We began by discussing how much members tap into the online resources SAQA provides. It was interesting to see that very few have taken advantage of the yahoo group connection. Most members work full-time outside of the house and find that the time they spent on the computer was less valuable than actually producing their art. I pointed out that the WIKI site continues to be a valuable resource when researching fiber arts related information. Jaynie shared her positive experience with the online critique group which she has tapped into for some time now.
The regional blog is of some value as the members like to check out the weekly featured member. I was glad to hear this as setting up the blog site and maintaining it has taken a considerable amount of time and energy.
We moved on to calls for entries and other exhibition opportunities.
The "Best of the West" trunkshow has generated a lot of interest with nearly all SK and MB members participating.
A show and share of new work concluded the morning and we moved on to a quick potluck lunch after which we departed for Moose Jaw to participate in a free photography workshop organized by CARFAC Sask. The focus was on taking professional photographs and preparing them for submission to galleries and grant applications. This three hour presentation by Gary Robins from Regina was in-depth and provided a strong starting point to help everyone in attendance.
|SAQA members gathered at the SK parlor meeting, (from front to back: Susan K., Susan, W., Louise P., Sharron S., Jaynie H., Donna C., Leanne C., missing: Anna|