Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shows & Exhibits during October

“Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor”
Houston Museum of Natural Science

May 22, 2009 - October 18, 2009
imageThe Houston Museum of Natural Science presents one of the most extraordinary archaeological finds of the 20th century, considered by many to be the Eighth Wonder of the World: terra cotta warriors from the tomb complex of China's First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Intended to protect him throughout eternity, the warriors stood guard over a vast necropolis commissioned by the Emperor when he was only 13 years old. Marvel at more than 100 amazing objects, the largest display of terra cotta figures and tomb artifacts to travel to the U.S.
Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor was named one of the top five "must see" exhibitions by Time Magazine.

“Unexpected Patterns: QUAKE!”
Peggy Sexton and Archway Gallery host a national show. September 25 through October 23, 2009
2305 Dunlavy, Houston
The exhibit entitled Unexpected Patterns: QUAKE! features Art Cloth, unique hand designed wall hangings. Work created by, Rayna Gillman, Sue Copeland Jones, Lisa Kerpoe, Judy Langille, Russ Little, Mary-Ellen Latino, Joy Nebo Lavrencik, Barbara Schneider, Wrenn Slocum, Bev Snow, Katherine Sylvan & Maggie Weiss will be on view.
Opening reception from 5:30-8 pm, September 26, 2009. Meet the artists at a Gallery Talk on Tuesday, October 20, 4 -6 PM. Please come to the opening, the gallery talk or both. At the gallery talk, many of the artists will discuss the technical and physiological processes they drew upon to produce the work.

clip_image001The Biennial Show of the Texas Federation of Fiber Artists
October 2 to December 24
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main St., Houston
The opening reception is 5:30-8:00pm, October 2, in conjunction with the Texas Federation of Fiber Artists Conference. The juror for this show, Tim Harding will also be the keynote speaker at the Conference.


October 10 – November 2, 1009
18 Hands Gallery
249 W. 19th Street, Suite B
Houston, TX 77008
Fiber art, juried by Ginny Eckley

Thursday, September 24, 2009

SAQA Auction – Phase 3


152 pieces have now sold, raising $32,450 to support SAQA's programs.

Part 3 of the Auction will begin Thursday at 2:00 Eastern.
Page 3a: http://www.saqa.com/newsebulletins/Squares09_5.aspx
Page 3b: http://www.saqa.com/newsebulletins/Squares09_6.aspx

Friday, September 18, 2009

SAQA Auction – Part 2

10 pieces sold yesterday at $750!

85 pieces have now sold in the Auction, raising $21,325 for SAQA's exhibitions, publications and educational outreach programs.
More artwork is available through the SAQA Store.
Price will drop to $550 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern today

The auction quilts are on the website:

Some of the artwork available for bid:
Susan Schrott Brenda Schlecter

Pamela Morris Desiree Vaughn

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Workshop Opportunity from SAQA member Susie Monday

SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2009

In this workshop, start with simple sketches and doodles and end the weekend with an arsenal of new surface design tricks and tools.
Explore doodles and scribbles as sources of uniques and personal imagery that will give your art quilts, wearable art, or mixed media work personal depth and layers of meaning.
Take a favorite symbol -- for example a heart, star, spiral, circle -- and by taking it (and yourself) through a series of creative generative exercises, you’ll make something new and different to incorporate into your design, composition and surface design. Tools and techniques explored include paper lamination on fabric, large scale “mark-making” rollers and monoprinting. There is an optional Friday night potluck and critique session.
The first four people to sign up and pay $150 before Sept. 20 for my September workshop, will receive a certificate for 1/2 price off on the next one they attend.

Hope you can make it! This is going to be a really fun weekend -- with an option to attend the Cajun Festival on Saturday night if we want to -- the gumbo is supposed to be fabulous. If the group doesn't want that adventure, we'll stay put and I'll make the gumbo!

Let me know as soon as possible if you are interested since this is only open to the first 4 people who respond.
Susie Monday
Angels, Saints and Sinners from El Cielo Studio
3532 Timbercreek Rd.
Pipe Creek, TX 78063
WEBSITE http://www.susiemonday.com
NEW EMAIL: susiemonday@gmail.com

New Exhibition Committee

Ellie Kreneck has volunteered to head a new Texas Exhibition Committee. She intends to have an official SAQA exhibition at several locations across Texas. This is a big undertaking and she has recruited several volunteers to help with project: Gail Dentler, Sue Benner, Barbara Oliver Hartman, Mary Ruth Smith, and Mariet Nieskens.

Thank you to all volunteers to bringing this opportunity to our state!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Auction Begins Thursday

If you haven't already, check out the great artwork up for bid:

Your purchase will provide important support for SAQA's exhibitions,
publications, and outreach programs. For instance:

• This year we are traveling 10 exhibits, which will visit 17 venues
and be seen by well over 100,000 visitors.
• We are producing two print catalogs ("Transformations 09:
Reflections" and a joint catalog for "SAQA@20" and "A Sense of
Humor"), as well as a CD catalog for "Points of View." The catalogs
will be sent to participating artists, as well as to our collectors
and museums lists.
• We are publishing 4,000 copies of Portfolio 16 and mailing it to
collectors, galleries, museums, art consultants, and interior
designers, as well as selling it through Amazon and through quilt
• We hosted the "Art & Excellence" conference in conjunction with the
Opening for Quilt National. DVD's of the keynote speakers and panel
presentations (including the 2009 Quilt National Jurors panel) are now
We will publish four information-
packed issues of the SAQA Journal,
which are mailed to members and to our list of BFA/MFA textile programs.

I hope you'll bid early and often -- this is a chance to buy some
great artwork at a great price!

Martha Sielman
Executive Director
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.
CHECK OUT SAQA's Online Auction - http://www.saqa.com/newsebulletins/Squares09_1.aspx
Auction starts September 10th at 2:00 Eastern

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Member News – September 2009

Salli McQuaid has just published two of her early quilts , “Nine-eleven” (#4, 2006) and “USNA Reunion” (#7, 2006), in the following book:

Judy Howard: Thanking Our Troops: God Bless America Touring Quilts, Dorcas Publishing, Oklahoma City, OK: 2010, pp. 59 & 60. $19.95.

This is a lovely book literally thanking our troops and containing color images of over 80 patriotic quilts. Each quilt is accompanied by an encouraging quote from the Bible and a statement about the quilt. At the back, there are even patterns to create your own military quilt. The book would make an excellent gift for a service person or a friend interested in quilts.

All profits from the sale of this book go toward providing quilts to the wounded. At our last meeting, a Guild member explained how much our service people appreciate receiving a simple card from people they don’t even know, thanking them for their efforts. They live and work under dreadful conditions, with temperatures reaching 140 degrees. Just imagine how much this book or a hand-created quilt especially made for a wounded person would mean to them.

She will have copies of the book available for $25, including postage and handling. Just let me know by email that you want one.

Ginny Eckley says..Stop by my booth and say “Hi”. I will be both at Quilt Market and Quilt Festival in the same location: Booth 1250. My main products are silk dye and silkscreens- Look forward to visiting the other SAQA artists

Barb Forrister as two pieces in West Coast Wonders II which opened in Long Beach, California. Emerald Treasures was featured in the show catalogue (please see attachment) and also on the IQF site as both a live vidcast http://www.quilts.com/lbqf09/enVivo/vidcasts.html and also under Quilt Festival at Home, Selected Exhibits http://www.quilts.com/lbqf09/enVivo/vidcasts.html This piece has a very special story. It was nearly destroyed in transit on it's way home from An American Legacy Show in Georgia where it had placed second in the Art Quilt category. Upon receiving it, I took it to an appraiser who deemed it irreparable. When I got news that it had been accepted into West Coast Wonders II, I knew I had to fix it somehow. I replaced the mother's head and began rebuilding her shell. The six holes that extended from the front through all three layers were patched with Misty Fuse. Finally, she was ready to travel once more. I am thrilled that the repairs were successful and that she is being received well.

Also, the Austin Fiber Artists have a show at The Austin Bergstrom International Airport which will be up through November 3rd in the Airside West Gallery for visitors travelling to and from Austin. Little Boy Blue is the featured quilt on their website http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/austinairport/nr_fabric_909.htm

WORKSHOP - “Secrets of Smashing Color” – Maggie Maggio

Fiber Artists of San Antonio (FASA) has a terrific workshop scheduled for September! A couple of spaces just opened unexpectedly, and it’s not late to sign up. The workshop is appropriate for artists working in any medium, so feel free to forward the information.

The two-day workshop is titled “Secrets of Smashing Color.” It will be led by Maggie Maggio (www.maggiemaggio.com). This fast-paced workshop explains the difference between what color is and what color appears to be, teaches you how to troubleshoot to get gorgeous color combinations and encourages you to customize your color choices.

You will explore new ideas with collages, dyes and paint swatches while filling in your personal color workbook. The workshop includes collaborative hands-on exercises and the creation of customized color charts and project palettes.

The workshop will be held on Friday 11 September and Saturday 12 September, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It will be in Kirtley Fellowship Hall at Alamo Heights Christian Church (the same place where FASA meets every month). The cost is $160.00 plus a small kit fee. If you have questions or want to sign up, contact Allison Brown-Cestero at abrowncestero@satx.rr.com or by phone at 210-259-8710.

Throw out the books, forget the rules, and come play with color!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Iraqi Bundles of Love (IBOL)

Major Art LaFlamme (his wife is SAQA member Kristin),  if collecting bundles of quilting/sewing fabric, notions, tools to distribute to individuals or shops in Iraq who have a shortage of these types of supplies.

It’s very easy.  Fill a large, flat-rate FFO/APO box and mail it for just $11.95.  Check your stash and see if you have some supplies you could donate.  For more details, including how to package your Bundle of Love, go to Major LaFlamme's website for all the details about this project:


You can email him requesting the address.  He wants to deliver these during the Muslin month of Ramadan, which ends mid September.  DEADLINE for being IN THE MAIL is September 8, next Tuesday.

This is an excellent chance to spread the good will of American quilters.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Free Artists' Salon Program Offered by Allyson B. Stanfield

Allyson B. Stanfield, the keynote speaker at the Conference, has an Artists' Salon program that you might want to explore either for yourselves or for your regional members. It's a free, step-by-step process that helps members to improve their marketing and professionalism.

Information about Salons is on Allyson's website: http://artbizconnection.com/. It is a fairly intense group that meets every two weeks and is focused on marketing and selling. Allyson provides the format, once registered, free of charge.

If you are interested in leading or being a part of a group, email Laurie Brainerd, who will let the interested participants know who each other is and faciliate grouping by geography if needed. This doesn't have to be limited to SAQA members. This program is intended for artists of any medium.

Call for Entry - Craft Texas 2010

CraftTexas 2010
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
September 25, 2010 – January 9, 2011
Entries September 1,2009 - March 1, 2010

CraftTexas 2010 is the sixth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. The exhibition is open to all artists currently residing in Texas and working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and in found/recycled materials. For more information visit http://crafthouston.org .

Entries at www.callforentry.org