Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Please join me in congratulating four New Mexico Artists for their inclusion in the SAQA exhibition Wild Fabrications. Pieces from Holly Altman, Nora Bebee, Jennifer Day and Judith Roderick were selected by juror Geoffrey Gorman. Wild Fabrications will celebrate a world of animals both real and fantastical.  Contributing artists were asked to let their imaginations run wild, push their limits and create interesting and unusual interpretations of animals using unexpected or unconventional materials and embellishment. It will be very exciting to see their interpretation of the theme. Wild fabrications will premiere at the International Quilt Festival in Houston October 2015.
Michelle Jackson
SAQA NM Representative

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


TWO of our New Mexico SAQA members are featured in the current issue of the SAQA Journal...Holly Altman as the artist, and Julie R. Filatoff as the author of the article.  I hope you have your copy handy and will take a closer look.
This issue of the  journal is not yet online, but past issues can be read online by going to saqa.com, clicking on RESOURCES at the top of the page, then SAQA Journal...sign in as a member to read.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


SAQA New Mexico Newsletter
The "NEW" newsletter!
We spoke about finding a better way to communicate at our last meeting. This is the mailing list provider I have used before. I just renued and added all your names. For very little money a whole $3.75 a month, I can send 500 emails per month. If I had paid $5.00 a month, I could even see if and when each of you open it.
I hope this will be a good solution. I'll have to add new members once I get them though SAQA. If you know of someone who is a member and not getting this new email, please let me know. I suspect that these "will" go to your spam files, just because it is sent in bulk. Mark it "not spam" so you won't miss any important SAQA NM news. 
Our Last Meeting at Jennifer's
Thank you again, Jennifer for hosting 50 of us at the January 24th meeting. Yes, I said 50! I had to recount several times. That is way beyond our last record of 33. We had 8 new members and 8 prospective members at the meeting. It is a very exciting time to be a SAQA member in New Mexico. Continue reading to see just why! There are some fun opportunities ahead.
Our Next Meeting
Our next potluck meeting will be at the Ambassadors for Christ Community Church, 1540 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE in Albuquerque on Saturday, March 14th. (on the east side of Juan Tabo between Indian School and Constitution) As always, bring show and tell. We love seeing what you are working on! I will send out a reminder shortly before the meeting.
Thank you Donna Dixon for the wonderful job you have done with the SAQA NM blog over the past 3 years. You started with nothing and today we have a beautiful blog letting everyone know about SAQA and art quilt related items in NM.
Donna is stepping aside and Sue Szajer will be taking over the job of blog mistress/person...(Sorry,what do you call it?) Thank you Sue for volunteering. Please see a note from Sue at the end of this section. 
I try to use the news letter to let you know only SAQA related items, but the blog is a place to find and post all things art quilt related, such as quilt guild shows, special art and fabric sales, classes you may be teaching, etc. Please remember when sending items for the blog that the general public (anybody and everybody) can veiw this. Don't give out any personal information. We want you to be safe. saqanm.blogspot.com 
From Sue:
I am hoping that you will contact me with any news that you, as a NM regional SAQA member, wish to share.  Are you teaching a class, having a solo show, or did you see a wonderful quilt exhibit somewhere in New Mexico that others might enjoy?  If so, send me an email, including a few pictures and the pertinent information on the event.  I will be happy to post it.
I also want to revive the "Artist of the Month" as an "Artist Spotlight".  I will write the first one, but I call on you to submit your name if you would like to be featured.  Please send me, by email, a photo of your work, an artist's statement and your contact information.  I will get back to you with a few more questions.
Contact me at: saqanewmexico@gmail.com
Hoping to hear from you,
Sue Szajer
Exhibition News
A Color Runs Through It will travel to QuiltFest Destination Savannah, March 26-29, and then on to the Denver National Quilt Festival fromApril 30-May 2.
Congratulations to all who have pieces in this stunning show, you will get your work back when it returns from Denver in May.
Seeds for SAQA/How Does Your Garden Grow will premiere at the Silver City Fiber Arts Festival July 17 & 18, and then travel to the Hubbard Museum in Ruidoso April '16.
Entries are due by July 15, don't wait until the last minute please!

SAQA Table at AQS
Thank you to all of you who volunteered to work at the SAQA table during the AQS show. Most of all I thank you for stepping up with such short notice! You were all so professional, helpful and incredibly encouraging! I hope you all had fun! I did! 
Cultural Red
Congratulations to all who have pieces accepted into Cultural Red at the Capitol Rotunda and/or the Hubbard. It is going to be a beautiful show! You should have received information on your acceptance. If you have questions please contact me. Please see the attachments for the Curltural Red postcards. The actual postcards will be ready by the time you receive this newsletter. Please contact Betty if you need some to distribute. Fbusby3@comcast.net
If you would like to help with the opening reception on April 17th, please contact Gale Oppenheim at goppie@sbcglobal.net  or 505.466.2302
We decided at out last meeting to have a series of mini workshops possibly on April 18, Saturday morning after the opening of Cultural Red. If availible, we could meet at the Folk Art Museum.
The workshops would be: How to write an artist statement and bio, How to take a good photo of your quilt and crop/edit/size using Photoshop, and finding your voice. I thought these would each last about 30 minutes, so that the total would not exceed a couple of hours. If anyone has an idea for a fouth let me know. If you would like to lead one of these let me know. It would be nice to have a teaching team of two or three for each, so get together with a friend to lead one of these. I have materials/handouts that you can use. Many of you are experts in these areas so why not share your knowledge to encourage and help others. With only 30 minutes these aren't ment to be college courses, but nice tidbits of wisdom and experience to lead others in the right direction.
We could also plan having dinner together on Friday night after the reception/opening. I would need someone from Santa Fe to plan this. Please let me know if you would like to help.
Everyone would be on their own in finding a hotel if you wanted to stay in Santa Fe Friday night. If possible we will try and make the Saturday workshops start at 10:00 incase you are coming from Albuquerque.
Please contact me with comments, criticism, anything I might be missing? Also just let me know if your interested in the workshops and would be willing to stay Saturday for them. We could also do these at another time if need be. Let me know what you think. 
How Does Your Garden Grow
Our next Exhibition:
How Does Your Garden Grow~Seeds by SAQA
Call for Entry
An exhibition of contemporary fiber art to premiere at the
Silver City Fiber Arts Fiesta, Silver City, New Mexico
July 17 & 18, 2015
The Hubbard Museum of the American West,
Ruidoso, New Mexico
April 1- September 2, 2016
January 17, 2015: Call for entries issued.
July 1, 2015: Deadline for receipt of entries. Quilts must be delivered to Michelle Jackson on or before the deadline.
July 17, 2015: Exhibition opens, Silver City Fiesta
July 18, 2015: Exhibition closes
April 1, 2016: Exhibit opens at Hubbard Museum
September 2, 2016: Exhibit closes
Imagine or recall commercial seed racks filled with colorful flower and vegetable seed packets. Design and create your own real or imagined plant from your garden; illustrating the plant, or the name or do something abstract. The Exhibition Committee will attach (Velcro) your work to an 18”x24” board, along with the title of your seed packet and your name. All “seed packs” will be uniform as they hang from the wall. See attached examples.
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 to be considered for display at the Silver City Fiber Arts Fiesta and The Hubbard Museum of the American West must be current NM SAQA members residing in any state. 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.
The work will not be juried as long as it fulfills the instructions and is delivered on time. Out of state residents are responsible for shipping and insurance both ways.
Entry Requirements
  • Work should relate to the theme, may be representational or abstract
  • Dimensions of the quilt must be 16” x 16”
  • Three dimensional aspects are permissible
  • You may also have parts of the quilt extend into the text
  • A maximum of two quilts per artists may be entered
  • You need to title your work with the name of the seeds you are illustrating. You will NOT need to make the hanging board, PLEASE DO NOT include text in your design. See attached examples.
  • There is NO sleeve. You must SEW 4 pieces of the FUZZY side of Velcro, one onto each corner of the quilt. Each Velcro piece should have the following dimensions: 1” wide x 2” long. Again, sew them on, do not use iron or stick on tape.
  • All entries must have a label sewn to the back with the title of your work, artist’s name and email address.
To Enter
Email ONE full image for each quilt to Betty Busby:
Fbusby3@comcast.net   Each image should be approximately 1800 pixels on the longest side. Please include your name, address, phone #, sale price and title of work. A short artist statement may be included if you like.
Also, send a check for $30.00, made out to SAQA to:
Betty Busby
14306 Oakwood Place
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123
Shipping, Insurance and Sales
Artists will be responsible for the cost of shipping work or delivering to Michelle Jackson, along with return shipping after the shows. Artists must provide insurance on artwork while in transit to Michelle Jackson.   Please deliver or ship to Michelle Jackson ON or BEFORE July 1, 2015:
Michelle Jackson @ ACCC
1540 Juan Tabo, Suite A
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112
Artwork may be for sale.
Work that is sold must remain with the shows until they close.

Happy Art Quilting!
Michelle Jackson
SAQA NM Representative

Michelle Jackson SAQA NM Representative


From Betty Busby:
MANY thanks to Vicki Conley for designing our fabulous postcard for Cultural Red.
The printer has the go ahead on these, we can expect the actual cards soon- in the meantime, you can use these images in your email.
We'll also be ordering flyers to put up in stores, and Mark Hollingsworth and Jim Carnevale have generously supplied photos for our large signs at the gallery- thank you all!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015


There are a few changes to the SAQA New Mexico blog.  There are new tabs below the header:  IMPORTANT DATES and CALL FOR ENTRY:  SEEDS BY SAQA.

IMPORTANT DATES list the next meeting date and location, in this case March 14 in Albuquerque.  Following will be relevant dates for our shows...openings, closings, deliveries, deadlines for submission.  Use this page as a quick reference guide to keep your calendar up to date.

CALL FOR ENTRY pages contain the prospectus and entry form for each show.  When the submission deadline has passed, the general show information will remain available in one place, but the heading will note the application is closed.

I hope these pages will encourage our members to use this blog as a source for "what" and "when" things are happening in this region.

If you have news to share, please contact me, Sue Szajer, at saqanewmexico at gmail dot com.