New exhibit at Peachtree City Library Art Initiative

Photo ID: l-r: Candy Shively, Regional representative with Mollie Flowers, co-representative (Honey Corbin, photographer)
Unscrapped: A Garbage Bag Challenge. Peachtree City Library Art Initiative: Sept 1- Oct 31, 2022.

In spring, 2020, the Georgia/South Carolina Region of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) conducted a “Garbage Bag Challenge,” asking artists to use scraps and remnants generated over the years by an art quilter/donor. The seven garbage bags in the original stash included scraps large and small, fabric paint/dye rags, trims, cuttings from various projects, and a wide range of fabric types—from cottons and upholstery to stretchy, metallic Lycra®. Each participant received a box with approximately four pounds of random selections from the seven garbage bags.

 The rules were simple:  Use as many of the scraps as possible to make a pleasing composition, 12 to 36 inches on longest side. Up to 3 additional fabrics may be added if necessary. Artist’s choice as to theme and style.

The resulting artworks were shared in a ZOOM meeting while the scrap-donor/artist watched, amazed. Some artists completed several pieces.

This exhibit proudly presents a selection of the results, proving that one artist’s trash truly becomes another’s ART.


Studio Art Quilt 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.” 

Our vision is that the art quilt is universally respected as a fine art medium. SAQA’s core values are: excellence, innovation, integrity, and inclusion.

Over the past 30 years, SAQA has grown into a dynamic and active community of over 4,000 artists, curators, collectors, and art professionals located around the world.

With our exhibitions, resources, publications, and membership opportunities, we seek to increase the public’s appreciation for the art quilt and to support our members in their artistic and professional growth.

To learn more, please visit, pick up a flyer, or email us at

Our Georgia/South Carolina SAQA region would love to welcome you. Learn more about our regional activities at

Peachtree City Library Art Initiative is open to the public during library hours. Exhibits from the Fayette Society of Fine Art (FSOFA), The Newnan-Coweta Art Association (NCAA), and the Peachtree City Photography club are also on display throughout the library.
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