Meetings and Events

National SAQA Conference
SAQA will hold its 2015 national conference in Portland, Oregon!  The conference will be held April 30 to May 3, 2015 at the Double Tree in near Lloyd Center. There will be lots of activities and happenings around Portland.  More info to come!
Central Oregon Parlor Meetings
Third Thursday meetings from 3-5pm at The Stitchin Post, 311 W Cascade St (Hwy 20/126) in Sisters, OR. Contact Leotie Richards at to confirm meeting venue.
First Quarter 2014 Meeting Content
JanuaryWho’s Your Muse Day  - images and background on art quilters and fine artists who inspire them
February – David Kinker, Central Oregon painter, gave a talk and demonstration on Enhanging Color Dynamics in Your Composition.
March – Jeans Wells gave a talk and showed slides on Artistic Inspiration in Japan and Betty Daggett showed three 18 inch square challenge pieces.
Upcoming  Meetings in Second Quarter 2014
April – No meeting this month
May– Hands on demonstrations of various techniques for surface design
June – A visit to the Lubbesmyer Studio and Art Gallery at the Old Mill District in Bend. Will also visit the Tumalo Gallery and enjoy a glass of wine together at 5pm.
Portland Area Parlor 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 Elizabeth Bamberger at or check the blog for meeting locations.

*April 16th, 10am to noon. ).* Several members have signed up to bring one of their earliest pieces and a recent piece; they will discuss their "artistic journeys".

*May 21st, 10am to noon. ).* Several members have signed up to bring one of their earliest pieces and a recent piece; they will discuss their "artistic journeys".

June 18th, 10am to noon. ).* Several members have signed up to bring one of their earliest pieces and a recent piece; they will discuss their "artistic journeys".

News from the Portland parlor group
At our March 19th meeting, we divided into small groups to work in depth on our Artist Statements. This was our third session working on Statements, and it’s been a useful exercise – one we will probably revisit at intervals, since it has become clear that this is a tool we need to think about and update regularly.

We also discussed the challenging question of how best to communicate, both within our group and with the other parlor groups and all SAQA members throughout Oregon. Email? Yahoo? Facebook? Blogspot? What is the best way to provide information on upcoming meetings and other events? Keep our files? Share news and inspiration with each other? Not easy to streamline all this, but we are working on it!
Our April meeting will be held on Wednesday April 16th from 10am to midday, at the Beaverton Public Library: 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005 (between SW Hall Blvd and SW Tucker Ave). Please join us. If you are not a member of our group but happen to be in the area, or are thinking of joining the group, you are very welcome to come to this meeting, or to any future meetings.

Terry Grant, Sherri Culver and Sidnee Snell will share information on the social media we will be using in future to communicate within the Portland group and within SAQA Oregon, and will show us how to use the various sites. There will be plenty of time for questions!
This will also be the first of three meetings where each of us will have a chance to talk about our journeys as artists, reflecting on how our art has changed and developed over time, where we have found inspiration, where we are today, and where we hope to go in the future. We’ll bring an early piece of our art, and a recent piece.
At our April meeting, the following members will tell us about their artistic journeys (you will have about five minutes each): Para Winingham, Pam Pilcher, Mary Arnold, Sherri Culver, Gerrie Congdon, Jill Hoddick, Bonnie Bucknam, Marie Murphy Wolfe, and Elizabeth Bamberger.

As always, everyone, don’t forget to bring your show and tell, brags and news of upcoming events and exhibits, and email me:, if you would like anything added to the agenda.

Valley-South Parlor Meetings
Valley-South: meets from 2 to 4 p.m. on the third Friday of each month, at various locations in Eugene. Contact Georgia French at

News from Valley-South:  we encompass all areas that don't fit into Central Oregon or Portland Metro!
Valley-South growing again:  At our March meeting we welcomed two new members; one from Coos Bay and one from Waldport.  Maybe 2014 will be a coastal year for us?  We had a big group and put the finishing touches on our Valley South Art Quilters exhibit at the Eugene Textile Center, which will be up all of April.  We also recapped the March 6th conference in Newberg, and all agreed it was a stellar event.  We're moving away from our Yahoo group since several members have had access problems, and implementing our own Facebook group.  We talked about possible studio tours and having some overnight hospitality available for members who have to travel long distances to join us.  We put more time into Show & Tell, as this is where we can talk about art and how our work fits into our goals for the year.  We will meet April 25th (note that this is not our normal third Friday time) at the Eugene Textile Center, in order to see and celebrate our exhibit "Moving Forward:  Little Gems of Quilted Art" there.  Our May meeting will be May 23rd (also not our normal time; we'll get back to third Fridays thereafter) in Philomath, when we'll have a presentation by fiber artist Babette Gruenwald.  For details about when & where we meet and what we're about, contact Georgia French:  Our meetings are open to all SAQA members and to those interested in finding out more about SAQA.

qks Quilt!Knit!Stitch! is coming to Portland Thursday to Saturday, August 14th to 16th, 2014, and SAQA Oregon will be there! Come join us and have fun.

We will have our own booth. This is a great opportunity to introduce SAQA to other Oregon fiber artists at this popular venue, to sign up new members, raise funds by selling SAQA publications, and to make new friends and meet up with old ones. We also plan to have a SAQA Oregon Meet and Greet in the lobby each day - details TBA.

We are looking for volunteers to help us staff the booth between 10 am and 6pm each day from Thursday August 16th through Saturday August 18th; three to four hours of your time is all we need (and that gives you free entry to the show). Just email me:, let me know the hours that would work for you, and I'll sign you up.

One more thing: there will be many, many fabulous vendors there, so start your Giving In To Temptation fund right away!

I'll look forward to seeing you there.
Elizabeth Bamberger
Oregon SAQA Co-Rep.