Last year Amy Meissner and I agreed to be the new Co-Reps for the Alaska region of SAQA. I bet most of you know this, but SAQA is short for Studio Art Quilt Associates. It is a professional organization whose primary purpose is to share art quilting with the universe. (Those are my words.)
In the past, the AK SAQA group met quarterly and in the evening. I rarely attended the meetings because the timing didn’t work for our family.
Last year, after the AK SAQA ART CLOTH NORTH exhibition at the Blue-Hollomon Gallery here in Anchorage, we all picked up our art work and had coffee.
This week we had our January meeting. There was lots of discussion about advertising for the upcoming ART CLOTH NORTH II which opens in February. Diane Melms put in hours and hours of work moving this show forward.
We all volunteered to hang posters and mail postcards. Within 48 hours, Cat Larrea had sent the Alaska Dispatch a press release and we were officially advertised in town. How cool is that?
After that, we had a most excellent show and tell. Carrie Payne shared her latest work. She is making winter quilts this winter.
Today, while picking up my sewing machine from its annual check up, I also saw a great display of her work and patterns at Seams Like Home.
Gail Ramsey shared a bed quilt she recently made. Many of us agreed that we often get going in the studio by creating utility quilts.
If you are in town, I hope you will join us for the opening of ART CLOTH NORTH at the Blue-Hollomon Gallery for our First Friday Opening on February 5th from 5PM- 8PM.
Or join us for coffee. Our February meeting is scheduled for Tuesday February 9th from 10AM -12PM at the Kaladi Brothers on Brayton. We will be in the meeting room with Nixon.
We had a lovely snow yesterday. We are blanketed in white. This photo was taken at high noon today, so you can see what our light is like this time of year.
Tomorrow–January 15th–is my 50th birthday. I’ve got a big project planned for the entire year. If you are interested in finding out more about this adventure, stop by my website tomorrow. Look for a header called Project Every Day. Not first thing in the morning, because I won’t be ready. But you know, check in a little bit later, and I’ll tell you all about it.
I’d love to hear what all of you have done to celebrate BIG birthdays.