Tuesday, December 21, 2010

SAQA MN — next meeting

The next meeting of SAQA MN will take place at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the Textile Center, 3000 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, program to be announced.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Jean M. Judd, Kentucky National 2011: A National Exhibition of Contemporary Art exhibition

Textile artist Jean M. Judd of Cushing, Wisconsin has been juried into the Kentucky National 2011: A National Exhibition of Contemporary Art exhibition to be held at the Clara M. Eagle Gallery at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Her artwork, Eagles Wings, is one of the artworks selected for the exhibit. The juror for the exhibition was Matthew Strauss, founder and director of White Flag Projects, St Louis, Missouri. This exhibition is a benchmark of innovation and quality produced within traditional craft forms such as ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking, and book arts.

The fifth juried biennial exhibition opens on February 18, 2011 with an opening reception with juror Matthew Strauss from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition closes on March 13, 2011. The address of the facility is Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, 604 Doyle Fine Arts Building, Murray, Kentucky 42071. Phone 270-809-6734. Visit the web site, http://www.murraystate.edu/artgallery for more information about the art gallery, exhibitions, etc.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Jean M. Judd, Mesa Contemporary Arts exhibition

SAQA's Active Member Jean M. Judd of Cushing, WI has been juried into the Mesa Contemporary Arts’ 32nd Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition in Mesa, Arizona at the Mesa Arts Center: January 21 – March 6, 2011. Featuring Contaminated Water #1. The juror for this year's exhibition is Perry Price, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Fuller Crafty Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts. Mr. Price selected 47 artworks by 37 artists out of a submission pool of 287 artworks. Visit the Mesa Arts Center web site for more information about the center and exhibitions: http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/artexhibits/about

Monday, October 25, 2010

Art QUilts at Tamarack Nature Center

Below are images taken at the Tamarack Nature Center in WBL, MN. Thanks to Susan Stein and Pat Black for hanging the exhibit. 

Join us for the Opening November 5th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

The following members have quilts in the exhibit: Pat Black, Nancy Eha, Janet Hartje, Kristen Hoelscher-Schacker, Tina Hughes, Jean Judd, Rosemary Kessler, Nancy Mambi, Barbara Martinson, Cyndi Kaye Meier, Ann Paulson, Kathie Simon Frank, Susan Stein, Karen Wallach, and Peggy Wright.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Line by Line — New York Times

Rosemary Kessler has sent the link to the series Line by Line in the New York Times — http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/category/line-by-line/. The first actual lesson was this week's article.

Jean Judd's exhibit in Texas

Jean Judd has sent a link, http://www.bcfas.org/index.php?p=81, for a virtual tour of the National Society of Artists juried exhibition at the Center for the Arts and Sciences in Clute, Texas. Her textile artwork, Rusted Grapes (see below), is in the first slide on the right-hand side. She indicates that she is the only textile artwork in the exhibition. The exhibition is on now, and the opening reception was September 25, 2010.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Next Meeting 9/21/2010 at Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear

Hi.  Welcome to our new members!  Our next meeting is this Tuesday, September 21st, at the Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear.  We will meet at 5:30 for potluck and 6:30 for the meeting.  The address is 5287 Otter Lake Road, off of hwy. 96, very close to 35E.  Google Tamarack Nature CenterMN, for a map.

Things to remember:

Bring a nature-themed quilt for our exhibit at Tamarack starting mid-October.  It should include a hanging stick with holes on each end.  Be sure your name and the name of the quilt are on the back.  If you prefer to wait and give your piece to Nancy Mambi or John Stein at the Textile Center, please have it to them by Oct. 8th.  The exhibit will run through November.

Bring white paper or a sketchbook and a soft lead pencil or #6 ebony pencil.  Karen Wallach will lead us in a short sketching session, using the displays at the nature center as our subjects.

Bring show and tell.  Word is spreading how great the show and tell is at our meetings so you don’t want to be left out.

Bring food to share.

Cyndi Kaye has proposed a challenge to us all.  She is trying to get the blog to be a regular stop for people so she is asking you to leave a comment on her query on the blog.  Those who do so by Tuesday morning will be entered in a drawing for a set of six iridescent paint stiks.  That is a huge prize!   The address is www.saqamn.blogspot.com.  

In November the meetings will go to Saturday mornings for the winter.  The next meeting is November 20th at the Textile Center.

See you this Tuesday!!  Susan Stein

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Today, a group of fiber artists questioned the meaning of "UFO's", those art pieces that you start but can't seem to finish. Do we really need to finish every art quilt we start? Is it a character flaw? Do deadlines effect how likely you are to finish a piece?How can we set ourselves up for success (completion) in the future? Please respond on the subject at the blog site. We will give away a set of Shiva Iridescent Primary Color Paintsticks (6 pack) at the next meeting, September 21, 2010. Winners will be drawn from name of SAQA MN members who respond to this blog inquiry. 

Upcoming SAQA deadlines

DEADLINES and DATES, taken from the SAQA September 2010e.Bulletin http://www.saqa.com/news.php?ID=1208

September 9, 2010 - Visioning Project Conference Call 
September 10, 2010 - Online submissions begin for "Beyond Comfort"

September 15, 2010 - Gregory Case Conference Call - Professionally Photographing Your Quilts

September 20, 2010
 - SAQA's 2010 Benefit Auction Part 1 starts

September 27, 2010 - SAQA's 2010 Benefit Auction, Part 2 starts

October 4, 2010 - SAQA's 2010 Benefit Auction, Part 3 starts

October 10, 2010 - DEADLINE: last day for online submissions for "Beyond Comfort"

October 13, 2010 - Monica Dixon Conference Call - 10 Steps to Take

November 1, 2010 - DEADLINE for submissions for "No Holds Barred"

November 1, 2010 - DEADLINE Journal Gallery submissions: Green

January 21, 2011 - DEADLINE "This is a Quilt!" Trunk Show entries

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

SDA Conference news

Greetings! Next spring, Surface Design Association (SDA) and the Textile Center will present

2011 International Surface Design Association Conference

in Minneapolis. The SDA members' show, Merge and Flow, is an open call for all SDA members. Check out the guidelines, membership, and deadlines at the SDA website.http://dev.surfacedesign.org/2011-SDAConference.php

Maya Textiles Exhibit
The Shoreview library will host the exhibition "Maya Textiles from the Guatemalan Highlands" in September and October 2010.

The clothing, textiles and photographs are from the collection of Richard Eric Nelson. Nelson has traveled extensively to Guatemala, Mexico and other Central American countries.

His collection provides a window into the world of indigenous Maya people and their traditions. A lecture and slideshow will be held in the fall. Please contact the library in Shoreview for more information.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Meeting Updates

Tuesday, September 21 at Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Lake.  Arrive at 5:30 for potluck, 6:30 for meeting.   Latecomers: please bring dessert!  Bring a sketchbook or some white paper and a pencil for the sketchbook exercises lead by Karen Wallach. Bring quilts for the nature-themed exhibit at Tamarack. Link: Tamarack Nature Center website

November 20th meeting is at 10:00 to noon at the Textile Center.  Program tba.

Exhibit opportunity for SAQA MN members

SAQA Minnesota members have been invited to exhibit their nature-themed quilts at the Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear, MN from mid-October through November, 2010.  A national conference and busy fall activities would ensure that the pieces would be seen by a large audience.  There will be an opening on November 5th. Contact Susan Stein for exhibit requirements. Please bring quilts to the September 21st meeting.

July Meeting Update

21 SAQA members attended ate July meeting at the Textile Center. Among the highlights: The Evergreen Quilters group took a ribbon at the MN show.  Doroth Mayer has two quilts in the 1000 Artisans book.  Stephanie Forsyth had four pieces juried into a WI show.  Be sure to check out her blog- www.thefibernation.blogspot.com.  Members voiced that the Textile Center is convenient for members. Check back for updates on our September 21st and November 20th meeting.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

July Meeting Update. New Location: Textile Center

Summer greetings:

The July 27th, 2010 meeting has been changed to the Textile Center. http://www.textilecentermn.org We will have a social hour from 5:30 - 6:30. Bring a dish or beverage to share. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM. Please bring what you have been working on. 

The reason for the change is that I had the opportunity to extend my Asia trip to visit Korea. While there, I will be networking with the new regional representative for Korea, Mi-Sik Kim. I will also be looking at potential venues for a SAQA exhibit in Seoul, Korea. It is an exciting opportunity for SAQA and myself, so I hope you will forgive me for the change in venue. 

Some exciting opportunities for you:

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition applications are due this Monday, July 19th. The application takes five minutes and no photo is needed. We need more fiber entered, the media is selected as a percentage of all entries. See the details at: http://www.mnstatefair.org/competition/fine_arts.html

The Textile Center is accepting applications for the juried Holiday Show. Details at http://www.textilecentermn.org/gallery.asp

If you have other exciting news you would like to share, let me know and I can send it out via email and on our blog. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sue Kelly (L), a St. Cloud resident, fiber art uses Shivia paintsticks.  Susan Stein's showcased one of her newer quilts (R) and her new book, The Complete Photo Guide to Textile Art, was available for sale at Laura Murray's booth. 

Susan Stein's book can be found at the Textile Center gift shop. 
SAQA MN had a special exhibit at the Minnesota Quilter's show held in St. Cloud, MN from June 17-19. Attached are some pictures from the exhibit.

Featured here is the art of Kristen Hoelscher-Schaker (L) and Tina Hughes (R), SAQA members. 

Monday, February 15, 2010


Susan recommended this site http://artaddworksforme.blogspot.com/ The log inspired me to give it a try! The snow, dye, and the fabric are working their magic as I type. We have so much snow that it is great to have a creative outlet for it! I will post some pictures.

Reminder that the opening for Foot in the Door is this Thursday at the MIA.

Today I ran into several SAQA members at the Textile Center. The member show is great but ends February 20, 2010.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Foot In the Door

Let's show Minnesota what fiber artists do! "Foot in the Door 4" is an open exhibition for all Minnesota artists. The exhibit takes place every ten years at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. See www.artsmia.org/maep for details. Submissions must fit in a 12" square box. Drop off and registration begins Thursday, February 4th, 2010. Tip: Your art will stand out if it is smaller than 12". Don't miss out on the opportunity or you will have to wait until 2020.

Friday, January 1, 2010

January Get Together

January 1, 2010

Dear MN SAQA members,

Happy New Year!  I hope your artistic journey leads you into exciting places this year.  As always, Cyndi Kaye and I would love to hear from you about your ideas for get-togethers and programs in the coming year.  Our plan is to arrange something for every other month.  Meanwhile, Cyndi Kaye, the computer queen, is working on our blog- http://saqamn.blogspot.com/.  It’s not up to date at the moment, but add it to your favorites list for future information.

The plan for January has changed.  Due to the fact that the opening for Common Threads at the Textile Center includes a light supper and annual meeting, we thought we would separate our SAQA meeting from that event.  Instead, we are going to meet for coffee at Cyndi Kaye’s in Roseville on Saturday, January 23rd at10:00.  We’ll do show and tell and talk about your ideas for 2010, if you have any.  We will also talk about the SAQA exhibit at the June MQ show, for which entries will be due in March.  After the meeting, it is just a short trip over to the Textile Center for those who want to see the exhibit.

We hope you’ll all join us and show us what you’re working on.

Email Cyndi for her address and a google map. 

Susan Stein