Wednesday, May 11, 2016



Cultural Red Opening at the Hubbard Museum of the American West

Please join us for the opening reception on April 30th, 2-4 PM. This is a spectacular show including all those wonderful pieces that could not be hung at the Capitol Rotunda. This exhibit also features Seeds For SAQA and Natural Healing. Hubbard Museum of the American West, 26301 Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, NM 575-378-4142. I have postcards for those of you in Albuquerque and Ann Anastasio has them for those of you in Santa Fe.

Dinner following the opening in Ruidoso

Please join us for dinner following the opening at Casa Blanca. Thank you Vicki for setting this up.
Here is a 2 page limited menu (page one, Page 2) with everything less than $15.  The new manager was very nice and is including coffee, tea or soda with the meal.  Alcohol can be ordered from the server and each person should keep track and add it to what they owe.  Everyone can look at this menu ahead of time and get some idea of what theirs will cost.  They do not add the tip to the bill as many other restaurants do for large parties, so everyone should add 25 - 28% for tax and tip and bring the appropriate amount of cash for Michelle  to collect to pay one bill.  The room holds 30 people max and if we have more including some husbands then we can ask the men to sit out in the restaurant.. She said there was a $200 room rent charge and I said the old manager said nothing about it and we didn't pay it  the last time we had our dinner here. So she said OK no charge.
We would like a total count of everyone coming, not only for the room but also so the manager can have enough servers and kitchen staff on hand.  Please email Michelle how many in your group are attending.  The reservation is for 5:30 PM.

SAQA Auction Pieces

Just a reminder that Gale is no longer the coordinator for the SAQA auction pieces, so you will need to ship your piece instead of delivering it. If you have your piece done by the May meeting and have already done your part of entering it on line through the SAQA site we will collect them at that meeting and send them in together. 

"New" Call for Entry!

Regional Exhibit
Call for Entries

Exhibit Name:                 Under the Western Sun

Premier Location:            Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Dates:                             April 27 to July 25, 2017

Exhibit Theme:              

Where an artist lives impacts the voice with which they speak.  Here in the West we experience extremes of climate and altitude; intense color and light, unusual landscapes and plants; unique people and cultures.  These all influence the work we do Under the Western Sun.  

Juror:                              Patty Kennedy-Zafred

Patricia Kennedy-Zafred has been telling stories through the medium of textiles and art quilts for over 20 years.  Her prize winning work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published in books and magazines throughout her career.

Patricia Kennedy-Zafred's art, influenced by her educational background in journalism and photography, is primarily image driven, with the intent to tell a story, trigger a memory, or elicit an emotion.  Each piece is seen through the lens of the viewer, whose personal experiences contribute to the interpretation of the work.  Her current work has been focused on historical imagery, which she  silk screens onto hand dyed fabric, and enhances with additional image transfer, layering and stitch.

Kennedy-Zafred's work has been accepted in such major juried exhibitions as Quilt National, Visions, Artist as Quiltmaker, Fantastic Fibers and Quilts=Art=Quilts, and has won top prizes at both International Quilt Festival and American Quilt Society competitions.  Her work has also been included in numerous curated and invitational exhibitions of fiberart and fine craft.

Curators:               Barbara Beasley (
                             Bev Haring (

Eligibility:              SAQA members from Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico

Entry Guidelines: 
Size requirements or Restrictions for artwork:
2D work width – minimum 24”, maximum 60”
2D work height – minimum 24”, maximum 60”
3D work – maximum height 48”, maximum width 24”, maximum depth 24”

ALL WORK – no more than 10 pounds

we will accept work on stretcher bars, 3D pieces and wearables, although all of these pieces may not be able to be included in traveling to another venue

Entry fees:            $35.00 for up to 3 entries

Entries will be accepted through SAQA's Call for Entry link


Call for Entry:                           May 1, 2016

Entries Open:                           January 1, 2017

Entries Close:                           January 31, 2017

Notification of acceptance:        February 20, 2017

Additional photos due:                 March 20, 2017

Accepted artwork delivery date:  April 10, 2017

Artist reception:                 April 28, 2017 OR May 5, 2017

Exhibition opens:                      April 27, 2017

Exhibition closes:                      July 25, 2017

We are working on the possibility of having at least part of this show travel to New Mexico and to St George, UT.  Your work should be available for this purpose until December 2017

Capitol Rotunda Gallery 2017

SAQA/NM been approved for another Exhibit at the Capitol Rotunda Gallery in 2017. The call for entry is below. Let's make it the best show ever! I can't wait to see what you all come up with. Many thanks to Betty Busby and the exhibition committee for setting this up and for the great theme of "Stuctures". It will be so fun!
Call for Entry
An exhibition of contemporary fiber art at the  Capitol Rotunda Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
April- August, 2017
NOTE: entry forms will be distributed in August 2016
March 2016: Call for entries issued.
September 1, 2016Entries will be accepted
January 7, 2017: Deadline for receipt of entries
February 2017: Notification of acceptance will be emailed
April, 2017: Accepted artwork delivery to the Capitol.
April, 2017: Exhibition opens.
August 17, 2017: Exhibition closes.
All work must meet the definition of an Art Quilt: “The art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered construction.” 
Applicants must be current members of SAQA residing in New Mexico.
In addition, only original artwork, conceived and created by the entrant(s) will be considered; no patterns, kits or copies.
All artists involved collaborating on an artwork must be listed as entrants and sign the loan agreement.
Selection of the work to be shown will be made by Cynthia Sanchez, PhD., Director and Curator of the Capitol Collection, based on the digital images submitted.
Director Sanchez reserves the right to refuse work that differs from images submitted, is not in good repair or is not appropriate for the exhibition.
Ø  Work should relate to the theme, can be representational or abstract.
New this year: due to limited display area, size limitations art strictly in effect: works must be 48" or less in width to be considered.
Ø  Dimensions of  wall quilts must be:
1.  A minimum of 16" and a maximum of 48" in width.
2.  A minimum of 16" and a maximum of 60” in height.
Ø  A maximum of THREE  wall quilts per artist will be considered.
Ø  Three dimensional work may have maximum dimensions of 24” depth and width, and 48” in height.
Ø  A maximum of TWO sculptural pieces per artist may be submitted, for a total of FIVE possible entries.
All two dimensional entries must have a 4" sleeve sewn to the top of the quilt in the back.  There should be a 1" allowance on each side of the sleeve to allow hanging slats to remain hidden.  
Entries must not have been shown in the Capitol Rotunda Gallery previously.
All entries must also have a label sewn to the back with the artist's name, address, phone #, and email address.
Artists will be responsible for the cost of shipping work to the venue and return shipping after the show.
Artists must provide insurance on artwork while in transit to the venue.
Artwork may be for sale- all sales will be directly between the artist and buyer. Artist contact will be available at the exhibition.
There is no commission taken at this venue.
Work that is sold must remain with the show until it closes in August, 2017.
Structures exist in an infinite number of forms- human and animal homes, biological and mineral formations, down to the very arrangement of atoms that hold the universe together.
Challenge yourself to portray structure in a meaningful and artistic way.
Representational and abstract work will be considered.
Please respond to me with the number of people in your party attening the dinner in Ruidoso by clicking my name below instead of replying to this email. Thanks.
I hope to see you at the opening.
SAQA NM Representative


Friday, October 23, 2015


Please scroll all the way down to the end of this email.

Thanks everyone for making Natural Healing such a wonderful show- the church is very pleased with it, and it looks terrific hung together.
Especially appreciated are our members who came to the mercado to help out: Gale Oppenheim, Cynthia Fowler, Schatzi Brimer Lynn Rogers, Cheryl FitzGerald, Vel Saddington and Judith Roderick.

We took a selection of the Seeds quilts to hang just for the weekend- they loved them so much that they asked to leave them up for the rest of the show!

 How Does Your Garden Grow? at the church

 Vel and a very handsome customer, with some of her work - Healing in the background.

one section of healing- there are 41 pieces in all.

finally, there were a few hanging issues.  The instructions I sent out specified the hole for the wire in the slat to be drilled in the upper corner.
several people drilled their holes in the center of the slat, causing it to twist and hang crosswise- check the examples
   bad- wire is attached to the center of the slat

We will alter the slats that are improperly made after the show comes down for works that were shipped in.
The show will be taken down November 21 at 8:30 am.  I will bring the Healing quilts to the SAQA meeting - November 21 at 11:00 am in Albuquerque at the Ambassadors for Christ Community Church. 
We can keep them until their next venue, or you may pick them up at that time.
the work is available for viewing weekdays, call the church office at 8841801 to arrange it.
the Natural Healing Catalog (thank you Shannon) is available from Blurb-

Betty Busby



It's hard to believe that it is October, my favorite month of the year here in New Mexico. I hope you are enjoying the slightly cooler weather and changing of seasons that will soon bring brilliant colors. It was so good to see all of you at our last meeting at the Library in Eldorado. It is a very nice place to meet and weather permitting we will continue to meet there when our meetings are scheduled for Santa Fe. I hope the mini workshop on writing an artist statement was helpful. I will have the handouts at the next meeting for those of you interested in them. We will also have another mini workshop and I will let you know which one in the November newsletter.

Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on November 21 at 11:00 am in Albuquerque at the Ambassadors for Christ Community Church. This is the best date because the Natural Healing exhibit will come down the day before and if you can not make it for the take down and want your piece back before the next exhibit I will have them available for pick up at that meeting. (More on Natural Healing to follow)
I have been collecting pieces for the Natural Healing exhibit. They are beautiful! Tomorrow is the last delivery and set up date at the Unitarian Church. Please email me if have not already dropped your piece off  to me and can not make it to the church by 8:30 tomorrow morning. Thank you so much for reading the directions carefully and delivering your pieces complete with the loan agreement and the proper hanging equipment! Excellent job!

Natural Healing Message from Betty

Thanks everyone for your awesome entries to Natural Healing. Remember you need a signed hard copy of the 2 page loan agreement and a wired slat in your quilt in order for it to hang. We will see you at 8:30 am at the church, 3701 Carlisle, on October 10 unless you have shipped the piece or delivered it to Gale or Michelle. I've been asked if the work will be available for viewing on weekdays, they ask that you call the church office at 8841801 to arrange this.
We have been offered a Mercado at the church on Sunday October 18 from 9 am to 12 noon. There is no charge for table and church members will be on hand to help us set up and take down. They will take a 30% commission on slaes, so price accordingly. You can bring any items you wish from jewlery to dyed fabrics- just not used furniture or anything like that. PLEASE LET ME KNOW RIGHT AWAY if you plan to participate- I need to give them a head count.
We will have a SAQA stand there, and I would love to have some help with that- we'll sell cards and magnets from our shows- the Seeds quilts are back and we can have a display of them too- let me know if you want me to bring yours. (our of towners don't bother, I know where you are)
Thanks very much to Schatzi for editing the statements and making the labels, and to Shannon for creating an online catalog for us.  (if you haven't sent me a pic or the pic is terrible we need it right away!)
Finally, I created a poster for the show, and have been asked about  copies to purchase. The cost would be $15, plus shipping- they are 20x30". Another option is to have your own printed, the file is too big to email but you can download it from this link-
Lisa Ellis (incoming SAQA president) will choose 20 pieces from Healing to travel to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland, from June 9-September 9 2016.  They will then travel to Inova Cancer Center in Fairfax MD and from there to the University of Michigan.
THANK YOU to Lisa for finding the venues for us and for being our juror.

If your Healing quilt does sell at the church you will have FOUR weeks to replace it if you want to have it travel.
The remaining 21 works from Healing will hang at the Hubbard next year.
Betty Busby
If you need to, please respond to me by clicking my name below instead of replying to this email. Thanks.
I hope to see you soon. Happy art quilting,
Michelle Jackson 
SAQA NM Representative

Monday, October 5, 2015


Meet Mary Mattimoe, SAQA NM Artist

Mary answered a few questions for us:

Why do you do what you do?  I need a positive outlet for my energy.
Why quilt?  I love the quietness of fabric to the touch.
What themes do you pursue?  Communication Issues, Military Life, Biochemistry, and Representational Paintings.
What do you like about your artwork?  One of my dear friends recently told me my work was deceptively simple and that simplicity is exactly what I like.
What is your dream project?  It is still too big for words.
What is the most important tool in your studio? Needles, as long as I have a needle I can make it all happen. 
Where do you find ideas for your work? My ideas come from my experiences.
What project are you working on now?  I always have one that I am machine piecing, one that I am hand piecing, one that I am hand quilting, one that I am machine quilting, something I am designing, and something I am painting.  Then I work on whichever part is easiest for my mindset at the time.

Why art?  It is everything science, communication, struggle, hope in an attempt at making a connection with another being in some capacity.
What elements of your art bring you the most stress? When I do not get to make it. I have mandatory studio hours every day or no one wants to live with me.
Do you need validation in order to feel your art is good? Not really. It is nice, but I need to make my work either way. 

   Parts of the Sum: After my degree in Biochemistry, I found that my high school grandmother's flower garden dreams evolved into lovely plant cells. 

  Backyard Turtle:  This creature carried a lot of attitude around!

For October 2015, Mary's work can be seen in these venues:
Celebración at Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, TX
Natural Healing SAQA NM
High Plains Quilt Festival in Portales, NM

Contact Mary: