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Fall SAQA Nebraska 2017 Notes

Note that dues are increasing January 1 so if you want to extend your membership at the current rates, now’s the time!

  • > NEW SAQA Regional Showcase
    • The Natural World has been approved by the Exhibition Committee. The complete call will be available early January 2018.
    • – New component of the entry will be providing an off cut or small touchable example to share with children and others. You may(not required) also provide a line drawing of your work to be used a coloring page for younger students.
    • – Rather than the regular opening, educational component/docent tours at selected venues will usher and educate viewers through the showcase. Volunteers will be needed to structure these tours.
    • – We will be offering the group the opportunity to have one of our member’s husband, Mike Dunnets, come and do photos for the showcase. More info will follow on the dates and costs involved, probably in November. Also we will revisit the entry program and have a “group” entry available for newbies to the process.


  • > Passages-Cynthia’s announcement

– Our Passages show will be part of the AQS Show in Paducah, KY and Virginia Beach, VA. Dates for Paducah —September 12-15, 2018 and Virginia Beach—Oct 3-6, 2018


  • > New trunk show next spring

– Dates are still available. Please let everyone know at your local guilds to check for an available date for Cynthia or Rhonda to come.  NO CHARGE TO THE GUILD except for mileage.


  • > SAQA How to Register program

– Please send an email to Rhonda at if you would like a copy of this slide show on how to enter using ArtCall.


  • > Dates and Times for next years meetings

– Time change: meeting times will be 10am-12pm. Extra time will be added to the end of this as needed for special events.

Please note these dates may have changed due to scheduling conflicts at IQSC. ALL MEETINGS WILL BE AT IQSC IN LINCOLN.

– MARCH 10, 2018             (2ND SATURDAY)

– JUNE 16, 2018                  (3RD SATURDAY)

– SEPTEMBER 8, 2018      (2ND SATURDAY)

– NOVEMBER 17, 2018      (3RD SATURDAY)


  • > Show and tell and Kudos

– Jo Alberda, Chris Taylor, Cindy Erickson, all had show and tell.

– Cindy Erickson had work and LaVonne Dunnets & Rhonda Baldwin had photos of work completed at the Deborah Boschert Class in Omaha earlier this month.


Our next meeting is March 10, 2018

Happy Holidays!!


SAQA Nebraska Meeting Recap


The summer meeting was held September 9th at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE.  This was our “bring a friend” meeting and 6 friends attended.  14 members were

present.  Two museum guests wandered in and stayed for a portion of the meeting.


Discussion of the theme of our next show was held and corrections were made to the previously suggested themes.  If was suggested that we include a “nature” type theme so

we might approach the Lauritzen Garden Gallery with this show.  A Survey Monkey survey will be sent next week with first round of voting finished by Sept. 16, followed by a final round by the end of September.  It is hoped that the call for entry can be finished by our next meeting.

It was mentioned that we will be using the SAQA website to enter and pay any fee due for this show.  It is encouraged to try it with photos this time before we try it with a juried show.

Passages, the current show, has had an additional venue added.  Lauritzen Gardens Gallery

will host the show March and April of 2018.

The opening reception for La Mars, Iowa is next Saturday the 16th from 1-3pm.  Cynthia is attending and has room for 3 passengers.  She could meet you in Fremont. Contact her if you’re interested.  Cynthia Levis at

The following is the list of show dates and locations for Passages through 2018—


April 2017 IQSM display during SAQA/Surface Design conference

September 2017 LeMars Art Council LeMars Iowa

October 2017  LeMars Art Council LeMars Iowa

November 2017

December 2017 West Nebraska Art Center Scottsbluff Ne.


January 2018

February 2018  Gallery 92 Fremont Ne.

March-April 2018  Lauritzen Garden Omaha NE

May 2018

June 2018

July 2018

August 2018

September 2018 JCC Omaha Ne.Jewish Community Center

October 2018

November 2018 Beatrice Library Beatrice Ne.

December 2018

There are still dates available as shown above.  If you know of any gallery or museum that might be interested in our show, please contact Cynthia Levis at


Congratulations to all those entering quilts and textile art in the various categories at the Nebraska State Fair, last month in Grand Island.  Our group members were well represented

in many classes and many ribbons and “Best of Show” prizes were won.

Kudos to these specific members on their accomplishments

Peg Pennell—magazine article published

Jane Haworth—Quilting Arts Magazine article

Peg Pennell, Shelly Burge, and Cynthia LevisEclipse Show at Homestead National Monument

Shelly Burge—work hanging in Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, TX until Oct. 1, 2017


A video highlighting the benefits and support available to our members was shown. The

video about SAQA is available on the SAQA website.  Click on the “About Us” link and find the video link.

Guests were encouraged to join and the website was shown with links to join pointed out.  One new member was recruited on the spot!  Welcome Cindy Pape!!

The new SAQA Trunk Show was available to view and many ooo’s and ahhh’s could be heard from the viewers.  Three of our region’s members were in this show, Rhonda Baldwin, Dorothy Nelson, and Cynthia Levis.  Thanks Bill for getting it our to us so soon!


Chris Taylor shared class work from a Sheila Frampton Cooper class that was held at the IQSC in June.  She also shared that her process for dye painting fabric was filmed by Kat Karins and is available on YouTube.

JoAnne Alberda shared her new work that is small and will be featured in an Artist Collective sale this fall in Iowa.  Her work was small (12’ x 12”) and well thought out and planned around the price point of $50.00 for the bazaar.   Landscapes were her theme.  One of these pieces will be her contribution to the 2018 SAQA Benefit Auction.

Debo Hysack shared cloth that was painted in a class with Linda Colsh also at the IQSC, last June.  She shared an overview of the technique and the added patterning achieved from newspaper transfer.

Debo also shared the opportunity she learned about at the Schweinfurth Art Center—Information and link below


Donations(entry) through Oct 14, 2017

Three of the donating artists will be selected by the Schweinfurth to exhibit in Gallery Julius in 2018.

Up to 4 pieces, 10” x 10” allowed per artist.  Click on the link above for more information.


Our next meeting will be at the International Quilt Study Center on Saturday, November 18th from 11am-1pm.  Our program will be related to “using technology in the studio”  More information to follow.

The “Friends of the Museum” Bazaar is also that day, so you might want to bring some “spending money” to support the museum!

What’s New and News

This summer has sure flown by fast, most schools will be starting in less than two weeks.

Where does the time go?

At our last meeting, Dianne Thomas had suggested displaying our SAQA 12 x 12 auction pieces before these are sent to SAQA in March. What a great idea!!! I checked with SAQA and this has been done before, so yay lets do it!!

Please try to have your 12 x 12 done for the September 9th meeting. Please have a sleeve and a slat for hanging. We are looking for two venues to display the 12 x12 before mailing them to SAQA in March 2018. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Cynthia Levis ( or Dianne Thomas (


Our next SAQA meeting is September 9, 2017 at The International Quilt Study Center Museum, 1523 N. 33rd St. Lincoln NE. This is our “Bring a Friend” meeting. We will be having book drawings for BOTH visitors and members who bring a visitor. This should be a lot of fun.

Start thinking of someone you would like to invite to our meeting. We will be showing one of SAQA’s one of new trunk show at the Sept. 9th meeting. Please bring “Show and Tell” to show all our visitors.


** September 16th will be the Opening Reception at LaMar’s Art Council 1:00-3:00 pm.***

We could make this a road trip. There is a nice quilt store in Sioux City, Iowa that we could stop by on our way to LeMars, Iowa. If interested in going, please contact Cynthia Levis


What’s going on:

Shelly Burge, Peg Pennell and Cynthia Levis have a exhibition called “The Eclipse” that is showing at Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, NE now through October 15th.


If you have any “Kudos” or “What’s going on” please send to Cynthia Levis or Rhonda Baldwin (


See you in September!
Cynthia Levis  or Rhonda Baldwin
SAQA Nebraska Regional Representatives

Burkholder Project gave our SAQA NE group free gallery space during International SAQA Conference in Lincoln last April.  . They are located at 719 P Street Lincoln, NE in the Hay Market area.

Burkholder Project has invited members of SAQA NE to rent space at Burkholder Project.  Burkholder Project rents wall space and or studio space.  As of July,  Burkholder Project commission will be 25% plus the rental fee.

One of our members, Shelly Burge, is interested in sharing wall space with someone(s). If interested or if you have questions, please contact Shelly Burge at:


Jun 2017 Meeting Recap

Hope, everyone made it through this week of bad weather!


The upcoming dates for SAQA Passages are:

Sept. 1 – Oct. 31, 2017 LeMars Art Council, LeMars Iowa

Dec. 1 – 31, 2017 Scottsbluff Art Council, Scottsbluff Ne.

Feb. 1 – 28, 2018 Gallery 92 West, Fremont Ne.

Sept. 1 – 29, 2018 Jewish Community Center, Omaha Ne.

Nov. 1 – 30, 2018 Beatrice Library, Beatrice Ne.

We still have open time between April 1 – July 30, 2018.  If you hear of any possible venue openings, please send me the information (


Our next show will be a Non-Juried Show.   Here are the past show theme ideas:

Electronic Age, Light, Up Close, Imagination, Compliment &/ or Complement, Food for Thought, Food, Dreamscape, Nightmares, Shoes, Footsteps, In Step, Out of Step, Rebirth, Fine Lines. Driven To Abstraction was brought up at the meeting.

At our September meeting we will be discussing a theme for the next non-juried Regional Show. Please bring your theme suggestions to the September meeting. In the future, there is an opportunity to setup a Multi-Regional Show.  In our discussion, we decided it would be better to table the idea for 6 months.


Dianne Thomas made a suggestion to make our 12×12 SAQA Auction pieces earlier so we could have them on display before we send the Auction pieces to SAQA. I spoke with SAQA about the idea and they think it’s GREAT! We will try to find at least two venues to show the 12×12 SAQA Auction pieces before they are sent to SAQA in March.



Our Featured Presentations at the June meeting were centered on this years SAQA Conference. Shea Wilkenson spoke on how she and Peg Pennell picked the panelists for the Artist Panel Presentation. Shea will be making up a guideline for future reference.

Rhonda Baldwin gave her presentation that she had given at the SAQA Conference. Rhonda was able to stop and answer questions through out her presentation, which made it very informative.

Gail Dickel – spoke about “Speed Dating.”  We were at one table, introduced ourselves, after 25-30 mins. everyone moved to a different table to meet more SAQA members.

Peg Pennell – spoke about the Lightning Talks, they were short talks with a slideshow.

Debo Hysack – spoke about SAQA Auction, showing the pieces she had purchased and how the auction was setup.

It was a very informational and enjoyable presentation from all the ladies!! Thank you!!!

After the meeting, we were able to view two exhibits, “Rising” in the lower level gallery and “Deeply Rooted” in the main level gallery at Great Plains Art Museum.


**Next Meeting September 9th, 11:00-2:00 at The International Quilt Study Museum in Lincoln NE***

Meeting Dates 2017 and IQSC Calendar

Group Photo:

As our region is being featured on the SAQA blog soon, they would like some photos of our members. We were not too successful with coming up with too many, but we do have an opportunity at the conference to meet up for a photo.

If everyone who is coming to the conference will send me a quick email to let me know they are attending, I will try to hook us up with Jayne Gaskins, the author of the article. Here are her thoughts about getting a photo at the conference.

“I was thinking that, if NE is meeting somewhere, it would be a great opportunity for a group shot – maybe in front of the Passages exhibit? It would give us a group visual and would be a nice way to say “Thanks for coming to Nebraska!” If so, please let me know when and where so I can show up with my camera.”

I would like to try to make this happen, so if you are attending the conference, or will be in Lincoln I will try to set a time to get the photo. I know we are touring the museum during the conference and perhaps we can do it then. I will let you know after I hear back from those who will be attending or in the area.

Email me directly at: to let me know. Thanks!!


Remaining Quarterly Meetings for 2017

We will be moving a bit west for our meetings for the rest of the year. Below find the locations for the remaining 3 quarterly meetings. We will NOT be meeting at the Millard library in November but rather at the IQSCM.


  • Saturday, June 10 – SAQA Meeting at Great Plains Art Museum address: 1155 Q Street Lincoln NE. The meeting room is reserved for 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. We will be able to tour SAQA Deeply Rooted at the end of the meeting


  • Saturday, September 9 – SAQA Meeting at International Quilt Study Center Museum Address: 1523 North 33rd Street Lincoln NE. The meeting room is reserved for 11:00 am -2:00 pm


  • Saturday, November 18 – SAQA Meeting at International Quilt Study Center Museum Address: 1523 North 33rd Street Lincoln NE. The meeting room is reserved for 11:00 am -2:00 pm


Below find the IQSCM schedule for upcoming 2017 workshops and exhibits. Also be sure to check their calendar on a regular basis to see if any new workshops are being offered.
Upcoming IQSCM Workshops

“Hearing the Quiet: Soft Focus Painted Fabrics Workshop” with Linda Colsh

Sunday, June 11, 2017

9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Wool Rug Hooking with Polly Minick

Sunday, June 11, 2017

12-4 p.m.


“My Doll and I Get Groovy” by Sheila Green

Saturday, June 17, 2017

10 a.m.-Noon or 1:30-3:30 p.m.


“Featherweight Frenzy” & Nova Montgomery by Friends of the IQSCM

Thursday, June 22

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


“Featherweight Frenzy” & Nova Montgomery by Friends of the IQSCM

Saturday, June 24

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


“When Quilts Speak” with World of Quilts Travel

Thursday, August 10-Saturday, August 12, 2017


Barn Quilt Painting Workshop with Suzi Parron

Sunday, August 13, 2017

12-4 p.m.


To register for one of these workshops call 402-472-6549.


Upcoming IQSCM Exhibitions

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum’s exhibition calendar is full of new and exciting shows that highlight traditional quilts from our collection and others as well as those made by contemporary quilters and artists.

Additional programming is in the works, but here is an overview of some of the shows you can expect to see in the coming months:


Sacred Scraps: Quilt and Patchwork Traditions of Central Asia

May 12-October 15, 2017


Off the Grid: The Bill Volckening Collection

May 26 – August 27, 2017


Regarding Nebraska by Elizabeth Ingraham

June 2-September 17, 2017


Quilts by Edyta Sitar

July 11-October 8, 2017


Block by Block

August 4 – December 2, 2017


Small Talk by the Art Quilt Group

August 31 – December 2, 2017


Art Quilts by Erica Waaser

September 22 – December 5, 2017


Leather Quilts by Cathy Wiggins

October 10, 2017 – January 6, 2018


Expanding the Collection: New Acquisitions

October 27, 2017 – January 6, 2018



Lots of information, but lots to see and do for you!!

Hope to see some of you at the conference!!



Peg Pennell
Nebraska Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilt Associates



   Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. · PO Box 141 · Hebron CT, USA 06248 · 860-530-1551


New Regional Co-Rep: Shea Wilkinson

IMG_2826-2Shea Wilkinson, a Nebraska native, has sewn clothes, costumes, quilts, and dolls since childhood. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in International Studies and German Language. Afterward, she taught English in Mexico, during which time she became  passionate about creating art. She returned to the United States and immediately pursued a new career as an artist.

She has exhibited widely, and has won numerous awards for her intricate, thread-based work. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and two cats.

Quilt Artist: Shelly Burge

Shelly’s quilt, OMBRE was pictured on the back cover of the NQA magazine, Quilting Quarterly.  This was the winter 2013 issue.

Also, her quilt design was selected for the Nebraska Governor’s mansion.  She made the quilt along with the help of friends, it was quilted by Merikay Berg from Lexington, NE.  The quilt will hang on permanent display at the mansion.


The news is so big, we just can’t keep it a secret anymore!
1.  SAQA Nebraska Members have the opportunity to exhibit at the International Quilt Studies Center and Museum in Lincoln Feb 1-3, 2013
2.  SAQA Nebraska is holding its first-ever Juried Exhibition, debuting in Fremont, and closing in Denver, Co!  Click here for the call for entry!

3.  SAQA Nebraska is excited to host Carol Ann Waugh, for its first Professional Workshop, June 8, 2013.  Register Today!