Quilts at Mount Rushmore

The Fiber Works display of National Parks Quilts is now showing at Mt. Rushmore National Monument!  Peg Pennell’s quilt, the one honoring Mt. Rushmore, is the featured quilt this month.  
 

Check out more images of the exhibition on Facebook

Thirteen quilts are included and the exhibition is traveling to all 13 National sites plus a few others.  You can follow the quilts journey across the United States by “liking” the Facebook page Fiber Works.

 

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Opening Reception at the Le Mars Art Center July 20th

Cynthia Levis just got some wonderful news.  Our exhibition “Architecture” just went up in Le Mars at the Le Mars Art Center.  They were so impressed with the exhibition that they have decided to host a reception for the show!  This is great news as it should bring in more viewers for our show!

I’m sorry this is a such short notice, but this just happened.  The reception will be held next Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 5-6:30pm.

It would be great if we could get a group to attend!  I know from personal experience how much the reception attendees like to speak to the members of the group as well as the artists that created the work.  It is always good exposure for the artists too.

Please, if you can, grab a friend, family member, or someone off the street….well maybe not, but you get my point, and attend the reception if at all possible!

Le Mars Art Center
200 Central Ave SE
Le Mars, Iowa 51031
712.546.7476

regular hours
Tues. – Fri. 12 – 5 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

September Meeting – Mark the Calendar!

Our next meeting will be held on September 10, 2016.  We are planning an all day, hands on play day!! Cynthia Levis has graciously offered her studio workspace in Lincoln for us to have a soy wax batik workshop!

More details will be coming a bit later in the summer, but mark off the day on your calendar to attend.  Plans are for 9:30am-5:00pm for a full, fun day!

We will be making a group order for supplies from Dharma Trading as it gets closer, so you might peruse their site for “soy wax” goodies.  We will be giving some suggestions as well for things you might like to have.  In the meantime, if you see an old electric skillet at a garage sale for cheap, snatch it up!  It is the perfect wax melting tool!!

See you all in September!!

Meeting minutes from June 11

The weather has certainly changed since our last meeting!  We went from wonderful spring weather to beastly summer heat nearly overnight.  Maybe you are more inclined to stay in and make some art with this heat.

Again, another long newsletter.  Sorry, but there is so much to say!

Please read everything as this is our main mode of communication with the group!

Our meeting on June 11 was held at Joslyn Art Gallery in Omaha.  We met at 10:00am for a docent guided tour of the Sheila Hicks exhibition that is currently on display there.  We had 20 attendees, 16 members and four guests.  Some attendees stayed for a nice lunch at the museum after the meeting.

Our docent, Jean Stillmock, arranged the tour and gave us an informative look at the art on display.  I know many came away inspired to try some new techniques.  Of particular interest were the weavings and the different shaped “bundles” of fiber, from balls to snake-like wrapped cords.  I mean, who dyes 5 TONS of linen fiber!! For ONE work!  Seriously!!  I think all would agree it is an exhibition well worth seeing, especially for fiber artists!

We held a brief business meeting in the gallery.  Some things discussed:

Traveling exhibitions:

Architextureduring July will be on display at the LaMars Art Center.  The gallery information is:

200 Central Ave SE
Le Mars, Iowa 51031
712.546.7476
Tues. – Fri. 12 – 5 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Remaining venues for Architexture are:

Stuhr Museum –Aug 15-Sept 29, 2016
3133 West Highway 34
Grand Island, NE 68801
(308) 385-5316
Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday
Noon – 5 p.m. Sundays

Nebraska History Museum- Oct 2-Nov 30, 2016 (Newly remodeled)
131 Centennial Mall North (15th and P)
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
402-471-4754
1-800-833-6747
ann.billesbach@nebraska.gov

 

Deeply Rooted will be on display at the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) until August 17.  Information below:

2401 Central Ave
Kearney, Nebraska
(308) 865-8559
Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sundays: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Monday’s and major holidays

The Deeply Rooted show reception was held on the night of our June 11 meeting, making for a long day for some!  Four members were present at the opening.  Cynthia Levis, Rhonda Baldwin, Dianne Duncan Thomas, and Peg Pennell.

Cynthia spoke about the exhibition as well as her piece.  Rhonda and Dianne talked about their work and Peg talked about SAQA in general.  The museum staff had a question and answer period where they, as well as the reception attendees, asked a wide variety of questions, fielded by the four artists.  The gallery is very happy with the attendance they are having at this exhibition and are very receptive to showing fiber art there in the future.  They were extremely impressed with the quality and variety of the pieces.  Well done!!!

Cynthia Levis has done a fabulous job in securing venues for our work!!  We owe her a HUGE Thank you!!!  She continues to work at securing venues for our upcoming show, Passages, so I hope you are all working on your pieces to submit!!  Details are on our blog and on the SAQA site under “calls for entry”

Kudos:

You only have one more week to see Homo roboticus: Art Quilts by Shea Wilkinson fabulous show at the Fred Simon Gallery as it ends on June 24.  If you haven’t seen it, you should go, it is wonderful!  She is getting rave reviews!

SAQA Convention 2017:

As you all now, the SAQA Convention will be held in Lincoln April 27-30, 2017.  Plans are in the works and we will be looking for some “local talent” to help out.  Below are some of the tasks that will need to be done.  I know it is long, but please read through and see if there is something there that you could help with.  Many hands make light work!  The IQSCM will be involved as well, so some of the volunteers will come from there.

Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

Head of the Local Organizing Committee

This person will be a member of the Special Events Committee (SEC), at least until the conference is over

Will be the liaison between the SEC and the LOC

Will help find volunteers for tasks that require in-person contact

Coordinate/moderate Local Artist Panel (Shea and Peg have taken on this assignment, we will be asking for recommendations!!)

Choose artists: several people mentioned that they liked having emerging artists, or those who weren’t household names.

Develop a theme

Coordinate Friday Night Out

Gather a list of restaurants for small groups 4-8 to dine together.  Be the point person with the restaurants (make the initial contact, make reservations, etc.) Assist SEC with sign-ups for the dinners.

Gather tourist information

Create list of local restaurants/breakfast places-especially ones within walking distance or that don’t require a car

Create list of local things to do: fabric stores, galleries, museums, whatever you think the attendees would like to know about

Create list of Local fiber exhibits for people to visit in their spare time

Arrange to have tourist info for conference bag

Staff hospitality Table during registration

Have a table at the registration staffed by people who know the area, can make suggestions, etc.

Help recruit Advertisers for the conference program

Help recruit Vendors for Vendor Marketplace

If there is to be a Regional Exhibition near the conference venue, we need someone to keep the SEC apprised. (Cynthia is our “go-to girl for exhibitions.  She is already working at this, but may need some assistance)

Develop a list of people who want to volunteer at the conference (in conjunction with the Conference Coordinator)  Please note: most of the help will be needed shortly before and/or during the conference.

Give suggestions for local conference sponsors

Receive packages (hotels charge for receiving packages shipped to the hotel), and bring the packages to the hotel when the conference starts.

Assist with other things as needed (shopping, printing, assembling name tags, stuffing registration bags, etc.)

As you can see, the needs are varied, so we would REALLY like to have some help to make this a successful event and to represent our region well.  I know there are not a lot of us, but I have also seen how much this small group can accomplish!!

 

*Next meeting*Our next meeting will be held on September 10, 2016.  We are planning an all day, hands on play day!! Cynthia Levis has graciously offered her studio workspace in Lincoln for us to have a soy wax batik workshop!

More details will be coming a bit later in the summer, but mark off the day on your calendar to attend.  Plans are for 9:30am-5:00pm for a full, fun day!

We will be making a group order for supplies from Dharma Trading as it gets closer, so you might peruse their site for “soy wax” goodies.  We will be giving some suggestions as well for things you might like to have.  In the meantime, if you see an old electric skillet at a garage sale for cheap, snatch it up!  It is the perfect wax melting tool!!

See you all in September!

Chris Taylor exhibiting in Lincoln in July and August

Chris Taylor is a talented artist and has recently had her work juried into AQS Phoenix where she received a first place ribbon in Wall Quilts – Modern in February.  Her work has also been juried into the upcoming AQS Syracuse show.

Her work is going to be showing in Lincoln in several venues July and August.

The Burkholder Project gallery in Lincoln will feature some of Chris Taylor’s works in July. 

Opening will be during the First Friday Art walk in Lincoln July 1st, 5:30-8.

The Burkholder Project
719 P Street
Lincoln, NE
402-477-3305
Hours: TuesdayFriday 10-4 and Saturday 10-3

First Friday Artwalks are held on the first Friday of every month at galleries and businesses in downtown Lincoln.  While the opening and closing times vary depending on the curator, typically the first receptions begin at 5:00 pm, with the last ones winding down by 10:00 pm.  The website: downtownlincoln.org currently shows 21 participating venues.  The International Quilt Study Center and Museum also participates, with free admission on that night.  You might want to check it all out!!

The largest network of art galleries is located in downtown Lincoln from 7th to 17th Streets East to West and the UNL Campus to the State Capitol North to South.

To request a physical copy of the map, call 402-434-6900

During July Chris will also have work featured at the 2016 July Invitational to Gallery 9. 

Gallery 9
124 South 9th
Lincoln, NE
402-477-2822
closed Monday and Tuesday.

Chris also has pieces displayed at the Lincoln Country Club from now through August. 

Congratulations Chris!

SAQA Meeting next Saturday, June 11

Hello everyone,
In case you missed the email, here is the information regarding next week’s trip to the Joslyn, supplied by Jean Stillmock.
“Joslyn opens at 10:00 so we will be arriving when it is opening. Everyone will need a ticket; members will get one (or 2 if they have a dual membership) with their membership card (bring your card!) and nonmembers will pay the $10.00 special exhibit fee for their ticket. We can gather near the admission desk and head upstairs when all are ticketed. “
 
While there is parking around Joslyn, I would recommend you carpool if convenient.  Please be sure to be there right at 10, or a bit before, so we can start our tour on time.  If you find you are running late, or can’t attend at the last minute, please call me (Peg) so we don’t wait for you.  
I’m looking forward to the exhibit, the photos on the Joslyn website look amazing!”
See you Saturday, June 11th!

“Deeply Rooted” getting press

Read the article with the accompanying image at:  http://www.kearneyhub.com/news/entertainment/see-historical-contemporary-quilt-pieces-at-mona-s-deeply-rooted/article_8f3ee054-12d0-11e6-a1af-5ba4e993c84b.html?mode=jqm

See historical, contemporary quilt pieces at MONA’s ‘Deeply Rooted’ exhibit

Updated 3 days ago

KEARNEY — The exhibit, “Deeply Rooted: Studio Art Quilts Associates,” contains fiber, tradition, social circles and even a sense of family.

“Now it has morphed into an art form,” said curator Teliza Rodriguez. “I think these pieces still carry the basic ideas of communal life and a sense of community.”

Looking at quilts often gives viewers a sense of tradition, she added.

“They’ve taken these quilts to an art form where they aren’t functional anymore as quilts, but they’ve become more creative,” she said.

“Deeply Rooted,” a juried exhibition of 30 quilts organized by the Studio of Art Quilt Associates, continues on display at the Museum of Nebraska Art through Aug. 7. All of the quilts were created by members of the studio who live in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

“We know that people love quilts,” Rodriguez said. “We like the idea of putting in a quilt show at least once a year or once every two years.”

The most recent show displayed historical quilts along with more modern examples.

“That showed traditional quilts as well as contemporary quilts that were not non-functional,” she said. “This current show highlights what is being done in quilting today.”

Rodriquez, along with University of Nebraska at Kearney intern, Alise Perault, worked with members of Studio Art Quilts Associates for several years before securing the “Deeply Rooted.”

“This is a show that we felt was a good fit for MONA,” Rodriquez said. “I think the show will be touring the state but we’re one of the first to have it. This is just a good time to work with contemporary quilters as well.”

According to the website of Studio Art Quilt Associates, the group “is dedicated to bringing beautiful, thought-provoking, cutting-edge artwork to venues across the United States and around the world.”

Nebraska Region Studio Art Quilt Associates Blog

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