Saturday, June 7, 2014


Santa Fe, New Mexico—“Elements,” an exhibit of contemporary mixed-media fiber art, will be at the La Tienda Exhibit Space in the Eldorado area of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The show will feature two-dimensional and three-dimensional work on themes such as the elements of design, the elements of color, the elements of the Southwest, the elements of the Earth, and the element of surprise. The fiber artists pay homage to traditional forms of expression while taking the artwork to new levels through the use of unusual materials and techniques. All of the exhibiting artists belong to the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild (NNMQG), a nonprofit organization with more than 150 members.

A gala artists’ opening reception will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Invited Santa Fe-area poets will read from their work between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. The poets were asked to create an ekphrastic poem about one of the art quilts. Ekphrastic poetry comments on another form of art and explores the intersection of language and visual art.

The exhibit will close with a reception on Friday, July 18, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with additional poets presenting their ekphrastic poems from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The La Tienda Exhibit Space is open from Fridays from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Some of the fiber art pieces are for sale, and the artists have created smaller, ancillary works that will be available at Utopia, The General Store for the Modern Age, near the Exhibit Space.

The La Tienda Exhibit Space is at 7 Caliente Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508 (just off U.S. 285, south of I-25). For more information, phone (505) 428-0024, or visit
For more information on the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild, visit

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


It was so refreshing to see all the beautiful show and tell pieces at out last meeting in Santa Fe. There is so much creative energy with SAQA NM members. It’s very exciting! There were 22 members and two guests attending. 
Our next potluck meeting will be at 11:00 am on July 19th at the Ambassadors for Christ Community Church in Albuquerque, 1540 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE (between Indian School and Constitution, on the east side of Juan Tabo). I hope you can attend. Bring show and tell to let everyone know what you’ve been working on. A reminder will go out about a week before the next meeting. 
Don’t forget our next exhibition opportunity “Cultural Red” at the Capitol Rotunda Gallery 2015. (Printed below) We are making plans for another fun workshop/weekend of fun with the opening of Cultural Red. Stay tuned for the details! Also, start thinking about another opportunity still in the making and way off in the future “Healing Quilts”. This is just a tease! More to about this to come.
This is the link for those of you interested in the dyes we used at the workshop in Ruidoso. The starter set is here:
It was great fun!! If you try some of this on your own, bring some of your successes to show at the next meeting.
Thank you, thank you and thank you again to all of you who work behind the scenes on stuff that is not in the limelight but so important in promoting and encouraging all of us as artists! You are so valued! 
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 Sanchez, 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.
I hope you have a wonderful summer! Can’t wait to see you at the next meeting!
Michelle Jackson
SAQA NM Representative