Sunday, May 15, 2016

New Fiber Artist Meeting in Alabama

May 13, 2016

Fifteen (15) Art Quilters in Alabama met on May 12, 2016, at Jill Dailey’s home in Moody; for the purpose to start an Art Quilt Group in Alabama.  Attending the meeting was Marjorie Post, a SAQA member, from Portland, OR.  Marjorie displayed her lovely landscapes to the group.

Julia Graber, SAQA Representative AL/AR/MS/LA, presented to the guests the advantages of Studio Art Quilt Associates and it’s encouragement  for a state wide art quilt group. Many attendees signed up for SAQA membership.

Each guest introduced themselves and presented a sample of their passion in their art quilt medium.

Julia concluded with her quilt experience and showed the Mississippi Pod 8” by 11” finished quilts; sheathed in clear plastic envelopes and mounted on black board.  On the back of the blackboard, the artist‘s name and interpretation of the theme.  Julia shared the theme of the Mississippi pod challenge if the Alabama members choose to “catch up”.
                                                       Green and Sorrow
                                                       Blue and Bird
                                                       Yellow and Catastrophe
                                                       Royal Blue and Light Bulb

The persons attending the meeting unanimously agreed to meet on the third Thursday every two (2) months. The attendees living in the Birmingham area were commissioned to research an appropriate “free” meeting place that could eventually accommodate 40-50 people, with kitchen facilities, and room for workshops. All members would share expenses if there is a rental fee. Consideration for “easy accessibility” from major highways was requested by out of town members to accommodate quilters from southern and northern Alabama.

The following people volunteered to support the group at this meeting:             Julia Graber, SAQA Liaison; Molly Washburn, Email List; Loretta Strouss, Facilities Manager; and Anita Haddad, Communications.

We will need someone to volunteer for President, Group Art Project Facilitator, and Exhibit Chairperson.

Please come prepared to help birth this group at out next meeting, the third Thursday on July 21, 2016 at 1 pm.

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