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
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


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”


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!


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