Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Candles for Yvonne

Cynthia Wenslow
SAQA Social Media Coordinator
I'm not sure how many of you read the conversations on the general SAQA Yahoo group...and I'm not sure how many of you read the Regional e-mails you receive...

So I am sending out this message received recently from Cynthia Wenslow:

"In 1989, Yvonne Porcella, a California quilt artist, sent out 50 letters to artists and friends to rally them to her cause of establishing a place for art quilts in the world of contemporary art.
Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) was launched from Yvonne's initiative, rapidly growing to include hundreds of members across the USA.
Forward to 2016. Yvonne Porcella is facing some very serious health challenges. SAQA, the organization that is her brainchild, would like to surround Yvonne with positive thoughts from the membership, and with candle light, which is particularly meaningful for her.
Yvonne Porcella
We invite SAQA members to participate in two ways:
1. Email us at with an image of original art you have created for Yvonne featuring candles, either art quilt, fabric collage, or photographic art, and a positive statement for her challenges or statement of gratitude for Yvonne's efforts in advancing the art quilt (no stock photos, please)
2. Create a 4"x 6" postcard-sized art quilt featuring a candle and/or positive sentiments or affirmations. Email image to AND mail the actual art quilt to Candles for Yvonne, c/o Cynthia Wenslow, 1862 E Belvidere Rd, Ste 121, Grayslake, IL 60030
It is our hope that these positive thoughts and images will surround Yvonne at a time when she needs them most.
These images, sentiments, and art quilts will be shared with Yvonne as possible, and posted on SAQA social media for her to enjoy.
If you have any questions, please email
We thank you in advance, in sincere gratitude."

As befitting our 25th anniversary celebration, Yvonne -- the first SAQA President -- was the Keynote Speaker at the SAQA Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2014:

Those of us who come after her in the studio art quilt world, owe her a debt of gratitude.  Whether or not you remember her with an art card, please keep her and her family in your prayers.  Thank you.

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