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)