Saturday, May 28, 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

Anne Copeland is Taking It to the Nines!

Detail of artwork by Anne Copeland
Professional quilt judge/quilt historian, former AQS certified appraiser for 22 years,and former SAQA S.Cal/S.Nev regional rep Anne Copeland will be presenting a workshop that she calls Taking it to the Nines. Students will make an art quilt unique to them. The cost for the class is only $10! The class is being sponsored by the Big Bear Lake Quilters Guild but you do not need to be a member of the guild to attend.

This class will operate with the same structure as a life-drawing class with no live model.  The first part of the class will focus on how to increase or decrease the size of a design, based on using the principles of the nines. This technique can be used for traditional as well as art and contemporary quilts.

The remainder of the day will be worked in increments of time starting with two 15-minute design exercises, and then increasing in time through the rest of the afternoon until we end up with the final design(s). We will look at the completed designs after each exercise to get a good idea of what is successful in terms of each design principle, while demonstrating how to possibly improve a design that might require some strengthening. Stitching ideas will be considered as part of the way to improve a design. There is no copying or pattern involved.  We are learning ways to improve our artwork here. Participants in the workshop are encouraged to bring any quilt that they might be struggling to complete because of design issues. 

Anne will be using unfinished art quilts to demonstrate some design errors and ways to correct them and feels this is more effective for the students than showing them things that are all complete and beautiful.  She will actually do some cutting and moving design elements around to demonstrate errors and how to correct them.

No sewing machines will be used in this class.

Supplies List: 
Sketch pad or watercolor pad. 
11 x 17 or size that is comfortable for the user. 
Glue sticks, scissors, fabric scraps. 
1 - 2 magazine or photographic images. 

The teacher will provide anything else that might be useful for students in working through the class.

It will be a fun and relaxing and encouraging day for everyone!  

For attendees traveling from outside of Big Bear, it is recommended that they come up the 38 vs the 118 if they don't like driving too much along steep mountain roads.  The 38 still has some big drop-offs, but it is a much smoother drive and there is a lot more to see on the way up.  The quilt shop is located in a shopping center in town, and there are eating places all around the area to get a sandwich or light meal to go.  We can likely eat together in the workshop area.  

Location: Patchworks Quilt Shop 42124-8 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

June 8 at noon, after the Big Bear Lake Quilters Guild mtg held at the same location

To reserve your spot in the class please contact Debbie Pekarcik

The Big Bear Lake Quilters Guild website can be found here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


An invitation from Sandra E. Lauterbach

Collage #5 by Sandra E. Lauterbach
SAQA Members:

I am excited about my upcoming show at LA Artcore’s Brewery Annex Gallery.  Included will be my new art quilt series “Material Matters” plus other pieces.  I hope you will be able to come on either June 5 or June 12.

LA Artcore Gallery at Brewery Annex

Opening Reception:  Sunday, June 5th 1-3pm
2pm Q&A

Sunday June 12th at 2 - 3 pm
Q&A with Sandra E. Lauterbach

Show dates from June 2 - 25
650 South Avenue 21, Los Angles, California 90031
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday 12-5pm

Gallery is at the end of Avenue 21 on the right side.

Lunch Ideas: Chinatown/dim sum and Little Tokyo are less than 10 minutes away.
LA's art district and the new Hauser Wirth & Schimmel Gallery are also less than 10 minutes away from the gallery.  The gallery's current exhibit of abstract sculpture by women has received rave reviews.

Sandra E. Lauterbach

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

California Fibers at Oceanside Museum of Art

Linda Anderson and Kathy Nida each have work in the invitational juried exhibition California Fibers: Eclectic Threads at the Oceanside Museum of Art, June 25 - October 9, 2016. The exhibit "features two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces of fiber and textile arts in media such as silk, cotton, bamboo, palm, wool wire and paper using techniques including weaving, basketry, quilting, embroidery and felting."
Beneath the Surface by Linda Anderson
Mammogram by Kathy Nida

Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 435-3720

Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4;00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Exhibition Reception: June 25, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Artist Talk: July 12  

General: $8
Seniors (65+): $5
Military & Students free (with ID)
Kids 18 & under free
Free on first Sunday of every month

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Streaming by Teresa Shippy

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Jamie Fingal Teaching at Craft Napa 2017

Registration is now open for Craft Napa 2017!

Detail of Zen Stitching by Jamie Fingal
SAQA member Pokey Bolton invites you to Craft Napa 2017: “Kickstart your creative new year by joining world-renowned artists in enchanting Napa Valley! During this three-day retreat, you will have the opportunity to master your skills in collage, quilting, sketching, printmaking, painting, art journaling, and mixed media, all the while enjoying outstanding cuisine and wine, too.” 

Along with a host of Craft Napa instructors, most of whom are also SAQA members, our very own regional SAQA member and regional co-rep Jamie Fingal will be teaching Zen Stitching, Twirly Whirly Swirls, and Hexi Art Quilt.  Mark your calendars for January 15-17, 2017, and click here for more detailed information on Jamie’s class offerings as well as for links to all instructors, all workshops, special retreat events, and registration information.  Classes are filling up quickly.  What a great way to start the new year!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lys Axelson Featured on Local News

Lys Axelson with her quilt Miraculous Emergence
While visiting her quilt Miraculous Emergence, currently showing in the exhibit Gala of the Unexpected at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY, Lys Axelson was interviewed for a local news segment. To read the news article and to view the video segment that features Lys, as well as celebrity quilter and AQS judge Ricky Tims, click here.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Linda Anderson in Gala of the Unexpected

Dance Break Oaxaca by Linda Anderson
SAQA SoCal/SoNev is well represented in the 25th anniversary exhibit, Gala of the Unexpected at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.  Not one, not two, but THREE artists from our region are among the 25 finalist chosen to participate.  Along with quilts by Lys Axelson and Linda Evans, Linda Anderson’s piece Dance Break Oaxaca was also selected!  The exhibit is currently showing at the National Quilt Museum through July 12, 2016, and then will travel through December 2017.  

Friday, May 13, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Been in a creative rut and need some inspiration? Want a break from all those long, solitary, studio hours? Time to take a step back from that piece you’ve been obsessively working on?  Just interested in seeing some amazing artwork?!

Then join us on Tuesday, June 21, shortly before 11:00 a.m. for a fun and informal SAQA Regional Meetup to explore the Exhibition of Mixed Media Fiber Art by Deborah Weir!  

Zephyrs by Deborah Weir
We will meet in the atrium gallery at the Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach where Deborah will be giving us an up-close and in-depth look at her solo exhibit, an exhibit that includes textiles, fiber/mixed-media wall pieces, a couple of installations, several art quilts, a series of 8 HUGE mixed-media panels, and more.  

Alpert Jewish Community Center
3801 E. Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 426-7601

The artist tour will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. 
Both the tour and the parking are free.  
Friends/guests are welcome. 
No RSVP necessary.