Look out for updates which will include the call for entry for our regional, four state collaborative SAQA exhibit beginning October 2015 in Des Moines.
The exhibit is called “Deeply Rooted”. What does it mean to be deeply rooted, to be uprooted and to put down one’s roots again? What nourishes us in good times and bad? How do we find strength after the storms of life have left? How does our connection to nature, community and spirituality support us? The exhibit “Deeply Rooted” explores the meaning of connection. The theme of being deeply rooted may be interpreted by the artist in abstract or realistic ways.
The first venue will be at the AQS QuiltWeek. The exhibit will give SAQA artists from Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin an excellent opportunity to showcase their art. QuiltWeek is seen by over 15,000 visitors every year. Approximately 30 works of art will be chosen for the exhibit.
Cynthia Levis is a fiber artist from Lincoln, Nebraska. Her work has been shown in exhibitions across the country and she is a member of Noyes Gallery where she sells her work, including commissions. Cynthia is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Fiber Works and American Quilter’s Society. She is a non-certified Quilt Judge and co-curator for the SAQA Architexture exhibition. Cynthia likes to use vibrant colors and intense quilting which can be seen in many of her art quilts.
Embroidery and cross-stitch was the beginning of my work with fiber. The “famous” Home Economics class in junior high school was the beginning of my sewing. I did make my share of traditional quilts throughout the years. During the last decade or so, I have focused my work on Art Quilts. I am not focused in one area of study. Instead, I make quilts based on an aspect that catches my eye with a strong design. I do enjoy surface design. I enjoy trying many different applications on fabric. I find Art Quilting feeds my creative soul.
with Jane Marie, SDA member.
The signature SAQA fundraising event of the year begins September 15th!
Dates:Group 1, Sept 15 (2 pm ET)
Group 2, Sept 22,
Group 3, Sept 29
Each piece starts at $750, and goes down each day ($500, $350, $250, $150, $75).
Two of our group’s pieces were selected to go to Houston to the International Quilt Festival to be shown and auctioned there (Jane Haworth, Dorothy Heidemann-Nelson)
There are many other calls on the SAQA website, check them out to find others that might appeal to you. Remember, you have to enter to be chosen to exhibit!
Food for Thought- Sept 30, 2014
Wild Fabrications- Jan 15, 2015
Balancing Act- Feb 28, 2015
Concrete and Grassland- Sept 30, 2015
Curated “Dream Collections” for auction- Dori Settles (2), Esther Brabec, Peg Pennell (2), Chris Taylor (4!) Shelly Burge (2), Aimee Mahan, Jane Haworth, Cynthia Levis, Jo Drueke
Shea Wilkinson, a Nebraska native, has sewn clothes, costumes, quilts, and dolls since childhood. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in International Studies and German Language. Afterward, she taught English in Mexico, during which time she became passionate about creating art. She returned to the United States and immediately pursued a new career as an artist.
She has exhibited widely, and has won numerous awards for her intricate, thread-based work. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and two cats.
The prospectus for the 2014-16 Regional Showcase, Architexture, has been posted under Call for Entries.
Jo Drueke’s work reflects her interest in the environment which began as a child growing up on a Nebraska farm. Working in an intuitive manner, she allows the work and process to determine how the quilt develops. Inspired by the textural beauty found in nature and the ever changing environment, she utilizes stitch and embellishments to form the dimensional and tactile qualities of the finished piece. She is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Surface Design Association, Midwest Fiber Art Alliance, Fiber Works, Nebraska State Quilt Guild, and the Lincoln Quilt Guild. Her works have been exhibited in many shows in Nebraska. Jo won Best of Division in Mixed Media at the 2011 Nebraska State Fair with her work “Forest Floor” (below).
I’ve loved nature as long as I can remember. I spend hours examining the color, pattern, texture and structure of the small: seed pods, leaves, berries, and bark. Spiritual and ecological truths can be observed in nature: all things are impermanent, life is rooted in seasons, and there is beauty in the withered, weathered and tarnished. I am motivated to create by bringing attention to the often overlooked, unnoticed world.
Fabric and other fibers fascinate me, especially as I combine them to reflect what I observe and photograph in nature. I often combining fabric with paper, threads, paint or other embellishments. I use items found in nature and natural dye techniques to create my own printed fabric and fibers.
I love living in Nebraska! What I enjoy most are the varied environments found within the borders of our state. My art is a reflection of meditating on my love of our natural world.