The art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Exhibiting Membership in Piedmont Craftsmen is open to crafts artists living in the southeast United States. Exhibiting members are accepted through a jury process and produce work recognized nationally and internationally. Jury applicants submit images of their work for a 2-part peer review jury.
Piedmont  Craftsmen uses an on-line digital image jury system hosted by CaFÉ a in partnership with Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).   Our application is online and active from early January through mid April.  VisitCaFÉ and set up your artist profile.  The program is very user-friendly, and they have wonderful tech support. 

Radius 250

This is a multi media show. We need more quilted textiles in mainstream art galleries. You must reside within 250 miles of Richmond, Virginia to enter.

Call for Entries                    
Postmark and Online Deadline:April 15, 2011
April 15, 2011 
THE WHAT? A major art show featuring artists working within a 250-mile radius of Richmond. Why that area? Because it takes in some of the Mid-Atlantic and some of the Southeast, and juror Leigh Anne Chambers knows there are a lot of good artists out there, and she wants to find out who you are. 
THE WHO? Fine artists working in two or three dimensions, or in digital and video mediums. The only limitation is that they must work (create) within a 250-mile radius of Richmond. This includes Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Washington DC, Baltimore, and everywhere in between. If you aren't sure if you fall within the target area, check the map on the front of the prospectus to find out. 

THE WHEN? The show will run June 24 through August 21, 2011. Postmark and online deadline for submissions is 11:59PM Friday, April 15, 2011.THE WHERE? The show will occupy all 3,000 square feet of artspace gallery in Plant Zero, a renovated industrial building in Richmond's Manchester Arts District.PRIZES UP TO $1000 and a solo exhibition in artspace's Helena Davis Gallery.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mary T. Buchanan exhibition "Vanishing Stories"

SAQA VA/NC Regional Member, Mary Buchanan, has spent the past year creating art with a focus on Alzheimer's and Dementia related illnesses. You can view her interview with Lisa Chipentine here.

Friday, March 4, 2011

SAQA's 2011 Benefit Auction

Early Bird DEADLINE - March 15, 2011

28 Auction pieces have already arrived - see the latest on the 2011 Auction pages!  Pat and Eileen report that the new donation form is making their jobs go much faster and more accurately.

SAQA's Benefit Auction is our largest fundraiser. In 2010 we received 288 donations for the SAQA Benefit Auction. It was a fantastic auction and we raised
$52,450. This was SAQA's biggest income source after membership dues.

With your help, we're hoping to do even better in 2011. We hope that each of you will create and donate a wonderful piece of art for the 2011 Benefit Auction, but in order to make the process go as smoothly as possible, we need to ask you to follow the guidelines below.

To facilitate entry of your information, please use the new online submission form, available through a link under SUPPORT SAQA at

1.    Donations must be only 10 - 12 inches (25 - 30 cm) in either direction. 12 inches will be the maximum accepted so that we can use standard Priority shipping boxes to save time and money.
2.    Only ONE work per artist will be accepted.
3.    Works on stretchers will be accepted but they may not be any larger than 12 inches and should be no deeper than 1 inch (2.5 cm).
4.    ALL artwork donated must be ready to hang. If artwork not otherwise mounted, a sleeve or other method of hanging must be attached. Artwork on stretchers should have hooks and wire attached.
5.    All donations must have a label with title (or "untitled") and artist's name clearly written.
6.    There will be a space on the online submission to put a 25 word description of your work that should include materials/techniques to help bidders understand what the image on the website represents.
7.    Images will not be posted until the work is received.
8.    Please do not use peanuts, confetti, shredded paper, or padded envelopes filled with linty fuzz - all these things make a mess when opening the package and the confetti and fuzzy stuff sticks to the quilts.
9.    Please mail your donation with a tracking number or pre-stamped/ addressed postcard to let you know it arrived. Auction coordinator will not email donor when work arrives.
10.    International donations should be sent early enough to arrive by the deadline after clearing Customs. Be advised that it can take up to 3 weeks for boxes to clear customs.

Early Bird Deadline: March 15th
This will make your piece eligible for inclusion in Auction advertising,  Auction postcards, and display at IQF-Cincinnati, April 8 - 11, 2011.
Final Deadline: July 2nd.  This is a receive-by date.