The Studio Art Quilt Associates' (SAQA) annual meeting was held in Lincoln, Nebraska. I'd never been to Lincoln, or indeed Nebraska, before, but in quilting circles Lincoln is famous for being the site of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum (IQSCM). For a quilter, it is a very exciting venue. And I found that Lincoln is a beautiful city.
|Maria Shell and Sarah Entsminger|
We started off the conference with awards. Gwyned Trefethen, the chair of the SAQA committee I serve on, won Volunteer of the Year. It was well deserved -- she keeps the Exhibition Committee in line, no easy task.
|The Quilt Japan exhibit|
|The best part -- we were allowed to enter the archives!|
|From a quilt by Jean Ray Laury. I love clarinets!|
|From the same quilt -- VOLCANO!|
|And another from the same quilt by Jean Ray Laury|
|In the storage area|
|A really wonderful quilt by Faith Ringgold|
|A quilt by Michael James|
|An unconventional display of the quilts of Luke Haynes|
|Michael James at the Gallery at UN|
And of course I bought one. This is by Maggie Vanderweit:
|Belonging by Maggie Vanderweit|
Michael James was our keynote speaker. He is one of the pioneers of the studio quilt movement, and it was very exciting to hear him speak about his life and his work.
We visited several exhibits at nearby galleries. One very interesting exhibit was "Rising" by UNT professor Lari Gibbons.
We also saw a SAQA regional exhibit called "Deeply Rooted." I found many of the pieces compelling.
|Drawing Session: Dogwood by Astrid Bennett|
|Life Routes by Pat Kroth|
Next year the conference is in San Antonio. See y'all there!