Local Connections

Local Connections are active across California and Nevada. Several groups have had meetings. The activities at these meetings include; critique sessions, Show and Tell, writing artist statements, sharing the SAQA global trunk show and visiting Museums.

If these activities are of interest to you contact the group nearest your location. The leaders and their emails are listed below. The advantage is meeting closer to home.

If you have questions, contact Jean Jurgenson jeanjurgenson@gmail.com.


East Bay/ Berkeley/Richmond – Saturday/Sunday Meetings

Local Connections – East Bay – Berkeley/Richmond will continue to meet at Bay Quilts, 5327 Jacuzzi St, Richmond, CA 94804, (510) 558-0218.

  • May: Sunday May 31st – 12 -2 PM
  • June: Sunday June 28th – 12 -2 PM
  • July: Sunday July 26th – 12 -2 PM
  • August: Sunday August 23rd – 12 -2 PM

Bring a quilt or two to share, even if partially finished. Also bring a friend, even if he/she is not a SAQA member. They can always join later in order to participate in our future Local Connections – East Bay  show at Bay Quilts.

 The store opens at 10AM. Meeting times will very, but we can stay and eat there if we like. Only rule is throwing the food items away outside, not in inside trash bins. The Cafe across the way is good!  Be sure to bring along pieces to discuss, even if they are only partially finished.  Contact Nancy Bardach with questions.

East Bay/Walnut Creek – Wednesday Meetings

Wednesday Meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month, 11:00 AM – !:00 PM. Focus is critiques of works-in-progress as well as sharing completed work, information and techniques. Contact Susan for location.

North Bay

Formerly known as the Santa Rosa/Napa/Sonoma Local Connection, the group has been expanded to include the entire northern coastal areas from the Bay to Oregon. This includes Santa Rosa, Napa, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, and Willits.

Gigi Kandler

Meetings are on the fourth Thursday  of one month and the fourth Saturday of the next month. Please call 805-540-9842 for the time and  location of the next meeting. The group is currently focused on expanding their critique skills and finding a venue for an exhibit of work by group members.

Greater Sacramento/Foothills

Marion Emerson

Meetings are every other month on the second Thursday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Meetings are held at the Blue Line Arts Gallery, 405 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678.  There is free parking in a lot adjacent to the gallery.  The focus: sharing our work & techniques, information about interesting exhibits and potential showcases for our work, sometimes trunk shows and speakers.  Bring your lunch if you’d like.  For further information, contact either or both of the co-chairs.

Central Coast Fiber Artists

Anne Mae Gazo

Meetings are the 3rd Friday of the month at the Castroville Library, 11160 Speegle St., Castroville, CA from 10-12.
At each meeting they demo a technique and introduce new members who are encouraged to share an example of their work. They have a time for critique using Jane Dunnewold’s guidelines and then a time of sharing for those not seeking a critique.


Mark your calendars, we have 2 meetings set for next year.

Both are at the South Valleys Library in Reno.

Both will be from 10AM to Noon.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 – Barbara Fleischer & Holly Gardner will be presenting “How to Steal Like an Artist.”
Saturday, May 9, 2020 – Nancy Ryan will make a presentation TBD.

As usual,  bring lots of show and tell to share.  Bring any friends, they do not have to be members of SAQA.  Any questions, let me know.

South Bay

Maureen Lardie

The group meets in members’ homes where they discuss new techniques and share work, keeping in mind that this is a “play group.”