Saturday, October 14, 2017

ART GALLERY OF BURLINGTON announces the call for the third JOHN WILLARD FIBRE ARTS RESIDENCY for fibre artists. Deadline for application is December 1, 2017.

We are pleased to share this important opportunity with you today. The JOHN WILLARD FIBRE ARTS RESIDENCY was developed with the goal of offering opportunity to one area artist annually who demonstrates an interest and commitment to focus their skills over the next year on all new, original work through both time at the AGB and the possible sharing of their skills and work during scheduled Art Gallery of Burlington programming during the months leading up to an AGB Solo Exhibition by the Artist in Residency at the end of the Residency period. 

The requirements and rewards of this Artist Residency are available below. A pdf copy may be obtained through an email to ROBYNNE COLE, SAQA member and AGB Board member at  robynnecole [AT]

The John Willard Fibre Arts Residency 
My sole purpose is to create something beautiful something that will make someone happy and with any luck something that will outlive me. I also hope my art helps people to see…everybody LOOKS but do they really SEE?
                                                                                                    - John Willard

The Art Gallery of Burlington has opened the call for the third John Willard Fibre Arts Residency for fibre artists.

About John Willard

After trying his hand at theatre costumes and set designs, John Willard worked for 23 years as a Publicity and Programming Assistant at the Oakville Library. In 1975 he came across an exhibition catalogue titled The Pieced Quilt that was the turning point in his artistic life and he began making quilts. With scissors, needles, threads and fabrics, he created his own designs.

Some were inspired by traditional patterns he had deconstructed, others by historical events; his quilts are one of a kind. Not one to follow the rules of tradition, John turned the craft of quilting into a truly remarkable art form. John passed away on April 26 2014. Loving partner, brilliant artist, extraordinary teacher, special friend and wonderful man, he touched the lives of all who knew him.

About the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency

To celebrate the remarkable life of John Willard and to continue his legacy as a fibre art teacher, the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency Fund will enable fibre artists access to one of the AGB resident fibre studios to develop a body of work for a solo exhibition.

This exhibition will benefit from a small brochure including curatorial text, and will be presented in the RBC Gallery at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

The residency will provide: 
· $2000 honorarium
·  A solo curated exhibition with publication
· 10 days in one of our fibre studios (dates to be confirmed)
· Curatorial mentoring in person to the successful candidate from the beginning of the exhibition to the end of the residency
· Potential invitation to teach in our hands-on program or a specific workshop

This residency is for: 

·  Professional artists (including recent graduates) in Fibre Arts

·  A self-motivated individual able to work in a communal environment (shared studios)  

                         NOTE: The AGB is open some evenings and weekends.

To apply, please send the following by December 1, 2017

              o   Cover letter

o  Your resume or CV (maximum of 3 pages)

o   Proposal for the work you would like to do during your residency
(maximum one page)

o   Up to 10 images

o   All work should be original

o   Do not include student work

o   Image format JPG: 1024 x 768 dpi

o   Two letters of reference

                    Please direct your application package to:

Denis Longchamps, Artistic Director & Chief Curator Art Gallery of Burlington

1333 Lakeshore Rd Burlington ON L7S 1A9
Telephone: 905-632-7796,
extension 303
or by email:

Previous recipients:

2015: Karen Cummings

2016: Chandra Rice 

FIBRATIONS Fibre Arts traveling exhibition at SIMCOE COUNTY MUSEUM GALLERY through November 11th.... mark your calendar and do make time to view this exceptional collection.

For the first time since its inception in 2012, the Fibre Content juried exhibition has been condensed into a collection of 38 pieces, featuring artwork garnering high viewers' choice responses and providing a cross-section of the quality and variety of the full show.

The Fibre Content travelling exhibit will be on display at the Simcoe County Museum
from September 19 until November 11, 2017.  

These beautiful and thought provoking pieces were created by artists from Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA), Grand Guild of Fibre Artists, Group of Eight Fibre Artists, Oakville Fibre Artists, Connections Fibre Artists, Burlington Fibre Arts Guild, and Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild. 

The main exhibition showcased 125 fibre art quilts and mixed media works by 80 artists from across Ontario in September 2016 at the Art Gallery of Burlington.  A full colour catalogue of all 125 main show works is available.  

A special part of Fibre Content is an Interactive Exhibit. Artists made numerous samples of their techniques and style, which you can handle and examine to understand how the work is done — a true learning experience!

Fibrations is a not-for-profit organization originally founded to promote the work of fibre artists and quilt makers through both independent exhibitions and projects, and in connection with other artistic events such as musical performances. The primary ocus of Fibrations over the last several years has become Fibre Content; a juried show of quilts and fibre art pieces by Canadian artists.

Location and Mailing Address:

Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26,
Minesing, Ontario
L9X 0Z7

From Barrie, follow Bayfield Street North and exit at
Highway 26. The Museum is on the south side of the highway.
​Monday - Saturday​9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
​Sunday​1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Simcoe County Museum is open year round, seven days a week, excluding Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day,
Boxing Day, and New Years Day.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hello Fabric Lovers!

Would you like a creative pick-me-up with loads of bright colours and fun surface design techniques? How about trying 
one or more of my exciting and inspiring fabric printing workshops? For full descriptions and pictures please visit

Looking forward to seeing you soon at my studio at 222 Symington Ave., Toronto for one of these workshops.  
Yours to enjoy!

With Colourful Wishes, 
Gunnel Hag

Fall 2017 Workshops in the Colour Vie Studio 
October 21, 2017
“PAINT, PRINT AND ROLL"with Gunnel Hag  

November 18 - 19, 2017
“THE WORLD OF INDIGO”with Pam Woodward   

December 2, 2017
“WAX, PAINT AND DYE” with Gunnel Hag  

December 9, 2017

Call early to reserve your space
416- 532-7435 (local calls) or 1-877-425-8379 (toll free) 
or simply e-mail

For more information please visit

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sponsored by Edward Jones
Organized by Leslie Prokop and Shelley DeHay-Turner
This exhibit is inspired by Canada’s sesquicentennial. The quilts represent Canada’s history, geography, and culture
as expressed by each artist. And each work showcases a diversity of quilting styles as well as a variety of mediums
and techniques.

I (Jo-Anne)  am part of this exhibit that will be at Houston Market and Festival this fall. This exhibit has 27 quilts from traditional to Fibre Art works. 

The organizers Leslie and Shelley are not members of SAQA but there are a number of members from the Niagara SAQA pod involved. 

Leslie and Shelley had a dream to exhibit a special exhibition and thought that the 15O anniversary of Canada was just the right time. 

We signed an agreement that none of the quilts could be seen on social media until the Festival start. As a result we can’t show any pictures right now but there will be an article in the CQA magazine winter edition as well as a afternoon  for viewing  the quilts when the quilts return from Houston. This will include the quilts and a slide show of our experience. 

The information regarding the Canadian showing of the quilts is as follows:

Tuesday December 5th from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Brant Hills Community Centre
2255 Brant St,
Burlington, ON
We will be presenting our Canadian Nine Patch Quilt exhibit at the Brant Hills Community Centre
once our Quilts are sent back to Canada from Houston. 

We will be hosting a one afternoon event to share our quilts and their stories with our community.

I don’t have a list of the any other of the potential SAQA members outside the Niagara Pod but will try to obtain that information. 

The artists involved from the Niagara Pod are as follows. 

Al Cote - Niagara Falls
Karen Sirianni - Niagara Falls
Harriet Rynberk- Vineland
Jo-Anne Vandermey - Beamsville (Anne Vandermey - not a member of SAQA but my daughter) 
Dorothy Holdenmeyer - Beamsville
June Robertson - Grimsby

Al Cote’s wife Debbie McInnes was also in the exhibit but I don’t think she is a member of SAQA

It was an “little engine that could” type of dream. Leslie and Shelley recruited  us and gave us this wonderful opportunity! And Houston accepted. 

Please let me know if you would like further information. And for sure I would love to have the information of the event on the blog. 

Thank you for making the blog happen! 

Jo-Anne Vandermey
Niagara Pod

Friday, September 29, 2017

SAQA Conference 2018 - SAN ANTONIO IN APRIL 2018... will you be there? What an outstanding opportunity to meet with friends from around the world, experience the beauty of this art filled city and take part in all of the FUN!


Registration is OPEN!
The 2018 Conference will be held April 5-8, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Our organizing committee is planning a full schedule of fun activities, including local tours, regional exhibitions and a river cruise!
  • Speakers include Jane Dunnewold and Meg Cox
  • Breakout sessions on design basics, tips for teachers, and artistic journeys PLUS Critique Workshop
  • Local artist panel discussions and the return of the popular Lightning Talks 
  • Opening of the TEXtiles regional exhibition (SAQA Texas) - includes gallery talk right at the hotel
  • Held at the Drury Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of San Antonio's riverwalk
  • Vendor Marketplace (Thursday only) with a great selection of beautiful items
  • Opportunities to connect with other members at Friday Night Out and Saturday banquet
  • Tours of San Antonio's creative side and art museums
  • And much more!
    Registration Info

    SAQA Calls for Entry .................Will your art be included and traveling the world in 2018?

    Current calls are listed below and more can be found at

    From Guns:Loaded Conversations to the brand new Forced to Flee, we have FIVE upcoming calls for entry just in the Global exhibition program alone! Adding in all the regional opportunities, that's quite an impressive list.
    Kudos to our exhibition committee, volunteers, and staff for all their hard work in growing and expanding SAQA's exhibition program. All we need now is YOUR artwork!
    Guns: Loaded Conversations (SAQA Global - open to all members) ** OPENING SOON!
    San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles - Deadline: October 31
    Dusk to Dawn (SAQA Global - open to all members)
    2018 Quilt Festival Houston - Deadline: January 31, 2018
    Metamorphosis (SAQA Global - open to all members)
    2018 Quilt Festival Houston - Deadline: February 28, 2018
    Season after Season (SAQA Global - open to all members)
    Texas Quilt Museum - Deadline: May 31, 2018
    Forced to Flee (SAQA Global - open to all members) ** NEW
    Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts - Deadline: October 31, 2018

    Here are some tips for entering SAQA exhibitions:
    • Read the ENTIRE prospectus as specifications for each call for entry may differ. Be sure to check the website for the most up to date version. 
    • Check out the Exhibition Policies and FAQs for additional information.
    • Still have questions? Contact the exhibition coordinator for assistance - they are there to help!
    • Don't wait until the last day (or hour) to submit your entry, especially if you are not familiar with the process. 

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    BRIDGET O'FLAHERTY, SAQA Artist from Perth, ON invites you to visit her at Dunn Sohn's studio on the weekend of October 7 and 8th, 2017! Hope to see you there!

    Bridget O’Flaherty
    Fiber Art

    My life in the fibre art world launches off the historical significance of needle work in our Country. Quilting can be seen in Canada’s history from early settler days and sewing, beading, textiles and fibre art reach back to times long before that with Indigenous peoples’ traditions. Textiles have often been associated with women as a utilitarian contribution, and for a long time it was the only accepted outlet for art for women. It was imported from other lands, adapted, evolved and integrated into our culture of today.

    I strive to contribute to the evolution of fibre art in Canada. I learned traditional quilting from my mother over 25 years ago, but I had always been drawn to natural landscapes and exploring the blend of contemporary fibre art techniques with the traditions of quilting.I utilize layers of thread for shading effects, much like pencil crayon or pen and ink, stitching techniques, traditional piecing of fabric and quilting techniques to convey my landscape art. I search out hand dyed fabric and develop original designs through free form embroidery on a domestic sewing machine.

    My current work explores the use of organic materials and natural, hand dyed, organic fabrics. My art quilts are inspired by nature, biodiversity, and I look to connect the viewer with the landscape, introducing the fragile aspects of our environment like species at risk, native and invasive species, traditional and historically significant crafts to open a conversation and reflection on these critical issues.
    @ecothreadart on social media

    Bridget will be at the Dunn Sohn Studio - #1 on the Tour Map

    To see the complete participant list and map click here


    Bridget O'Flaherty at work - come visit!

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    BENEFIT AUCTION 2017 is open for bids! Will you help support SAQA this year over the next three weeks! Imagine these quilts on YOUR walls!

    Posted: 18 Sep 2017 11:00 AM PDT
    Section 1 of the great 2017 SAQA Benefit Auction is now open! Check out the wonderful artwork in this quick
    Section 1 video below.

    Click here to learn How the Auction Works.

    And click here to go straight to Section 1 to select your artwork!

    Happy collecting!

    This posting includes an audio/video/photo media file: Download Now

    THREADWORKS, an exhibition of beautiful fibre art from across Canada reaches the Arthur Child Heritage Museum, Gananoque, ON - visit with friends or family. A must see as THREADWORKS exhibitions continue to travel this fall across Ontario.

    News for those who love fibre art, and work, quilts, woven work and embroidery! Please sh
    are with friends...

    The amazing traveling exhibition that is sponsored by the well recognized THREADWORKS team, Elizabeth Duggan Litch and Sharron Deacon Begg and the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists, along with the Ontario Network of Needleworkers . THREADWORKS, is currently being exhibited in Gananoque through October 30th ... and well worth the drive! 
    THREADWORKS has been an amazing show, shared across Ontario for the past many years and with 11 separate shows during that time frame. The current exhibition has been seen in six galleries across Ontario over the past 20 months and just arrived in Gananoque this past week.

    In the Arthur Child Heritage Museum Gallery you will find the many works shared from the beautiful collection of work on tour that will speak to each of you in very special ways - the techniques incorporated in the artwork is very well executed and the variety amazing! Jewellery, art quilts, sculpture, photo transfer, embroidery and hand stitch that will inspire and bring you close to the special effort that has gone into each individual piece. Large pieces that were designed for the walls and exciting small works that exemplify the talent and special skills of the stitchers.

    Hoping you might have the opportunity between now and October 30th to visit the Arthur Child Heritage Centre along the beautiful St. Lawrence River in Gananoque and visit this truly beautiful exhibition of art quilts and fibre art pieces that are currently on display. A number of well known local artists have work in the show as well as artists from across Ontario and indeed Canada. 

    The Museum will also be of interest as the keeper of an amazing collection of works that profile the history of the St. Lawrence River, the early life along the river and the talented artisans whose work is housed at the Museum. Husbands will have time to explore the shipping and outdoor exhibits while YOU enjoy the artwork. Children's exhibits are hugely important to the museum as well - so everyone is welcome.

    Please plan a day trip with family or friends and enjoy seeing the work of artists you know and admire while the exhibition is in place... you will not be disappointed. Car pools of friends will enjoy time together or perhaps even day out including lunch and a walk through Gan's downtown and many antique and specialty shops. This is a great time of year to take a drive and visit Gan... the shops in the area bursting with great fall buys and the restaurants are open and welcoming. Antiques and FIBRE ART - what could be better.

    Threadworms - Running the Stitch by Coralia Reid, Kingston, ON

    Arthur Child Heritage Museum

    (on the waterfront next to the Gananoque Boat Lines docks just as you come into the town from the west off Highway 2)

    125 Water Street.
    Gananoque Ontario, K7G 3E3
    | 1.877.217.7391 (If you have questions, please call before you go to make sure you have the time to enjoy the exhibition to its best advantage)

    September 4th – October 24th: 10 – 4 pm
    Tours are available by appointment during the off season.

    Office Hours:

    Call: 613-382-2535 for office hours during the off season.


    Admission is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated.

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    My Corner of the World - CANADA touring France with four locations over the next year. Thank you to SAQA Exhibitions management team and our SAQA Central Artists!

    Exhibition sites in France during 2017-18


    LINK for exploring the site:

    Catalogue available!

    Sunday, September 3, 2017

    JUST A REMINDER - the SAQA BENEFIT AUCTION opens September 15th and continues weekly through October 8th!

    The 2017 Benefit Auction will kick-off at 2pm ET on September 15, 2017 with Diamond Day bidding - an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.

    Bidders will then vie for the remaining art quilts, starting with those in Section 1.

    View Random Selection
    How the Auction WorksView the Quilts

    Links are here for you! Have a look......make time to see ALL the quilts!

    There are so many wonderful benefits to bidding on a SAQA Artist's work during the annual Auction!

    * The first is the joy and connection you will find in having a very special piece of work to hang in your home or studio, and know that YOU have made a contribution to keeping our Association alive and well!

    * The BEST is the friendships that you can establish with the artist who created your piece for years to come and the opportunity to build a connection, albeit at a distance, that will last a lifetime.

    * Consider how YOU will support the Annual Auction as the opening approaches and the SECTION 1 quilts will offer you many amazing choices. Follow along online and see the quilts sold through each of the three weeks!

    Good luck everyone... stretching my digital fingers and already have Martha's email in my saved folder so I can get to it quickly. I have quilts from nine years of auctions that delight me day after day!


    Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Kingston, Belleville, Brockville, Perth and area SAQA members - Our next SAQA POD meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 25th - a full day of INDIGO DYE PLAY - come join us!


    A ONE-DAY, focused SAQA Central Canada PLAYDATE
    Bethany Garner - your Indigo Guide

    Monday, September 25th, 2017 9 am - 6 pm
    Odessa Fairgrounds Hall
    located on Highway 6 just south of Highway 2
    in the Village of Odessa ON, direct access via 401

    BROWN BAG Lunch/SAQA MEETING - 1-2 pm (while the indigo rests)

    A supplies list will be sent with registration and attendance confirmation/payment
    Coffee/tea and treats provided, dress for dye work if participating

    Participant's playdate registration fee of $35 each will cover shared hall rental costs, comprehensive handouts/dye and auxiliaries supplies 

    RSVP INDIGO playdate participation intent to:

    Cheques to be payable/mailed to 
    Bethany Garner
    3275 Orser Road
    Elginburg, ON K0H1M0

    Email Bethany for your Indigo Playdate Registration form in pdf format.

    If you cannot join us for the full day with INDIGO dye work, do think about coming for lunch and the meeting just afterward!

    ALL of our SAQA Central Members are most welcome to join us! We will share  brown bag lunch at 12:30 p , and yes, you can attend only the POD Meeting from 1-2 pm and NOT participate in the dye day project 

    We will have a great space set up available for CREATIVE BUFFET of artist's recent work by our SAQA Central members attending... please do plan to bring and share what you have been working on! Hoping to have a great turn out and a fun filled day as we pursue the beauty of BLUE!


    * Bethany has pfd (prepared for dyeing) white, TEST Fabrics cotton available for dyeing at the play day - $9 a metre and all fabric must be ordered by September 10th.

    * Linen dyes beautifully as does silk in this safe and easy dye bath system. Old clothes and gloves are the "desired outfit" of the day!

    * Participants will be sharing three or four synthetic Indigo Vats. You will be required to come prepared with poles for wrapping, thread for stitching, table cover and containers for taking the indigo dyed fabrics home WET from the indigo play day for rinsing and washout.

    Some Indigo work samples from St. Lawrence College, July 2017:

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Join CATHERINE TIMM as she opens her current exhibition "PUSHING THE LIMITS WITH FIBRE AND GLASS" at the Atrium Gallery,

    Atrium Gallery,
    Ben Franklin Place 
    Nepean (101 Centre Point Drive)
    Directons and hours of the showing at the link below: .

    Rosemary Driscoll & I would like to invite you to attend to my newest Gallery Show to take place at  the Artrium Gallery, Nepean.

    As artists, we will be in the Gallery Tuesday August 29'th from 5 to 8 pm to answer questions and speak about the exhibition!  I hope you can join us on that date, but if not please drop in to see the work during the month long exhibition! 

    Hope to see you there,