Monday, April 28, 2014

SAQA Members Exhibit at Rio de Janeiro Patchwork Design

Geology 4
Bonnie Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

SAQA Oregon members Bonnie Bucknam and Mary Arnold have quilts in the Patchwork Design exhibition in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Click here for a video of the show.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

High Fiber Diet's "Simply Red" Exhibit Features SAQA Oregon Artists

fractured, textured, red
Georgia French

High Fiber Diet's Simply Red exhibit features the work of several SAQA Oregon members.  The show has three venues scheduled through the end of the year:

Giustina Gallery, The LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
May 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014
Opening - Monday, May 5, 6:30pm

Architectural Heritage Center, Portland, Oregon
June 6 through July, 2014
Opening - June 6, 6pm

Cannon Beach History Center & Museum, Cannon Beach, Oregon
October through December, 2014
Opening - October 11, 6pm

Bonnie Bucknam, Red-Winged Dragonfly

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Notes of the Valley-South Meeting

Valley-South meeting April 25th, 2014:  At the Eugene Textile Center
Thanks to Katie Walwyn for the list of who was there (if we missed anyone, please speak up) and to Anne for the notes: here’s the recap of our Valley-South meeting yesterday:
Who was there: Georgia French, Sharon Leahy, Deb Sorem, Diane English, Judith Harrison, Kathy R….(from Salem, a visitor?), Erika Close, Joanna Price, Christine Stanley (visiting), Ginny McVickars, Sheila Steers, Anne Daughtry, Judy Peterson, Daphne John (visiting), Mandy Miller, Sheryl LeBlanc, Lynda Christiansen, Vera Rogers, Naomi Weidner, Katie Walwyn
First, we decided to keep track of who is at our meetings, and from now on we’ll pass a sheet to sign in. How many are we in Valley-South? Probably 30-40 now?
Second, we decided we need nametags --- please bring one next time!
Third, if you aren’t on our FB page yet, and the Oregon SAQA FB page, please join in!
And on to the real agenda:
Quilt County 2015: our intrepid committee will have a written prospectus for us by next month. This gives us over a year to prepare for the exhibit. Volunteers will be asked to sign up for various tasks associated with the exhibit, and there will be a $10 fee to cover miscellaneous costs.
Next month’s meeting will be MAY 23rd, in Philomath. Our business meeting will be at 3pm; our speaker will start at 4pm. We’ll post the address on the FB page; it is already on the Yahoo site, I think. Plan to come to town early for lunch, to see the High Fiber Diet “Simply Red” show at the Guistina Gallery, to visit Karen Miller’s studio (details to be worked out there), to have lunch, to have coffee, maybe to hit the quilt shop…..??? We might be asking for definite signups for this meeting, depending upon capacity of the room. Keep your eyes open for more info on this. Plan to donate $5 as our speaker’s honorarium (and hearing Babette Gruenwald’s talk will be worth it!). Note that it is not the third Friday of the month, but starting in June, we will get back to our “regular” schedule.
In June we’ll meet in Coburg. How about coming early and bringing some handwork or something --- a little play time for socializing, kibitzing?
We talked about bringing an instructor in, doing a dyeing retreat at Vera’s studio, other studio visits, more…..
We talked about the exhibit opportunities that have been on the FB page and other places. Both good venues; go for it!
We discussed having work “ready to hang” before exhibits. Info you need for this is on the main SAQA website.
We discussed returning to our more formal critiques, in addition to our Show & Tell. More about this before our next meeting. There are very helpful guides to critiquing artwork on the main SAQA website and elsewhere on the web. If someone wants to post some of these (Jane Dunnewold’s, Sandra Sider’s to name two of many) on our FB page, that would be great…..
Remember that Hollis Chatelain will be speaking at Columbia Fiberarts Guild in Portland in June; visitors may attend.
Mandy talked about a show by John Westmark she saw in South Carolina recently. (And she will post a link? Or look him up?)
And then we adjourned and enjoyed looking at "MOVING FORWARD: LITTLE GEMS OF QUILTED ART" by the amazing Valley South Art Quilters. Many thanks to Sheryl, Diane and Deb for making this happen for us.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Georgia French Exhibits at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center

Georgia French will have twenty-one works on display at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center in Roseburg ( as part of the exhibit "Latitude,"  a show by members of the Gallery Committee at the Center. The exhibit will open on May 9th and run through June 28th.  1624 West Harvard Blvd, Roseburg.  541 672 2532

Next Valley-South Parlor Group Meeting April 25 in Eugene

Valley-South SAQA will meet Friday, April 25th.  We will meet at 2pm at the Eugene Textile Center to enjoy our VSAQ exhibit there:  "Moving Forward:  Little Gems of Quilted Art."
Thanks to Diane English, Sheryl LeBlanc, and Deb Sorem for making this happen.

The agenda for our meeting:
--  Update on Quilt County.....still lots of time, but let's not lose track of it.....Vera Rogers, Paulette Landers, Naomi Weidner, Lynda Christiansen and Mandy Miller in charge.
--  Our new Facebook Group.....and the new SAQA Oregon Facebook Group.
--  Studio tours?
--  Play dates?
--  Quilt, Knit, Stitch in August in Portland
--  Exhibit opportunities at Oregon Bay Properties Community Gallery, Pacific Park Gallery (Sharon Leahy)
--  SHOW AND TELL:  Please consider bringing something you want some very specific input on......and be ready to present one or two very specific questions to the group when you show it.
--  Reminder:  Our May meeting will be on the 23rd at 3pm in Philomath, for a presentation by Babette Gruenwald.  After that meeting, we'll return to our third Friday schedule.

We welcome any SAQA members, and guests interested in learning more about SAQA.  Questions?

April 18 Portland Parlor Group Recap

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At the April meeting of the Portland SAQA group we launched our program of members' Artistic Journeys, which turned out to be very enjoyable and interesting. Eight members showed an early and a recent piece of their art, and talked about their journeys as artists. It was fascinating to see how different those journeys were for each artist, and impressive to see how individual "artistic voices" had developed and technical skills been mastered, along the way.

We also continued our discussion of the most appropriate social media for our communications within our group and with other Oregon SAQA members. For the present, we will continue to use Yahoo to store files and to send out announcements to members. Announcements will also be posted on the SAQA Oregon Blogspot. The SAQA Oregon Facebook group will be used for informal communications, including individual announcements and news, between those members who have signed up for this group.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Exploring Layers Opens in Coos Bay

Santa Fe Fences:  Sculpted by Time, Sand and Sun
Diane Born

Last night the Exploring Layers exhibit, SAQA Oregon's third juried show (in case you forgot!) opened at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay.  What a great day we had!  In the afternoon we went on a planned journey to Paulette Lander's brand spanking new studio, then to the Oregon Bay Realty gallery, about which I've written already, then to the Pacific Gallery, then to new SAQA member Sharon Leahy's studio/home.  Wow --- what fun!  Diane Born, Paulette, Sharon, Lynda Christiansen and I were the SAQA members on this jaunt, and we finished up at the CAM at 5pm for the reception.  Downstairs we saw the opening of their big juried show, Expressions West.  It's a lovely show, but surely suffers from lack of fiber pieces…..I wonder if the prospectus is written this way or if fiber artists just don't realize what a coup it would be to be in this show.  Never mind; up the elevator we went to the brick-lined gallery, and Exploring Layers.  It looks wonderful on the brick, and they hung it imaginatively.  They have an unusual hanging system there, but they made it work, and they moved some of the pieces "into" the room foot to enhance the "layers" effect.  I would have to say that the gallery was a little crowded, but every piece is up and they seemed very, very happy to have a quality SAQA exhibit there again (they used to pay to bring in national SAQA shows, but budgets don't allow that these days).  SAQA member Anne Daughtry was there, and I think I've covered the SAQA members who attended; I hope so; speak up if I missed you.  And a little past 6pm, in walked our juror, Renee Couture, with a couple of other staffers from the Umpqua Valley Arts Center in Roseburg, where the show will be next winter.  Renee was thrilled to see the pieces in person.  I hope lots of you SAQA Oregon people can get to Coos Bay to see the show there; it will be up until June 28th.  I had a camera in my purse but never took a shot; maybe Diane Born can post one?  It was crowded, festive, and the margaritas afterward were well earned and much appreciated!  Many thanks to Paulette and Sharon for setting up the "tour," too --- it was terrific! 
Georgia French
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Central Oregon SAQA Meets May 22

Please note that rather than meeting on May 15th we will now be meeting Thursday, May 22nd at the Stitchin' Post in Sisters, Oregon, from 3pm to 5pm. We have organized fun and creative demonstrations of various surface design techniques including the following:

• Screen printing incorporating stencils, thermofax etc. 
• Digital printing on fabric... layers, backgrounds etc. 
• Shibori dyeing, both folded and on a tube
• Rubbings with Artist's Paintstik
• Monoprinting with gel tablets
• Block printing for unique stamp art

Please bring $7 each to help with the demonstrator's supply expenses.

Please bring your whisper quilts (from 2013) to the meeting. Jean Wells wants to start collecting these for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Many lively exchanges are taking place at the Oregon SAQA Facebook site. To join go to Facebook and search for SAQA Oregon.  Click on the request to join box.  The site manager will confirm your membership in SAQA and set you up on the site.
See you soon,
Leotie Richards
SAQA Oregon Co-Rep

Thursday, April 17, 2014

SAQA Members Exhibit at Portland First Methodist Church

Be sure to see the 12th Annual Quilt Show at the First Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson in Portland. Five Portland SAQA members work is on display in this show that will be on exhibit April 11-25. The artists are Hilde Morin, Betty Davis Daggett, Melanie Grant, Valri Chiappetta and Elaine Millar, who are also members of the group MIX, Material in Extreme.  Request admission to the exhibit through the business office at the church.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

SAQA Oregon Launches Facebook Page

We have a new SAQA Oregon Facebook group, to make it easier for members to stay in touch with each other and to share art-related news and opportunities. If you do not have a Facebook account, it's easy to sign up. Once you have an account, type in SAQA Oregon, click on "join group" and our group administrator will add you to the group. You must be an SAQA member to join the Facebook group. Enjoy!

SAQA Oregon Quarterly Newsletter - April, 2014

From Leotie Richards and Elizabeth Bamberger

The “New Horizons - Pushing the Boundaries of the Medium” conference in Newberg Oregon was well attended and highly inspiring and information. About 70 Oregon members spent the day at the premier of the Exploring Layers exhibit as well as listening to panel discussions and hands on demonstrations. Many of the members also went to see the Simply Red exhibit in Hillsboro sponsored by High Fiber Diet. The president of SAQA, Kris Sazaki and national conference for 2015 chair, Deb Cashatt were both in attendance and met with several SAQA Oregon members to collect ideas for the national conference coming up in May of 2015 in Portland.

Central Oregon SAQA
Third Thursday meetings from 3-5pm at The Stitchin Post
First Quarter Meeting Content 
January – “Who’s Your Muse Day  - images and background on art quilters and fine artists who inspire them
February – David Kinker, Central Oregon painter, gave a talk and demonstration on “Enhanging Color Dynamics in Your Composition.
March – Jeans Wells gave a talk and showed slides on “Artistic Inspiration in Japan” and Betty Daggett showed three 18 inch square challenge pieces.
Upcoming  Meetings in Second Quarter
April – No meeting this month
May– Hands on demonstrations of various techniques for surface design
June – A visit to the Lubbesmyer Studio and Art Gallery at the Old Mill District in Bend. Will also visit the Tumalo Gallery and enjoy a glass of wine together at 5pm.

Portland SAQA  - 
Third Wednesday meetings from 10am to midday
Currently meeting in the Beaverton Library conference room.
First Quarter Meetings
January – We visited the Portland Art Museum for a docent-led tour of the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibit, viewing and analyzing art in many different mediums.
February – We each identified an artistic achievement in 2013 and a goal for 2014. We discussed plans for this year, and members showed quilts made for “Exploring Layers” that were not included in the exhibit.
March – Our third session working on our Artist Statements, this time working in small groups to enable more intensive critique. We recognize that Artist Statements are works in progress that we may revisit from time to time.
Upcoming Meetings in Second Quarter
April thru June – All three meetings will focus on our journeys as artists – where did we start? Where are we now? How has our art changed, and why? Each member in turn will bring in one of their early pieces of art, and a more recent piece. A time for reflection and analysis, and maybe for new inspiration!

Valley-South SAQA
We are welcoming new members each meeting!
First quarter meetings:  We worked on Artist Statements and talked about goals for the year.   A committee of three worked on a plan for an exhibit at the Eugene Textile Center for the month of April:  “Moving Forward: Little Gems of Quilted Art.”
After lengthy discussion and prolonged problems for many of the members, we decided to abandon our Yahoo group and start our own Facebook group.  We’re in transition now.  We have a committee working on the details of our 2015 participation in Quilt County. We are minimizing the business time of our meetings where possible to maximize the Art time.
We want to set up some studio visits…..overnight stays for our members who drive six hours for a two hour meeting…..ways to keep us all connected between meetings….ways to keep us connected with the rest of the state.
Upcoming meetings in second quarter:
April:  We will meet at the Eugene Textile Center to celebrate our exhibit.
May:  We will meet in Philomath for a presentation by Babette Gruenwald.
June:  We will meet in Coburg and talk about individual progress in meeting 2014 goals.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

North Bend Community Art Gallery Call for Entry

Pictured here is the Community Art Gallery,

a warm and inviting space in a prestigious real estate office in North Bend, Oregon.  Herb Yussim has decided he'd like to focus on textile art exclusively, and that opens the door to SAQA artists.  

 He would like to feature a few artists, and is soliciting proposals now.  As you can tell from the photo, size is not a problem; large work is possible.   Sales are fine, and he asks no commission.  

 This juried exhibit will open Memorial Day weekend and stay up for one year. 

 If you are interested, please submit .jpg entries no later than April 30, 2014 as follows:

Submit by e-mail.
In subject line, enter: CALL FOR ENTRY
In the body of the entry, enter:
Your name:
Your e-mail:
Title of your work(s):
Process/Material: (brief description)
Year created:
Size in inches:  Width  x  Height

Submit (as attachment) one overall DIGITAL image and one detail DIGITAL image for each piece of artwork, for up to 3 pieces.
Save your digital images as a high quality JPEG file (No TIFF files).
Finished image should be 1800 pixels on the longest side.
Label each digital image with first 1-3 words of the artwork title, no spaces and no punctuation and indicate if detail or full. Examples: GolddustFull.jpg or GolddustDetail.jpg

Send to:

Herb Yussim
Community Art Gallery
Oregon Bay Properties, LLC
1992 Sherman Avenue
North Bend, OR 97459
541.808.2010 office
541.290.0889 cell