Sunday, December 7, 2014

Pod Meeting in Madison ... Continued

I hope everyone is working on their 8"X10" challenge of 'p,q,b,d' however you want to orient it.

We have a few more pictures from our 'show and tell' meeting in Madison.

This is a Four Seasons quilt by ????


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pod Meeting in Madison, MS

This group of fiber artists met on Saturday in the home of Jackie W. We enjoyed drinks and a snack before our beginning time of 10:30. Jackie welcomed us all and our co-rep, Julia Graber, gave a blurb on SAQA. As we each introduced ourselves we showed a piece or two of fiber art. We enjoyed a delicious lunch together and discussed meeting again sometime in February.

Rita W. – “Ole Man River Bridge,” Vicksburg, MS

Marilyn D. – “Gladis: A Swirl of Thoughts

Marilyn D. – “The Graceful Oaks”

Debbie S. – String Quilts I & II

Christal J. – “Happy Haunted Village”

Christal J. – “Happy Ghosts”

Rena K. – “Tulips” and Berdie L. – “Lily”

Rena K. – “Dreamscape”

Judy M. – “Words,” “Apple,” and “Gone”

Mary F. – “Shining Victory”

Mary F. – “?????”

Nancy N. – “Mississippi Swamp”

Bebe T. – “Clematis”

Tracy G. – “Fleur de lis”

Jackie W. – “Favorite Tree From Ithaca Falls”

Linda F. – “Moon Shadows Triptych”

Linda F. – “Black and White Series II”

Martha G. – “High Rise”

Martha G. – “Leaf Study – Crotons”

Martha G. – “Fish Out of Water”

Rhonda B. – “?????”

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pine Belt Quilters Show in Hattiesburg, MS

Two of our regional members (Julia Graber and Martha Ginn) had quilts in the Pine Belt Quilters 15th Biennial Fiber Art & Quilt Show last weekend (October 3-4-5, 2014) in Hattiesburg, MS. This is my local guild, and I was active in hosting the show. Julia Graber entered two pieces, both ribbon and special award winners.
Julia Graber, Bubbled Nine Patch
1st Place, Pieced-Small; also Domestic Machine Quilting Award
Julia Graber, Palatial Plumage
HM in Art; also Judge's Choice
I entered five pieces, receiving four ribbons:

Martha Ginn, High Rise
2nd in Pieced-Small

Martha Ginn, Leaf Study: Crotons
2nd place, Art
Martha Ginn, Color Bars: Yellow
HM in Pieced-Small
Martha Ginn, Tribute to Tigger
Martha Ginn, Fish Out of Water

 The show featured 340 quilts plus a Hoffman Challenge exhibit. For more pictures and a complete winners list, see the blog entries of the show week at We had a full schedule of lectures and demos, boutique, 20 vendors, and a beautiful raffle quilt.

I presented a lecture on "Creativity," asking Julia to show some of her work as well as give a plug for SAQA. Julia is a new co-rep for Mississippi.
Martha Ginn, Creativity Lecture

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Gadsden Museum of Art & History

The exhibition at the Gadsden Museum of Art & History held a reception Friday evening Sept. 5. Outside the streets of Gadsden were alive with music, antique cars, food, and lots of folks in town for First Friday. The SAQA pieces were beautifully exhibited in the main region of the museum, well lit and with generous spacing between pieces. Grace Wever and Connie Carrington attended the reception. Visitors asked good questions and were very interested in understanding processes, techniques, and inspiration. The museum director and the volunteers are delightful.

Below are some photos from the reception, which show the excellent spacing. (Apologies for some reflections from glass surfaces between the photographer and the pieces. I wanted to show how pieces related to each other.)

Monday, April 21, 2014

SAQA Fabric Line

Janice Paine-Dawes in Lakeview,Arkansas received notice from Martha Sielman that her design "Urban Creep" was chosen as one of the 6 being produced by Andover fabrics for SAQA. The designers' receive wide publicity of their name on the fabric with profits going to benefit SAQA.

"Luana Rubin will be presenting the fabric line at the SAQA conference.  Andover will be launching it at Spring Market in mid-May.  And Luana has taped a segment for Quilting Arts TV that promotes the fabric line, which will air starting in August. "

If anyone is going to the conference please photograph the presentation so we can all share in this exciting event!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Our Regional Exhibition and Conference Coming Up Soon!

You are invited to attend the opening of our regional exhibition, Southern Voices on Friday, March 14, 2014 from 5pm – 8 pm. This is the Second Friday Art Walk when other local businesses stay open for the public. The exhibition will be on display in the Main Library Gallery of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, 401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201, in the River Market area, The show runs through Sunday, May 25, 2014, so please plan a trip at another time if you are unable to attend the opening.

Featuring artwork by
                             Barbara Carlson (AR)         Julia Graber (MS)           Deborah Kuster (AR)

                             Connie Carrington (AL)       Jane Hartfield (AR)        Judy Momenzadeh (LA)

                             Mary Felder (LA)                 Murray Johnston (AL)     Judy Tipton Rush (AR)

                             Martha Ginn (MS)               Michelle Jones (AR)        Grace Wever (AL)

Then on Saturday, March 15th, you are invited to participate in a Regional Conference at the site of the show. This is a special time to get to know other quilt artists, share information about SAQA, and grow as an artist. The registration fee for the Conference is $20 (includes lunch) for SAQA members and $25 for non-members. No pre-registration necessary. 10:00-4:30.

Featured artworks from top to bottom: A Cord of Three Strands is not Quickly Broken (detail) by Deborah Kuster;
Waiting (detail) by Michelle Jones; Looking Ahead (detail), by Barbara Carlson.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Carrington quilt wins award in Huntsville Art League

Our artist's co-op in Huntsville, AL holds a fund-raising event each year, in which art patrons buy a ticket for a chance to select a piece of art from a collection donated by artists. When a patron's ticket is drawn, he announces his choice from the collection, which retires that piece of art. The owner of the first ticket drawn has his choice from the entire collection, and this year that patron selected my donation, The Pond 2. This photo shows it hanging in their lake house.

The donated collection hung for several weeks in our gallery at Lowe Mill, and was judged by a well-known painter with no affiliation to the League. I'm very pleased that The Pond 2 won a cash award. It is validating that a textile work was given an award in an organization primarily composed of painters and photographers.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Invitational Exhibition in PA

I had 4 pieces accepted into a biennial show at Einstein Health Network in PA.   It is an international juried exhibition and sale by professional artists with physical disabilities.  Show dates are April 24-June 24, 2014.
I participated in this show previously and one of my large quilts was purchased for their corporate collection. Here is the link to the preview invitation.All About Art 2014

A preview for you of the pieces going to them. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't all come back home.