SDA WA Members Activities



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.

Francesca Piñol (Spain) Gail Harker (USA

Elegibility: to be a member of SDA Washington State by the time of the deadline.

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Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2021.
The jurors will review all submissions. Each selected artist may have one image for the online gallery. Notifications will be sent October 15.

You may submit one or two pieces of work. You will need to submit one image per piece (plus one detail, if necessary to appreciate the technique) and will need to complete this google form entry for each image submission. Work must be made between 2019-2021.

Images must be 2000 pixels minimum on the shortest side. Max file size is 3 MB.

Please send your image(s) to Gabi Nirino at and use “SDA WA Surfacing submission” for the email subject line. The jurors will have access to the images you submit but will not see your names. Please make sure to name your image file with the nickname of your choice, and use this format: “nickname_title of piece”.jpg. The nicknames are to mask artist names during the jurying review process only.

Please complete the following form for each piece submitted and make sure to double-check your spelling. The information provided on this form will be used for the online gallery information. Note: the jurors will not see the artist name, email, nickname and website fields.

Any questions, contact Gabi Nirino at:

Thank you for your submission!

More about the jurors. This month: Gail Harker

Gail Harker

A Canadian who moved to Britain in 1976 with her American husband and family, Gail studied art in Canada, England and Scotland. She completed both Parts 1 and 2 (Diploma) of the Cithy and Guilds Design and Embroidery course with Distinction in both parts. She was awarded the Senior Qualification of Licentiateship (LCGI) by the City and Guilds Institute and continued on teaching City and Guilds and becoming an External Verifier for student work.

Returning to the US with her family in 1995, she pioneered the establishment of the first City & Guilds Creative Studies Centers in North America. Gail founded and operates the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center in La Conner, Washington, for the last 25 years. Over her career, she has taught thousands of students, sharing her passion for embroidery, textiles and design.

She has authored five books on embroidery published in both Britain and the U.S.

           More about Gail? You can visit

Pat Herkal at Port Townsend Gallery

Pat Herkal is the featured artist at Port Townsend Gallery on Water Street in August. Her beadwork is paired with batik artist Melissa Bixby.Herkal’s work is a whimsical and colorful celebration of the natural world. Embellished with embroidery then beaded, her art features intricate hand sewn details. She mixes fiber, thread, beads and trinkets to create jewelry, sculptures, dolls and more.

715 Water St, Port Townsend 7 days a week. 10am-6pm

Pat Herkal ´s piece

Evans Fletcher at the Boxx Gallery

Evans Fletcher has a piece in the “Images of The Shrub-Steppe” 5th Annual Art Exhibition, featuring works inspired by the shrub-steppe lands of coliche Canyon Conservacy. It was juried by Carolyn Nelson

August 7 – 28, 2021 – Box Gallery, 616 Maple Street, Tieton, WA.

Dorothy McGuinness new book

Dorothy McGuinness has written a book on diagonal twill basketry in paper. The title is “The Art of Contemporary Woven Paper Basketry, Explorations in Diagonal Twill”. It will be available in September 2021 from Schiffer books or through Amazon. Congratulations!

Dorothy McGuinness´s new book

SDA Members in Small Expressions at the Pacific Northwest Quilts & Fibers Arts Museum

Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA) organized its 2021 annual juried exhibit of small works: Small ExpressionsFeaturing 36 contemporary small-scale art works by artists from 21 states and 2 countries, Small Expressions will tour galleries in the United States from July 2021 through June 2022.

Members participating: Danielle Bodine, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Dorothy McGuinness.

Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fibers Arts Museum

112 Morris Street, La Conner, WA.

Terri Shinn and Dorothy McGuinness at Anacortes Art Festival

Terri and Dorothy participated in the Art in the Port event, during the Anacortes Art Festival. Terri won the Artistic Excellence Award, selected by Juror Carie Collver.

Carol Fletcher´s new quilt “Kathmandu”

Gabi Nirino news

Gabriela (Gabi) Nirino was accepted in four shows:

10x10x10 Tieton, Tieton, WA. August 7-October 10 with the piece “Tanka” a small sculptural weave, made with corn husk fiber. Tanka means “hat” in Aymara language.

Edmonds Art Festival, Edmonds, WA. August 27-29 with “Chunche” . The piece won 2nd prize in 3D category. 

Shifting Tides, 14th Juried Art Exhibition. Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, WA. August 11-September 19, with “How to Make Your Own Sanctuary”. It is a group of 10 wood pieces based on the Argentine popular devotion of Gauchito Gil.

Earth Matters. Watermark Art Center, Bemidji, Minnesota. September 3-October 30. The work “Small Objects to Sow in a New World” is an installation of 22 pieces created with corn husk fiber. 

“Tanka” by Gabi Nirino. Corn husk fiber
“Chunche” by Gabi Nirino. Corn husk fiber.
“How to Make Your Own Sanctuary” by Gabi Nirino. Found wood, paint, textiles, blood.

Barbara De Pirro 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!

De Pirro Art Workshops 
AUG 28, 11-1 
Contact for registration: HERE 

Online Mixed Media Textiles & Acrylic

Discover a range of techniques, tips & tricks that can transform your Fiber Art! We will explore a series of GOLDEN Acrylic products that can be used to create incredible surfaces, textures and patterns! These methods can be used to create sculpture, basketry, vessels, installation or 2 dimensional art. The focus is not intended for ‘everyday’ wearable art however definitely a possibility for costume. This workshop will open your eyes to a whole new approach in working with textiles. This event is co-hosted by Textile Study Guild of San Diego.

De Pirro Art Workshops 
SEPT 4, 1-3 
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– Meetings every second Wednesday of the month. Please, contact Therese for more information We alternate on-line and in presence activities.

South Central— Deborah Ann will host our September 8th meeting at her home in Yakima, starting at 10 am.  We will be making block printing plates out of Sculpy clay.  Masks will be required for this indoor meeting or whatever is recommended by the CDC.  Please email Vicki Gerton ( for a list of what to bring and directions to Deborah Ann’s house

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

Vancouver, WA—Please contact Mary Arnold for more information