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

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