Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Meeting Recap - Sept. 16, 2017 SAQA New Mexico

In an effort to improve communication throughout our SAQA NM region, I’m planning to send a re-cap of meetings. That way if you weren’t able to attend, you will have some idea of what went on.
We also have a new Web Mistress: Schatzi Brimer so if you have info for the blog send it there. And be sure to check the blog often for upcoming deadlines, exhibit info etc.
Here are highlights from our 9-16-17 meeting:
  • We are in need of 2 people to represent SAQA at the Fiber Art Fiesta meetings. Thanks to Rod Daniel for doing this the last 2 years, but now he needs to bow out. If interested contact Gale  or Lynn
  • Kathryn Lazier in our representative to Fiber Arts Education committee. A spring show is planned for April 7 & 8, 2018 titled Earth Wind and Fiber. Look for exhibit info on the blog.
Exhibition News
  • Structural Diversity: Made in New Mexico ended its run at the Capitol Rotunda Gallery in Santa Fe in August. 20 pieces from the show will appear at IQF in Houston as a special exhibit.
  • Natural Healing is coming back to NM the end of September after a great run, being shown at National Institutes of Health, University of Michigan and the University of Chicago.
  • Life Along the Rio Grande: The entry form and instructions for this upcoming show will be sent in a separate group email in October. Detailed information on the call for entry can be found on the SAQA website here- Hope you are all working on entries as Vicki Conley has lined up some fabulous venues for it. The opening for this show will be April 6, 2018 in Las Cruces at the Branigan Art Center. That same night, also in Las Cruces, Seeds for SAQA will have its opening reception at the Farm and Ranch Museum. Sounds like a fun weekend to be down south.
  • Under the Western Sun, a dual exhibit with SAQA Colorado/Ut/Wy, is on its way to a third venue in Utah after being on display at the Macey Center in Socorro. The beautiful catalog, by Shannon Conley, is available from Amazon here-
  • Volunteer opportunity- we are in need of someone to cut 35 31 inch slats- we will provide you with the wood. contact Betty for more info-

Lynn Rogers
SAQA NM co-representative

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Dear SAQA reps in CO / UT / WY / AZ / NM,

As a SAQA member and volunteer curator for the Art Library of the Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO - I am writing for your kind assistance in promoting a workshop to be held at the DAC, Sept 9 and 10.

The two-day workshop - OPENINGS: Netting and Looping will be taught by SDA member and renowned artist Pat Hickman, in conjunction with her exhibit at the Durango Arts Center.

Her material used to create her sculptural forms, is rather unusual. Students will be using dried hog casings (normally used in sausage making), telephone cable and waxed linen to make sculptural forms.  Although this is a far stretch from the usual 'quilting' materials, I recently watched a video in which SAQA member Joy Nebo Lavrencik created a memorable piece for the SAQA show "Stories of Migration", using casing material.

The video link is attached at the bottom of the info.

As Durango is a bit isolated from the metro areas, any assistance you could give in the promotion of the workshop would be most appreciated. Please contact me if you have any questions: (310)910-2398

Many thanks - Leesa Zarinelli Gawlik

In September, Surface Design Association member and renowned artist Pat Hickman will be in
Durango, Colorado  for a series of events.

Friends of the Art Library at the Durango Arts Center will host an exhibit as well as a two-day workshop entitled OPENINGS: Netting and Looping The exhibit info below contains links to the workshop.

OPENINGS: Netting and Looping with Pat Hickman
Saturday-Sunday, September 9 & 10 | 9am-5pm
$250 members / $275 Non-Member
+ est. $35 materials fee payable to DAC on first day of class (Payment can be made in two installments. To register in two payments, call Doug Gonzalez at (970) 259-2606, Ext 13 or Sandra Butler, Ext 15)

Limited to 12 students

This workshop will encourage participants to explore visual ideas suggested through openwork textile structure, primarily that of knotted netting and knotless netting. Reserving space for air and the importance of what is “not there” will be built into conceptually based quick studies and studio projects, both 2-D and 3-D. There will be exploration with a variety of materials, including gut (hog casings), Hickman’s signature material, using it as both structure and skin in netting. Other materials include colored wire and waxed linen thread. The workshop is less a “how to”, more an experience in discovery, questioning, and ongoing ways of working. No previous knowledge of these textile structures is required, just a willingness to explore and learn.
Pat Hickman will be featured in a solo exhibit, Here, Still, in the DAC Art Library, September 8-October 28.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 8 at 5pm.

Here is a video link showing the final piece made by artist Joy Nebo Lavrencik:
Joy Nebo Lavrencik - MOGADISHU

Joy Nebo Lavrencik - MOGADISHU
Artist Joy Nebo Lavrencik speaks about her artwork at the Stories of Migration exhibition, a joint collaboration...

Monday, May 22, 2017


SAQA New Mexico member Vel Saddington has a Gammill she would like to sell.

For Sale:   Gammill long arm quilting machine. Optimum model, 30” throat, on 10’ steel table on heavy duty rolling casters.  Large enough for king size quilt.  Needle positioner, channel  lock, hopping foot, laser pointer, cover and lots of accessories.  Purchased new in 1997.  Has been well maintained and is in good condition.  Does not have stitch regulator, however, a Statler stitch regulator can be installed by the local Gammill dealer.

Free 2 hours on site instruction prior to disassembly

Asking $4,000.  Contact:   505 296-7569

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Rainbow Flags (title of show TBD)

Calling all fiber artists in any media, such as felting, weaving, sewing, dyeing on fabric, quilting, knitting, crocheting, handmade paper, or mixed fiber media. Make a rainbow flag. This show stands alone, but also conjuncts Taos Pride in August. Size may be variable, but if you plan something quite large, please talk to me first to determine space allowance.
Vortexyarns has two gallery spaces, and several open spaces throughout the shop.


  1. June 4, 2017.  Email me to confirm/commit to the show.
  2. July 2, 2017. Finished work delivered (latest date)
  3. July 6, 2017. Opening of show at Vortexyarns, 4-6pm
  4. August 27, 2017. Last day of exhibit

There is no entry fee for this show. Artists will be responsible for delivery, and return of any unsold artwork. All artwork must be for sale, and Vortexyarns will add a 25% fee to the overall price. Vortexyarns will produce postcards, and do a bunch of PR, as well as print pricelists and flyers.

contact me with an email

Merce Mitchell
218A Paseo Del Pueblo Norte
Taos, NM 87571

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Sue Szazer sent this message to let everyone know of this find:  I received this from another artist in Madrid...her shop is across from mine.  She has these huge linen and silk tablecloths that she is selling and wondered if any quilters might be interested.
 Someone might want them for backings or to make clothes, or ????

I have 14 large (banquet sized, 88 X 108ish) antique linen damask tablecloths that I'd like to sell. 4 are in excellent condition, the others show some minor wear. They are from a great grandmother's estate, circa 1880's. One I believe is silk. Assorted patterns, and they are all beautiful. I'd love to sell them as a lot. Prices, as far as I can guess, are anything from $20. to $200.each. They would be great for someone designing clothing or perhaps for quilters. I'd love to pass them on to someone who appreciates their beauty and is clever enough to transform them into something new.
Contact Caroline Jenney at if interested.  Her shop is Carolines in Gypsy Plaza in Madrid and is only open on weekends.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


The Under the Western Sun catalog is officially available for purchase
at Amazon. People can search for Under the Western Sun SAQA or just
click the link below.

Feel free to send the link to the other artists/venues so people can
buy a catalog if they wish.

Shannon Conley