March 11, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Thanks to all of our members for coming to the March meeting. It was a large and dynamic group! If you weren’t able to attend, or need to refresh your memory, below are the meeting minutes (also stored for PDF download under “Meeting Minutes” tab above).

SAQA Quarterly Meeting Minutes

March 11, 2017


The quarterly meeting was held at the Millard branch of the Omaha Public Library. There were 17 members present. Pieces for the “Passages” and “Burkholder Project” exhibitions were collected.

Exhibition News:


17 pieces were selected for the exhibition Passages. Its premier showing will be at the IQSCM in Lincoln from April 18-30th. It will be on display during the SAQA Conference.

The exhibition will travel from March 2017 through December of 2018.

The following is a list of the currently scheduled venues:

Sept 1-Oct 30, 2017

LeMars Art Council, LeMars, Iowa

December 1-30, 2017

Scottsbluff Art Council, Scottsbluff, NE

February 1- March 4, 2018

Gallery 92 Fremont, NE

Sept 1-29, 2018

Jewish community Center, Omaha, NE

November 1-30

Beatrice Library, Beatrice, NE


Debo Hysack is working on some postcards that we can have to publicize this exhibition. We will let you know when they are available. She is also making some bookmarks to hand out.


Burkholder Project

April 4-30

Address: 719 P St, Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 477-3305


Sunday– Closed

Monday– Closed

Tuesday 10AM–4PM

Wednesday 10AM–4PM

Thursday 10AM- 4PM

Friday 10AM-4PM

Saturday 10AM-3PM


IMPORTANT!!! The Burkholder Project will be open on the First Friday April 7 from 5:30-8:00 pm.

It would be great if some of the artists could be there during that time to represent SAQA!!

Chris Taylor will be providing treats for our group, thanks Chris!!!


First Friday In Lincoln-

Friday evening April 7th. Galleries that normally have no evening hours are open. It is a great time to visit and there is no admission on First Fridays!!

*Deeply Rooted will be on display at the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln. Cynthia Levis will be doing a gallery talk around 6:00pm . 5-7 pm

*Burkholder Project hopefully some of the artists with work displayed will attend. 5:30-8:00pm

*IQSCM- Great time to visit!! Quilt Japan, Beautiful Japanese quilts are on display, Luke Haynes Log Cabin quilts (displayed in a way you’ve never imagined!!), and Layered Voices, the SAQA exhibit’s premiere will all be there that evening. 4:30-7:00 pm


Arts Advocacy Day

Dori Settles brought us the opportunity to share a table with SDA at the Arts Advocacy Day to be held on March 21 at the Kaneko Gallery in Omaha. It is a day devoted to promoting non profit art groups and educating the public about these organizations.

This is a new to us event, so we don’t know what to expect, but we will talk to anyone and everyone that will listen about the joys of art quilting as an art form!!

Dori Settles and Peg Pennell will be organizing the booth and manning it during the late afternoon to close shift.

Debo Hysack and LaVonne Dunetts will be covering the day over lunch into afternoon shifts.

Dorothy Tuma will help with set up and will cover the early shift.

The Kaneko Gallery is located at 1111 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102 The event runs from 7:00am to 7:00pm

Thanks to those who volunteered to help!!


Trunk Show Contest Results

Nothing like a contest to get the blood stirring. Our region put forth a valiant effort to win the prize for the Trunk Show participation. We did well, but did not finish first. We did finish a proud 3rd place in ALL regions!! 460 total pieces were submitted.

All pieces will premiere at the SAQA conference in Lincoln, after that the pieces will be divided into eight trunks and will travel to venues in and outside the US for 3 years.

Here are the numbers:

Taiwan 10 members/ 8 pieces 80%

Mexico, S&C America and Caribbean 19 members/ 11 pieces 58%

Nebraska 38 members/ 21 pieces 55%

Atlantic Canada 37 members/ 13 pieces 35%

Oceania 129 members/ 43 pieces 32%

Montana & Idaho 34 members/ 10 pieces 29%

Alaska 28 members/ 8 pieces 21%

Indiana 53 members/ 11 pieces 20%

Oregon 172 members/ 30 pieces 17%


Taiwan 100 members or less

Oceania 100 member and up

Thanks so much to all who participated! Your quilt will represent you and will travel and see the world for the next three years!! Don’t you wish you could go along!!


SAQA Conference

The April 28-30, 2017 conference, “Creation to Curation” is fast approaching! Of the 17 members at the meeting on Saturday, 8 are attending the conference. We are looking forward to a good time and meeting lots of like minded souls!

The conference is being held at:

Embassy Suites by Hilton
1040 P Street
Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508


There will be an art market open to the public on Thursday from 12-6 with vendors selling assorted wares. Our own Shelly Burge will have a table as well as Tanzanian Treasures from Omaha.


Kansas City Regional Festival
Karen Hansen from Kansas City attended our meeting on Saturday. She invited everyone to the bi-annual Kansas City Regional Festival to be held June 15-17, 2017 at the Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, Kansas. There are lots of classes and a LONG list of vendors!!

More information about the festival can be found at:

Her region will also have work displayed at the Crossroads Center in Kansas City. Contact Karen Hansen for more information:


Benefit Auction 2017 Pieces:

14 pieces that were made for the 2017 Benefit Auction were shown at the meeting. What a great, diverse group of artwork!!

Thanks to all who made a piece to be sent as a group representing our region. If you still want to send one with the group, I (Peg) will be mailing them on Wednesday March 15th so they arrive before the April 1 early-bird cutoff date.

Please get it to me (Peg), along with your $1.50 for postage, by Tuesday the 14th so I can box them to ship.



Shea Wilkinson was one of just 6 artists nominated for an Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award under the category of Best 2-D visual artist.

Cynthia Levis has been nominated for volunteer of the year for SAQA. Her photo and writeup were in the most recent issue of the SAQA Journal.

Shelly Burge has had two works accepted to the Sacred Threads Exhibition.

Chris Taylor will have her work displayed at Bryan Hospital East in Lincoln at 48th and Cotner during the month of April.


Meeting dates for the remainder of 2017

June 10, 2017– location to be announced

September 9, 2017– location to be announced

November 18, 2017– Millard Brand of the Omaha Public Library


Some possible future program ideas:

Critique Group

Recap of the “Creation to Curation” Conference

Workshops-possibly in marbling or shibori

A Fabric Swap


Also, remember to check the IQSCM and the Hillestead Gallery websites for workshop opportunities! There are some current workshops and they are both planning to offer more art quilt related workshops in the future!!


New Reps for the Nebraska region

After the SAQA Conference in Lincoln the new co-reps for the Nebraska region will step up and Peg and Shea will step down.

Your new co-reps will be:

Rhonda Baldwin of Grand Island, NE  and Cynthia Levis of Lincoln, NE

Shea and I have enjoyed representing the region, meeting everyone, and getting to know you all better. We know that Cynthia and Rhonda will do a great job and will have some fresh ideas for future activities for our group.


Until the end of April, continue to send information to Peg or Shea and we will handle it. After May 1, please send all SAQA information to

Cynthia Levis


Rhonda Baldwin



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