Wednesday, May 1, 2013

SAQA Santa Fe "Expanding Horizons" conference

The Lodge at Santa Fe
The Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) four-day conference "Expanding Horizons" in Santa Fe was a great experience. I attended presentations by Patty Hawkins from Estes Park, CO (My Art Odyssey, Taking Twists and Turns), Pat Pauly from Pittsford, NY (Have Venue, Will Install: Mounting Your Exhibition 101), and Melody Randol from Loveland, CO (Color Works!).
     Then there was the "speed dating" event where we each had 90 seconds to introduce ourselves to our table of ten people before moving to another group of ten. At one of the night meetings a silent auction of small art quilts brought in more than $5,000 for SAQA. Leni Wiener (New Rochelle, NY) conducted an Art Quilt Voice Coaching session for four courageous souls who had sent her photos of their work, as the audience listened and learned from her comments. Another session featured Sandra Sider (Bronx, NY) in a Quilt Critique Workshop. A panel discussion (Local Horizons: Art in the City Different) moderated by Katie Pasquini Masopust of Santa Fe featured Betty Busby of Albuquerque and two others, sharing their creations in various formats.

Kris Sazaki, incoming president of SAQA
Works by Terri Mangot, Betty Busby, Katie Pasquni Masopust, Ed Larson
There were many opportunities for meeting and visiting with people I had only met through email and websites and blogs.

Gwyned Trefethen, Martha, Carol Ann Waugh, Michele David
Shuttles ferried us from our hotel to museums, galleries, restaurants, and shopping venues. My favorite trip was to the contemporary fiber art exhibit at the State Capitol Rotunda Gallery entitled "New Mexico" Unfolding" which presented New Mexico SAQA members' work.
In front of Susan Szajer's quilt

Quilt by Cheryl FitzGerald

Aspens at the Lodge
Overlooking the Lodge patio


Carol Ann Waugh said...

Hi Martha,
Had a great time running around with you and Michele on that Saturday. I hpe to see you soon at another fiber event!

Martha said...

Definitely! Let's keep up online, also. I love your work.

jeanne Marklin said...

Martha, your photo's make me want to go back to Santa Fe! It is such a beautiful city, and being able to see art everywhere was a real inspiration. I'm glad we got to spend some time together. SAQA has helped so many people become friends. I'm glad to have met you through SAQA!

Bonita Cantrell said...

Hi Martha,
Just came across your blog and enjoyed it very much. I was going to sign u to become a follower and never found a place to do it. Love your pics. I am sure that I probably have seen you before at the MQA gatherings. Noticed you were from Hattisburg, MS. As a matter of fact, I will be there for the June Gathering. I also have a blog and invite you to take a look and join and become a follower if you do that sort of thing. My blog address

Martha said...

Bonita, glad you enjoyed reading the blog. Yes, I'm teaching my Ghost Quilting class at the MQA June Gathering in Jackson, also telling about my China trip on Friday night. Will see you there.

Martha said...

Jeanne, I agree that Santa Fe was inspiring. The picture I took of you, Kathleen, and Deb at the SAQA exhibit at the capitol was blurry--sorry! Hope someone else got a good one.

Mary Pal said...

It was so great to see you in Santa Fe, Martha! I am just now coming down from the high of seeing all that art, meeting all the fibre artists and enjoying every minute of the action. Love your blog and will be a regular visitor!

Martha said...

After emails and working with the SAQA critique groups, it was good to put a voice to that happy smile of yours, Mary! I'm a great admirer of your creations, and it was good to pal around with you in Santa Fe. "Pal" around. ha-ha. Hope to see you again soon!