There were 12 SAQA artists at the meeting including a couple guests. Thank you to everyone who came. You made the meeting a great one.
Member’s news included a first-time solo exhibition by Jackie Stoaks in Shawnee, Kansas. Congratulations Jackie!
There was a brief discussion on efforts to bring an outside presenter to a meeting in 2018. Cindy B and Cindy P are still working to make that happen. If there are any KS/MO/OK regional members that have prepared a presentation or workshop and would be interested in presenting to the members please let us know.
Cindy B spoke on efforts to find an affordable photographer familiar with fiber art. The images submitted with a Call for Entry are very important and you want to make sure the images submitted are sharp and meet all requirements. We interviewed 3 photographers local to Kansas City. Generally, we found the cost to shoot a quilt and receive the full and detail digital images asked for in SAQA Calls varies depending on volume. The cost was as low as $10 per quilt up to $600 for a half day in the studio. If you would like to know the names of the 3 we talked to let me know and I’ll send you more specific info. In all cases the quilt artist should be very specific about the digital requirements and expect to help make sure the quilt hangs properly for the shoot. One photographer had a board to pin the quilt on and another asked that the quilts have sleeves. Always call ahead to discuss it with the photographer beforehand and get a quote. Also, if you know of any professional photographer in our region that is experienced with fiber art please post in Facebook. And remember information on the SAQA website is very helpful for those that want to learn how to light and shoot their own work.
Regarding the upcoming exhibit of our 12” x 12” Auction quilts. We will exhibit our Region’s 2018 Auction Quilts before forwarding to SAQA National for their Auction website. The venue is The Shirley Stiles Gallery in Westwood, KS. Your 12”x12” quilt is due no later than March 15, 2018 and can be on any subject. It will be exhibited during April 2018 and then shipped to National. We encourage everyone to participate. There is a contest between Regions and the one that has the highest participation wins. The prize has been a dollar amount deposited in to the region’s account and that means more money to use for workshops. You can see the 2017 Auction Quilts on the SAQA website. If you get your quilt and artist statement to us by mid-January we can get it to them in time to select one or two in their city newsletter. CONTACT ME and I’ll give you info on where to ship.
Don’t forget our Changing Landscapes exhibit at The Gallery of Art and Design at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO. The exhibit will be there January 8, - February 3, 2018. Another opportunity for everyone to see it. There will be an opening reception on or about January 10th. Date to be confirmed.
An Exhibit Committee for our 2019-2020 SAQA Regional Exhibit, will be formed in early 2018 to plan the details and timeline. Please consider joining us to make this exhibit a great one. The first decision we’ll make as a group is the theme. You will want to be there. We already have two venues secured for this exhibit and we are working on finding at least one more in Oklahoma.
We had a show and tell session and then discussed how to properly critique artwork. Two members held up quilts for the group to use as practice. We had a lot of fun with it.
OUR NEXT MEETING IS ON FEBRUARY 17th, 2018.