SDA-WA Member Activities May 2020

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Washington State artists were among the first to face career disruption and financial loss from the COVID-19 crisis. In response to artists urgent needs, Artist Trust pressed pause on business as usual to focus all resources on two things: The COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund, and COVID-19 Artist Relief and Recovery Resources.

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Barbara de Pirro  workshops


Barbara want to share this new activities

Cultivating connections and offering inspiration through online workshops!

I’ve been busily building my online teaching skills & developing even more offerings. If you missed my last couple free Golden events, never fear I have a few more coming up!

In addition to these I’ve also scheduled two 2 day workshops coming up in May & June, both are hosted by Winslow Art Center on Bainbridge Island. More details HERE
With more to come, so stay tuned!

Another bit of Art Inspiration! I’ve been sharing short VIDEO clips on both my ‘De Pirro Art Workshops’ Facebook page and my ‘Vimeo’ page. I’m also on Instagram ‘De_Pirro _Studio’, this is where I post all that inspires me.
Simply ‘Like/Follow/Subscribe’ to these pages & you’ll receive notifications of all the new content.

Online: Collage & Layering

In this 2 day online workshop we will explore techniques combining paper, found materials and acrylic to create inspirational artworks! Learn how to develop pattern, imagery & texture, combining methods using Golden Paints, Mediums, Gels, Pastes for Collage. Experiment by building up the surface with both smooth & textural layers, revealing & concealing imagery plus transferring images of your own artwork, drawings or photographs into the surface.

Winslow Arts Center Studio & Gallery(Hosting)
MAY 16, 1-4 & May 24, 1-3
Contact for registration: 206-715-6663, or ONLINE



Chala Project Rings by Gabriela Nirino Riess


Gabi is part of Caracú, and she want to share the new web site. Caracú is collective of South American jewelers and artists. “We consider contemporary jewelry as a complete artistic expression which enables us to create functional pieces, art objects, and installations. Reflected in the search for relevant materials and processes are internal explorations regarding our understanding and experience of existence and identity. From analyses of personal, natural, historical, social, political and discursive patterns to the raw distillation of form in pursuit of an essence of culture or meaning of value, our pieces collectively echo the heterogeneous multiplicity that is life in South America by voicing the unheard, showing the unseen, and surviving through solidarity.

Enjoy it!





Valerie Wooton share what the group is doing at home.

Hi Everyone

I’m hopeful that these photos will inspire you to share your creative projects. It also provides a connection to each other while we have to isolate.

This is what I’ve been working on:


This poncho, was a revival of a poncho I made back in the 70s. The original was orange, gold and brown. The yarn was acrylic – probably Harts. The new poncho is made from Bulky Lamb’s Pride Wool (the peacock blue color) and Ultra Alpaca Chunky (the charcoal gray color). The gray is photographing more brown than grey. The new version is heavier and a bit stiffer than the original, but I love it. I did add fringe and that may or may not stay on. Jury’s still out.

I also have been working on a felted bag. While wandering through Sylvia Pippen Designs in La Conner I spied a pack of felted wool by WoolWerks in colors that were perfect for my bag. I cut triangles and am stitching them down with a blanket stitch with a variegated wool yarn that I picked up at Stilly River Yarns, Stanwood. My very bad puppy ate most of the label before I could remove it and the ball of yarn from her mouth so I don’t know what it was called. I’m not quite finished with it yet, but wanted to share.



Tesi´s piece front


Tesi´s piece back

Tesi has been keeping very busy while in isolation. This first piece is an assignment for the Creative Clothing class.  The assignment was to use up some panel type fabrics. The body is cotton fabric and the sleeves are rayon with cotton on the bottom of the sleeves. The pattern is by Diane Ericson and called The Dragonfly.


Tesi´s quilt

Tesi also is participating in a quilt challenge called “The Janet Steadman  12″ x 12″ Quilt Challenge”. You have to use mainly pieces of her dyed fabric. Tesi picked a red piece and a blue piece. The blue under the red is a piece of Judy Robertson’s dyed fabric. The blue on top of the yellowish color is Janet’s. It’s a fund raiser for CQA and the Schack. Quilts will be hanging at the Schack in October.

Tesi and I signed up for a FREE online workshop called Sketchbook Revival. Each day we get a video featuring two artists who share a technique in painting, sketching, writing, etc. I’ve only completed the first day and have two to catch up on before I get too much more behind. I’ll share what we’ve been doing in the next newsletter.

Our dear friend, Linda, who now lives in Eastern WA, but continues to be part of our group, although remotely. She’s been her usual creative self and shared several pieces.

This beautiful hanging hangs in Linda’s living room. The hanging piece is old and there is a flower between the two birds at the top. The flower is repeated in the design of the quilt. She has used variegated thread to quilt.


And a lovely granny square blanket for keeping warm in Eastern WA.


This quilt depicts the yearly wagon train trip that Linda and her husband participate in. Note the red and black buffalo backing fabric. It is a work in progress.


And last, but not least, she shared photos of the birds that come to visit. Red winged black bird and California quail.



Cynthia Blair, Seattle leader group, share this:

Dear SDA Member,

I’m taking the liberty of contacting you to spread the word about an opportunity to give a presentation to local artists who attend the monthly meetings (these days, online) of Artists Connect, which meets in Edmonds.  The organization consists of artists who work in all types of media, and members are eager to learn about various techniques.  Presenters are not paid, but if you teach workshops, you may find future participants.  If you’re someone who simply enjoys talking about something you’re passionate about, this is a great way to do so.

Here’s a brief write-up from the organizer, Norma Middleton.  Please contact her directly if you’re interested in finding out more.

Artists Connect is looking for volunteer speakers for a one hour presentation,  4th Saturday morning of the month.   We  currently have  August, September, November and December of 2020 open and all of 2021.  Interested?   Contact Norma Middleton,, with ARTISTS CONNECT in the subject line.





Members of SDA who are also members of Northwest Designer Craftsmen association are participating in ‘Currents 2020’ – NWDC Exhibit and Symposium, at Schack Art Center.

Northwest Designer Craftsmen presents Currents 2020, a national invitational juried exhibition.  The exhibition, in partnership with the Schack Art Center, commemorates the 65th anniversary of NWDC’s mission to promote excellence in design and craftsmanship, and stimulate interest and appreciation for craft in and beyond the Northwest region.        The artists are: Lanny Bergner, Danielle Bodine, Barbara De Pirro, Kathey Ervin, Claire Jones, Nancy Loorem Adams, Barbara Matthews, Dorothy McGuinness, Gabriela Nirino, Barbara Osborne, Patricia Ressequie, Sharon Rowley.

The Schack website published Currents 2020 exhibition running through May 29th.  At the time of this writing, we are awaiting Governor Inslee’s update on the “Stay at Home” directive, and the opening of public spaces like Schack Art Center. The current directive is slated to be lifted on the 4th of May; however, there is a likely chance that the stay at home order will be extended. There is no news at this time about a schedule for museums opening their doors to the public.



“Red Eyed Devil” by Dorothy Mc Guinness

FIBER 2020 at BIMA
Exhibition extended through September

SDA members Lanny Bergner, Barbara De Pirro, Dorothy McGuinness, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry and Jacki Moseley are all included in FIBER 2020 at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Fiber 2020 explores diverse ways artists are working in fiber and textiles. Over thirty-five artists are featured in this large group exhibition, from traditional fiber arts through contemporary works and installations. Media include lace, embroidery, quilts, wearables — reconstituted and repurposed objects — conceptual sculptures and art installations.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
550 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA
Exhibition Dates: Mar 7 – Sept 27, 2020


“Symbiote Electric” by Lanny Bergner


WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, please contact the area leader

Eastside—For more information, please email

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties)— Area Leader Valerie Wootton

Seattle– The Seattle group meeting will be on May  13 from 11 to 1, online. Please, contact Cynthia for more information

South Central—  Vicki Gerton ( for information

South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at for more information.

Surface Design Study GroupMeetings are the first Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To attend the group, you can register by droppingby BARN, calling Tammie at BARN at (206) 842-4475 x216

Vancouver, WA—Please contact Sharon Svec atsharon@smsvec.comfor more information.

Whidbey Island—The meetings are held on second Tuesday of themonthand typically run from 9:30 am to noon.Area Leaders—Debra Calkins (, Mary Burks ( and membership chairperson Natalie Olsen (

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