Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Workshops & Genl Call for Entries

BLoomingdales is opening a new store in Santa Monica, August 1, 2010. Through Crussell Fine Arts there is an open call for Original Artwork, any medium, as long as it can be wall mounted: please see website for specifics. Theme is Santa Monica: it's culture, relationship to the Pacific Ocean, it's people, etc. The chosen work will be purchased by Bloomingdales, with no limit on purchase price, 50% commission to Crussell. All work/correspondence goes through Crussell Fine Arts. Submissions due May 1st. Please refer to www.crussellfinearts.com/bloomingdales.html and http://www.bloomingdales.com/ for very specific entry requirements. This is very exciting and there will be a lot of competition so please read carefully the entry how to and submit an outstanding piece!!!!
SAQA One Foot Squares 2010; this year's benefit auction donations are to be sent to Pat Gould, 12620 Towner Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112. EARLY BIRD DEADLINE is April 1st, which your piece could be eligible for Auction advertising, postcards, display at IQF-Chicago Apr 16-18th. Final deadline is July 1st. Please include the following information when sending your piece - Title, Your Name, Full Address, EMail Address, Website or Blog URL, 1-2 sentence description. IMAGES: Pat will arrange to take a photo of your work. If you would like to have it appear on the SAQA website right away, email a good quality jpg (no larger than 800x800 pixels, shot on a pure white background) directly to Eileen Doughty ef.doughty@verison.net
Alliance for American Quilts unveils it's 2010 Contest
The nonprofit Alliance for American Quilts has just announced the theme of its 2010 quilt contest, "New From Old." This will be the fourth annual contest for the organization, whose mission is to document, preserve, and share the stories of quilts and their makers. Here are the details: Quilt size: 16" square; deadline: May 31, 2010; Grand Prize: Handi Quilter HQ Sixteen Quilting Machine for Sit-Down Use; As in previous contests, the Alliance encourages a free interpretation of the contest theme. "New From Old" could refer to a new quilt made from a traditional pattern or a quilt made from vintage fabric or fragments of an old quilt. The theme also might be interpreted personally or metaphorically, depicting anything or anybody who has been re-invented and/or re-imagined. Be playful! The top prize, valued at $5,000, is a major prize, especially for producing such a small quilt. The other prizes are also noteworthy, and include a huge gift basket filled with goodies from sponsors including TQS, Moda, and Simplicity Creative Group. Second prize is Electric Quilt software, and third is a basket with items from sponsors including River Silks and C&T Publishing. Learn more about the prizes and contest here. From there, you can click on the contest page and download an entry form. Contest quilts become the property of the Alliance, which will auction them off on eBay next fall. There are many benefits to entering, even if you don't win a prize. Not only are all contest quilts displayed on the AAQ website, but they will be touring to several major quilt shows, including the NQA (National Quilting Association) Annual Quilt Show in June and the AQS (American Quilter's Society) Show & Contest in Knoxville, TN in July. After the contest, all entries will be exhibited permanently on the Quilt Index, a much-lauded database of 50,000 quilts run by the Alliance in cooperation with Michigan State University. In addition to knowing that your quilt will be preserved for the future, you'll be helping to preserve and grow a dynamic, educational, and inspirational organization for everyone who loves quilts.
Quilt Visions Member Challenge "Fantasy Flowers" - due by April 30th; no fee or CD; just mail your 12" square to Quilt Visions, 2825 Dewey Rd, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92106; prices must be $150, $200 or $250. 50% of the proceeds go to Quilt Visions. Please include your name, address, phone, email, title, date and price with your art quilt. Artists can also donate any unsold work to QV's live auction in the Fall. The 12" squares will be shown on May 7th.
Thread Tails and Vapor Trails - due Oct 1st. Kelly Gallagher-Abbott is the curator. They are asking for quilt makers from around the country to make a quilt honoring 100 years of Naval Aviation. Quilt Size 40" square. There will also be a group category. Visit their website for the rules and requirements http://www.navyquilts.com/The award winning and all selected traveling quilts will debut at the Blue Angel Homecoming Event Nov 11th & 12th in Pensacola, FL. Kick-off naval events for CONA (the Centennial of Naval Aviation Committee) start in San Diego and Washington DC in Jan 2011. Quilts not donated will be returned by Jan 2012.

Quilt National ’11, the seventeenth international juried competition for new innovative quilts, on display May 28 – September 5, 2011 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio (USA). Jurors are internationally recognized artist quiltmakers Eleanor McCain (Shalimar, FL) and Nelda Warkentin (Anchorage, AK); and Pauline Verbeeck-Cowart (Kansas City, MO), textile artist and associate professor at the Kansas City Art Institute. The work must
(a) possess the most basic structural characteristics of a quilt,
(b) be an original design of the entrant,
(c) have been completed after September, 2008 and
(d) measure no more than 108” or 270 cm. in either direction.
Jurors will grant over $6,000 in prizes. Entry deadline is
September 10, 2010.
Work selected for the exhibition will tour throughout the
United States through 2013 and will be published in a full-color catalog. Entry forms and rules will be available at www.dairybarn.org/quiltnational after February 1. 2010. For a printed copy of the entry form, send a self-addressed business-size envelope with postage to QN ’11 Entry Form, Dairy Barn Arts Center, P.O. Box 747, Athens, OH 45701-0747, USA.

Jane LaFazio is teaching a one day workshop, Intro to Wet Felting, at Idyllwild Summer Arts, Tuesday, July 6. Details here.

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