Monday, December 19, 2011

Season's Greetings

Happy Holidays to all our SAQA Western Canada members, their families and friends!
May the holidays bring you everything you are wishing for and 2012 be filled with artistic success!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

SAQA's Annual Appeal

From Martha Sielman:
In this year's annual appeal letter, I'm asking you for two things: a statement about why you're passionate about SAQA and a donation.  We'd like to hear from you about what SAQA means to you.  Your statements will become part of a new design for the website that we're beginning to work on, to help explain to others why this is such a wonderful organization.

Why are we asking for a donation?
Because it takes almost exactly $400,000 to run SAQA's programs each year (not counting conferences).  Membership dues cover 41%, the Benefit Auction covers 13%, and book sales, jury fees, exhibit rentals cover another 23%.  The rest comes from you, from your generous donations to our annual appeals.

SAQA runs on people power - your power.  You volunteer, you create pieces for the Auction, you attend regional events, you write articles for the Journal, you enter your artwork in our exhibits and Portfolios. 

And we also need you to donate each year.  It doesn't have to be a lot.  If everyone sent in just $20, we could raise $60,000 for this appeal.  If you are able to give more, then we can start work on some of the new initiatives that we'd like to pursue, such as more support for regional exhibition opportunities, more educational programs, and more outreach to curators and gallery owners.

You can save SAQA money and help support SAQA's exhibition and publications programs by making your donation online now before your letter is  mailed out:

Please write "Annual Appeal" in the Instructions field and include a short sentence about why you are passionate about SAQA. 

Thank you for your support!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Mark your calendars NOW and sign up soon!

Registration for "Identity: Context and Reflection," the joint SAQA/SDA Conference is now open.

IDENTITY: Artists creating fiber and textiles often struggle with how to embrace their mediums while attempting to contextualize their meaning within the larger art world. Come meet with us in 2012 to explore your own artistic identity.

Conference: March 30 - April 1, 2012
Workshops: April 2-4, 2012

March 30 - Full day of lecture and panel presentations PLUS the Opening of Art Quilt Elements.
March 31 - Full day of tours of FiberPhiladelphia 2012 PLUS the Opening of Outside/Inside the Box.
April 1 - Morning lecture and panel presentations, followed by an optional critique session.
April 2-4 - Choice of Three-Day Workshops.

Conference will be held at Philadelphia Marriott West, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Another New Member in Saskatchewan

Welcome to Susan Krznar, the owner of "Stitchn Be Artisan's Boutique" in Regina. Susan has been following SAQA for some time and will be a great addition to our membership. If you live close to Regina or travel through check out Susan's boutique at 339 Albert Street N

Thursday, September 29, 2011

New Members!

A warm welcome to Valerie Wilson, Winnipeg, MB (our third Manitoba member!), Karen Johnson, Langley, BC and Donna-Fay Digance, Saturna Island, BC! Feel free to contact your reps with questions and suggestions anytime!

Friday, September 9, 2011


The deadline for Synthesis 2 has been extended to September 30th, 2011. If you are interested in participating in this exhibition check out the Networking section on this blog or contact Catharina Breedyk-Law directly by emailing her at

Monday, September 5, 2011

Western Alberta SAQA Meeting Sept 15th,

Western Alberta SAQA Member Meeting
Thursday September 15th 10:00 a.m. -> 2 p.m.
Place: 61 Allan Close Red Deer Alberta, T4R1A4
Google / Map for directions
Home of Patti Morris, R.S.V.P. 1403-347-3247

Meeting will focus on having an appraiser on sight to do appraisals and talk for 1 hour on "Why your Quilt has value" by Certified Appraiser Dawn Hunt

Lunch of homemade pizza's & salads, ice tea, coffee , scones & fruit provided throughout the day by host. Feel free to bring your own lunch & snacks if you have dietary issues.

Afternoon will focus on photography. Members will be encouraged to bring their cameras.
What, how, & why good photography is necessary.  How to submit the best possible images for shows,if this interests enough members. Host may invite local Red Deer College Photography Instructor Professor for a hands-on demonstration

Save the date: If you have a possible friend that may be interested in our group please encourage them to come along.

R.S.V.P. Patti at
or  phone 1403-347-3247

If you have a quilt you wish to have appraised email Patti so I can connect you to Dawn Hunt.

Looking forward to seeing my fellow SAQA friends!
Patti Morris

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Congratulations to Patti Morris, SAQA PAM and Alberta Rep for winning First Place in the Innovative Section of the "World Quilt Show 2011" in Manchester, New Hamshire, USA for "Alberta Rockies # 2".

For more info and to locate winners in all categories go to

Friday, July 29, 2011

Annual SAQA Benefit Auction starts soon...


309 one-foot square art quilts have been donated for our 2011 Benefit Auction. The funds raised through the Auction are critical to supporting SAQA's exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs.
This year's Auction will begin on Monday, September 12th at 2:00 pm Eastern and conclude on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 pm Eastern. Price points will again be: $750, $550, $350, $250, $150 and $75.

How the Auction Works

Monday, July 25, 2011

Featured Artists

Daphne Grieg and Susan Purney Mark are featured in the latest issue of the Professional Quilter
magazine. Susan's work is on the front cover.

More great News!

BC SAQA member Daphne Greig had two pieces accepted in the Houston International Quilt Competition. She has posted info on her blog:

Congratulations, Daphne!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Lesley Mayfield entered a new piece in Quilt Nihon, in Japan. She has received an email accepting her entry for the show .... Congratulations Lesley

Friday, July 15, 2011

Annual SAQA Benefit Auction Update

SAQA Needs YOU to spread the word
about the Benefit Auction!

We've received 309 fantastic artworks, and we're posting them on the website as fast as we can! See the latest here:

The funds SAQA raises through our annual Benefit Auction are critical to funding all of our exhibitions, publications, and outreach efforts. Help us to help you by telling everyone about the great artwork up for Auction in September.

If you post a link on your blog, let Martha Sielman know and we'll link to your blog from the Studio Art Quilt Associates Facebook page.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

B.C. Parlour Meeting

Eight of us met at the home of Jennifer Cooper. It was great to meet some of our fellow members and learn alittle about each other.
As a new group we had serveral things to discuss. One very imprortant aspect is to have a local group that is active and relevant to us. Regular meetings will also help to keep everyone up to date about all that is happening. As a group we must decide what we want the group to do for us.
Many are interested in compiling lists of support such as web sites, books, stores, and whatever else seems os use to us.
One of the issues raised was why SDA and SAQA are not one organization. Paulette Cornish spoke to this issue by telling us of her experience at the conference in Denver where they discussed what our organization stands for.
Paulette and Jennifer have both tsken part in the Visioning Project and spoke about what it meant to them
We feel that with leadership we can create a strong, active group in our area. Things such as a local blog would help keep us in touch.
After show and share, there was a proposal to do critques using the SAQA outline.
Achieving a workable group means meeting regularly, probably in the lower mainland.
Everyone present agreed to think about what they want this branch of SAQA to do for them and then we will create goals that we hope will include all members.
We made a start and we will keep moving forward with the participation os all the great members and new members to come
Jill Sullivan

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pulse "Alberta Society Of Artists At 80 Years "

To all SAQA members that are within travelling distance to Calgary.

"Pulse" Alberta Society Of Artists At 80 Years"

July 9th, 2011 ->August 24th, 2011. Place "Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts" (Next to Calgary City Hall), will host a two-part exhibition honouring past artistic achievements as well as recent work by 11 members. One of the 11 is our dear Alberta ,SAQA talented Artist "Barbara West"
Barbara's title of her installation is called "Drinking Games"   
Barbara, just completed a BA (Honours) degree in Embroidered Textiles from The Julia Caprara School of Textile Arts and Middlesex Universtity in London, England. A wonderful achievement Barbara!

Other SAQA members showing their fine talents over the summer are:
"lIse Anysas -Salkaukas "lIse has 2 fibre art works entered into "The Alberta Society of Artist's juried exhibitions .
"Peaks of the Canadian Rockies"  June 1st->August 28, 2011. Time 11 a.m.->4 p.m. Wednesday->Friday & 10 a.m.->4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 707-13th Ave SW, Calgary.
"The Forest Show" An exhibition of artwork by Alberta artists for the International Year of the Forest. Time Tuesday->Saturday: 10:00am->4:00pm , June 4th-> July 9th, 2011.
South Calgary. For directions

This would be an excellent opportunity for any SAQA members & friends to get together and see, visit and enjoy some awesome show's that members of SAQA have participated in!

Happy playing in your sewing rooms whether inside or out!
Warmest wishes to everyone for a safe & healthy summer.

Next SAQA meeting in Red Deer, My Home. September 15th 10 a.m.-230 p.m. Agenda will be posted early September. Mark it down on your calendars.

Patti Morris

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Update from the Conference in Denver

AB member Margaret Blank recently submitted this image of the "Canadian 5" attending the banquet at the SAQA Conference in Denver, CO in May 2011.
Thanks to Leo, Carol Howard Donati's husband for taking the photo and to Margaret for sharing it!
From left to right:
Back row: SAQA Atlantic Co-rep Teri Springer, Carol Howard Donati
Front Row: Mary Pal, Margaret Blank, Paulette Cornish

BC Parlour Meeting Reminder, June 14th

For complete information please check the May 18th posting!
Report on the SAQA conference in Denver by anyone who attended.
Jill will pick up any pieces the were accepted  for the "Connected Across the West" juried exhibition at the meeting and save shipping for anyone that can attend.
Bring a friend! We love to show our art to everyone and possibly gather new members.
I hope to meet many members at Jennifer's, it would be great to connect faces with the names.
Jennifer would appreciate knowing how many are able to come.. so I have included her email.
If you have questions or suggestions please let me know.

Jill Sullivan
SAQA/Western Canada/BC

Jennifer Cooper has generously offered to host a meeting for us Tuesday, June 14th at 2:00
Jennifer lives at 5701 Owl Court in North Vancouver

Phone 604.987.5701

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

AB SAQA Parlour Meeting a success!

I had the privilege of attending the first Alberta SAQA Parlour meeting yesterday. Patti hosted the gathering in her house and soon after everyone gathered an energetic meeting was under way which resulted in setting goals, identifying areas individual members wanted to explore as well as a great show and share session. More details will be posted once the information has been transcribed!


Friday, June 3, 2011

Attention SAQA members who had work in the NJS in London

To all SAQA Western members that submitted pieces into the Canadian National Juried Show. I just got off the phone with Diane Carson, NJS Coordinator. I called because of the Postal Strike that is to occur at midnight. All out of Province pieces are with her and will not ship until she knows what is happening with Canada Post. If the strike looks like it will go for an extended period of time then she will find another means to transport our pieces back to us like UPS?
I did not want any members worried about their lost treasures!
Patti Morris
Alberta Rep

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Reminder Re: Alberta SAQA Parlour meeting

Please contact Patti Morris if you are planning to attend the SAQA Parlour Meeing in Red Deer on June 6th! Let's all gather, get to know one another better and determine where the future  is headed for the Art Quilt World in Western Canada.
Anyone from outside of Alberta who might be in the area, consider yourself invited!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Grand National News

To all SAQA members:
Anna Hergert SK & MB rep. just won the Grand Prize and an Honourable Mention at the Grand National in Kitchener, ON 
This posting comes from Patti Morris, Alberta Rep & Jill Sullivan , B.C. Rep. We wanted everyone to know how proud we are of Anna.

SAQA Parlour Meeting in BC, June 14th, 2011

For our first meeting we will follow the agenda Anna used in Sask.  And of course we will  talk about whatever strikes our fancy. Show and tell is always interesting and reviewing the critiquing guide lines would be helpful for all of us.
We would also like to hear from anyone that attends the conference in Denver.
I would like to say thank you to everyone that took part in our first Western Canada call for entry.  I will pick up any pieces the were accepted  for the show at the meeting and save shipping for anyone that can attend.
Please bring a friend with you. We love to show our art to everyone and possibly gather new members.
I would also like to invite everyone to the show July 2 and 3 in Gibsons.
I hope to meet many of you at Jennifer's, it would be great to connect faces with the names.
Jennifer would appreciate knowing how many are able to come.. so I have included her email.
If you have questions or suggestions please let me know.

Jill Sullivan
SAQA/Western Canada/BC

Jennifer Cooper has generously offered to host a meeting for us Tuesday, June 14th at 2:00
Jennifer lives at 5701 Owl Court in North Vancouver

Phone 604.987.5701

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

SAQA Parlour Meeting in Alberta, June 6th, 2011

Please note: Any SAQA member or anyone interested in membership who resides in the Western Region is welcome to attend! The fan out email went out via the SAQA site earlier today. Here it is for anyone who follows this blog with additional info about quilt appraisals:

SAQA Parlour Meeting on June 6th 2011; 10:00am - 2:30 pm

Location: Patti Morris Home  61 Allan Close, Red Deer Alberta. Use Google Map for directions to above address. Call Patti at 1403-347-3247 or email for directions please.

Meet & Introduction with muffins, fruit, Caffeine, Juice & water.


a) Why did you join SAQA? Is there anything SAQA can do to make things more exciting for its members?
b) What would you like to see from the Alberta SAQA region?
c) Is the Western SAQA Blog helpful ? Would you like to add or remove anything from this site?

 Lunch: Homemade Pizza, Veg & Meat, Tossed salad, fruit & beverages . If anyone has any food allergies please let me know.

d) After lunch we will have a short presentation on conducting critiques from Anna Hergert & Patti Morris. Please feel free to bring along some of your work and get some input if you wish to have it.

End with Show & Tell : Something that you have been working on or want to share?

Plan next meeting for September 2011

Please email Patti @  an RVSP by end of May.

If you wish to have me add something to the agenda include that as well.

Looking forward to seeing as many of my SAQA gifted fabric friends on June 6th in my home.

Warmest regards & safe travels down or up Hyw #2 (Queen Elizabeth HWY)
Patti Morris

SPECIAL NOTE: Thanks to Patti's excellent networking skills!
Dawn Hunt, an active Alberta SAQA member,  will be attending the meeting and has agreed to appraise quilts for anyone interested. Please contact Dawn directly if you are interested or have questions as to what is involved.
The appraisal will take place after the adjournment of the SAQA meeting.

Dawn Hunt,  ISA AM
ISA Accredited Member Antiques & Residential Contents
American Quilter's Society Certified Quilt Appraiser
Box 8361
Canmore AB T1W 2V1
Ph: 403 609 9947
Fax: 403 609 2984

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Jury Selection "Connected Across the West"

Your Western Canadian Co-Reps spent several hours yesterday reviewing  and jurying the entries for "Connected Across the West".
Everyone who entered should by now have received their notification.
It gives us great pleasure to share the list of accepted artists and works. Congratulations, everyone!

Marg Blank - "Aspen"

Mardell Rampton - "Sailing"

Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas - "Two Happy Travelers"

Jennifer Cooper - "Violet & Lime" and "Akimbo"

Jaynie Himsl - "Purple Spruce"

Carol Seeley - " Silent Vigil"
Paulette Cornish - " Arbutus # 7"

Lesley Mayfield - " Cherry Blossoms" and "Solitude Standing"

Marie Barry - "Spring"

Margie Davidson - "Flowing Ferns" and "My Lot n Life"

Martha Cole - "Lichen, Rock by the Ocean" and "Cedar Bough 2"

Paula Jolly - "Circus of Emotion" and "The 2 Cs..."

Ethlee Koomhof - " Dropped Threads" and " Rockface"

Louise Perrin - "Undulating Elements"

Saturday, April 30, 2011

"Connected Across the West" - last chance to enter!

The call for entry for "Connected Across the West" has been extended to May 2nd.
There is still time to send images, statements and other pertinent information! Check out the details in the Call for Entry section on this blog and let us put together a great representation of art our members produce!
This is your chance! Put textile art out there and educate the public!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Interested in being included in a book about Art Quilts?

Make sure to check out the "networking" section on this blog. I just received the letter I posted today. Mary Kerr is looking for contributions for her new book with the working title "Details in Art Quilts". More info under "Networking" and by contacting her directly. Her contact info is also posted.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Alberta SAQA member announcement

Margaret Blank was juried into the 12th Annual Art Exhibit and Sale in Lacombe, Alberta!
These are exciting news as she is the first textile artist ever to participate in this show. If you live close make sure to show your support! Detailed info about hours and admission has been posted on the "Networking" page!
Congratulations, Margaret!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

On SAQA's Yahoo group...

We are inundated with countless chat groups, social networking opportunities and online "screen sucking" activities nowadays, and to consider joining another online group might be something you are avoiding.
However, I urge you to rethink your decision and check out the SAQA yahoo group. You are in control: YOU decide to sign up and choose the way to receive the messages posted. Here is the link to check it out and sign up
And if you are still hesitating - here is proof why I am happy I receive the digests or I would have missed this amazing Financial Times Article by Simon Schama, respected art critic. Check it out

Monday, March 21, 2011

Fibre Art Lecture in Saskatoon - April 17th, 2011

"Fibre – A Passion" by Jane Kenyon, international fibre artist from British Columbia
Jane is one of the Saskatchewan Craft Council “Dimensions” jurors for 2011.

The Lecture and slide presentation is based on Jane’s work and will feature some display examples.
There will be plenty of inspiration to gain, ideas to take home and try out in your studio!

The lecture takes place on Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 2 to 4 pm
at the Cliff Wright Library Auditorium
Lakewood Civic Centre, 1635 McKercher Dr.

Silver collection at the door

Fibre-Fiends and General Public Welcome - Please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Are YOU a SAQA Yahoo group follower?

I must confess that I don't follow the chat group regularly but every once in a while something catches my eye that is of relevance or particular interest. Just today I have been following  an interesting thread about Art Quilt shows and judging.

The following cought my eye initially and I felt the need to share:
Jean Ray Laury,  an early inspiration to many of us, passed away on Wednesday. She is such a memorable icon in the art quilting world!
This article is a true tribute to Jean:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Alberta SAQA member get-together date set

SAQA members interested in attending “The Central Alberta Quilters ”Guild Show on Friday April 1st have  a chance to meet the Alberta SAQA Co- Rep  Patti Morris.

Contact Patti if you are interested in having a short meeting beforehand and then tour the show? Patti’s phone # is 1403-347-3247 & email

Doors open at 10 a.m. at the  Parkland Pavilion, Westerner Park
4847-19 Street , Red Deer, Alberta.  
Show times Friday April 1st 2011 to 8 p.m. & Saturday, April 2nd 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Show hosts over 200 quilts and has approx. 35 Market Mall vendors on site.
Cost to attend is $8.00

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Membership update

I have just spent some time this afternoon reviewing the SAQA regional membership pages. There are two lists on the SAQA website that differ somewhat. I realized that several new members have not been officially welcome yet!
I apologize for this oversight and want everyone to know that when you look at the membership list and notice a member's name missing - do not hesitate to contact me immediately and make me aware of this!

While you are on the blog - please have a look at the list and check if the info provided for you is up-to-date!

Thanks, Anna

Monday, February 28, 2011

SK Parlour Meeting a great opportunity to connect

Five active Saskatchewan SAQA members and a guest met on Friday, Feb. 25th to connect, network, show and share their work and enjoy some great food. Our brand new member, Judy Morningstar from MB, joined the day prior to the meeting! Our region is growing - these are exciting times!
BC and Alberta reps are setting dates and are in the process of determining locations for meetings in the very near future. Watch for details on this blog and in your email inbox.

To receive up-to-date info sign on for the RSS feed.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

SK Members Parlour Meeting

Saskatchewan SAQA members are invited to our next parlour meeting!
When: February 25th, 2011
           10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Where: Home of Susan Wittrup
             2876 Cameron Street; Regina

Items on the agenda:
Discussion of expectations from regional members
Goal setting for possible future events
Show & Tell
Critique Know How

A potluck will be shared at lunch time!

Please email Anna if you have questions or additions to the agenda.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

PAM Membership Info

SAQA offers two memberships. While all members are eligible to participate in Calls for Entry across the board, the Call for Submission for inclusion in the SAQA Portfolio is open exclusively to PAMs.

Consider applying for PAM membership, if you have contemplated a status change over the past year. The deadline for consideration by the PAM selection committee is March 1st! There is still time for you to gather and organize the required documentation!

Click here to see what you need to do!

Not quite convinced yet? Here are some other perks for PAMs...

1.  Work in the Gallery of SAQA’s web site, which then becomes part of the Home Page slide show.
2.  Listing in the Teachers Workshops/Lectures section of the web site.
3.  Work included in the annual SAQA Portfolio -- in 2010 SAQA sent 4000 copies to museums, galleries, architects, interior designers, art consultants, etc.
4.  Work included in the SAQA PowerPoint, which is rented out to various groups.
5.  Eligibility for special exhibit opportunities.
6.  Notice of professional opportunities.
7.  Personal satisfaction from supporting the world’s largest organization for art quilters and its work to promote the art quilt.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Message from the SAQA President

From Sandra Sider:

After three months of settling into my new position as SAQA's President, I have been thinking about the challenges of this honor and how I might best serve our members.  I have been phoning the SAQA regional representatives, listening to their concerns and ideas, and speaking with individual members.  Below are the three main goals that I hope to accomplish between now and the fall of 2013, with your help.

1. Guide the Board through a five-year long-range planning process, in which we look to the future of our organization and determine how we can better serve the members. We have a planning committee in place, chaired by Kris Sazaki, and have already begun meeting via conference calls.  Our long-range planning will be the focus of two days of Board meetings in Denver.

2. Chair the SAQA Endowment Campaign (to be launched this spring), with the goal of raising at least $150,000 by the end of 2013 in a permanent fund, whose earnings will enable some of the initiatives in #1 to be developed, and also support our other projects.  Soon you will be receiving a letter in the mail about the endowment campaign, and we will have an endowment page on the web site.

3. Travel across the U.S. and Canada, giving critique sessions without any fee for our regional groups, raising the awareness of quilts as an art form and encouraging the establishment of local critique groups.  These sessions, directed especially toward non-PAM members, will include works in progress as well as completed quilts. 

Thank you to the Western Canada members that have already expressed interest in Sandra's offer to visit and offer a free critique session. If you are interested, please let your regional rep know as soon as possible, so we can begin to plan a visit by SAQA president Sandra Sider.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Call for Entry / General Blog Update

The Call for Entry for "Connected Across the West" is now open for submission! Visit the guidelines on the Call for Entry page.

In addition I want to announce our Featured Member pages. Starting Monday, February 7th, 2011 and every Monday thereafter, one Western Canada SAQA member will be showcased. I need everyone's cooperation with this: Please send a picture of yourself (ideally you working in your studio),  an image of your work and a short bio. All this will be posted on the member's page.

Beginning with the Western Canada co-reps for now I need your information as soon as possible, as it takes some time to format the info. I will feature members on a first come first "publish" basis and look forward to receiving your info!

Send the requested information to Anna at your earliest convenience, subscribe to the RSS feed and meet some of the members for the first time! Thanks for your cooperation!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

New member Susan Wittrup

SAQA Western Canada welcomes Susan Wittrup from Regina, SK. This brings Saskatchewan members to 9 - we have more than doubled our membership over the past three months in this province!
Welcome Susan! We look forward to getting to know you better!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Puzzled by Artist Statements?

Jill Sullivan, rep for BC wanted to share her thoughts about artist statements. She writes:

"Many of us, who are not regular participants in exhibitions or may be new to the process altogether,  are sometimes puzzled by just what is being asked for in the Call For Entry. One of the things that was always unclear to me was what to say in the Artist's Statement.  As I was reading the latest SAQA Journal, I found the best summary yet!

Make sure to read Volume 20, No.4, Fall 2010 of the SAQA Journal. It has an article called PAM Review Committee - First Year Reflections on page 29. The paragraph  I am referring to can be found in the center of the page, and it clearly conveys just what to include in the 'artist's statement'. Just as important it points out what not to include! Last but not least, it tells us to "keep it short, and to the point, and in the first person".

I realize most of us read the Journal cover to cover, but just in case you missed this article during the busy Christmas season I wanted to make sure to point out this interesting contribution by Leni Levenson Wiener. Hope this helps everyone with recent and upcoming Calls For Entry."

Remember: Submissions for the July Exhibition for Western Canada SAQA members opens February 1st... Get your submissions ready!
Questions? Email any or all of your SAQA Western Canada reps!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Alberta Co-rep

Great news! Patti Morris, respected and very accomplished quilt artist from Red Deer, Alberta has just accepted the co-rep position for Western Canada. Patti will be your Alberta contact! Jill and Anna are looking forward to working with Patti.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Member News...

Dale Anne Potter was a guest on Artistically Speaking Blog Radio Show on Jan. 21. Here is what she posted on the SAQA group:
I didn't get a chance to post before the show today, but I was a guest
on Artistically Speaking Blog Talk Radio Show .
I promoted Quilt Art a lot ......
Here is the long link:
or a smaller link:
Dale Anne in SW Saskatchewan

Congratulations, Dale Anne! The link has also been added to the Networking Page of this blog!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Call for Entry - Start Spreading the News!!!

 Art Quilters of Western Canada
"Connected Across the West”
(Members of BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba)
Artists use quilts to express experiences, emotions and personal observations through their work. This exhibition will focus on the environment each artist experiences around them.

Theme: A survey showcasing the breadth and depth of work being created by SAQA artists residing in the four Western Provinces

To be exhibited in conjunction with the “Sunshine Coast Quilters’ Guild Show”
July 2nd & 3rd, 2011
Gibsons and Area Community Centre
700 Park Road
Gibsons, BC
Times: 10 a. m. – 4 p. m.

Curators: Jill Sullivan & Anna Hergert & Patti Morris

Entry via email
Deadline April 30th, 2011

Submit up to three images of work created within the past three years.
Dimensions are not to exceed 60” h x 36” w


Artwork must meet the SAQA definition of an art quilt: A contemporary artwork exploring and expressing aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, assemblage and sculpture, which retains, through material or technique, a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descends.


January 21, 2011
Call for entry announced 
February 1, 2011
Email entries open
April 30, 2011
Online Entry Final Day-Deadline at 6 pm PST
May 1 – May 10, 2011
Jury Process
May 15, 2011
Notification to artists
June 15, 2011
Deadline for artwork to arrive
June 30, 2011
Installation of Artwork
            July 2 & 3rd, 2011
Exhibition open to public
July 4 - 10, 2011
Return/pick up of work to/by artists



During the registration process you will be asked to provide artist information, a description of each piece and digital images. The following is a checklist of what you will need to provide:
Artist Information:
Artist's First Name:
Artist's Last Name:
Address (street):
City/Postal Code:
Phone (include area code):
Information about each piece:
Artist's statement (50 words or less)
Size: height x width, in inches/cm
Year Completed:
Total Sale Price in Dollars (if for sale):
Insurance Value in Dollars:
Materials (25 words or less)
Techniques (25 words or less)

Digital Images:
Submit one overall image and one detail image for each piece of artwork.
  • Save your digital images as a high quality JPEG file (No TIFF files).
  • Finished image should be 1800 pixels on the longest side.
  • Email images to all curators

Upon acceptance: The artist will submit a one-time entry fee of $ 25.00.
This fee will offset cost of special promotion and shipping expenses to those members who cannot pick up their artwork due to geographical constraints.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Blog Launch off to a Great Start

Thanks to all you members with Eagle Eyes!
Launching this blog was well worth the effort already! I have never heard from so many of you! It is great to know that this site will provide a tool for communication for all of us!
I appreciate your feedback and notes to point out what might be missing on this blog and what could/should be added. One dilemma I have not been able to solve is linking the name with the website of those that have them. If you have experience with this on blog spot, please email me and I will tidy up the sidebar to contain names only. Right now you have to copy and paste the url into the browser... a bit inconvenient!
Meanwhile I have updated the Portfolio information. Any of you members who have not obtained PAM status, please reconsider. There will be one more PAM evaluation committee meeting in March just prior to the call for entry for Portfolio 18. Here is a link to the info on how to become a PAM.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Promise Kept...

A New Year -  New Goals to Meet! Welcome to the newly launched SAQA Western Canada  blog.

Plans to design and publish this particular blog to provide a common platform to members have been in the design stages for some time. Members and guests alike are encouraged to visit the site often. As with any blog the premise will be to generate discussion of relevant topics, post calls for entries and provide a forum for feedback and suggestions.

Members names have been posted on the sidebar with appropriate links to their website or blog.  Future goals include the creation of a rotating slide show of member's work. Please communicate your expectations for this blog with your reps!

With this brand-new blog for the group I would like to take the opportunity to introduce the newest co-rep to you. After nearly 3 years of growing the membership in Western Canada solo I invited M. Jill Sullivan from Sechelt, BC to join me in the SAQA effort. With steadily growing membership numbers I am pleased that BC now has their very own SAQA rep. Jill and I will work together on your behalf.

Feel free to comment below or contact us directly!

Happy New Year!

Anna Hergert (SK rep) & Jill Sullivan (BC)