Final Vote Time!

Final 2018 Theme Vote!!

Please vote by Friday, September 22nd.

Selection will be announced after call is written.


It’s Auction Time!!

This is the corrected version.

It is time for the 2017 Benefit Auction!!

The Auction will kick off at 2pm ET (3pmCT) on September 15 with Diamond Day Bidding – early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.00.

Listed below are Nebraska members who have 12×12 pieces i the auction and the section it is located.

Section#1 (Sept. 18-24)

Shea Wilkinson, Chris Taylor, Elaine Jones, Dori Settles, Peg Pennell, Cynthia Parry

Section#2 (Sept. 25-Oct.1)

Jane Haworth, Joanne Alberda, Cindy Brendzel, Karen Hansen, Marcia O’Donovan, Dorothy Heidemann-Nelson, Rhonda Baldwin, Tracey Herre

Section #3 (Oct.2-8)

Cindy Erickson, Cynthia Levis, Linda Frost, Marilyn Rembolt, Shelly Burge, Jackie Stoaks, Roberta Price Willet, Debo Hysack

**** Make sure you vote for your favorite this coming week on the NEW Survey Monkey with the top 5 names for our next Nebraska SAQA Show*******

New Venues added for SAQA “Passages” Exhibition:

March1 – April 30 2018 Lauritzen Gallery Omaha NE.

June 1 – 30 2018 Meadowlark Gallery Grant NE.

Cynthia Levis

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!

Meeting Reminder

Well that was the nicest August I can ever remember! To celebrate, make plans to attend our meeting next Saturday!

It’s “Bring a Friend” week and we have the New SAQA Trunk show to share and prizes for guests and members who bring guests!

Our meeting is at the International Quilt Study Center, beginning at 11:00! We will have cookies and show and tell and lots of fun.

Members, please bring your 12 x 12’s for 2018!

Share this invite with your guilds and other interested groups! We would love to meet you!!!

Meeting Reminder

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) “Bring a Friend” meeting is Saturday September 9, 2017 from 11:00am-3:00pm.  Our meeting will be in the Seminar Room on 1st floor at the International Quilt Study Center Museum located at: 1523 North 33rd Street, Lincoln, NE. 68503.

We will have on display a SAQA trunk show containing 57 pieces of artwork from SAQA members.  Our meeting will be showing a new SAQA video called “Stitching Together a Global Community”.  We will have drawings for both non-members and members who bring a non-member friend to our meeting.

Members please remember to get your  2018 12 x 12 auction pieces completed and bring them to the meeting!  We are intending a show of this work before they are sent to SAQA next spring.  Show and tell is always appropriate!

Also I recieved an email from Robbie Eklow, an Illinois member and secondary Nebraska member who has a second home in downtown Omaha.  She mentioned that she is opening a studio in HotShops.  Those of you that are interested, she will be in Omaha this next week and would love to meet you!  I have contact info if you’re available and would like to meet up!  Robbie plans to be in Omaha at least one week a month, and more often this winter.  Welcome Robbie!

Come and join us for all the fun!!

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

It’s Official!

It’s official! Cynthia Levis and I have taken over Nebraska! Well, SAQA NE anyway. For those of you who don’t know us, let me introduce Cynthia and myself to you.

Cynthia Levis (top right) is an artist originally from Hastings, NE and now makes Lincoln, NE her home. She is an avid quilter and artist and belongs to many fiber art groups in addition to SAQA. Cynthia has been a member of SAQA for several years and has been our region’s exhibition chairman. She has gained much experience in finding galleries to hang our exhibits and has worked very hard to get our work shown around Nebraska and surrounding states. Cynthia is also working with the SAQA Global Exhibition Committee.

Cynthia can be reached at

Rhonda Baldwin (bottom right) is an artist from Grand Island, NE. She is a surface design specialist and incorporates her own designs in her work. Rhonda has been a member of SAQA for many many years and has helped on the Regional Technology committee. She produced a print-on-demand book showcasing our region’s work as an aide to gallery inquiries.

Rhonda can be reached at

Please contact either one of us for news and information on upcoming events and meetings in our region as well as expressing kudos and congratulations for your own exhibitions or events that may be of interest to our membership.

We have lots of exciting and educational ideas for upcoming meetings and we look forward to hearing your input.

Our next meeting is Saturday September 9th at the International Quilt Study Center Museum located at 1523 North 33rd Street, Lincoln NE. This meeting will focus on showing off our 2018 12” x 12” auction quilts, possible locations for their display and discussion of our next regional show theme. Please plan on bringing your piece to share.

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***

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