Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) presents gorgeous artworks from their exhibition Art Quilts 2, first shown at the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica. Over the past 30 years, SAQA has grown to include over 4,000 members around the world, including not only artists, but also curators, collectors, and other art professionals who love art quilts and are dedicated to promoting this sometimes underrated medium to its rightful place as fine art.
SAQA defines the art quilt as "a creative visual work that is layered and stitched, or that references this form of stitched layered structure." In addition to traditional pieced and appliqued quilts, the display includes art quilts with images that have been digitally enhanced, painted, or dyed. Their surfaces are hand or machine stitched and sometimes embellished as well.
The diversity of subject matter is inspiring, from portraits to flora and fauna, from stunning landscapes such as Carol Sebastian-Neely's Monument Valley to abstract impressions of beloved places, such as Cathy Miranker's Headlands: Kirby Cove. Lorraine Woodruff-Long created Quilt Melt, a black and white abstract work that makes a very strong visual statement about the loss of glacier ice in our time due to global warming, with its quilted texture adding a tactile element to the visual impact of the piece. Some works are lighter in tone: Who wouldn't love Kathryn Pellman's humorous four-square piece, A Fashionista in Quarantine. Overall, Art Quilts 2 is an eye-opening experience of what wonders are possible using fabric and thread.
The SAQA artists will hold an Artists' Talk on Saturday, Jan 29, at 2 pm via Zoom to provide the opportunity for artist in the group who are outside of the SF Bay Area to take part. Preregistration is required. ( A link for the program will be sent after registration is completed. )
After opening night, drop in during regular gallery hours, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1–5 pm. Can't visit in person? View the pieces in the show in the Sanchez Art Center Virtual Galleries.
Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd in Pacifica, about a mile east of Highway 1. Our safety protocol aligns with the State and San Mateo County, welcoming fully vaccinated guests without masks and respecting all who continue to feel more comfortable wearing one.