Friday, January 2, 2009

January 2009 - Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2009: Our SAQA Southern California newsletter is written with you in mind. You can make comments on the bottom portion of the posts, and Jamie will answer them. There is a survey to the right of this post. Please fill it out and help Connie and I to determine what you would like in our region. You can also subscribe the the blog, so when changes are made, you will know automatically. We are trying to make this as easy as possible to use.

MEET AND GREET - SAQA Members at Road 2 California - see below for more info about the show; Let's get together for an informal gathering on Saturday, January 17th at 1:00pm the Featured Artist Exhibit. Just come by and say hello.

Fri, Jan 16- March 22nd “Personal Visions” – Past Jurors of Art Quilt Visions
Visions Art Quilt Gallery, 2825 Dewey Road, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 546-4872
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 2009, 5pm–7pm and Judith Content, SAQA President will be on hand at this event!
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–4pm
Art Quilts from Past Quilt Visions Jurors

Sat, Jan 25th; American Quilts, 200 Years of Tradition, Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St, Santa Ana 714/567-3600
Sat, Jan 25th - Lecture "They didn't have much time by they sure had plenty" - Bettina Havig, author and founding chairman of the Missouri State Quilter's Guild, presents a look at the scrap quilts of our predecessors.

Now to Jan 31, 2009; Art Quilts at the Adobe 2008 by Pacific Quilt Artists. Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Gallery, 640 Alta Vista Way, Vista CA 92084. Information: Jill at 760-434-7491 or (Nearest cross streets are E.Vista Way and Escondido Avenue)

Now to an extended date of Feb 15, 2009; California Fibers at the MINGEI INTL MUSEUM, Balboa Park, San Diego; 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 619/239-2003 Tues-Sun 10am-4pm; Adults $7.00; Seniors $5.00 Featuring work of five distinguished San Diego wood artists and California Fibers – an exemplary group of 25 artists from Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, the exhibition is conceived as a lively conversation among peers and between two media. Both fresh takes on traditional forms and cutting-edge contemporary expressions will be included in works of excellent design and craftsmanship.

Now to March 1, 2009; Quilt Visions 2008
Oceanside Museum of Art; 704 Pier Way, Oceanside 760-721-2787; Mission Avenue exit off the 5 Freeway; Museum Hours: Tues-Sat 10-4; Sun 1-4pm; Admission: OMA/QV Members are free; Gen'l $8 - Seniors 65+ $5. Pictures from the SAQA Lunch - below Nov News/check it out.
White Glove Volunteers are needed for this exhibit
Contact Kris Herman arranged through Quilt Visions 760-434-2389;
shifts are Tues-Sat 10am-1pm & 1pm-4pm; The white glove volunteers receive a complimentary Visions catalog and free admission the day they volunteer.

Now to Mar 15, 2009: American Quilts, 200 Years of Tradition, Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St, Santa Ana 714/567-3600
Sat, Jan 25th - Lecture "They didn't have much time by they sure had plenty" - Bettina Havig, author and founding chairman of the Missouri State Quilter's Guild, presents a look at the scrap quilts of our predecessors.
Sat, Feb 8th - Demos - "It's all about quilts" - Join us for a rousing good time at this all-day event at the Bowers! Quiltmaker, quilt vendors, quilting guilds, quilting shops, quilting demos - you name it! all will be there to share their expertise, wow you with their creativity, swap stores, and have some good old fashioned fun.
Please e-mail Jamie Fingal if you would like to participate in this - to sell your work and/or demonstrate what you do. Applications need to be turned in by Jan 30th. I have the scoop, and I will e-mail it to you.

Festival in Chicago - April 17-19
SAQA@20 Conference; Art & Excellence - May 21-24 in Athens, OH
Quilt National - May 23-Sept 7
Festival in Long Beach - July 24-26
Festival in Houston - Oct 15-18

Since our Southern California region is so large, I urge you to offer other SAQA artists in your area a chance to gather together wherever you live. It could be at your house, a local library, park, restaurant, etc. It is a great way to connect with other artists, network and share your on-going work. If you would like to do this, I can easily post it on this blog, so that everyone in your area will see it.

SAQA-U on the SAQA.Com Website
There is a list of guests that have been on Quilting Arts TV in SAQA-U. Sign in and then it will go to the opening page, and click on "resources" (it's by the colorful art quilt images), and then scroll down to Quilting Arts TV episodes. Seasons 1 & 2 are listed.
Also, in SAQA-U each artist can make their own home page as a reference for themselves. This is rather easy. On the opening page, after you sign in - see the left menu "artist index" - click on that. Then click on the letter for your own last name. Find your name on the list and click on it. Up at the top is a star and "edit this page" click on that to make the changes, and then click "save" - if you need ideas of what to put on your page, feel free to go visit Jamie Fingal's art page.
Need help writing an artists statement or a bio? SAQA-U is here to help you.

NEW Call for Entries - Meet SAQA's Artists: SAQA's 20th Anniversary Trunk Show (non-juried) Deadline January 28th
Time is short, don't miss the opportunity to share your art with your contemporary artists and be studied by future fiber scholars. Your art must arrive at: Joanell Connelly, 6171 Sydney Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 by Wednesday January 28th. Don't have time to create a new piece? Preview those projects in your studio which show your current artistic voice , snip out up to an 11" square and send it on! When it arrives in CA. it will be matted into it's 12"x12" frame before it is organized into the trunk show. It will then be ready to travel the world. Become acquainted with your fellow artists.. Remember "Meet SAQA's Artist: SAQA's 20th Anniversary Trunk Show " is open to all SAQA Members. Select Opportunity for SAQA Members from the home page of to access more information.
January 28, 2009 DEADLINE - Work due to collection point* (receive by deadline)
February 28, 2009 Matted, photographed work to Curator for data entry & preparation for travel
April 2010 Selection of works by IQSC for permanent collection
May 2010 Other pieces returned to artists
*Mail your completed artwork (edges need not be finished), statement, and material list
to the Collection Point:
1. Work
2. Information/Artist Statement typed page
3. Materials list for work
Joanell Connolly, 6171 Sydney Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

SAQA - A Sense of Humor - Deadline January 30, 2009
Exhibit Description Theme: Laughter makes the world go 'round. This exhibition celebrates the laughable, amusing, comical, whimsical, incongruous, and absurd aspects of humor.
Premiere location: International Quilt Festival Houston, TX
Date: October 15 - 18, 2009
Deadline: January 30, 2009 (postmark deadline)
Juror: Pam RuBert
Curator: Patricia Gould (
Prospectus available on Members Home page of the web site:

SAA Squared at Avenue 50 Studio - Deadline EXTENDED to January 31, 2008
Avenue 50 Studio, 135 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA, 90042; Gallery Hours are Saturday and Sunday, 12:00pm to 4:00pm; 323.850.8566;
EXHIBITION DATES: March 14 -April 5, 2009; Opening Reception: Saturday, March 14, 2009 7-10pm (Part of NELAArt Second Saturday Gallery Night Art Tour) JURORS: Kathy Gallegos, owner of Avenue 50 Studio and Connie Rohman; ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS: Entries must be 12" x 12", one foot square, ready to hang. 3D entries are accepted, as long as they can be hung on the wall and are 12"high x 12"wide x no more than 4" deep. Each artist may submit up to three artworks. Digital images only will be accepted. For Entry Form, email
Entry fees are $25 for one to three artworks. First time fiber artists are encouraged and seasoned veterans are welcomed with open arms.

Exhibitions at Studio Channel Islands Art Center; Deadline for submissions is March 20, 2009; located on the campus of California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA; 805-383-1368; "FOCUS ON FIBER II" Four Fiber Exhibitions in Four Art Galleries at Studio Channel Islands Art Center2009; Curated by Gerri Johnson-McMillin, Deborah Jarchow, Brecia Kralovic-Logan, Michael Rohde; Show Dates: May 16 – July 4, 2009; Reception/Awards: June 13, 2009, 4:00PM – 6:00PM; "Fiber Open" - A national juried Fiber Open exhibition. All fiber media, from traditional to contemporary to innovative, are welcome including weaving, basketry, sculpture, felting, papermaking, beading, knitting, crocheting and embroidery. Juror: Carol Sauvion, producer of Craft in America documentary series, and founder of Freehand Gallery; Download the Call for Entries. "Small Art Quilt Open"- A national juried small format art quilt exhibition. All quilts from traditional to contemporary to innovative are welcome. The only restriction is size: 12" on the longest dimension. Juror: Charlotte Bird, on Board of Directors of Quilt Visions and chairs the 2008 juried international exhibition at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Download the Call for Entries.

SAQA: Fibrations; Open to U.S. residents only; Premiere Location: Yellowstone Quilt Fest Cody, Wyoming; Date: September 10-13, 2009; Additional Locations: PIQF mid-October 2009, Colorado Quilt Festival May 2010,Elements Gallery (Billings, MT) June 1– July 15, 2010; Additional venues to be determined. Theme: Fiber + Celebration = Fibration; This is a wonderful time for fiber artists! We have so many reasons to rejoice as our work is recognized and accepted around the world. We have new tools, new materials and new audiences to explore. What else do you celebrate in your life? Whether it is your art or some other aspect of day-to-day living, this exhibit is a means to express your joy through the use of fabric and other suitable materials.

Juror: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Curator: Kathy Lichtendahl

Entries must be between 12” and 30” on each side (i.e. minimum perimeter 48”, maximum perimeter 120”); The full prospectus and entry form are available in doc or pdf format. Contact Kathy Lichtendahl, curator for the exhibition, with any questions.

A complete list of Calls for Entries can be found on the SAQA Website

If you have Shows, Member News and Calls for Entry that you would like on the blog, please e-mail Jamie Fingal at

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