- Call for Entry: Basketry Now – 10th Anniversary ExhibitionYou are invited to submit work for the NBO biennial juried exhibition: Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition. This exhibit will be held in conjunction with the NBO 2019 Biennial Conference. The NBO biennial exhibitions have become an important record of artistic work within traditional and contemporary basketry. They are unique in their focus on basketry and in their inclusion of the full range of work being executed by well-known and emerging artists. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase benchmarks of excellence in basketry that demonstrate superior technique and original concept and design. All work in the show will be in a gallery of photographs on the NBO website and given exposure in other onlin ... read more4 days ago
- SAQA at Quilt Festival HoustonSAQA is headed to Houston for the International Quilt Festival next week. Will you be there? We will have a booth on the show floor right next to our debuting Global Exhibitions Metamorphosis and Dusk to Dawn. We will have all the available SAQA Benefit Auction Quilts on display for purchase, including these beautiful pieces below: We will also have a complete array of other SAQA merchandise including the brand new publication Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation. This is the first opportunity for quilt lovers to view and purchase this beautiful book full of history and quilts. OTHER HOUSTON EVENTS In addition to having a booth, two new SAQA Global Exhibitions on display, and the new publication Art Quilts Unfolding, we also have several events scheduled to happen during the weekend of the festival. We hope you will join us! ... read more2 weeks ago
- Metamorphosis to Debut at Quilt Festival HoustonThe SAQA Global Exhibition “Metamorphosis” will debut at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas (November 8 – 11, 2018). “Metamorphosis” features the work of 33 SAQA artists who have chosen to explore what it means to morph or change. Metamorphosis generates transformative change in shape, nature, or structure. Animals physically develop and change from birth to maturity. Concepts and ideas morph and change over time. Even the earth’s landscape progresses through many geological and ecological stages. Change may be positive, negative, frightening or enlightening. The pieces in this exhibition demonstrate the inevitability of change—physical, philosophical or personal — and the results of such transformations, no matter how subtle. THIS ONGOING by Joan Sowada If you would like to see all the work featured in “Metamorphosis”, you can by following this link. Additional details about each piece and audio statements by the artists are also available. The exhibition catalog is now available for purchase in the SAQA Store. ... read more3 weeks ago
- SAQA Benefit Auction–Week 3 UpdateSection 3 is open for bidding After two weeks of bidding, the 2018 SAQA Benefit Auction has raised over $48,000 for our exhibition and outreach programs! All the remaining Section 1 & 2 quilts are available for sale in the SAQA Store. Section 3 quilts are available for bidding this week, starting at $750 and further reduced throughout the week to a final price of $100. Prices change each day at 2pm EDT (GMT -4). Here are just a few of the great pieces up for bidding. Benefit Auction Stories Below are some more stories from our auction donors. We hope you are enjoying reading more about their creative journeys! All these pieces are included in Section 3 and are available for bidding this week! Laurie Russman Redding, Connecticut When I sat down in my studio to design this year’s contribution, Stormy Daniels was completely dominating the news cycles. So, in tribute, I browsed radar images of ... read more1 month ago
- SAQA Benefit Auction Stories—Claire PassmoreWe always love hearing about how our members are inspired to create their piece for our annual Benefit Auction. SAQA member Claire Passmore has used her auction quilts from the past three years to create a moving series about a personal experience. If your SAQA Benefit Auction Quilt has a good story, please send it to email@example.com. _________________________________________________________________________ Claire’s Story My first SAQA Benefit quilt was entitled ‘innocence’ and was based on a fleeting meeting with a very small boy named Spinach (I double checked to make sure I had it right, and I did) who was about 4 years old. I met him and his mum when I liven in CapeTown, South Africa. I was visiting the location where he lived – a township called Langa and his mum was busy at work, cooking sheep heads (yes, sheep heads, known locally as Smileys) on a fire at the side of the road; they are the equivalent of street ... read more2 months ago
- 2018 Benefit Auction – Week 2 UpdateSection 2 is open for bidding After just one week of bidding, the 2018 SAQA Benefit Auction has raised almost $28,000 for our exhibition and outreach programs! All the remaining Section 1 quilts are available for sale in the SAQA Store. Section 2 quilts will be available for bidding this week, starting at $750 and further reduced throughout the week to a final price of $100. Prices change each day at 2pm EDT (GMT -4). Here are just a few of the great pieces up for bidding. Benefit Auction Stories Below are some more stories from our auction donors. We hope you are enjoying reading more about their creative journeys! All these pieces are included in Section 2 and are available for bidding this week! Lorri Glennon Hobbsville, North Carolina I love creating fabric art—art quilts and fabric postcards the most. In 2016, I bought some bags of Batik scrap strips, and ... read more2 months ago
- Pat Hickman – “Art Baskets: Breaking Boundaries” Event LectureShown above: “Akin”, (detail), Pat Hickman and David Soo. Photo by George Potanovic, Jr. Pat Hickman gives the closing lecture for All Things Considered IX: Basketry in the 21st Century, presented by the National Basketry Organization at the Society of Arts + Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts. Pat recounts the evolution of basketry as an art form through the work of four pioneering basket-weavers, her own cohort of boundary breakers and her life-long friends. She gives a touching tribute to these individuals, emphasizing the critical roles they played in shaping basketry in the 21st century. ... read more3 months ago
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