Monday, June 29, 2015

Leotie Richards' American Folk Heroes Opens July 3

A Color Runs Through It

Deb Sorum
Join artists and art appreciators for Fine Art Friday at the Bush Barn Art Center on July 10, 5:45 - 7:30pm. This event is a celebration of the three new exhibitions opening for July and August: Salem Salon 2015 (A.N. Bush Gallery), A Color Runs Through It: Art Quilts (Focus Gallery), and Reveal by Nancy Eng (Camas Gallery). Visitors will enjoy complimentary appetizers courtesy of LifeSource Natural Foods. In addition, the much anticipated 66th Annual Salem Art Fair & Festival commemorative poster featuring artwork by Kelli MacConnell will be available to purchase for the first time. An Awards Ceremony for Salem Salon 2015 will take place at 6 pm.



Experience A Color Runs Through It: Art Quilts as it introduces you to five fiber artists (Diane K. English, Georgia French, Laura Jaszkowski, Paulette Landers and Deb Sorem) each of whom developed their own series featuring a specific color and innovative techniques. Enjoy the vibrancy and variation of Red,Yellow, Purple, Blue and Green fabrics. Each artist will share with you their interpretation of a different color.

The Bush Barn is located at 600 Mis­sion St. SE Salem, Ore­gon 97302.  Hours are Tue-Fri, 10 am-5 pmSat-Sun, noon-5, Mon, Closed.

Lighter Than Air
Georgia French

Jean Wells Collaborations with Judy Hoiness

When Paint and Textiles Merge
June 26 through July 23, 2015
Twigs Gallery, 321 Cascade, Sisters
a collaborative show of abstract landscape works & quilts & paintings by Judy Hoiness well known painter from Bend and Jean Wells, a quilter from Sisters.

4th Friday opening June 26  4:000 to 7:00 PM

Sunday, June 21, 2015

ENTRY DETAILS - Blending Poetry and Cloth

Regarding any copyright concerns you might have about your poem a good reference guide is at the following link: 

Whether your poem is copyrighted or not, the juror will see your poem and your artists statement and will take these references into consideration along with your photos.

Those artists who are juried into the show will be asked to confirm that they have received permission for copyrighted material. If permission has not been secured, we will not be printing your poems or quotations in the gallery cards or in the brochure. Instead, we will list the title and author of the poem (quotation, song)  and ask you do describe how the poem (quote, song) influenced your work.

Any works that published before 1923 are in the public domain. Be sure to take a quick look at the link above to gain a better understanding of copyright limitations. Many artists have chosen to write their own poem in part to avoid copyright issues.

If you have questions and/or concerns please contact:

Leotie Richards
or Karen Spencer

Thursday, June 18, 2015

"What's Blue to You?" Opening in Longview WA July 7, 2015

Blue Picasso Woman
Gerrie Congdon
The High Fiber Diet exhibit "What's Blue to You?" opens at The Art Gallery at Lower Columbia College in Longview WA on July 7 from 4 - 6pm. The show runs from July 8 through August 19, 2015.  There are 26 quilts in the show, plus a work from each of the three jurors.  Many of the High Fiber Diet artists also belong to SAQA Oregon.
If you are interested in carpooling from the Portland or Vancouver areas to the opening in Longview, contact Gerrie Thompson at

Pushing Through the Blues
Kimberly Connelly

Trees of Gold
Diane English

Desert Nights
Terry Grant

Blue Is Not My Favorite Color
Mary Ann McCammon

Portland Pod Meets July 15

The next Portland Pod meeting will be on Wednesday July 15, 2015, 10 am to 2 pm. We will have an informal meeting at Marie Wolfe’s home in Ridgefield, Washington, as a potluck garden picnic. Menu is a salad buffet. Marie will supply garden greens, members should bring small servings of salad add-ons; or, bring some bread or dessert. (Keep in mind; some members are gluten free or sensitive.) Please consider bringing a folding chair, as she may not have enough seating, depending on the number of members coming. See the Meetings and Events page for more information.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Valley-South Pod Meets June 19, 2015

The Valley-South Pod will meet Friday, June 19, 2015, at the Eugene Textile Center, at 2pm or a little before. All SAQA members welcome, and also anyone interested in finding out more about SAQA. At 3:15 our "public" demo will start: Joanna Price will demonstrate silk fusion. Come join us! See the Meetings and Events page for more information.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Portland Pod Meets June 17, Beaverton Community Center

The next meeting of the SAQA Portland Pod/local/parlor group will take place on Wednesday June 17th in the Community Room of the Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St, Beaverton (between Hall Blvd and Lombard Ave, right opposite the Beaverton Library). Doors open at 9.30 am for socializing, our program starts at 10 am and will conclude no later than 1 pm. Bonnie Bucknam will give a presentation on hanging sleeves and facing bindings; Jan Duke will lead a discussion on Fanning the Creative Spark. All are welcome!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

SAQA Oregon June Regional News

Greetings to all our Oregon and SW Washington members, and especially to the twelve new members who have joined us within the last month or so. Our Region continues to grow, and we now have 203 members, and continue to have a dynamic Region with four very active Pods – Ashland, Central Oregon, Portland and Valley-South. This is a rather long newsletter, but we have so much to share with you – please read!

Recent Events
Our biggest event so far this year, of course, was the SAQA Yearly Conference “Fiberlandia” here in Portland. It was great to see so many of our regional members there, and I think we all agreed it was an outstanding conference, with excellent presentations, panels and workshops. The conference also sold out way ahead of time – not such good news for those of you who were unable to register, but great for the organization. It’s hard to pick out the “best” parts of the conference, but some highlights for me personally were the keynote address by Numita Gupta Withers, on the role of art quilting in the wider world of art and the development of art; the panel featuring our four regional artists– wonderful artists and great presentations – and the student panel with four outstanding students from the Oregon College of Art and Craft, who showed us examples of their innovative fiber art and new directions.

So many of you responded to the call for Conference volunteers and did a great job in taking on many different responsibilities; you are too many to name individually, but a huge Thank You to you all – your efforts contributed a great deal to the success of this event. I would like to give a special shout-out to the Hospitality Committee, who did an outstanding job in welcoming members from other areas, providing information on Portland, and organizing and leading tours. Thank you!

As many of you know, the Conference also marked the final appearance of our “Exploring Layers”  exhibit, which appeared at the AIR Gallery in central Portland for a whole month, giving us great exposure for our art; it was great to see so many of you at the special SAQA reception there. The exhibit, like all shows, involved a huge amount of work over the last couple of years by many people – the artists who made and shared their excellent art, (including those who sold pieces – congratulations!),those who helped staff galleries and receptions, hung and took down and transported the art and did many other tasks, and above all, the curators: Jean Wells, Betty Daggett and Georgia French, all of whom gave up so many hours and dedicated so much effort to ensure the success of Exploring Layers. Thank you!

Coming up!
“Blending Poetry and Cloth” exhibit. On-line entry has started – the deadline is June 30th. Check all details at
SAQA Oregon 2016 Conference – September 22nd, 2016. We have already reserved space in the beautiful Willamette Heritage Center in Salem. Preparations will go into high gear this Fall; we’ll keep you posted as plans develop.

Pod News
Ashland. Our newest Pod is forging right ahead. Members are getting ready for a local Ashland show of their art (not an official SAQA show) in July and August. This may involve a field trip to a photographer’s studio to hone their photography skills. They are also starting an exciting new Pod assignment, each member producing 4 quilts over the next year that will be part of a series, working with Elizabeth Barton’s book for guidance.

Central Oregon. Members have recently enjoyed a presentation by local painter Paul Bennett on design concepts in relation to his art; a presentation by the Journeys Art Quilt Group of their current work and a talk about their creative process; and a very fun and productive all-day Surface Design Exploration in April with 22 participants. The June meeting will feature Tonye Phillips, and a reveal of members’ Blending Poetry and Cloth quilts, and August will have the reveal for the “Designing for the Marketplace” project, which will appear at the Stitchin’ Post August 28th for one month.

Portland.  Members were actively involved in preparations for hosting “Fiberlandia” earlier this year, and in staffing “Exploring Layers” at the AIR Gallery. We have been exploring new approaches to critiques, including“speed-dating” critiques in small groups. In March, Paula Benjaminson gave us a presentation on her time in Africa, her wonderful collections of African fabrics and wooden stamps, and Pat Johnson from the Eugene Modern Quilt Guild talked about their group’s new exploration of Art Quilting, and presented small pieces they had made. In April we enjoyed a docent-led tour of the Italian Fashion and Textiles exhibit at PAM, and in May members shared books that have inspired their creative practice. In June we will have presentations on various finishing techniques, and in July we’ll enjoy a picnic at a member’s house.

Valley-South. The Valley-South group continues to meet at the Eugene Textile Center at 2 pm on the third Friday of each month, unless otherwise noted on the Oregon SAQA Facebook page. Recent public demos by SAQA members have been on making Thermofax screens and Gelli printing with fusible interfacing. These demos start at 3.15 and are open to the public. The facility is excellent and we are definitely upping our game with these demonstrations. The group is also preparing for an exhibit (not an official SAQA exhibit, but as the Valley-South Art Quilters) at Oregon State University during Quilt County in September/October. Titled "Artistic Intent", the exhibit will be comprised of one work by each participating member.

Lots going on, and more to come. As always, don’t hesitate to contact Leotie or myself if you have questions or concerns. Keep on making art!

Warm regards from myself and Leotie.

Elizabeth Bamberger, SAQA Oregon CoRep:
Leotie Richards, SAQA Oregon CoRep:

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Central Oregon SAQA Meeting June 18

Central Oregon SAQA, 

Our upcoming meeting will take place June 18th, Thursday, 2-4pm at The Stitchin' Post. Tonye Phillips will show a selection of her work and talk about her fabrication and creative process. We’ll also hold the reveal for our Blending Poetry & Cloth quilts.

Everything is coming up roses for SAQA this year. Ten different museum shows have been secured and the Fiberlandia conference was sold out and full of compelling events, panels and classes. The conference definitely exceeded my expectations. We'll tell you a bit about it in the June meeting.

Bring your Blending Poetry & Cloth quilts and new quilts to share. (Register these quilts at the SAQA website June 1-30) See you there!

Leotie Richards
Co-Rep SAQA Oregon

Monday, June 1, 2015

Registration Open for Your "Blending Poetry and Cloth" Entry



The direct link to enter the show on Art Calls is
This can also be reached from the SAQA calendar page here:
The payment link is also on the calendar page but it can also
 be found in the Entry fees section of the store. You pay before
 or after you complete your registration.
Questions/Concerns: Email Leotie Richards at:
Good luck with your entries!

Leotie Richards
Co-Rep SAQA Oregon