Sunday, October 14, 2018

Unpredictable Outcomes - October 18 in Eugene!

We hope you’re as excited as we are about next week’s SAQA Oregon conference, Unpredictable Outcomes. We will be meeting at the Center for Meeting and Learning, Building 19, Lane Community College, Eugene, OR 97405. Located on 30th Avenue, exit 189 from I-5. It is recommended that you take the WEST entrance to the college (a cloverleaf interchange) off 30th Avenue, leading you directly to Building 19. Parking Lots C and D are directly across the street from Building 19 and available on a first-come first-served basis. 

Registration will begin at 8:30 am.  Coffee, tea, pastries and fruit will be available. The conference starts at 9:30 am.
Lunch will be a buffet. There will be a gluten-free vegetarian option.
For those of you remaining in the Eugene area on Thursday night, we will be making reservations at four local restaurants for Local Host dinners. A member of the Valley-South Local Connection will be at each restaurant for dinner companionship and to answer any local-area questions. Sign-ups for dinner slots will be on a first-come, first-served basis the morning of the conference. The restaurants are Sabai Thai, 27 Oakway Center; Café Soriah, 384 W 13th Ave, Mediterranean cuisine; Pastini Pastaria, 325 Oakway Rd; and Novo Modern Latin Table, 105 Oakway Center.

Remember to bring your 12x12 piece and entry form for the Showcase Exhibit!

We’ll see you Thursday!

Daisy Schrock & Katie Walwyn

Monday, September 10, 2018

Volunteers Needed for NW Quilting Expo

SAQA will have a table next to our “Bridge” exhibit at the NW Quilting EXPO, Sept 27-29, at the EXPO center, and we will need volunteers to sit at the table.  Two members for each 2 hour shift, and it may involve some white glove duty.  On Thursday and Friday, Sept 27 and 28, the hours are 9AM-5:30PM, and the shifts will start at 9AM, 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM (2.5 hours). Saturday, Sept 29, the hours are 9-5PM, shifts at 9AM, 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM ( and will include take down, about another 30 minutes).  We also may need 3 people to hang the show on the Wednesday, Sept 26, but I haven’t been able to confirm that yet.  Please contact me to reserve your volunteer space.  I’m looking for about 16 lovely ladies to help spread the word about SAQA and show off our beautiful “Bridge” exhibit.

annettemcfar@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Portland Pod Meets September 19

Please come to our meeting Wed. Sept. 19 at the Beaverton Community Center-10:00-12:00. We have a room change: the Vose room is street side through the main door. I’m extending an invitation to all our Oregon SAQA groups as well and hope to see you there!

Our subject matter has been quite a learning experience for your fearless leader, and I hope it will be for you all as well. I will be leading a discussion on derivative art, what it is, questions to ask the instructor of any class we take, what exactly is copyright and how does it apply to us, use of public domain photos in our work etc. Also how to protect our own art. (Yes it happens)

And for fun, bring your work that you realize is clearly the result of a class you took. I have one! If you are like me when you first ventured into Art Quilting you didn’t have a clue!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Unpredictable Outcomes - September Update

Unpredictable Outcomes, October 18th, SAQA OREGON REGIONAL CONFERENCE in Eugene, Oregon. During the afternoon of the conference, you’ll be able to participate in two of three AFTERNOON CONVERSATIONS:

WHAT IS A JAM? DO I WANT TO BE ONE? “JAM?” seems to be a frequent question among SAQA members. The term appears frequently on the web site and in the SAQA Journal but many are not sure what it means. Join the conversation and learn what a Juried Artist Member (JAM) is, how you become one and the benefits enjoyed by its members. 

MENTORSHIP Imagine having a one-to-one conversation each month with an established art quilter……and discussing only your own artwork and journey. This is a SAQA Mentorship!  The Mentorship Program is one of the best values of a SAQA membership and it is FREE! Join the conversation and learn all about how this incredible program can benefit your artistic journey.

GETTING YOUR ART INTO SHOWS
After you have spent years honing your skills and working in your studio, now it’s time to get your art into shows!  Is fear of rejection keeping you from entering juried shows? Ask artists who are showing in major shows and every one of them will share tales of rejection. Learning from rejection is how they became successful. This conversation will discuss the ins and outs of entering shows. What shows to enter. What pieces to enter. Getting all the entry details right.  Reading and following a prospectus. Preparing work for shipping. What things can you control and what things do you have to leave to chance? 

Please join the conversation and get started collecting “no's” on your path to “YES -Congratulations!”

Oregon SAQA members Laura Jaszkowski, Judith Quinn Garnet, Sherri Culver and Carolyn Walwyn will be your hosts for these conversations.
 Interested? There’s still time to register for Unpredictable Outcomes at www.saqa.com/calendar-detail.php?ID=5988 . The conference is open to the public. Invite your friends who are curious about Studio Art Quilt Associates to check out SAQA at this one-day event.  NOTE: To receive the special room rate at the Phoenix Inn, you must make your reservation by Sept. 17th.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fissures: Call for Entries

Has the hot weather or the smoky skies kept you indoors this summer? This is a good time to turn your creative mind to ideas for the art quilt show entitled FISSURES. I have shared this theme with many people and at times I see them pondering the word. So here is the description of the FISSURES (not fishers!) theme:
A fissure is simply a crack, an opening, a separation, a split. Other interpretations include vent, opening, breach, or cleft: A breach in the space/time continuum, or a black hole. A long narrow opening in rock. A volcanic fissure might spew lava, steam or smoke.
A biological fissure may be a split or break in tissue. Our relationships with others may develop fissures, miscommunications, a lack of togetherness.




Artists are encouraged to consider and explore the varieties of meaning, image and experience and follow where that particular fissure takes you.
Registration opens December 8, 2018. You have a little more that three months!
Please save this and share on your social media as this call is open to ALL Art quilters in the US and Canada! Feel free to send me questions if need be. If you are intending to enter this show please leave a comment. Thanks!
HERE IS THE PROSPECTUS link.
Thank you,
Ginny McVickar
Volunteer for 
Emerald Art Center
Springfield, OR

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Unpredictable Outcomes, Oregon SAQA Conference, Oct 18th, Eugene, Oregon

Unpredictable Outcomes, Oregon SAQA Conference, Oct 18th, Eugene, Oregon.

“Curatorial Conundrums” – Our afternoon speaker, Michael Fisher, Executive Director of the Maude Kerns Art Center (MKAC) in Eugene, will share stories of his eight years as the gallery curator at MKAC. Michael has been responsible for organizing, hanging, and installing numerous exhibits involving all kinds of media, including fiber art. As you might expect, seeing a piece in digital form during jurying is very different from having that piece in your hands and deciding how and where to display.  Come and hear how he solved some of his conundrums.

Showcase Exhibit – Conference participants have the opportunity to show and sell (if desired) a 12 x 12 mini quilt on the day of the conference and at an exhibit to be held at the Eugene Textile Center for a few weeks following the conference. See your Welcome letter for exhibit guidelines and entry form.

Lodging – The Phoenix Inn is holding a block of room for conference attendees until Sept. 17th. If you are planning to stay in the Inn, please make your reservation as soon as possible. The rooms will not be held past Sept. 17th.

Sponsorships – Individuals can help support the Unpredictable Outcomes conference and other SAQA Oregon events with a $25 sponsorship. Your name will be listed in the Conference program. You may also advertise your business in the printed program.  Please contact Daisy Schrock schrock32@gmail.com about individual sponsorships and advertising rates.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Richard Diebenkorn Docent Tour August 16

The Portland pod has a wonderful morning planned for our SAQA meeting on Wednesday August 15th. Please join me at 10:00 at the Portland Art Museum for a docent led tour of Richard Diebenkorn’s amazing work. The fee is $16.  You don’t need to be a Portland SAQA member,   friends are invited. So please consider joining us You will be dazzled! 
Let me know if I get to see or meet you- suzybates1@yahoo.com

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

July SAQA Oregon Newsletter Available

July Update - Oregon SAQA Regional Conference

In addition to keynote speaker, Pat Pauly (patpauly.com), the Oregon SAQA Regional Conference, Unpredictable Outcomes, will include three Eugene-area visual artists discussing how they handle mistakes and unexpected results. A sculptor, a painter, and a photographer have been asked to share their methods for "Dealing with Oops". 

Sculptor Jud Turner says "I learned early on to look at things around me for their alternative uses or interpretations and how I might repurpose something for my own fun. As a metal sculptor, I get to legally use fire, violence, and piracy in the name of ‘art’ and in ways that would get me in trouble in most other areas of life   ”

Painter Patti McNutt tells us that "I document my love of landscape by plein air, photos and sketchbook. “En Plein Air” is a French expression which means “in the open air”. This contrasts with painting according to studio or academic rules, which creates a pre-determined look."

Photographer Angelia Peterson has been "packing cameras on my continuing journey for over 25 years, picking up tid-bits as I go along in my self-taught exploration. I am always striving to learn that next technique to enhance the excitement, heartbreak, spirit and personality of the subjects around me."

Conference registration is open to SAQA members and the pubic at hptt://www.saqa.com/calendar-detail.php?ID=5988

Register for Unexpected Outcomes, the SAQA Oregon Regional Conference

Announcing SAQA Oregon Regional Conference —
Unexpected Outcomes!

We are excited to announce the upcoming Conference and the opportunity to join us for a day of inspiration, education, fun, connecting with old friends and making new ones. There will be an exciting program – from the Keynote speaker, Pat Pauly all the way from Rochester, NY; the local artists panel including Patti McNutt (acrylic painter), Jud Turner (metal sculptor) and Angelia Peterson (nature photographer); Maude Kerns Art Center curator Michael Fisher; and our own professional SAQA members leading conversations on Mentoring, Juried Artist Membership, and Entering Shows; this promises to be an exciting day for everyone attending. We hope you will choose to join in the camaraderie!
Registration for the Conference is going strong and we encourage you to sign up soon!  Click on the following link and reserve your place for this memorable event!  http://www.saqa.com/calendar-detail.php?ID=5988  The workshop is full, but we do have a waiting list, so if you missed getting in, email Daisy Schrock (schrock32@gmail.com) or Katie Walwyn (ktwalwyn@comcast.net) and we will put you on the list.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Portland Area Picnic

Looking forward to welcoming members and guests to our local SAQA annual picnic on Wednesday July 18th, 11 am until whenever, at Elizabeth Bamberger's house. Contact Elizabeth at elizabethbamberger@gmail.com for directions and information.

Elizabeth will have plenty of salad greens, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Please bring something to add to the salad, or a side dish, dessert, bread or what ever you wish. And don't forget to bring Show and Tell!

We're hoping to have plenty of shade, but you might want to bring a sun hat just in case.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

CONFERENCE UPDATE – SHOW YOUR STUFF!!

The Regional Conference coming up in October (October 18 in Eugene, Oregon) presents a wonderful opportunity for you to show your work to an appreciative and supportive audience – AND have an opportunity to sell it as well!  All SAQA Conference attendees have the opportunity to show and sell their art, make a little money, raise money for Oregon SAQA’s 2020 conference, or to simply show their work to peers and in a local gallery.  Here’s a BRIEF outline of your “opportunity:”
  • Create a 12” x 12” work of art for the Conference Showcase – to be on display all day at the Conference
  • Price, should you choose to offer your piece for sale, is a fixed $75 - $50 to the artist and $25 to Oregon SAQA
  • Pieces will be delivered to a local gallery following the Conference – Eugene Textile Center (ETC)– and displayed until mid-November (still at the fixed price of $75).  Artist will receive $50 for a sold piece, $15 to ETC and $10 to Oregon SAQA.  Sold quilts will be delivered or mailed by the Showcase Committee following the show at ETC.
  • Pieces not sold will be returned to the artist by the Showcase Committee following the show at ETC
More details are provided with the Welcome Letter mailings going out to all Registrants in June.  Should you have additional questions, please contact Georgia French or MaryAnn McCammon.

Registration for the Conference is going strong and we encourage you to sign up soon!  Click on the following link and reserve your place for this memorable event!  http://www.saqa.com/calendar-detail.php?ID=5988  The workshop is full, but we do have a waiting list, so if you missed getting in, email Daisy Schrock (schrock32@gmail.com) or Katie Walwyn (ktwalwyn@comcast.net) and we will put you on the list.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Portland Pod Meets June 20

Portland SAQA Meeting for June is on Wednesday, June 20, 10:00-12:00PM, at the Beaverton Community Center.  We have an exciting program planned and please bring your show and tell.

Hippity hop hooray!
June 20 is going to be a fun, fun day!
Oh my head is still in Prague,
Forgive me, but I’m still in a bit of a fog.
I got so hungry, I became deathly pale,
Due I’m sure, to a lack of quinoa and kale.
Oh my, but I do digress.
Although I I’m quite loath to confess,
I can’t seem to rhyme Katie Walwyn, and Daisy Schrock.
That’s who is coming to give a talk.
Oh I did it! Yay for me!
I shall reward myself with a cup of tea.
Yes, it’s a mystery just why we love to sew.

We’ll follow their path, then maybe we’ll know. 

Suzy Bates

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Meet Tina Daily of Portland, Oregon

Christina Daily of Portland, Oregon
New Member of SAQA, Spring 2018




Hi, I am Tina Daily. I live have  lived in Southeast Portland for 18 years. I just joined SAQA this Spring 2018.



My professional name is Christina, thanks to one of my art professors at the U of O who refused to call me anything except Christina. When I later learned why, I actually felt honored! I was working on my MFA in sculpture, carving soapstone and wood, casting in bronze. Then, I spent the next twenty years working to conquer the use of color on clay pieces. It was not until I moved to Portland in 1999, that I returned to a first love - textiles.



My deep interest in textiles I attribute to a trip my father took us on in 1962 to a high plateau in Northern Nigeria, to the city of Jos. Near that city was an indigo dye cottage industry. There the dye pits were dug into the ground and the batik and Adire cloth were hanging on the lines to dry in the high dessert sun. The blue, the tribal designs the contrast to the heat of the day some to me, I was hooked.



I have spent time since then exploring various surface design applications to fabric: silk screen, printing, stenciling, embroidering; dyeing fabric and applying shibori and Adire techniques to cotton, linen and silk; sewing wearable art, home decor art and quilting.



The work I am currently making is in transition. Since I retired I have been exploring quiltmaking as a craft and as an art form. There is nothing like having three grandsons with various specific opinions to spur on and alter the creative thinking. I began my quilting seriously journey in 2004 with a quasi art quilt/improve quilt for the now 10 year old who wanted rainbow colors and cats on his twin size quilt.... I fell for the design side of quilting hard. So the experimentation began. I have made traditional quilt patterns and my own improve quilts. But, as a ceramic artist and a graphic artist, I felt it was time to put my energy into the art side of quilting. I think my first art quilt may have stemmed from a shibori piece that I did as a whole cloth quilt, because I could not bring myself to cut up this piece of fabric. 



Quilt for Lizzie (45” x 45”) 


This is a hand dyed shibori piece in terracotta that I did and I loved the fabric as is. It seemed like a likely pairing with some hand dyed shibori in turquoise. 




View From the  Mediterranean, La Villa (17” x 20’) 


I was also working smaller, having taken a Tiny Houses workshop, and started this small wall hanging for my dad as a tribute to his life in Spain. The village where he lived, Villajoyosa, was very colorful and he was a sailor...




Gaggle of Geese (24” x 60”)


I think my first real art quilt is “Gaggle of Geese”, not a great sewing job, but a combination of traditional quilt patterns and appliqué of the image. This imagery came from a photograph I took many years ago when we lived on a sheep ranch. This gaggle of geese always protected the bridge over the creek. They could be nasty creatures, but this day they were more curious, enjoying the water, looking this way and that. That photo hung in my studio for a long time.





When I begin a quilt I generally visualize the finished quilt first. I start with a rough drawing that emerges  into a more refined idea. Then comes the auditioning of fabric and the embellishments. I work pretty loosely, often without the design wall (nor easy space for it). Lately, I have added the step of actually making a large paper pattern to define the image.



I find my inspiration from a variety of places, frequently jogged by a quote or a line from a poem that speaks to me. Sometimes imagery is prompted by what is happening in my life as with the newest series, called ‘False Lumen’s. I intend to enter these into a show in December. In the past I have had several ceramics shows in the state of Oregon, but this will be my first quilt show entry. Sometimes imagery comes out of something I might be drawing which is usually inspired by words. Generally, as with “False Lumens’ there is  a bit of research to get the correct image or to develope the idea further.



I carefully divide my dyeing studio and sewing studio in the same room, a 10 x 25 foot, south facing room in the daylight basement. Sometimes when doing surface design work with discharge paste or block prints or stencils, I spill out into the rest of the basement or take the operation outdoors to enjoy the day. I am down here almost everyday unless I am in the garden or with the grandsons. The balance is skewed towards family at the moment, but the five year old goes into all day kindergarten in the fall and the four year old is almost there. (These are precious moments and besides I can get the boys to do art in the studio and that is golden!) So grandma duty will start to dwindle. My friends circle is a tight group of neighbors and a husband that does most of the cooking in exchange for cleaning the kitchen. My outside friends are mostly my small quilting group. We meet once a month and go on retreat once a year -  very important group. I would love some more concentrated studio time, but for now am content to focus on the young minds - they will be occupied with their own creativity soon.