Regional Events

Regional Zoom Meeting – May 15, 2021, 11 am – 1 pm
Guest Speaker – Leslie Whitby

Dr. Leslie Whitby is a Canadian environmental scientist and negotiator, who played a role in key environmental solutions to these issues in Canadian and International circles, the last 20 years in the circumpolar Arctic. She is also a noted art quilter. As a government representative, her arts allowed her to listen to women in isolated communities and understand their concerns for their futures. Come to the regional meeting May 15th and hear about how Leslie has merged her passion and respect for the planet, the First Nation and her art.

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August 21, 2021

November 31, 2021

Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth

Regions: Alaska, Hawaii, Northern California/Northern Nevada, Oregon, Southern California/Southern Nevada, Washington, Western Canada.
Created as a group exhibit to shine a light on the issues facing the Pacific Ocean today, Shifting Tides is a collection of work by 45 artists chosen from the seven Pacific-facing regions of SAQA. Curated by renowned textile artist Ann Johnston, the exhibit offers a variation of style and context about the plight of oceans and the communities they support.

From their strikingly different vantage points—from Southern California northward to Western Canada and Alaska, plus Hawaii—artists from a range of backgrounds were asked to express their concerns and feelings about the Pacific. “Merely because we live in this part of the world, we as individuals are part of the Pacific ecosystem. On a daily basis we may not recognize the changes that are happening, but they are of vital importance to our world,” write Georgia French and Sonja Campbell, co-chairs of the exhibit planning committee.
Shifting Tides will debut in San Jose, California at the time of the 2019 SAQA Conference for the purpose of showcasing the talents of SAQA members living in the greater North Pacific region. The show will tourthe seven participating Regions, bringing to public view the innovative contemporary art that SAQA stands for.
Juror: Ann Johnston, Lake Oswego, Oregon.

The catalog is available on amazon.

Olive Hyde Art Gallery: April 4 – June 26, 2021 Online only
Reception, April 30, 2021 at 7 pm

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History: July 16 – September 12, 2021 The museum is currently open.

Wailoa Center, Hilo Hawaii: October 8 – 28, 2021 – Live and Online. Website link will be updated.

Stitching California

 Stitching California ctatalog cover. Back cover art work is Susan Kelly’s “Second Wind – Fort Point”.  The catalog is available at

April 11, 2021 – June 6, 2021  La Quinta Museum, La Quinta 
June 20 – August 15, 2021 Museum on Main, Pleasanton
August 29, 2021 – October 24, 2021 Temecula Valley Museum, Temecula
January 2, 2022 – June 12, 2022 (23 weeks) Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, Alta Loma
Sept 4, 2022 – January 1, 2023 Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock