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

Important Information about “Passages”

Hi all,

This information is taken straight from the meeting minutes email that hopefully you all received. I just wanted to separate it out in its own post so that it’s easier to reference.



The deadline for Passages is January 15, 2017.  

Due to confusion about the artwork size that came about as the result of an error made in the original call, a poll was put out to analyze how we should proceed.

Here is the final analysis after the poll results:

For those who have already made a piece or have one in the works with the call’s original size requirements of:

Width not less than 20 inches, not more than 25 inches; Length not less than 30 inches, not more than 40 inches with a variance 1 inch in width or length.

Your work will be considering in the jurying process to be included in the show.

If you have not already started your piece (you know who you are 🙂 PLEASE use the size requirement listed below.  We are trying to include as many works as possible in the show, and if they are larger, there will be fewer selected for the exhibition.  


Size Requirements: Width 20 inches, length 40 inches with a variance 1 inch in width or length.

The corrected size had been the original intention of the exhibition, but errors do occur as we all know, so we are proceeding in the best way possible.  

I restate, if you have not already begun your piece, PLEASE USE THE PROSPECTUS CHANGE SIZE OF: Width 20 inches, length 40 inches with a variance 1 inch in width or length.

The call is on the website Call for Entries

NOTE: images of work entered needs to be sent to both Cynthia Levis and Debo Hysack. Entry fee is to be sent to Cynthia Levis with a hard copy of your on line entry from the SAQA website.  

Venues for Passages:

Opening – IQSCM April 18-30, 2017

September 1- October 31, 2017 Le Mars Art Council, LeMars, Iowa

December 1-30, 2017 Scottsbluff Art Council, Scottsbluff, NE

February 1-March 4, 2018 Gallery 92, Fremont, NE

September 1-29, 2018- Jewish Community Center Gallery, Omaha, NE

November 1-30, 2018 Beatrice Library, Beatrice, NE

SAQA Trunk Show

SAQA Trunk Show:

I hope you are all planning to make a piece for the trunk show.  As you recall, these are small pieces, 7″ wide x 10″ long and can be any style you want to create.  They are broken into trunk shows that travel all around the world!

There is added incentive for each member in our region to create a piece.  At the conference, to be held in our own region in Lincoln, they will display the trunk show pieces by region. To create some friendly rivalry, there is prize for participation!  To encourage this the region with the highest percentage of participation will get $250 towards a regional event!

Wouldn’t it be great to have $250 to bring in a speaker or have a workshop?   We are a small region I know, but it is a “highest percentage” deal, so if the SAQA auction piece participation is any indication, I think we have a real chance at the prize!!  Please consider making a piece. They need to be entered on line at the SAQA website by November 30, 2016, so now is the time to move on this!

Here are the particulars:

2017 SAQA TRUNK SHOW   •   SAQA Artists On Tour: An up close and personal view on art quilts

Deadline:  November 30, 2016

Join SAQA as we create another amazing Trunk Show. SAQA is inviting its members to showcase their artistic expression by creating a 10″ x 7″ art quilt or, on a limited basis, 3-D Artwork for our upcoming traveling Trunk Show.

Have fun exploring a new subject, developing a technique, or working with an idea or concept with which you are already familiar. Whatever you decide, enjoy yourself!

The 2017 Trunk Show will premiere at the 2017 SAQA Conference, April 27 – 30, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Following the conference, the exhibit will travel to venues both in and out of the United States for up to three years.

Let’s see if we can bring home the prize!  And if we don’t win, not to worry, you will be sharing your art at venues all over the world, a great goal in itself.


Next Meeting on Saturday

Quarterly Meeting Update:

There has been great response for the quarterly meeting/holiday party on the 12th from 11am-2pm.  Already 22 positive responses, so we should have a good group! If you have not responded yet, yes or no, please do so! Thanks. 🙂

Remember to bring an appetizer/snack to share and your ideas for next year’s meetings.  Shea and I would appreciate your input so we can set up meetings and activities you will all enjoy.

Speaking of meetings, I have secured space for some of our meetings in the Millard Public library at 13214 Westwood Lane, Omaha, NE 68144–3556.  It is located just south of Center on 132nd Street.  It is a busy place, and I was unable to get all of our dates reserved there.  So here is next year’s schedule as it stands now:

Sat March 11, 201711am-2pm– Millard Public Library

Sat June 10, 2017 11am-2pm– location to be decided

Sat Sept 9, 2017 11am-2pm– location to be decided

Sat Nov 18, 2017 11am-2pm– Millard Public Library

Perhaps the June and Sept meetings could be field trips or hands on events.  We will discuss these possibilities at the meeting on the 12th.



An exhibition opportunity in Lincoln

We have some more exciting news!

A gallery in Lincoln, the Burkholder Project, has REQUESTED a SAQA members show for the month of April 2017!!  Two of our members, Cynthia Levis and Chris Taylor are going to be the coordinators for this exhibition.  Since we won’t have a specific show available to the gallery, they will be curating a group to hang in the space.

Here is the list of information for the Burkholder Project  SAQA show:

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.

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

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

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

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!

Another great opportunity for us to showcase our art!  Put this on your list of “to dos” and get the information to Cynthia.

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