Friday, May 10, 2013

Expanding Horizons
My friend Kris Sazaki, center, will be the next president of SAQA. This organization is going to fly!! and  Jennifer Day on the right  here is both supporting SAQA in so many ways, and garnering all sorts o f honors for her own work. Proud to call her a friend, - and wish she was still in Hawaii!
Kristina is moving to Hawaii, yay! Carol Larson on the right
 That was the title of the recent SAQA conference I attended in Santa Fe, and boy was it aptly named. Now that we're generating some enthusisasm , and great ideas, for SAQA in Hawaii it was so exciting to spend a day conferencing with reps from so mnay other regions and seeing what , and especially how, they went about doing to make educational programs, business advice, artistic development  and exhibitions possible for the members in their region. So much to learn!
 A strong  emphasis on networking led to some great new friendships, and meeting so many of my "virtual" friends in person.
 This continued with the workshops on finding your voice as an artist, marketing, social media, why quilts matter, art in Santa Fe, and so many sharing their ideas, experiences, opinions, and even small pieces of art that many of us  created and donated that that were auctioned off at a gala event complete with colored boas and neon bracelets for all. (And the little art pieces sold like hotcakes, a great fundraiser for the organization.)
 Then I got to take a workshop from one of my personal idols, the extremely talented, and incredibly sweet Mary Pal. . Check out her incredible cheesecloth sculptured work at
 And Santa Fe itself has the most amazing artwork, museums, galleries, restaurants and such tempting clothes and jewelry and shoes all with its characteristic southwestern  artistic flair. Irresistible, totally irresistible..
 Tlo those of you who have joined us in SAQA in Hawaii, thank you, _ and congratulations! Such a resource for us all.
on of several tables at the  art auction
the conference hotel
The irrepressible Mary Pal demonstrates her technique

1 comment:

  1. Catching up. I totally agree about your assessment of the Santa Fe conference. Not to be missed. Hope to see you again next year in DC. BTW I recognized myself in the pic on Kris' right. Great night :)