SAQA VA-NC-SC News

Fiber Art Options, a group of seven fiber artists from the Charlotte area, is pleased to announce our “Orchids: Sensuality Stitched” Exhibition. We spent a few hours today hanging the pieces at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, in Belmont, NC, to coindcide with their Annual Orchid Show. For photos and details about the pieces, our processes and techniques, please visit our group blog:

http://www.fiberartoptions.blogspot.com/

Fiber Art Options members are Linda Stegall, Janet A. Lasher, Deborah M. Langsam, K. Grace Howes, P.J. Howard, Nancy G. Cook, and Susan Brubaker Knapp.

If you are in the Charlotte area this weekend, please come! We will be doing walk-through’s and demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6-7, from noon to 4 p.m. each day. If you can’t make it this weekend you’ll still have time to see it, the exhibition runs through March 14.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Center
Belmont, NC
704.825.4490
http://www.dsbg.org/

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All in the Approach – Abstract, Allegorical, Analytical
Jan 19 – Mar 11
Cabarrus Arts Council
Historic Cabarrus Courthouse
Concord, NC
704.920.2787
http://cabarrusartscouncil.org/

As an artist begins to explore an avenue for his vision, one of these
three approaches often presents: Abstraction to convey ideas through
non-representation, an Allegory to use symbols to tell the story, or
the Analytical approach to separate an idea into component parts. The
artists in this show use a variety of media in one or more of these
approaches. Libby and Jim Mijanovich are one of a select group of
artists invited to participate in this exhibition.

Materials: Hard & Soft – 23rd Annual National Contemporary Craft
Competition & Exhibition
Feb 6 – Apr 1
Opening reception – Friday Feb 5, 7-9 pm
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 1 – 5 pm
Greater Denton Arts Council
400 East Hickory Street
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 382-2787
http://www.dentonarts.com/

This annual competition and exhibition of contemporary crafts is now
in its 23rd year. Recognized nationally, Materials: Hard & Soft
attracts hundreds of entries from every state in the union. This
year’s juror was Jo Lauria, former decorative arts curator at the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art.

ArtQuilt Elements 2010
April 17 – May 26
Private Preview Party – Sat April 17, 6-7 pm
Public Opening – Sat April 17, 7-9 pm
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
610.688.3553
http://www.artquiltelements.com

Libby and Jim Mijanovich were chosen out of 257 applicants to be part
of ArtQuilt Elements 2010. A total of 606 quilts were submitted
representing 26 states and 5 countries throughout the world. Their
piece “All In”, was selected as one of 50 quilts to be on display.
Jurors Jason Pollen, Robin Schwalb, and Deborah Warner were impressed
by the wealth of talent, and found the quality excellent and chose a
collection that represents the professionalism, diversity and
expertise in this medium.

All In
72″ x 72″ x 1.5″
pieced vintage clothing, metallic thread
©2009 Mija

Due to personal reasons Lynda has removed herself from the Virginia co-rep position and SAQA is in the process of locating a new co-rep.

We wish Lynda the best and will miss her as our guiding force.

Thank You LYnda so much for everything …

Some of you know that we have been approved for a exhibit titled “State of Mine” for our region.

I am just getting caught up on SAQA operations so I do not have the specs yet to post. But wanted to let you know that I will get these posted in the next few days.

In the mean time please think of what you would create to represent your “State of Mine”

Thank you …any questions please feel free to email me , fairygodmother58@gmail.com

Hi this is Lorri I am trying to get things moving here in the new year so please if you have special news or exhibits please email them to me ASAP so I may post them for everyone. Thank YOu ….

New Exhibition Opens Friday
Mija’s artwork
is out and about in a new area of the country – Texas! This Friday, Feb 5th,
Materials Hard & Soft 2010 will open at the Greater Denton Arts Council in
Denton, TX with a reception from 7 to 9 pm. This annual competition and
exhibition of contemporary crafts is now in its 23rd year. Recognized
nationally, Materials: Hard & Soft attracts hundreds of entries from every state
in the union so we are thrilled to have Double Down selected.Juror Jo Lauria,
former decorative arts curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will
award $5,000 in prize money as part of the evening’s events. Hors d’oeuvres and
refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public. The
exhibition will remain on display through April 1.Materials Hard & Soft
featuring Double Down Feb 6 – April
1Opening reception – Friday Feb 5, 7-9 pmHours: Tuesday – Sunday 1 – 5 pmGreater
Denton Arts Council400 East Hickory StreetDenton, TX940.382.2787 For information
on Materials Hard & Soft

Follow Us on Facebook
For those of you who want to know what’s going on
at Mija more often, you can now follow us on Facebook. In order to give you
more of an inside view, we are regularly posting images to Facebook showing
what’s happening in the studio – color schemes, new designs, and works in
progress. This picture shows the final selection of fabrics chosen for a new
warm/cool color scheme. You can see more images from the studio while in this
selection process by clicking the link below. You don’t need to have a Facebook
account to view these, but if you do have one, please feel free to friend Libby
at contact@mijafiberart.com. Check out Studio Pictures on Facebook

We’ve Been Published – Again!
Here it is, the newest in the Lark Book 500 Series, 500 Art Quilts, and our
piece Autumn Path I & II is on page 125!We received a pre-release copy and as is
true for all Lark Book publications, it is beautifully done and a feast for the
eyes. We are thrilled to be among such fabulous artwork.It will be available in
March and if you are a fiber art connoisseur, we highly recommend it. Read more
about it at the Lark Book link below. More info about 500 Art Quilts from Lark
Book

Procrastinating? There’s Still Time – Current Exhibitions
Mija currently
has a number of pieces on display at the exhibition, All in the Approach –
Abstract, Allegorical, Analytical, at the Cabarrus Arts Council in Concord, NC.
Fifteen artists were invited to take part in this exhibition exemplifying three
avenues that artists choose to explore their vision. Although we have not been
to see it in person yet, word on the street is that the show looks superb. Here
are some events happening in conjunction with this exhibition.Thurs, Feb 11 –
7pm Gallery Talk by Kenn Kotara (one of the artists in the exhibit)Sat, Feb 13 –
“Second Saturday” – Galleries are open 10am – 4pmFri, Feb 26 – 6 – 9pm – “Art
Walk” – Galleries are open for downtown Concord’s night of art, entertainment,
and refreshmentsThurs, Mar 11 – 7pm Gallery Talk by Tom Stanley (one of the
artists in the exhibit)All in the Approach – Abstract, Allegorical,
Analyticalfeaturing The Journey ,
Transition , Straight on Till Morning
I & II , and Solaris
Jan 19 – Mar 11Hours: Monday – Friday,
second Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pmCabarrus Arts CouncilHistoric Cabarrus
CourthouseConcord, NC704.920.2787 More info about All in the Approach –
Abstract, Allegorical, Analytical and the artists

Just Around the Corner – Libby on Tour to MidAtlantic Region
Libby will be
heading back up to Wayne, PA in April to attend the opening of ArtQuilt Elements
2010 at the Wayne Art Center. Our piece All In was one of 50 art quilts
selected to be on display out of a total of 606 works that were submitted from
26 states and 5 countries. Jurors Jason Pollen, Robin Schwalb, and Deborah
Warner were impressed by the wealth of talent, and found the quality excellent
and chose a collection that represents the professionalism, diversity and
expertise in this medium.Libby is excited to attend this event and would love to
see you there!ArtQuilt Elements 2010featuring All In
April 17 – May 26, 2010Private
Preview Party – Sat April 17, 6-7 pmPublic Opening – Sat April 17, 7-9 pmWayne
Art Center – Wayne, PA More information on ArtQuilt Elements 2010

Mark Your Calendar – Future HappeningsFor those of you who like to plan ahead,
this is the section to check for events a bit further in the future.The Craft
Fair of the Southern HighlandsJuly 15 – 18Asheville Civic Center87 Haywood
StreetAsheville, NC

About Libby & Jim
Self-taught artists, both Libby and Jim have
years of education, experience and multiple degrees in the sciences, including
health care, bioengineering, and computer engineering. Through a fortunate
series of events they found their way out of the fast-paced world of graduate
degrees and professional practice and took a 180 degree turn. Following their
hearts, they have since discovered their true passion creating radiant and
dynamic contemporary fiber wall art from vintage clothing. The journey
continues.Thanks to Rebecca D’Angelo for the
great pic! Learn more about Libby & Jim and their process

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SAQA 2010 Conference

Jointly sponsored with Surface Design Association, "Reinvention" will be held at San Francisco State University from March 19-21, 2010. March 19-20 will be a symposium at SFSU, with studio tours and museum exhibits scheduled for March 21. A variety of three-day workshops will be offered March 22-24.

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