The NEW MEXICO Region of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) is here to support and promote professional fiber artists and teachers as well as quilters working to develop their fine art skills. New NM SAQA members, please contact Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak
NM Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilt Associates
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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
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
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.
SAQA NM Blog
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
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Email ONE full image for each quilt to Betty Busby:
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:
14306 Oakwood Place
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123
Shipping, Insurance and Sales
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: