Barbara Nepom Converges with Lopez Island

"Converge" by Barbara Nepom

“Converge” by Barbara Nepom

WA SDA Member Barb Nepom takes her love or order, patterns and geometry which she used in a career in medical research, to a fantastic new level in her art quilts.  Her pieces feature her own hand-dyed fabrics, discharged materials, and geometric stitching.  She feels her pieces seem to portray “how nature builds beautifully functioning organisms from an array of lifeless fragments.”

Barb’s home and studio are on Lopez island, where she is presented with inspiration every day, just by looking out the window.  Not only that, but a vibrant artist community abounds on the island.  One of the many places that supports the arts is the Lopez library.

"Urban Red" by Barbara Nepom

“Urban Red” by Barbara Nepom

Should you be on Lopez this week, Barb invites you to stop in the Lopez Island library to see a display of her quilts through November 21.  The library is located at 2225 Fisherman Bay Rd, Lopez Island, WA.  Their hours are:

Mon, Sat 10-5
Tues, Thu, Fri 10-6
Wed 10-9

You can read more about Barbara and see additional photos of her textile art on her website at

Quick reminder… if you’re interested in showing opportunities with Washington state SDA, please make sure to take a few minutes to fill out the WA SDA exhibitions survey at:  We’d love your input on  holding future shows for SDA members!

SDA Members- Docent Tour of Bellevue Arts Museum

"Red Delphos Dress and Jacket," 2008 made by Isabelle de Brochgrave

“Red Delphos Dress and Jacket,” 2008 made by Isabelle de Brochgrave

Join Us for a Docent Tour of Bellevue Arts Museum

Dec. 4, 2013, 12 pm (meet at front desk)

510 Bellevue Way Northeast, Bellevue

Janet Kurjan, a docent at the Bellevue Arts Museum, is offering a tour to SDA members.  There are several exhibits that will be of interest to fiber artists.  She will start the tour with Isabelle de Brochgrave’s work, whose “central project revolves around recreating exquisite, life-size historical costumes and fabrics entirely out of paper.”

See more at:

Detail of Red Delphos Dress and Jacket, 2008

Detail of Red Delphos Dress and Jacket, 2008

"Lord Krishna and Me Standing in the Great Waters", 1993 by Cappy Thompson

“Lord Krishna and Me Standing in the Great Waters”, 1993 by Cappy Thompson

Next, the tour will move to three artists who focus on storytelling, Nate Steigenga, Cappy Thompson, and Anna Torma, in the Telling Tales exhibit.   “Working within the boundaries of their chosen media – collage for Steigenga, fiber for Torma, and glass for Thompson – each artist strives to convey conversation or dialogue through the modulation and manipulation of purely visual components” – See more at:

"The Longest Hours" 2011, by Rick Araluce

“The Longest Hours” 2011, by Rick Araluce

If there is time, the tour will include Rick Araluce’s work.  Araluce’s work is described as “ambiguous and often subtly disturbing, and the artist plays with scale and perspective to throw us off balance, creating a dual sense of wonder and uneasiness as he entices viewers to question what we are witnessing .“   See more at:

Admission is free to BAM members.  If there are at least 10 participants (who are not members of BAM), there will be a group rate of $6. Otherwise, admission is $10.

If you would like to attend, please email Janet at  This tour is open to any Washington State SDA member.



SDA Washington Exhibition Survey

Whether or not SurveyClipArtyou ever plan to enter an SDA Exhibition, we would like some input from you.  We hope that you will complete this online survey, which should only take 2-3 minutes.    Your responses will be completely anonymous.

This will help us plan for future exhibitions.  Our most recent exhibition at the Phinney Art Center was well received, but we would like to hear what you thought—were the size limitations too restrictive, was the time of year difficult, did you need more time to prepare a piece?  We received fewer submissions to the call-for-art than expected, which might indicate we need to tweak what we are doing.  Please let us know in the survey.

Hope you will help us by completing the survey.  If you don’t plan to exhibit, that is still good information for our planning.

Thank you so much for your continued interest and support!  Click here for the survey