Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Here’s a brief recap of our SAQA meeting last Saturday, November 18th

Life Along the Rio Grande
  •  First a big thank you to Vicki Conley for her wonderful idea and efforts to make this happen.
  • Also thanks to Vicki and Betty for securing some great venues for this show.
  • Betty has the original 35 entries for now.  But if you haven’t submitted something you can still do that.  As pieces sell they will be replaced with new work from other members.
  • The exhibition schedule for LARG:
    • Opening at the Branigan Art Center, Las Cruces on Friday, April 6, 2018.  Reception from 5 – 8.  Runs through May 6.
    • June 23 – August 4 will hang at Unitarian Church, Albuquerque.  A Mercado is associated with this opening and members may sell items.
    • October 1 - November 19 – Macey Center, NM Tech Socorro
    • December ? – January ? – Roswell Art Museum
  • There will be a catalog of this show available through Amazon.
  • The Branigan Cultural Center is planning to do an instructional program with Life Along the Rio Grande when it opens there next year.
  • We would like to request that you send in a small piece of material or quilted sample using techniques that are in your show quilt.
  • They should be small enough to fit into a regular ring binder- that is, 81/2x11"
  • This is completely optional but will go a long way in helping to educate the public about art quilts.
  • The members of the local guild, Las Colcheras, have volunteered to make the presentations to museum attendees.
  • Sample pieces can be sent in with your quilts or delivered to the next NM SAQA meeting.thank you!

Seeds for SAQA
  •  Back by popular demand!  Opening the same weekend as LARG at the Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces.  Reception held earlier in the day from 3 – 5.

Earth, Wind and Fiber
  •  The spring show of the Fiber Arts Fiesta will be April 7 & 8.  Entry is free to SAQA members.  Check the website for size restrictions.

Capitol Rotunda – 2019
  •  Betty is putting out a call for Theme ideas.  Should be fairly broad and able to be interpreted in many different ways.
Many thanks for MaryJo Stipe for volunteering to be our SAQA rep to the Fiber Arts Council for Fiber Arts Fiesta.  We could still use a 2nd person as a backup in case MaryJo is unable to attend a meeting.  Contact Lynn or Gale.

Any blog info goes to Schatzi Brimer 

Next meeting:  January 20, 2018 in Santa Fe at the Eldorado Library.

Lynn Rogers
SAQA NM co-representative

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Meeting Recap - Sept. 16, 2017 SAQA New Mexico

In an effort to improve communication throughout our SAQA NM region, I’m planning to send a re-cap of meetings. That way if you weren’t able to attend, you will have some idea of what went on.
We also have a new Web Mistress: Schatzi Brimer so if you have info for the blog send it there. And be sure to check the blog often for upcoming deadlines, exhibit info etc.
Here are highlights from our 9-16-17 meeting:
  • We are in need of 2 people to represent SAQA at the Fiber Art Fiesta meetings. Thanks to Rod Daniel for doing this the last 2 years, but now he needs to bow out. If interested contact Gale  or Lynn
  • Kathryn Lazier in our representative to Fiber Arts Education committee. A spring show is planned for April 7 & 8, 2018 titled Earth Wind and Fiber. Look for exhibit info on the blog.
Exhibition News
  • Structural Diversity: Made in New Mexico ended its run at the Capitol Rotunda Gallery in Santa Fe in August. 20 pieces from the show will appear at IQF in Houston as a special exhibit.
  • Natural Healing is coming back to NM the end of September after a great run, being shown at National Institutes of Health, University of Michigan and the University of Chicago.
  • Life Along the Rio Grande: The entry form and instructions for this upcoming show will be sent in a separate group email in October. Detailed information on the call for entry can be found on the SAQA website here- Hope you are all working on entries as Vicki Conley has lined up some fabulous venues for it. The opening for this show will be April 6, 2018 in Las Cruces at the Branigan Art Center. That same night, also in Las Cruces, Seeds for SAQA will have its opening reception at the Farm and Ranch Museum. Sounds like a fun weekend to be down south.
  • Under the Western Sun, a dual exhibit with SAQA Colorado/Ut/Wy, is on its way to a third venue in Utah after being on display at the Macey Center in Socorro. The beautiful catalog, by Shannon Conley, is available from Amazon here-
  • Volunteer opportunity- we are in need of someone to cut 35 31 inch slats- we will provide you with the wood. contact Betty for more info-

Lynn Rogers
SAQA NM co-representative

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Dear SAQA reps in CO / UT / WY / AZ / NM,

As a SAQA member and volunteer curator for the Art Library of the Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO - I am writing for your kind assistance in promoting a workshop to be held at the DAC, Sept 9 and 10.

The two-day workshop - OPENINGS: Netting and Looping will be taught by SDA member and renowned artist Pat Hickman, in conjunction with her exhibit at the Durango Arts Center.

Her material used to create her sculptural forms, is rather unusual. Students will be using dried hog casings (normally used in sausage making), telephone cable and waxed linen to make sculptural forms.  Although this is a far stretch from the usual 'quilting' materials, I recently watched a video in which SAQA member Joy Nebo Lavrencik created a memorable piece for the SAQA show "Stories of Migration", using casing material.

The video link is attached at the bottom of the info.

As Durango is a bit isolated from the metro areas, any assistance you could give in the promotion of the workshop would be most appreciated. Please contact me if you have any questions: (310)910-2398

Many thanks - Leesa Zarinelli Gawlik

In September, Surface Design Association member and renowned artist Pat Hickman will be in
Durango, Colorado  for a series of events.

Friends of the Art Library at the Durango Arts Center will host an exhibit as well as a two-day workshop entitled OPENINGS: Netting and Looping The exhibit info below contains links to the workshop.

OPENINGS: Netting and Looping with Pat Hickman
Saturday-Sunday, September 9 & 10 | 9am-5pm
$250 members / $275 Non-Member
+ est. $35 materials fee payable to DAC on first day of class (Payment can be made in two installments. To register in two payments, call Doug Gonzalez at (970) 259-2606, Ext 13 or Sandra Butler, Ext 15)

Limited to 12 students

This workshop will encourage participants to explore visual ideas suggested through openwork textile structure, primarily that of knotted netting and knotless netting. Reserving space for air and the importance of what is “not there” will be built into conceptually based quick studies and studio projects, both 2-D and 3-D. There will be exploration with a variety of materials, including gut (hog casings), Hickman’s signature material, using it as both structure and skin in netting. Other materials include colored wire and waxed linen thread. The workshop is less a “how to”, more an experience in discovery, questioning, and ongoing ways of working. No previous knowledge of these textile structures is required, just a willingness to explore and learn.
Pat Hickman will be featured in a solo exhibit, Here, Still, in the DAC Art Library, September 8-October 28.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 8 at 5pm.

Here is a video link showing the final piece made by artist Joy Nebo Lavrencik:
Joy Nebo Lavrencik - MOGADISHU

Joy Nebo Lavrencik - MOGADISHU
Artist Joy Nebo Lavrencik speaks about her artwork at the Stories of Migration exhibition, a joint collaboration...

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Sue Szazer sent this message to let everyone know of this find:  I received this from another artist in Madrid...her shop is across from mine.  She has these huge linen and silk tablecloths that she is selling and wondered if any quilters might be interested.
 Someone might want them for backings or to make clothes, or ????

I have 14 large (banquet sized, 88 X 108ish) antique linen damask tablecloths that I'd like to sell. 4 are in excellent condition, the others show some minor wear. They are from a great grandmother's estate, circa 1880's. One I believe is silk. Assorted patterns, and they are all beautiful. I'd love to sell them as a lot. Prices, as far as I can guess, are anything from $20. to $200.each. They would be great for someone designing clothing or perhaps for quilters. I'd love to pass them on to someone who appreciates their beauty and is clever enough to transform them into something new.
Contact Caroline Jenney at if interested.  Her shop is Carolines in Gypsy Plaza in Madrid and is only open on weekends.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


The Under the Western Sun catalog is officially available for purchase
at Amazon. People can search for Under the Western Sun SAQA or just
click the link below.

Feel free to send the link to the other artists/venues so people can
buy a catalog if they wish.

Shannon Conley

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Thanks Betty for the notes on several pertinent issues from yesterday's meeting.

Many thanks to Shannon Conley for designing the Structures catalog-

Hope to see everyone at the opening reception for the show "Structures" at the Capitol, April 14 at 4pm.

Under the Western Sun, a joint Co/NM SAQA show, will travel from its initial venue at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Colorado to the Macy Cultural Center in Socorro, NM the third week of July.  We will keep you posted 

Mark Hollingsworth gave a presentation on professional photography for your work.
He's based in Albuquerque, his contact information is-

Gregory Case, Located in Pueblo, Co, is another choice-

In Santa Fe, Carolyn Wright is also experienced with art quilts-  (ask Gale for info)

An exciting new exhibition opportunity will be available to our members, thanks to Vicki Conley.

Title:Life Along the Rio Grande

Theme: The wonderful variety of living things along the vitally important Rio Grande River. Work could explore historical or cultural themes, scientific or geological topics, or social and environmental issues relating to the flora, fauna, and people living on or near this historic river.
Abstract and representational work will be accepted.

Eligibility: SAQA members in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado/Utah/Wyoming

Selection: this show will NOT be juried- the first 35 works entered will be accepted to the initial venue.
One entry only by each artist will be allowed.
A waiting list of additional pieces will be maintained to replace pieces that are sold.

Venues: To be announced when the contracts are signed, venues will include the Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces,
The Roswell Museum and Art Center, the Macy Center in Socorro, and others.

Requirementsuniform size is 48" in height and 32" in width. (yes, that means that everything needs to be that size)
This will be a traveling exhibition, quilts must be able to be rolled and packed, please no fragile embellishments.
A legible label must be stitched to the back of each work with the title, artist, and artist's contact information.
A regular 4" sleeve will also need to be stitched to the back.

Call for entry issued March, 2017
Entries accepted beginning November 10, 2017, and continuing until all 35 spots in the show are filled.
    Entry will be by simple email to Betty Busby, curator, and payment of the $35 entry fee will be made through the SAQA online store.
    Entry forms and instructions will be distributed prior to the November application date.
Exhibition dates and venues will be announced when scheduled, initial exhibition planned for spring '18.


Rod and Gale talked about opportunities for volunteering at Fiber Arts Fiesta May 19, 20 and 21 both at the SAQA booth and for the general Fiesta.  Please contact Rod Daniels if you were not at the meeting and wish to do so.  Gale talked about the little Doo Dahs SAQA members are asked to provide as gifts to those attendees who donate $5 to Susan's Legacy  ( which is being sponsored by this year's Fiesta. Contact Gale for further information.

Monday, March 13, 2017

SAQA New Mexico's Natural Healing Show at the University of Michigan

Please take a look at this short video from the University of Michigan where Natural Healing is hanging.
Thanks to Lisa Ellis for connecting us to this venue.

Click on University of Michigan Medicine’s Gifts of Art Program for the link to this program.

Congratulations to Lorraine Hollingsworth and Schatzi Brimer for selling their pieces!

Betty Busby

Friday, March 3, 2017

Be Part of the New Mexico Fiber Crawl


You are receiving this email because you are the NM Representative of the SAQA group, and we thought that the members of this group might want to individually or together participate in the first New Mexico Fiber Crawl that will take place from Friday May 12 through Sunday May 14, 2017. The process has started and many sites have already submitted their applications.

To become a site please apply online on the event site The cost is $25. Please check the requirements section of the application to insure that you qualify. If you have questions, contact EVFAC at events@evfac.orgThe application deadline is March 15, 2017so do not delay.

Individual Fiber Artists are welcome to participate! See how:
EVFAC is interested in engaging as many Fiber Artists as possible and will offer opportunities for individuals to engage at one of the sites. Once the sites are approved they will be listed on the event website All sites are interested in offering a unique program, so if you want to demonstrate or teach, even for a few hours, you should approach them with your proposal.

In addition, along the Fiber Crawl some sites will offer more opportunities for individual Fiber Artists, and will host a kick-off party on Friday May 12, from 5-8pm. So far we have designated three hubs, and more will be considered after the application process has been completed. If you would like to sell your work, demonstrate, or teach, even for a few hours, please contact a hub or a site with your proposal.

To participate at a hub, please contact the following:
Las Tejedoras Guild at the El Museo Cultural in Santa Fe – Judy McCarthy

The Yarn Store at Nob Hill in Albuquerque – Teresa McDowell & Tandi Hufnagel

EVFAC in EspaƱola –

Gale, I am also attaching the link for the information/application process sheet that has the correct dates. We are still updating and correcting information on the website, so you will see some discrepancies. 
Do not despair, just send us an email with any questions you may have.

Greetings, Olimpia

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


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  • The next New Mexico SAQA Regional meeting is Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Hip Stitch Fabric Store in Albuquerque at 10:30.

Hip Stitch
2320 Wisconsin Blvd NE
This is their new location near the intersection of Wyoming and Menaul, NE - near Hoffmantown. Plenty of parking as well.

No food is needed, but you can bring your own drink and snack if you would like. Be sure to bring show and tell and your Structures quilt.

Structures Show
Mark Hollingsworth will give a talk on having your work professionally photographed.
He created the photo montage that was used in the signage for the show: the signs will be at the meeting for you to preview.

The postcards for the Structures show are in!
They will be available at the meeting, as well as sample posters.
We'll have the proof copy of the catalog as well, if you would like to order any copies.

Please join me in thanking Shannon Conley for her work in designing all of these.

There is more exciting news from our exhibition committee - hope to see you there!

A list of the pieces accepted by Dr. Sanchez is below.
Delivery of accepted works (must have a hanging slat included) may be made directly to the Capitol building on April 10 at 10 am.
Photos of correct hanging slats are below - use 2"x1/4" wooden slats available at any hardware store.
If you are unable to deliver your artwork at this time or at the March SAQA meeting, contact our area rep, Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak to arrange alternate delivery instructions.


Congratulations to all who applied- it is unfortunate that space constraints prohibit the display of all of our works.

Holly Altman- Ocean Scaffolding
Ann Anastasio- Cathedral Plan
Nora Bebee- The Hillside, The Ridge
Jeri Beitel- A City Divided, De-Construction
Jane Ann Bode-Barn #1, Barn #2
Julia Margaret Brigham-Koi Music
Schatzi Brimer- Inner Strength, Lamellae, Urban Sunset
Carolyn Castaneda-Divided we Fall, Out of the Ashes
Shannon Conley-Conformational Change, Topography
Vicki Conley-Spring Storm, Cerro Castellan, orogeny
Rod Daniel- Come on In, Glamping, Nocturne
Cheryl Fitzgerald- Capitol Dome, Modern Log Cabin
April Foster- Inside Out, Bandolier, Fractures
Cynthia Fowler-Boxes
Lorraine Hollingsworth - Connections II, 3rd and Tijeras
Michelle Jackson- Old Blue
Colleen Konetzni- Iris Garden, Jetty Jacks
Ginny Mcvickar-Reclamation, Tsankawi, Helix
Anne Moats- Copper Flats, Tourmaline Pocket
Gale OP--Trellis
Char Punke- Big Shoulders, the Wall
Judith Roderick-Regent, Vogelkop & Great
Lynn Rogers-Tent Rocks
Nancy Steidle-Tears in Heaven
Polly Summar-Presence and Absence
Sue Szajer-Slate Mine, Beneath the Exterior, Flight of Fancy
Melanie Weidner- Cataclysm, Seamlesness** integrated hanging system,no slat required
Lynn Welsch- House, Monhegan Island

If your name does not appear on this list your works were not juried in to the Capitol
Some of them have also been applied to Houston, so it is possible for them to be accepted there but not be shown in Santa Fe.

There are other opportunities for show entry at

Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak
NM Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilt Associates

   Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. · PO Box 141 · Hebron CT, USA 06248 · 860-530-1551

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Regina Benson is Coming to Santa Fe

SAQA member Regina Benson will be visiting Santa Fe for the opening of "Shifting Landscapes" and gallery talks and would love to meet up with other SAQA folks and/or see their work.

Show:  Shifting Landscapes
Duration: February 24 – March 10, 2017
  Opening Reception: February 245-7 pm
  Gallery Talks: February 25, 2pm

Form & Concept Gallery
435 S. Guadalupe Street
Santa FeNew Mexico 87501

A juried fiber art show featuring works by 39 international artists hosted by the Surface Design Association(SDA)

Regina V. Benson
14154 W. 1st Drive
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 278-0413
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Thursday, January 26, 2017


The entry deadline is coming up for  Fiber Arts Fiesta 2017.  There are some pretty nice cash awards sponsored by our local shops.  Make sure you get your entry finished and in by March 1!  The entry rules and forms can be found at  Put your cursor on the Fiesta tab at the top and click on Call for Entries.

Sabrina Zarco will be teaching a dynamite class for middle school age kiddos.  A class for young people is something new for Fiber Arts Fiesta, and there is concern among some of the board members that we won’t find enough kids to sign up.  Anything we can do within SAQA to help fill this class would be great.

Rod Daniels will also be teaching a class for the Modern Quilt Guild.  If you are interested look for that on the AFAF site because it may fill fast.

More information regarding SAQANM volunteer responsibilities and doodah contributions to the gift table for Susan's Legacy will be talked about at the March meeting and published here on the blog later.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Another one of our talented New Mexico SAQA members, Lynn Rogers deserves congratulations for her quilt Black Elk Speaks being awarded Honorable Mention in the Art Quilt category at the Road to California show!  
Thanks to Rod Daniels for taking the picture!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sacred Threads 2017 Hopes and Dreams Postcard Project


Hi, I am Barbara Hollinger, curator of Sacred Threads, a national quilt and fiber art exhibit. I am just finishing up my contribution to the Sacred Threads Postcard Project.
In 2015, we assembled a giant pyramid of quilts as a reminder of the powerful role that stitching plays in our lives and the lives of those we love.  It was quite a lovely display and had a lasting
impact on those who viewed it.
We are already planning the show for the summer of 2017 and have a project underway that will allow you to participate in creating a special display for our visitors. 
Let me tell you a little bit about it. We would love for you to create a mixed media postcard that illustrates your greatest Hopes and Dreams. Just think, Hopes and Dreams color our everyday perceptions, allow us to imagine how high we can fly, and visualize how bright our desires shine.
Your postcard creation can be anything meaningful to you from the secret dream that someone will leave a box of chocolate on your doorstep to a more global hope for world peace. 
The most important aspect of this Postcard Project is that the Hopes and Dreams you share are personal but secret. 
The postcards need to anonymous with no name, no signature, and no return address on the postcard itself. Feel free to include a written message on the back, but do not give your identity away.
The Hopes and Dreams you share are the important message, not who they are from.
Make one, or make several, and mail them to us to share in a special display at the exhibit here in the Washington DC area next summer.
Postcards are to be 6"w x 4"h. Deadline May 31, 2017.
Mail to:
ST Postcard Project
c/o Barbara Hollinger
10309 Dunn Meadow Road
Vienna VA 22182
Postcards contributed become the property of Sacred Threads and will not be returned.
We would love to have you join us at the exhibit and cannot wait to share your Hopes and Dreams.