Meetings and Events

Second SAQA Oregon Regional Conference

Many of you have probably heard about our upcoming Second SAQA Oregon Regional Conference, and here is the scoop.
When: September 22, 2016, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where:            Willamette Heritage Center
                        Salem, OR
Registration:   Begins June 1, 2016,  Details to be announced soon.
Conference theme:   NEW DIMENSIONS . . . into the future
     We will spend the day exploring fiber art from all angles with presentations by:
  • Keynote speaker Kay Khan of Santa Fe, NM,
  • A panel of experts discussing how we can create exhibits that encompass all types of fiber art
  • A lunchtime presentation by Salem attorney Michelle Vlach-Ing on the topic of copyright issues as they relate to fiber art, focusing on useful information, not fear of lawsuit!
  • Table top presentations on cutting edge ideas and techniques presented by Oregon SAQA artists, such as YOU!
Special Exhibits
         •  A display of 3-D artwork by YOU
         •  Regional Exhibit “Blending Poetry and Cloth” opening reception immediately after the Conference 5:30 pm - 7:00pm
Here’s how YOU can participate
         •    Bring a small 3-D artwork for display at the Conference, see prospectus here.
         •    Do a Table Top Presentation, see Request For Proposal here.

Sheryl Culver <>
OR Regional Co-representative

Ashland Area Pod Meetings
The Ashland Area Parlor Group usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month at Sew Creative in Ashland. Times and days of future meetings may be different, so check in advance with Lynne Goulette:

Central Oregon Pod Meetings

Generally the third Thursday from 2-4pm at The Stitchin Post, 311 W Cascade St (Hwy 20/126) in Sisters, OR. Contact Jan Tetzlaff at to confirm meeting venue.

Next Meeting: SECOND Thursday, May 19, 3-4:30pm at the Stitchin' Post in Sisters.

What makes good art? 

At SAQA Central Oregon's April meeting, metal artist and co-founder of Art in the High Desert, Carla Fox, spoke about art and how it is juried into that premier show. 

Jury criteria for 2016 Art in the High Desert included:
*strong overall concept
*original thought and intent, going beyond the expected, the usual
*excellence in craftsmanship
*consistency of style and presentation 

Promoting visual arts in Central Oregon was the founding goal of Art in the High Desert, Carla said. Jurors for the August show include two local artists and two nationally known artists who judge entries on computer images of the art, no other data. In the nine years since its inception, the show held in Bend's Old Mill area has been ranked 12th nationally based on sales. 

Thursday, May 19 will be the next SAQA Central Oregon meeting at the Stitchin' Post from 3-4:30 pm. Deb Wilkinson will speak about wearable art and show some of her work. The fun of Philadelphia SAQA national will be shared.

For more information contact Jan Tetzlaff at

Contact Jan Tetzlaff for reservations or information.
Portland Area Pod Meetings
Portland: meets from 10 a.m. to midday on the third Wednesday of each month, usually at the Beaverton Public Library: 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005 (between SW Hall Blvd and SW Tucker Ave). Contact Annette McFarlane  at or check the blog for meeting locations.

Next Meeting: Wednesday May 18, 2016, 10am, Beaverton Community Center
Portland’s next Pod meeting will be on Wednesday, May 18, 10 AM, at the Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St, Beaverton.  We will have a tutorial on critiquing quilts based on design principles, then we’ll break into small groups to critique members quilts.  Any questions or additions to the agenda can be sent to
Please contact Annette McFarlane,  NOTE NEW EMAIL ADDRESS with any questions regarding meetings or agendas.

Valley-South Pod Meetings
Valley-South: meets from 2 to 4 p.m. on the third Friday of each month, at various locations in Eugene. Contact Lynda Christiansen: We encompass all areas that don't fit into Central Oregon or Portland Metro!
Any & All SAQA members are welcome to the next Valley-South meeting: Friday, November 20th at the Eugene Textile Center. Our meeting starts at 2pm, but we meet an hour earlier for lunch at Burrito Amigo (nearby; ask for directions if you don't know it). At 3:15 member Rochelle Wiese will be sharing some very creative embroideries from Africa with us. Questions? Ask Lynda Christiansen: