Thursday, April 3, 2014

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.

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