Reminder: Upcoming SAQA meeting at Smiling Turtle Art Spot, June 13th

This is a reminder about our upcoming quarterly meeting to be held at the Smiling Turtle Art Gallery in Omaha on Saturday, June 13th at 11:00 a.m.  Shea Wilkinson and Rhonda Baldwin will be talking about basic photo editing.

They plan to cover basic photo editing needs, such as adjusting an images for the correct file size, or pixel size, brightness and contrast, cutting out the background for pure white, and more. They will also look at batch editing, which allows you to make the same adjustments to multiple images at once.

This should be an informative meeting on a topic that we have had many questions about.

Also, remember the deadline for the regional show, “Deeply Rooted” is fast approaching (entry opens June 16th, final deadline for submission is July 15th).  Hope you are planning to enter something!

As always, you may bring your own beverage and lunch if you want.  Also, and show and tell or kudos!

Hope to see you all there!

“Architexture” opening in Norfolk, Nebraska, July 2nd

The opening reception for the traveling exhibition, “Architexture” will be held at the Norfolk Arts Center in Norfolk, NE  on Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 6-9 pm.

The gallery will not only be showing “Architexture”.  Also included will be works from the Fiberworks group, including the premier showing of their exhibit, “Material World”.  A number of the members of Fiberworks are also members of SAQA NE.
Peg Pennell will give a short talk about SAQA, Fiberworks and the featured exhibitions during the evening.
Please plan to attend!  Bring your friends and family, this is a wonderful venue and we want them to be impressed by the large crowd a fiber show brings in!  We would like to be invited back to show here again.
Hope to see many of you and your friends and family there!
Norfolk Arts Center
305 N 5th. St
Norfolk, NE
6-9 pm

Member Spotlight: Wendy Maliszewski

Hi! I’m Wendy! I am an artist. I was born in Tacoma, Washington and have lived all over the US while growing up. I graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Textiles, Clothing and Design. I worked as an Interior Designer for many years, but am currently employed full-time at Creighton University.
My artistic work is mainly with fabric, but I also enjoy paint, working with clay, paper, metal and anything else that gets my hands dirty and generally makes a mess of things in my studio (and anywhere else in the house that inspiration strikes). I have always had an insatiable yearning to create and love seeing potential in things others view as discards. I find beauty all around me and as with most artists, I am never short of inspiration. I constantly have ideas for projects popcorning around in my head, which sometimes makes it hard to go to sleep at night.
I have been married to my patient husband of 40 years whom I often hear saying, “You want to do what?!?” to my crazy ideas. We have two beautiful, grown daughters that are an on-going source of amazement and inspiration to me.
I have exhibited my art quilts at shows in Nebraska and Iowa. I hope to eventually devote my attention to working full-time in my studio once I retire. Until then, I will continue to squeeze every last drop of creative studio time out of the day that I possibly can because it’s what gives me life.

Plus One, Pink and Black
Plus One – Pink and Black
Plus One – Red and Black


Gerbera Daisy 1


Look for the exhibition, “Architexture”, coming near you this summer and fall!

The SAQA Nebraska regional exhibition, “Architexture,” is currently traveling around Nebraska. Check if it’s coming near you!


January 10 – March 26, 2015:
AccuQuilt, 8843 South 137th Circle, Omaha NE. 68138

May 1- 31, 2015:
West Nebraska Center 106 East 18th, Scottsbluff NE. 69361

July 2-August 27, 2015:
Norfolk Arts Center 305 North 5th, Norfolk NE. 68701

September 1– October 30, 2015:
Beatrice Library 100 North 16th Street, Beatrice NE. 68310

January 1-30, 2016:
Jewish Community Center, 333 South 132nd Street, Omaha NE. 68154

February 2 – March 12, 2016:
Hastings Museum 1330 North Burlington, Hastings, NE. 68901

June 1-30, 2016:
Prairie Arts Center, 416 Jeffers Street, North Platte NE. 69101

August 15 – September 29, 2016:
Stur Museum, 3133 U.S. Highway #34, Grand Island 68801

October 1-November 30, 2016:
Nebraska History Museum 15th and P Streets, Lincoln NE. 68508


Alberda, Joanne
Baldwin, Rhonda
Burge, Shelly
Drueke. Jo
Heidemann, Dorothy
Jones, Elaine
Kibee, Debi
Levis, Cynthia
Mahan, Aimee
Pennell, Peg
Settles, Dori
Thomas, Dianne Duncan
Tuma, Dorothy
Wilkinson, Shea
Willet, Roberta

Exhibition opportunities – International Quilt Festival Houston

From Quilts, Inc.:

Submit your work for this year’s shows! 

Would you like to see one of your quilted masterpieces on display at the 2015 editions of International Quilt Festival in Houston or Quilt! Knit! Stitch! in Portland? Whether you’re a traditional, modern, or art quilter, we’re sure one of our seven current calls for entry will speak to you!

If you are interested in entering work for possible inclusion in one of this year’s exhibits, see the complete list of current calls for entry and their descriptions below. And visit the Entries Page on our website any time for information on the most recent contests and calls for entry.

Quilt! Knit! Stitch!™/Portland (Aug. 13-15, 2015)

The purpose of this challenge–open to Modern Quilters in the Pacific Northwest–is to create a modern quilt whose colors transition from black to white with shades of gray in between.

For this exhibit, artists are challenged to give new life to old or unfinished projects by “upcycling” them into aprons.

This fun exhibit will feature knitted, stitched, and felted creatures no taller than five inches in height. Help us populate our Yarn Barn with your own tiny creative creatures!

International Quilt Festival/Houston (Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2015)

A juried exhibit celebrating all of the reasons to…well…celebrate! Create a work that represents your reason for celebration.

For this contest exhibit, you’re invited to create a work inspired by a favorite quote or phrase.

Now in its 29th year, this exhibit showcases contemporary, international quilts representing various cultures and designs from around the world.

This popular exhibit celebrates one of quilting’s most popular themes and motifs, spotlighting flowers and floral works.

This annual special exhibit features the very best in contemporary traditional-based quilting, including works created by hand or machine, appliquéd, pieced, or wholecloth quilts.

We will once again showcase architecturally themed works in this long-running annual exhibit.

For this unique exhibit, we’ll “set the table” with enlarged “place settings,” complete with a placemat/tablecloth, napkin, fork, knife, spoon, and a plate full of “what you are eating for dinner.”

This exhibit is open to guilds in Texas holding a guild show and contest, a minimum of one show every three years, and features winning traditional-style quilts.

Nebraska Region Studio Art Quilt Associates Blog


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