Tuesday, August 16, 2016

SAQA Oregon August Newsletter

Our four SAQA Oregon Pods are meeting this month.

On September 22nd we’ll hold our second SAQA Oregon Regional Conference in Salem.

We were proud to bring Jane Dunnewold to Oregon for her lecture, trunk show and book signing on August 7th.  We'll report on the event next newsletter.

A region-wide Exhibition Committee was formed in June to define and run our next SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibition.
In this Newsletter:
1. Requests for Input and Participation
2. SAQA Exhibits in Oregon
3. 2016 SAQA Oregon Regional Conference
4. SAQA Oregon Pods
5. SAQA Oregon Blog and SAQA Oregon Facebook Group

Marion Shimoda
SAQA Oregon Regional Co-Representative

1. Requests for Input and Participation
SAQA Oregon Member Profiles are requested for the SAQA Oregon blog.  Please visit our blog at http://saqaoregon.blogspot.com/p/saqa-oregon-member-profiles.html to see our Member Profiles and for information on submitting your own Member Profile.

2. SAQA Exhibits in Oregon
SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit Committee by Sherrie Moomey
Members of the SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit Committee began meeting in late June to develop our next regional exhibit.  The current focus of the committee, composed of members from each pod, is writing the prospectus for the Call for Entry and contacting venues across Oregon to assess potential for our show.  The goal of the committee is to complete the prospectus and submit our proposal to SAQA for approval in time to release the call for entry at our conference in September. We are all excited at our progress and look forward to sharing the exhibit prospectus in September.
Committee members are:
Lynne Goulette, lynnegoul@gmail.com, Rogue Art Quilters, Ashland Pod
Sherrie Moomey, sherrie.moomey@gmail.com, Portland Pod
Donna Rice, rice4@bendcable.comCentral Oregon Pod
Marion Shimoda, marion.shimoda@gmail.com, Oregon Regional Representative
Deb Sorem, debsorem@gmail.comValley-South Pod
Please feel free to contact any member if you have questions.

Blending Poetry & Cloth SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit by Leotie Richards
All quilts that are part of the "Blending Poetry & Cloth” Regional Exhibit have been delivered back to safe storage in Sisters by Kathy Erickson of Vancouver, Washington. We want to thank her for her most valuable assistance with transportation.
We're working now to organize the promotional materials and exhibit layout for the upcoming show at the Willamette Heritage Center.

  Willamette Heritage Center, Salem   
  Opening reception - Thursday, September 22 from 5:30 to 7pm
  The show runs through December 22nd, 2016.

  Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill
  1313 Mill Street, Salem, OR 97301
  (501) 585-7012
  Museum & Exhibit Open Monday - Saturday 10-5

Concrete & Grassland SAQA Exhibit by Georgia French

The Road Trip to Grants Pass and Medford was a lot of fun.  The rooms we reserved at the Riverside Inn were snatched up and a great group of SAQA members from around the state were there for the openings of SAQA Oregon's Regional Exhibit "Blending Poetry & Cloth" (Medford) and the national SAQA Exhibit "Concrete & Grassland" (Grants Pass). 
At the June 3rd opening of “Concrete & Grassland", a First Friday event for the Grants Pass Museum, around 300 people saw the exhibit.  At the July 1st First Friday gathering, 365 people came to see the show.  On July 9th there was an Artists' Talk and four of the artists came and had a wide-ranging discussion with the visitors and those of us connected with the show.  The Grants Pass Museum of Art said that the show was breaking all their records, with 50-60 people per day coming in to see the quilts (57 in all).  It is quite possible that they will host another national SAQA exhibit in three years, as this was their fourth time for hosting one.
More information available at:  http://saqaoregon.blogspot.com/p/exhibits.html

3. 2016 SAQA Oregon Regional Conference
Our Regional Conference "NEW DIMENSIONS ... into the future" will be held Thursday September 22, 2016 at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, Oregon.
We have been contacting you time and time again about the upcoming Conference.  Now we are ready to begin sharing what you may miss, if you don’t register today!
We will be spending the morning learning about three dimensional fiber art.  Our keynote speaker, Kay Khan, from Santa Fe, NM, will share her work, which will amaze you!  Later she will be joined by a panel of experts to entice you to give 3-D a try and guide you through the challenges of exhibiting it.

There are so many talented fiber artists throughout Oregon that we decided to showcase a few in our afternoon Table Talk Presentations.  Here are the six topics and their presenters:
  Take the Collaborative Challenge! by Wendy Hill and Pat Pease
  From Digital Design to Unique Fabrics by Sharon Carvalho
  Hand-Carved Rubber Stamps by Joanna Price
  Dancing on the Edge:  Finishing Art Quilts by Pam Pilcher
  Scrunching! by Anne Daughtry
  NON-WOVEN FABRICS: Find, Paint, Stitch, Love by Sue Siefkin
Register at:  http://www.saqa.com/calendar-detail.php?ID=5135
More information available at:  http://saqaoregon.blogspot.com/p/meetings-and-events.html

4. SAQA Oregon Pods - Ashland, Central Oregon, Portland and Valley South
SAQA Oregon Pod meeting information is available at:  http://saqaoregon.blogspot.com/p/meetings-and-events.htm

Ashland SAQA Rogue Art Quilters by Lynne Goulette
Ashland Rogue Art Quilters meeting is held on the third Monday of the month at 2 pm at Sew Creative in Ashland.  It is immediately following the Journal Quilters meeting at 1pm.  July meeting was quite casual as there were only about 6 members present.  We discussed the conference and encouraged all to enter a 3-d piece as well as register both for the conference and for June Dunnewold in Eugene and Salem.  We also reminded members of upcoming deadlines for two SAQA shows later this fall and encouraged everyone to enter.  We discussed our next challenge but did not come up with a new one since there were not too many members present.  In August we will continue to have show and tell as well as our critique as people bring in their work for this. August meeting will be led by Grace Ladygo with some help from Mary Ruzich.

For more information you can contact Lynne Goulette at lynnegoul@gmail.com.

Central Oregon SAQA Pod by Jan Tetzlaff
The group Doors themed quilts debuted at the July 2016 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  The quilts were hung in a garden and made a beautiful statement of the creativity, talent and diversity of 28 SAQA artists unified by theme.   Beginning Friday, September 2 the quilts will hang for a month in Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, 821 NW Wall St., Bend.  A First Friday artists’ reception is scheduled for the opening day.

Book publishing is the theme for the group’s Thursday, Aug. 18th meeting to be held from 3-4:30 pm at The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters.  Sarah Kaufman, June Jaeger, Pat Pease, Wendy Hill and Jean Wells are all members who have written and published work.  They will share their experiences with the group.

No pod meeting in September as we will be attending the Regional conference in Salem.

For more information contact Jan Tetzlaff at jmtathome@hotmail.com

Portland SAQA Pod by Annette McFarlane
Our August meeting on Wednesday, the 17th, from 10-12PM., will be a studio tour.  Four of our members- Gerrie Condon, Anita Kaplan, Jo Noble and Kristin La Flamme will open their studios to us.  Members are encouraged to form carpools and three of the studios are close to the streetcar.  For directions, please contact annettemcfar@gmail.com.

Our July meeting was at Mary Ann McCammon’s home in Sherwood, where we enjoyed a picnic, beautiful views and did a show and tell.

Valley South SAQA Pod by Georgia French
The Valley South pod meets the third Friday of each month at Eugene Textile Center, 1510 Jacobs Dr., Eugene 97402 at 2 p.m., and members can meet for lunch at 12:30 p.m. at New Day Bakery, 449 Blair Blvd.
Valley-South continues to perk along with about 20-25 attendees at each meeting.  We are so enthusiastic it's hard to fit everything into our two hour allotment of time, but we also get a great social hour ahead of time as we meet for lunch.  We are still looking at relatively unknown abstract artists and reacting to them with sketches, small studies, and once in awhile even a finished quilt.  We continue our monthly demos which give us the meeting space at the Eugene Textile Center (a terrific perk).   We are starting to rev up for our SAQA Showcase during Quilt County a year from now, once again to be at the Oregon State University Memorial Union gallery. Our theme this time is "Pathways."  Our member Vera Rogers is hosting her third "retreat" at her ranch in Days Creek, Oregon.  This year it's "independent study" but we know Vera will share her expertise in all kinds of dyeing, painting, resists, etc., and the lucky ones who go will learn a lot, get a lot done, and have a hugely wonderful time at the ranch.  There is always a battle for the choice spots to sleep out under the stars!
Our new facilitators Katie Walwyn and Carolyn Walwyn are doing a great job.  We have some exciting ideas in the pipeline, so stay tuned for more from Valley-South next newsletter!
For more information, contact Katie Walwyn, ktwalwyn@comcast.net or Carolyn Walwyn,carolynwalwyn@gmail.com

5. SAQA Oregon Blog and SAQA Oregon Facebook Group

The SAQA Oregon Blogwww.saqaoregon.blogspot.com, is where public SAQA Oregon Regional information is posted.  It is the place to go for up to date information on SAQA Oregon Pod meetings, SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibits and SAQA Oregon Regional Conferences.  Resources, calls for entry and other regional news is also available on the blog.  The blog also provides links to SAQA Oregon Member websites and blogs.  To submit news for the blog, please follow the instructions in the bottom right corner of any blog page.
If you’d like to receive SAQA Oregon Blog posts by email, sign up to “Follow By Email” from any page on the blog.

The SAQA Oregon Facebook Group is a closed group.  Information that may be of interest to SAQA Oregon members is posted to the group.  Any SAQA member can join the group by going to the Facebook group and requesting to join. Membership is approved within a day.

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