Thursday, April 17, 2014


Our show, Beyond Tradition, had it's opening reception at the Hubbard Museum in Ruidoso Downs, NM on Saturday, April 5.  It was wonderful to have so many members and visitors in attendance.  If you weren't able to go, here's a link to a video with artists talking about their pieces.  It is sure to whet your appetite and make you want to travel south in person.  It will hang through September 1, 2014. Thanks again to all those members who helped make this a spectacular show!

The following are photographs of the show courtesy of Mark Hollingsworth Photography.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Once again Betty is recognized for the great art she produces... and she is so nice too!!  She is the featured artist in the SAQA Spring Journal.  It is not in the mail yet but if you read this SAQA blog entry from Eileen Doughty and follow her link you can download the issue.  You must be a current SAQA member to log in and access the information.

SAQA spring Journal issue preview - now available online

Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:43 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

"Eileen Doughty" rhapsody58

The issue has just gone to the printers, so it will be a while before it
gets to your mailbox. Meanwhile, if you want to get the PDF version, log
in and go to the website page for all Journal issues,

Table of Contents:

Featured artist: Betty Busby
The making of Mask of Dark
Why Quilts Matter
Becoming a professional artist
SAQA Supporters
Member gallery
Piecework pioneers
Copyright: It’s the law
Selections from Radical Elements
Featured volunteer: Vou Best

Eileen Doughty
SAQA website coordinator

Monday, April 14, 2014


I’m sure you have already heard the buzz about last weekend. We had sooo much fun! Check out the pictures here and many more soon to be on the SAQA NM blog. Thank you to Betty Busby and all her little helpers who set up the show and workshop (too many people to name). Your help is always appreciated. It was the perfect weekend! The show is beautiful! One of the best I have ever seen! If you missed the opening, don’t worry, there is plenty of time to see it. It will run through September 1, 2014.
workshop at Vicky's
Finished pieces
The Hubbard
I know many of you want the information on how to get the dyes we used in the workshop so that you can continue to experiment with them on your own. Wasn’t it fun? The starter set is here: The product number is #CH6. You will also need 6 2oz. squeeze bottles to mix in the dye. Have fun! Bring some of your creations to the next meeting for all of us to see.
The quilts are back from Savannah! Wednesday April 16the will be the day for pick up from 10 to 4 at Betty Busby’s home. If you cannot pick up your quilt please make arrangements to have someone pick it up for you on Wednesday. We don’t want to take up any more of Betty’s studio time than we already have.
Tentatively, our next meeting will be in Santa Fe at the Folk Art Museum on May 17th at 11:00 am. I’ll sent out a newsletter about a week before with more details, the Cultural Red entry form information and any other stuff that comes up! In the meantime if you need anything or have any questions please contact me. That’s what I’m here for.
Happy Art Quilting,
Michelle Jackson
SAQA NM Representative

Our latest Call for entry:

Cultural Red
Call for Entry

An exhibition of contemporary fiber art at the Capitol Rotunda Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
April 17- August 14, 2015


NOTE: entry forms will be distributed in August 2014

March 2014:  Call for entries issued.
September 1, 2014 Entries will be accepted
January 7, 2015 Deadline for receipt of entries
February 2015:  Notification of acceptance will be emailed
April 13, 2015 Accepted artwork delivery to the Capitol.
April 17, 2015 Exhibition opens.
August 17, 2015 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 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 S?nchez, Ph.D., Director, Capitol Art Foundation/Curator, Capitol Art 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.


*  Work should relate to the theme, may be representational or abstract.
*  Dimensions of  wall quilts must be:
  A minimum of 24" and a maximum of 60" in width.
  A minimum of 24" and a maximum of 60” in height.
*  A maximum of THREE  wall quilts per artist will be considered.
*  Three dimensional work may have maximum dimensions of 24” depth and width, and 48” in height.
*  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 title of the work, artist's name, 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.  Director Sanchez will provide potential buyers’ contact information to the artist.

Work that is sold must remain with the show until it closes on August 14, 2015.


Timed to coincide with a major exhibition at the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe, Cultural Red is all about the many roles this color takes all over the world, past and present.
Red can be the color of celebration, danger, mourning, and new life.

Certain cultures hold red rock formations sacred, make pottery from red clay, perform rituals under a red moon, or dress their brides in that color.

Explore the many meanings of red, or look within yourself and express what the color means to you.

Representational and abstract work will be considered.

Submission instructions and image requirements will be in the entry form which will be available in August.

Delivery instructions will be in the acceptance letters that will be emailed in February.