Sunday, November 28, 2010

Art Quilts by Sue King Included in Columbus Exhibition

SAQA Ohio member, Sue King, has three pieces included in the "Small Works" exhibition at The Roy G Biv Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. The gallery will feature artwork that measures 12" x 12" or less from December 4 to December 18, 2010. Opening night coincides with the December Gallery Hop in the Short North and will take place from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. The gallery is located at 997 North High St., Columbus, Ohio 43201. Tel 614-297-7694. Regular gallery hours are Wed to F, 3:00 to 6:00 PM and Sat 1:00 to 5:00 PM.

Les Animaux I: Emmy
12" x 12"

Sunday, November 21, 2010

SAQA Ohio Regional Meeting Held November 20, 2010 in Westerville

Over twenty-five SAQA Ohio members and their guests gathered in Westerville, Ohio on November 20, 2010 for the Ohio Regional Meeting. Members were able to network, exchange ideas and business cards and view each other's work.

Homemade breakfast food was shared as a way to break the ice and get to know one another.
While participants relished these goodies, a Show and Tell Session took place and everyone was able to present their work to the group as well as give some background information about themselves and their art.

Through the generosity of our membership, three member/presenters spoke to the group on various textile related topics. Shelley Brenner Baird provided a very thought provoking PowerPoint presentation on her textile career, including a progression of her work spanning the last thirty years. She also brought examples of her art and discussed dyeing methods as well as the use of thermofax screening.

The group continued to get to know each other while eating box lunches catered by Panera Breads. The next presentation was given by Dee Dadik and Molly Butler, certified Textile Appraisers, on the importance of having art quilts appraised. They were also able to give members tips on safe shipping techniques and insurance.

Presenter Dee Dadik - Columbus, Ohio
The last presenter of the day was Terry Ann Hartzell who provided a power point presentation that focused on the use of technology in quilt design. The talk illustrated how to incorporate good design principles, use technology to catalog inspiration, and techniques for making patterns. Also covered were ideas to help artists organize their work and tips on preventing violation of the copy right laws.

Presenter Shelley Brenner Baird - Columbus, Ohio
The meeting ended with a plenary session. Members engaged in a brainstorming process to develop a 2011 plan of action. The top three interests expressed by the group were: 1.) holding quarterly meetings 2.) organizing a SAQA Ohio Exhibition, perhaps in conjunction with an adjoining state and 3.) organizing critique groups. Other ideas included sponsoring workshops and lectures, encouraging regionalized parlour meetings, working with colleges and museums to promote art quilts and studio tours.

Presenter Terry Ann Hartzell - Perrysville, Ohio and Peggy McDevitt
The meeting concluded with announcements and door prizes. Evaluations were distributed and the results, I am proud to announce were purely positive. Members seemed very excited about the opportunity to meet each other and are very much looking forward to our next get together. So, if you were unable to attend last weekend, plans are in the works for a second meeting to take place this spring. A big thank you to everyone that made this event a success, including those that brought food, helped set up or tear down, register attendees and of course a great big thank you to our presenters who graciously donated their expertise to the group. A special thank you goes out to Susan Holmes of theThe Nelsonville Quilt Company for donating a $20.00 gift certificate as a door prize and to Dee Dadik and Molly Butler who donated a free textile appraisal valued at $40.00
Members in Attendance
Liz DeBellis
Jancy McClellan-Ryan
Terry Ann Hartzell
Shelley Brenner Baird
Dee Dadik
Kris Worthington
Lisa Sellars-West
Maxine Thomas
Sara Deever
Deb Anderson
Beth Schillig
Lisa Quintana
Frauke Palmer
Martha Warshaw
Debra Bentley
Peggy McDevitt
Georgie Cline
Sue King
Molly Butler
Mary Ellen Echelbarger
Jessica Porterfield
and 0thers

Monday, November 15, 2010

SAQA Members Shine at Cleveland Show

Two SAQA Ohio members hailing from the Cleveland area, Helen Murrell and Carole Richburg Brown, were featured winners at The Reflections of Nature Quilt Show at Rocky River Metro Park in North Olmstead on November 13 and 14, 2010. Sponsored by The Cleveland Metro Parks, this annual event features quilts that focus on the beauty of nature.

Helen Murrell (left) was interviewed by the local public television station.

Helen Murrell's quilt, "Seedlings" won third place in the small quilt category. She stated that her quilt represents growth. It began in a class with quilt artist Carol Taylor and incorporated many of the new techniques she learned along with her own design elements. The green fabric in the center was her beginning inspiration and reminds Helen of new sprouting plants. During the quilt's construction, her 4 year old grandson developed a fascination for seeds and he kept Helen busy locating new seeds for him to add to his plant collection. This kept Helen focused on thoughts of new beginnings, growth and the unfurling of leaves in seedling plants during the construction of this beautiful work of art.

Carole Richburg Brown's quilt, "A Delicate Balance, "won the Judges' Choice Award.

Carole's quilt was created in conjunction with a project that involved the Textile Art Alliance. Artists were allowed to choose a small piece of fabric that was donated by The Cleveland Museum of Textile Art Division to use as inspiration in the creation of a new work of art. Carole incorporated an 18th century textile from China into her work.

The SAQA Ohio booth was manned by Terry Ann Hartzell, SAQA member from
the Loudenville area and Sue King, Ohio SAQA Representative from Lancaster.

The SAQA Ohio booth was visited by quilters and members of the general public who were quite interested in our mission. Four new memberships were sold and many visitors stopped by to learn about our organization.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

SAQA Ohio Member, Beth Schillig, Featured in National Magazine

International Quilt Festival - Quilt Scene is a recently released magazine by Quilting Arts. It is the second annual issue showcasing some of the quilts in the special exhibits on display at the Houston show last week. The annual IQA judged show, "Quilts: A World of Beauty," is one of the most revered international quilt competitions. This year 665 quilts were entered into the 23 categories and 377 were juried into the show.

Out of those 377 quilts, twenty were chosen to be showcased in the magazine. Our very own Beth Schillig's work, JEEPERS...It's Jane! was among those chosen! Beth is a new member of SAQA and feels extremely honored to have her quilt showcased along with artists such as Ricky Tims, Denise Halan, Sharon Schamber, Gloria and Hansen and others. Congratulations Beth!! We are so proud to have you as a member of SAQA Ohio.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

SAQA Ohio Member Wins Prestigious Award

SAQA Ohio Member, Sharon Bell of Shaker Heights, won the Friends of Fiber Art International Award at Quilt Visions 2010 for her work, entitled, Waterfall. The No Boundaries exhibition of art quilts is taking place at The Oceanside Museum of Art in San Diego. Congratulations Sharon! You make SAQA Ohio proud!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Central Ohio Parlor Meeting Held October 30, 2010

Jancy McClellan - Ryan , Westervillle
Central Ohio SAQA members joined the likes of SAQA members in Washington DC and other regions by hosting the first ever SAQA Ohio Parlor meeting on October 30, 2010 in the home of Sue King in Lancaster, Ohio.
Kris Worthington, Columbus
Six SAQA members including Peggy McDevitt, Shelley Brenner Baird, Kris Worthington, Terry Ann Hartzell, Jancy McClellan Ryan, and Sue King enjoyed lunch and each other's company. Susan Warthman Nash and Beth Schillig were unable to attend but have promised to make it to the next meeting.

Shelley Brenner Baird, Columbus
Each person brought some of their work to share with the group, which caused much excitement among the other artists. Members networked, exchanged business cards and scribbled notes about new leads on fabrics, thread, dyes and professional photographers.

Kris Worthington, Columbus and Peggy McDevitt, Lancaster

Members were supportive of each other's style and even provided some mini-critiques upon request .

Terry Ann Hartzell, Loudenville and Jancy Ryan-McClellan, Westerville
The group decided this event was so helpful that they plan to hold quarterly Parlour Meetings, touring each other's studios and sharing potluck meals and inspiration. This is a fantastic way to meet SAQA Ohio members in your area. Why not call or email a few members in your quadrant of the state and host a Parlor Meeting. It is such a great way to inspire and support each other. Don't forget you have your membership list with the phone numbers and emails of SAQA Ohio members to help you get started.