Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sculpted Stitches exhibit at Doss Heritage and Culture Center

Sculpted Stitches, Fiber Art by Katrina Wright is on exhibit at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford, Texas through May 12, 2013.  For more information, visit the Doss Heritage and Culture Center website at http://dosscenter.org.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

SAQA Texas Region Retreat at Great Expectations Creativity Center in La Grange

SAQA Texas Region 
“A Texas Experience” 12x12 Workshop 

Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5, 2013
Great Expectations Creativity Center . La Grange, Texas 

Join your fellow SAQA Texas members for a weekend at the Great Expectations Creativity Center in historic La Grange to get started on your 12x12 quilt for next year’s Texas Mini Trunk Show! 

Workshop Information: Registration fee is $10 . Workshop begins at 9:30 am on Saturday and you are welcome to sew as late as you wish . A light continental breakfast will be served on Sunday morning. Our workshop resumes on Sunday morning and ends at Noon . Drawings for prizes will be held throughout the weekend . We’ll have an Art Book/Ugly Fabric/UFO Swap for those who would like to participate . After the workshop ends on Sunday, plan join us for an optional tour of the Texas Quilt Museum . Museum admission is $8 ($6 for Seniors) 

What To Bring: Sewing machine, sewing supplies, fabrics, and any other materials you need to get started on your mini quilt . Something for our art book/ugly fabric/UFO swap (optional) . Bring your own lunch for Saturday and your favorite beverages/snacks. Extra cash for Saturday’s dinner and the optional museum tour on Sunday.

Lodging: The Creativity Center has two bedrooms with five twin beds & full bathroom with shower in each. Bed linens & towels are provided. You can reserve a bed at the Creativity Center for Saturday evening on a first come, first served basis for an additional $25. 

Other lodging options near the Creativity Center: 

Best Western La Grange 
600 E. Hwy 71 Bypass , La Grange, TX 78945  

Hampton Inn La Grange 
1624 W. Hwy 71,  La Grange, TX 78945 

Visit the La Grange Chamber of Commerce website for additional lodging options in the area. 

Meals: Bring your own lunch for Saturday and your favorite beverages and/or snacks. We will go to Bistro 108 for dinner on Saturday evening – click here to view their dinner menu. Your registration includes a light continental breakfast on Sunday. 

Travel Information: La Grange is located approximately half-way between Houston & Austin on Hwy 71.  Click here for a Google map of the area.  

Cancellations & Refunds: Refunds will be given for registrations cancelled on or before Wednesday, April 3. No refund for cancellations received on or after Thursday, April 4. 

To Register: Space is limited, so mail your registration today! Complete the attached Registration Form and mail it along with your check payable to SAQA.

A registration confirmation and detailed driving directions will be sent to the email address given below. Please allow at least one week from the mailing date to receive your confirmation. 

Click here for Registration Form and additional information.

The above link requires a Google account.  If you not have a Google account or have any problems accessing the registration form please contact houstonsaqa@gmail.com and I'll forward the registration form via email.

Call for Entry for All Texas SAQA Members

A Texas Experience
 A Texas traveling trunk Show with venues throughout the state during 2014.

Open to all Texas SAQA members.

Submissions deadline will be September 15th 2013.

The Show theme of A Texas Experience should draw on each artist’s reflection of being a resident of the Lone Star State. Inspiration can be drawn from the diverse topographic and cultural, past, present, and future of the State. Each artist’s interpretation of the people, events, scenery, or emotional impact of being a Texan, could be showcased in advertising and the Texas SAQA blog.

An artist statement of 25 words or less must accompany the entry.
Each entry must be a 12” X 12” art quilt.
SAQA’s definition of Art Quilt: A creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.
All embellishments and hanging methods must be in the 12” x 12” size.
All artwork must be ready to hang using a sleeve of at least 4” wide.  A label with the artist name and price of piece, or not for sale, must be permanently attached to back of the quilt.

A submission fee of $ 20.00 will be charged for the first entry.
Submissions must be postmarked no later than Sept. 15th 2013.
Submissions with a completed entry form and fee will be sent to: Vou Best (curator).
An e-mail notification will be sent to each artist upon receiving their submission.

Each artist may commit to sell up to 4 art quilts during the year of travel.
If your art quilt sells it will be given to the buyer and you may provide a replacement quilt for the exhibit. With each replacement a fee of $ 10.00 will be charged. Upon committing to sale; the artist should plan a series of work for each quarter of the year as replacements.

Each artist will set their own price on their work submitted at time of entry.
When pricing your work the artist should consider a commission at some of the venues. The purchase price will be collected at time of sale by the person in charge of the venue where it is sold and mailed to the artist within a week of the sale. Notification of the quilts sold must be submitted to the curator at the end of each venue. The replacement quilt should be sent to the curator at the time of sale to the artist.
All unsold art quilts will be returned to the artist in January of 2015.

Click here for Entry Form and Additional Information

The above link requires a Google account.  If you not have a Google account or have any problems accessing the entry form please contact houstonsaqa@gmail.com and I'll forward the entry form via email.

Houston Circle March Meeting Report

The Houston Circle met at Ruthann Fox’s home on March 9.  We discussed the upcoming SAQA Texas Regional Meeting in La Grange, the SAQA Texas A Texas Experience call for entry and copyright infringement issues that artists face.

After show-n-tell and lunch, Ruthann led us through a creativity exercise interpreting an inspiration photo using only black, white, gray, and one color.  The exercise helped us to identify values and was also great fun.  Thanks so much Ruthann!

There will be no Houston Circle meeting in Houston during May due to the SAQA Texas Regional meeting.  I hope to see many of you in La Grange. 


Suzan Engler - Texas Co-Representative

Calendar of Events

January 10-March 31 2013- Studio Art Quilt Associates: Seasonal Palette at the Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange Texas.

April 20-28, 2013 - Mixed Media Group at 18 Hands Gallery, Opening Reception: Saturday, April 20th 6-9PM

May 4 & 5 2013 – SAQA Texas Regional Meeting
Topic:  Bring your sewing machine and work on A Texas Experience entries
Location:  The Creativity Center, La Grange Texas

Note: There will be no Houston Circle meeting in the month of May

July 13, 2013 - Houston Circle Meeting
Topic:  Color Theory
Location:  Ivy Jensen

September 14, 2013 - Houston Circle Meeting
Topic:  To be determined
Location:  To be determined

November 9, 2013 - Houston Circle Meeting
Topic:  To be determined
Location:  To be determined