The NEW MEXICO Region of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) is here to support and promote professional fiber artists and teachers as well as quilters working to develop their fine art skills. New NM SAQA members, please contact Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak
NM Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilt Associates
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the newsletter.
*As we continue to grow, please wear a nametag at the meetings. It helps us learn each other’s names as we have more and more new faces.
*We’re also going to have a sign in sheet at each meeting in order to collect some attendance data which the reps will need for the end of the year report. Thanks for your help!
Structural Diversity is NOT going on to the Spring IQF show in Chicago. Betty will send an e-mail to let you know when quilts have been returned and the process for getting your quilt back.
Earth, Wind and Fiber: the Spring Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council show will be held April 7 & 8 at the Garden Center, ABQ. Entries are now open and final deadline to enter is February 25. Kathyrn Lazier (email@example.com) is our contact person for this show. Complete information can be found on the blog (www.saqanm.blogspot.com)
Las Cruces, April 6
Seeds for SAQA @ the Farm & Ranch Museum – opening from 3 – 5
Life Along the Rio Grande @ Branigan Art Museum – opening from 5 – 8
Lunch on Friday the 6th, probably around 12:30. Please e-mail Vicki Conley (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are coming for lunch. Let her know by February 9 so she has an idea of how big of a space we will need.
Asking all exhibitors to create a sample page (8 1/2 x 11) showing an example of a technique used in your art. May include a photo, description, etc. Put it into a clear page protector.
At March meeting turn in: 1. LARG quilt (if you haven’t already done so) 2. Your sample page.
Postcards will also be distributed at the March meeting.
Pieces from LARG will be hung on June 23 – August 4.
The Church will take 30% of sales of quilts. An Exhibitor Information Form must be completed. That will be available at March meeting and on June 23.
There will also be a Vendor Bazaar on Sunday, June 24. Church does not take a cut of these sales. Opportunity open to all SAQA members, not just LARG exhibitors.
General Announcements and Discussion
*Need more venues for LARG. Possible ideas included: Open Space in ABQ, Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos, Downtown Library in SF, Adobe Theater, UNM Hospital gallery, SITE Santa Fe.
*Need theme suggestions for Capitol Rotunda show 2019. Contact Betty Busby.
*Discussed possible program presentations. Interest in the You Be the Juror Program again
*Began conversation re: possible FaceBook page for SAQA NM. To be continued.
*Discussion of how to do a last minute cancellation of a meeting. Lynn & Gale will continue to investigate.
If your Structures piece went on to Houston last fall, she has received word that the show will not travel to Chicago for Spring IQF. It should be returning to New Mexico by the end of January or early February. You’ll be contacted regarding pick-up of quilts when they get to NM.
Look at the SAQA New Mexico Blog for information and contact Schatzi Brimer with updates.
First a big thank you to Vicki Conley for her wonderful idea and efforts to make this happen.
Also thanks to Vicki and Betty for securing some great venues for this show.
Betty has the original 35 entries for now. But if you haven’t submitted something you can still do that. As pieces sell they will be replaced with new work from other members.
The exhibition schedule for LARG:
Opening at the Branigan Art Center, Las Cruces on Friday, April 6, 2018. Reception from 5 – 8. Runs through May 6.
June 23 – August 4 will hang at Unitarian Church, Albuquerque. A Mercado is associated with this opening and members may sell items.
October 1 - November 19 – Macey Center, NM Tech Socorro
December ? – January ? – Roswell Art Museum
There will be a catalog of this show available through Amazon.
The Branigan Cultural Center is planning to do an instructional program with Life Along the Rio Grande when it opens there next year.
We would like to request that you send in a small piece of material or quilted sample using techniques that are in your show quilt.
They should be small enough to fit into a regular ring binder- that is, 81/2x11"
This is completely optional but will go a long way in helping to educate the public about art quilts.
The members of the local guild, Las Colcheras, have volunteered to make the presentations to museum attendees.
Sample pieces can be sent in with your quilts or delivered to the next NM SAQA meeting.thank you!
Seeds for SAQA
Back by popular demand! Opening the same weekend as LARG at the Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces. Reception held earlier in the day from 3 – 5.
Earth, Wind and Fiber
The spring show of the Fiber Arts Fiesta will be April 7 & 8. Entry is free to SAQA members. Check the website for size restrictions.
Capitol Rotunda – 2019
Betty is putting out a call for Theme ideas. Should be fairly broad and able to be interpreted in many different ways.
Many thanks for MaryJo Stipe for volunteering to be our SAQA rep to the Fiber Arts Council for Fiber Arts Fiesta. We could still use a 2nd person as a backup in case MaryJo is unable to attend a meeting. Contact Lynn or Gale.
Any blog info goes to Schatzi Brimer
Next meeting: January 20, 2018 in Santa Fe at the Eldorado Library.