2012

An exploration of dyeing a wide variety of silks using methods such as painting, printing and immersion with soda ash, citric aid and vinegar, including the selective removal of sericin. Some experience with Procion MX dyes required.

4. Focused Dyeing
5 days, July 20-24, 2012

Is there a particular texture or pattern or theme or color that you want to use for a quilt or series of quilts? Consider it a puzzle to solve in this workshop. Some experience with Procion MX dyes required.

5. Untangle Your Design Decisions
5 days, November 1-5, 2012

A personalized exploration of the elements of design—line, shape, color, value, pattern, texture—to answer that constant question: “Now what do I do?”

6. Using Your Own Hand-dyed Fabric
5 days, November 8-12, 2012

Bring a pile of your own hand-dyed fabrics to build on the ideas that prompted dyeing it or on ideas that are suggested to you by the fabric.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Our Co-Reps Pass the Baton

It's time for us, Georgia and Laura, to transition to our new role as co-chairs of the upcoming State of Diversity exhibit. We want you to know how much we have enjoyed being the SAQA reps for Oregon. We have gained much from the SAQA conferences but even more from being in our home state and working with you. We started with little and have seen a wonderful network develop. It will only get better as more and more of us participate to further the goals of SAQA here.

In our meetings with your incoming reps, Betty Daggett and Jean Wells Keenan, we've learned that they have some great stuff coming for you, too, but it's their turn to start waving the SAQA banner here in Oregon. We want to thank you all for your encouragement and friendship, and let you know that we have enjoyed being your reps more than we ever thought possible. We join all of you in welcoming Betty and Jean. They'll be in touch with you soon.

Laura Jaszkowski


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Catch Oregon Art Beat Thursday, October 6

Jean Wells Keenan will be featured on OPB's Oregon Art Beat on Thursday evening, October 6, at 8:00pm.  Don't miss it!  But if you do, it will repeat on October 9 at 6pm.

Symbols, Letters, Words --- Text Us!

Just Read Between the Lines, Dear
by Laura Jaszkowski

SAQA Oregon members Laura Jaszkowski, Elaine Millar, Carol Heist, Hilde Morin and Diane English will show work in the upcoming exhibit at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association, November 4th 2011– January 6, 2012.  The juror was John Olbranz, the Maribeth Collins Director, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.

Arts Center Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm.
Closed Sunday, Monday and all major holidays

Umpqua Valley Arts Association Regional Arts Council
1624 W. Harvard Avenue
Roseburg, Oregon 97471

(541) 672-2532
(541) 672-7696 fax

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Kathie Kerler Exhibits at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Shore Pines Wrapped in Mist by Kathie Kerler
61" x 71"
Photo by Mark Frey

Kathie Kerler has a solo exhibition as the Evolutions Featured Artist at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado between August 1 - October 29, 2011. If you are traveling in the area, the address is 1213 Washington Avenue in Golden. Contact information: (303) 277-0377 or

Shore Pines Wrapped in Mist, detail, by Kathie Kerler

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Trisha Hassler Exhibits at Visage Eyewear in Portland


Scrupulous detail.

Going forward, Trisha Hassler is committed to exploring each of these aspects in her work at a more purposeful level. This is the result of some personal experience and growth that is working it's way into her textile pieces. It's very exciting for her and she loves to talk about it, so please come out and ask her questions!

In August, Trisha will be showing a variety of wall pieces at Visage Eyewear in NW Portland. Visage is in the business of helping clients improve their vision, to see the world through a new set of "eyes", and one of the first things clients will be viewing is her artwork. Lately she is seeing the world differently too, so it's all about "vision" at the moment.

The detail above is from "Surrender To The Possibility Of A Complete Unraveling". It is from her newest Internal Landscape series. Her sense of pace has shifted to a new focus on hand-stitching, and she finds the time spent doing it to be quite wonderful!

If you are in Portland, please stop by the Visage Eyewear gallery during the month of August to see the work.

Visage Eyewear
1046 NW Johnson
Portland, OR 97209
Mon-Fri 10 - 6
Sat 11 - 5
Sun 12 - 4

My 3D work will be on display in August at:
Waterstone Gallery
424 NW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Gallery Hours:
Wed - Sat 12 - 6 pm
Sun 12 - 4 pm
Or by appointment ... we love visitors!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bonnie Bucknam Wins Viewers' Choice at Rio Patchwork Design

Fracture by Bonnie Bucknam
36" w x 55" h

Looks like Bonnie Bucknam will be going to Rio! Three of her quilts were recently in the Rio Patchwork Design show, which was held in early July in both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bonnie's quilt Fracture won the Viewer's Choice award. The prize - a trip to Rio for next year's show!

Fracture, detail
(Photos by Mark Frey)

SAQA Oregon Exhibit in Sisters

I made the trip to Sisters, Oregon for the annual Outdoor Quilt Show.  I'd never been before, so it was a treat to see all the quilts hung about town.  The weather was a balmy, breezy 80 degrees, unusually cool I was told. The SAQA Oregon exhibit, Oregon: State of Diversity, was on display at the Sisters Public Library. There was also an outdoor show of Jean Wells Keenan's work at the Five Pine Lodge that day.  So I was lucky enough to see those two shows on Sunday.  Here are some photos of the SAQA Oregon quilts at the library.  A catalog of that show is available (see sidebar).
Bonnie Bucknam

Friday, July 1, 2011

Timeless Quilts at Oregon Historical Society in July

Timeless Quilts
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Contact: Rachel Butler (503) 306-5221,

Exhibition Dates: July 1 - July 31, 2011
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Artist Reception: July 16th 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

During the month of July, the Oregon History Museum will showcase a stunning selection of art quilts made by local and international artists. The exhibit began with booking Quilt Art 20, an exhibit featuring quilts created by 20 professional international quilt artists. Since its beginning in Britain in 1985, the traveling exhibit features artists from the United States and Europe, representing eight countries in total. To insert a local element to the exhibit, a selection of historic quilts from the Oregon Historical Society’s collection were added to the exhibit, as well as quilt art from 10 contemporary quilters in Oregon. Quilt Art 20 became Timeless Quilts.

Oregon Artists include: Ann Johnston, Hilde Morin, Jean Wells, Jeannette Meyer, Susan Bucharest, Quinn Corum, Wendy Huhn, Marjorie Post, Kathie Kerler and Helene Knott.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Bonnie Bucknam Awarded Best of Show at Quilt National 2011

Crater by Bonnie M. Bucknam (81" w x 60" h)
Photos by Mark Frey

Bonnie Bucknam's quilt Crater was named Best of Show at the May 27th opening of Quilt National 2011 in Athens, Ohio.  The exhibition is at the Dairy Barn Arts Center through September 5, 2011.  It will then tour the country for approximately two years.  You can see some photos of the installation at the Dairy Barn's Facebook page.  You can order a catalog of the shop from the Dairy Barn Shop or Amazon.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Betty Colburn's Work in Three Exhibits

Biblical Origins of Racism by Betty Colburn

Betty Colburn's Biblical Origins of Racism is included in the exhibit, "The Unspoken Truth About Color: A Dialogue in Art Quilts About Racism." The exhibit opened April 29, 2011 at the ARC Gallery, Chicago, Illinois,  and will continue through May 22, 2011. "The Unspoken Truth" examines one of the most complex and seldom discussed issues in our culture today: racism. In this exhibit, members of Fiber Artist for Hope have created pieces based on their personal experiences. This exhibit will travel with the Mancuso quilt shows this year.

Obama Drafted for NBA by Betty Colburn

Betty's quilt Obama Drafted for NBA is included in Carolyn Mazloomi's exhibition and book "Journey of Hope: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama". The exhibit opened on May 5, 2011 at the Du Sable Museum of African American History, Chicago, Illinois. The exhibit was previously shown in Ohio and will travel to Atlanta and Boston.

Unlimited Sky Power by Betty Colburn

Unlimited Sky Power, also by Betty, is currently included in the Quilts Inc. exhibit "The Sky is the Limit".

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Oregon: State of Diversity Finishes Successful Run at Heritage Station Museum in Pendleton

SAQA member and volunteer Nancy Kibbey was kind enough to deliver and pick up our exhibit in Pendleton, where it had a highly successful run at the Heritage Station Museum. Nancy gave a presentation about art quilts on the last day of the run. After she returned home, she sent us the following information, which she has agreed we might share with you all.

Quilt by Catherine Beard

"I was impressed by the efficiency of the staff and volunteers who took the show down. Several people matched quilt bags to the hanging pieces so the bag and the quilt went together to the tables where others were rolling them up and "packaging" them. I heard remarks from the volunteers about how helpful the pictures on the outside of the bags were. Usually when I'm involved with the take-down of a show, the volunteers are quilters, but that wasn't the case here, and I could see the process through new eyes. I have a couple of suggestions that will make our shows in the future more "professional:"

Bags of one color - white or off-white muslin. No prints, and NO plastic bags; see-through or opaque. A plastic zip-lock bag can be sewn to the outside of the bag (not where it will be scrunched when the bag is cinched shut) with a picture of the quilt on it.

Bags should match the size of the rolled up quilt, completely covering its full length. Not too wide; not too tight --- just right!

Velcro or ties to secure the top of the bag, but NO long dangling ties or long dangling tags.

The name of the quilter PROMINENTLY displayed on the bag, where it will not be obscured when the bag is cinched shut. The name of the quilt PROMINENTLY displayed on the hanging rod, the roll (pool noodles are good), on any "extra" parts that accompany the quilt. If you tie the quilt inside the bag, mark the ties, too. (Better yet; make a bag that fits properly, and you don't have to tie the quilt.)"

Laura and I want to thank Nancy for taking the time to write this up. We would like to add that your quilt bag is probably not the best place for you to express your creativity. Please keep in mind the purpose of the bag and those volunteers (quilters or not) who put in the time putting up and taking down our exhibits. I have used prints for bags; Nancy pointed out to me that it makes it that much harder to see the photo. I have learned from this; thanks, Nancy. We WELCOME your comments.......

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sandra Sider Critiques

On April 17th-18th the President of SAQA, Dr. Sandra Sider, held three critique sessions in Portland. Each participant (28 total, as some had to cancel) brought one piece; unfinished or not, to be critiqued and analyzed. Throughout the sessions, Sandra stressed the elements of art and design when working on our art quilts. She gave everyone a handout and told us to consciously count how many elements were well-represented in our work. This was eye-opening. She began each critique by hearing what the artist had in mind and/or hoped to accomplish with the work. She then pointed out the successful elements of the piece, and then opened a dialogue with the artist: what part was their favorite? where had they had the most trouble? what was their biggest question about the piece? and so on. She pointed out what she felt might have been handled differently to strengthen the piece, often referring back to those basic art and design principles to reinforce her comments. Finally, she opened the discussion to the group as a whole, and everyone had a chance to comment on the piece. We heard nothing but positive comments after each session, and many said they learned just by watching the critique of other pieces. Some of the changes suggested for the works were truly jaw-dropping in their effectiveness.

The good news is that Sandra wants to return to hold more sessions in the fall of 2012, and we will work with incoming reps Jean Wells Keenan and Betty Daggett to make that happen. We hope that those who were unable to participate this time will have the chance to do so next year, and we're also pretty certain that some people will sign up to repeat their positive experience.

Our thanks to Sandra, to SAQA member Gerrie Congdon who graciously hosted her, and to Geri Grasvik, owner of The Pine Needle in Lake Oswego, for hosting the sessions. And to all who brought their work and put it up at the front of the room!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Portland's Gathering of the Guilds April 29 - May 1

Portland's annual Gathering of the Guilds is this coming weekend at the Portland Convention Center. It's one of the biggest craft sales you'll see. Represented are pottery, woodworking, beading and jewelry, sculpture and metalarts, glass, and handweaving. This year Columbia FiberArts Guild will have a booth in the handweaving section. Several SAQA Oregon members will be represented in the CFG booth, #909 right between the handweavers and the woodworkers.  Stop by and say hi. The show hours are

Friday, April 29, 10am - 9 pm
Saturday, April 30, 10am - 7pm
Sunday, May 1, 10am - 5pm

There's no admission charge. Hope to see you there.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Update on Portland Area Meetings

On Wednesday, March 9, 2010, the fifth SAQA Oregon Portland area meeting was held at the Lakewood Center, Lake Oswego following the Columbia Fiberarts Guild meeting. There were 22 people present.

Georgia and Laura shared with the group that Jean Wells Keenan of Sisters and Betty Davis-Daggett of Portland will become the new SAQA Oregon co-representatives. They will begin training for this task immediately and phase into their new roles over the next several months.

Georgia and Laura also announced there will be an "Oregon, State of Diversity 2012" exhibit. Georgia and Laura have volunteered to chair that project.

The group decided to survey the membership of SAQA Oregon to obtain information about what members want from having an active chapter in Oregon. Betty Colburn and Sue Karstad volunteered to create and disseminate an online survey using. When the survey arrives in your email, please take a few minutes to respond.

Because the June 8,2011 Columbia Fiberart Guild meeting will be in the evening, the group decided to hold a dinner meeting at a restaurant before the CFG meeting. Betty Colburn has arranged for the use of the “party room” at Goose Hollow Inn, 1927 S.W. Jefferson Street, This will be a primarily social event. We will meet at 4:00pm in order to be served and finished eating by 6:30pm. Goose Hollow Inn is very near to First United Methodist Church where the CFG meeting is to start at 7:00pm.Please call or email Betty Colburn 503-327-90334 or by June 3 so we can give Goose Hollow a head count.

Submitted by
Betty Colburn

Friday, April 15, 2011


OREGON: STATE OF DIVERSITY II will travel throughout the state during 2012 and 2013. We have had a wonderful response to our first exhibit (which is still traveling) and we expect that will translate to more viewers and more venues for this one. Start planning your entry now. We encourage you to interpret the theme in any way you wish -- literally, figuratively, abstractly --- show us the diversity of Oregon SAQA member artists.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: AUGUST 20, 2011. The complete prospectus is on this blog on the Prospectus Page.
Any questions may be addressed to co-curators Georgia French ( and Laura Jaszkowski ( Other members of the exhibit committee are SAQA members Betty Colburn, Terry Grant, and Nancy Kibbey.
We are in discussion with several venues and will post them on the blog as they are confirmed. This show will travel and be seen by people all over the state. We encourage all Oregon SAQA members to enter!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

SAQA Oregon Eugene Area Meeting March 19

A Eugene area meeting for members, and interested parties, will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 am to noon. The meeting will be held at the home of Laura Jaszkowski in Eugene. Contact Laura for directions. Bring a piece of your latest work, or exhibition news, to share with the group. How to present your work professionally to shows and galleries will also be discussed.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Back to Nature Opens Thursday March 3 in Portland

View Toward Indio (36" w x 57" h) by Bonnie Bucknam
(Photo by Mark Frey)

Back to Nature: An Exhibit by High Fiber Diet, opens Thursday, March 3 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland Oregon.  An opening reception will be held Thursday night from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the church gallery.  Works by SAQA Oregon members Mary Arnold, Catherine Beard, Chris Brown, Bonnie Bucknam, Gerrie Congdon, Georgia French, Mary Goodson, Terry Grant, Laura Jaszkowski, and Karen Miller are included.  Please plan on attending the opening!  Back to Nature is on display March 3 - April 27, 2011.

Back to Nature: An Exhibit by High Fiber Diet
Opening Reception March 3, 2011, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Kempton Hall, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th (at Everett)
Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Remember the SAQA Meeting on March 9

The SAQA Oregon Portland area quarterly meeting will be Wednesday, March 9th, 1:30 pm at the Lakewood Center for the Arts (368 State Street, Lake Oswego). All members and those interested in joining SAQA are encouraged to attend.

We will have sharing of in progress or newly finished work and continue to discuss avenues for having our work exhibited individually and as a group.

Because Columbia FiberArts Guild will have an evening meeting on June 9, we need to discuss the time and venue for our June 8 meeting.

Betty Colburn will moderate the meeting. Please contact Betty at with comments or agenda items.
See you there!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Kathie Kerler Exhibits Coast to Coast

Kathie Kerler work, "Split Infinity" has been juried into the SAQA exhibition Volusia--Wrapped in Fiber at the Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary, Florida from February 15 to April 3, 2011.

She has a second piece entitled "Point Loma--San Diego" in an invitational themed show called the Lighthouse Art Quilts 2011. The show will travel to a variety of venues in California through the upcoming year as a fundraising benefit for lighthouse restoration for Point Pinos Lighthouse and Point Sur Lightstation. You can see all 30 entries at

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Infinity Art Gallery ~ Call to Fiber Artists

Infinity Art Gallery’s ~ Call to Fiber Artists for Online Art Exhibit

Early Entries Accepted Now
Pre-Exhibit Show: begins online Mar. 15, 2011
Entry Deadline: April 15, 2011; 8:00 pm PST
Grand Opening: May 15, 2011

Qualified Artwork:

Open to all fiber artists. Fiber art is a style of fine art which uses textiles such as fabric, yarn, and natural and synthetic fibers. It encompasses a wide variety of styles, including art quilts, wall hangings, sculpture and other 3 dimensional art, weavings and mixed media.

Fiber art works are works of art that communicate some sort of message, emotion or meaning and go beyond just the literal meaning of the materials. Pieces that follow patterns without doing anything more, are not considered works of fiber art.

Diane Chaudiere, Jae McDonald, and Hilde Morin

$2,200 Total Value of Awards: Best in Show - 1st Place - 2nd Place - 3rd Place - Founders’ Choice -
Two Director’s Choice awards.

Submitting Entries:
Artists pay an entry fee of $25 USD to submit 1 or 2 works of art. Artists may enter more than once.

A digital clock showing Pacific Standard Time is on display on the Home page and Submit Now page of the gallery. A countdown clock will be added to the Submit Now page 3-4 days prior to deadline.

April 15, 2011 8:00 pm PST

Prospectus: Rules and Guidelines

Laura Jaszkowski to Show in Florida SAQA Exhibit

Laura Jaszkowski has had "Anxious Nights, Sleepless Days" accepted to the SAQA show, Volusia Wrapped in Fiber.  Her piece will hang in the Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary, Florida, February 15 through April 2, 2011.  This fiber related event will also include four other sites within Volusia county from January 3 to April 29, 2011.  More information about the shows can be found on the SAQA Florida blog at  or at the official site

Friday, February 11, 2011

Call to artists: Fibers show at SCRAP’s Re:Vision Gallery

SCRAP Creative Reuse Center is pleased to announce a group fibers exhibition to be held July through August 2011 at Re:Vision Gallery. The fibers show, encompassing fibers as defined by the artist, will offer a survey of the plethora and diversity of contemporary (re-use) fiber arts in the Pacific Northwest. The show is open to professional and non-professional artists and creators in the Portland area. Work must consist of at least 75% reclaimed or recycled content.

SCRAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in NE Portland that inspires creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by offering affordable materials and educational programs to the community. Re:Vision Gallery features innovative work by Pacific Northwest artists who utilize at least 75% reclaimed or recycled materials in their art. Learn more at Our Creative Reuse Center, including Re:Vision Gallery, is open to the public seven days a week from 10am to 6pm.

Please submit the following to or to: Re:Vision Gallery, SCRAP, 2915 NE MLK Jr., Blvd., Portland, OR 97212:

· Images of the work you would like to show (If submitting digitally, please limit image size to 500px per side max).

· Artist statement

· CV or resume

Exhibition: July-August 2011

Submission deadline: March 31st, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Call to Artists - Umpqua Valley Arts Center - "SYMBOLS, LETTERS, WORDS ---- TEXT US!"

The Umpqua Valley Arts Center in Roseburg has published a call to all Oregon artists for a juried exhibit entitled "SYMBOLS, LETTERS, WORDS ------- TEXT US!"  Artists are challenged to create a work of art in which some element of written or symbolic language or text is an integral visual part of the composition.  Actual meaning may be superfluous --- or it may be vital --- but it's the visual aspect that will be considered most important.  Think of text as mark-making.  The juror is John Olbrantz, Director of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Wilamette University in Salem.  Submissions are due by August 10th, 2011.  For a complete prospectus, visit the Umpqua Valley Arts Center website.

When Opportunity Knocks.....Answer It!

Dr. Sandra Sider, President of SAQA, will be in Portland for three art quilt critique sessions on April 17th and 18th. Sessions are open to all SAQA members and will be held at The Pine Needle in Lake Oswego from 9:30 - 12:00 on Sunday and from 1:30 - 4:00 on Sunday and Monday. You may bring one finished or in-progress work to be critiqued, but you will learn from watching everyone's work critiqued by Dr. Sider. The cost is $30 and space is limited. Contact Laura Jaszkowski at for more information and to reserve a spot. You will be glad you did this for your Art!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Mirror, Mirror

Gerrie Congdon has a piece in the juried art exhibit of self portraiture, "Mirror, Mirror", presented by Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Arts. The title of the piece is Then and Now. A First Thursday artists reception will be held in Kempton Hall on January 6, 2010 from 6:00PM until 8:00PM. The show is up through February 27. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th (at Everett), Portland, Oregon.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


The fourth SAQA Oregon Portland area meeting was held on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at Lakewood Center, Lake Oswego from 1:30pm until 3:00pm. Seventeen members and three visitors attended.

Discussion centered on what members want to gain from the group meetings and how to structure the group to achieve members’ goals. Finding opportunity for high quality exhibition of members’ artwork is a major goal. Other goals include sharing, networking, supporting each other, critique, and the promotion of quilts as art.

The SAQA National Board is working on a five-year plan for the organization. Members were encouraged to fill out the online survey.

We discussed the potential for having a statewide meeting in February in conjunction with the opening of the Pendleton exhibit of “Oregon: State of Diversity.”

We would like our blog to include posts regarding local opportunities for exhibiting. Please send information for local shows to Bonnie Bucknam. Regional and national exhibition calls are available from a number of magazines and websites. Bonnie will add some website links to the blog. [See the listing to the bottom right.]

Georgia and Laura shared the process of mounting a SAQA sanctioned exhibit. We can also have other exhibits open to statewide SAQA members but not officially sanctioned. We discussed forming a committee for each proposed exhibit so the Regional reps will not carry as much of the workload. There was discussion of the possibility of creating a “branded theme” SAQA Oregon exhibit.

Sandra Sider may be coming to Portland (date TBD) in 2011 for several group critique sessions. The sessions will be open to SAQA members but could also include other groups. More information will follow as we coordinate things with Sandra. There will be a nominal charge to cover Dr. Sider's travel expenses.

We decided to continue meeting quarterly in the early afternoon of the day of the Columbia Fiber Arts Guild quarterly meetings. The next meeting will be on March 9, 2011 at 1:30pm at Lakewood Center.

Betty Colburn

The ArT QuILT ExPERIENCE Call for Entry

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2011
Exhibition Dates:  June 12 - July 31, 2011
Juror:  Jonathan Holstein
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park
Cazenovia, New York

Contemporary quilts are a wonderful balance between the traditional, modern and abstract.
Artists have taken a primarily utilitarian form and used it as an interpretative tool to express their thoughts and ideas. In addition to using the traditional methods of piecing and construction, these artists have pushed the boundaries by incorporating new materials and technologies.

THE ArT- QuILT ExPERIENCE exhibit celebrates the diversity and innovation found in today’s quilts.

See website for details.