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Calendar 2013

Art Flag
Sample by Debby Schnabel

June 6, Friday open from 12 – 9pm
Pay what you can 12 7pm and free 7pm 9pm

South First Fridays are an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose's SoFA arts district, centered on South First Street. Held on the first Friday of every month, the Museum is open from 12-9pm and offers free admission from 7-9pm. It's a lively scene attended by arts-lovers of all ages.

Flag down your creative juices make your own small art flag with members of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates)! We will supply the flag background, mix and match fabric pieces and trims and glue along with poster illustrations of a few principles of design and samples that demonstrate a few samples. You can assemble yours based off of already-made models or create your own design.

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications. SAQA defines an art quilt as "a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure." To learn more about this organization, visit

Link to purchase tickets for $5:

South First Fridays Website

Judith Content

June 8, Sunday
1 – 3pm

Fiber Talks: Inside Quilt National

Join us as we welcome artist Judith Content, one of three Quilt National 2013 jurors, who will provide insights and observations about the jurying process. Four Quilt National artists will present a slide show of their recent work and talk about their creative habits, use of social media, and the "business" of making art.

Joan Schulze
Sylvia Gegaregian
Leslie Bixel
Miriam Nathan-Roberts

$20 Members/$40 Non-members/$25 Seniors and Students
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More Fiber Talks!

Thom Atkins

June 14, Saturday
10:30am – 5pm

Beads I: Bead Embroidery for Quilters

Learn how to bead as you sew! In this 6 hour class, you will learn four basic stitches for bead embroidery on quilts and how to application of beads creates a quilted surface ($25 for kit. See below for details). Students will also create picot edges and fringe. There will also be a discussion on which pressed glass beads work well and how to deal with different types of bead holes.

The $25 kit includes a choice of 8 different fabrics, batting, backing fabric, 3 different sizes of seed beads, bugle beads, a mixed bag of pressed glass beads, thread, and needles).

Cost: $75 members/$100 non-members
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No refunds, No exchanges
Minimum is 12 students
Maximum is 20 students

Supplies to Bring: Embroidery scissors, chain nose pliers (useful but not essential, pairs will be provided for use or purchase if desired), and your lunch (students will get a half hour lunch break). Students will be charged a $25 kit fee payable to the instructor (please bring cash or check to the workshop).

Instructor Bio: Thom Atkins is Santa Cruz based artist who has been fascinated with beads for over 30 years. He has done bead embroidery, jewelry, and added beads to some of his bronze sculptures. In 2002 Thom shifted his artistic focus from sculpting to quilting with beads. Using the quilt as a canvas and the beads as texture and paint, he has developed a unique style of combining fabric and beads. Thom has a BA in Art from San Jose State and is both an accomplished artist and instructor. You can see more of his amazing work at

These exhibitions and related programs are supported in part by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Silicon Valley Creates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and California Arts Council; by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose; and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.