Sunday, April 2, 2017

Threads of Resistance Open Call for Entry

Call for Entries

The Artist Circle presents “Threads of Resistance,” a juried exhibition of work created to protest the Trump administration’s actions and policies.
We invite you to consider the theme “Threads of Resistance,” and create work – fiber art, art quilts, modern quilts or traditional quilts – to convey your passion, anger, or sadness about an issue that concerns you. Your work can be either positive (encouraging and unifying), or negative (portraying anger, sadness or discouragement). Possible themes include:
Refugee crisis
Climate change
Black Lives Matter/racism
Attack on science
Gag rules on federal employees
The Women’s March Jan. 21, 2017
Sexual violence/sexual assault
Equal rights/equal pay for women
Women’s reproductive rights
LGBT rights/gay marriage
Freedom of the press
Fake news and lies
Supreme Court nominees
White nationalism/supremacy
Electoral college
Border wall
“America First” policy
Income disparity
Freedom of religion and worship/religious discrimination
Gun control/gun violence
General information
  • You may submit up to three pieces of work. Multiple works by a single artist may be accepted.
  • Entry will be through an online system.
  • The entry fee is $30 for up to 3 pieces.
  • Each entry must include an artist’s statement that will accompany the piece in the exhibition(s). Curators reserve the right to edit artist statements for clarity and length.
  • Submissions must be a minimum of 20" wide x 20" high, and a maximum of 48" wide x 60" high.
  • Nothing can hang off the bottom or sides of the piece.
  •  No sharp or fragile embellishments.
  • Each piece must have a 4" fabric hanging sleeve on the back. (Further instructions will accompany acceptance notifications.)
  • No mounted or framed work can be accepted.
  • No material in your piece may be copyrighted.
  • No work may include a call to violence. (But it may portray violence, or include profanity or nudity, as long as it supports the theme of the piece, and is not gratuitous).
  • International entries are welcome but artists located outside the U.S. will be responsible for shipping costs to the U.S. and back to them from the U.S.
  • Information about the exhibition is available at, which will eventually feature works and artists in the exhibition. 
Other issues still under consideration:
  • We are seeking venues, and do not know how many venues might be interested. Information about this will be announced on the blog. 
  • We are unsure about the size of the exhibition (the number or works that will be accepted) because this is dependent on the venue. 
  • Entry fees will be used to cover the online entry system, marketing, and as much of the return shipping costs as possible. Exhibitors will be responsible for covering the cost of shipping their entries to the exhibition venue. Any excess money will be split between the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), and IRC (International Rescue Committee).  
  • We are planning to publish an exhibition catalogue.
Important dates
Feb 14, 2017: Online entry opens
May 1, 2017: Online entry closes
On or before June 1, 2017: Acceptances/rejections will be sent out via e-mail.
Please visit the blog at to read about why some of the members of the Artists Circle got involved in this exhibit.
E-mail to put your name on the e-mail list to get news when the online entry system goes live.
The Artist Circle
Kathy York

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Fibervision Show March 28-April 24

Fiber Art Exhibit – New Views 2017

Fibervision announces its 2017 exhibit, New Views, at Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, overlooking the ocean in Santa Barbara. The exhibit will run from March 28 until April 24, with an artists’ reception on Wednesday, March 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Fibervision is a group of 25 Central Coast artists who create artworks using fabrics as canvas; and dyes, paints and stitching as mediums of expression. As an alternate form of wall art, fiber and textile artworks offer infinite combinations of color, texture and composition.  One of the oldest human art forms, textile art is enjoying a revival of popularity.  Museums dedicated to fiber and textile arts are cropping up worldwide. 

The member artists in the Fibervision group are diverse in style and methodology. Santa Ynez Valley artists, Lorna Morck and Belinda Hart will have works included in the exhibit.  Morck’s  Thicket, utilizes ancient fabric dying techniques and is a study in  composition and depth created with stitchwork. Hart’s piece (pictured above), Getting In Gear, draws on Steampunk imagery reminiscent of the industrial age, and is an example of surface design, i.e. screenprinting and painting, on textiles. For more information on the Fibervision artists, visit

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be offered during the reception and there is no admission charge.  Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center is located at 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Tel.: 805-897-1982.  Please call for daily exhibit times.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Member News: Sandra Lauterbach

Oceanside Museum of Art
Artist Alliance at the Museum 2017
March 4 - August 27
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 25
Time:  6-8 PM

I am thrilled that "Blink" was juried into this exhibition.  I will be at the opening reception and would love to see you there!

Artmuzeo Magazine--I am a featured artist in the March issue of ArtMuzeo Magazine.  http:/
This is an excerpt from the issue:


“Thread and fabrics are my paints. Instead of brushstrokes,I stitch.” These are the words of Sandra Lauterbach, a contemporary mixed media artist with a studio in Los Angeles. Fabric is her medium of choice. Her family has been in the textile business for over 4 generations. After attending Pomona College where she studied art, she earned a JD degree at USC Law School. She eventually left the practiceof law and focused on her art. Since then she has attended various art schools, including Otis College of Art and Design. 

The original use of fiber and textiles combined with careful details expressed in paint and other mediums has led to Sandra's work being shown in national and international exhibitions as well as in museums and galleries across the country. Her work has been exhibited the past year at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., the International Museum of Art and Science, and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. in addition to galleries across the US.   Her imaginative textile works have also been selected for three years for the Los Angeles Art Association’s Open Show—its signature exhibition juried by national museum curators and featuring the best in emerging art.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

From the Streets to the Sky

Inglewood, CA ​–​ ​Branch Gallery is pleased to announce their upcoming exhibition, “From the Streets to the Sky,” featuring twenty-one fiber artists. This exhibition highlights work by members in Quilts on the Wall, a local fiber group that shares a passion for quilting. Participating members include: Linda Anderson, Laurie Bucher, David Charity, Patricia Charity, Carol Churchill, Linda Friedman, Sharon Jaeger, Karen Markley, Laurie Multalipassi, Cathi Nelson, Carol Nilsen, Ellen November, Sharon Oblinger, Kathryn A. Pellman, Corinne Phillips, Joann Sarachman, Beth Shibley, Linda Stone, Janet Lane-Tranbarger, Carolyn Villars, and Deborah Weir.

There will be twenty-four juried art quilts created by QOTW members. A section of the quilts are part of QOTW’s traveling exhibition, “Urban Graffiti.” These quilts are inspired by graffiti and street art, containing imagery with realistic renderings of graffiti, as well as abstract interpretations of street scenes. Observations about homelessness, gentrification, and social class are also present in the “Urban Graffiti” grouping of quilts.

The other portion of quilts is inspired by “Wings,” the idea that one can rise above rough or even dangerous situations. These quilts represent beauty in the natural world, with imagery ranging from nature scenes to calming, geometric compositions. “Wings” is a perfect complement to “Urban Graffiti,” not only showcasing further techniques by QOTW members, but also providing spiritual release from the gritty reality in some of the graffiti quilts.

For the full press release, please click here.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Volunteers Needed at Road 2 California show

SAQA member Sharon Hightower is coordinating volunteers to work in the SAQA booth at Road to California. If you are interested in donating your time, please contact Sharon at
If you work 3.25 hours, you get into the show free.  This is a great way to get to know other members in our region. You will be selling books and memberships. Talking to people about your own SAQA experience and all of the benefits to being a member!
“Two by Twenty” Exhibit Premier table at Road to
California,, January 19-22, 2017.

Why would I want sit at a SAQA Booth??
Ten reasons why:
#10. To save money~ you know what I mean~ all those temptations at the vendor market!
#9. To rest your weary feet after walking around looking at quilts!
#8. To keep away from the fattening snacks!
#7. To do something productive with your idle time!
#6. To spend some time with other SAQA members!
#5. To make some new art quilting friends!
#4. To get to know more about the workings of SAQA!
#3 To spread the word about SAQA’s mission and help it to grow!
#2. To talk about something you love!
#1. To have FUN!!!!

Sharon Wiley Hightower, SAQA Booth Coordinator
Thank you!!!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

SAQA Trunk Show

This is my entry (Jamie Fingal) for the SAQA Trunk Show.  A self portrait. It measures 10x7 inches. The deadline is December 18th. Hope you will join me in making a block. Here is the link to the SAQA site

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Member News: Teresa Shippy

Congratulations to Teresa Shippy who has a Q&A in this issue!

This is so cool!  She talks about her art and her Cool Classic Cars series.

and she was also a guest on Quilting Arts TV! 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Let's Get Mod! Deadline: Sunday, November 27, 2016

Today is the final day to submit your work for our regional themed exhibit Let's Get Mod!

Click here for the full prospectus and to enter your work:

DEADLINE: November 27, 2016, at 9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Thank you for supporting our SAQA regional exhibit!

Laura Bisagna and Jamie Fingal
Regional Co-Reps S.California/S.Nevada,
Studio Art Quilt Associates

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Member News - Viviana Lombrozo

A Prayer In Every Stitich by Viviana Lombrozo

Viviana Lombrozo is pleased to announce that her piece Building Blocks was juried into Quilt National 2017. 

Also, Viviana’s piece A Prayer in Every Stitch won ‘Best in Show’ at the 2016 “Celebrating the Art in Archaeology” Juried Art Exhibition.

Congratulations, Viviana!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Member News: Terry Waldron

"Art in Embassies" is part of the U.S. Department of State.  When newly appointed ambassadors move into our American embassies all over the world, interor designers create new embassey environments by choosing art pieces from U.S. artists.  These art pieces are on loan for several years.  Artists may not sumbit work!  The designers do the choosing by looking at artists' websites.  I was astounded a month ago when I was asked if I'd loan "If I Ran the Zoo…" to hang in the American Embassy in Vientiane, Laos for the next 3 1/2 - 4 years!  Of course, I said, YES!"  It will be shipped there early in November.  

"If I Ran the Zoo…."  by Terry Waldron