Monday, March 23, 2015

Group Exhibition In Davis

International House Davis will host an exhibition of more than 50 works of contemporary fiber art by the interna-
tional artist group, Viewpoints 9, from April 9–May 6, 2015.

Now in its 4th year, V9 consists of SAQA artists Betty Busby, Diane Wright, Lin Hsin-Chen, Kate Themel, Lisa-Marie Sanders, Martha Wolfe, Mary Pal, Misik Kim and Sue Dennis, representing five countries. Click here for the Viewpoints 9 blog.

The exhibition will include work selected from the group’s 2012 and 2013 challenges, exploring new sources of inspiration that include the scent of a memory, the masks we wear, symbolism in the contemporary world and six other themes. 

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 10, 2015,  6–8 p.m.
International House Davis
10 College Park
Davis, California 95616

The exhibition is curated by NorCal SAQA member Martha Wolfe, whose work is also represented in the show.
Halfway (18 x 24) by Martha Wolfe

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

THAT's A Quilt!? Features 25 Works

THAT's a Quilt?! is a brief but eye-popping special exhibition within the San Francisco Quilters Guild biennial QUILT San Francisco show. On view for two days only, it includes 23 juried quilts from NorCal SAQA members, two non-juried works, plus a wealth of small quilts from one of SAQA's traveling trunk shows.

The Event Center at St. Mary's Cathedral
1111 Gough Street at Geary, San Francisco
Friday March 20, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday March 21, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The following photographs show the 23 quilts juried into the show.
Tantalizing Textures, Susan Lane
Carpinteria Late Afternoon, Sue Siefkin

Fire in the Foothills, Joan Dyer

Pack Animal, Ann Baldwin May

Angel of Silver #2, Wendi Bucey

Asian Inspiration: The Shogans, Ann Grundler

Banner Year, Kathy Grady

Blue Continuum, Karin Lusnak

Celestial Highway, Ann Grundler

Emerge. Jenny Lyon

Feeling Crazy, Lin Schiffner

Floral Fantasy, Barbara Confer

Haven, Barbara Confer

Ignition, Nancy Bardach

Las Tusas: Ponderosa Pine, Martha Wolfe

Log Cabin in the Woods, Susan Heller

Look Around, Pat Porter

Norway Album Quilt, Aileyn Renli Ecob

Retired to the Country, Denise Oyama Miller
XOXO, Jean Jurgenson

Room with a View 1, Geri Patterson-Kutras
Straight Talk, Ellen Wong
Where Do I Go From Here?, Susan Heller

The exhibition also includes the following non-juried quilts:
Happenstance, Jennifer Landau

Patterns of the Earth Web, Dolores Miller

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Nancy Ryan & Denise Oyama Miller Exhibiting at La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum

Impressions in Fabric —an exhibition featur-
ing 30 quilts by Nancy Ryan and Denise Oyama Miller using their non-
traditional technique to depict the landscape of the West Coast of the United States—
opens soon at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum for a three-month run. 

Depicted below are Nancy Ryan’s Spring and Yosemite Gold by Denise Oyama Miller. Read about the show here.

Exhibiton dates: April 1 through June 30, 2015
Opening reception: 4–7 p.m. April 1 at the museum
703 S. 2nd Street, La Conner, Washington, 98257-1270
(360) 466-4288 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ann May’s “Sea Dragons” in Palo Alto Exhibition

Sea Dragons by Ann Baldwin May has been juried into the Pacific Art League’s show “Fur, Feathers, Fins.”

March 6–26, 2015
First Friday reception: 5:30–8:30 p.m. March 6th
668 Ramona Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Monday, February 23, 2015

May’s Quarterly Meeting: Approaches for Hanging Quilts

The next quarterly meeting for members of the Northern California–Northern Nevada region of SAQA will be held at President Kris Sazaki’s house at 133 Fortado Circle in Sacramento. The date is Wednesday, May 13th,  from 11 a.m. –2 p.m.

The main program will be a panel discussion and demonstration of different ways to hang quilts, including framing, gallery wrapped, unique shapes, and more. We will also get a quick update from Kris on what is happening in SAQA.

Members should bring their lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided. Kris has 32 folding chairs for outside seating, but our regional reps suggest that you bring a chair just in case we have lots people in attendance.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Coming to the East Bay: A Peek at Recent SJQM Acquisitions

Enjoy an up-close-and-personal look at recent acquisitions by the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles at a special event next month in Oakland. Quilts by Michael James and Libby Lehman, tapestries by Mark Adams, and other works will be shown by the museum’s curator of collections, Nancy Bavor.

The event will take place Sunday, March 8th, from 2–4 p.m., in a beautiful bay view Oakland home. The address will be provided one week prior to event.

Along with the fiber art, attendees can enjoy a Quiltini, the Museum’s signature drink, and other refreshments.

Please RSVP by February 23, 2015 to Debbie Aguirre at (408) 971-0323 or

Sunday, February 15, 2015

It’s Not a Quilt But …

… you’ll find three remarkable quilt-inspired works at a newly opened book-arts exhibition in San Francisco.

The show, The Janus Press at Sixty, celebrates the 60th anniversary of Claire Van Vliet’s remarkable private press with a selection of six books from each of its six decades. Mounted by the San Francisco Center for the Book, it opens on Valentine’s Day (the day Van Vliet published her first book in 1955) and runs through May 24th.

Renowned for its many innovative book structures, the Janus Press prints limited editions of (mostly) contemporary poets with original images in paper and varied printmaking media. The artwork and interlocking and woven structure of three books may be of particular interest to quilt artists: Aunt Sallie’s Lament, Beauty in Use and Deep in the Territory, pictured below.