Monday, May 13, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
SAQA 2013 Conference - Expanding Horizons
This was the 6th SAQA conference I have attended and not surprisingly, it was the first that was sold out. I worked with the Special Events Committee as the local organizer since October 2011 so it was very gratifying to see it all come together nicely after 18 months of planning.
I had urged Martha Sielman to arrive a little before the conference to better acclimate to the elevation since she lives in Connecticut, so she and her husband, David, arrived on Sunday afternoon and stayed in Albuquerque until Tuesday when they drove up the Turquoise Trail to enjoy a lovely and relaxed drive to Santa Fe. They came to visit my studio on Sunday and then we went out for dinner at the Flying Star. On Monday, Jack and I took them touring to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Old Town, Nob Hill, and then up through the Bosque to do a short walk to see some of the petroglyphs at Petroglyph National Monument. To wrap up a great day, they took me to an Isotopes game and they won 8 - 1.
In addition to organizing the Vendor's Marketplace, I researched the hotel facilities and we were so pleased to have the conference at the Lodge at Santa Fe - they were great to work with and a very nice place to be. I also sold the advertising for the program guide (and then arranged to have the attendees carpool to the Santa Fe shops that advertised, helped design the program guide, arranged for all the printing of materials, and researched the bus companies so we chose Star Limo in Albuquerque and they were great working with me to develop a good route and schedule for the museum/gallery tours on Saturday and their drivers were wonderful I heard.
Although I was quite busy during the Vendor's Marketplace with my own booth, I managed to get photos of the event, which was quite well attended and all the vendors told me that their sales were good.
On both Thursday and Friday afternoon, we ran shuttles to see New Mexico: Unfolding at the Capitol and many attendees went to see it several times. Everyone, especially the Board members, were very impressed with the show.
Having the conference in Santa Fe was a big draw not only for out-of-towners, but many local members attended who would not normally attend a SAQA conference and they all told me that they had a great time meeting such fun and talented members and guests. I always enjoy seeing old friends and making new ones. On Sunday, I did a little hike in Tent Rocks on the way back to Albuquerque with Martha Wolfe and Eileen Doughty.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
I've just returned from the best SAQA conference ever!
Kudos to the Special Events Committee, headed by Mary Pal, who literally spent years planning this conference.
The always smiling Desi Vaughn gracefully handled any glitch that came her way, and our own Pat Gould set up the vendor marketplace on sign up day and arranged for bus tours on Saturday.
Here's a pic of most of our online challenge group, Viewpoints 9, reunited at the conference-
Kate Themel and Diane Marie Wright (CT), founder Martha Wolfe from CA, Mary Pal (Ottowa, Can), and of course moi.
It was a treat to see SAQA friends from all over the world, and to meet new ones.
Highlights, for me, were the privilege of hearing Patty Hawkins' presentation on her long and brilliant career, and the closing speaker, Geoffrey Gorman, a Santa Fe based sculptor who had great insights on the gallery world.
Pat Pauly, who is a professional gallerist from New York, discussed effective and professional methods of hanging shows that will help all of us present our work better.
The vendor marketplace on Thursday and the silent auction of mini quilts benefit on Friday were both smashing successes, the auction alone raised $5,200 for SAQA.
Due to scheduling conflicts our show at the Capitol could not officially be included in the conference, however, we had many willing volunteers to drive people over to see the exhibit.
I'm happy to say that the feedback from those who were able to see the show was very positive.
The next conference will be the first weekend of May next year in Washington DC- consider attending!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Studio Art Quilt Associates presents
Free and Open to the Public
Thursday, April 25, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Lodge at Santa Fe, 750 North Saint Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Local and National Artists
Angel Fire Designs (Patricia Gould)—Albuquerque artist who creates fiber art for the wall, wearable art, jewelry/accessories, and photographs from her world adventures.
Black Art Studios—Traditional and contemporary textiles from several African countries. 505.986.9143
Broken Dishes (Ann Anastasio and Lani Longshore)—Selling their recent mystery novel, When Chenille Is Not Enough.
Crea Lynn Studio (Crea Lynn)—Santa Fe beaded jewelry artist. ghostranch.org/crea-lynn
Crone-Art (Pam Skersick & Carol Lockwood)—Unique handmade polymer clay buttons and embellishments. www.crone-art.com
Cultured Expressions—Fabrics, masks, beads, and brass accents from Ghana, Mali, Central Africa. Also books and patterns by Lisa Shepherd Stewart. culturedexpressions.com
Debbie Jones—Albuquerque fiber artist and teacher selling her hand-dyed and painted/stamped fabrics. www.debbiejones.com
Elizabeth Jenkins—Taos artist creating hand-woven garments. www.elizabeth-jenkins.com
JiRaF Studio (Julie Filatoff)—Santa Fe artist who creates handcrafted fiber accessories, artist’s books, and blank journals.
Perfect Buttons (Robin Pascal)—East Mountain artist who creates dichroic glass buttons/pins, hand-wovens, and hand-dyed roving.
SAQA—Catalog from the New Mexico Regional SAQA exhibit, New Mexico: Unfolding.
StampaFe/Guadalupe’s Rubber Stamps—Santa Fe shop selling stamps, inks, paints, and ribbons. www.stampafe.com
The Beaded Iris—Albuquerque bead shop selling unique glass beads from U.S. artists.
Winhawk Designs (Elaine Marricle)—Hand-dyed fabrics by a fiber artist from Estancia, New Mexico. 505.705.5812
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Arizona (Four Corners Art Exhibition) may be a possibility for 2013 exhibiting your quilts. See the link below for the information about entry. Please note the postmark deadline is April 5, 2013. For the $35 fee you may enter up to three items. The show will run from June 11 through July 20, 2013 and accepted quilts need to be delivered between May 28 and 31, 2013. This is a great opportunity for those who may not get into the Unfolding New Mexico Exhibition at the Capitol Rotunda. Also this show does not have a specific southwest theme for those of you with quilts that may not have been appropriate for Unfolding New Mexico. You may go to the link below to download the entry form for this exhibit.
Our next potluck meeting will be on March 16th at 11:00 am in Albuquerque at the Ambassadors for Christ Community Church, 1540 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Suite A. I will send a reminder with directions about a week before the meeting. Be ready to explain what inspires you (especially about the show and tell you bring). Is it something different for each piece; a particular piece of fabric; or color? Must you portray your subject in a particular way in each piece? Were you inspired by the light or texture you saw or didn’t see but wanted to add? Was it the perfect photo and why? …Thinking about these things will help you better define your style. I’m looking forward to it!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Our current Featured Artist is Betty Busby. Betty is very active in SAQA-NM. All the fabulous shows we have been having lately have been put together by Betty. She has found venues, inspired us and relentlessly encouraged the membership to participate in these shows.
What is your art background?
I have been an artist all my life. I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in ceramics. I founded a custom ceramic tile manufacturing business in Los Angeles and ran if for almost 20 years. I sold it in 1994 to move to New Mexico and focus on fiber art- and am happy to say that it's still in business today.
What inspires you?
Possibly coming from my ceramics background, I love to experiment with new materials and techniques.
What is your most significant art-related achievement?
Survival! I have made my living from my art since 1974.
What do you love most about your medium?
Versatility. With the new definitions of fiber art, the possibilities are endless.
What’s on the horizon?
Ha! funny you should put it that way- The SAQA Conference in 2013 is titled Expanding Horizons. I will speak on the main panel, and will have a workshop after the conference at the Lodge at Santa Fe that will be run by Gale Oppenheim and Ann Anastasio that also will include Mary Pal and Holly Altman. It should be fun for all!
You may visit Betty's website or her Blog. To find out more about the 2013 SAQA conference in Santa Fe this April visit Expanding Horizons. If you would like more information about taking a class from Betty, please visit Art Quilt Santa Fe.
|Betty in her studio working on MAGPIE|
Monday, January 28, 2013
SAQA NM member (and Exhibition Chair) Betty Busby will be a guest on Mark Lipinski’s “Creative Mojo” live internet radio show this Wednesday, January 30 (3-5 pm EST, 2-4 pm CST, 1-3 pm MST, or 12-2 pm PST). Betty will talk about her work and about being an instructor at Art Quilt Santa Fe this Spring. If you can listen live at that time, go here:http://toginet.com/ Mark’s show notes with all the guest info are here: http://toginet.com/shows/
creativemojo And if you can’t listen live, go to iTunes for a recording: iTunes Store>Search for Creative Mojo>See All>Look for the 1/30/2013 show and click on it.