SAQA NE. member Chris Taylor is having a busy month.

Her exhibit “Abstract Explorations in Fabric” is showing at Burkholder Project at 719 P street Lincoln NE. 402-477-3305

Times open: First Friday November 2, 5:30-8:00pm

Tuesday – Friday 10:00-4;00pm

Saturday 11:00-3:00pm

“Gifted-Holiday-Show” November/December

At Lux Center for the Arts 2601 North 48th street Lincoln NE.


First Friday November 2, 5:00-7:00pm

Times open: Tuesday/Friday 11;00-5:00pm

Saturday 10:00-5:00pm

“Voices of Hope” Benifit

November 9, 6:00-10:00pm

at Vallan

1725 South 6th street Lincoln NE.


Chris has a piece featured at: MEDICI Event.

First Friday preview

Event on November 13, 6:30-9:00pm

Richard Hall Lincoln NE.

Rembember: SAQA “Passages” is exhibitiong at Beatrice Library in Beatrice NE. The month of November. This is it’s last exhibit before the pieces go back home to their owners!

If anyone has anything going on in November please let me know and Ill get it posted on our blog!

Submitted by Cynthia Levis


3rd Quarter Recap

Our 3rd quarter meeting was held September 8, 2018 at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE 9 Members and 1 guest were present.

Survey Recap:
The Survey results were shared with the membership. Several members expressed interest in helping write for the blog and Facebook. If you have an article you would like to share, please email it to Rhonda at See link to recap notes:

Betty Busby Workshop-
We will host a workshop with Betty Busby August 8-10, 2019 in Lincoln, Ne. We will host the Multi media workshop. It will be open to members of SAQA NE first and then open to the public if space is available. You must be a SAQA member of the Nebraska region as your first or second region. The 3-D workshop will be in Omaha with MFAA. It is open to members of that group first then the public if space is still available.

Betty will be staying at the Levis home as they have other business thereby saving our group housing. Debo gave a report on the location scouting. So far, the Innovation Campus at the University of Nebraska seems like the best solution. Accommodations are not available at this location. More information will be forthcoming after the committee meets.

We will have a committee for the Busby Workshop with Cynthia Levis, Rhonda Baldwin, Debo Hysack and Dianne Duncan Thomas. Dianne is also on the committee from MFAA, the group that is hosting the other workshop with Betty following ours in the Omaha area. She will coordinate with that group.

The Natural World is open for entry. Fees must be paid on the SAQA site.

Pay here:
Enter here:

We will have LaVonne Dunetts’ husband, Mike  here to take photos and teach you how to set up your equipment properly. We will also be “entering” during our meeting in November if you want to wait and do so with the “group led” process or you can enter anytime before the end of November. Remember to bring your laptop or tablet with you to enter. Mike will have the photos for us that day. The meeting will be longer than normal. Please mark your calendars. November 17th, 10:15 at the IQSC, Lincoln, NE.

We need committee volunteers to make a show catalog for The Natural World. We discussed the SAQA account that is used with Amazon for print on demand catalogs. This can be a good source of funds for covering show expenses. We will need this done before the opening of the show in April. Deadline by March 1. Please contact Rhonda if you are interested.

Passages Updates
Cynthia drove the exhibit to Paducah, KY after receiving it from the last venue. Before that could happen, Marilyn Rembolt, Dorothy Heideman Nelson and Peg Pennell volunteered to help hand-sew each piece to the black felt panels required by the venues for hanging. See photo below

These panels will come in handy for hanging other shows in the future.

We want to express our huge thanks and heartfelt gratitude to these women for stepping up and helping get the show ready to hang in the AQS shows in Paducah and Virginia Beach. The Virginia Beach show dates are October 3-6th.

Friends of Museum Art Market-

Our next meeting coincides with the Art Market put on by the Friends of the Museum. Please consider making donations of hand dyed fabric, art cloth, collectables, vintage sewing items etc to the group. Donations can be dropped off in Lincoln at the IQSC or in Omaha to Dianne Duncan Thomas or LaVonne Dunetts. Forms are available from same.

Support the museum that supports us by allowing us to have meetings free of charge in there beautiful facility.

12 x 12 Auction Going on Now

Nebraska region donated 21 pieces this year! We are so happy to have won the award for the highest participation in a small region. The prize money will go to paying for the black panels with the balance going to our workshop expenses.

Please consider buying some art to support our organization too!


-SAQA Seminar—Visual Design began September 10th You can still sign up.

-Exhibition Opportunities- check the SAQA site and also consider….

-2019 Auction 12” x 12”

-SAQA Members Only Facebook group-daily quilt post still has spots available. email             Linda Syversen Guild at

-2019 Conference Showcase Donation -watch the website for the call.

JoAnne Alberda- Tales from a Ghost Town, The Octagon, Ames, Iowa thru Sept 29

-I Walk, Nobles County Art Center, Worthington, MN thru Oct 19


Shea Wilkinson- Parallel Worlds, Gallery 72-Omaha, NE Sept 14-Oct 6

Cynthia Levis presenting Passages at the gallery opening in Falls City, NE — upper left

Passages, Stalder Gallery, Falls City Library, Falls City, NE —upper right

Passages, American Quilters Society Fall Show 2018, Paducah, KY

Meeting Recap-

Our quarterly meeting was held Saturday, June 16 at the IQSC in Lincoln, NE. There were ten members present, Elaine Jones, Kim Creamer, Chris Taylor, Gail Dickel, Debo Hysack, Dorothy Heidemann-Nelson, Wendy Maliszewski, Debi Kibbee, Cynthia Levis and Rhonda Baldwin. We discussed the light turn out and decided that in future, we would still hold meetings on schedule with members looking to the recap for the basic info they miss.

Cynthia heard from the Stalder Galley located in the Falls City Library, it will exhibit “Passages” July 13-August 25, 2018. We have been asked to do a Artist talk and a workshop. The dates available for the talk and workshop are July 13 or 14 ( both talk and workshop) or July 20 talk, July 21 workshop. Stalder Gallery would be setup workshop from 9:00-12:00, 3 artists @ 45 minute mini sessions or 2 artists @ 1hr. 15 min. sessions and wrap up.

****Cynthia needs to know ASAP, who would be willing to do the workshop and what technique you would be teaching. Do need to let Stalder Gallery know for Promotion of workshop.****

It was reported by Rhonda that we had a balance of $971.28 in our regional account with SAQA. This balance does not reflect the expenses for Passages exhibit but does include the monies received for winning the 12” x 12” challenge. We had 21 participants from our small region giving us the win in the small region category. Kudos and thank you to all the artists!

The Betty Busby workshop has been tentatively scheduled for Aug 7-11, 2019. We were very happy that Betty added us to her full schedule. We will be choosing the class from the survey results that will sent out at the beginning of July.

This will be a comprehensive survey of all the regional members and will help us plan the future programs and direction our region will take. Please watch your email for the links for the survey from Survey Monkey.

Dorothy Heidemann-Nelson brought the Friends of IQSC Bazaar to our attention which will be held at IQSC during our upcoming November 2018 meeting. This table is requesting donations of salable items with all proceeds going to support the museum. If you wish to donate, items must be to Dorothy by November 16th. Hand dyed fabrics, small work, vintage sewing items are all big sellers. Because we have our meetings here, it’s a great way to show our support for the museum and it’s work.

It would be a great time to pick up some special gifts for Christmas!

We are determining interest in a road trip to Paducah, KY for the AQS show this September 12-15, 2018. Our regional show, Passages will be traveling to this prestigious quilt show and we are excited to share it. Anyone interested in going along, please contact Cynthia.

A short description of the Regional Conference in San Antonio was presented. Rhonda and Cynthia had a great time sight-seeing along the riverwalk and meeting up with their fellow reps, and meeting new people and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The short talks and local presenters were the highlight of the conference. Especially good was local artist Miki Rodriguez Her work was so refreshing and interesting and listening to her story was inspiring. Jaye Dodds and her daughter did a very funny talk about traveling together to conferences and fiber art gatherings. Jane Dunnewold gave the keynote on energy work and creativity. So many good speakers this year.

The program planned for this meeting will be postponed until the September meeting due to the light turnout and the fact we did not have access to our regular meeting room. Elaine Jones and Debo Hysack both shared during the Show and Tell portion. Debo remarked that the Indigo dye class at the Innovation Campus was a very good valueand recommended participation in the next event.

Debo also shared an event ongoing at Elkhorn Metro Campus gallery featuring Madison and Matthew Creech’s work. Visit their website at

We still have a SAQA Trunk Show in our possession until August 1st if anyone is interested in displaying it at a local guild meeting. Contact Cynthia for more information.

Next meeting is September 8th at the IQSC from 10-12. Remember this is a home football game and prepare accordingly(traffic).
Rhonda Baldwin
Nebraska Regional Co-Representative
Studio Art Quilt Associates


Meeting Coming Up

Good Afternoon SAQA Nebraskans,

Just a quick reminder of the meeting this Saturday, June 16 at the IQSC in Lincoln. (10am-12pm)
We will start promptly at 10:10 (building opens at 10:00) and need to be out of the building by noon for a luncheon so
please plan your arrivals accordingly.  We will be meeting upstairs in the atrium area due to
other activites scheduled in the museum.  We have a fun program planned to stretch your skills of
Hope to see you Saturday!

Meeting Notes -Spring 2018

Hey Friends.

Here are the notes and meeting recap from the last meeting which was held Saturday, March 11th  at the International Quilt Study Center.  We had 16 members attending with all the comings and goings of the busy day.

We discussed the 12 x 12 Auction pieces and had a mini show on the display board of all finished pieces.  We discussed that we would need to collect the emails received by each member when they entered their piece.  Cynthia Levis is collecting these emails and will print them to attach to each piece when they are submitted.  Please forward your email to her for inclusion.  There were  two or three members whose work will be submitted separately as they

are finishing.  This is perfectly acceptable and you have until June 1 to participate.  All the money raised with these pieces make our organization s

o much better and help with the grants and keeping the dues at manageable levels.  Please participate if you can and a huge thank you to each of you that have submitted this year and in previous years.

Additional note:

This piece has no name or information on the back and we need someone to claim it.

As of Monday, March 19, these people have not forwarded their

email confirmation to Cynthia.

Kimberly Creamer, Tracey Herre, Esther Brabec, Roberta Willet, Dori Settles, Wendy Maliszewski, Joanne Alberda, Rebecca Kemble, Jane Haworth

Please forward that email to her ASAP at

Passages Calendars were distributed at the meeting.  The calendar is below.  Dates are available for the new show, The Natural World which will open next April, 2019 at Lauritzen

Gardens in Omaha, NE.  If you know any gallery that might be interested in this show, please contact Rhonda Baldwin or Wendy Maliszewski  Rhonda’s email is

Wendy’s email is

Kudos to Wendy for arranging a new venue for The Natural World  at the gallery in Wayne,Nebraska,   More details to follow.

A huge thank you to Dianne Thomas, LaVonne Dunnetts and Wendy for hanging Passages

at the Lauritzen Gardens venue.  Dianne and her husband also traveled to Fremont to bring it down, pack it up and transport it back to Omaha.  Such a big job and so very much appreciated.

Debo Hysack shared her experiments with Bubblejet set and digital printing.  She sees promise in this technique as a substitute for TAP, transfer artist paper, that is no longer being produced.

Epson inks which do not require bubblejet set treatments were also discussed.

Shelly Burge reminded us that her piece sold on the first day of the Collectors Auction last month for $750.00.  Congrats on selling your piece twice, once at the original auction and again at this one.  Beautiful work.

Chris Taylor showed her new work and passed around postcards about her show that is hanging currently at the Unitarian Church in Lincoln.  Show is open 9-3 Mon-Fri and 9-1 Sun.

We discussed having a small petty cash fund to take care of incidentals and small things that come up, like mailing the quilts to the auction, printing costs, etc.  We will investigate the procedure for these type expenses.

We also discussed having Betty Busby come and do a workshop.  We will investigate!

The program was a session of “Be the Juror”  Slides were shown and each person chose pieces for a simulated show.  it was fun to see all the work and make choices for a cohesive show. Members were able to see just what a juror goes through to choose work for a show and can use this experience to think about their work that is submitted for shows.






March 1- April 9 2018

Lauritzen Garden

100 Bancroft St, Omaha NE 68108

June 2018

Meadowlark Gallery

222 Central Ave, Grant NE. 69140


July 13-August 25,2018

Stalder Gallery, Falls City Library

1400 Stone St, Fall City NE. 68355

September 12-15, 2018


Paducah KY

October 3-6, 2018


Virginia Beach VA

November 2018

Beatrice Library

100 N. 16th St, Beatrice Ne. 68310

Current Exhibit Information and reminders for March 10th meeting


Hope everyone has been enjoying the snow we’ve been getting and getting some snow dyeing done!   I have noticed some of the results on FB, they look GREAT!!


Reminder: March 1 – April 9th 2018 “Passages will be exhibiting at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha NE. 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha NE.




Our Nebraska member, Chris Taylor is having a show at the Unitarian church, 6300 A Street, Lincoln, NE. in March. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9-3pm, Sunday 9-1 pm. Website:

“Textural Colors” by Chris Taylor, fiber artist and quilter, is a new collection focusing on interrelationships between color and texture. It differs from earlier work by emphasizing characteristics of fiber, glass, metal, and the uniqueness of her own hand-dyed fabric. Yet, it reflects earlier qualities: her ongoing passion for being involved in the creative process and encouragement by Robert Hillestad, a long time mentor, fellow artist, and friend.

Be sure to stop in and/or tell a friend about both shows!


Reminder: If you haven’t made a 12×12 for the SAQA Auction, we will be collecting them at our March 10th at the International Quilt Study Center Museum, 10-12pm.

See you in March

Cynthia and Rhonda

**Important information***

Hi, hope everyone is keeping warm during the cold snaps we’ve been having!

Passages is showing the month of February at Gallery 92 West in Fremont NE. located at 92 West 6th street.  February 2nd is first Friday we will have a reception at Gallery 92 West 5:00-7:00 pm.  If you can, please come!! We would like to have as many artists there to speak about their piece.

Gallery 92 West will also have a luncheon 11:30-1:00pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month February 15. Gallery 92 West has offered to give us lunch with our visit on the 15th. Please RSVP Cynthia Levis ASAP if you plan on attending!

Some had asked about the Call for Entry for “The Natural World”.  It is on the SAQA site under Call of Entry/ Regional and on our SAQA NE. site under Pages/call of Entry.

For easy access, I’ve added the Call of Entry to this post.  Do print this out for your records.

Stay warm and hope to see you at Gallery 92 West this coming Friday February 2nd!!

Cynthia and Rhonda


Studio Art Quilt Associates Prospectus Call for Entry
January 15, 2018
The Natural World
A SAQA Nebraska Regional Showcase


The opening show will be held at Lauritzen Gardens Atrium in Omaha, NE in April
of 2019. Other venues will be added when secured.

“The Natural World” will consist of approximately 20 artworks.

The natural world encompasses everything from flora and fauna to rocks and minerals; vast celestial orbits to microscopic organisms and has been the inspiration of artists for centuries.

This showcase of art quilts will encourage members to interpret their own unique vision of, and connection to, this amazing natural world whether abstract, graphic or representational. Issues of the environment concerning conservation, sustainability, preservation and threatened habitats may also be addressed.

We intend to add an interactive component to this showcase at a public library and other locations to share our work with more tactile members of our communities. We will be asking each participating artist to provide a “touchable” piece of similar work to their showcased piece. This could be a cutoff scrap from the original construction or a similar pieces that each viewer can actually touch.

Children’s groups from the community where the exhibit is located will be invited to come to a structured docent/artist guided walk through of the showcase. Suggestions for a craft/art project or coloring page that the teacher or leader can do with the group will be provided.

Any and all works accepted into this SAQA showcase will need to be available to travel March 15, 2019 – December 31, 2020 and are required to travel to all venues with the showcase and must be available for the full run of the show (through December 2020).

In order for work to be considered for inclusion, we ask that artists engineer their pieces to be able to be rolled, folded or otherwise able to travel between venues in one box with the other works in the showcase.

Showcase Coordinators: Rhonda Baldwin and Wendy Maliszewski
Should you still need further clarification on these guidelines, contact the Coordinator at


1. Artist must be a primary or secondary SAQA Nebraska member to enter.
2. Artwork must be the artist’s original design. Photos may be used for reference but actual work must be an interpretation of the photo and respect all copyright laws and considerations.
3. Consideration is by digital images only (directions below).
4. Collaboration is permitted, provided that (a) Each person collaborating is a SAQA member with Nebraska as their primary or secondary designation; (b) The collaborative artwork is entered on the same entry form as the individual artist serving as the contact artist for that collaboration. It is entered as a separate artwork that lists the names of all collaborating artists in the space provided. It is entered only once, each collaborating artist does not also enter that same work on another form; (c) Only one fee is charged for the individual artist’s form, regardless of the number of artworks(up to 3 pieces) made by the artist, with or without collaborators, listed on that form; (d) The collaborative work is counted as one of the three artworks each artist is permitted to enter. A collaborating artist may submit two additional artworks, either as solo artists or in collaboration with another artist.
5. There are no restrictions regarding the publication of your artwork prior to submitting your entry. SAQA encourages you to blog about your work in progress.
6. Artists may submit 3 works, including any collaborative work (see #4 above). Showcase coordinators will use ArtCall for entry through the SAQA Site
7. Size Requirements: 20″- 60″ H x 20″- 36″ W (Height = vertical dimension; Width = horizontal dimension). Work must be in the portrait (vertical) orientation. Please observe the size requirements carefully; any work that does not meet the size requirements will not be accepted or hung.
8. All submitted work will be accepted, but venues have the right to restrict hanging due to size restrictions or at the discretion of the venue.
9. 3-D and freestanding works will not be considered.
10. Artwork must meet the SAQA definition of an art quilt: The art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.
11. Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance to the showcase coordinator. SAQA will arrange to insure the artworks during the exhibition and while it travels, until it is returned to the artist.
12. Artwork MAY be for sale. Not all venues will offer the art work for sale. Most venues that will offer art work for sale will change a commission, the commission will not exceed 50%.
13. Work must be available to travel March 15, 2019 through December 31, 2020. Travel details to follow. It is the policy of SAQA that once work is accepted, it cannot be withdrawn for any reason until the end of the run.
14. The Artist(s) confirms, to the best of their ability, the artwork entered does not violate any copyright or trademark laws.
15. By submitting their work for review, the Artist(s) confirm they will adhere to all the above.

GUIDELINES FOR CONSIDERATION – Checklist of what you will need to provide
Artist Information: (the name you list is the name by which your work will be exhibited; spelling and capitalization will be reproduced in the same way that you enter them)
▪ Artist’s First Name
▪ Artist’s Last Name
▪ Address (street)
▪ City/Postal Code/Country
▪ Phone (include country code)
▪ Email
▪ Artist’s website

Information about each piece
▪ Digital photos, one overall and one detail for each submission. (see digital photos below) Images must be in jpeg format.
▪  Artist name
▪  Title
▪  Artist Statement specific to the work submitted (Not to exceed 120 words) SAQA reserves the right to edit statements to fit the space allotted.
▪ Size: height x width, in inches
▪ Small off-cut or “touchable” similar piece for sharing with the audience that is 4” x 6”
▪ Year created: (for information purposes; there is no restriction on the year the artwork was created) Submitted work need not be new. Work may have been shown previously but must meet all the other requirements.
▪ Materials: (200 character limit)
▪ Techniques: (200 character limit)
▪ Photo credit: (if photo is not by the artist)
▪ Is the Artwork for sale? (see Note below)
▪ If yes, Sales Price: (see Note below)
▪ If no, Artist’s Stated Value: (see Note below)
“Artist’s Stated Value” is the value of the artwork determined by the artist which represents the
(1) The US dollar amount the work would be priced, if it was for sale. Do NOT deduct any amount for commission when determining this value.
(2) The status of the Artwork (for sale or NFS) and the amount of the Sales Price or Artist’s Stated Value, as entered in the entry form, may not be changed after the entry form is submitted. The same status and value must be shown in the Artist’s Contract signed by accepted artists and must remain the same throughout the term of the exhibition.
Please follow the requirements in the Call for Entry carefully. The requirements are specific to each show depending on the size of the venue, the available shipping container, and the particulars of the chosen theme. If your submission doesn’t fit the parameters, it will not be accepted into the showcase.
After completing your entry, please add to your email approved senders list so you receive notifications regarding your entry.

Special Note: We encourage you to send the best photos you can. It is strongly recommended you have professional shots taken of your work. Photos should be in sharp focus, showing all edges of the art quilt, be well lit, with correct color and no distortions. The quilt should be the only item visible in the image other than a white, black or gray background. Furthermore, if you are selected for the exhibition, your submission photos will be used for the exhibition catalog. Therefore, your images need to be of the highest possible quality. For more information, see Submitting Photos To SAQA Publications
How to submit digital images
▪  Submit one overall DIGITAL image and one detail DIGITAL image for each entry. No photo of your additional small sample piece is required.
▪  The artist name must not be visible in the images. Any artist(s) names or watermark(s) visible in the image must be masked, covered or removed to preserve the integrity of the blind jury process.
▪  The file format should be JPEG files (no TIFF files), saved at maximum quality (minimum compression).
▪  The longest side of the “live” area of the artwork (not including the background) should be at least 2100 pixels. Larger is fine so long as the longest side of the overall image does not exceed 4200 pixels.
▪  Label your images in whatever way is useful to you in retrieving and uploading the images to the online entry form. The entry system will overwrite that label with a new filename based on the entry number as part of the “blind” jury process.
Image Checklist
▪  Image must be shot straight on. Use a tripod and make sure the camera is level and parallel to the artwork. Center the image in the viewfinder.
▪  Lighting must be even. It should not be darker or a different color temperature from one side to the other or from top to bottom. Make sure you have sufficient light to properly expose the image.
▪  Shoot on a contrasting background. For example, if your quilt edge has a lot of black, shoot on white or gray.
▪  All edges of the quilt must be visible. Do not crop into the borders or binding. We must be able to tell where your quilt edge ends and the background begins. Do not remove the background and do not add drop shadows with software.
▪  Check focus after shooting. Upload to your computer and zoom to 100% to see if the image is sharp and has sufficient detail.

You will be asked to agree with these Terms and Conditions
I agree to loan my artwork to Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. I understand the costs of insuring and shipping my artwork to the coordinators are my responsibility. I further agree to permit the images or detail images and/or all or part of my artist statement to be used in the exhibition catalog, articles, ads, promotions, books, websites, blogs, CDs, current event news coverage, television productions, and/or multi-media productions for and about the exhibit or for and about the shows at which the exhibit may be seen.
Fee: $35 USD for up to 3 entries. Members must pay their fees using a credit card (MC, Visa or Amex) or PayPal through the SAQA website: The fee must be paid before the entry deadline listed above. Reminder: for collaborative work, the entry must be made in the name of all participating artists. Please review Item #4 under Eligibility and Guidelines above

Happy New Year!!

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

First, Kudos to Shea Wilkinson on the fabulous article in the Omaha World Herald in the magazine insert “Inspired Living”.  If you, by chance have the insert” Inspired Living” from yesterday’s Omaha World Herald paper would you please keep it for Shea?

The call of entry for SAQA NE. “Natural World” should be out by the end of January.

* “Passages” will be showing at Gallery 92 West in Fremont NE. the month of February. *

Passages 2018 Calendar

February: Gallery 92 West, Fremont NE.

March-April: Lauritzen Garden, Omaha NE.

June: Meadowlark Gallery, Grant NE.

July 13-August 25: Stalder Gallery, Fall City NE.

September 12-15: AQS, Paducah KY

October 3-6: AQS, Virginia Beach VA.

November: Beatrice Library, Beatrice NE.

Stay warm and keep sewing!

Cynthia and Rhonda


Nebraska Region Studio Art Quilt Associates Blog