Shifting Tides – Convergence in Cloth

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural HistoryExhibit Dates:  July 16 through September 12, 2021 

Artist Talks with Nancy Bardach, Alice Beasley, Judith Content, Lisa Jenni (Washington), Denise Oyama Miller:   Thursday, July 22 , 6-7pm 

Closing Reception: September 10, 5:00-7:00pm

Museum Address: 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Museum Hours: Friday – Monday, 10 am – 4 pm

Museum Phone: (831)648-5716

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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 Gteorgia French and Sonja Campbell, co-chairs of the exhibit planning committee.

Artist Talks

The artist talks were well attended and the art looked fabulous in the museum. Denise Oyama Miller shared some her photos from the event. Click on the photo to expand the view.

Shifting Tides debuted 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 tour seven participating Regions, bringing to public view the innovative contemporary art that SAQA stands for.
Juror: Ann Johnston, Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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.

Regions: Alaska, Hawaii, Northern California/Northern Nevada, Oregon, Southern California/Southern Nevada, Washington, Western Canada.

Next Venue Wailoa Center, Hilo Hawaii: October 8 – 28, 2021 – Live and Online.

Artists in Residence: Art in the Time of the Pandemic

The SAQA Local Connections group for the Greater Sacramento/Foothills Region issued a call to artists from our Northern California and Nevada region for a non-juried showcase exhibit for art quilts made during the pandemic. The exhibit of forty 12″ x 12″ art quilts opened at the Blue Line Arts Gallery in Roseville, CA on November 20, 2020. See images of the individual quilts on the Feature Foyer Gallery page.

Blue Line Arts
405 Vernon Street
Roseville, CA 95678
Friday, November 20, 2020 through Saturday, January 2, 2021

This exhibit focuses on work inspired as a result of the pandemic and explores how artists have grappled with sheltering at home, for example social distancing, isolation, loss, grief and the opportunities for more intense creative expression made possible by the slower pace of life.

Artwork by Northern California/Northern Nevada Members for the SAQA Benefit Auction

The annual Benefit Auction is SAQA’s premiere fundraising event! The 2020 auction will take place online from September 11 through October 4. All proceeds help support SAQA’s exhibition programs, publications, and education outreach.

Members from our region stepped up and donated fifty-six 12″x 12″ pieces to SAQA’s Benefit Auction. The pieces from our region are shown below. See hundreds of beautiful pieces by SAQA members and learn more at the Auction Preview. In September be sure to bid on your favorite(s).


Art Quilts Reception

The Art Quilts reception on Saturday January 11, 2020 at Sebastopol Center for the Arts was a huge success with over 200 attending.

Linda Blust
Grayson, An African Grey Crowned Crane
Merit Award

This International Juried Exhibition is a collaboration between Sebastopol Center for the Arts (SCA) & Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). “Art Quilts” are art objects that reference stitched layered sculptures, using modern and/or traditional quilting techniques. Join the artists for wine and refreshments at the opening reception and enjoy this collection of beautiful, thought-provoking, cutting-edge artwork. The exhibition will be on display from January 10 through February 16, 2020.

Additionaly, the SAQA North Bay Local organized a showcase exhibit How Do They Do That? which runs concurrently with the Art Quilt exhibit.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Art Quilts

How Do They Do That?

Stitching California – Opening Reception

August 17, 2019

Forty two Northern California/Northern Nevada SAQA fiber artists interpreted the diversity, illusions, realities, and hopes to depict the complexity of the Golden State. The show opened at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, CA on August 17. The opening was attended by over 300 people.

Here’s a link to the article about the show on the front page of The Ukiah Daily Journal.

Catalog available at Amazon

Show curators – Holly Brackmann and Jennifer Landau

Jurors Katie Pasquini Masopust and Karen Holmes

Jurers Katie Pasquini Masopust and Karen Holmes talked about the process of selecting the pieces for the show.

Show Highlights