Wednesday, September 28, 2011
|Wen Redmond teaching at the SAQA Maine Weekend|
The energy in the room was amazing as everyone got a chance to try this wonderful process. One thing I observed; SAQA members like to meet each other AND create art together! So, we should do this more often, YES?
The next few entries on this blog will be a collection of some of the pictures I took while watching the attendees create their masterpieces. I was inspired as a photographer, by what I saw happening in front of me!
|The three prints are shown here. One mask, one stamp and one print.|
|At the height of creativity! Can you feel the energy?|
Monday, September 26, 2011
The Maine Event , our local parlor meeting, has come and gone and what was left behind was a overwhelming sense of gratitude to my state and regional SAQA members, those whose messages I have read on the SAQA Yahoo group and the SAQA members who keep this organization going nationally and internationally, the members of and mentors for the Visioning Project and all the lovely people I have “met” and become friends with on the web.
I am much more a surface designer/scholastically trained artist but the support I receive from SAQA in all its permutations is “beyond rubies”. From my first exposure to art quilts in Pamela Allen’s workshops to today, as an incoming SAQA representative for my state, I have enjoyed the generosity and support of SAQA members. Although there are other organizations, which more closely address my work, I find the people and spirit of SAQA all I need. The term “generosity of spirit” most closely describes what I have experienced. I have found the “bigger” and “most successful” of the members to be the most down to earth and supportive. I have “met” and become friends with many wonderful people through the SAQA yahoo group. Locally I have been able to welcome other quilters and fiber arts to our Maine Event and have seen them join our ranks.
I have experienced wanting to give back and give more the longer I am in SAQA. Linda Kemshall once said, “No one is born knowing how to do this”. The spirit to show and mentor others is what I am most grateful for: generosity of spirit.
The weekend began with SAQA members and friends meeting in Belfast Maine for a gallery/store walkabout. We connected in the stores and galleries just by spotting a SAQA nametag! The dinner at Delvinos was wonderful! Good food, good conversations, great people! We had such a large group meet for dinner, we were split into three large tables! It was a nice way to start the weekend.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
|The damaged Quechee VT Bridge and nearby Insurance building|
photo taken on location by Margaret Sheehan