Board of Directors
Mary Beth Schwartzenberger
Surface Art Association (SAA) is a membership based organization open to anyone who has a passion and interest in increasing awareness, understanding and appreciation of textiles and surface art in the art and design communities, as well as in the general public. The goal of SAA to inspire creativity, and encourage innovation, and further the rich tradition of textile and surface art through publications, exhibitions, conferences and education opportunities.
SAA includes artists who work in a variety of media and is dedicated to artists whose primary focus are the creative use, alteration and embellishment of textile/fiber surfaces. This includes, but is not limited to weaving, painting on fiber and textile surfaces, collage, sculpture, complex cloth, art to wear, and mixed media. Some members are exhibiting fine artists and others are just getting started in their creative ventures. In addition to the artists in their membership, SAA welcomes educators and individuals who are interested in sharing their creative knowledge and innovations, exhibiting artwork and furthering the dialogue of surface design.
SAA meets bi-monthly on the first Saturday of February, April, June, August, and October. Each meeting features a presentation by an artist and is often followed by a workshop.
Non-Members may attend morning meetings for a $10.00 fee – please visit the "Join" page to register.
All meetings take place at the San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center.
The Center is located at 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA 91356. It is just east of Reseda Blvd. and directly across the street from the Metro Orange Line - Reseda Station. The Center has parking spaces at the rear of the complex and plenty of parking along Etiwanda Ave., ½ block east of the center. Please do not park in front of the industrial roll-up doors within the courtyard parking lot. For special occasions, we can use the parking lot at the Metro station (with a permit from the city). The Center is only 3 minutes from the 101 Freeway on/off ramps, north and south.