The Florida contingent of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Association) held a Mini-Conference over the weekend. I can give you just a little taste of this event.

The juried exhibit opening was held at the Rose Room Gallery at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach.

Maya Schonenberger, the exhibit judge, made the awards and gave a presentation on the judging process.

Best in Show went to Barbara W. Watler for “Transitions”.

First Place to Jayne Bentley Gaskins for “A Note from Papa H”.

Second Place to Pat Kumicich for “Weight-Weight Don’t Tell Me”.

Third Place to Marianne R. Williamson for “The Inlet”.

Honorable Mention to Sandra Donabed for “Fandangode Tortuga”.

After lunch the event moved to the Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) in New Smyrna Beach.

Information about SAQA was followed by a Panel Discussion to answer attendees questions on topics such as marketing and working with galleries. This was followed by a show and tell session.  Ellen Linder (upper photo) and Jayne Gaskins (lower) are just two of many who shared a sample of their work.

Following dinner, Dr. Roberta Smith Favis of Stetson University, gave a presentation about women in the arts.

Many thanks to Mary McBride, Jayne Gaskins and Nancy Billings for organizing such a wonderful opportunity for inspiration and networking.

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