Wednesday, December 28, 2011


I hope you are having a wonderful holiday! I'm looking forward to serving for the next two years as your new New Mexico Regional SAQA Representative. Thank you Julie and Ann for your service over the past two years. You both have created very big shoes that I will never be able to fill.
January 8th is the opening of "Uncommon Threads II" at the First Unitarian Church on the SW corner of Comanche and Carlisle. A reception/mercado will be held before(9:00 - 9:30), between(10:00 - 10:30) and after their services(12:00 - 12:30). Everyone is invited and some who are exhibiting will sell small works at the mercado.
January 8th will also be the date of the the first SAQA meeting. It will be held at 1:30 pm at Ambassadors for Christ Community Church, 1540 Juan Tabo NE, Suite A in Albuquerque. The church is located on the east side of Juan Tabo between Constitution and Indian School. Since many will be attending "Uncommon Threads II" in the morning we will not have our usual pot luck. I hope you can get together with friends after the exhibit and have a bite to eat before coming the the meeting at 1:30. I will provide dessert and a beverage.
We will have a very short presentation on what SAQA is, so this is a good time to bring any friends who might be interested in SAQA but want to know more. We will have updates on the open space visitor's center show being planned for December 2012 and the SAQA conference in Santa Fe 2013. We will talk about upcomming additions Donna Dixon will be adding to the new SAQA NM blog (Thank you Donna!) and much more. Please bring your show and tell, as we always enjoy seeing what everyone is working on.  
I look forward to seeing you on the 8th.
Michelle Jackson

Monday, December 26, 2011


 These photos are of the last of the five purchased works by New Mexico Arts.  They are the works of SAQA New Mexico's Patricia Gould.

"Collection of the New Mexico Arts Division, Art in Public Places Program"

Coastal Symphony, in the photo above is installed at the City of Artesia Public Safety Complex.

The photo below shows Watching the River Flow (left) and Agave Moonrise (right), which are installed at the Los Lunas Intensive Outpatient Treatment Facility.
"Collection of the New Mexico Arts Division, Art in Public Places Program"

Photos taken by Patricia Gould.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


On Sunday afternoon, Pat and Betty
 went to see the Crane festival and
displays at the Open Space Visitor's Center. 
Judith Roderick was displaying her silk paintings, 
selling her book of paintings and
poetry, and doing silk painting demos. (photos).

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Silver City Fiber Art Festival and SAQA meeting - Friday, November 11, 2011

Betty, Holly, and I got to the Fiber Fiesta in Silver City in the
mid-afternoon on Friday. The festival was great - plenty of good vendors
and the southern members had a show of their work. Lynn
Welsch did a great job organizing the festival and the hope is to have it
be a biennial.

After the festival, we had a SAQA meeting at the Lois Duffy Art Gallery,
thanks to Susan Szajer who exhibits there. At the meeting (and subsequent
dinner) were: Susan, Donna Sebastian, Chris Ramsey (guest), Lynn Welsch,
Jean Cowie, Holly Altman, Betty Busby, and Pat Gould. (photos of gallery
and Susan's work).

Susan had crackers and cheese for us and a nice table set up to meet.
Betty talked about the upcoming shows, especially the one at the Open
Space and showed the group her "sample" fox quilt. We also talked about
the show at the Capitol in 2013 and that it will be up during
> the SAQA conference which is scheduled for the last weekend in April
2013. Susan then gave us a talk about her stunning work and how she
arrived at where she is both in terms of moving to Silver City and  her
life journey as an artist.

We then had dinner at Shavek, a popular local restaurant a few blocks from the gallery

 A good time was had by all (photo of the group taken by

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Enchanted Threads
Featuring A Walk in the Wild
Call for Entry

An exhibition of contemporary fiber art at the  City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Visitor Center Gallery located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120.  The opening reception will be Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 3-5pm.  The exhibit will close Sunday, December 30, 2012.

The exhibit will consist of two distinct parts. The first is Enchanted Fibers, which will feature art quilts with a Southwest theme that will be mounted on the gallery walls.

The second part of the show, which will be held concurrently, is called A Walk in the Wild.
It will be a unique exhibit of banner-shaped fiber art that will be hung from the ceiling in the center of the gallery.  Visitors are intended to interact with these pieces by walking through them.

One application fee and one entry will cover one or both of these exhibits; you may apply for either or both.

All work must meet the definition of an Art Quilt: a contemporary artwork exploring and expressing aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts, which retains, through materials or technique, a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descends.

Applicants must be current members of SAQA with New Mexico as one of the regions on their membership.

In addition, only original artwork, conceived and created by the entrant(s), will be considered; no patterns, kits or copies are allowed. Works that are produced by more than one artist must have all listed as entrants .

Non-refundable entry fee is $30 for up to TWO entries for EACH part of the exhibition. Please make checks payable to SAQA, and mail them to
Betty Busby, 14306 Oakwood Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123.


Exhibited works will be juried by the SAQA New Mexico Exhibition Committee.


Please submit one digital image of each submitted work by email to Betty Busby at

Save your images as JPEGs, 2100 pixels on the longest side.  Be sure to label your images with your last name, and the title; for example, gould-moonrise.

Images must be in sharp focus. The quilt should be photographed on a plain white background with no hanging devices, pins, tacks or other extraneous items visible and the quilt should be as straight as possible. Poor quality images will affect the jurors' decisions. If an entrant disregards the requirements, their quilt(s) may be disqualified. The committee reserves the right to refuse works that differ significantly from images submitted, are not in good condition, or are not appropriate for the exhibition/venue. 


Ø    Work should relate to a Southwest theme; can be representational or abstract.
Ø    Dimensions of work must be:
1.  A minimum of 24" and a maximum of 48" in width.
2.  A minimum of 24" and a maximum of 68” in height.
Ø    A maximum of TWO works per artist will be considered.

All entries must have a 4" sleeve sewn to the top of the quilt.  There should be 1½" to 2" allowance on each side of the sleeve to allow hanging slats to remain hidden.  Each accepted entry needs to have a wired hanging slat installed in the sleeve to accommodate the gallery’s hanging system.  All entries must also have a label attached with the artist's name, address, phone #, and email address.


Ø    Work should relate to an outdoor Southwest theme; can be representational or abstract.
Ø    Dimensions of work must be:
1.  A minimum of 12" and a maximum of 24" in width.
2.  A minimum of 65" and a maximum of 80” in height.
Ø    A maximum of TWO works per artist will be considered.
Ø    The back of the work should be black because these pieces will be free hanging.
Ø    Mixed media and experimentation are encouraged.

All entries must have a 4" sleeve sewn to the top of the quilt.  There should be 1½" to 2" allowance on each side of the sleeve to allow hanging slats to remain hidden.  Each accepted entry will have the hanging system installed by the Gallery.  All entries must also have a label attached with the artist's name, address, phone #, and email address.


Artists will be responsible for the cost of shipping work and return shipping after the show.  Artists must provide insurance on artwork while in transit and for the duration of the show.

Artwork may be for sale. In the event of a sale, a 30% sales commission will be retained by the Open Space Alliance.

Work that is sold must remain with the show until it closes on Sunday, December 30, 2012.


Saturday, September 15, 2012: Deadline for receipt of entries
Monday, October 1, 2012: Notification of acceptance will be emailed
Monday, October 15, 2012: Accepted artwork due
Saturday, November 10, 2012: Exhibition opens with a reception from 3-5 pm at the Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Boulevard NW, Albuquerque; your family and friends are welcome to attend
Sunday, December 30, 2012: Exhibition closes.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


The following is the newsletter release by the First Unitarian Church about the SAQA New Mexico show to be exhibted at their chuch.  Hope everyone gets a chance to visit it!

The New Mexico Art Quilters will have an exhibition titled, Uncommon Threads II at the First Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.
The show will begin Sunday, January 8 with an artist reception and Mercado beginning before the first service at 9am.
The artists will be available before the first service, from 9-9:30, between services, from 10:30-11, and after the last service, from 12-12:30.
 A local group of passionate fiber artists who are members of Studio Art Quilt Associates, an international organization with over 2500 members, have been organizing exhibitions throughout New Mexico since 2003.  Contemporary art quilts are part of a revolutionary movement that has transcended the once strict barriers between the craft of quilting and fine art, filling a niche somewhere between sculpture and painting. These artists combine their exceptional skills in working with fabrics, threads, and their artistic insights to craft stunning tactile creations that inspire, elevate, and encourage reflection.

Monday, December 5, 2011


Betty Busby and Holly Altman just returned from a visit to the Phoenix area.
They attended the opening reception for Art Quilts XVI at the Chandler Center for the Arts, where they met with many SAQA members from around the country,

including Benedicte Canelli.
They also had a fun 2 day workshop at the home of SAQA member Betty Hahn.