Monday, October 26, 2015

Lunch and Lecture in coordination with Fiber Art exhibit at the Volland Store in Alma Kansas

Mary Elmusa, one of our regional members, has asked me to share this exciting event announcement with everyone.  This exhibit of Debra Smith's contemporary fiber art and Elizabeth Wilson's vintage quilts is running September 20-December 20, 2015 at the Volland Store in Alma, Kansas.  This upcoming Sunday (November 1st) the Surface Design Association is sponsoring a lunch and lecture in association with the exhibit.  For more information, check the Volland Store website at:    All are welcome!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Congrats to Shin-Hee Chin and Cherrie Hampton on being accepted as SAQA JAMs

You all probably saw it in the recent SAQA e-bulletin, but two of our regional members, Cherrie Hampton and Shin-Hee Chin were recently accepted as SAQA JAMs!  The jurying process is quite involved from what I understand, so kudos to them for their acceptance.

For more of their work, check out their websites
Shin-Hee Chin:

Shin-Hee Chin, Chinmoku_Silence

Cherrie Hampton:

Cherrie Hampton, The Woman at the Well

Congratulations to Shin-Hee and Cherrie!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

See Annie Helmericks-Louder's Work at the Albercht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joesph, MO

Congratulations to Annie Helmericks-Louder!  Her work is currently being exhibited as part of a 2-person show at the Albercht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joesph, MO.  Please check the following link for much more information on the show (here).

The show runs from September 18th - November 7th, 2015, and if you're in the area or traveling through, please stop by and check it out!  Looks like a fabulous exhibit.

Congrats again to Annie, and for more of her work, check out her website here.

Cats, Cows and Cakes, c. Annie Helmericks-Louder, 56 x 49.5

Detail, Cats, Cows and Cakes, c. Annie Helmericks-Louder

Friday, September 4, 2015

Congrats to Ruth Powers

Congratulations to Ruth Powers, whose piece "Snow Buddies" is currently on display at the Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition at the Wichita Center For The Arts, in Wichita KS.  The show runs Aug 28 - October 18, so stop by if you are in the area.

Ruth Powers, Snow Buddies

In addition, four of her works have been selected to be included in Visions of the Flint Hills Benefit and Sale at the Buttonwood Art Space, 3013 Main St, Kansas City, MO. 

The Opening Reception on Oct 2, show runs through Nov 27.  All sales benefit the Friends of Konza Prairie.  Her pieces "Harrier Hunting", "Prairie Power", "Drifted" and "Grasslands" will be here, stop by if you are in the area!
Ruth Powers, Harrier Hunting

Congrats to Linda Filby-Fisher

Congratulations to Linda Filby-Fisher whose piece Dignity 3 from her Quilt on a Frame Series was juried into the show Real People 2015 at the Old Courthouse Arts Center in Woodstock IL!  The piece was granted an Artistic Merit Award.

The show runs from August 13-26, so if you're in the area, stop by and check it out!

Dignity 3, Linda Filby-Fisher

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Midwest Metaphors Opening

After much hard work on the part of the organizers, the Midwest Metaphors opening is finally here!  The show opens this Friday at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City  and runs through June 27th.  I hope any of you in the area will take the opportunity to go see it and spread the word.  Join us for the closing reception on June 27th!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Submit your entries!

Just a friendly reminder that the deadline for receipt of entries for our Midwest Showcase exhibition is next Saturday (received by Ada in the mail).  I encourage everyone to enter, it would be great to have a wide range of pieces.  The entry info is in the post below.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Call for Entry: Regional Showcase

Hi All,

It's time to start thinking in earnest about submissions for the upcoming SAQA regional showcase our fabulous regional reps have organized.  If you haven't already submitted your entry (the deadline is February 28th), all the information is below.  I encourage all our regional members to participate, we want to have a great turnout!


Studio Art Quilt Associates          KS  MO  OK Regional Showcase

Showcase Title:     Midwest Metaphors:  A SAQA Ks Mo Ok Region Showcase

Gallery:     Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO 64108

Dates:     May 1 (First Friday), 2015 through Sat. June 27, 2015

General Exhibit Description 
Theme:     The subject/theme of this Showcase is - Art which each artist feels is representative of their personal experience of living and making art in the Midwest.

Curator:      Ada Niedenthal, Regional Co-Rep for Ks Mo Ok Region, in conjunction with the Exhibition Committee consisting of Cindy Brendzel, Mary Kay Fosnacht, Karen Hansen, Leslie Holmes, and Cynthia Parry.

Eligible to enter:     Current members (as of Jan 2015) of the Ks, Mo, Ok Region of SAQA.
Each Member may enter one (1) piece.    We have approximately 65 members.  If fewer than a total of 30 pieces are entered, the Exhibition Committee reserves the right to request additional art pieces from already entered artists.

Art work size restrictions:     Maximum height - 48”;  Maximum width - 40”.  Minimum height - 24”;  Minimum width - 18”.
Each piece of work submitted must fulfill the definition of an art quilt established by Studio Art Quilt Associates:  A creative visual work of art that is layered and stitched or that references this form of layered and stitched construction.  Made predominantly of fabric or fabric-like material.  All work must be the result of original design and independent effort.
          New work is encouraged.

Hanging Sleeve Guidelines:  Hanging sleeves should be 7” to 8” in circumference, and 1” shorter than the width of the art quilt.  Sew the sleeve securely to back of quilt, centered, approximately 1/2” from the top edge.

Shipping Guidelines:  After Entry Submissions are received, the Curator will email a Notification to each artist with directions for getting the art work to the Exhibition Committee.
Art work can be either mailed or hand delivered.  When sending art, roll it up using swimming noodles or something similar.  Clearly label everything the artist wants returned; the sleeve, noodle, sheets, plastic, etc.  The return postage along with a mailing label must be included with the art quilt unless the artist notes in writing that they will be attending the Closing Reception and picking up their own art.

Mail Art to:    Ada Niedenthal, 8050 Monrovia St., Lenexa, KS  66215
Hand Deliver Art to:    Marnie Clawson, 2801 W. 98th Street, Leawood, KS  66206

All art work must be in the hands of the Curator/Exhibition Committee by March 21, 2015.

Entry Submission  (must be received by February 28, 2015)
Artist Information:
First and Last Name:
Mailing Address:
Artist Bio:  (one 8-1/2 x 11 page of biographical information about the artist)
Information about Art Piece:
Size:  height x width, in inches
Artist Statement:  35 to 50 words; (may include materials and techniques)
Sale Price in Dollars:
Insurance Value in Dollars:

Submit two overall, full image, 4 x 6 photographs of your piece of art work. 
(These images will be used to pre-arrange the installation of the show,and be kept as a  record of the show.  In addition, they will be on display during the show.)
On the back of each photograph indicate the Top, and the dimensions of the piece.
Also include the Artist name, address, phone, and email.

Terms and Conditions:
The artist agrees to lend specific art work to the specified venue for the specified time.  Works accepted must remain available for the entire length of the Show and cannot be withdrawn before the end of the Show schedule for any reason.
Withdrawal after submission but before the Show opens will result in a forfeiture of the entry fee.
The Exhibition Committee reserves the right to reject entries that do not meet all of the requirements outlined in the Call for Art, including size requirements.  The decision of the Exhibition Committee is final.
The artist will be solely responsible for getting their art piece to the venue to which this showcase travels.  This includes shipping.  The artist (or a representative of the artist) may personally hand-deliver the piece her/himself.  If the artist cannot deliver the piece to arrive in time to be hung with the rest of the pieces, the Exhibition Committee reserves the right to exclude that piece from the show and the artist forfeits their entry fee.

All art must be For Sale.  Leedy-Voulkos will receive a 50% commission, and only the venue will take a commission.
Upon receipt of a complete Entry Submission, a Notification, along with a Leedy-Voulkos Contract, will be sent to each individual artist.

Fee:   $  30     Enclosed         Fee will be in form of a check made payable to SAQA.

Signature:  ______________________________________     Date:  _________________

Printed Name:  __________________________________

Mail Entry Submission (include Bio., Artist Statement, Price, Photographs, Fee, Signature) to:     Ada Niedenthal, 8050 Monrovia St, Lenexa Ks  66215 

Entry Open                                             April 16, 2014
Deadline for Entry                                  February 28, 2015
       (must include Entry Submission, Bio page, Artist Statement, Price, Photographs, Fee, and Signature)
Notification of Receipt                            March 11, 2015   (by email)
Art Pieces to the Exhibition Comm.       March 21, 2015   (mail or hand deliver)
Hang the show                                       April 27 - 29, 2015
Showcase Opens                                   May 1, 2015 (First Friday)
Showcase Closes                                  June 27, 2015
Closing Reception                                  June 27, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00
Take down the show                              June 27, 2015 after 5:00
       (Artists are responsible for the return of their own art.)