AK SAQA July 2016 Meeting

We had a great turn out for our July meeting. 

Kate Beebe, Mary Gerken, Barb Hanson, Cat Larrea, Amy Meissner, Diane Melms, Carrie Payne , Gail Ramsay, Faye Steihm, Jan Wallace, Nancy Dobson  (visiting from Colorado) were in attendance.

Many of our members had SAQA news to report. Here is what they are up to.

Amy Meissner is still working on making contact with Andrea Noble at the Alaska State Council on the Arts about scheduling a field trip to thier office to learn more about 1% for Public Art. 

Diane Melms is now a member of SAQA Education Committee and is in charge of creating a SAQA Pinterest board featuring machine stitching. One of the artists she has found is Harriet Riddell, who has a portable/solar powered sewing machine, which she sets up and uses for her “performance sewing.” You can read more about her here .

Diane also recommended the many webinars now available on the SAQA site, the newest of which is “Working in a Series.” 

Gail Ramsay, Mary Gerkin and Kate Beebe are presenting at the Valley Quilter's Guild in Palmer, Alaska on Aug. 4. Several members brought quilts for the team to share with the Valley Quilter's Guild. The selection of quilts included examples of an array of art quilts. 

Cat Larrea talked about the evening she hosted at her home with SAQA board member Susan Else as well as new work. Cat let everyone know that the  AK + HI exhibition is still moving forward, but at a slow pace.

Jan attended Susan’s workshop in Kenai and gave an account of the success of that experience and she also shared new work.

Barb Hanson had a great new piece to share.

And Kate Bebee shares a fusible piece that she has been working on.

There was an insightful discussion about the merits of juried exhibitions and how best to go about showing our work. In fact, we are going to continue the discussion at the August Meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday August 9th from ten to noon at the Kaladi Brothers on Brayton.

We hope to see you there with new work and ideas about where to show it.

PS—Krista Fleckenstein <http://www.spottedstone.com/> wasn’t in attendance, but is interested in having a fall gathering and informal workshop at her home in a few months.

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