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Get your virtual bidding paddles ready!

SAQA’s 2020 Benefit Auction will be taking place on a new platform: Handbid.

This new bidding platform offers a lot of additional functionality which you’ll love! It includes the ability to save a list of your favorite pieces and an app option so you can bid from wherever you are. However, there will be some changes to the bidding process. The auction will still follow the reverse format where prices start high and then are reduced throughout the week at 2 pm EDT for the active bidding section.

Join us at 4:00 pm EDT on September 3, 2020 for an introduction to Handbid! We'll learn all about the new bidding platform for the Benefit Auction. We will review registration, bidding, helpful hints, and more! 

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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September 2—Conversations with the Artists: Opposites Attract

Presented by SAQA

SAQA Global Exhibition Opposites Attract explores contradictions and affinities: Yin and Yang, the irresistible force versus the immovable object, black and white, and other types of opposites. We'll be talking to exhibiting artists Claire Passmore, Maria Shell, Maggie Vanderweit, and Libby Williamson about their artwork, inspiration, and process. You'll see some examples of their recent artwork and get a peek into the artists' studios in this panel discussion moderated by Martha Sielman. Join us September 2 at 2 PM EDT (GMT-4) for this Textile Talk!
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Claire Passmore is an artist from the UK. She started making quilts around 12 years ago when she lived in CapeTown in South Africa. While there she retired from her day job so spent her time doing stuff like riding horses, learning to dye fabrics, and exploring all kinds of surface design techniques. 
Maria Shell’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quilt making. She strives to take the classical components of a traditional bed quilt and manipulate them with the hope of creating surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer. For the past ten years, Maria has been exploring the never-ending opportunities that the quarter log cabin, also known as the house top, quilt block offers both the viewer and the maker. 
Maggie Vanderweit’s work is displayed in textile art shows around the world. She creates original contemporary art quilts with hand-painted, hand-dyed, rust and botanically dyed fabrics, silk fusion, felt, hand embroidery, beading, collage, and intricately machine quilted surfaces. Maggie, now retired, presented a variety of talks, lectures, retreats, and workshops for conferences, galleries, museums, guilds, and art colleges. Maggie lives near Toronto in Ontario, Canada and she was the chair of the local organizing committees for SAQA’s 2020 conference, moSAiQA.
Libby Williamson is a fiber artist and teacher who works with an eclectic assortment of materials and methods to create unique, vibrant, fiber artwork. Using layers of her hand-painted and dyed fabric and paper, free-motion stitched components, and embedded found objects, her pieces emerge through an intuitive and evolving path.
LIVE CHAT: August 28 at 3PM EDT (GMT-4)
For this month’s Live Chat let’s talk about size. Do you have a comfort zone for the size of art quilts you make? How do you feel about working to a specific size? What tips do you have for working really large? Or really small? I’ll share some of my own tips (and struggles) plus share some examples where size makes an impact. Then we’ll have an opportunity to chat with each other about all quilts big and small.
At the time of the meeting, click this link to join: You can also find more information and connection details at (login required). 

Last Chance to Apply!

The deadline to submit a presentation proposal for our second virtual conference is September 1. We are looking for compelling proposals on topics of interest to our membership, including but not limited to topics on professional, creative, and personal development as an artist.
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The deadline for the next round of Juried Artist Member applications is also September 1. Applications are accepted six times a year. 
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Studio Stories: Maker Spaces that Work

Presented by Quilt Alliance
Last week, we joined Quilt Alliance director Amy Milne for a virtual studio crawl! We shared excerpts from studio visits with artists who have been interviewed for StoryBee the web-based show hosted by author and quiltmaker Frances O’Roark Dowell. From small, efficient home studios to inspiring cottage and warehouse spaces—you’ll be inspired and energized by these maker spaces. Then we paid a live visit to the workspaces of artists Earamichia Brown and Leslie Tucker Jenison.
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Exploring Art Quilts with SAQA: New Directions
Interviews with art quilters around the world and beautiful photo galleries.
This high-powered mix for all who make and appreciate contemporary art quilting begins the creativity-inspiring series Exploring Art Quilts with SAQA. Its book-and-journal-blend format with 350 photos reveals today's latest work and designs and also serves as a long-term creative reference. Be inspired by interviews, gorgeous art quilt photos, and current creations by members of SAQA.

Survey Snapshots

Each week we’ll post a few snapshots but this is the just tip of the iceberg! We’re working on the analysis of a wealth of valuable and actionable data, so look for the full report before the end of the year. We asked you about connecting with other members. Here's what you told us:
1. SAQA Connections: 55% volunteer to connect with other art quilters, and 37% attend SAQA conferences to connect with others. 
2. Twenty eight percent (28%) want to become a Juried Artist Member so they can network with other Juried Artist Members. 
3. Every choice for connecting with SAQA received a rating of important or very important:  Facebook, Other social-media channels, Local and Regional Meetings/Events, Special Interest Groups, SAQA Conference, and All-Member virtual events. 

Upcoming Deadlines - Calls for Entry  

Journal Member Gallery: Along Came a... - September 1

Juried Art Member Application - September 1

Land Art: From the Forest to Your Balcony (Virtual Gallery Call for Entry) - September 30

Primal Forces: Earth (Call for Entry) - September 30

Fresh Fish (Call for Entry) - October 31

Light the World (Call for Entry) - November 30

Waiting (Virtual Gallery Call for Entry) - November 30

Upcoming Dates - Community Connections

Art Quilt Design on the Longarm (Special Interest Group) - August 27

Live Chat with SAQA - August 28

Exploring Contemporary Art (Special Interest Group) - September 22

A full list of SAQA Calls for Entry (including Regional) can be found on our website. Do you know of an upcoming event or call for entry? Submit your news »

Featured Juried Artist Member

Sherri Lipman McCauley - Touch of Color

A Juried Artist Member of SAQA is an artist who has successfully presented a portfolio to the Juried Artist Review Panel. This portfolio includes a selected body of work and documentation showing a professional approach to art. See more Juried Artist Member artwork! Learn more about Sherri Lipman McCauley.
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