Monday, October 28, 2013


Silver City is right around the corner, November 15 and 16. If you are planning to attend the SAQA diner meeting on the 15th, and have not mentioned it to either me or Gale, please email me and let me know you plan to attend. We will need to give a rough number to the restaurant. It will be great fun. I hope to see you there.
Just a note about emails from me/SAQA:
When I send a SAQA newsletter or update through the SAQA email system, the system automatically personalizes the email with your first name and assigns my email address as the return. This has confused people a bit in thinking that I have only contacted them personally and not the group as a whole. I’m sorry about the confusion and the sometimes forward nature of these emails. One way you can tell the difference is that in a SAQA group email I will sign my full name with the SAQA NM Representative title. In personal emails I will just sign Michelle. I hope this helps with the confusion.

Now that we have one exhibition entry behind us, it’s time to prepare for the next; Beyond Tradition. Please see the following from Betty. I’m sure you’re working on something perfect for this show! I can’t wait to see it!

New exhibition opportunity for SAQA/NM members!
The information for our upcoming show in Ruidoso, Beyond Tradition, is attached in Word format AND included in the body of the email below.
When submitting your entries, you may return the email to Betty Busby with your information filled in, OR, return as a document in Word or Pages.  Please DO NOT submit as PDF, JPG or hard copy.  thank you!
Betty Busby

Beyond Tradition
An exhibition of contemporary fiber art by the Studio Art Quilt Associates of New Mexico at the Hubbard Museum of the American West
April 5-TBD, 2014

The Hubbard Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, is located at 26301 Hwy 70 West in
Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346.  It is owned and operated by the City or Ruidoso Downs, and is open from 10:30 am to 4:43 pm daily.
SAQA has been allocated the Mezzanine Gallery, 2500 sq. feet, and the Angle Gallery, 1500 sq. feet by Ray Pawley, Curator of Exhibits.

All work must meet the SAQA 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.”
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.
 Applicants must be current members of SAQA with New Mexico as one of their regions.  In state residence not required.

What have you done with your fiber art that pushes the boundaries of tradition?  Do you use old techniques to produce new imagery?  Or do incorporate mixed media into your work?  This exhibit is intended to demonstrate new directions that we are taking.

 Two dimensional “wall” pieces as well as three dimensional sculptural work be eligible.

Dimensions of wall work must be:
A minimum of 24" width.
A minimum of 24" height.

*A maximum of THREE two dimensional works per artist will be considered.

All wall entries must have a 4" sleeve sewn to the top of the quilt in the back.  There should be 1 ½" allowance on each side of the sleeve to allow hanging slats to remain hidden.
Each quilt should be labeled in the back with the title, artist name and contact information.

Dimensions of sculptural work must be:
A maximum of 48” in any direction.

•      A maximum of TWO sculptural pieces per artist will be considered for a possible total of FIVE entries per artist.
•      Any work not able to be stacked or rolled will be the artists’ responsibility to deliver to the Museum.

All entries must also be labeled with the artist's name, address, phone #, and email address.

Selection of the two dimensional work to be shown will be made by Dr. Sandra Sider.
Selection of the sculptural work to be shown will be made by the Exhibition Committee in conjunction with Ray Pawley, curator of the Hubbard Museum.

Non-refundable entry fee is $30 for up to THREE wall entries and TWO sculptural entries, for a possible total of FIVE per artist. Please make checks payable to SAQA, and mail them to:
Betty Busby
14306 Oakwood Pl.
Albuquerque NM 87123.

Please submit one full and one detail digital image of each submitted work by email to Betty Busby at
 Save your images as JPEGs, minimum of 1800 pixels on the longest side. 
 Be sure to label your images with your last name, and the title; for example, gould-moonrise-full.
 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.

Michelle Jackson
SAQA NM Representative

Friday, October 4, 2013


Fall is my favorite time of year here in the Southwest! Love that deep orange moon that hangs sooo low in the sky near the end of October. Seeing those fabulous colors make me want to make art quilts. I hope you are inspired too. We have so many wonderful opportunities coming up for exhibits and meetings and even a workshop! Please read the newsletters from me so you don’t miss out on anything.
We had a fabulous meeting in September with 20 of us in attendance in Santa Fe. Many had their entries for the next show “A Color Runs through It”. It was obvious from what we saw that this is going to be a great show when these pieces are all hung together. Thank you Betty for all your work on these exhibition opportunities! Check out our blog for a picture of one entry whose outfit color coordinated with her entry! So fun!

For those of you who have not entered A Color Runs through It yet, there is still time. The deadline is October 15th. I will attach the entry form with this email. After entering you will need to get your quilt to me by November 1st.  Please send me an email to let me know when you would like to drop off your entry at Ambassadors for Christ Community Church or I have arranged that the entries may be dropped off at Southwest Decoratives. Please also let me know if you have left your entry at SWD so I know what to expect to collect.
Our next meeting will be in Silver City, NM to correspond with the premier opening of A Color Runs through It at the Silver City Fiber Arts Fiesta on November 15 and 16. The Festival was organized by a SAQA member Lynn Welsh. Thank you to Betty and Lynn for working out the details of our meeting place. They have planned a SAQA dinner meeting at the Adobe Springs CafĂ© just 2 miles from the Fiesta at 6 pm Friday night, November 15th.  1617 Silver Heights Blvd.   
There is a Holiday Inn Express  almost across the street from the conference center and Comfort Inn  or Econo Lodge  not far. It should be great fun! I hope to see you there! For those not convinced to join us see this article in The New York Times about Silver City. The Pictures alone make me want to go!
Additional info from Betty:
There will be additional exhibition venues for A Color Runs Through It.
The guild in Las Cruces will include it in their February show, and it has also been invited to the Hubbard Museum in Ruidoso to hang alongside our major show, Beyond Tradition, which begins April 5, 2014.
If you do NOT wish to be a part of these subsequent shows must let me (Betty) know prior to the Silver City show, so that your work may be returned to you.  Any quilts sold in Silver City may also be pulled from the remaining venues if desired.
The remainder of the work that is travelling to the next venues will be stored by Vicki Conley.
Happy Art Quilting!
Michelle Jackson
SAQA NM Representative