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!
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.
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.
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.
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 sKing@SueKingArts.com. 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