Monday, December 14, 2009

Artist Profile

Starting in January, 2010, we will be featuring a monthly Artist Profile of a SAQA Michigan member. We hope by presenting a monthly artist profile our members will get to know each other as well as see what interesting and different works each of us create. So look for our January profile on ANIKO FEHER! Until then, Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Links

A new sidebar item, 'SAQA LINKS', has been added to our blog. These are links of other SAQA regions across the states! We hope you find these links of interest by seeing what other regions are doing as well as what their members are up to.

Don't forget to send your photo's and updates of exhibits, workshops or other news worthy items to Robbie Payne at RobbiesPawPrints@aol.com. This is your regional blog and will only be as good as the information you provide to us. This is a free service to all members in our region, so take advantage of this technology tool for promoting your art.

Monday, November 30, 2009

New Web Site

SAQA member, Laurie Ceesay, has a new web site! You can check it out at
http://www.laurieceesay.com/

Friday, November 13, 2009

Holiday Art Bazaar


Several SAQA Michigan members are also members of the Running with Scissors group. Lynn Krawczyk (FibraArtysta@earthlink.net) sent the following information on their upcoming holiday bazaar. Looks like some really interesting and unique gifts for Christmas!

Running with Scissors, a group of artists from southeast Michigan, is holding its first annual Holiday Art Bazaar. Our members consist of art quilters, art doll creators, knitters, weavers, felters and mixed media artists. I hope you will join us for this exciting sale, see you there!
Saturday November 28, 2010
10am-4pm
Berkley Knights of Columbus
2299 Twelve Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Another ribbon for Laurie!


Laurie Ceesay's quilt, VIOLETTA, received 3rd place in the Wall Art category at the Treasures of Tomorrow Quilt show in Marshfield, Wi. (Oct. 31-Nov.1). You can see some more of Laurie's work on one of our previous SAQA MI posts here. Congratulation, Laurie.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

SAQA: A Sense of Humor Exhibit

Two of our SAQA Michigan artists, Beatrice Hughes and Robbie Payne have pieces in the SAQA exhibit, 'A Sense of Humor'.
Laughter makes the world go 'round' and this exhibition celebrates the laughable, amusing, comical, whimsical, incongruous, and absurd aspects of humor. The exhibit will debut at the International Quilt Festival in Houston from October 15-18, 2009 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The exhibit will then go on to the IQA shows in Chicago and Long Beach in 2010. This exhibit was Juried by Pam RuBert.
'Ties at the Office' by Beatrice Hughes
'Waiting to be Kissed' by Robbie Payne

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Inspired By The Masters

The Fenton - Jack R. Winegarden Library is hosting the Aussome 6 exhibit "Inspired by the Masters" through October 30, 2009. The library is located at 200 E. Caroline Street, Fenton, MI 48430Phone: 810-629-7612 and Hours are Mon-Thu: 9am-9pm Fri-Sat: 9am-5pm Sunday: 12pm-5pm

In 2005, the Aussome6 group was formed as a way to provide positive feedback and critiquing as each member designed and worked on their art work. SAQA members Mary Andrews, Karen Olson, Robbie Payne and Carol Tamasiunas are members of the group.

In this current exhibit, Inspired by the Masters, the group chose six Master Artists to be their inspiration (Beardsley, Frankenthaler, Hokusai, Hundertwasser, Klimt and Mucha). Each member then created a 16” x 20” art quilt based on the works of these master artists. To date there are over 24 pieces in the exhibit and more to come!
Inspired by Aubrey Beardsley by Carol Tamasiunas
Inspired by Gustav Klimt by Karen Olson

Inspired by Friedensreich Hundertwasser by Mary Andrews

Inspired by Katsushika Hokusai by Robbie Payne

The exhibit will move to the Auburn Hills Public Library for November and December of 2009.





Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Common Threads" Exhibit

The Charlevoix Public Library is hosting the Northern Michigan Textile Artists' exhibit "Common Threads" through October 31, 2010. The group was founded in November 2007 in response to interest created by the Michigan Quilt Artists Invitational Show at the library. Composed of fiber and mixed-media artists from Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties, the group meets monthly at the Charlevoix Library. Meetings include discussion of artistic and professional issue. demonstrations of techniques, informal critique sessions.

SAQA members Kerry Bowes, Gera Witte from Elk Rapids and Kathie Briggs from Charlevoix are members of the group. The show features small works created during the past two years: a series of color studies, photo-inspired pieces and collaborative works.

Kerry's "First Course Series: Blue Bass" is mono-chromatic study and is one of four color studies by Kerry in this series.

Kathie's "45 Degrees North: Still Waters" is an example of a complementary scheme.
Gera's "Ice Blue" is one of her two interpretations of a photograph of ice boats on Torch Lake taken by group member Babs Young.

Kerry, Gera and Kathie collaborated with Betsy Ross Doyle to interpret a photograph of fishing buoys which they have donated to the library.

In addition to the main show, in the gallery between the community rooms and the main library, three dimensional work is featured in the display cases in the Michigan Room. For more information contact Kathie @ kathie@kathiebriggs.com

Friday, September 25, 2009

"Winds of Change" Exhibit

"Winds of Change" an exhibit by the Fiber Artists Coalition, a group of SAQA professional members, has opened at Gallery 50 in Traverse City, Michigan. It's a wonderful exhibit in an old state hospital that has been and continues to be renovated for retail, office and residential spaces. The setting is pleasing as with the brick walls as the background for the art quilts. The exhibit is representative of the work of a diverse yet professional group of quilt artists with each artist submitting up to three works. Michigan members with artworks in this show include Kathie Briggs, Joan Potter-Thomas, and Desiree Vaughn.If you are in the Traverse City area this September and October, stop in to Gallery 50 (www.galleryfifty.com) and enjoy the exhibit. Here are just a peak at 3 of the pieces in the exhibit.
'Autumn Visitor' by Kathie Briggs

'Blue Moon Rising' by Desiree Vaughn

'Arctic Storm' by Desiree Vaughn


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Laurie Ceesay

Congratulations to Lauire Ceesay and her quilt, 'The Blue Wig' on her recent blue ribbon at the Michigan Quilt Network's "Share Your Colors" Quilt Show in Lansing MI on Sept. 11-13, 2009.



Lauire also had her quilt, 'BIBA 1' juried in to the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison, Wi. This quilt will also be exhibited at the AQS IOWA Show late October.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Exhibit Reminders


Michigan Quilt Artist Invitational


..AND IT WAS SO

by Barbara Kilbourn


The Michigan Quilt Artists Invitational featuring 'The Art of Nature' exhibit is on display until Friday, October 2, 2009 at Greater Flint Art Council gallery which is located at 816. S. Saginaw Street, Downtown Flint. (810-2138-ARTS).




Michigan Hospital Gifts of Art Exhibit

Mary Andrews

'Sunflower'

by Mary Andrews


Mary's quilts are currently on display at the University of Michigan Hospital Gifts of Art program in Ann Arbor. Her quilts will be in the Main Corridor West until October 12, 2009.

For further information about Mary's exhibit and future programs or exhibit opportunities, check out the Uof M Hospital Gifts of Art web site at http://www.med.umich.edu/goa/




Textile Extensions: Quilts in a New Context

'The Sun's Gon' Shine In My Backdoor Someday'
by Carole Harris

The Sun's Gon' Shine In My Backdoor Someday' is just one of 15 of Carole's work that will be in the exhibition “Textile Extensions: Quilts in a New Context” which opens at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum Oct. 2. A reception to meet the artist will be held at the Museum Saturday, Oct. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 989-964-7082. Carole will talk about her work, the art of design and quilting, at the Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 4:00 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through January 28, 2010. For more information, call (989) 964-7125 or visit the Museum’s website at http://www.svsu.edu/mfsm/home.html.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Michigan Quilt Artists Invitational - Art of Nature

HERON, HUNTING #3
by
Anne Hiemstra
NATURE’S SERENITY
by
Donna Hamilton


The Greater Flint Arts Council is presenting the Michigan Quilt Artists Invitational featuring 'The Art of Nature' exhibit. This exhibit is made up of original wall quilts by Michigan Artists and will be part of the Flint Festival of Quilts along with the Second Friday Artwalk which takes place Sept. 10 thru Sept. 12.

The opening reception for the 'Art of Nature' exhibit, is free and open to the public. Live music with Justin Scanlon on nylon string guitar, along with food and beverages, will take place from 6-9 on Sept. 11th. The exhibit will continue through Friday, October 2, 2009. The GFAC Gallery is located at 816. S. Saginaw Street, Downtown Flint. (810-2138-ARTS).



For further information on the MQAI traveling exhibit, visit http://maryandrewsartquilts.com/MQAI.htm.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

“Textile Extensions: Quilts in a New Context” - Carole Harris

'The Sun's Gon' Shine In My Backdoor Someday'
'The Sun's Gon' Shine In My Backdoor Someday' is just one of 15 of Carole's work that will be in the exhibition “Textile Extensions: Quilts in a New Context” which opens at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum Oct. 2. Carole is a well-known Michigan interior designer/fiber artist and a member of SAQA Michigan.

A reception to meet the artist will be held at the Museum Saturday, Oct. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Carole Harris and her husband Bill will attend. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 989-964-7082.

Carole's rhythmically constructed, non-traditional tapestries are composed of hundreds of richly colored fabrics which are cut, overlaid, appliqu├ęd, pieced and quilted. A professional interior designer and fiber artist, she creates one-of-a-kind, improvisational works that provide warmth and texture to enhance commercial and residential interiors.

“This exhibition presents for the first time a large body of my work representing a period of almost 20 years, a retrospective of sorts. The exhibition will allow both me and the public to view changes and similarities in my work over a long period. One will see how I hold the tradition while expanding the process through the use of texture and by extending the form beyond the rectangle,” said Harris in a recent interview about her show.

Harris’ work has been exhibited nationally in museums and galleries over the last 30 years.
“Carole’s quilts are not ordinary or traditional. They are comparable to a good jazz composition, improvisational and unpredicted,” said Marilyn Wheaton, Museum Director. Harris will talk about her work, the art of design and quilting, at the Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 4:00 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The exhibition runs through January 28, 2009. For more information, call (989) 964-7125 or visit the Museum’s website at http://www.svsu.edu/mfsm/home.html.

Here is a peak at some more of Carole's work

'Rhythm-a-ning'

'Big City Blues'


'Down the Block & Across the Street'

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Exhibition of work by Laurie Ceesay

SAQA member Laurie Ceesay from Menomiee, Michigan is displaying some of her work at the following venues.

Purple Rain by Laurie Ceesay

Purple Rain was on display at the World Quilt Show-New England, Manchester NH, Aug. 13-16, 2009 in the Innovative Wall Quilt category.



BIBA 1 by Laurie Ceesay

BIBA 1 will be hung at the Wisconsin Quilt Expo, Madison WI. Sept. 10-12, 2009, in the Pictorial Quilt category.


The Blue Wig by Laurie Ceesay

Laurie's The Blue Wig will be on display at the Michigan Quilt Network's exhibit "Show Your Colors" in ' Lansing MI, Sept. 10-13, 2009. This display is part of the "show your colors" challenge.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Around Michigan

Thanks to SAQA member Anne Hiemstra for providing these exhibit and show entries around town!

The following exhibits are currently at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham, MI: July 24 – August 21, 2009:

“Let the Silence Have Its Say”: A Graffiti Exhibit
and

The Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild: This beadwork exhibit has some magnificent neck pieces, handbags and sculptural art
Calls for entries:

17th Annual Juried Art Show and Sale, First Presbyterian Church, Northville, MI. Show dates: October 2-9, 2009. Entry deadline: September 17, 2009. Contact: 248-349-0911 There doesn’t seem to be an online version of this information.

“Liggett Celebrates Michigan Artists”, University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. Show dates: November 6-7, 2009. Entry deadline: September 17, 2009.

Handmade in Michigan, Online Artisan Market. This seems to be a very new venture, based in Ferndale. No indication yet of what their marketing strategy is, but it’s a good looking site and an idea with a lot of potential.

Bead Bonanza, Bead Show & Sale sponsored by Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild, Sunday, October 11, 2009, Southfield Municipal Complex, Southfield, MI.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Mary Andrews Exhibit

'Sunflower' by Mary Andrews, Grand Blanc, Michigan

Mary Andrews will be having a show at the University of Michigan Hospital Gifts of Art program in Ann Arbor. Mary's quilts will be in the Main Corridor West from August 24 thru October 12, 2009.


One of the first and most comprehensive arts-in-health care programs nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art & music to the University of Michigan Health System. During times of stress and illness, the arts have the power to nurture and engage. The Gifts of Art programs utilize the arts to assist and enhance the healing process, reduce stress, support human dignity and renew the spirit.

This is a wonderful place for Michigan SAQA members to show their work. There are 7 galleries throughout the hospital and thousands of people pass through the hospital during the time your work is on exhibit. The University Gifts of Art program are very fiber friendly and welcome exhibits, such as the Michigan Quilt Artists Invitational, every year as well a few fiber artists. They usually have a call for entries in the spring every year. For further information about Mary's exhibit and future programs or exhibit opportunities, check out their web site at http://www.med.umich.edu/goa/

Friday, July 31, 2009

Peg Keeney's 'Together We Can'

Peg Keeney's 'Together We Can', which was part of the Obama Quilters exhibit in MD earlier this year, as been invited to be included in Dr. Carolyn Mazloomie's new Celebrate Obama book and traveling exhibition. The exhibition will travel to Japan, South Africa and across America.

Monday, July 27, 2009

SAQA Musings Exhibit - Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Dress Up" by Gera Witte, Grand Rapids, Michigan



The SAQA Musings Exhibit has been on display since June 19 at the Gerald R. Ford Musesum in Grand Rapids. The exhibit includes 29 quilts from across the United States and runs thru August 31, 2009. The selected artists for Musings are:

B.J. Adams
Mary Andrews
Polly Bech
Shelley Brucar
Benedicte Caneill
Cheryl Costley
Marcia DeCamp
Mary Diamond
Clairan Ferrono
Ann Harwell
Peg Keeney
Eileen Lauterborn
Denise Linet
Ann Loveless
Dottie Moore
Susan Sanborn North
Frauke Palmer
Pat Pauly
Marti Plager
Judith Plotner
Christine Predd
Casey Puetz
Tracy McCabe Stewart
Gwyned Trefethen
Gera Witte

So if you are looking for an art quilt exhibit to visit this summer in Michigan, look no further then the Musings Exhibit at the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum. Along with the quilt exhibit you can also see Caroline Kennedy's doll collection. These dolls were given to Caroline from visitors to the White House from all over the world. The Museum is also full of treasures from the White House and items given to the Ford family.

The Museum is located at 303 Pearl Street in downtown Grand Rapids and is open every day 9 to 5. For directions and more information on the museum you can visit their web site here.

To have a sneak peak at the exhibit, click on the video below!

video

Friday, July 24, 2009

WELCOME!

The SAQA Michigan newsletter will be taking a sabbatical! In its place, we'd like to welcome you to the SAQA Michigan blog!

The best way to provide members immediate access to information about exhibit opportunities, announcements of upcoming events and other endeavors is by the creation of our own blog. With this venue we will be able to maintain links to SAQA members living and working in Michigan. In addition, our members can view SAQA news, member's accomplishments, and be kept informed of venues and exhibits where you can see SAQA artists' work in person.

This is your regional blog and will only be as good as the information you provided to us. So keep us informed of any news, events, corrections, etc. by emailing Robbie Payne at SAQAMI@aol.com. This is a free service to all members in our region, so take advantage of this technology tool for promoting our art.

We hope you enjoy your visit and come back often!

Sue Holdaway-Heys – Textile Art


Shadows Fall by Sue Holdaway-Heys

SAQA member Sue Holdaway-Heys will be having an 'Artists’ Champagne Reception and Opening' on August 9th at the Button-Petter Gallery in Douglas, Michigan.

The Button-Petter Gallery represents over 80 artists both regional and national in reputation. With the Saugatuck-Douglas area being known as the 'Art Coast of Michigan' this is a great weekend get-away. You'll get to see some of Sue's wonderful textile work along with other art forms already on exhibit. For further information on the gallery and exhibits, check out their web site at Button-Petter Gallery.