Last week I was lucky to attend this year’s annual Studio Art Quilt Associates Conference held in inspirational Santa Fe, New Mexico, a city fully saturated with ART!  It was my first trip to Santa Fe and it exceeded all my expectations.  The SAQA Conference was jam packed with activities for the 200 of us attending.  What fun it was putting “faces” to internet friends and making new connections with others.  I was inspired by the SAQA presentations I attended,  the city streets and the museums of Santa Fe, and the cheesecloth portrait class I took with Canadian Fiber Artist Mary Pal.

Enjoy photos highlights of my visit.

Store window lizard, Santa Fe

Store window lizard, Santa Fe

Kristina Voorhees Adams, me and Phyllis Cullen window shopping.....why do the stores in Santa Fe close so early?  It saved us some money!

Kristina Voorhees Adams (California), Phyllis Cullen (Hawaii) and I are window shopping (I am in the middle with my iPhone)…..why do the stores in Santa Fe close so early? A sure fire way to eliminate the temptations of spending after spending day time hours at the conference.  We did eat well though!

Typical Santa Fe Architecture

Typical Santa Fe Architecture

Scenic Santa Fe building....all buildings have to be painted in earth tone colors.

All buildings must be painted in earth tone colors.

Burro Sculpture on Burro Alley in Santa Fe

Burro Sculpture in Burro Alley–sculpture abounds all over town.

Making music...Folk Art Museum, Santa Fe

Making music (Day of the Dead Style) and Alter…Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe

Day of the Dead Alter, Folk Art Museum

Lizard on nose face mask, Folk Art Museum

I loved the collection of folk art masks….

Skeleton Face Mask, Folk Art Museum Collection

they are portraits after all.

Monkey Face Mask, Folk Art Museum

A vast collection from animals to

Dead Man Mask, Folk Art Museum

humans…..

Man Face Mask, Santa Fe Folk Art Museum

The masks are just a small part of the amazing collections (over 100,000 objects from over 100 countries) found at the

Man with long sideburns Face Mask, Folk Art Museum

Museum of International Folk Art collected and donated by Alexander and Susan Girard

Me, Margaret Blank (Canada), Judy Warer (New York) waiting for bus to tour Santa Fe

Posing with new artist friends:  Margaret Blank (Canada) and Judy Warner (New York).

Fellow Southern Californian Mary Tabar waiting with me for shuttle bus to take us gallery hopping.

Fellow Southern Californian Fiber Artist Mary Tabar waiting with me for shuttle bus to take us gallery hopping.

A stroll of the galleries on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.....many art sightings to appreciate

Checking out the many art galleries on Canyon Road in Santa Fe…this guy obviously needed to take a nap!

Buffalo, 1992, Holly Hughes, Retail and Handwoven, Magnetic Tape, Film, Paintbrushes, Wire/Quilted Applique On loan from artist to Capitol Art Gallery Collection

Buffalo, 1992, Holly Hughes, Retail and Handwoven, Magnetic Tape, Film, Paintbrushes, Wire/Quilted Applique
On loan from artist to Capitol Art Gallery Collection (shown in the actual Capitol Building which doubles as an art museum)—a must-see stop to view the state’s collection which was amazing.

Buffalo assemblage sculpture, detail

Buffalo assemblage sculpture, detail (can you see the paint brushes, plastic spoon, film, newspaper?)

Horse sculpture along Canyon Road (home to the many galleries of Santa Fe).

Horse sculpture along Canyon Road (home to the many galleries of Santa Fe).

Santa Fe Seven celebrating Mary Pal's class in cheesecloth portraits!! Phyllis Cullen, Kristina Voorhees Adams,  Lee -------, Jennifer Day, Deda Maldonaldo, Mary Pal, Sherry Kleinman (missing from photo Janice Filler)

Santa Fe Seven celebrating Mary Pal’s class in cheesecloth portraits!!
Phyllis , Kristina, Lee, Jennifer, Deda, Mary Pal, and I are hamming it up! (missing from photo is Janice).  We LOVED our class and our teacher…..!!

I am posing with my cheesecloth creations:  one lady and two fish!  Mary Pal's class was full of inspiration and possibilities!! Can't wait to do more.

I am posing with my cheesecloth portraits: one lady and two fish! Mary Pal’s class was full of inspiration and possibilities!! I can’t wait to do more.