Reminder: Delivery Instructions for “Architexture”

The deadline for getting your entered art work turned in for the Architexture show is fast approaching!  A few things to remember:

Artwork must be to Cynthia Levis by Jan 1, 2015

Cynthia Levis

5910 South 88th

Lincoln, NE 68526

We realize that some of you have entered more than one piece, but due to the nature of this exhibition, each artwork must be individually boxed in it’s own container!!  As some of the venues are not as large, each piece may not be shown at every venue, so each work must be safely wrapped in it’s own, closed package!!

This can be a box or a tube, remembering that it cannot be more than 2″ larger than your piece.  ALL wrappings and your container should be marked with your name.

Some ideas for your package are:

A shipping tube if your piece is small can be rolled.  It is genearlly best to roll the piece around something inside the tube, such as a roll of batting covered with muslin or a smaller carboard tube, again covered with muslin to protect the work.  Then cover the work with a piece of muslin and a plastic bag, to protect for any unforseen occurances of water….Heaven forbid!!! And put it in the tube.  There are different reasons to wrap with the right side out or in.  Here are some thoughts on that- if it has embellishments that might be damaged, perhaps wrong side out is better, but if it can be rolled right side out the corners will tend to curl towards the wall rather than out when the piece is unrolled.

Make a box to custom fit your work. Roll and wrap your work as above and measure the package. Cut a piece of cardboard large enough to create a box that will be “cozy” but not too tight for the piece.  It is usually easier to pre-fold the cardboard, perhaps scoring the folds.  Use sturdy packing tape to secure the box.  One idea is to permanently close one end and make a “cap” for the other end that will fit over, like a shoe box.  This can be taped in place and easily reused for each venue.

If your piece must be flat, create a box that is large enough for your piece but only deep enough to accomodate the work with little to spare so it will not shift and bunch when moved about. It is best to enclose the work in plastic in this type box as well.

Mark all your packaging with a water proof marker that will not rub off on anything!!!!

Hopefully this will be helpful to you in packaging your piece!

Peg will be picking up artwork at The Smiling Turtle on Friday December 12th.  If you want her to deliver your work to Cynthia, have it there by noon that day!!!

If you do not have it at the Smiling Turtle by noon on Friday December 12th, it will your responsibility to get it to Cynthia.

Any questions, contact Peg at

Thanks for entering your work, it looks like we will have a wonderful show!

Shea and Peg

Prospectus for Regional SAQA Exhibit, “Deeply Rooted”

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.


Member Spotlight: Cynthia Levis

cynthia levis photo

Meet Cynthia:

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.

Artist Statement:

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.

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SAQA 2014 Auction Beginning Soon

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

View all auction pieces

New Regional Co-Rep: Shea Wilkinson

sheaShea 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.

Member Spotlight: Jo Drueke

Jo Drueke, Exhibition Committee
Jo Drueke, Exhibition Committee

Meet Jo

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).

Artist Statement

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.

Mini Portfolio

"Forest Floor"
“Forest Floor”
"Autumn Leaves"
“Autumn Leaves”
"Blue Solitude"
“Blue Solitude”
"Growing on Prairie"
“Growing on Prairie”

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