Sunday, March 29, 2009

April News

What's Happening in Southern California?


Sat, April 25th; 15th Annual Art of Adorning - Bead Bazaar at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. 10am to 4pm; Over 60 vendors, selling beads, findings, finished jewelry and more. 2002 N. Main St, Santa Ana. Admission is free. Bowers Museum members may start shopping at 9am - 1 hour before the general public. Bead Society of Orange County.

Now to April 30th - Rose Hughes, Solo Exhibition at Soft Expressions Gallery, 1230 N. Jefferson Street, Suite M -Anaheim, CA 92807 Gallery is open M-F 10am-4pm

Now to April 25, 2009 - Earth Voices
Joanell Connolly, Cindy Rinni, Susan Willen, Rose Hughes (all SAQA members) Fontana Art Assoc, 8536 Sierra Ave, Fontana - 909-823-6036; Hours: 1-4:30pm Wed-Fri; 9am-4;30pm Sat; 1:30-4:30 Sun

Sat, April 25 to May 23rd at The Folk Tree in Pasadena: SAQA Member Dinah Sargeant: Painted Threads/Narrative Dolls and Quilts; 217 South Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena 626/795-8733;
Dinah creates fabric and thread stories that have the painterly and expressive qualities of fine art. She was the recipient of the Friends of Fiber Arts International Award for her work in "Quilt Visions 2008" at the Oceanside Museum (November 2008 -March 2009). She also won a Juror’s Award Merit for “Quilt National ’05.” The Folk Tree house: M-W 11-6; Th-Sat 10-6; Sun 12-5

Thurs, May 7th; The Loft Gallery in San Pedro; First Thursday Art Night - 6:00-9:00pm; Two exhibits featuring 82 art quilts from My World in Black & White Revisited curated by Anne Copeland and The Voice that is Great Within Us, curated by Jamie Fingal and Michelle Verbeeck. The Loft Gallery, 401 S. Mesa at 4th, 2nd Floor, San Pedro, Ca; 310-548-1648 Fiberarts Connection of Southern California

May 8-29th; 1st Annual Student Art Show for Santiago Canyon College in Orange. 8045 E. Chapman, Orange 92869; all mediums; Artist Reception is Friday, May 8th from 6-8pm. Show is in the Library. Hours: Monday - Thurs 7:30am to 9:00pm; Friday 7:30am to 2:00pm. Closed on Sat/Sun.

Now to May 10th - Mosaic Exhibit in Solana Beach at Trios Gallery. 404 N. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach 858/793-6040. Featured artists: Irina Charny, Luz Mack-Durini, Laurie Mika, Christine Brallier, Carole Choucair Ouejan.

May 14, 15 & 16th - Del Mar Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Bing Crosby Hall (West of I-5 at Via del la Valle Exit); Hours: 10am - 5pm; Admission $8.00;

May 16 - July 4 - Focus on Fiber II - located on the campus of California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA; 805-383-1368; Curated by Gerri Johnson-McMillin, Deborah Jarchow, Brecia Kralovic-Logan, Michael Rohde; SAQA Members Sherry Kleinman and Sandra Lauterbach have work in this exhibit. Reception/Awards: June 13, 2009, 4:00PM – 6:00PM

June 13-14th - Santa Monica Quilt Guild bi-annual show
"Explorations 2009"
SAQA Member
Sherry Kleinman will be
Featured Quilter; Loyola Marymount University Campus at the Burns Recreation Center in Westchester, CA. Saturday hours 10-5pm and Sunday 10-4pm Over 150 quilts on display. The opportunity quilt was designed by Sherry Kleinman and Sally Wright.

For those of you who are looking for art quilt classes to take; these are offered by SAQA Members
Desiree Habicht is teaching in Upland at Ginger's Quilt Shoppe, 1120 Dewey Way, Suite B - 909/920-3099
Sat, May 2nd - Fabric Playday. 10-4 - $80
Tues, Apr 28th, Sat, June 6 (full but there is a waiting list) - 10-4pm $45
email me at

Mary Tabar is teaching in San Diego - quilting classes at Palomar Community College and San Diego Community College; beginning to advanced

Jane LaFazio is teaching an on-line class on, and a class in San Diego at the Shepherdess More classes listed on Jane's website.

Patt Blair, Grace J. Errea and Susan Trindle are teaching in El Toro quilting classes at Material Possessions

Rayna Gillman is coming to Fullerton College! 2-Day Class on June 13 & 14th $180; Screen Printing with Thickened Dyes; Level: some experience with dyes. Using thickened dyes, explore deconstructed screenprinting as well as freezer paper, wax, and glue resists on a screen. Spontaneous and foolproof! All workshops take a playful, 'what if?' approach. Participants are encouraged to use their intuition, to experiment, and to enjoy the results of "happy accidents." See images on her website:
There will only be 12-14 students, so please email Carol Henke right away if you would like to be a part of this class.

Melanie Testa is coming to San Diego! 2-Day Class on June 13 & 14th $150
from 9am-4pm; Monoprint with Soy wax Resist in San Diego (
San Diego Watercolor Society workshop in NTC Liberty Station in Pt. Loma) by Quilt Visions.; Cost: $150 2-day workshop, plus $20 materials fee; Registration: email Jane LaFazio at
You’ll be asked to send a deposit of $75 to secure your space (or full payment) with balance due May 13, 2009. Monotypes combine the spontaneity of printed dyes and cloth, creating a surface that is unlike any other technique. Each image can only be reproduced once, making your fabric unique and original to you. Combined with the use of Soy Wax, we will explore ideas of scale, motif, texture and depth. We will be using Procion MX dyes on cotton fabric in this two day class.
Materials include 2 yards prepared fabric for dying, fiber reactive dyes and soy wax and tools. Melanie Testa attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and has a degree in Textile Surface Design. Her work has been featured in Quilting Arts magazine and she is the author of the upcoming book Inspired to Quilt: Creative Experiments in Art Quilt Imagery.

Mark Your Calendars to buy Art Work
May 5 - 7, 2009, Collage Mania, offers all collages for a minimum $80 donation to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause on Gold Donor Day, May 5, and a minimum donation of $40 on May 6 and May 7. You can see all the collages from Collage Mania 2008, Collage Mania II raised $13,000 for the American Cancer Society in two days. Collage Mania 2009's goal: raise $20,000 in three days. Click on this link to view website.

Here is something that came across my desk this week - for those of you who are interested (fabric for the taking - and it's free)
Debbie Warren from Warner Brothers Studio has fabric to give away that is used on sets or end piece materials (so they can be ecologically correct) There is big shed filled with material and more comes every week. Debbie would like bags filled with fabric picked up on a weekly basis. So, if any of you out there are interested, Please contact
phone#'s 818-954-3470 or 818 954-2409

SAQA@20 Conference; Art & Excellence - May 21-24 in Athens, OH
Quilt National - May 23-Sept 7
Festival in Long Beach - July 24-26 - Preview Night on the 23rd
Festival in Houston - Oct 15-18

Interpretations, a juried fiber exhibition - Deadline is July 18, 2009
November 14, 2009 to January 17, 2010; Visions Art Quilt Gallery; 2825 Dewey Rd, #100, San Diego, CA 619-546-4872; Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Opening Reception is Saturday, Nov 14, 2009 5 - 7 p.m.
Membership in Quilt Visions required and may be paid with $30 entry fee for up to 3 entries which must have been completed on or after January 1, 2007. Jurors: Karen Maguire, Kristin Lewis, Angela Moll. Contact: Jill Le Croissette

Deadline to receive submission is August 1, 2009; Sacred Memories: Cross-Cultural Celebrations of Day of the Dead; From October 19 to November 27, 2009, El Pueblo Historical Monument will present Sacred Memories: Cross-Cultural Celebrations of Day of the Dead. Sacred Memories follows El Pueblo’s acclaimed 2007 exhibition which explored celebrations that venerate the departed including Dia de los Muertos, first observed by the indigenous people of Latin America, China’s Qingming, and other rituals practiced in United States, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Artists are asked to submit for consideration two and three-dimensional work (including ofrendas/altars) that examines rituals honoring the deceased and/or pays tribute to departed ancestors.
Submissions should be sent to:
History Division, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Submissions will be accepted in the following formats:
1) CD containing digital images, i.e. jpeg format
2) Photographic prints
3) Slides
Absolutely no email (electronic) submissions will be considered. Do not
mail or drop off original work.
The following information must accompany the submission:
1) Artist’s first and last name, telephone number and email address (if available)
2) Title of work, year executed, media, dimensions and price (if for sale).
3) Artists who wish their entries be returned to them must include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
A maximum of six (6) submissions from each artist will be reviewed. All submissions must be the artist’s original work. Artists whose work is accepted for the exhibit will be notified in late August. Upon notification, images of accepted work may be used in the exhibition’s publicity. For more information, please call (213) 485-8432 or email

ArtQuilt Elements - Deadline is September 14th (formerly Art Quilts at the Sedgwick), a juried exhibition: April 11-May 15, 2010 in Wayne, PA. Jurors: Jason Pollen, Professor and Chair, Fiber Dept, Kansas City Art Institute and President of Surface Design Assn; Robin Schwalb, Artist; Deborah Warner, Professor Chair, Textile Design Dept, Moore College of Art and Design; Entry Fee $40; For more info and prospectus visit or call 1-610-688-3553

Other Calls for Entries are listed on the SAQA Website. Click here to view.

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