SDA WA Members News

February – March 2023


Barbara O´Steen and Therese Stein used the walnuts from one the Barbara trees and created natural dyes. The final creations were two wonderful wool jackets.

Jacket made by Barbara
Jacket made by Therese


Award-winning Port Angeles, Wash. textile artist Evette Allerdings will introduce painting on silk to those attending the Washington State University Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Wash. in March;

The Expo, which in the pre-pandemic era typically attracted as many as 30,000 attendees in its five-day run, is the largest annual sewing and textile event in the U.S. It was founded in 1984 to bring nationally known experts to western Washington to advise local professionals and expanded to serve hobbyists. 

Registration is open now at for Allerdings’s March 1 workshop, “Silk Painting: Resist and No Resist,” a four-hour hands-on session of working both with and without the solution that blocks (resists) the flow of dye. Participants will paint two scarves:  a silk charmeuse using an antifusant pretreatment and a silk habotai using Resistad. They will use such techniques as salt, alcohol, sponges, and brushes to create wearable art. Class cost is $90. The materials fee is $75. 

The 90-minute March 4 workshop, “Intro to Silk Painting: The Basics,” is already oversubscribed, but names are being taken for the wait list. Topics include stretching silk on a frame, using water-soluble resists, mixing basic dyes to create unique colors, and creating special effects with salt, alcohol, sponges and different brushes. 

Allerdings, who is the first to teach silk painting at an Expo, is a native of Hawaii where she spent decades creating award-winning costumes for community college theater productions, most recently “Phantom of the Opera.” The pursuit of specialty fabrics for the costumes led her to silk painting in 2015. She moved to the Northwest in 2018. 

The recipient of multiple awards at the annual Silk Painters International Festivals, she also teaches at Northwind Art in Port Townsend, Wash.,

More information and photos are also at

“Solace” by Evette Alderings


Claire is participating in Tenuous Thread exhibition at the Atlantic Gallery in New York

“Atlantic Gallery is very pleased to present TENUOUS THREADS, a two-part exhibition showcasing works incorporating textiles, fibers, threads and mixed media. Tenuous Threads alludes to the delicate lines that bring us together and sets us apart; that joins us yet repels us. All of life is connected through networks, systems, fibers and webs. Communication (visual, verbal, electrical, chemical, and kinetic) enables an exchange of information amongst all life forms. The exhibition includes innovative artworks that utilize textiles, fibers, threads (natural and synthetic) in sculpture, collage, 3D and 2D mixed media that communicates the strength and fragility of what binds all life.”

Tues. Feb. 14th – Sat. March 4th, 2023 / Opening reception: Thurs. Feb. 16th, 5:30-8pm

“SDZ” by Claire Renaut

Crystal Edwards is not anymore the leather of the Eastside group. She did a wonderful job for a long time. Thank you so much Crystal!

SDA WA Members Activities

MARCH – MAY 2022

Paige St-Pierre work


Paige is participating in Refashion, wearables made from repurposed materials, at Bainbridge Arts&Crafts until the end of April.

The current state of the fashion industry combined with my concern about the micro-plastic’s in the Pacific North West’s watersheds and salmon habitats inspired the conception of this piece. As we now know, polyester is one of the key contributors of micro plastics in our water.

The topographical maps of mountain ranges, such as our famous Mt. Rainier, were the inspiration for the thread lines and textures I created with free motion embroidery to secure together the multilayered fabric scraps. To finish the outer shell of the coat, I cut and sewed the pattern pieces from this “new” fabric to create a recycled polyester garment. The embroidery and beading on the pockets and lapels represent the intricate maps of the fragile salmon habitats we proudly tout in tourist brochures yet largely take for granted in our everyday lives. 

 *This sport coat is made from polyester/cotton blend garments from my closet,  alteration off-cuts from my neighbor’s wedding dress and a repurposed bamboo bed sheet and pillow cases. 

Bainbridge Arts&Crafts 151 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA. Open Mon-Sat 10-6 + Sun 11-5

In-betweenness” by Seiko Purdue. kozo (mulberry fiber), pins, 2022


I have been casting clothing into handmade paper for a long time.  Because I learned a pouring method of paper-making called “nagashikomi” in Echizen (Fukui, Japan) in 2015, I have been exploring the technique in order to cast the textures of clothing.  This series is about human connection.  Instead of fighting, I like to see that people are holding hands.  Clothing without human bodies can show gestures, personalities, and what is lost.  

Geheim Gallery 

1228 Bay St. Bellingham WA
Friday 3-7pm and Saturday/Sunday 11-4pm

“Directionless 1: An Ode to Escher” by Claire B. Jones. Cotton canvas and thread.
Photo credit: Bret Corrington


Claire B Jones is one of four artists exhibiting in Intersections = Math + Art: Showing Our Work at Mobius Gallery at Cascadia College in Bothell, WA. This exhibition features artists who integrate mathematical processes into their artworks. The results reflect a diversity of forms and an opportunity to share an interdisciplinary approach to both art and math. An opening reception and artist discussion is currently scheduled for Thursday May 12th, 12-2pm.

Intersections = Math + Art: Showing Our Work May 9 – June 3rd, 2022 Mobius Art Gallery,  First Floor of CC3, Global & Learning Arts Building, 18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA,

SDA WA Members Activities

Surfacing features art by Washington SDA artists. While this past year of social isolation has been challenging, many of us have continued making art, often creating pieces that reflect a period that forced all of us to confront personal feelings and global issues in an unprecedented way. Now, we are finally beginning to surface. Yet the pandemic represents only one interpretation of Surfacing.
The word has a range of meanings, from calls for social change to personal reflection to looking at ourselves and the world in an entirely different way. And nowhere are we better able to express what Surfacing means to each of us than in our artwork.
The jurors selected 23 pieces from the submitted works to be included in the online exhibition shown in the Surface Design Association website. These featured pieces can be appreciated in this Surfacing link.
However, the creativity of all participants deserves to be celebrated. That is why this catalog shows all the works presented.
We Surfaced together these difficult times as an artistic community. This is our strength.

Let keep doing art together!

You can see the complete catalogue here

“Four and Twenty Black Birds Baked in a Pie” by Danielle Bodine
Coiled linen, cast mulberry paper, bone beads, wire  

We are starting the New Year in the sweetest, most decadent way we could think of. Sandra Jarvis has curated this fantastic show highlighting work from new and old friends, with lots of surprises.

The Eat Dessert First show opens January 22nd and closes February 27th, 2022

Museo Gallery, Langley, WA 98260

“Height of Sweetness” by Nancy Loreem Adams
Stoneware, celadon and gold luster glazes

“Life is Just a (Virtual) Bowl of Cherries” by Jill Norfors Clark
Lashed reed, layered and stitched hog casing

SDA WA South Central WA group news

Terri Fischer has three pieces in the Tri-City Quilters’ Guild Show at Gallery at the Park in Richland, WA, running January 4 – 29.  Her pieces are entitled:   Tokyo Boogie WoogieShapes and Shadows, and Flurry.  

Here is a link to the gallery information about the show:

Morelia Project, by Deborah Ann

Deborah Ann will have a show at The Seasons Performance Hall Bistro and Gallery, 101 N Naches Ave., Yakima, WA 98901. The opening will be January 21, 5-7 pm and the show will close March 18.  The hours are Thursday through Saturday 5-9 pm.

Jerry, by Deborah Ann


Linda shared some of her recent pieces

SDA WA Members Activities

MAY 2021

Barbara Osborne at Weave

“Waiting for Grendel” by Barbara Osborne. 
 Coiled pine needles with shed deer antlers, slices of rock and bones

SDA member Barbara Osborne and her basket cronies David Chambers and Sharon Kita will be joined by fiber artist Tininha Silva and painter Sean Yearian for a show named Weave at Northwind Arts Gallery, 701 Water St. in Port Townsend, WA. The show will be both in person and online. Gallery dates and hours to see the show in person are 12-5 Thursdays-Sundays from April 29 to May 30. To see the show online, go to, then exhibits; this show will be in the Best Gallery.
Additionally, Northwind Arts is hosting a Zoom night on Wednesday May 19 at 7:00 PM where the artists will talk about their work and processes. This presentation is free, but you must register through the Northwind Arts website to be sent the access link to the Zoom panel.

SDA-WA North Peninsula Members´ News

“Zoanthids” by Pat Herkal

SDA North Peninsula Members at Northwind Art’s Grover Gallery

Port Townsend’s Northwind Art’s Grover Gallery presents Undersea through May 30. Tangled Fiber SDA-NP artists Pat Herkal, Barbara Ramsey, Jean-Marie Tarascio and Cathie Wier reflect their varied views of the Salish Sea interpreted through the textile arts. Some of the creatures are true to life while others are expressions of the groups ocean inspired imaginations. The collection is composed of fiber, wire, yarn, paper and beads. 

“Textured Waves” by Barbara Ramsey
“Tangled Fibers”. Collaborative piece
“Blue Seaweed with Plankton” by Jean-Marie Tarascio
“Low Tide”by Jean-Marie Tarascio, h24″ x w 20”. Recycled tea bags, pattern paper, wire.
“Seaweed” by Cathie Wier

Erika Wurm Hitchcock at Howell’s Sandwich Co

Erika Wurm Hitchcock has 2 pieces hanging at Howell’s Sandwich Co. in Port Townsend, WA.  
In this series of 6 all together she reuses as much repurposed material as possible to breathe new life into found objects but also keep them out of the landfill.  They were created to highlight endangered species of the Olympic Peninsula, WA area.
The first one depicts Sperm Whales, the largest toothed predator of the oceans and how they encircle their young, old and sick when they feel threatened; leaving their strong tails facing outward to whack away any enemies.  This piece is 12″ x 12″. The second piece is inspired by Leatherback Sea Turtles, their largest recorded size measured 10ft in length which is the height of a regulated basketball hoop. This piece is 14.5 ” x 12 “.

SDA North Peninsula Members at Walk-by Textile Exhibit

Walk-by Textile Exhibit on Tyler features 25 Quilts, Vintage and Contemporary “Past and Present Quilts” is the new display at 675 Tyler St., Port Townsend, in the walk-by exhibit of the North Olympic Chapter of the Surface Design Association. Created or collected by eight textile artists, the 25 pieces on view through May include art quilts and patchwork, some dating from the 1940s and 1950s, pieced by great-great aunts and grandmothers. Some are handstitched, some made with hand-dyed fabric. New pieces, some inspired by the Gee’s Bend quilts, feature vivid colors and improvisational designs.

Participating artists and collectors include: 

Port Townsend: Leslie Dickinson, Sue Gale, Pat Herkel, Debra Olson, Mary Tyler.  Port Ludlow: Jeri Auty  Sequim: Linda Carlson, Kathie Cook.

Information on the quilts is posted in the window and on the chapter’s website,

SDA Members in Art of Recycling-Repurpose with a Purpose

SDA members Danielle Bodine, Barbara DePirro, Patti Shaw and Terri Shinn are participating in the exhibition Art of Recycling-Repurpose with a Purpose, at the Shack Art Center. Participating artists showcase their creativity by turning otherwise discarded materials into works of art. This exhibit aims to shine a spotlight on the environmental, social and emotional impact of waste as well as explore new ideas about recycling and repurposing.

Schack Art Center 

2921 Hoyt Ave. Everett, WA.

April 1 – June 5, 2021

“Tek-Space Avian” by Danielle Bodine. 43”Hx15”Wx8”D
Recycled computer cables, Italian cleaning brush, coiled black backer rod, synthetic sinew 

“Sometimes I Feel Like This” by Patti Shaw. 27”w x 39”h. 
Burned aluminum votive candle wick tabs, waxed linen thread.  
“October Tangle” by Terri Shinn. 10” x 22”. “Red Flag Warning”. by Terri Shinn. 12” x 24”. Old quilt remnants, acrylic on wooden panel
“Autumn Blaze” by Terri Shinn
12” x 36”
Old quilt remnants, acrylic on wood panel
“Kelp Forest” by Barbara de Pirro. 200 recycled plastic bottles were collected, washed, cut and reassembled.
“Cluster” by Barbara de Pirro. Non-recyclable poly strapping that would otherwise be discarded.

Barbara de Pirro Online Environmental Sculpture Workshop

Discover how De Pirro creates environmental sculptural forms and installations using both reclaimed & organic materials. She will share a range of techniques that transform these found materials into a ‘fiber’ that can be manipulated into dimensional structures. Learn how to translate methods traditionally found in the textile, jewelry, basketry & industrial arts using unconventional materials. In addition to creating samplings of each of the techniques, De Pirro will share photos, samples & insight about creating large scale sculptural art installations. In this process you will learn how to develop these small ideas into large scale structures and environments.

Schack Art Center (Co-host) 
MAY 15, 10-1 
Contact for registration: HERE 

WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, various meetings went online. Please contact the area leaderOnline meetings are a good opportunity to participate in different groups.

Bellingham – There is a small new group, please email Seiko Purdue for more information:

Eastside—For more information, please email Eastside Facebook Page

SDA Eastside Meeting & Event Calendar

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information

In normal times, the North Olympic chapter meets monthly, with meetings rotated between Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles. Guests are welcome

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties). Please, contact area leader Valerie Wootton or new co-leader Tesi Vara (in charge of membership)

Seattle– Online meetings every second Wednesday of the month. Please, contact Cynthia for more information

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information

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

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

SDA WA Members Activities January 2021

SDA-WA North Peninsula members´ news

Local Artists Create Window Display in Port Townsend 

Silk dye, hand-dying, resist, trapunto, embroidery, sashiko, paper collage, fabric collage, origami, felting, beading, repurposing, wire and wood sculpture, quilting and fabric piecing are among the techniques displayed in a new exhibit by 10 Olympic Peninsula artists in the Surface Design Association window at Tyler and Lawrence in Port Townsend. 

Featuring 33 pieces created while sheltering at home, “Pandemic” will be displayed through March. Most artwork is for sale, at prices ranging from $6 to $800. Participating artists are:


“Then There Now” and “Cotinus”


“Postcards from Home” series and “Fitted Fashion Face Coverings”


“Nature Montage” and “Reclaiming the Process”



“Wooden Boat Bunny”


 Curves 1 ”, “Curves 2”, “Windows”, “Colors Galore” and “Rachel’s Quilt”


“Winter Star”


“Origami Cards”, “Garland”, “Knit Wit”, “Mountainscape 1” and “Mountainscape 2”


“Solace”, “Road Trip”, “Walkabout”, “F**kd”, “Maui” and “Journey”



Debra Olson new work

Debra is going to participate in an exhibition at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (more information coming soon!)

” I carve foam and then cover with papier mache’ to create the form of the bird. I then add paint, paper, fabric more paint, beads and found objects. An acrylic finish is then applied. Naming them comes directly from their emerging personalities:  “Spotted Towhee” (may be directionally challenged as he carries a map on the top of his hat as well as on his breast!) and “King Quail” “.

Information on these artists and their pieces is posted in the display window and on the SDA chapter’s website, In normal times, chapter members meet regularly, with meetings rotated between Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles. Meetings are open to the public at no charge. 

SDA-WA Seattle members´ news

Six members of the Seattle group participated in an exchange challenge. Each person in the group sent an envelope to one other person in the group with materials to be used to create a piece. Here are the results:


“One photo shows the challenge materials I was given (the left-overs), including orange and black and white cotton fabric, metallic sliver and white fabric, grey felt, white embossed vinyl backed with flannel and a plastic shipping envelope. Definitely not colors or materials I tend to use in my art. But the shiny plastic envelope reminded me of the inside of shells, and I had recently been experimenting to see if I could get fabric to look like oyster shells.

For the inside shell surface, I stitched the plastic shipping envelope onto a base of white Ecofelt, added gray felt and black cotton fabric (at the top) to make the hinge, and painted the orange fabric purple for the muscle scar that all oyster shells have. For the outside, I stitched the white vinyl fabric and small pieces of orange, black and white and sliver-white fabrics onto a base of white cotton fabric and Ecofelt. I put wireform mesh in the middle and stitched the two sides together. It was an experiment to see if the wireform mesh would allow me to bend it into a three-dimensional shape, and it worked! ” 

“ExpOyster” back and front views by Carla Sther


Received materials. Front of the collage book cover Cynthia made for the challenge. 


Applique on jacket


The pieces of fabric were cut in stripes and woven in a rigid heddle loom

Barbara Matthews in ‘We the People’

Barbara´s piece ‘United’ was accepted into the ‘We the People’ exhibition at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center in Carlisle, PA. She earned an Honorable Mention, Staff Selection.

The exhibition will be shows until January 30th.

“United” by Barbara Matthews. Woodway, WAUnityHand dyed silk, acrylic, glass, wood

SDA-WA Vancouver members´ news

Bonnie Bucknam and Sally Sellers in State Wide Art Competition

Pacific Northwest artists Bonnie Bucknam and Sally Sellers, both of Vancouver, Washington, have been chosen for inclusion in the 2021 CVG Show in Bremerton’s Collective Visions Gallery

The annual CVG Show is one of the largest and most prestigious art competitions in the Northwest. Two hundred ninety-five artists from cities and towns throughout Washington State submitted 550 images for consideration. The competition’s juror, Michael D’Alessandro, chose about 130 pieces from these submissions for inclusion in the show.
Exhibition Co-chairs Alan Newberg and Cindy DuVall say: “The 2021 show has attracted top quality artists from every quarter of our state to submit their best work. Attendees and collectors will find a museum-quality show of work ranging in size from large sculptures, paintings and fiber art pieces to small prints, photos and jewelry. These range in style from exquisite traditional work to provocative contemporary works and deeply personal expressions. Some of these artists are well established professionals, and others are emerging talents in the world of art. Our state is very rich with talent.”
The 2021 CVG Show will begin at 11:00 am on Jan 23, 2021, and will continue through February 26. The entire show, as well as several related art events, will be available virtually, and in-person at the gallery if COVID19 protocols allow.

Collective Visions Gallery is located in downtown Bremerton at 331 Pacific Avenue, just 4 blocks from the ferry terminal. Phone: 360 377 8327.

For a complete list of accepted artists, the entire show and exhibition events, visit

“Line Dry” by Bonnie Bucknam. Fiber, dimensions 82” h x 80” w       
“Splendor in the Grass” by Sally Sellers. Fiber, dimensions 39” h x 45” wide

Barbara De Pirro new workshops

Online Painted Papers for Collage
Create your own unique stash of Collage papers! There are many different ways to create pattern and texture on paper; stencil, stamp, imprint, saturate, mask, resist, comb, dabble, brush, splatter…and so on. I will demonstrate using GOLDEN Fluid & High Flow Paints plus explore mark making techniques & gluing of these papers using various GOLDEN Acrylic Mediums & Gels. I’ll share all the tips & tricks!
Schack Art Center (Hosting) 
JAN 30, 1-4 
Contact for registration: (425) 259-5050 or ONLINE 
Fee: M $60 NM $65
This is not the only workshop that Barbara teaches! More information in:

WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, various meetings went online. Please contact the area leader. Online meetings are a good opportunity to participate in different groups.

Eastside—For more information, please email
SDA Eastside Facebook Page

SDA Eastside Meeting & Event Calendar

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties). Please, contact area leader Valerie Wootton or new co-leader Tesi Vara (in charge of membership)

Seattle– Online meetings every second Wednesday of the month. Please, contact Cynthia for more information

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information

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

Surface Design Study Group– Meetings 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.

SDA-WA Member Activities OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2020

“Marching CV19 Munchers – CV19 eating critters and their leader” by Danielle Bodine

Danielle Bodine in Mandatory Color Exhibition

Surface Design Association International Juried Members Exhibition “Mandatory Color” examines the use of color as a response to world-wide social distancing and quarantine. Juror Amie Adelman, Professor  of the College of Arts and Design at the Unversity of North Texas  in Denton.

Danielle Bodine obtained the 2nd place with her work “Marching CV19 Munchers – CV19 eating critters and their leader”, 2020, 13″ x 21″x 21,” yarn, fabric, beads, plastic tubes, wires, slinkies, found objects; coiled.

Museum of Texas Tech University
3301 4th Street
Lubbock, TX 79415
On exhibit through December 6, 2020

Barbara O`Steen work

Barbara O’Steen at Little/BIG

Barbara O´Steen is participating in an exhibition of the Contemporary Quilt Art Association at the Shack Art Center.   Little/BIG Annual Holiday Art Exhibit features works from members of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association. She is showing some 12×12 fiber art pieces and a large 25″ x 35″one, in a collage style that she hasen’t used for years in that she is usually creating trees and a message about Climate Change.

Shack Art Center 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA November 19 – January 3

Barbara O`Steen work

Featured Artist Dorothy McGuinness.

Dorothy makes beautiful and unique sculptures using basket weaving techniques. There is a link below to a video where her work is analized by other artists, on
Please take some time to watch and listen and maybe even give some feedback to Dorothy.

More about her amazing work at

Sue Nylander and Liisa Fagerland – Eye to Eye exhibit

SDA-WA North Peninsula member´s news

Sue Nylander and Liisa Fagerland are showing the Eye to Eye exhibit in the North Peninsula Fiber Habit window , from October to December.

More information about this exhibition and the group

“Undersea Garden” by Tangle Fibers group

Tangle Fibers group at the Port Angeles Fine Art Center

“Undersea Garden” comprises a collaborative installation and exhibition by Port Townsend SDA-NP artists Pat Herkal, Barbara Ramsey, Jean Marie Tarascio and Cathie Wier – collectively known as Tangled Fibers.  Their art is a celebration of the patterns, colors and textures of sea life. Using fiber, paper, beads, color, texture, wire, yarn and whimsy, the Esther Webster Gallery has been transformed into an undersea garden of kelp, tide pools, octopus, sea stars, nudibranchs, jellyfish and other delightful creatures of the sea. Some are painstakingly true to life, others created from their ocean fevered imaginations. Some pieces in this exhibit are the work of the individual member of the Tangled Fibers group, others are collaborative efforts. Exhibiting works are for sale in person and online.PAFAC is open Thursday-Sunday 11-5 or visit for a virtual tour and the gift shop offerings, until November 15.

“Undersea Garden” by Tangle Fibers group
“Hidden Leafy Sea Dragons” by Jean Marie Tarascio 
“Marine Scape” by Barbara Ramsey
“Seahorse” by Pat Herkal
“Look Deeply” by Cathie Wier

South Central SDA-WA Group Notes

The group is having zoom meetings. Here are some pieces the members were working on.

Mary Thomas’s vest using her handwoven fabric

Mary Thomas’s vest using her handwoven fabric
Mary Thomas’s vest using her handwoven fabric

Carol Fletcher’s wall piece “Insomnia” , using micro-quilting on an experimental piece made at our South Central September meeting; this fabric was also dyed in our experimental monotype experiments.This piece was accepted into the  Larson Gallery’s 65th annual Central Washington Artists’ Exhibition. .

“Insomnia” by Carol Fletcher
Carol Fletcher ´s wall piece

Carol’s husband, Evans Fletcher, also had a piece accepted, “Westcoast 2020”

“Westcoast 2020” by Evans Fletcher

In addition, Deboran Ann’s piece, Clay Pots, was also accepted into the Larson Gallery’s 65th annual Central Washington Artists’ Exhibition. A photo of Deborah Ann’s piece was recently in SDA WA’s newsletter.

“Clay Pots” by Deborah Ann

Suzie Forsyth’s experimentations with growing her own indigo, making an indigo pot from her home grown indigo, and successfully dyeing some fabric.

Suzie Forsyth’s indigo experimentation
Suzie Forsyth’s indigo experimentation

SDA-WA Seattle memeber´news

“Protecting the Peace” by Sharon Rowley

Sharon Rowley and Barbara Matthews at Creative Strength Training art exhibition

WA State SDA members Sharon Rowley and Barbara Matthews have art featured in Jane Dunnewold’s 2020 Creative Strength Training member art online exhibition

“Exposed” by Barbara Matthews


Cynthia Blair in the Seattle Times

Cynthia´s fabric collage “Houses” symbolizing things that have sustained her during this period was one of 12 (out of about 100 entries) the Seattle Times featured in a newspaper article and on its website. 

“Houses” by Cynthia Blair
Therese Stein´piece

Therese Stein presentation

Therese shared with us her techniques experimenting with plastics to create art with recycled material; also some examples of different artists who work with plastic.

Therese Stein ´s piece made with recycled plastic

Gabi Nirino at Raggio Foundation

Gabriela Nirino is participating with “Mangrullo” in the on-line Textile Art Exhibition at Rómulo Raggio Foundation in Vicente López, Argentina. Here is the link

“Mangrullo” by Gabi Nirino. Corn husk strips, nailon thread, pine wood.

Barbara De Pirro News

Barbara at ‘Basketry: Architecture and the Environment’

National Basketry Organization, Inc. presented an online conversation on September 17th. It is now available on YouTube HERE. (FYI you can skip the first 16 minutes which was our warm-up time and not part of the presentation.). Barbara De Pirro creates Mixed Media Sculptures and Installations. Her observations of nature have triggered a profound admiration for its brilliance, resilience and its vulnerability. With each project she strives to create a sense of wonder.

The Curator/Interviewer 
Jo Stealey is a nationally known artist, teacher and curator and most recently, professor emerita the University of Missouri. She was the co-curator for the traveling exhibition, Rooted, Revived Reinvented: Basketry in America as well as the juror for this year’s NBO Members in Print 2.

“Metamorphosis” by Barbara De Pirro

Barbara ´s Workshops

Online Acrylic Skins & Collage

Discover the range of GOLDEN acrylic paints, gels & mediums that can be used to create Image Transfer, Paint & Acrylic Skins. Gain a broad understanding of product, material, method, tips & tricks. These techniques are an excellent way to develop transparent & translucent imagery, text and texture, incorporating layers into your paintings, collages, sculptures or mixed media works. Think of this as just another way to create your own unique collage material!

De Pirro Art Workshops 
NOV 21, 1-4:00 
Online registration: Here

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). Please, contact area leader Valerie Wootton

Seattle– Our next SDA on-line meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, November 11 from 11:00 to 12:30, will be a bit different and quite special.  We will be treated to a presentation by Berkeley, California-based artist Terry Milder, who constructs mixed-media pieces that integrate paper making, photography, fiber/textile, sculpture and digital techniques. All members are welcome. Please, contact Cynthia or your area leader for more information

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information

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

Surface Design Study Group– Meetings 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. Area Leaders—Debra Calkins (, Mary Burks ( and membership chairperson Natalie Olsen (