Last Minute Opportunity for Exhibit in Anchorage

A last minute cancellation by an artist presents an opportunity for someone to be the January featured artist at the Fiddlehead Gallery, Anchorage, AK beginning January 7 at the First Friday Art Walk.
The schedule and particulars are:
• January 7 opening and reception 6-9:30pm. Work hangs in gallery for the month of January. Work is typically up on the wall on the 6th.
• Fiddlehead space description: 10' high x 15' wide wall. On 4th Avenue, downtown Anchorage.
• Information to submit: Inventory list and price list. NFS ok for some work.
• Contact Katie Sevigny 907.441.2722 cell preferred.
• Fiddlehead Gallery phone 907.258.2787

Katie owns a second larger gallery on 4th Avenue, Anchorage called Sevigny Studio. Please contact Katie if you are interested in being a future featured artist.

What are you driving?

I learned to sew as an eleven year old on my mom’s Singer.  As a twenty-something, my parents gave me a Kenmore which served me well for many years as I made my own clothes and eventually sewed for my children. When I was bit by the quilting bug in the late 90’s, I spent my permanent fund dividend on my first really good machine.  Here in this town, serious sewers are split into two camps – Viking and Bernina.  I bought a Viking because that was the brand my quilting teacher swore by.  Eleven years of non-stop studio art quilting later, I wore out her free-motion ability and purchased another Viking.   
It took several months of tearful frustration to get used to the differences in my new machine, but eventually we bonded and now I wouldn’t trade her for the world – for my free motion work.  
I do all my piecing on the little Singer Featherweight a friend sold me when she found another Featherweight at a garage sale in Juneau and couldn’t justify keeping both.  

My sewing set-up - I invested in Koala furniture several years ago and love the efficient space utilization it provides.  Having both my work-horses available simultaneously is a non-negotiable necessity.
So what are YOU driving?  Send me a photo of your sewing machine(s) – minimum 1mb, jpeg format – and I’ll put together a post of the favorite sewing machines of the SAQA Alaska Region.

Quarterly Meeting Recap and a Word from Your New Blog-Mistress

About half a dozen of us had a good meeting on Tuesday evening.  Two of us attended via the internet magic of 'Go-to-Meeting'; the others were assembled at the Energy Center.

Linda Beach, our Co-Representative, is stepping down at the end of the year.  She and Cat Larrea asked that all members consider assuming the responsibility of Co-Rep.  Living in Anchorage is not a requirement, and it's a great way to get to know SAQA members both regionally and nationally.  Contact Cat if you are interested in the job or would like more information.

After everyone enjoyed sharing recent accomplishments and work in progress, we kicked around ideas for a regional creative project, something that would bring us together across the state.  Our next meeting will probably be held in early February, 2011.
Work in progress at my studio in November

And now a word from your new Blog Mistress:  When Cat and Linda announced that a new blog administrator was being sought, I was immediately interested.  Living in isolated Petersburg on Mitkof Island in Southeast, starting my own blog a little less than a year ago has provided a rich way for me to connect with other artists all over the world.  I want build stronger ties to my fellow AK Region SAQA members, and hope to get to know you and your work through managing our blog.

Do you have a show coming up?  Are you teaching or taking a class?  Have you got a new art book or technique you want to share?  Have you seen a great art exhibit somewhere your travels have taken you?  What’s on your design wall?   Get the word out through our SAQA Alaska Region blog.  Email me with your photos – maximum file size 1mb per image – and stories.  I would love to post something new every week!