Sunday, December 11, 2011

SAQA Ohio Member Jancy McClellan-Ryan in the News

SAQA Ohio member, Jancy McClellan-Ryan has been gaining a lot of notoriety of late. Her piece, Haiti Girl: Where were you before? was featured in the October/November issue of Quilters Newsletter magazine. In addition, she has been notified of acceptance into the OH+5 2012 at The Dairy Barn in Athens,Ohio. She is also currently showing 35 pieces of her textile art at Vino Where You Live, a very unusual venue in a large house that has been converted into a wine bar and wine shop. The shop hosts a variety of interesting events. On December 17, 2011 Dessert Wars will take place. The venue gave samples of their dessert wines to a variety of local businesses and assigned them the task of creating the perfect dessert pairing for the wine. Customers will be taste testing and voting for their favorites. In addition to live music, Jancy will be there on the 17th to meet and greet art, dessert and wine aficionados. Let's support Jancy and imbibe in a little wine and dessert too. Very festive for the season. Congratulations Jancy!! You are one busy artist!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Call for Entry

Title: Creative Statements: Ohio Art Quilts 2012
April 21, 2012 to July 6, 2012
Open to SAQA Ohio Members only
Location: The Zanesville Museum of Art
620 Military Rd
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
Exhibit Concept: This exhibition will explore the various purposes of art in the creative statement made in the work of art quilters living in Ohio. Successful participants will provide a short Artist Statement about their work which will be displayed next to their quilt.
Juror: Kathleen Loomis, winner of the Quilt National Japan Prize in 2009.
Managing Curator: Sue King
Co-Curators: Shelley Brenner Baird, Terry Ann Hartzell, Kris Worthington
Calendar: November 15, 2011 Call for Entry
January 7, 2012 Online Registration Opens
February 7, 2012 Online Registration Closes
February 9-15, 2012 Selection Process
February 2, 2012 Notification of Acceptance
April 19, 2012 Artwork to be Received at Venue
April 21, 2012 Exhibit Opening
July 6, 2012 Exhibit Closing

View the Full Prospectus and Application Documents Here
Direct questions to Sue King at or 740-687-6208

Monday, October 31, 2011

SAQA Ohio Member Exhibits her Spiritual Works

"Envisioning the Word," an exhibition of spiritually expressive work by award-winning artist, Linda Witte Henke, is on display through November 19, 2011 at Christ Church, 600 North Ford Road in Zionsville, Indiana. Please call 317-873-3242 to inquire about exhibition hours.

A meet-the-artist reception is scheduled for 6 to 8 PM on Friday, November 18, 2011 at Christ Church. The public is invited to visit the exhibition and be in conversation with the artist about her work.

Henke creates mixed-media art expressive of spiritual themes, sacred texts, and theological reflections. Her Envisioning the Word collection features more than 50 works that explore biblical texts and themes, from Genesis through Revelation. The exhibition is sponsored by the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Henke's work is displayed in juried solo, group, and invitational exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and North America, where her work also resides in parish, corporate, and private collections. In addition to her exhibited work, Henke maintains a full schedule of commissioned projects, most of which are purposed for liturgical use. Additional information about her work is available at

Henke is a graduate of Jane Dunnewold's Art Cloth Mastery Program in San Antonio, TX, and is currently engaged in Dunnewold's Advanced Independent Study Program; she also holds master's degrees in journalism and theology.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Nancy Williams to Show in Cinncinnati

SAQA Ohio member, Nancy Williams will have three of her works on exhibition at The Cincinnati Nature Center Quilt Show. This event is sponsored by The Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists of Cincinnati. The exhibition will run from October 21 to 23, 2011, from 9 AM to 5 PM. An artist reception will take place on Friday evening from 5 PM to 8 PM. The nature center is located at 4949 Tealtown Rd in Cincinnati. Congratulations Nancy! If you are in the area, stop in and support one of our Southwestern area members.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Shelley Brenner Baird Exhibiting Across the U.S.

SAQA Ohio Member, Shelley Brenner Baird,, is exhibiting in a wide variety of shows across the United States in the upcoming months. This talented artist will have work in the following well known textile shows:

QUILT=ART=QUILT 2011 at the Schweinfurth Memorail Art Center in Auburn, New York

QUILT VISIONS: INTERPRETATIONS 2011 at the Visions Gallery in San Diego,CA

FOCUS FIBER 2011 at the Canton Art Museum, Canton, Ohio

Congratulations Shelley!


Beth Schillig announces that at the very last minute, American Quilter magazine decided not to run her article scheduled to appear in this month's magazine. Although this is disappointing, both to Beth and her fans, readers should know that they can obtain a FREE PATTERN for the Engagement Calendar Cover on the magazines website at

Saturday, September 17, 2011

SAQA Ohio Members in the News

Maria Elkins has received notification that she has won one of the eight big prizes at The International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas for her piece, Windblown. The exact prize is still a mystery. This piece is a whole cloth quilt that features a friend of her two daughters with lovely red hair. Maria included a reference to traditional quilting in the quilted motif of the the sky in this work. She featured the Windblown Star Block from Barbara Brackman's book, Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. The quilt is painted with Tsukineko all purpose inks mixed with Jacquard colorless extender. Congratulations Maria!
Linda Witte Henke recently completed a liturgical commission for a set of summer-weight vestments, titled, "Consider the Lilies." The design employs the colors of the summer landscape to give visual expression to Jesus' words in Luke 12:27. The design motif was pieced from a variety of fabrics, colors, and textures, banded with gold piping, mounted on a background of green dupioni, and embellished with improvisational stitching. The vestments were designed to coordinate with the worship space in which they will be used.

Beth Schillig has an article featuring her work in American Quilter Magazine. The article features a little quilted calendar cover for the annual AQS spiral bound engagement calendar that features 54 quilts. Beth shared this little beauty at a SAQA Ohio Parlor meeting last spring in Columbus. The cover features Cherrywood cotton fabrics enhanced with Shiva Artist's paint sticks and machine quilting. Way to go Beth!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Nancy M. Williams, SAQA Ohio Featured Artist of the Month

How long have you been sewing and when did you start making art quilts?
I've sewn for 60 years or so and began art quilting about 5 years ago.

Describe your art and inspirations.

My art usually has a great deal of embellishment and fabric manipulation.

Where do you create most of your art?

In my sewing room.

What are your goals?

My work is mostly done for enjoyment and for the possible teaching of classes. I try to display at at least one Ohio show a year and one California show a year

Do you teach, lecture or make a business out of your art?

Yes, I teach and lecture, but I do not want to make a business out of my art.

Where can your art be seen?

I've had a few gallery shows but nothing recently. I can be reached via email at

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Virtual tour of Quilt National 2011

If you have not had the opportunity to it make down to Athens, Ohio to see Quilt National, SAQA Ohio member Linda Teufel can transport you there for a virtual tour. Just visit her blog at and you will find a wonderful commentary and photos of the exhibition. You might be inspired enough to make the drive to tour this wonderful exhibition for yourself.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Susan Shie to Hold Solo Exhibition

SAQA Ohio member, Susan Shie will be holding a solo exhibition in Orrville, Ohio this month. The event features Susan's drawings of her Orrville childhood as well as paintings and drawings of her granddaughter, Eva Miller. She will also exhibit some of her art quilts including her most recent work from the Kitchen Tarot series entitled, Royal Wedding: King of the Potholders.

The opening reception will be held on July 28, 2011 from 6 to 8 PM at the Heartland Community Center located at 200 N. Main St. in Orrville, Ohio. The building sits on the corner of Main and Water Streets. Light snacks and beverages will be served and the house cafe will be open for meal purchases.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Featured Artist - Jen Siegrist - Milford Ohio

Two Bottles
Q How long have you been sewing, and when did you start making art quilts?
A I have been sewing since the age of three. I have been quilting for thirteen years and making art quilts for 7 years.
Q Describe your art and inspirations.
A I am mainly inspired by the natural world, but moving more towards art and images that invoke thought and conversation.
Q Where do you create most of your art
A My entire house is my studio.
Q What are your goals?
A I'd love to have a regular gallery show. Not just one for fiber art but to truly have my textile art gain acceptance as an art form.
Q Do you teach, lecture or make a business out of your art?

A I teach people who say they aren't artistic. I do compete nationally, and the bulk of my business is in custom work.
Q Where can your work be seen?
A All of my pieces are at home at the moment. I haven't entered anything this year so far. I have been focused on current commissions. My gallery of available work is in my home.

Jen's work can also be viewed on her website,

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

SAQA Ohio Cinncinati Parlor Meeting

On Saturday, June 18, 2011 seventeen SAQA Ohio members and guests convened at The West Chester Library near Cinncinnati for a parlor meeting. The hostess was Carole Staples of West Chester who did a magnificent job booking the beautiful venue, organizing an agenda and making everyone feel welcomed. Thank You Carole! Group members engaged in a meet and greet session, shared a fabulous carry in luncheon and listened to a presentation by Sue King about the highlights of The SAQA Visioning Conference in Denver. This was followed by the documentary Stitches, then a show and tell presentation by members and guests bringing work along to share. The event concluded with a swap of miniature quilts. The following guests and members were in attendance: Leslie Alexandria, Sue King, Michele L. Ellis Bell, Beth Schillig, Nancy Williams, Carole Staples, Charlotte Davis, Barb Bruser, Lyn Conaway, Jen Siegrist, Lisa Quintana, Debra Bentley, Elizabeth Palmer Spilker, Carroll M. Schleppi, Maria Elkins, Rosalind Thomas, and Maxine S. Thomas.

Additional photos may be viewed on Maria Elkins website,

Work by Maria Elkins

Debra Bentley

Leslie Alexandria

Lisa Quintana

Carole Staples

Carroll Schleppi

Lynn Conaway

Beth Schillig

Sue King

Maria Elkins

Elizabeth Palmer-Spillar

Jen Siegrist

Hostess Carole Staples

Meet and Greet

Kris Worthington to Exhibit in Upper Arlington

SAQA Ohio member, Kris Worthington will be exhibiting her work at The Concourse Gallery at The Upper Arlington Municipal Center, 3600 Tremont Rd. Columbus, Ohio in a show entitled Quilts and Kiln. The opening reception will be held on Friday, June 24 from 3 to 5 PM. The exhibition runs through July 15, 2011. Kris' work may be viewed on her website,

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sue King to Exhibit at Ohio University, Southern Campus

SAQA Ohio member, Sue King will be exhibiting her work in a solo show entitled, Re-Imagining Color and Tradition at the Southern Campus of Ohio University located in Ironton, Ohio. The exhibition takes place in the OU Art Gallery located in the Dingus Tech Building. The opening reception will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 23, 2011. The show runs through July 14, 2011.
Trouble in These Fields: Mechanicsburg, Ohio 1938, 36x28

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sue King and Terry Ann Hartzell Attend Visioning Converence in Denver

On May 19, 2011 Sue King and Terry Ann Hartzell flew to the Mile High City, Denver, Colorado to attend the four day SAQA Visioning Conference which was held in the Brown Hotel of Unsinkable Molly Brown fame. Sue attended a meeting of approximately 20 other SAQA reps to learn about activities taking place in other states and countries. She was pleased to learn that Ohio is now almost on par with some of the other states that are quite active.

Key note speakers included Luana Rubin, the founder of and Dr. Alice Zrebiec, the textiles curator of the Denver Art Museum. The Front Range Quilters of Colorado acted as hostesses for the event, which included studio tours and a panel discussion by Deidre Adams, Patty Hawkins, Carol Watkins and Charlotte Ziebarth. These artists shared some of their favorite techniques, especially photography, and discussed how living in the West has influenced their work.

Another panel presentation involved a discussion of three dimensional work and included artists Susan Else, Mary Beth Bellah, Carolyn Crump and Jill Rumoshosky. On Thursday evening a cocktail party feted the opening of the SAQA Trunk Show which was spectacular and will be travelling the country this year. We have requested the show for Ohio members to view, so if you know of a venue willing to exhibit the show for at least a three to four week time period, please contact Sue King.

Carole Waugh's Studio at the Ice Cube Gallery

Terry Ann and Sue attended numerous break out sessions with titles such as Make Adobe Photoshop Elements Dance, Promote Your Work Without Apologizing, Rejected:Common Mistakes When Entering Juried Shows and Self Promotion with Pizazz. There were also sessions to assist SAQA members in writing articles for magazines and making a living by presenting workshops and teaching. Terry and Sue also toured the Denver Art Museum and enjoyed walking throughout the downtown area, viewing the prolific public art and of course shopping in a variety of boutiques. A high light was the tour to Golden Colorado where we visited the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum to view a stunning exhibition of the work of the Front Range Quilters. We additionally met our National SAQA leadership including Martha Sielman and Patricia Gould. Everyone was friendly and quite approachable. We also met some of the big name quilters in America and found them to be just as nice and willing to share. We both heartily recommend that SAQA Ohio members attend next year's convention which will take place in Philadelphia.

The Big Blue Bear at the Cenver Convention Center

Native American Woven Rugs at Denver Art Museum

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mindy Marik Enters Show

SAQA Ohio Member, Mindy Marik of Brookville, Ohio has completed her entry for the Aullwood Audubon Show. The theme of the show this year is Water, Water, Everywhere. Mindy's work is entitled Crying Rain. Good Luck Mindy!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Jennifer Solon and Anne French Exhibit in Fiber Art Show

Recovery by Jennifer Solon

The art quilts of Ohio SAQA members Jennifer Solon and Anne French (new member) will be included in the 4th Annual Fiber Art Show at The 577 Foundation in Perrysburg, Ohio on June 4th and 5th, 2011. This show is a showcase of innovative uses of fiber media that include art quilts, needle arts, wearable art, experimental fiber, textile collage and weaving. In addition to a juried art exhibit, the Fiber Art Show is a two-day celebration of all things fiber related and fun for the whole family! Here are some of the highlights:
Large Selection of juried fiber art (over 60pieces), Live music from a variety of musicians, Children's Arts and Crafts activities, Animals such as alpacas, llamas, and angora rabbits, Weaving spinning and dyeing demonstrations

After The Fiber Art Show, many pieces will be exhibited and available for sale through the end of July at Angelwood Gallery in Grand Rapids, Ohio. For more information, please visit the Perrysburg Area Arts Council website or email

Monday, May 9, 2011

Kris Worthington and Jennifer Landau to Exhibit

SAQA Ohio member, Kris Worthington of Columbus has had her piece, True Blue Companion accepted into Sacred Threads, an exhibition taking place in Washington DC from June 24 to July 4, 2011.

True Blue Companion

Kris and new SAQA Ohio Member, Jennifer Landau will be exhibiting in "Basted Vision," a Group Exhibit by Off Our Blocks at The McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St. Worthington, Ohio 43085. The show runs from May 12 through July 4, 2011. The Opening Reception will be held on May 12 from 6 to 8 PM.

Kris will be having a Solo Show, "Quilt and Kiln" in conjunction with ceramicists, Alcia McGinty and Mark Nagel at The Concourse Gallery at the Upper Arlington Municipal Center, 3600 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington 43220 from June 23 to July15, 2011. The Opening Reception is June 14 form 3 to 5 PM.

Congratulations Kris and Jennifer!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

SAQA Ohio Member Beth Schillig Wins AQS Contest

Beth Schillig (Columbus, Ohio) was a winner in the recent Mystery Quilt Contest sponsored by the American Quilt Society. The contest began in the September 2010 issue of American Quilter Magazine and started with 7-8" square focus blocks. Beth used a picture of a sunrise over Lake Erie in Marblehead, Ohio and ran it through the Kaleidoscope Kreator Program. She used batiks from her stash, followed the remaining instructions in future magazine issues, and created, " A MORNING IN MARBLEHEAD." You can view this beautiful quilt in the May issue of American Quilter Magazine, or on their blog at then scroll down to the March 14, 2011 post, or view closeups on Beth's website, Congratulations on this national recognition Beth!

Art Quilt Events Around Ohio

May 27 - September 5, 2011 Quilt National, The Dairy Barn Art Center, 8000 Dairy Lane, Athens, Ohio 45701.

May 5 - July 10, 2011, The Ohio Art Council presents, Happiness, The Riffe Center, downtown

May 14 - July 14, 2011, Superlatives, The Zanesville Art Museum featuring SAQA members, Deb Anderson and Sue Cavanaugh, as well as Sandra Ciolino, Rebecca Cross, Nancy Crow, Linda French and June O'Neil who will either be demonstrating or speaking about their art.

May 6 -June24, 2011, The Ohio Art League Show, The Main Columbus Public Library, open during library hours, features a work by SAQA Ohio Member, Deborah Anderson.

Surface Design Newsletter
SAQA Ohio Members may be interested in viewing the Surface Design Newsletter to find out information about events and artists involved in that organization. The newsletter may be found at

Call for Entry Taiwan Show
SAQA Members have and opportunity to show their work in an exceptional exhibition in Taiwan in 2012. Taiwan representative, Hsin-Chen Lin, is also the president of TIQE, and the first festival she organized in 2009 was wonderful. The exhibition was very well received and the catalog is gorgeous. The 2012 exhibition will be from August to July and the theme is Moving Water and Rivers, with and emphasis on the life-giving and precious nature of water on earth and the crucial environmental relationship we have with water.

Water and river are full of life and nutrient: novelty, freshness, and sustainability symbolize a source of vitality, expecting to convey an energetic, broad, and microcosmic angle of view, as well as each kind of life and existence that water and river embrace.

The prospectus and entry form will be posted on the SAQA website.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

SAQA Ohio Members Juried into Prestigious Exhibitions

SAQA Ohio Member Debra Bentley of Xenia, Ohio has had her work, JUNE'S DEMENTIA - A LIFE UNRAVELED juried into the prestigious Sacred Threads exhibition taking place in Washington DC from June 22 to July 4, 2011. This is a very special quilt, honoring the life of her mother.


June's Dementia - A Life Unraveled

detail - June's Dementia - A life Unraveled

The work of SAQA Ohio member, Kris Worthington, was juried into The Ohio Designer Craftsmen Show, Best of 2011. The show takes place from May 1, 2011 to June 15, 2011 at The Ohio Designer Craftsmen building at 1665 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212. phone 614- 486-7119. Kris' work may be viewed on her website Congratulation to both of these amazing artists!


SAQA Ohio Cincinnati Parlour Meeting Saturday June 18, 2011

SAQA Ohio member, Carole Staples, will be hosting a Parlour Meeting for SAQA Ohio members at the West Chester Library, 9363 Centre Point Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069, phone 513-777-3131. The event will take place from 11 AM to 3 PM. To date, the agenda will include a presentation on the SAQA Visioning Conference, a Show and Tell Session, a quilt swap, and tentatively scheduled is the unveiling of The SAQA Trunk Show exhibition.

Members may bring guests, but seating is limited to 50 so please make a reservation with Carole at to reserve a seat. Attendees are asked to bring a food item to share for a potluck luncheon, examples of their work to share with the group, and a 5" x 7" mini quilt that somehow incorporates a symbol of friendship to swap.

Carole Staples work is fantastic. If you are not familiar with her art, check it out at

I hope you will support our members and enjoy the SAQA events being planned for Ohio SAQA members. More events are in the works. If you would like to host a parlour meeting, have questions, concerns, comments, or news, please contact me.

Sue King, Ohio SAQA Rep.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ann Rebele to Exhibit in Coshocton

It seems that Ohio is the place to be this year if you have an interest in textiles.
The work of SAQA Ohio member, Ann Rebele, will be included in PUSHING THE SURFACE 2011, which will take place at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Coschocton, Ohio. The exhibition runs from May 21 - August 7, 2011 with the Artist's Reception occurring on May 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The Crooked River Fiber Fling is set to to take place in Peninsula, Ohio from August 4-7, 2011. This event will include classes and workshops on weaving, knitting, traditional basketry, quilting with metal and fiber, marbling on cloth and beginning spinning. There will also be a wearable art fashion show, boutique and vendor booths, children's events and animal tents featuring llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats and rabbits. For an additional thrill, visitors can arrive at the event by riding the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which will have a special car dedicated to demonstrating fiber art techniques. Check out the websites: or for more details. The contact person for the event is Bonnie Victor, available at

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Art Quilt Events in Zanesville

The Zanesville Museum of Art proudly announces several art quilt events to be held at the museum beginning in May 2011. ART WATCH takes place on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Quilts, demonstrations, and talks by Ohio quilters: Deborah Melton Anderson, Sue Cavanaugh, Sandra Ciolino, Rebecca Cross, Nancy Crow, Linda French and June O'Neil will take place at this FREE event. This is the second in a series of four unique Arts Alive Art Watch events funded by PNC Arts Alive.
Superlatives: Contemporary Ohio Quilts will also be featured at the Zanesville Museum of Art. This event will feature six acclaimed Ohio artists and will be on exhibition from May 14 through July 14, 2011.
Zanesville Museum of Art, 740-452-0741 or
SAQA Ohio members interested in attending this event as a group should contact Sue King at 740-687-6208 or Please note that Sue Cavanaugh and Deborah Melton Anderson are both SAQA Ohio members. Let's give them our support.

Monday, April 11, 2011

IQF Cinncinati 2011 and Other Breaking News

The International Quilt Festival changed venues this year, moving from Chicago to Cincinnati. From all accounts, it was quite a success. SAQA was well represented with two exhibitions: Creative Force and Sightlines, which featured SAQA Ohio member, Shelley Brenner Baird's work, Seeing Around Corners. In addition, Susan Shie, SAQA Ohio member, had a solo exhibition of her distinctive and world renown work. Carole Staples, another of our Ohio members also had a booth, selling her fabulous textile art. Way to go Carole!

Daren Redman, SAQA Indiana Rep and Nysha Nelson, SAQA TN/ KY Rep

SAQA Ohio members were extremely well represented among the volunteers that manned the booth for the four days of the show and included: Dr. Mazloomi, Terry Ann Hartzell, Mindy Marik, Barb Sferra, Martha Warsaw, Carol Staples, Maxine Thomas, Lisa Quintana, Shelly Brenner Baird, Linda Witte Henke and Sue King. A great big thank you to all of you for your hard work in making the show a successful one for our organization.

Terry Ann Hartzell in SAQA Booth

Many other members stopped by to say hello. In addition to our members, the booth was graced with visits from some pretty important members of the art quilt community including Pokey Bolton from Quilting Arts Magazine, Susan Shie, Jamie Fingal and Cheryl Ferrin, SAQA Marketing Director, who lent her technical expertise and support throughout the show. She even hosted a party in her room on Saturday night.

SAQA 2011 Auction Quilt

During the show SAQA sold a total of $ 4846.00 in merchandise and memberships and helped to educate the public about art quilts and the SAQA mission. A total of 27 new members joined our organization and 12 of these are from Ohio, so our membership role is growing.

2011 SAQA Auction Quilt

SAQA OHIO Members Invited to Open Studio

Shelley Brenner Baird, SAQA Ohio member and featured artist in Quilting Arts Magazine and SAQA's Sightlines Exhibition, will be hosting an open studio in her home for SAQA Ohio members on Saturday April 30, 2011. The event will take place in Columbus, Ohio from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Members are asked to bring snacks or drinks to share with other attendees. Shelley's entire home is her studio and members will be able to learn about her surface design and quilting techniques. Please RSVP to Sue King at You will not want to miss this opportunity to learn about Shelley's textile art career and mingle with other SAQA members.

Shelley Brenner Baird