Fiber Fusion Traveling Exhibition News October 2016

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Traveling exhibition show dates:

Vala Art Center, Redmond, November 10, 2016- January 13, 2017

Northwind Arts Center, Pt Townsend, February 2-26, 2017

Schack Art Center, Everett, March 9-April 15, 2017

Regional Shows:

VALA Art Center

image-2VALA has moved to a new, larger space!  They are still in the Redmond town square amidst all the shopping action, but now in a beautiful exhibition space.   While the move came in the middle of our planning, the outcome is that we will be able to display many pieces that we thought might be too large for the old space, so there will be no limitation on the size of pieces for the regional show!  Eastside SDA members will have additional time to enter other pieces larger than the original 12 by 12” restriction — we have extended the entry deadline until 10/29/16.  Eastside SDA artists who live or work in the Eastside area (Renton, Fall City, North Bend, Redmond, Newcastle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Woodinville, Carnation, Medina, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Snoqualmie or Bothell) are qualified to submit.

All entries will be reviewed and acceptance sent out no later than Tuesday November 1.  The pieces need to arrive at VALA by mail Friday Nov 4-Sat Nov 5, or drop off on Sunday Nov 6 between 10 and 2.  Requests for dropping off earlier at Christina’s home in Bellevue possible, just send us an email with your phone number and we’ll be in touch. Fill out your entry at . New submissions can supersede prior submission – just note on the form!



















Northwind Arts Center

The regional component of the Fiber Fusion exhibition will happen at the Pt Townsend Public Library.


The regional show will likely run from February through April, 2017.  We are hoping to sponsor workshops, classes and presentations by SDA members. SDA members who live in the Kitsap or Olympic Peninsula area are qualified to enter.  Stay tuned for more information about a theme, allowable size for entries, and entry deadlines.  If you would like to be involved with the planning for this show please email Susanne Scott or Barbara Houshmand or attend a monthly SDA meeting on the second Wednesday.

Schack Art Center


We also have good news about the Schack Art Center where space abounds!  There will be no size limit on size of pieces submitted for the regional component of the show!  There is an especially large free-standing and pedestal space on the main floor.  The only size limitation is no new submission of light-weight hanging pieces that might activate the motion detection system. SDA members who live in Seattle, North Sound, Whidbey Island and South Sound areas are eligible to enter.  Schack also has wonderful workshop space for wet dyeing, printing, and presentations. Prospectus will be forthcoming.

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 For more information about SDA Washington:

Fiber Fusion Exhibition–

Surface Design Washington—


New SDA-WA Working Group Forming

New Meeting!
SDA Artists’ Working Group
Saturday, Nov 12, 11am–1pm

Capitol Hill Library
425 Harvard Ave E Seattle WA 98102

SDA is hosting an Artists U* working group meeting, open to all members! The purpose is to build sustainable lives as artists by clarifying and accomplishing goals. This is a five-month subgroup of the Seattle SDA group, and will not substitute for the regular Seattle SDA meetings.

A working group is 4–15 artists who do Artists U assignments and then meet to discuss. Members make four key documents: a plan, a mission statement, a personal budget and a calendar. The SDA working group will meet for two hours on the second Saturday of the month for five months, starting in November. Meetings are free.

 For more info or to RSVP:

Francesca Penchant,

Francesca will also be at the next SDA meeting at Delridge Library on Oct 19.

*Artists U is a non-profit that developed the working group curriculum based on its book Making Your Life as an Artist. Materials include the Making Your Life as an Artist book, workbook and six-page working group curriculum. To learn more and for free downloads:

Member Opportunities and Activities October 2016

Hi SDA-WA!  We have a lot of wonderful opportunities and activities taking place.  We invite you to take a look – there is a lot of interesting things to peak your interest!!


fiber-fusion-logo-newsletter-1-25-copyVALA Fiber Fusion Exhibition—Redmond Festival of Lights Art Sale

We are looking for an WA SDA member(s) to organize and run a holiday sale at the VALA Art Center in conjunction with the Fiber Fusion exhibition and Redmond’s biggest yearly event- Redmond Lights on December 3.  Organizer(s) will receive a share in commission on sales.  Smaller pieces (under $20-$80) are recommended.  Please let us know if you are interested at   The deadline for response is October 9th.  More information here


SDA Summer Intensive in Portland, OR August 3-6, 2017          

Washington State SDA Members have been invited to volunteer for committees to plan the 2017 SDA Intensive at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts in Portland, OR, August 3-6, 2017. If you are interested in being part of one of these committees which include Key Note Speaker Strategy Group, Breakout Sessions Strategy Group, Events, Marketing Assistance, Exhibitions, and others, please write to me at or you can contact Danielle Kelly or Astrid Bennett directly.  It will be so exciting to have the conference here in our own backyard.  The event is being held in collaboration with the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts in Portland.  More information here


surfacespeculationsSurface Speculation 

Third annual show of art by the members of the Eastside SDA area curated by SDA Eastside leader, Crystal Edwards.

The show is from October 1-31.   Meet the Artist and SDA Meeting on Sunday, October 16th, 2:00pm until 5:00pm.  An open discussion with artist and guests about the artwork and its creation.  Located at the Vision 5 North Gallery, 8525 163RD CT NE, Redmond, WA 98052.




Paper Translations

A show at the Kirkland Art Center curated by SDA Member Mary Ashton featuring five SDA WA members— Dona Anderson, Mary Ashton, Danielle Bodine, Zia Gipson, Lois James, Dorothy McGuinness, Jean-Marie Tarascio and Sande Wascher-James




The Unfortunate Life of Miss Irene B – Merit Winner. By Jeannie McMacken

Northwind Arts Center

Four members of SDA-WA North Peninsula Chapter—Jeannie McMacken (Merit Winner!), Cathie Wier, Pat Herkal and Cheri Kopp—  were juried into the October “Poem Inspired” show at Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend. More information here



Roberta Nelson had three pieces showing at the Arts of the Terrace Mountlake Terrace Juried Exhibiton September 24 – October 9, 2016. Her piece Adaptations #2 won third place in the Artisans category.




Lanny Bergner was juried into the Bellevue Art Museum Bienniel show, “Metalmorphosis”.  More information here





Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry completed Garden Party #2 on September 24. You can see the whole story and lots of close-up images at




Gary Gillespie won Best in the Show for the Inspired by Fort Nisqually Art Show in Tacoma. The honor comes with a $300 prize.




Lois Gaylord October 27 – 29: Seattle Weavers’ Guild Annual Show and Sale, Nov. 5th: 6th Annual Kadima Judaica and More Gift Sale. November 19 and 20th: Oddmall Emporium of the Weird (booth #92)


Inside SDA email news from SDA

Exhibition in Print Deadline Extended  to October 15th.  Surface Design Association proudly presents its first annual Exhibition In Print (EIP), dedicating the Winter 2016 issue of the Surface Design Journal to showcasing the finest in fiber and textile media arts. Jurors are Marci Rae McDade (Editor, Surface Design Journal) and Mark Newport (Head of Fibers, Cranbrook Academy of Art). Deadline for entry has been extended to October 15, 2016. Entry fee $20 for SDA Members, $45 for Non-Members. Open to all artists working in, or inspired by, fiber arts. Apply to the SDA Inaugural Exhibition in Print at the Call for Entry: Click Here Information can also be found on the main website:  Click Here.

BC SDA Events and News


Other Community Events

Call for Artists for the 7th annual Port Townsend Wearable Art Show scheduled for May 13, 2017. Our application can be found here The application deadline is Dec 12.

Pacific NW Art School30th Aniversary Party, November 5th.

Gail Harker classes

Friends of Asian Art — October 7: Private FA3 Kyoto Arts & Antique Tour/Talk,Kyoko Maeda and Jay Gregg have been wholesaling Japanese antiques for approximately 25 years. Based in Kyoto, Seattle is their only port of call inthe U.S.  More Information here

Seattle Art Museum–Yves Saint Laurent, “The Perfection of Style”, October 11-January 8, 2017

Bellevue Art Museum—BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis.  September 2, 2016 – February 5, 2017

More information here.

Artist Trust 30th Birthday party


WA Regional SDA Meetings

Eastside—Saturday, October 1st opening reception of “Surface Speculations”, Eastside SDA’s 3rd annual show at Vision 5 North Gallery,  Sunday, October 16th 2-5PM meet the artists and meeting at Vision 5 North Gallery, 8525 163RD CT NE, Redmond, WA 98052.


North Central (Wenatchee, Manson, Leavenworth area) –For more information, please email Geraldine at

North Peninsula (Jefferson, Clallam, and Kitsap Counties)– SDA-NP meeting: Wednesday, October 12 at the Port Angeles Library, Coffey Room, beginning at 3 pm. We’ll discuss upcoming shows/possibilities (including the Veterans’ Show at the Library) and have info about Fiber Fusion local opportunities. For more information:

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties)—Fourth Monday of the month, Monday, October 24th at Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts,12636 Chilberg Rd.,Mt. Vernon, WA 9827. Meeting start time 6:30 p.m.

South Central WA Surface Design Group:  We will meet at the home of our newest member, Deborah Ann on October 12, 10 am (9:45 for coffee and conversation).  Deborah Ann lives at 310 Locust Ave, Yakima 98901.  The topic will be show and tell, seeing Deborah Ann’s studio, foiling and a design exercise.  Email Vicki Gerton ( for directions and what to bring.

Seattle—October 19th from 11AM-1PM at the Delridge Seattle Library.  The theme is what inspires our art.  Roberta Nelson will provide an exercise from Jane Dunnewold’s book, Creative Strength Training.

South Sound – Meets quarterly, next meeting in January, 2017.  More information to follow.  Please contact Faith Hagenhofer

Whidbey Island — please contact Debra Calkins for more information.


More Information about the Fiber Fusion traveling exhibition and SDA in general.

Surface Design Washington

Fiber Fusion Exhibition–

Surface Design Washington—


Surface Design National and International


Unmade Bed – Opening October 7th, 2016

201610calkinsUnmade Bed An Exhibit on the Sex Slave Trade, curated by Debra Calkins, Whidbey Island Surface Design and SDA member.

Prostitution is said to be the oldest profession in the world. The reality is that prostitution is the oldest ongoing abuse. Unmade Bed is an exhibit of visual art that tackles the heart response to the sex slave trade. We hold in our hands and hearts the ability to stop this inhumane practice. Participating artists from western Washington invite the public to come respond to this powerful topic and exhibit.

The art ranges from photography to encaustic to video to fiber by artists: Debra Calkins, Christina Fairley-Erickson, Jan Fisher, Julie Gautier-Downs, Mary Hilkey, Barbara Matthews, Marie Plakos, Diane Reardon, and Cheryl Weisz. This exhibit will be at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, located at 565 Camano Ave, Langley, WA. The exhibit opening will be on October 7, 4:00pm – 7:30pm. The exhibit will extend to October 8 , 1:00pm – 7:30pm; and October 9, 12:30pm – 2:00pm.

Member Activities September 2016

Hi SDA-WA!  Here is our member activities for September 2016



The Unfortunate Life of Miss Irene B – Merit Winner. By Jeannie McMacken.  Poem: After Death


Four members of SDA-WA North Peninsula Chapter—Jeannie McMacken, Cathie Wier, Pat Herkal and Cheri Kopp—  were juried into the October show at Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend.




Current Carry Me. By Jeannie McMacken. Poem: Moon, Horses, and Groundfog


The show, Poem Inspired, challenged artists to interpret works inspired by the ten featured poems written by local poets. McMacken also received a Merit Award for her fiber piece. These pieces will be on display through October.






Just A Minnow. By Catherine Wier. Poem: Just A Minnow



Monet’s Garden. By Pat Herkal. Poem: What Monet Means To Me Now.



Life (After Death). By Cheri Kopp. Poem: After Death


Fiber-Fusion-Logo-Web-400x484Just a reminder that the deadline for the call for art for the regional component of the Fiber Fusion traveling exhibition for Eastside SDA members is October 1st

SDA members living in Renton, Fall City, North Bend, Redmond, Newcastle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Woodinville, Carnation, Medina, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Snoqualmie or Bothell are eligible to enter.  Pieces can be no larger than 12” on any one side. 

Dates and more information can be found at the SDA WA blogpost



Opening Reception for Surface Speculations

SURFACE SPECULATIONS – 3RD Annual SDA [Surface Design Association] group exhibition is on display October 1st -29th in the North Gallery at Vision 5 in Redmond, WAThis exhibition showcases work from selected members of the local Eastside SDA group. The works of art in this exhibition are beautiful examples of surface design.

Crystal Edwards
GJ Gillespie
Gale Whitney
Louise Roby
Maura Donegan
Rebecca Wachtman
Virginia Franz Turner

Crystal Edwards

Saturday October 1st
6:30pm until 8:30pm
Wine and light Hors d’oeuvre will be served

Vision 5 North Gallery
8525 163RD CT NE

(For some GPS and Map guiding systems, it is better to search for Vision 5 instead of the address. Vision 5 is off of 164TH AVE NE and NE 85TH ST)

There will also be an artist talk on Sunday, October 16th from 2pm to 5pm at Vision 5 Gallery.


WA SDA Holiday Sale Opportunity

snowflake3cHow would you like to be able to display and sell artwork at one of the premiere shopping areas on the Eastside during one of the biggest shopping days of the year?  In conjunction with the Fiber Fusion exhibition at the VALA Art Center,  WA SDA would love to have a holiday sale on December 3, the day of “Redmond Lights”.  (Link to: ) Redmond Lights includes a Luminary walk with ends at Redmond Town Center.  Musical entertainment, family activities, and the City hall tree lighting are all part of the event.

If interested, we need one or more WA-SDA members to organize and run this one-day sale to sell SDA artists’ work. Organizer(s) will receive a share in commission on sales.  Smaller pieces ($20-80) are recommended as being the most salable.

If interested, contact us by October 9 at

SDA-WA Member Activities and Opportunities as of August 2016

Hi SDA-WA!  Here is the latest membership activities and opportunities.



Members Sande Wascher-James,Mary Ashton, Danielle Bodine,Lois James,Zia Gipson, Dorothy McGuinness are artists featured in the upcoming show Paper Translations being held at the Kirkland Art Center (620 Market Street, Kirkland, WA) September 17th through November 19th, 2016.

The artists featured in Paper Translations transform the seemingly mundane material of paper by reinterpreting it into complex works of contemporary art through folding, staining, painting, cutting, casting, felting, tearing, sewing, and weaving, merging cultural tradition and personal memory to reintroduce us to paper in ways we have never seen before.

For more information, please see:



Fiber-Fusion-Logo-Web-400x484Eastside SDA members, your call is open for the Fiber Fusion show.

VALA Art Center SDA Regional Art Show — Entry Deadline 10/1/2016

Entrants must be a current member of the Surface Design Association (SDA) and live/work in the Seattle’s Eastside area (Renton, Fall City, North Bend, Redmond, Newcastle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Woodinville, Carnation, Medina, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Snoqualmie or Bothell). If there is any question about whether your location qualifies, please write and we will respond. SDA Membership is available at (Click “Join SDA”)

All entries must be original artwork created, conceived and executed entirely by you, the artist (or artists in the case of a collaborative piece.) Artwork from kits, tutorials, copies or done under instruction is ineligible. Eligible entries are those completed in 2014 to present.

Collaborative pieces will be accepted as long as ALL of the artists are members of SDA-WA

Art can be no larger than 12” wide and 12” high. 3-D items maximum of 12″ deep, need to be able to hang.

For more information, please click here to view the call for art


Fiber Art Now magazine has an open call for their juried exhibition Excellence in Fibers.

EIF 2016 logo no background.pngYes, Excellence in Fibers is a juried exhibition in print, but this year we’re also having a full exhibition which will be held at the  New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1/25/17-3/19/17


Wall/Floor Works | Sculptural Works
Vessel Forms/Basketry | Installation Works | Wearables

NEW FOR 2016

  • Twice as many works will be selected and shown
  • There will be five categories, a prize in each category ($300), and a Best in Show prize ($600)
  • Selected works will be shown at the New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA

For more information, please see their call for art at:

Submission deadline: October 1st, 2016


Hello Artists!  The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is excited to announce a new 6x6nw-logo-1-300x300exhibition opportunity. And a chance to support the Arts Council at the same time!

Call for Artists: 6X6NW  Deadline: September 30

Registration and participation is open to all — no art background is required.

Hundreds of original artwork made and donated by individuals from all over the Northwest, of all ages and skill levels, will be received.

We hope you will be a part of 6X6NW!


Artists must submit the online registration form to participate in 6X6NW.  Works will not be received without prior online registration.  Artists may submit up to 10 unique works.  There is no entry fee to participate as an exhibiting artist.

For more information or to register, please see:


sda exhibition in print inaguralDid you know that the SDA has an open call for art?  This call is now open: Crafting Community: SDA 2016 Inaugural International Exhibition in Print

Entry Deadline: 9/15/16  Number of Applications Allowed: 3


Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3

Entry Fee (SDA Members): $20.00
Entry Fee (SDA Non-Members): $45.00


EXHIBITION IN PRINT: SDA member and non-member artists working in or inspired by fiber arts and/or textile media are invited to submit work for a juried issue of the Surface Design Journal entitled Crafting Community: SDA Inaugural International Exhibition in Print. Selected work will appear in print in the winter 2016 issue of the Surface Design Journal (publication date December 23, 2016)

GOAL: The goal of this exhibition in print is to showcase the breadth and depth of contemporary artists and designers working working with or inspired by fiber/textile materials and techniques. Artists and makers are encouraged to submit work of any size or format that demonstrates the innovative use of textile media, including nontraditional materials and techniques. In addition to traditional 2D and 3D forms, participants are encouraged to submit work that challenges and expands the contemporary definitions of textile/fiber-based art and design, such as digital art (design/animation), time arts (sound/video), performance art, conceptual art, land art, installation art, book art, textile design, fashion design, interior design, product design, and craft-as-social-practice.

Special consideration is given to work engaging the theme of Crafting Community. 2017 will mark Surface Design Association’s 40th anniversary of supporting and promoting contemporary textile/fiber-based art and education. Our dedicated SDA community is composed of passionate artists, designers, collectors, curators, educators, and students of all ages from all over the world. Creative practice grows in exciting new ways when we share what—and why—we make. This exhibition in print celebrates the incredible variety of our members’ most recent artistic achievements, and warmly invites others to add their voices to this inspiring collective conversation.

Works should be completed on or after January 1, 2013. SDA encourages established, emerging, international and student artists to participate.

JOURNAL OVERVIEW: A single guest juror/curator will work with the SDA Journal Editor, Marci McDade, to select all work for inclusion in a comprehensive print and digital edition of the Journal with full and detailed images as well as artist statements and essays addressing context and evolution of trends in contemporary textile arts.

All SDA members may download the complete Journal from SDA website. Artists whose work is selected will receive one complimentary print copy of the Journal. Print and digital versions of the Journal will be available for purchase on SDA website at