Members Only Club
Okay, my apologies for the 80's throwback title! But this post is about groups, more specifically, being a member of groups.
Currently, I am a member of MCQ (Minnesota Contemporary Quilters) where I also serve as the Program Chair. I'm a member of AQS (American Quilt Society), TheQuiltShow.com, The Minnesota Quilters, and NEMAA (North East Minneapolis Arts Association). And now I am giving consideration to SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates).
Then I started to do some adding, and now I wonder! So far, my running tally a year (assuming membership fees don't go up) is: $170. Joining SAQA would make that $220 a year, and that's just for the $50 regular membership.
So here is the question: Is it worth it? I don't hear too many people talking about SAQA. Is anyone out there a member that recommends joining? Is it just an online social arena? Or is there real artist career clout to it? I.E. Is this a membership that will make me friend, help my career seriously, or possibly both? I'd love to hear what you think!
I'm pleased to announce that I finished my bathroom and bedroom yesterday - if only it weren't January in Minnesota, I might have gotten it painted too! Hubby's big birthday bash is tomorrow, and there is still some cleaning to do in other rooms!
Happy news - my best friend who was laid off in December, received word that a job she interviewed for is hers! Woooohoooo! Thank goodness! She lives with hubby and I - and I have gotten used to her being home the past couple months! (It's kinda been like the permanent sleep over I always wanted in middle school! Awesome!) I suppose since she has to get back to work, I will too!
It worked out well for me! It gave me company during my winter hibernation/sad time, and kept me from really getting down in the dumps again this winter! It also gave me a lot of rest time before I start to gear up for the huge art crawl this spring!
A reward of being part of NEMAA is that I have the opportunity to participate in Art-A-Whirl. It's a huge art crawl in NE Minneapolis in May!
My other exciting even coming up, is the Ikea quilt challenge - Project Patchwork! The winners are announce and the quilts are auctioned off at the Bloomington Ikea on March 21! I have a one in fifty shot at a $1,000 studio makeover from Ikea.
Now I'm off to do some more cleaning - though I'd rather go back to bed!