Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Important News for our SAQA members in Central Canada...

SAQA Mentorship Program 

Is 2016 your year to to get focused, organized and serious about creating your best art? 

Then make it the year you take advantage of your SAQA membership and apply for the mentorship program. We now have 38 very happy participants and room for more!


Or perhaps consider applying to be a mentor - you will benefit from this rewarding experience too! Email Sue Bleiweiss at - she will be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you have about this great program. 

Upcoming Conference and CALL TO ENTRY Deadlines

Tranquility - January 31
2016 Conference Registration - January 31
Spotlight Auction - February 6
Turmoil - February 29
Juried Artist Applications - March 1
SAQA Journal Gallery: Adventure - April 1
A full list of SAQA Calls for Entry can be found on our website. Do you know of an upcoming event or call for entry? Submit your news »
Upcoming Webinar - this week!
This webinar is an outstanding opportunity to learn about some of SAQA’s international members and be inspired by these talented art quilters.
Mentorship Webinar: International Artist Panel
Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7 pm (US Eastern Standard Time, GMT -5)

Click the following link to register.

Brenda Gael SmithJenny BowkerCharlotte Scott
These three SAQA members will share their art quilts and discussing how their creative lives are influenced by the places they live.
  • Brenda Gael Smith creates contemporary textile art and lives in New South Wales, Australia.
  • Jenny Bowker has lived in several countries but currently resides in Australia.
  • Charlotte Scott lives on a boat in New Zealand where she quilts and designs patterns.
Attendance in the live webinar is limited so register to reserve your spot! SAQA members can always watch the webinar in the archives on the SAQA website after the event.
Mentorship Webinar recordings (login to mySAQA is required)

New JAM Member
Congratulations to our newest Juried Artist member, Susan Callahan! Her art is inspired by her career as a professional chef, elevating the kitchen and its elements honor the work of those who feed us and the joy of coming to the table.

Interested in becoming a Juried Artist Member?
Be sure to apply before March 1 if you want to be included in Portfolio 23! More Details »

** Existing JAMs will be able to submit their Portfolio information during the month of March. 

Conference News

Just a reminder that spots are still available for the 2016 Inspire-Connect-Engage Conference. Register before February 1st to avoid the increase in registration fees.
Openings are still available for the following opportunities:
***  (Bethany is going and would love to have a roommate to share the ride and Hotel room. Contact me at - driving down leaving March 29 and returning April 3rd) 

Other News
Get your Work in the Spotlight!
Now accepting artwork for the 2016 Spotlight Auction. These 6" x 8" pieces will be sold through a silent auction at the Conference Banquet. All proceeds benefit SAQA's exhibition programs. Deadline: Feb 6, 2016

Portfolio 22 is now back in stock!
Our shipping facility has just received our long awaited shipment of Portfolios! Get yours today in the SAQA Store. This beautiful sourcebook includes artwork from 230 of our Juried Artist Members.