Multnomah Arts Center Gallery

Now showing in the MAC Gallery…

Emergence: Fiber Art from Concept to Stitch

Artwork by SAQA members Sheryl LeBlanc (detail, above), Mary Ruzich (left), and Gerrie Congdon (right).

Emergence:  Fiber Art from Concept to Stitch is a group exhibit by members of the Oregon chapter of Studio Art Quilts Associates, Inc (SAQA). It will be on display January 6 – February 11, 2023, with a reception on Saturday, January 14th from 2-5 p.m.

Studio Art Quilts Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt: “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.”  Over the past 30 years, SAQA has grown into a dynamic and active community of over 4,000 artists, curators, collectors, and art professional located around the world. The organization is dedicated to bringing thought-provoking, cutting-edge artwork to venues across the globe. Artwork by their members has been enjoyed by millions of people at art museums, galleries, quilt shows, and regional locations – over 250 venues on 6 continents.

Artists from the Oregon region regularly connect, collaborate, and learn through SAQA’s many global and local activities. The vision for this project, Emergence: From Concept to Stitch, came out of that process. It began with discussions about exploring new and emerging media, marketing opportunities, book events, and gallery exhibitions for a body of work. The result is a beautiful traveling exhibit, which is the eighth regional exhibit for the Oregon SAQA chapter, and is accompanied by a full-color, professionally printed book. It features 21 artists, selected via a jurying process, who documented their creative processes over a period of 6 months as they each made an art quilt. The materials and techniques they used are diverse – from upcycled textiles to hand dyed fabrics to mixed media – and the subject matter explored is as unique as each artist.

Members of the Oregon SAQA chapter are partnering with the Multnomah Arts Center to offer a hands-on exploration of art quilt techniques on Friday, February 3rd. This event is free, open to the public, and enjoyable for all ages.


Christine Colasurdo
Christine Colasurdo: Poet, Calligrapher, Author
December 9, 2021 – February 12, 2022

El Delegato
The Quantum Effect
Painted Wood Sculpture
April 1 – May 7, 2022

Juried Group Show – Multimedia
May 13 – June 25, 2022
Reception: Saturday, June 4, 1pm-3pm

Jana Charl: “A Crack in The Concrete Where A Wildflower Grows” – Repurposed Found Object Artwork
Al Crane: “Temporary Nature: Double Exposures” – Photography
July 1 – August 6, 2022
Reception: Thursday, July 7, 7-9pm

David Cohen
“Cabinets of Wonder” – Pen & Ink Drawings
August 12 – September 10, 2022

Larry Cwik
“The Visitor – 40 Year Retrospective” – Photography
September 16 – October 22, 2022

MAC Instructor Showcase
Mixed Media Group Show
October 28 – November 26, 2022

Winter Arts & Crafts Sale
Mixed Media Sale of Works Created by MAC Instructors and Students

Studio Art Quilts Associates
“Emergence” – Group Quilt Show
January 6 – February 11, 2023

Arturo Villaseñor – Paintings
Rachel Young – Mosaic Bead Paintings
February 17 – March 25, 2023

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed

The Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) Gallery opened in 1982. It serves as an educational venue for the community and a supportive environment for artists to share their work. Artists who show here are residents of Oregon and southern Washington near Portland.

Exhibiting artists are selected by a group jury process each year. The resulting shows reflect the artistic dynamism of the area, with an emphasis on the following:

  • a wide spectrum of media is shown throughout the year
  • diverse subject matter is explored
  • unique perspectives are shared
  • multidisciplinary and intersectional approaches are appreciated

As a community-based gallery, we seek to grow our collective ability to create, connect and share beauty in its many forms. Towards that end, some of the current equity practices at the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery include:

  • We embrace and encourage artists with differences in age, color, ethnicity, race, language, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, family or marital status, gender identity, political affiliation, veteran status, physical and mental ability, and socio-economic status. 
  • We show work by artists based on the merit of their work. Artists who exhibit here may not be represented by commercial galleries, or some do not have formal arts training.
  • Exhibiting artists receive 65% of any sales they make. The remaining 35% is used by our nonprofit organization, The Multnomah Arts Center Association, to support equity and access to arts education through MAC programming.
  • Community artists who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, immigrant or refugee, and/or disabled are invited to be a part of the group jury each year. Jurors receive an honorarium for their work.
  • The jury helps to identify a theme for a community exhibit each year. This group show is juried through a separate call, and the selection of work is led by the members of the community being called to participate (i.e. the Latinx PDX exhibit of 2022, which was juried by members of that community).
  • The annual Call for Artists encourages the submission of work that expands opportunities for participation by gallery visitors. This might take the form of music by a local musician playing on loop in the gallery, 3D work that is meant to be touched, or a reading by a local poet that includes sign interpretation.
  • Barriers to participation are address by a) ensuring that there is no application fee when submitting work for jurying, b) providing transparency in how decisions are made and who is making them, c) offering access to adaptive supports as needed in the application process, and d) providing translation services when requested (see below). Additionally, we recognize that matting and framing artwork for display can present a significant financial burden to artists when their work requires it and welcome the opportunity to explore possible solutions with those artists.

We are thrilled to announce that our selection committee for our 2023-2024 Call to Artists will be lead by artists and curators Steph Littlebird and Daren Todd.

Daren Todd is a Portland, Oregon based muralist, illustrator and designer. He is also the owner of Art Larger Than Me, a gallery and creative studio serving clients from residential real estate to the commercial film industry. Daren’s work currently focuses on abstract expressionism and graphic portraiture, and the juxtaposition of both styles into cohesive paintings and designs.

Steph Littlebird is an artist, curator, writer, and a member of Oregon’s Grand Ronde Confederated Tribes. She received national recognition as curator of This IS Kalapuyan Land (2020), an exhibition at the Five Oaks Museum in Portland which was featured by ArtNews and PBS NewsHour. Other curatorial projects include Untold Parallels, Mata Art Gallery, L.A. (2020), which re-examined colonial histories of the so-called Philippines and Filipinx-American diaspora, and colonized people Indigenous to “North America.” Most recently, Pʰot-Choch, an exhibition held at Anita, Astoria OR (2021) presented traditional and contemporary art of the original Chinook inhabitants of the North Coast. Her visual work engages issues related to contemporary Indigenous identities, marginalized histories, and responsible land stewardship. Littlebird earned her B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland.

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