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Letter from your Co-President
Celeste and Leone


The crape myrtle, sycamores and liquid amber trees are changing color and beginning to drop their leaves.  Russet and gold colored chrysanthemums, pumpkins and Indian corn are appearing on door steps.  I grew up in the Northeast where the changing of the leaves was a celebration of upcoming holidays and harvests.  Apples and freshly crushed cider were sold at farm stands.  Houses were decorated with corn stalks and Indian corn was hung on front doors.  As the leaves changed colors, we would dig out our fall clothes, I felt close to nature, as I changed my colors too. Many of my woolens were from the Cascade Woolen Mill in Oakland Maine, my grandmother worked there and we would buy yard goods from the factory store.    I feel closer to the change of seasons in the fall, than to the other changes of seasons.


Speaking of changes, we have a new location for our meetings.  Starting in February 2017 we will be meeting at St Francis de Sales School in Sherman Oaks. 13368 Valleyheart Dr, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 .  It is easy to get to.  There are no stairs, and plenty of parking.  We will meet in the art room with an adjacent kitchen.  Thank you, Mary Beth, for finding this wonderful location.    This new location will be a relief for our members who have difficulty climbing stairs. St Francis is close to the 101 freeway, north of Ventura Blvd.  South of the freeway.  West of Coldwater and East of Woodman.  Our first meeting there will be in February with a Shibori workshop given by Carie Burkle .  Keep posted for more information. 
We also give thanks to Smadar Knobler, Dassi Pintar and Linda Stone; they worked so diligently on the Exhibition Committee to find appropriate places to display our art.  They have been movers and shakers finding galleries to show our work.  The priority of SAA is to have an encouraging atmosphere to grow as fiber and surface artists. It is extremely satisfying for our small community to get together regularly and feed our communal artistic soul.  But it is also an incredible experience to watch “outsiders” look at our artwork displayed in a formal setting.  The Galeria Gitana provided a wonderful experience.  We had our own room, where we were featured as Surface Artists.  People were amazed at the beauty and complexity of our pieces.  Just to stand there and listen to their comments was worth the price of admission.  Our upcoming show at the Branch Gallery will give us another positive experience.  Though these two gallery exhibitions were juried in by the curators of the galleries, it is important to remember that SAA is not a competitive organization.  We provide the opportunity to grow as artists at every level.  Whether you have degrees in fine arts, or are just starting out we are all on equal footing.  We all learn from each other.  Even if you have no desire to display  your work in a more formal setting, you are still a valued member of our organization.  But, just maybe, some of you will take that first baby step and want to participate in a show.  We are hoping to participate in the Uncommon Threads exhibition next year at the San Fernando Valley Art and Cultural Center.  Everyone in our organization is welcomed to participate.  I hope you all do. 

Our annual holiday party is coming up. 
We thank Meredith Strauss for hosting this event again.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
At 11:00 AM
Meredith Straus
2621 Kennington Drive
Glendale, CA 91206


Please come and join us for our annual Holiday Party
and  social event of the year.
Meeting/potluck/gift exchange and a great get together.
Gift exchange: Please bring a wrapped gift valued about $25
Gifts should be made by you or another artist, art supplies are acceptable.

Bring a Friend
Pot Luck Menu:
This year: think healthy!
Call Leone Keegan

with your choice of:
Salad or vegetable dish
Main Dish

RSVP is a MUST by Dec. 3th

Our October Meeting included a field  trip to at Arena1 at the Santa Monica Art Studios  Where we visited three artists and were invited to their art. We thank Melinda Smith Altshuler (, Gwen Samuels (, and Janine Brown for giving us their time and opening up their studios.  
Gwen Samuels crops photos and prints them on them in repeat patterns. Cuts the transparencies into pieces and pieces them together with needles, threads and wires.  Gwen’s finished pieces are two dimensional as three dimensions.  She had fanciful dresses, insects, birds and orbs displayed in her studio and was generous with explaining her technique for this unique process.  
When we first entered Melinda Smith Altshuler’s studio we were all drawn to her installation piece.  It was a very tidily made bed with bullets suspended over it.  It created a strong tension between what should be a restful place and impending danger.  Placed on the pillows were wish bones.  A symbol of hope…  Then we became aware of clouds. Hanging from the ceiling were these translucent orbs, paper molded over chicken wire and sealed with acrylic medium.  Here pieces are light and airy.  I felt ungrounded.  Which was further displayed by her rendering of roofs.  The roofs of simple dwellings were meticulously cut out with an exacto knife, and suspended in her collages.  My favorites of her work were her solar plate printing on teabag stained paper.
Janine Brown is a multi media artist.  She creates double exposed black and white photographs on 35 mm. film using a simple cardboard pinhole camera.  The subject has to stand still for a long time, thus revealing little facial expression.  The portraits are then printed on wall paper.  The result is reminiscent of the early years of photography with a modern aesthetic.  We also saw her metal wire crocheted long pendulous droplets and a wedding dress made of crocheted yarn.
It was inspirational to see where other artists work and have them discuss their ideas and work processes.  All in all, it was a wonderful experience. 

February 4, 2017 Meeting
Social starts at 9:30am
Meeting starts at 10am
 St Francis de Sales School
13368 Valleyheart Drive
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Other 2017 Meeting Dates:

April 1
June 3
August 5
October 7
2016 Board Members:
Celeste Covas
Leone Keegan
Vice President of Communications
Smadar Knobler

Barbara Weitekamp
Diane Ricks

Marie-Laure Ilie

Workshop and Speakers
Mary Beth Schwartzenberger

Newsletter Editor
Mia Bloom
(818) 359-0262
Mary Beth Schwartzenberger
Celeste Covas
Exhibition Committee
Smadar Knobler
Dassi Pintar
Linda Stone

Field Trips
Cicely Gilman
TOTAL:              $5,490. 00

Submitted by
Barbara Weitekamp,
Treasurer 10-11-20016 
There's still time to see "Heritage & Community" at the La Galeria Gitana. Exhibit ends December 2, 2016.

"Branching Out" exhibit at The Branch Gallery runs from
November 12 to December 4.
The Opening Reception is Saturday, November 12th 3pm - 7pm.


Cicely Gilman will again be participating with the Arroyo Arts Collective Tour of Studios on November 20 from 9am-5pm. This year she will be selling my art to wear clothing at  Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50 Highland Park, LA. This is the same place you buy tickets for the Tour. I hope to see people there!
Arena 1 at the Santa Monica Art Studios
Field Trip Photo Gallery
Melinda Smith Altshuler

Janine Brown


Gwen Samuels

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