, Bee Balm, Bergomot
My Bergomot, Bee Balm is thriving!

I was just sitting here developing some pics I took yesterday while I soda soak some cotton to take with me to Syracuse next week to use in my class at Quilting By The Lake, when I bopped on over to check my email.  I’m so excited now!  I’ve been juried in to SAQA as a JAM (Juried Artist Member)!

It seems like only yesterday when I first joined SAQA as a new art quilter.  I didn’t slip into art quilting by way of a history of quilting.  I took up quilting bed quilts for my grands to learn the basics.  I tossed off the idea of becoming a Jam Member or any such aspiration as I just wanted to learn and get as good as I could at it.  Seven years later, I said “What the heck! I may as well try.”

My new aquaintance, Steve Gyurina is a photographer at Artopia Giclee and he shot a portfolio of pictures for me.  These are what I submitted and here they are!

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Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

16 replies on “Accepted into SAQA JAM!

  1. Congratulations, Janis. Love your new quilts, too. Your Bergamot and Bee Balm picture – I have Bergamot Mint and Bee Balm on my allotment, but they aren’t anything like these plants of yours. Strange.


      1. I’ll take some time out to ‘visit’ New England’s wild flowers. It will be interesting. I know when I took a train from Boston up to Salem once, the countryside was very like the UK .

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