Sunday, December 25, 2011

Members News! from Sandra Betts & Lois Hooper

Sandra Betts and Lois Hooper will be having a quilt show
"The same, but different"
January 15 - March 1st 2012
at the Imperial Theater, Saint John, Canada
Lois Hooper

Quilt by Lois Hooper

Lois Hooper Quilt, Close up

Lois Hooper Quilt

Sandra Betts

Sandra Betts Quilt

Sandra Betts Quilt, Close up

Sandra Betts Quilt, Close up

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Greetings to all my SAQA friends!

Here's a challenge:
For 2012, make a resolution to be more active with SAQA in what ever way you can!
Take BABY STEPS! Like... come to a parlor meeting and meet the members that make this organization so amazing! Donate a little pocket money to support SAQA's growth which ultimately benefits you! Become a PAM, enter a show, donate a 12" x 12" block for the Auction or write a small blurb to post on the blog. I hope you will attend the September weekend, too!
Whatever you decide, keep on being the creative person that you are!  It is the vibrancy of our members that make us strong!

Stay Warm!  I look forward to seeing you again (or meeting you!) sometime in 2012!

Cheers!  ~Margaret

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Masters Art Quilts Vol.2

Elizabeth Barton has written a comprehensive review of the book, Masters Art Quilts Vol.2. I was very excited to get my copy of this book for two reasons. The first was that I had bought the first volume and I loved the in depth look at each quilt artist. The second reason was the the publishing company, Lark, had donated 400 copies of this book to SAQA with all the proceeds of the sales to stay with SAQA. Wow. What a win/win. So now I have my copy of the book and SAQA has a nice donation. Check out the blog review and perhaps pick up a copy from the SAQA bookstore.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Elizabeth Busch

I've been working on this commission for the Scientific Laboratory of the State of New Mexico for over a year. These are a few of the 11 pieces that will create a 65' wide landscape in the public lobby of this new building.

The materials are painted and woven acetate combined with digital microscopic cell images to create a continuous landscape of NM. Titled Outside, Inside, it is about personal and visual landscape.

Installation in Albuquerque will be the first week of January.
Once that's done, I will get back to quilting and teaching in 2012 at Allegre Retreat, CO; Haystack Mtn. School of Craft, ME; Quilting by the Lake, NY.

Happy holidays!
Elizabeth Busch

Monday, November 14, 2011

Upcoming events of interest

Margaret M. Sheehan will be vending at the Thetford Academy Crafts Bazaar Saturday Nov. 20 from 9 - 3 pm in Thetford, VT.  This is a local unjuried fair with crafters from around the Upper Valley.  Enjoy the day, seeking a unique handmade treasure, meet Santa, then take a ride in the bell laden horse drawn carriage....


Friday Nov 25, and Saturday, Nov 26th, Margaret will be vending at the juried "Pods for the Pulpit" Crafts Fair in Norwich Vermont.  Fine artisans from around the valley come together to make a beautiful display of unique gifts for the discriminating shopper.

Margaret currently has some of her mono-printed prayer flags in the Artistree Gallery in Woodstock, VT.  The show: Local Color: Reflections will be up until November 26th.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Salmon Falls Mill Open Studios

Hi everyone! The snow is coming and the leaves are almost down as we look to forward to the new winter’s snow.
            Open Studio Event
The Salmon Falls Mill Building where my studio, #336, is located will have it’s annual Open Studios Event this Nov 19 & 20- 10-5. This year, instead of new work, I will feature a host of items, a quick art sale of seconds and slightly older works- really priced to fit your budgets, tons of my collage baggies that have been so popular and my usual line of vintage and gently used clothing.
            I will also have an Antique and Vintage area, with a special section of antique tools for the men and a swell treadle sewing machine.

            Please join me and lots of other artists for this pre-holiday event sure to bring you into the Holiday Spirit!
            Directions can be found at or GPS- 1 Front St, Rollinsford, NH

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fugitive Media! with Judith DeMilo Brown

Judith DeMilo Brown introducing the concepts of Fugitive Media

Judith presents her work to the group

Then we got to do it!  Hands on fun!

Using fingers to smudge on enhancements!

Using watercolor pencils to make enhancements

Thursday, October 6, 2011

What an amazing weekend we had in Maine!

It started out on Friday night with dinner at Delvino's and a store/gallery walkabout in Belfast. On Saturday we had three two hour workshops: Stalking the Wild prints with Wen Redmond, Fugitive Media with Judith DeMilo Brown, and Unique Batik with Beth Berman. The show and tell on Sat night was spectacular. We also played a game that was very educational...a sort of mock juried show. Then....on Sunday, at the Techniques-go-round, we covered SIX topics with Sarah Ann Smith, Margaret Sheehan, Beth Berman, Charlene Huntley, Sue Geno, and Sarah Carpenter. All for $25!!! And that included lunch on Sat. And most importantly, we all got to know each other better in an inspirational, supportive, and positive environment. Many thanks to all our workshop volunteers and to Beth Berman (and her gang) for all their efforts to make this a successful weekend! If you didn't make it this year, it's not too early to start planning for next year.

Mark Your Calendars Now!
The 3rd Annual Northern New England SAQA Gathering will be held at the A. V. Nichels Inn in Searsport, ME on September 14, 15, 16, 2012 . Mary Pal will be coming from Ontario. Sandra Betts and Lois Hooper will round out the Saturday workshops - an all Canada cast!
We have also begun working on plans for a gathering in Keene, NH in the spring. More information coming soon.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Caught in the Act!

Janet Daniels

...... of creating Art! 
Lynn Elkinton

Maryann Gallaher

Paulette Martel

Sue Geno