Studio Art Quilt Associates

Monday, December 26, 2011

Jean M. Judd Update.

Greetings All,
The Elk River Area Arts Alliance has announced textile artist Jean M. Judd of Cushing, Wisconsin as one of the artists selected for inclusion in the Arts in Harmony 2012 International Juried Art exhibition. Artwork selected for inclusion in the exhibit includes: Contaminated Water #1 and Contaminated Water #2: Pond Scum. This is Judd’s fifth time being included in this prestigious exhibition.

Exhibit juror Peter Spooner, Curator of the Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota – Duluth has selected 161 artworks from a submission pool of 570. The exhibit opens on February 6, 2012 and is open through March 29, 2012. The artist reception and awards presentation is on February 12, 2012 from 1 to 3:30pm. The address for the exhibition is:

Sherburne County Government Center
13880 US Highway 10
Elk River, Minnesota 55330

This exhibition is the largest juried fine art exhibition in the state of Minnesota and is in its 17th year. Visit the Arts Alliance web site, for more information about the organization, exhibitions, etc. Exhibition Director is Mr. Robert Meyer.

Contaminated Water #1,2 Composit Low by Jean M. Judd

Friday, December 2, 2011

SAQA aritst of the month.

Greetings All,
The SAQA artists of the month are Virginia Spiegel (left) and Clairan Ferrono (right) are currently featured on the SAQA website: Clairan is also hosting an Open Studio, 5432 Dorchester, Sunday 4 Dec 2-5 pm.

Trish Williams piece titled "Jubilation" is a part of the SAQA online exhibit "Always Women" curated by Virginia A. Spiegel who writes,
"The more I read, the more I realize there are universal experiences women share through the ages. It seems as though we do more than our fair share of waiting, but we're also always busy making a living, making friends, making a family, making peace with ourselves and our bodies, fighting our vices, embracing our pleasures, as well as experiencing great joys and great sadness. These artworks represent a small slice of our lives as women".

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Art Quilts: Year XVI Something To Say

Greetings All,
"Art Quilts: Year XVI Something To Say" will be presented at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 205 North Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ. November 28, 2011 until January 28, 2012. Artist Reception, December 2, 2011 - 7 pm until 9 pm. SAQA IL/WI member Gwen Jones will be participating in this venue. For more information call 480-782-2695. (Doves, by Betty Busby)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Jean M. Judd and American Craft Council

Greetings All,
Regional member Jean M. Judd of Cushing, Wisconsin was asked to write a guest post for the American Craft Council blog ongoing special section "Why I Make". You can read her guest post here: and see three of her art quilts.

Friday, November 11, 2011

November, 2011 - Fiber Artists Coalition - Artist of the Month

Greetings All,
Here is a video interview of Shelley Brucar at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts about the exhibits of SAQA IL/WI (FAC) members. Thank you Shelley for such a great interview.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Stitched Together Art & Science

Greetings All,
SAQAIL/WI group that has put on an exhibit that will run at the famous Fermilab in Batavia IL. If you live in the area this is a wonderful opportunity to visit the facility and then see some great art pieces. I hope you can make the artist reception on November 18 from 5-7. The show runs until January 20, 2012 the list of artists are as follows: Frieda Anderson, Darcy Berg, Pat BishopDeBoer, Shelley Brucar, Clairan Ferrono, Carole Frocillo, Karen Halt, Denise Havlon, Mary Ellen Heus, Susan Jackan, Gwen Jones, Donna Katz, Nancy Kempel, Debra Kinder, Pat Kroth, Romona Lindsey, Cathy Mendola, Beverly Nash, BJ Parady, Emily Parson, Jeanne Pfister, Casey Puetz, Suzanne Riggio, Jill Robinson, Sharon Rose, Barbara Schneider, Cheryl Sleboda, Virginia Spiegel, Kathleen Sweeney, Martha Tabis, Laura Wasilowski, and Kathy Weaver

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts Exhibition

Greetings All,

FIBER ARTISTS COALITION presents two traveling exhibits, “Some Like It Hot” and “13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, IL. The show runs November 1 through November 27.Fiber Artists Coalition is a group of Midwestern textile artists who are also professional artist members of Studio Art Quilt Associates. These artists have joined together to promote the art quilt by bringing this exciting art form to the public through traveling art exhibits.

The works of Fiber Artists Coalition are not bed quilts, but art works created from commercial fabrics as well as many uniquely designed fabrics. Some of the techniques FAC members use are: dyeing, painting, stamping, printing, batik, shibori, discharge, embellishment, collage, and assemblage. Most of their works are hand or machine stitched, adding additional texture and design.

Fiber is organic, and fiber art is vibrant, alive, warm and inviting. You are invited to share the artists’ enthusiasm for this unique medium. For more information: Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 847-895-3600.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Katherine Sands - Innovations in Textiles 2011

Greetings All,
Some news from Katherine Sands who has two pieces that will be included in the Missouri Fiber Artists exhibit "Speaking of Fibers" which will be on view from October 1-31. This is part of the Innovations in Textiles 2011 celebration in St. Louis. Opening reception is October 6 at Maryville University. My pieces are Weathered Places and Fragments of a Life 5b. Victoria Payne Crowder of Kansas City was the juror for this exhibit. Thanks.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Clairan Ferrono - October

Greetings All,
My work "October" was given Special Recognition in the exhibit Seasons by the online gallery Light Space and Time seasons-art-exhibition-september-2011. Scroll past the winners to the section with many boxes. Mine is the at the extreme left side, third row down. Click on it to enlarge.

Clairan Ferrono

Friday, September 2, 2011

Innovation in Textiles-9

Greetings All,
"Ties that Bind: Art Quilts by Members of the Fiber Artists Coalition" will open September 16 – December 3, 2011. This exhibition presents a selection of quilted works by members of the Fiber Artists Coalition, in conjunction with the citywide biennial Innovations in Textiles celebration, now in its 9th year and is held at the Sheldon Gallery in St. Louis, MO.

Included in the exhibition are works by Pat Bishop, Kathie Briggs, Jennifer Conrad, Clairan Ferrono, Linda Witte Henke, Kasia, Peg Keeney, Pat Kroth, Edna Patterson-Petty, Casey Puetz, Gwyned Trefethen, Laura Wasilowski, Maggie Weiss and Trish Williams.

Innovations in Textiles is a citywide, collaborative event in St. Louis, MO, that investigates the state of contemporary textile arts.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

SAQA 2011 Benefit Auction.

Greetings All,

In only a few weeks our annual SAQA 2011 Benefit Auction will begin! I probably should use my space here to emphasize repeatedly that the Auction is our single most important fundraising event of the year, but I'm too excited about the artwork on display in our website to talk about fundraising.
Can you believe it? More than 300 small-format quilts by our members are being offered. Thank you to all the talented, generous people who donated artwork. I have my eye on at least four pieces and only hope that I can control my bidding fever in September. This year I am thinking of trying to create a "theme wall" by purchasing several quilts that could hang together effectively. The "dream collections" of nine quilts each, being curated online from the auction site, are inspiring me to think thematically. Go ahead and select your own "dream collection," and bid early to have a chance to build it with the actual quilts!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Darcy Berg - Art Cube Studios: Art in the Boonies.

I will be one of the featured artists in the Art Cube Studios: Art in the Boonies. My opening will be Friday, September 2, 2011, from 6:00 to 9:00. Stop by and have some thing to eat and drink. I'm not quite sure where I will be located but the following information will assist you to find me. If you can't make it the opening, I will be there every Friday night through September.

"Art Cube Studios is hosting Plainfield’s new 'Art in the Boonies Art-walk.' Through the generosity of local building owners whom have agreed to allow us to occupy their vacant spaces, we plan to host a series of Pop-up Galleries in the downtown Plainfield area. It’s 'First Fridays' time! Every First Friday of each month will reveal new shows in each space. Artist receptions will be held on First Fridays from 6-9pm. Galleries will be open for the art-walk
every Friday throughout the summer. There will be maps and descriptions of each gallery throughout the spaces and at Art Cube Studios."

See you there!

Darcy Berg
Landscape Design,
Photography and
Fiber Art

Friday, August 19, 2011

SAQA Benifit Auction 2011

Greetings All,
Don't forget the SAQA Benifit Auction 2011. The funds raised through the Auction are critical to supporting SAQA's exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs. All of 2010's auction quilts will remain on our website for viewing only, until the 2011 auction is underway.

This year's Auction will begin on Monday, September 12th at 2:00 pm Eastern and conclude on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 pm Eastern. Price points will again be: $750, $550, $350, $250, $150 and $75.

B.J. Adams "Three Views of an Onion"

Friday, August 12, 2011

Jean M. Judd - The Wichita Center for the Arts

Greetings All,
The Wichita Center for the Arts has selected textile artist Jean M. Judd of Cushing, Wisconsin for inclusion in the Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition 2011. Artwork selected for inclusion in the exhibit includes: Contaminated Water #1.

This exhibit was is open to all traditional and non-traditional craft media including: ceramics, enamels, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, metalsmithing, paper, wood, and mixed media. Eighty-seven artworks were selected from a pool of 249 submissions by exhibition juror Chris Stanley, Distinguished Professor of the Ceramic Arts at Penn State University.

The exhibition opens on August 26, 2011 and is open through October 16, 2011. The artist reception and awards presentation is on August 26, 2011 from 5 to 7pm. The address of the art center is:

The Wichita Center for the Arts
9112 East Central
Wichita, KS 67206

Visit the gallery web site at for more information about the exhibition and art center or call 316-634-2787 to speak to Howard W. Ellington, Executive Director.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Clairan Ferreno

Hi all,

I am hard at work on several new pieces in the Darkness Surrounds Us series. The original piece (below is from the collection of Carol Saller) will appear in State of the Art: The Studio Quilt Vol 6 (above), which will be available from Amazon in October.

I'm also excited about being featured in the book 100 Midwest Artists which will come out in 2012.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!


Thursday, July 28, 2011


Dear All,

I am doing the Milwaukee Machine Quilting Show, the dates are Aug 10-13. Set
up is Aug 9.

Other things I would like you to know:
I can not pay you and hourly wage. Instead I will pay for the hotel room and
all food on this trip. You can sell your product in my booth. I will collect
the money, pay the sales tax and pay you what is rung up on your "department
button" minus a 20% fee. I can have up to 14 departments!!! Of course we
inventory your products before the show starts.

The hotel room has 2 queen beds. This means you have to share a bed with

I REALLY appreciate that you are even considering helping me!!!

Warmly from WI,
Lois Jarvis
Madison, WI -----See my quilt, Ground Zero, featuring
faces of people who died at the World Trade Center on 9-11-01 -------------------Learn about rust dyeing --------Rust dyeing blog

Monday, July 25, 2011

Studio Art Quilt Associates 2011 Benefit Auction

Greetings All,
Studio Art Quilt Associates 2011 Benefit Auction
Start Date: September 12, 2011 2:00 p.m. Eastern/11:00 a.m. Pacific
What: Reverse auction of 300 glorious small works of art created and donated by SAQA’s members to raise money to support SAQA’s exhibition, education, and outreach programs.

Auction will be run in three groups:
Group 1 starts Sept. 12
Group 2 starts Sept. 19
Group 3 starts Sept. 26

Great art at a great price! Add to your collection — bid on a beautiful work of art as a gift for yourself or for someone you love.
Preview auction works at

Friday, July 22, 2011

Trish Williams - 21st Annual Remarkable Women Show - 2011

Greetings All,
My piece "The Other Side of the Creek" (below) has been accepted into Peltz Gallery 21st Annual “Remarkable Women Show” 2011 of paintings, collage, original prints, quilts & small sculpture by more than 40 women artists.

Peltz Gallery is locate 1119 E. Knapp Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Reception & Opening Friday, July 29th 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 30th Gallery’s 22nd Birthday Celebration 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Artists’ Memories
For more information you may call 414-223-4278 or email:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pinnacle 2011 - Jean M. Judd

Greetings All,

Textile artist Jean M. Judd of Cushing, Wisconsin has been selected for inclusion in the Pinnacle 2011 National Juried Art Competition at the Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery in Tallahassee, Florida. Artwork selected for inclusion in the exhibit include: Scribble #1 (Dream Weaver - above).

This exhibit was open to artists residing in United States, working in 2 and 3-dimensional mediums. Forty five artworks were selected from a pool of 203 submissions by exhibit juror Chucha Barber, Chief Executive Officer of the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science.

The exhibition opens on August 29, 2011 and is open through September 30, 2011. The artist reception and awards presentation is on September 2, 2011 from 6 to 8pm. The address of the gallery is: Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, 1630 Pinder Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32307. Visit the gallery web site at for more information about the exhibition and gallery or call 850-599-8755 to speak to Aja Roache, Gallery Coordinator.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

13 Ways to View a Blackbird

Greetings All,
The Northville Art House is pleased to present “13 Ways to View a Blackbird and Other Thoughts in Thread,” an art quilt show featuring two groups of work by artists from across the midwest. Inspired by the Wallace Stevens’ poem with the same name, the exhibit “13 Ways to View a Blackbird” is a vibrant and thought provoking collection by the Fiber Artists Coalition, a group of professional artists from the upper midwestern United States.

Opening reception at the Northville Art House is Friday - August, 2011 from 6 - 9 pm.
215 W. Cady Street, Northville, MI 48167

Exhibition runs through August 27, 2011. The gallery hours are 1:00 - 5:00 pm Wednesday - Saturday. SAQA IL/WI members included in this exhibition are: Astrid Hilger Bennett, Jacque Davis, Clairan Ferrono, Shelly Brucar, Kasia, Casey Puetz, and Trish Williams.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Virginia A. Spiegel and Harder Than You Think

Greetings All,

Art Quilt Wins Award in WWW exhibit

"Harder Than You Think," by Virginia A. Spiegel, won a third place award in
the WWW exhibit at the Northfield Art Guild, Northfield, MN.

How has internet technology transformed contemporary life? Are we living
³virtual² lives at a dangerous remove from reality ‹ or are we in the
here-and-now thanks to instantaneous communication? On June 29th, the
Northfield Arts Guild opened its doors on an exhibit that examines how the
Upper Midwest¹s leading fiber and textile artists have answered these
provocative questions.

Representing a collection of work across a range of genres, ³WWW.² explores
how the internet has changed human relations and how we process time and
experience. Curator Toni Bennett Easterson, a Northfield artist, is
intrigued with the way in which the universal theme of the exhibit has
captured the imagination of some of our region¹s most prominent fiber and
textile artists.

³Visitors will be treated to a thought-provoking exhibit of remarkable
quality,² commented Easterson. ³Most of us agree that the role of art is to
interpret reality in some creative manner. ŒWWW.¹ offers refreshingly
diverse takes on the ways art reveals the life-changing reality of
contemporary communications technology. Themes range from how the internet
has deeply altered social interaction to how people manage the relatively
new phenomenon of limitless information.²

The exhibit is sponsored by the Northfield Arts Guild in partnership with
the Northfield Public Library and Art on Water Gallery. It runs through
August 6 at the Guild¹s Center for the Arts at 304 Division Street,

More information about the exhibit:
More information about "Harder Than You Think:"

Virginia A. Spiegel
Website -
Blog -

My Book - "Wild at the Edges":
Free Art Newsletter: Send SUB to

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Kathleen Sweeney of Cedaburg, WI

Greetings All,
Kathleen Irons Sweeney is currently featured as the July Artist of the Month at the North Shore Bank Gallery,2301 Wisconsin Ave in Grafton Wisconsin. Fourteen pieces showing a variety of styles are on display during regular business hours and special summer events through the month of July. This is the first exhibit of fiber work by the gallery since its inception.

Kathleen Irons Sweeney, Cedarburg Wisconsin, has juried in to "Water, Water Everywhere" the 19th annual art quilt exhibit at the Aullwood Audubon Center in Dayton Ohio. Her quilt "Tautology" (below) will be shown with 41 other works from artists across the country from June 25 through August 21, 2011.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jean M. Judd - MacRostie Art Center

Greetings All,
Textile artist Jean M. Judd of Cushing, Wisconsin has been selected for inclusion in the Nineteenth Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Artwork selected for inclusion in the exhibit include: Stained Glass Mosaic#1 (below).

This exhibit was open to artists residing in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota, working in 2 and 3-dimensional mediums. Thirty seven artworks were selected from a pool of 91 submissions by exhibit juror James Klueg, Professorof Art and Head of Department of Art and Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

The exhibition opens on August 2, 2011 and is open through August 29, 2011. The artist reception and awards presentation is on August 5, 2011 from 5 to 7pm. The address of the gallery is: The MacRostie Art Center, 405 First Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MN 55744. Visit the gallery web site at for more information about the exhibition and gallery or call 218-326-2697.


Jean M. Judd, Textile Artist
2807 State Road 87
Cushing, WI 54006-3209
Phone: 715.566.0212
Email: or

Web Site:


Online Gallery:

Online Gallery:

Textile Art...Discover the Possibilities!TM

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Found and Stitched by Pat Kroth

Greetings All,
Fiber Art by Pat Kroth "Found and Stitched" Contemporary Art Quilts and Fiber Constructions
at Dittmar Gallery, Northwestern University,First floor Norris Center 1999 Campus Drive
Evanston,IL June 24-August 11
Reception Friday, June 24th 6-8 PM

Friday, May 27, 2011

Stories in Cloth: The Threads of Daily Life

Greetings All,
"Stories in Cloth: The Threads of Daily Life". May 21 – July 31, 2011 @ Loyola University Museum of Art - 820 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 0611. Textiles decorate and signify, disguise and protect, depict stories and enrich ceremonies. Dr. May Weber examines how textiles have been essential to the rituals and traditions of everyday life through objects in her own collection. RSVP to or 312.915.7608

Image: Child's Cradle (detail), Anatolia (modern-day Turkey), Collection of Dr. May Weber

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Beverly Alice Nash.

Greetings All,
Beverly Alice Nash has two exhibits that she's participating in and wants to share that information with us.

1) SAQA Structures in Cloth scheduled for three venues in Colorado between 6/9/11 and 4/17/12. The places are: Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO; Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, CO; and Ft. Collins Museum of art in Ft. Collins, CO. The quilt to be exhibited is called Chonqing Home (Evening) and is part of a series inspired by a NYT photo of an apartment building in Chonqing.

2) Fabric of legacies 29th Annual Art Quilt Exhibition at the Lincoln
Center in Ft. Collins, CO. This exhibit was originally scheduled for July,
but it has been postponed to October because of renovations to the Lincoln Center. It is now scheduled to run from October 7 through November 13. The quilt for this exhibit is called Harlem Stripes and is a mash-up of African and Scottish plaids.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ramona Dallum Lindsey and Stop the Violence.

Dear Friends,
I invite you to celebrate with us for the publication of our recent article in the American Quilter Magazine. Former magazine editor, Marjorie L. Russell, wrote a very flattering 3 page article titled, "Children Speak Through Quilting: Peace Not Violence", for the May 2011 issue. The article features full color photos of both Stop the Violence quilts, 2 students, and myself. The magazine is currently on news stands at select major chain booksellers. You can also purchase copies on-line by visiting this link I hope you will go out and find a copy for your magazine collection. Please also feel free to visit to learn more about future fabric art projects for students.


Ramona Dallum Lindsey

Thursday, April 21, 2011

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird - update

Greetings All,
13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, Art Quilts by the Fiber Artists Coalition opening Friday, April 22, 2011; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM at the Iowa Artisans Gallery.

Iowa Artisans Gallery hosts "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," based on a poem of the same name by Wallace Stevens. The exhibit includes thirteen art quilts by eleven members of the Fiber Artists Coalition and runs April 22 – May 29, 2011.

The Fiber Artists Coalition is made up of Professional Artist Members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) from the upper Midwest. FAC curates traveling exhibits of its members' works. Learn more about the Fiber Artists Coalition at and its blog,

Iowa Artisans Gallery was established by artists in 1984. The gallery features work by American artists and focuses on Midwestern artists wherever possible. Daily hours are Monday-Wednesday 10-6pm; Thursday’s Downtown Shopping Night: 10-7pm; Friday 10-6pm; Saturday 10-5:30 and Sunday 12-4. For more information, please contact the Gallery at 319-351-8686.

List of Blackbirds participating artists plus state of residence:

Astrid Hilger Bennett, Iowa City, IA
Kathie Briggs, Charlevoix, MI
Shelley Brucar, Buffalo Grove, IL
Cheryl Dineen Ferrin, Mattawan, MI
Clairan Ferrono, Chicago, IL
Peg Keeney, Harbor Springs, MI
Pat Kroth, Verona, WI
Casey Puetz, Waukesha, WI
Joan Potter Thomas, Northville, MI
Laura Wasilowski, Elgin, IL
Trish Williams, Chicago, IL

Source Material:
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, by Wallace Stevens

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.

I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.

A man and a woman
Are one.
A man and a woman and a blackbird
Are one.

I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.

Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause.

O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet
Of the women about you?

I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.

When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.

At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.

He rode over Connecticut
In a glass coach.
Once, a fear pierced him,
In that he mistook
The shadow of his equipage
For blackbirds.

The river is moving.
The blackbird must be flying.

It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar-limbs.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

SAQA IL/WI outing/meeting

Greetings All,
On Saturday, April 16th a group of us met at the Art Institute of Chicago for an outing, lunch, and meeting. The exhibit that we focus on was Jane Wayne's narrative tapestries and the re-opening of the textile wing. The work was awe inspiring, the fellowship grand and a good time was had by all. The only sad part was that we could not take photos.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

"The Unspoken Truth About Color" - Jeanette Thompson

Greetings All, Please join in the opening reception for " The Unspoken Truth About Color: A Dialogue in Art Quilts About Racism" exhibit. This exhibit includes 29 pieces from 27 women fiber artists from around the country. Please join curator, Jeanette Thompson as they celebrate the opening of the exhibit in conjunction with the YWCA’s National Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism. Friday, April 29 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm The ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation 832 W Superior St # 204 Chicago, IL The Unspoken Truth About Color exhibit at http://unspoken-truth-and-hope.blogspot. com

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Jean Judd - Gateway to Imagination

Textile artist Jean M. Judd of Cushing, Wisconsin has been juried into the 2011 Gateway to Imagination National Juried Art Competition to be held at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park in Farmington, New Mexico. Her artwork, Twirling Leaves #2 (above), is one of the artworks selected for the exhibit. The exhibition will feature 95 artworks selected from 319 submissions. The juror for this exhibition is painter JD Challenger of Taos, New Mexico. Mr. Challenger specializes in Native American artwork which touches on the history and significance of many ceremonies of the American Indian and the spirituality of their deeply held beliefs. He uses oils, acrylics, and mixed media in his work. More information about JD can be seen here at The exhibition opens on May 6, 2011. An artist reception and awards presentation is on May 14, 2011 from 7 to 9 pm with a juror lecture just prior to the reception. The exhibition closes on July 9, 2011. The address of the facility is the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 East Main Street, Farmington, New Mexico 87402. Visit the Farmington Museum web site for more information about the exhibition or call 505-599-1169.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Member - Clairan Ferrono

Greetings All,
Clairan Ferrono, Kelp (below) will be shown at Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN 5-27 May, opening reception May 6th at 7:00. Her Eye of the Blackbird (below) Is featured on the SAQA website

and her Meadow (detail image below), which won 1st place in the Transformation exhibit is up on the San Diego Women's Caucus for Art website click on Transformation under Galleries on the left.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

SAQA Member - Kathy Weaver

Greetings All,
This week the video is of Kathy Weaver. Enjoy:-)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Darcy Berg - Merge & Flow Bee

Greetings All, Darcy Berg's "Merge & Flow Bee" has been accepted into the Surface Design Association's Conference Show. The conference takes place in Minneapolis, June 9 - 12, 2011. Here's the link: Congratulations Darcy!

Friday, April 1, 2011



Meeting at the Art Institute

It has been a long hard winter and it is time to get out and see some beauty. Laura, Trish and I are planning an outing to the Art Institute on Saturday April 16th. We would love it if you could join us. These outings are really free form, everyone gathering at the entrance and then off to see some gorgeous art and inspiration on your own or with a friend. We meet back again to share a meal in the cafeteria downstairs, sharing our experiences with each other and generally just visiting and catch up. We hope you will mark it on your calendar and try to join us. Please respond to Frieda at if you are planning on being there.

There are several fiber exhibits at the Art Institute including June Wayne's Narrative Tapestries and Contemporary Fiber Art: A Selection from the Permanent Collection. Also Chagall's America Windows return. I need to see these every year, the color fills me with joy. You can check out the schedule yourself at;

New Region Members Exhibit

We are planning another exhibit for our members. Laura Wasilowski has been in contact with Fermilab in Batavia IL and they are very excited to have our show. It is entitled “Stitched Together, Art and Science. The art work by our Illinois and Wisconsin members of SAQA will be at their gallery November 1- January 23, 2012.

This is a very large space and can accommodate many large pieces. One of the goals of SAQA is to produce quality exhibitions. We hope you will enter a piece for this show. Find the prospectus HERE
Gathering in Paducah, KY

Laura and I will be in Paducah again this year in our booth at the AQS show, ARTFABRIK/FRIESTYLE. We are on the main floor in the back left corner against the wall. If you make it to the show we hope you will stop in and visit us. I have made a reservation at Max’s restaurant on Wednesday April 27 for us to gather for dinner. Please RSVP to me at if you plan to attend. We hope to see you there.

SAQA's goals include:

• Publish a newsletter and e.Bulletin addressing the professional needs of the working quilt artist.

• Publicize information about the art quilt through a web site, Professional Artist Member portfolios, and referrals to teachers and speakers for workshops and symposia.

• Educate through a series of conferences and lectures.

• Create a network of collectors, dealers and artists.

• Produce quality exhibitions, with documentary catalogues and critical reviews.

• Encourage critical writing, research and publication of articles about art quilts in the art press, popular press and scholarly journals.

We hope to see you at one of the events above or to see your art work in our next regional show.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

SAQA Member - Ginny Smith

Greetings All,
This week the video is of Ginny Smith. Enjoy:-)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cover Story

Greetings All,
My piece "Dancers of Praise" (below) has been chosen to grace the cover of the Yale School of Divinity's "Reflections Journal" coming soon. I am so very honored for this opportunity and just had to share my joy.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

SAQA Member - Elizabeth Busch

Greetings All,
This week the video is of Elizabeth Busch. Enjoy:-)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

SAQA Member - Judith Content

Greetings All,
This week the video is of Judith Content. Enjoy:-)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Blackbirds & Midwest Meditations -slide show

Greeting All,
Here is the slide-show from the opening of Blackbirds & Midwest Meditations opening at Simply Chicago Art in Evanston, IL.

Friday, February 25, 2011

FAC Midwest Meditations & Blackbirds

Greetings All,
The "Fiber Artists Coalition" exhibitions titled Midwest Meditations and Blackbirds will be exhibited at Simply Chicago Art at 1318 Oakton Street, Evanston, IL. March 1 thru 31, 2011. Opening reception is March 4, 2011 for 5-9 pm. The following members are participating: Casey Puetz, Clairan Ferrono, Frieda Anderson, Joan Potter Thomas, Kathie Briggs, Laura Wasilowski, Pat Kroth, Peg Keeney, Shelley Brucar, and Trish Williams. So if you are in the area come out, say hello and check out the talent.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

SAQA Member - Deidre Adams

Greetings All,
This week the video is of Deidre Adams. Enjoy:-)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

SAQA Member - Clare Plug

Greetings All,
This week video is of Clare Plug. Enjoy:-)

Midland Arts Association 2011

Greetings All,

Textile artist Jean M. Judd of Cushing, Wisconsin has been juried into the Midland Arts Association 2011 Spring Juried Art exhibition to be held at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas. Her artwork, Contaminated Water #2 (Pond Scum), is one of the artworks selected for the exhibit. The exhibition will feature 74 artworks selected from 257 entries.

The juror for the exhibition was illustrator Leslie D’Allesandro Hawes of Midland, Texas and Tucson, Arizona. This program is partially supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Arts Assembly of Midland.
The exhibition opens on March 10, 2011. An opening reception and awards presentation is on March 10, 2011 from 7 to 9 pm. Over $4,000 in monetary awards will be given to exhibiting artists. The exhibition closes on April 10, 2011. The address of the facility is the Museum of the Southwest, 1705 West Missouri Avenue, Midland, Texas 79701. Visit the Midland Arts Association for the list of accepted artists and the museum’s web site, for more information about the exhibition or call 432-683-2882.

Friday, February 11, 2011

FYI from Jean M. Judd

Fellow SAQA members,

Have you wanted to increase traffic to your web site but don't have the time to commit to having your own dedicated blog like myself? Try putting on your calendar to once a week check out the SAQA IL/WI blog and leave a comment on something that someone else has posted. Another option is to send Trish Williams a blog post about your upcoming class or exhibit you are participating in. Just a one or two paragraph writeup and one image of your work and you are good to go.

I've noticed that my web site statistics every month includes at least 10-15 direct visitors that come from my either commenting on something posted about someone else on the SAQA IL/WI blog or from announcements about my artwork posted on there that I sent to Trish. I also noticed each month that Google is indexing the blog as well and my comments show up there too so Google is driving people to the SAQA blog as well which is great exposure for all of us.

I get monthly Google Alerts emailed to me letting me know where I am showing up on the web and some of them are very surprising: one of my quilts is on a tattoo site from Hollywood (just found out about this one a couple weeks ago) and one of my art pillows has been featured on a religious organization's site for over a year. I also am surprised at the blogs written by others that reference my work and link back to my site as well and I find out about this through Google Alerts.

If you haven't sent your web site address, Etsy shop, blog, or whatever web presence you have to Trish to be included in the side bar with a direct link to your web presence, do it soon so we as well as visitors to our blog can check out your work.

I have a weekly appointment on my calendar on Fridays to check both the SAQA IL/WI blog as well as the SAQA MN blog to see what has been added since the last week. If I have something to comment, I add that where appropriate. The videos that Trish is adding are just wonderful. The most recent on is about Joan Schulze and you may recognize that the narrator is Lisa Chipetine. She has a wonderful voice for this type of work.

As another note, you may need to hit the button more than once to add in your comment to the post after writing it. Your comment won't be posted until you finally see the "word scramble" and type it in the blank field and hit the button one more time. I have found that it is usually three repetitions.

Looking forward to reading about you and your work on the SAQA IL/WI blog. I had hoped that more members would be willing to sign up take a week of writing posts like Darcy Berg, Frieda, and myself did early on but that didn't seem to gain momentum. Maybe that can start up again. If we all do a little, it will grow and blossom for all of us.


Jean M. Judd, Textile Artist
2807 State Road 87
Cushing, WI 54006-3209
Phone: 715.566.0212
Email: or
Web Site:
Online Gallery:
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Textile Art...Discover the Possibilities!TM

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fiberarts and Joan Schulze

Greetings All,
Maggie Weiss's "Canopy" (left) and my "Save Darfur" (below right) will be in a write up about "Conversation in Stitch" in Fiberarts magazine spring issue. The exhibit is at the Anderson Art Center in Kenosha, WI. This is a F.A.C. venue and will be on display until March 20, 2011.

The Fiber Artists Coalition is made up of Professional Artist Members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) from the upper Midwestern United States. FAC curates traveling exhibits of its members' works. Members employ a variety of innovative materials and techniques in the creation of fiber art with a contemporary edge.

This week the video is of Joan Schulze. Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

IQF help needed.

Greetings All,
Daren Pitts Redman (Indiana Representative) is hosting and coordinating the SAQA booth at the IQF show and she's asking Illinois members if they could volunteer for a 2 hour shift or two at the International Quilt Festival/Cincinnati April 8-10.

April 7: 5-9 p.m. (Preview Night)
April 8 & 9: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
April 10: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

And you can contact her at:
Daren Pitts Redman
4106 Morrison Road
Nashville, Indiana 47448-8128
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.
(Indiana Representative)

International Quilt Festival/Cincinnati
April 8-10, 2011
Duke Energy Convention Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Sunday, January 30, 2011

SAQA Member -Linda Colsh

Greetings All,
I enjoyed Jean's video some much I thought that I would share more with you. This week we have on from Linda Colsh. If you would like to see one of yourself or others do let me know. I will try a post one a week. I do have the next 7 weeks covered. Enjoy:-)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Jean Judd's Visioning Project Adventure

Greetings All,
Member Jean Judd wanted to share her experience with the "Visioning Project" and we hope that you find it helpful.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

P.I.E.C.E.S. Artist Reception slide-show

Greetings All,
I thought that I would share with you a slide-show from my artist reception from P.I.E.C.E.S. at Concordia University and I hope that you enjoy it.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Opening at the Fine Line for Material Ways

Yesterday afternoon we had a wonderful clear, sunny day for our opening of Material Ways at the Fine Line in St Charles.

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Several of the artist were there, including Laura Wasilowski, Pat Kroth, Stephanie Nordlin, Deborah Fell, and BJ Parady


BJ, Laura, me, Stephanie.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Material Ways

Hello Everyone,
The Material Ways show is up and running. Just a few details to finish
up before the opening on Saturday. (Like making punch!)
If you've never been to the Fine Line, I suggest you look at this map
<> to get there. Also, you
can see our exhibit information on this page of their web site
See you Saturday 1 - 4:00!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Material Ways at the Fine Line

Walk of the Cranes by Pat Bishop

Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles will host “Material Ways,” an exhibit of art quilts created
by our Illinois and Wisconsin regional members of SAQA, the Studio Art Quilters Alliance. The show will take place in Fine Line’s Kavanagh Gallery from January 8 – February 19, 2011 with the opening reception scheduled for Saturday, January 8th from 1:30pm – 4pm. Gallery hours are Monday through Sunday from 10am until 5pm.

Each art quilt reflects personal experiences of everyday life and the beauty of the natural world. Quilt artists to be featured are: Frieda Anderson, Gail Baar, Patricia Bergh, Pat Bishop, Kathy Downie, Deborah Fell, Mary Ellen Heus, Nancy Kimpel, Pat Kroth, Barbara Lardon, Karen Linduska, Stephanie Nordlin, BJ Parady,, Jeanne, Pfister, Casey Puetz, Jill Robinson, Katherine Sands, Virginia Spiegle, Sue Spurlock, Tracy McCabe Stewart and Laura Wasilowski.

Fine Line Creative Arts Center is an educational center devoted to helping individuals nurture their creative energies. It provides year-round classes in a wide range of media including weaving, knitting, crochet, machine knitting, dyeing, jewelry, glass, blacksmithing, pottery, painting, drawing, printmaking and papermaking. Visit for more information.