Thursday, December 8, 2016

SAQA Oregon News

Included in this newsletter is an introduction to the SAQA Mentorship program.
Thank you for your SAQA Oregon Regional Conference input.  Our 2018 conference will be held in Eugene.
Save the dates for the 2017 SAQA Conference, “Creation to Curation”, April 27-30 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The Layered Voices SAQA Exhibition will open at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum during the conference.  The 2017 SAQA Trunk Show will premier at the conference; online entry closes November 30, 2016.
New this year:  Please track your volunteer hours for SAQA.  The SAQA Regional Representatives have been asked to collect this information from our members and report the aggregate volunteer hours for the region in our annual regional report.  Regional reports are submitted in January.

In this Newsletter:
1. Requests for Input and Participation
2. SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibits
3. SAQA Mentorship Program
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 to see our Member Profiles and for information on submitting your own Member Profile.

2. SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibits
BLENDING POETRY & CLOTH SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit by Leotie Richards
  Willamette Heritage Center, Salem
  The show runs through December 23rd, 2016.
  Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill
  1313 Mill Street, Salem, OR 97301
  (501) 585-7012
  The SAQA Oregon "Blending Poetry and Cloth" exhibit continues it run through December 23rd at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem. SAQA members and their guests get in free. Just stop at the front desk and give them your name.
BRIDGE SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit by Sherrie Moomey

A big Thanks to Leotie Richards for creating a logo for the Bridge Exhibit.  Watch for this logo as more information becomes available.

The committee is diligently working through venue challenges (personnel changes, heightened concerns about security etc.  We hope to be able to provide an updated calendar soon after the first of the year.

In the meantime, if you are not very familiar with Jane Dunnewold, the juror for the Bridge exhibit now would be a good time to learn more about her.  Her website is rich with content:  Maybe there is a nugget in there that will inspire you!The complete Bridge prospectus is available on the SAQA site:  Bridge Exhibit

Please direct any questions or concerns about the Bridge Exhibit to any of the SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit Committee Members.
    Lynne Goulette. (
    Donna Rice (
    Deb Sorem (
    Sherrie Moomey (
    Marion Shimoda (

Information about SAQA Oregon Regional exhibits available at: and

3. SAQA Mentorship Program by Sherri Culver
The SAQA Mentorship Program  is a one-to-one peer mentoring program that has been offered since 2015.  There are two types of mentoring, a basic development option and one for those preparing to submit a portfolio for JAM membership.

Some of you may wish to become Mentors and share your knowledge and experience with a less experienced person.  Others may want to become Mentees (awful word!) and have a more experienced artist available to help guide them towards meeting specific goals.

There are so many reasons working with a mentor makes sense.  Some artists need a boost in confidence, some are floundering and have no idea how to move forward, some have a specific project in mind and could use technical advice.  Sue Bleiweiss ( developed this program and is skilled at matching mentoring partners.  If you have questions, you can contact Sue, but check out the information on the SAQA website first.  (SAQA website / Members / Member Resources / Professional Development / Mentorship Program)

I have been a mentor since the program began and I have learned so much from the women I have been assigned.  Some are in the US and some are in countries around the world.  There are many ways mentoring partners connect.  Telephone, conferencing software, Skype, email, etc.  Each pair decides how it will work best for them.

It is amazing how different quilting is in different parts of the world.  I have learned how to look at art objectively and to appreciate different styles.  I find my experience applies to situations far removed from my personal work and it is truly fun to share, get to know others, and especially to see another’s work blossom forth as she gains confidence.

4. SAQA Oregon Pods - Southern Oregon, Central Oregon, Portland and Valley South
SAQA Oregon Pod meeting information is available at:

SOUTHERN OREGON SAQA Pod by Lynne Goulette

The Southern Oregon group met on November 14, 2016, 2pm, at Sew Creative in Ashland.

Next year's calendar: The following are dates for next year's meetings, all held on the third Monday of each month, except for November (2nd Monday):
January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 13, December 18.

The newest OR SAQA call to entry is "Bridge". Entries may be submitted May 1 - May 31st. All entries are to be 32" wide and up to 60" long. Jane Dunnewold will be jurying this show.

Next meeting is Monday, December 19th, 2pm, Sew Creative.
For more information you can contact Lynne Goulette at

Exuberantly colored and intricately pieced quilts and the process award winning Eugene artist Niraja Lorenz uses to make them was the focus of Central Oregon’s October meeting.

At our November 17th meeting we will explore Japanese printmaking with a 4 p.m. private tour at A6 Studio and Gallery, 550 SW Industrial Way #180, Bend.  This will replace our regular meeting and will be held at the Bend studio instead of our normal meeting place in Sisters.  The tour costs $10.
Earlier in the day members already signed up will participate in an origami book making class.

No meeting in December.  We will gather again the third Thursday in January, 19th for a meeting and workshop on making fabric postcards.

For more information contact Jan Tetzlaff at

PORTLAND SAQA Pod by Annette McFarlane
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 16, 11-2PM.  (Please note new time for just this meeting)  We’ll be having our Holiday Potluck at the Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th, Beaverton.  Please a brunch/lunch item.  The center does not have a kitchen so anything that needs to be warm will need a Crock pot or warming plate. Silverware, plates, coffee and tea will be provided.  We will also do a fabric exchange - if you’d like to participate, please bring 1 yd or 4 fat quarters of nice fabric, something you’d like to receive.  There will not be a December meeting.  Please RSVP so we can get a head count, and any questions can be sent to Annette McFarlane,

VALLEY SOUTH SAQA Pod by Katie Walwyn
The November meeting will be held Friday, November 18th st 2 pm at Eugene Textile Center, with a 12:30 gathering for lunch at New Day Bakery.  Georgia French will provide an overview of her travels to China for the 2016  China International Patchwork Invitational Tournament and Patchwork Arts Show in Beijing.  We will also have member Show and Tell, including the 3D works from the Regional Conference.  Our artist of inspiration, introduced by Naomi Weidner, is Washington photographer Art Wolfe ( and members' works inspired by him will be presented at the December meeting.  The demonstration for November,  beginning at 3:15 pm, will be presented by Daisy Shrock, highlighting the Eugene Modern Quilt Guild.

Valley South has been invited by Quilt County to prepare a show for the Memorial Union and Oregon State University in September 2017.  Vera Rogers will be chairing the committee and the theme is "Pathways."

For more information, contact Katie Walwyn, or Carolyn Walwyn,

5. SAQA Oregon Blog and SAQA Oregon Facebook Group

The SAQA Oregon Blog,, 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.​

Marion Shimoda
SAQA Oregon Regional Reprsentative

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