Selected works for “Passages”

Studio Art Quilt Associates Regional Exhibition Passages

Nebraska SAQA reports that juror Cindy Erickson has selected the art works for their Passages show. This show will have its premiere in April, 2017 in the Beaver Terrace Gallery at the IQSC in Lincoln Nebraska and will include works from 15 different artists from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and California. The selected artists each identify Nebraska as their primary or secondary region.

The artists and works are:

Jo Alberda – Meltdown

Jo Alberda – Coming Through

Rhonda Baldwin – Portal

Gail Dickel – Avalanche Lake Trail

LaVonne Dunnetts  -Transitions

MaryKay Fosnacht – Straight of Georgia From Thetis Island

Karen Hansenb- Just Passin’ Through

Jane Haworth -Bon Voyage

Dorothy Heideman-Nelson – My Grandmother

Dorothy Heideman-Nelson – The Street Where I Live

Debo Hysack Estuary – Passage

Cynthia Levis – Senior

Wendy Maliszewski – Snapshots of a Life

Peg Pennell – Fire

Marilyn Rembolt – Sisters: Six Generations

Chris Taylor – Earth

Dianne Thomas – First Beginnings


Works in this show are expected to travel until December 2018. Further information about additional gallery shows can be obtained from Cynthia Levis at It will also be posted in the Nebraska SAQA website as it becomes available.

Congratulations to those who had work accepted into the exhibition!

Here is the note included with the announcements. Cindy Erickson replaced fellow SAQA member Pat Kroth who had scheduling conflicts.

“Juror Erickson has chosen a strong, colorful show corresponding to the abstract and representational sides of the Passages theme. Using the blind jury process, she was free to choose what she felt best illustrated a cohesive show under the Call for Entry (“CFE”) parameters. She said it was difficult to limit the show to 17 works due to gallery size and image quality”

More options to register for the SAQA Conference

Hi all!

If the whole conference just would not fit into your schedule or if one day was of more interest to you, now you can register for just one day!

There are a few spaces being opened up in the SAQA conference in Lincoln for one day participants.

You would need to register right away to grab one of these spots. It is a great opportunity to network with other fiber artists from around the world!

Below I have listed the prices and the schedule of events for the conference. You can find more info and register on the SAQA website,

2017 Conference Registration Fees

$400 – Full Conference Registration ($40 late fee applies after March 1st)
$300 – Regional Representatives / Speakers
$150 – Full time student (verification will be required)
$200 – Single day rate (Friday -or- Saturday)
$150 – Single day rate (Sunday only)

Schedule of Events

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Registration
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Vendor Marketplace
TBA TableTalk Sessions
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Ice Breaker Reception
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome and Introduction
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Lightning Talks
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Student Panel
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch at the Hotel (included)
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM 1st Set of Breakout Sessions
3:30PM – 5:00 PM 2nd Set of Breakout Sessions
TBA Friday Night Out or dinner on your own
9:00 AM Buses to International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Guided tours of the exhibits (including SAQA’s Layered Voices), behind the scenes tours of the IQSC&M, and tours of the Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design department’s classrooms and galleries.
5:00 PM Buses return to hotel
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Saturday Night Banquet (includes Spotlight Auction, Lightning Talks)
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Local Artist Panel
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Keynote Speaker – Michael James: 40 Years in the Studio
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Closing Remarks

If you’re interested, register ASAP before these spots get filled!

Next Quarterly Meeting, March 11

I am writing to remind you of the upcoming quarterly meeting to be held on Saturday, March 11 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. We will be meeting at the Millard branch of the Omaha Public Library 13214 Westwood Lane (just south of 132nd and Center). I don’t know yet which room we will be in but will check right before the meeting and let you know. They don’t have that information available until right before the meeting.

As always, read everything there is LOTS of important information here!!!


As we have done in past years, we will send our auction pieces in a regional package. This saves on postage for all of us!

Your 12″ x 12″ Benefit Auction pieces should be brought to the March 11th meeting. We send our pieces together to save on shipping, plus it is great to get to see what everyone made in real life! We all know a photo is nice, but seeing the real thing is better!

All the details for the auction are found on the website under “Artwork-Benefit Auction”. A link to the form that needs to be filled out is there and a copy of the confirmation email you receive needs to be included with your piece.

Bring $1.50 for postage along with your piece. I will prepare a box and ship them out after the meeting as we want them to be there by the Early Bird Deadline. As you see, there is an added bonus to get them to SAQA by March 25th, so I plan to send them out on the Monday morning after the meeting!

Early Bird Deadline: April 1, 2017
The Early Bird DEADLINE of April 1st will make your donation eligible to be included in the Benefit Auction promotional brochures. Those received by our shipping department by March 25th will have the opportunity to be displayed at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago (April 6-8).

As a refresher and for the new members: AUCTION QUILT REQUIREMENTS

  • Donations MUST be 12” x 12”. All embellishments and/or hanging methods must be within the 12” x 12” size. Only ONE work per artist will be accepted.
  • All artwork donated must be ready to hang. Quilts should have a sleeve (at least 2 inches) for hanging. Slats are optional, but appreciated by the collector.
  • Artwork on stretcher bars will be accepted but may not be any larger than 12” x 12” after mounting and should be no deeper than 1 inch (2.5 cm) after mounting. Artwork on stretchers must have hooks and wire attached for hanging. Mounted work will not be considered for display at the International Quilt Festival(s) because of hanging restrictions.
  • All donations must have a label on the back, with the title (or “untitled”) and artist’s name clearly written.



I have been asked if anyone would like to carpool from Omaha to the conference. If you would like to do so, please contact me at and I will try to hook you up with others looking to carpool. It will be up to you to set this up, I will just be sharing the names of those interested. Also, ask to join the private Facebook group set up by SAQA to help you get in touch with other attendees about ride sharing, searching for roommates, and receive breaking news about the conference.



We plan to announce the artists works selected for the Passages exhibition the first week in March. The selected works may be brought to the March 11th meeting. Please be certain your artwork has a 4″ sleeve and a hanging slat with 1/4″ holes drilled in the ends. (see Passages Call for Entry for all details) Be sure to LABEL YOUR SLAT as well as your quilt!!!


BURKHOLDER PROJECT- This is the show that will be hanging at the Burkholder Project Gallery during the month of April

Submission information:

* photos of Art Quilt piece and information received by March 10, 2017, please send as jpeg to

Need Artist statement, price of Art Quilt piece if for sale, if not, NFS needs to stated

Chris Taylor and Cynthia Levis are coordinators of the Burkholder Project SAQA show.

Art Quilt guideline, no more than 25 inches wide, no more than 50 inches long.

Need to have a sleeve at the top and a slat for hanging or Art Quilt piece stretched on stretcher bars with wire connected from width side to with side on back for hanging. Label your items!!!!

Art Quilt pieces can be for sale, Burkholder Project commission rate is 20%.

If more than 15 Art Quilt pieces are entered, Chris Taylor and Cynthia Levis will curate the show.

Artist will be notified by March 15, 2017 if their Art Quilt piece has been accepted.

**Need to receive all accepted Art Quilt pieces by March 25, 2017!


Valuable workshop held in lincoln next month

The wildly successful Pauline Burbidge exhibition will be on display at the Museum through March 25th. The museum has been holding classes taught by Sheila Green using some of the techniques Pauline uses in her work. The classes have been so popular two more sessions have been added.

Below is the information. It is a great opportunity to see this amazing exhibit (along with the other exhibits currently showing- National Parks Quilts, Nebraska 150 Quilts, Luke Haynes exhibit) and take a great workshop!

The classes will be held on March 10th and 11th (Friday, Saturday) noon – 3 pm. (REMEMBER HOWEVER, OUR SAQA MEETING IS ON THE 11TH IN OMAHA FROM 11-2 ON SATURDAY, SO GO ON FRIDAY IF YOU CAN!!!)

See the flyer here

Classes are held in the International Quilt Study Center & Museum classroom. You must sign up with the museum ahead of class.


More later this week!

Debi Kibbee’s work on display now

One of our SAQA Nebraska members is the featured artist during the month of January at Mangelsons in Omaha on 84th just south of Center Street!  Debi Kibbee will have her artwork on display in the Art and Framing department during regular business hours during January.  Stop by the store to check it out!

Also, remember that Shelly Burge’s one woman show is still on display at the Lincoln County City building in downtown Lincoln.  Also during regular business hours.

Take a bit of time to view and support our local artists!

Happy New Year to you all!!

March Meeting – Things to think about


Our spring meeting will be here before we know it! Please take a minute to consider the following:

Any topics of interest you would like presented, or an activity you think we’d all enjoy. Perhaps it’s time for a group fabric swap?!?

Also, and more importantly, please think about whether you’d like to step up into the role of a regional co-rep. There are two specific skill sets for each co-rep: For Pegs’s role, one needs good organizational skills and a willingness to follow up with regional and national SAQA news, and communicate with the regional members and national members. It’s a great role if you’re interested in networking with more SAQA artists. For Shea’s role, one must have some web skills, including posting news and images online. We are willing and ready to walk anyone through our processes so that we can ensure the vibrancy and health of our regional group long into the future. In conclusion, it’s fun, educational, and a rewarding experience, and the two years really fly by (just 8 meetings!). So please, everyone, give it some thought and be prepared to discuss at our meeting in March.


“Passages” deadline approaching

Hello all!

This is a reminder that the entry deadline for “Passages” is rapidly approaching! Entries must be emailed and check received by January 15th! Please follow the link to read the complete instructions for your entry: Passages Entry Instructions . We are hoping for a lot of participation from our region – remember, the premier location is the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln during the SAQA conference. It’s a great chance to show your work!



Congratulations to our own JoAnne Alberda for having not just one, but TWO pieces selected for the Layered Voices show!  There were over 500 entries and only 23 were chosen to create a dynamic and cohesive show!  I, for one, can’t wait to see this exhibition when it premieres in Lincoln next April!

Peg Pennell had her piece “Asenscion” selected as winner of the viewers choice award at the recent Art Quilt Tahoe conference.  A nice prize accompanied the honor.

Shelly Burge‘s one woman show is open! Congratulations Shelly for being selected to again show in this wonderful venue.  Many people pass by and view her work each and every day during the work week. Here are the details:

Dec 1, 2016- Feb 28, 2017

County-City Building Gallery
555 S. 10th Street
Lincoln, NE

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