Shifting Tides: Convergence In Cloth

Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth debuted in April at WORKS/San Jose in San Jose, California. The exhibition was on view at this location until May 5, 2019. While I was attending the SAQA annual conference in San Jose, I had the opportunity to see the exhibition “live”.

The Saturday afternoon of the conference was spent walking through downtown San Jose visiting museums and galleries. The weather was perfect for this adventure.

I told you about my application for this exhibition in an earlier blog post.  I was motived to submit work by the fact that the AK SAQA region hoped to be included. We all know you can’t be in the show if you don’t apply.

Exhibition Juror Ann Johnston selected a wide range of mainland and island habitats and issues, as well as an array of design approaches and techniques. Her selection included four Alaskan artists–Cat Larrea, Beth Blankenship, Nan Thompson, and myself. Yeah AK.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1d15aCat Larrea’s Tidewater Glacier is a beautiful example of Larrea’s current work. Her palette and shapes are stunning.

Beth Blankenship’s work No Where to Run rides the edge of the definition of what a quilt is while also addressing the issue of global warming directly.

Nan lives in Moose Pass on the Kenai Penninsula, and her piece is called Copper River Flats. The browns in this piece are a nice juxtaposition to all the blues in the other Alaskan pieces.

Nan Thompson

My piece Break Up is part of my current obsession with triangles— in particular the flying geese unit which can do so many things.

Cat and I shared a wall in the Works!/San Jose version of the show. Many people commented on how our palettes where unusual but also complementary.

Beth and Nan shared another wall. The pieces just look so great together.


Many of the artists were attending the conference, so there were lots and lots of photos taken of artists with their work. It was super fun.

The lay out of the artwork was stunning. It is truly a beautiful show and I very pleased to be a part of it.

This regional SAQA exhibition is composed of artwork made by artists residing in Alaska, Hawaii, Northern California/Northern Nevada, Oregon, Southern California/Southern Nevada, Washington, and Western Canada.

Each region agreed to book at least one venue for this traveling show. Alaska booked two venues which are as follows.

International Gallery of Contemporary Art
Anchorage, Alaska
September 4 – September 26, 2020

Pratt Museum
Homer, Alaska
October 9 – November 28, 2020

Forty-six artists from seven SAQA regions from the northern reaches of Alaska to the Archipelago of Hawaii are represented in this comprehensive regional exhibition.

If you want to know more about the exhibition please visit the SAQA website for complete details. 

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14 thoughts on “Shifting Tides: Convergence In Cloth

  1. Break Up has such a yummy palette…I love it. Congratulations!

  2. Hi Maria, The International Gallery in Anchorage will be exhibiting from September 4 to 26, 2020. The Pratt Museum in Homer will be exhibiting from October 9 to November 28, 2020. Those dates could change slightly so visitors should check with their venue before going to see the show—it looks like an amazing one!

  3. I like your piece, what you have done with various sized triangles in your composition. It looks like a wonderful show. I’ll be watching for it near me.

  4. Wonderful 🙂 Especially the fish. Because I really like fish..

  5. Thanks for sharing images from the exhibit! Your piece is lovely and it does compliment nicely with the piece sharing the space!

  6. Congratulations. You must be doubly proud to be part of this important exhibition. Thanks for the photos

  7. maryanneloehr on said:

    Love your designs. Looks like a lot of fun was had by all in San Jose.

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