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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

SAQA MA/RI local members exhibit at the Lowell Quilt Festival, a NEQM's fund raiser, article by Ms V Poitier

detail, Beyond the Obvious, in the late stages of the surface design work.
on exhibit in the Three Cohesive Pieces show at the Lowell Quilt Festival
August 8, 9, and 10, 2013

Announcement!! Local members of SAQA's Massachusetts and Rhode Island group is Exhibiting at
the Lowell Quilt Festival in Lowell, Ma. August 8, 9, & 10, 2013.

We are all so excited to see the New England Quilt Museum's umbrella open even
wider to include an exhibit of art quilts from local members of SAQA, at this
years Lowell Quilt Festival (LQF). The call for entry went out to the local
Massachusetts and Rhode Island members to participate in a special exhibit
called "Three Cohesive Pieces". Speaking of opening umbrellas, SAQA members who
have us listed as a second state, and were on our roster at the time of the call
were eligible to participate.

Normally a Call for Entry will ask one to submit up to three images that need
not be related, not so this round. This special exhibit was a first for the LQF
Committee and for local members, a call for three pieces that clearly were made
by the same person, possibly sharing a theme, or the piecing, or quilting, or
the colors or surface design was clearly cohesive in all three pieces. It is a
rare opportunity when as a group New England SAQA members can hang three works
side by side in the same exhibit, sponsored by a fiber related museum, in their
own backyard. And finally the art works would only be accepted as a unit. Note:
Members were able to submit two sets for consideration.

There were lots of challenges for the curators and co-reps Valarie Poitier and
Michele David. Working with the Lowell Quilt Festival Committee and other museum
volunteers, crossing all the tees and dotting the i's. Nurturing along many new
& shy exhibitors, and follow up, follow up, follow up. Trust us it is a beast.
But the hard part of the work is done. Now to the hanging, giving the two tours
a day of the exhibit by local members, and the finale, the dropping of the
quilts. Lots to do but we are all smiling and excited!

Congrats goes out to the following MA/RI members who stepped up to the "Three
Cohesive Pieces" challenge!

Aiken, Barbara
Altshuler, Julie
Bills, Teresa
David, Michelle
Faulkner, Patricia G.
Gallaher, Maryann
Halpern, Atara
Janey, Celeste B.
Jones, Brenda
Jones, Janice M.
Latino, Mary-Ellen
Leavitt, Michele
Monahan, Sharon
Nelson, Alanna
Poitier, Valarie
Raiche, Sharyn
Schwam, Steffanie
Doucette, Janis
Sproull, Lee
Turbitt, Nancy
Wormak-Keels, Renee
Wright, Diane

If you are in town, or plan to visit the festival we will be on the 2nd floor of
the auditorium in Lowell, MA stop by and see the show! The festival will run
August 8, 9, & 10 just a few blocks from the New England Quilt Museum for more
details click on the link below.


Lowell Memorial Auditorium
50 East Merrimack Street
Lowell MA 01852

If you would like to help hang the SAQA members exhibit, or the IMAGES Exhibit
that Valarie has created the layout and display for, and will be hanging and
dropping both the exhibits send her an email at saqamari@gmail.

Warmest Regards,
Valarie Poitier & Michele David