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For this month’s Live Chat, we’ll watch a short video with artist Mita Giacomini then talk about why we choose to create with fiber. Live Chats are super casual, fun get-togethers where I share some ideas on a theme, then we break into smaller groups for conversation and getting to know other SAQA members. Everyone is welcome! I hope you’ll think about your unique reasons for using fiber and come share them on Friday, November 20 at 5 PM EST.

At the designated time, click on the connection link below. The link is the same for every Live Chat. You can also always find the link at www.saqa.com/livechat (login required).
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Do you have questions about your SAQA membership? Want to know more about our programs and benefits? Then join us for a live Zoom meeting on December 10 at 5 PM EST where you can get the latest news and the answers you need.  Our first meeting will cover tips & tricks on using the new SAQA website. 
The latest issue of the SAQA Journal will soon be in the mail, but members can read it now online (login required). The final issue of 2020 contains many timely articles to help sharpen your business acumen. Want to Zoom like a pro? Clara Nartey gives tips to create top-notch Zoom presentations. Want to know a fundamental selling practice? Dorothy Raymond explains how paying a sales commission benefits you by supporting your exhibition partners. Allison Reker helps you ship like a pro with tips on everything from selecting a box to a shipping partner.

On the artistic side, ZJ Humbach delves into the production and uses of various threads, and editor Diane Howell looks at the archival and intrinsic qualities of different batts. Plus, explore the world of Featured Artist Willy Doreleijers and take in the work of Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil, this issue's Inspired artist. Get an update from SAQA President Deborah Boschert on the SAQA Member Survey. And, absorb Susan Lenz's Art Talk reflection on perseverance--you'll never look at rejection the same way again. Enjoy the read!

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This Year, Give the Gift of Art!

There are still 40 fantastic Benefit Auction quilts available for purchase, and we're dropping the price to just $75. Plus, you can get free shipping anywhere in the world when you purchase two or more!
Stock up your art library with SAQA Global Exhibition catalogs--all on sale for 10-75% off! These inexpensive publications beautifully showcase the artwork from SAQA exhibitions complete with artist statements and notes from the jurors.
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SAQA Online Collection - Call for Entry

Interested in having your artwork featured on the SAQA website? We are now accepting submissions to be considered for our online collection of 3500+ art quilts. Each SAQA member can submit one piece per collection period. Before completing the submission form, search the online collection to see if this piece is already included on our website. You can search by title (keyword field) or artist (artist name). You can also click on your name on an existing piece and view all your Related Collection artworks on a single page. 

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Light the World - Call for Entry 

Light is our primary tool for perceiving and understanding the world around us. Without light there is no vision. Light allows us to appreciate the world through shape and form and evokes emotions. Common qualities of light are intensity, quality, color, direction, distribution, texture and movement. Artists are encouraged to explore how light creates and transforms your art.

** note: the size restrictions differ from the original prospectus as follows: the maximum height has changed from 46" to 60"  This size increase allows for greater flexibility in work that may be submitted. Any artwork that meets the original or the expanded size is eligible.

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Waiting (SAQA Virtual Gallery) - Call for Entry

We often think of waiting as a static and passive act. But it is, in fact, an integral and dynamic part of living: from the roil of emotions we feel while waiting for news, to the changes we might make because we simply can't wait any longer. Though our lives are different, we've all waited at one time or another. It is a shared, but personal, experience.

The myriad ways we experience Waiting make it the perfect theme for the debut exhibition of SAQA's Volunteer Curator program for the Virtual Gallery. Member Katherine Wilson is at the helm of the show. She asks, “How does waiting impact your body, mind, and spirit?" and says, "I'm excited and inspired by artists who have a unique voice and point of view." What are the moments in YOUR life, significant or small, that you have waited for? Share your stories with us!  Diverse entries will help Wilson build a compelling new story about Waiting, a fact of life we can all relate to. All types of work may be submitted, including installations and work no longer in your possession. 

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Intersect Chicago - Meet the Artists

Meet artists Mary Pal, Susan Avishai, and Susan Else and watch a conversation with artists Marie Bergstedt, Linda Colsh, and Mita Giacomini in the latest installments of this video series.
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Upcoming Deadlines - Calls for Entry  

Light the World (Call for Entry) - November 30

Waiting (Virtual Gallery Call for Entry) - November 30

SAQA Online Collection (Call for Entry) - November 30

SAQA Journal Member Gallery: Outsider - December 1

Juried Art Member Application - January 1

Connections (Call for Entry) - January 31

Impressions of Oceania From Around the World (Virtual Gallery Call for Entry) - January 31

Microscape (Call for Entry) - February 28

Upcoming Dates - Community Connections

Live Chat with SAQA - November 20

Inside SAQA Q&A - December 10

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 »

We are taking a short break from Textile Talks on Wednesday, November 25, to allow our non-profit partners time to celebrate American Thanksgiving with their families. We will be back on December 2 with a presentation from Studio Art Quilt Associates. In the meantime, we invite you to view recordings of our past Textile Talks programs.
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Textile Talk Recording: Tell Me About the Quilt You Brought Today: Documenting Quilt Stories from Start to Finish

Presented by Quilt Alliance

Join us for an oral history interview with quiltmaker Zak Foster for the Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories project (QSOS).The grassroots QSOS project has been documenting the lives of quiltmakers for more than two decades. We'll take a behind-the-scenes peek at the process of collecting and preserving quilt stories for QSOS as we talk with Zak about his work and life in quilts, then follow the interview from digital recording to historical document, usable by researchers and curious quilt lovers alike.

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Featured Juried Artist Member

Jayne Willoughby - Veil Series Study 51

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 Jayne Willoughby.
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