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...

Monday, May 22, 2017


SAQA New Mexico member Vel Saddington has a Gammill she would like to sell.

For Sale:   Gammill long arm quilting machine. Optimum model, 30” throat, on 10’ steel table on heavy duty rolling casters.  Large enough for king size quilt.  Needle positioner, channel  lock, hopping foot, laser pointer, cover and lots of accessories.  Purchased new in 1997.  Has been well maintained and is in good condition.  Does not have stitch regulator, however, a Statler stitch regulator can be installed by the local Gammill dealer.

Free 2 hours on site instruction prior to disassembly

Asking $4,000.  Contact:   505 296-7569

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Rainbow Flags (title of show TBD)

Calling all fiber artists in any media, such as felting, weaving, sewing, dyeing on fabric, quilting, knitting, crocheting, handmade paper, or mixed fiber media. Make a rainbow flag. This show stands alone, but also conjuncts Taos Pride in August. Size may be variable, but if you plan something quite large, please talk to me first to determine space allowance.
Vortexyarns has two gallery spaces, and several open spaces throughout the shop.


  1. June 4, 2017.  Email me to confirm/commit to the show.
  2. July 2, 2017. Finished work delivered (latest date)
  3. July 6, 2017. Opening of show at Vortexyarns, 4-6pm
  4. August 27, 2017. Last day of exhibit

There is no entry fee for this show. Artists will be responsible for delivery, and return of any unsold artwork. All artwork must be for sale, and Vortexyarns will add a 25% fee to the overall price. Vortexyarns will produce postcards, and do a bunch of PR, as well as print pricelists and flyers.

contact me with an email

Merce Mitchell
218A Paseo Del Pueblo Norte
Taos, NM 87571