Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Centennial Quilt by Patti Morris

Patti Morris of Red Deer, AB is proud to see her quilt titled "Centennial Quilt" hanging for the entire city to enjoy!    Check it out here or if you are in Red Deer check it out in person. 

The Red Deer Centennial Art Quilt” was commissioned in April of 2012 by the Red Deer 2013 
Centennial committee to celebrate the city’s 100th Birthday in 2013.  

The piece is a triptych in “map art” format. 

The goal was to deliver a geographical & historical perspective that would incorporate the 100 year 
journey. The Red Deer River is the visual focal point of the piece emphasizing the environmental impact 
it had in the early history to the present. The piece is bordered by brightly coloured blocks which 
represent the unique and dynamic structure of our city and incorporates the interlocking building blocks 
of Paul Klee’s “Red Deer Public Library” Logo. 

Acknowledgements: The Red Deer 2013 Centennial Committee, Mayor Morris Flewwelling, 
Local art Instructor: Tanya ZuzakCollard BFA MFA. The City of Red Deer Engineering Department, Copies Now, & former Director of The Red Deer Library Dean Frey.

And lastly, my husband Tony Morris, for his never ending patience, support over the past 10 months to 
make this all possible.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

New Membership Categories

Information for Current Members (Membership changes as of October, 2013)

Note: All current members will automatically be moved to the new categories.  Active Members will become Supporting Members; PAMs will become Studio Artists.

Arts Professional 

This new category has been added for members who are involved in art quilts and the arts in general but who are not primarily spending their time working in studios.  They may be teachers, curators, appraisers, writers, collectors, etc.  They may make art quilts but their focus is primarily on other related activities.

There is no application process necessary for this category.  The additional $25 fee allows Arts Professionals to market their businesses through the SAQA website. 

Arts Professionals will each have a page on the SAQA website, similar to the old PAM pages.  Arts Professionals will be able to promote their businesses with a brief description, along with link to their website and full contact information.  They will be able to upload a headshot of themselves and a photo of what they primarily offer.  For example, they may choose to show students taking their workshop or an image of the cover of their new book or a copy of their logo.  Arts Professionals will be able to choose searchable key words to make it easy for people to find them and their businesses.

If you are currently an Active Member and wish to upgrade to Arts Professional, visit the Membership Upgrade page.  Once your upgrade has been processed, you may add the information and images for your business to your membership profile page, along with your choice of searchable key words.
Studio Artists will continue to have the same benefits as the former Professional Artist Members (PAMs) and will have some new additional benefits.  Selection will continue to be based on application via resume and portfolio juried in by a panel of current Studio Artists, who meet on a bi-monthly basis.

Studio Artists’ work will continue to part of the SAQA website’s Image Library for online galleries and slideshows.  They will continue to be eligible to be part of the annual Portfolio, both in print and as a digital, searchable version.  The print Portfolios will continue to be mailed to galleries, museum, libraries, collectors, interior designers and architects.

New benefits for Studio Artists will include the ability to post up to five (5) images of their work (rather than the two allowed under the old system) which will rotate in a slideshow on their Studio Artist page.  Another new benefit is that they will have the ability to sell those pieces in the SAQA Store. Studio Artists will be responsible for shipping any pieces that are sold through the SAQA Store; SAQA will charge a 25% commission on all sales.

Studio Artists will be able to choose searchable key words to make it easy for people to find them and their artwork.  This is a fabulous new feature.

Studio Artists who teach, appraise, write, lecture, curate, etc. may also set up a page in the Art Services Directory advertising their business.  They may include a brief description of their business, along with a link to their website and full contact information.  They will be able to upload a headshot of themselves and a photo of what they primarily offer.

Current PAMs (now Studio Artists) who wish to upload additional images, add key words, and have their work available for sale in the SAQA Store will need to visit their membership profile page and make the necessary changes and choices.

Burgess Shale Project - TREX

Patti Morris
Western Canadian SAQA members have joined together to create this Burgess Shale Textile art exhibition. In 1909, the Burgess Shale was discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott in Yoho National Park. The fossils found in the Burgess Shale give us a glimpse into what the world looked like half-a-billion years ago. The Burgess Shale is one of the most important fossil beds in the world and its right in our backyard! Each 24”x24” piece in this exhibition represents one of the fossils found in the Burgess Shale.

The Burgess Shale is a touring exhibition developed by the Alberta Society of Artists for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program. This exhibition is currently circulating throughout the southwest/central parts of Alberta. The AFA Travelling Exhibition Program is financially supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

For further information on the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program contact: 
Caroline Loewen, Manager / Curator
Alberta Society of Artists
#305 - 1235 26th Avenue SE, Calgary AB T2G 1R7
Telephone: 403.262.4669; Fax: 403.263.4610; Email: caroline@albertasocietyofartists.com

If you visit the TREX website, you will now find The Burgess Shale exhibit listed in "Current Exhibitions".  There is a PDF file you can download (3 pages) that has a current schedule.  

The link is HERE: 

NOTE: Currently the exhibit is at Annie Gaetz School in Red Deer.  It moves from there to Turner Valley and from there to the Bighorn Library in Exshaw, where it will reside over the holiday season, till the second week in January.

Monday, October 7, 2013

First Ever Manitoba Parlour Meeting

Hello Manitoba SAQA Members!

I would like to arrange a Parlour Meeting in Winnipeg.
A few possible dates are October 21 (evening), November 5 (evening) & November 6 (afternoon).
Let me know what your preference is and I will set a location & final date. 

Drop me a line at (204) 572-6173 or email:  dawnpiasta@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Surface Design Alberta Exhibition

An Exhibition of Art Quilts, Fibre Arts & Mixed Media

Sunday, October 20, 2013
12 noon to 3pm

Canyon Meadows Community Hall
844 Cantabrian Drive SW, Calgary

Featuring:  "THE TRUNK SHOW"

Works by:
Trudy Cowan, Diane Duncan, Meredith Helgeson, Karen Jurek, Lil Mountjoy, Colleen Peake, Marilyn Samuels, Fran Sayles, Jan Scruggs & Suzanne Strank.

Free Admission --- Refreshments