SDA-WA Member Activities January

Maura Donegans piece “Wander” in the VALA Art Center Fiber Fusion show received the most votes for the People’s Choice award. Maura will receive a $50 gift certificate donated by Blick Materials, a sponsor for the show. Congratulations, Maura!


“Wander” by Maura Donegan. Photographer: Crystal Edwards.


SDA Washington’s Working Group, a five-month support group that uses Artists U materials “to build sustainable lives,” has reached the halfway point. Through the working group, artists develop their own strategic plan and learn useful information in reaching their goals. There are four members in the group: SDA artists Arisa Brown, Faith Hagenhofer, Francesca Penchant and Rebecca Wachtman.

Artists U supplies its working groups with the book Making Your Life As an Artist, a workbook, videos, and a curriculum. So far, feedback about the working group has been positive. Francesca says that she likes that “the curriculum and materials are all set up for you and totally free, so it’s easy to do your own group.” Faith says, “I was actually really impressed by some of the simple messages from the book and the reinforcing videos.” She likes getting “the affirmation for project management skills that being an artist has developed in me,” and how Artists U “really parses the steps I need to take to reach toward any goals I may have.” According to Rebecca, “I strongly suggest joining a group if you have the chance!” If you are interested in starting an Artists U group, see



Christina Fairley Erickson is conducting a Dye and Embroider Mini-Workshop at Redmond Senior Center on Wednesday, January 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Fiber Fusion show. See how you can dye silk fabric in minutes, and then try your hand at some simple embroidery stitches to make a small hand-dyed felt and silk composition. All supplies included in a $5 supply fee payable to Christina. Christina is an award-winning fiber and mixed media artist. Her pieces feature both hand and machine embroidery, as well as hand-dyed and painted fabric. Register by calling 425.556.2300. For more information about the class, see a recent student’s blog post or email



Cynthia Stenz has a solo show at Social Fabric Gallery & Boutique, 1302 Commercial Street in Bellingham, WA through December. See



Cameron Anne Mason was selected as the feature artist for the Chateau Ste Michelle Winery 2013 Meritage Artist Series wine. She shares this recognition with Dale Chihuly, as well as other distinguished artists. See Chateau Ste Michelle video featuring Cameron here ?v=PI7uPedhTrg and Cameron’s blog post  Cameron is represented by the Foster/White Gallery in Seattle.


“Folio One” by Cameron Anne Mason

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SDA-WA Member Activities – Updates For November 2016

Here are our member activities for November 2016:

Deborah Ann, fiber artist extraordinaire and SDA South Central member, has a show at K Brewer Gallery/Salon 10 N 1st St, Selah, WA. Show runs through December 23rd. More information at


Mary Ashton’s studio is a stop on the NEAT (North End Art Tour) this weekend, December 2nd, 4 – 8 p.m., December 3rd and 4th, 10 – 5.  See for more information.


Gay Jensen invites SDA members and their friends to her Annual Holiday Show and Sale (with artist Paul Lewing and jewelry artist Kathy Dannerbeck), December 3rd and 4th, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Paul Lewing’s Studio, 105 N. 200th Street, Shoreline, WA, 98133.


Cathy Wier and Pat Herkel of the North Peninsula SDA group are showing and selling woven scarves and beaded pins.  Come see these talented artists’ work. December 10th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 900 Maple St, Pt Townsend, WA.



Eastside – Meetings are the third Sunday of the month. Email Crystal Edwards for more information.

North Central (Wenatchee, Manson, Leavenworth area)Email for more information.

North Peninsula – Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month. Email Pat Herkal for more information.

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and island counties)Fourth Monday of the month.

Seattle – Meetings will rotate from Wednesday daytime to Saturday morning to Wednesday evening. Email Terry Berg or Debbie Eliasen for more information.

South Central Surface Design Group – Email Vicki Gerton for more information.

South Sound – Email Faith Hagenhofer for more information.

Whidbey Island – Email Debra Calkins for more information.

Fiber Fusion and SDA
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Surface Design National and International