Thursday, July 31, 2014

SAQA Oregon Local Update on Planning for Fiberlandi​a

Hallo again, SAQA Oregon members,

Here is an update on planning and recruiting volunteers from the Local Organizing Committee on the 2015 SAQA National Conference "Fiberlandia".

"Chris Brown and Diane Born, local committee heads, are very pleased to announce that Sherrie Culver has agreed to lead the hospitality committee for Fiberlandia 2015. This is a new concept at SAQA conferences, with hopes of involving local members (and please remember we will soon be drawing on SAQA members from all parts of Oregon and SW Washington for other committees as planning for the conference moves forward.)

The local Portland-area volunteers for the hospitality committee are: Trisha Hasssler, Terry Grant, Pam Pilcher, Sara Miller, Maris Cavanaugh, Mary Ann McCammon, Gerrie Congdon, Hilde Morin, Sherrie Moomey, Karen Spencer, Kimberly Connelly, Nancy Dasenbrock, Jill Hoddick and Elizabeth Bamberger.

We also have the need of some local volunteers for the Gallery Venue committee, to help identify galleries where we might hold fiber art exhibits at the time of the 2015 conference. If you would like to help with this, please contact Diane Born:, or Chris Brown:

Deb Cashatt, head of the national Special Events Committee, has asked SAQA Oregon members for a paragraph detailing their "favorite thing to do in Portland". Some may be placed on-line, to educate SAQA members not familiar with Portland. We know the wonders and beauty of Portland and Oregon - let's get the word out!

Diane and Chris were part of a 1.5 hour phone conference with eight other SAQA members, discussing 33 breakout presentations for Fiberlandia and something exciting for this conference - workshops. It was hard work to whittle the breakout presentations down to 4. Eleven workshop concepts were submitted. You will know the names of these artists and be as excited as we are when this all comes together! Deb Cashatt and Betty Daggett continue to work on speakers for Fiberlandia. Once all are under contract, Oregon will be the first to know!

We'll continue to send updates as the planning work for "Fiberlandia" progresses. As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions about any SAQA Oregon matters, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me - Elizabeth Bamberger:, or my fellow co-rep, Leotie Richards: You are all SAQA Oregon and we need your feedback so we can do a good job for you.

Enjoy the rest of this summer that seems to be passing by all too quickly.


SAQA 2015 National Conference Updates on Planning and Volunteeri​ng

Hi everyone,
The planning for next year's national SAQA conference: "Fiberlandia" scheduled for Portland in April-May 2015, and for volunteering to help with the conference, is moving right along, and we thought you might like some updates. This email contains a letter from Deb Cashatt, Chair of the national Special Events Committee at SAQA National. I'll be sending a separate email with an update from Chris Brown and Diane Born who are heading up the Local Organizing Committee in Portland. Lots of relevant information here, so please take the time to read both emails - we're looking forward to having all our members involved in preparing for what promises to be a really good conference.
Thanks! and, as always, keep on making art!
Elizabeth Bamberger, SAQA Oregon Co-Rep

From Deb Cashatt:
Dear SAQA Oregon members,
As I'm sure you are aware, SAQA's 2015 Conference will be in Portland next spring. What you might not know is how much behind-the-scenes work has been going on already. I thought you might appreciate a little update from the Special Events Committee (SEC).

During the past few months we have been soliciting ideas for speakers, breakout sessions, and post-conference workshops. Any options that an attendee must register for have to be finalized before we can create the registration fornms and start advertising the conference. If we have meal choices, then the meals must be selected. Fortunately, our conference hotel (the DoubleTree) has several delicious-sounding buffets, and we've opted to go the buffet route.

Once we receive proposals from speakers and presenters, the committee meets to choose which ones we think would appeal most to our members. We attempt to have something for everyone, the beginning art quilter, the established professional, and the non-artist. We try to find a nice mix of business, art, academic, and entertaining topics.

Next we have to figure out what all of this is going to cost, so that we can develop a budget. We make a guess at how many people we think will attend, and set the price to cover our expenses. Are you still with me here? After we get the registration forms up on the SAQA website (we're shooting for mid-September 2014), the SEC can breathe a small sigh of relief, and the Conference Coordinator (this year it's Desi Vaughan) can really start working (not that she's been resting).

At the same time all of this is going on, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has been trying to figture out how they can sell Portland to the rest of the SAQA membership. They sold Portland to the SEC. The SEC sold Portland to the SAQA Board. But what about the rest of SAQA's 3000 members? We want 200 of them (this also means you!) to sign up for the conference. The LOC has been trying to line up galleries to show fiber art; they've been recruiting volunteers; they're in charge of getting information from the SEC and getting it to you. And sometimes the information doesn't seem to flow quickly enough.

If you have volunteered to help with the conference but have not yet received an assignment, it's simply becasuse we haven't yet finalized all the LOC duties. But rest assured that we will be relying on you! No conference is a success without "boots on the ground" (our local SAQA members), but much of that work occurs closer to the actual conference. In the meantime, I've asked the LOC to get some suggestions for why people should come to Portland early and/or stay after the conference. I'd love to put quotes from locals on our registration page. We don't want people to make their plane reservations and then realize that they should have added a couple of days to go to the wine country. Just a couple of sentences from local members would be helpful. I know if Kris Sazaki were local, her quote would be something like, "If your flight arrives early and you can't check into your hotel room, go to Voodoo Donuts! It will make your wsait bearable." Or "Sally SAQA says, 'Don't forget to visit XYZ fabric store. I just love their selection of batiks." Or "Deb, the wino, suggests arriving a couple days before the conference and exploring the Willamette Valley." We need these before September 1, so send your quotes to Diane Born:, Chris Brown:, Betty Daggett:, or Elizabeth Bamberger:

Remember that budgeting back in paragraph 4? Well, registration fees only cover a part of the conference, so we have to recruit conference volunteers. Some will be national sponsors, some will be local. We also sell ads in our conference program - partly to pay for the conference, partly to give out-of-towners ideas for places to go. Do you have a favorite shop you'd like to share with the rest of SAQA? Write down the contact information or give it to the LOC. Soon we'll be asking for help with advertising. And don't forget, we'll want a few vendors for our vendor marketplace on the Thursday of the conference.

In short (I guess that should be "in long"), the SEC just has to get our ducks in a row before we know where we need help. We're almost there. Remember that small sigh of relief we are planning on breathing in mid-September? It's very short-lived. We've got to start filling in the rest of the conference tasks. But there's only so much we can do from the comfort of our computers in Virginia, California, Texas, Michigan, Connecticut, and even Portland. We'll start asking the LOC to recruit people for specific tasks. If you have ideas, send them to someone on the LOC. Just remember they have to get approval from the Special Events Committee, and we might have to get approval from someone on the SAQA staff. Even if we don't use your ideas here in Portland, it might be just the thing for Philadelphia in 2016 or the conference in 2017 - all of which we're working on at the same time we're working on the 2015 conference.

I can't wait for April 30, 2015. I look forward to seeing many of you in Portland!

Deb Cashatt, SEC Chair

PS: If you want to join in the fun, the SEC is accepting applications for our new members. Contact me for further information."

Saturday, July 26, 2014

High Fiber Diet "Simply Red" Opens at the Newport Visual Art Center

The High Fiber Diet Exhibit "Simply Red" is showing in Newport! Several SAQA Oregon members have work in this show.

The exhibit will be presented at the Newport Visual Art Center, 7777 NW Beach Drive, Newport,  Oregon

Artist Reception:   Friday, August 1st5:00-7:00
The show will be there until September 28th.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fiber Inspirations Exhibit at ArtReach Gallery, Portland

Several SAQA Oregon members have work in the Columbia FiberArts Guild exhibit, Fiber Inspirations, at the ArtReach Gallery in Portland.  The Artist Reception is Thursday, August 7, 5-7pm.  The show runs August 5 through August 31, 2014.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SAQA Fiberlandia Convention Seeks Publicity/Advertising Expertise

The planning committee for the national SAQA conference, Fiberlandia, is looking for a member who has had professional experience in either publicity or advertising.  We plan to create a script for our use in selling ads to potential advertisers in the Portland area, as well as create publicity for Fiberlandia 2015.  Please contact Diane Born at or call 503-528-1071.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sidnee Snell Exhibits at Guardino Gallery

Sidnee Snell's fiber work will be on display at the Guardino Gallery, 2939 NE Alberta, Portland OR 97211, from July 31 through August 26, 2015.  The artist reception is Thursday, July 31, from 6 - 9pm.  An Artists' Talk is on August 16 at 2pm.  Gallery hours are Tues 11-5, Wed-Sat 11-6, Sun 11-4.