Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SAQA Members Call for Entries

Text Messages 
Open to all SAQA members

Premiere Locations:
International Quilt Festival - Houston, Texas, October 31-November 4, 2013
International Quilt Festival - Cincinnati, Ohio, April 4-6, 2014
International Quilt Festival - Long Beach, California, July 2014
Additional venues may be added

Exhibition Concept:
Text messages have fast become one of the most popular methods of communication in our country today. In this exhibit, you have free rein to explore the many facets of what 'text messages' means to you--from the obvious connection to modern technology to works comprised solely of actual or implied writing. The unifying theme will be text on quilts, in any language, and each quilt must contain at least one visible letter or word.

Juror: Lesley Riley
Managing curator: Georgianne (Gigi) Kandler

Online entry opens: February 1, 2013
Online entry deadline: February 28, 2013
Preview the entry form and requirements:

For further information, go to Calls for Entry.
Color Wheel of Emotions
Open to all SAQA members

Exhibition Concept:
How do colors reflect our emotions? Have you ever seen red, felt blue or been green with envy? Spin the color wheel and your mood may encompass the full spectrum of the rainbow. The range of color used in this exhibit will convey a sense of emotion or feeling expressed by the artists. Viewers will interpret the theme based on their understanding and response to the color palette and overall design.

Premiere Locations:
The World Quilt Show: New England XI, Manchester, New Hampshire, 8/15-18/13
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XX: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA, 9/19-22/13
Pacific International Quilt Festival XX: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA 10/17-20/13
Additional venues may be added; work must be available to travel through the end of August 2014

Juror: Terry Waldron
Managing Curator: Carol Eaton (

Online entry opens: April 1, 2013
Online entry deadline: April 30, 2013
Preview the entry form and requirements:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Looking for Antique Buttons?

White River Yarns
49 South Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05001

Feb. 7th, from 6 - 8 pm, come and meet Jane Quimby who is an antique button dealer. Several weeks ago I was introduced to Jane and her beautiful buttons we decided then to have a special night dedicated to button shopping. Jane will be bringing many styles and genres of buttons.

Jane is a ME/NH/VT SAQA member.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sisters in Fiber Exhibit

We are celebrating African American History Month, Women's Month, and Faith in the Arts. It is a small exhibit that shows the skill and diverse interest we all have as quilters.

Sisters in Fiber Exhibit 
February 1 to 28, 2013 
Michele David
Celeste Janey
Brenda Jones,
Renee Wormack Keels
Valarie Poitier

Opening Reception
February 6, 2013 from 6 to 8  PM
Andover Newton Theological School, Wilson Chapel
210 Herrick Road, Newton, MA

Fondest Regards,
Valarie Poitier
Curator, Artist, Art Administrator

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Call for Entries

March 23 - September 16, 2013

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Due to Hurricane Sandy's impact, we have revised the dates of this Exhibition. Please note new schedule of dates below.

Call to Artists for Art Exhibition
The Lazarus Gallery, United Hebrew of New Rochelle, 391 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY

The Lazarus Gallery at United Hebrew of New Rochelle looks forward to an engaging and dynamic exhibition, which will feature artwork inspired by music. Music fills the soul with creative images that impact us with a wealth of colors and sounds. It stimulates, inspires, and connects us to life, evoking a spectrum of memories. This exhibition will showcase the theme of music, its inspirational impact on people of all ages, and reflect the artist's interpretation of the partnering of visual and performing arts. The art should represent how music can be reflected and interpreted through the hands of the artist. 
Robin Zane of ZaneArts, Guest Curator
Jodi Moise, Curator

January 30, 2013 Deadline for Entries
February 20, 2013 Notification of Acceptance
March 6, 2013 Delivery of Work 9am-4pm
March 23 - September 16 Exhibition Dates
To be announced Artists' Reception
September 17-19 Pickup 9 am-5 pm

The theme is the Visual Symphony: A Musically Inspired Art Exhibition. Works can depict sound, dance and/or movement. This call is open to all visual artists working in 2-D and 3-D mediums including, but not limited to painting, mixed media, drawing, jewelry, printmaking, digital media, glass, fiber, textiles, photography, sensory driven, interactive displays and sculpture. Work can include objects specifically music-oriented such as sheet music and instruments, music boxes, and costumes related to theatrical productions.

Framed Dimensions for each entry must not exceed 36 inches x 48 inches. Artwork must be matted (as appropriate), framed and wired for installation purposes. Individual works may have a maximum weight of 75 pounds. Submitted 3D works or sculptures over 50 lbs. must be set up by the artist and be stable and safe for viewing. Due to space limitations, submissions for sculpture must not exceed overall dimensions of 24 inches H x 24 inches W x 7 inches D.

Email jpeg submissions and submission form to:

CALL TO ARTISTS - The Visual Symphony. pdf
SUBMISSION FORM - The Visual Symphony.pdf

This is a fillable form. You can print and scan to email or fax your Submission Form to: 914.239.5316 ATT: Lisa Seecharan

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Patricia Malarcher, Detail "Alternating Currents"

Patricia Malarcher  "Alternating Currents"
The opening reception for the Master II show at the New England Quilt Museum was well attended by SAQA members from around New England.
At 1 pm today,  Martha Sielman walked us around the museum and stood and spoke in front of every piece. It was very interesting to hear about the artists and the quilts.
ME/NH/VT SAQA members Tafi Brown, Nelda Warkington and Elizabeth Busch have gorgeous work in this show. This show is "A MUST SEE"!

You can see and get a sense of the show by clicking on this link:

We managed to gather together all the SAQA Members, and Martha Sielman, for the photo below.

SAQA Members in attendance.
ME/NH/VT Members from back row, left to right:
Sandy Gregg, Janet Daniels, Roz Daniels, Michele O'Neil Kincaid, Sue Geno, Margaret Sheehan, Michelle Goldsmith
Front row, left: Maryann Gallaher      ....and missing from photo; Judy Dales

Additional SAQA members: Jen O'Brien, Diane Wright, Barbara Adams, Cathy Smith, Kate Themel, Rita Hannafin, Jeanne Marklin

All of the quilts mentioned in the youtube link above are in this show. 
Permission was granted by the NEQM and Martha Sielman to use the above images of Patricia Malarcher's quilt in this blog. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Another New Flash

  1. Those of you who were at the southern Vt. meeting of SAQA NE last spring might remember me mentioning that my work is included in MASTERS II.  It will be nice having the traveling show of work from MASTERS II at the NEQM!  At the show there is a book of samples of each artist’s technique, with one unbound side.  These samples can be handled and looked at carefully to see each artist’s method of working.   This is the first time that “Aizu-Wakamatsu:  Matsunaga” will be exhibited “closer to home”.  (Other art quilts from my Japan series have been exhibited since 2000  at The NH Institute of Art, Colby Sawyer College, Quilt National and at the Biennial Regional Jurors Choice Competition at the Thorne Sagendorf Art Gallery of Keene State College. There my piece, “Asakusa” was awarded “Best in Show” in 2000, by former director of the Currier Museum of Art, Marilyn Hoffman!  Of note is the fact that the “Best in Show” award ruffled more than a few feathers from artists in other media as I overheard while walking through the gallery!)
  2. A much more current work of mine (not cyanotype) is included in the Biennial Regional Jurors Choice Competition again (an ART show, rather than an art quit show) at Keene State College in Keene, NH, this year.  The show is opening a week from tomorrow, Thursday Jan. 24, 5:30-7:30.  This year’s show will be at the Gallery until March 7, 2013.    If you have never been to Keene State College, there is also a permanent exhibition of children’s book illustrations in the Education building (Rhodes Hall, next to Mason Library and not far from the gallery) that is well worth your time to visit!
  3. I am sure if you choose to make the trip to either show (or three shows!) you won’t be disappointed!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wen's ProChem workshop

Media Mix Postcards

These are few Media Mix Postcards similar to what my upcoming Pro Chem Workshop will offer.
I can't tell you how much fun these are to make!
Workshop Info HERE

more postcards can be found HERE

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Create Something for the 2013 SAQA Benefit Auction

Call for Donations!
To facilitate the entry of your information, please use the online submission form. 

The Early Bird DEADLINE of April 1st will make your donation eligible to be included in the Benefit Auction promotional brochures, as well as for display at the International Quilt Festivals in Cincinnati and Chicago. 

ALL quilts need to be received by the FINAL DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2013.

Donations MUST be 12" x 12".  All embellishments and/or hanging methods must be within the 12" x 12" size. Only ONE work per artist will be accepted.

All artwork donated must be ready to hang. Quilts should have a sleeve (at least 2 inches) for hanging.  Slats are not necessary but are considerate to the collector. 

Artwork on stretcher bars will be accepted but may not be any larger than 12" x 12" after mounting and should be no deeper than 1 inch (2.5 cm) after mounting. Artwork on stretchers should have hooks and wire attached for hanging.  Mounted work will not be considered for display at the International Quilt Festival(s) because of hanging restrictions.

All donations must have a label with the title (or "untitled") and artist's name clearly written.

Please be sure that you put your website or blog (just one) in the submission form so we can put a link to your site on-line, with the artwork.

After the June 1 deadline, donated quilts will be separated into two sets - one set for the online auction and one set for the Houston auction. Quilts shown on the website before June 1 will not necessarily be auctioned online.

Packing should not include scented garbage bags, peanuts, confetti, shredded paper, scented plastic or padded envelopes filled with linty fuzz - all these things make a mess when opening the package. And the confetti and fuzzy stuff sticks to the quilts. 

Mail your donation with a tracking number or enclose a stamped and addressed postcard to let you know it arrived. The auction coordinator will NOT email donors when work arrives (except for international donations).

International donations should be sent early enough to arrive by the deadline after clearing Customs. Be advised that it can take up to 3 weeks for boxes to clear customs.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

News from Wen Redmond

Two Major 2013 Workshops
Pro Chemical MA April 15-19 
Embracing Serendipity! MeDiA MIX Collages 
Peters Valley Crafts Center   August 23-27
19 Kuhn Road, Layton, NJ 07851
Mix iT Up! MiXed MeDia CoLLage!
                                    (973) 948-5200
Serendipitous Collage embraces the unknown and unexpected. A really easy and exciting way to create collage- magical! 
This serendipitous way to create collage taps into your inner muse! Use your created fabrics and papers to create paper and cloth MeDiA MIX collages. Get inspired!  
“I am in transition, do not be discouraged. What I am doing is a act of courage, to give birth.” Paulous Berenshon

Workshop: We will make fabric-based postcards and explore a variety of painted and printed fabrics and papers using general acrylics and fabric paints. Techniques will include different painting techniques, image transfer, mono printing, and an introduction to some medium enhancements. 
This workshop encourages the use of recycled materials and supplies you already have. Focus will be on spontaneous creativity and freedom of expression while creating green art. 
Partially based on Wen’s article in Cloth, Paper, Scissors- Jan/Feb 2011
Other News
See my work, Perception of Trees, & others, on Women's Caucus for Art webpage -Best of Show
Two of my works have made the finalist for the Niche Awards. "Whispers of the Positive and Leaping Point"
The Awards Ceremony will take place in Philadelphia, PA at the Buyers Market of American Craft, Pennsylvania Convention Center in February 16-18.
see pix on-
Wen Redmond
Making the Imagination Real
Contemporary Art in Fiber 

Did you know.....

.....that SAQA has a Regional Special Projects Grant Program?

Purpose of this program
This program has been developed to offer support and funding for special projects to benefit
SAQA regions. Regional teams are encouraged to create projects that raise the profile of our
art, bring public attention and support, and benefit members of their region(s).

Any member of SAQA with a great idea is encouraged to approach her or his regional
representative with projects and grant proposals and then select a team of regional members
to complete the project. Regional representatives are free to partner with representatives of
adjacent regions to plan an event or other project.

Examples of projects include but are not limited to: 
  • Catalog or other major expense such as a guest speaker for a SAQA regional exhibition. 
  • Regional retreat/symposium. 
  • Invitational speaker or workshop presenter.
Selection Criteria
Grants will be assessed on the basis of:
  • Viability – is the project likely to succeed within the constraints of the grant? Does the intended scope fit within the budget? 
  • Impact – how many SAQA members are likely to benefit from the project? Does this project expose SAQA to the general public? 
  • Quality of the project and how well it is presented to the panel. 
  • Time frame. 
  • Local support for the project (e.g., volunteers may be needed, and matching fund might be available 
April 1, 2013 – Proposals due.
Early May, 2013 – Committee reviews proposals and selects recipients. Actual date TBA.
June 1, 2013 – Recipients to be notified.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Ann Johnston Classes in Oregon

Join Ann Johnston in her own studio in Lake Oswego, Oregon, for fabric dyeing and quilt design workshops. To insure maximum individual attention to each person’s artistic interests, there will be only 4 participants in each of the 2013 classes.
  • Registration OPENS for all workshops February 1, 2013.
  • Registration CLOSES for all workshops February 28, 2013.
  • More dates will be added as classes fill.
  • New topics will be offered upon request.
  1. Begin with Color by Accident: Low-Water Immersion Dyeing,  3-day studio workshop, May 31-June 2, 2013,  Tuition: includes fabric, dyes and lunches: $660
  2. Add Dye Painting and Printing to Your Options,  4-day studio workshop, June 5-8, 2013, Tuition: includes fabric, dyes and lunches: $830
  3. Layer Surface and Immersion Dye Techniques,  5-day studio workshop, July 10-14, 2013, Some dyeing experience required > Email Ann, Tuition: includes fabric, dyes and lunches: $1040
  4. Clarify Your Design Decisions,  5-day studio workshop, November 9-13, 2013, Tuition, including lunches: $925
> Registration form
> More information about studio workshops
> Email Ann with a brief description of your particular interests in order to help her place you in the most appropriate workshop. Registrations will be confirmed in the order that they are postmarked. If the workshop you wish to take is filled, Ann will return your payment or make arrangements with you for another workshop or a place on a waiting list.

Thank you,
Ann Johnston

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

For 2013: Think about PAM membership

Becoming a PAM

Being a Professional Artist Member is not for everyone, but if you are serious about approaching your art as a professional, then we hope you will consider becoming a Professional Artist Member of SAQA. The benefits are many.
There are two levels of SAQA membership: Active Member and Professional Artist Member. The two levels were created when SAQA was originally developed, so that we could serve both beginning art quilt makers and also t committed artists.
Why Become a Professional Artist Member (PAM)? In addition to the many Active Member benefits (belonging to a network of almost 3,000 fellow quilt artists, the monthly e.Bulletin, the quarterly full-color Journal, access to the members-only sections of the website, annual conference, and several exhibit opportunities each year), PAMs receive the following benefits and opportunities:
  1. To show work in the Gallery of SAQA's web site, which then becomes part of the Home Page slide show.
  2. To be listed in the Teachers Workshops/Lectures section of the web site.
  3. To have work included in the annual SAQA Portfolio -- which we send to museums, galleries, architects, interior designers, art consultants
  4. To have work included in the SAQA PowerPoint program, which is rented out to various groups.
  5. Eligibility for special exhibit opportunities.
  6. Notice of professional opportunities.
  7. Personal satisfaction from supporting the world's largest organization for art quilters and its work to promote the art quilt.

Are You Ready?

Because the distinction between the two membership levels is not always clear, Active members sometimes ask SAQA what it means to be a professional, when does one know whether one should become a Professional Artist Member, or simply, "Am I PAM material?"
The SAQA Board offers this clarification: We believe Professional Artist Members are committed artists with a record of activity indicating that artwork is a high priority; that they live, breathe, and work as artists; that they define themselves as artists; and that they work on their artwork regularly.
SAQA believes that individuals are able to self-regulate and decide for themselves which membership level they wish to join. We also recognize that there are many paths and ways of working in art: producing work, teaching, curatorial work, collection building, etc.

Mentors are Available to help you through the Process
Sharon Bass is available to provide pre-PAM application assistance to anyone who would like to have such service. These mentors are willing to look at work, make suggestions about what pieces to show, and discuss a potential applicant's resume and readiness to apply for PAM status. Of course, mentors cannot guarantee that their assistance will lead to an acceptance.