Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Here is a new Call for Entries for an American Quilters' Society Exhibit coming to Albuquerque next January.  Just to be clear this is not a SAQA exhibit.  It will be a great show curated by the familiar Albuquerque stars Gail Garber and Donna Barnitz!


Friday, July 18, 2014



A Breakdown in Printing

Ester Bone Library
950 Pinetree Road
Rio Rancho
M&W 9-5
T&T 12-8
F&S 9-1

Who knew that when a few friends got together one summer day to share ideas on surface design that it would develop into the lively group it is today?  DyeFusion is a 7 member group which meets regularly to explore all manner of altering cloth using dyeing, silkscreening, katazome, shibori, batik and other techniques.

Their 3rd show at the Ester Bone Library, runs through September 3rd, and features fabrics made using a technique known as deconstructed screen printing.  SAQA members Elizabeth Dawson, Colleen Konetzni, Lynn Rogers and Brenda Williams have pieces in the show.  Also exhibiting are Donna Barnitz and Mary Moya.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Happy summer art quilting! I hope you are having an enjoyable and creative one.
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. 
Don’t forget our next exhibition opportunity “Cultural Red” at the Capitol Rotunda Gallery 2015. (Printed below) I am finishing my piece this week! 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.
I know that some have been experiencing problems receiving news letters and emails from the SAQA system. Please see the following information that may be helpful. Please also pass this information on to friends who may not receive this because of the problem.   
Many users with Gmail accounts have reported that SAQA's email are being marked as spam. In order to prevent this from happening, please add our emails to your contact list (, etc.). You can also add a filter to your account to never send SAQA emails to spam.
To create a filter, open your Gmail and select the gear in the upper right corner. Select Settings and then Filters. In the From field, enter and click create a new filter. On the next page, check the box that says "Never Send to Spam" and then save your settings.
Five pieces have sold from the exhibition at the Hubbard! The City Attorney would like for each exhibiting artist to print and sign a contract so they can have it on file in case they sell other pieces. The contract is attached. Please mail it to: Hubbard Museum – PO Box 40 – Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346.
Let me know if you are unable to download and print the contract and I will send it to you via snail mail. If you have questions about the contract itself you may contact: Janis Rowe, Associate Director at 575-378-4142 ext. 8
Julie Filatoff has created an Art Retreat Guide. This is a free resource for listing and finding art retreats, workshops, and classes. Check it out and spread the word. Fantastic Julie! Thank you.

 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.
Can’t wait to see you this Saturday!
Michelle Jackson
SAQA NM Representative

Sunday, July 13, 2014


If you haven't seen the August/September 2014 issue of Quilting Arts here is a preview.  Nora Beebe's piece was one of those selected to be included in "A walk in the PARK" Reader's Challenge.

Way to go Nora!!


The Silk Painter's main art show, SEASONS OF SILK, will be opening at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) on Wednesday evening, July 30th, from 6 to 8 pm.  The IAIA is located at 83 Avan Nu Po Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87508.  The Chapter Quilt Show, 16 Chapters from around the world, will be opening at the IAIA Hogan the next night,  July 31st, from 6 to 8 pm. The following is the NM Chapter's entry into this show.