Saturday, November 29, 2014

CONNNECTIONS Fibre Artists 18-SQUARE Exhibition continues at Heritage Mississauga's Grange Gallery

      Heritage Mississauga is delighted to host a new art exhibit  at The Grange Gallery
Exhibit in the Discovery Centre Gallery

“18-SQUARE”
Featuring original works from the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists Group
November 4th to January 23rd

 

  
 


 
 

And from the Heritage Mississauga Website:

Contemporary fibre art has become an increasingly popular art form with more and more art curators, galleries and the public embracing it. Sophisticated colour, luscious texture and clever manipulation of surface design are just a few of the defining elements of this fascinating medium.

Three years ago Heritage Mississauga hosted fibre artist Pat Hertzberg’s Solo Show “Out of the Woods”.  As a member of the renowned CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists group, Pat has now brought the beautiful work of this group to the Grange Gallery at Heritage Mississauga for a very special show – “18-SQUARE”.
 
Because each CONNECTIONS artist uses personally-developed, unique fibre techniques, the 18-SQUARE show is a wonderfully diverse exhibition of contemporary fibre art. This show will be travelling to different cities across Canada and Heritage Mississauga was chosen to be the first to unveil it!

In the fibre art world, CONNECTIONS are a nationally recognized group of accomplished Canadian Fibre Artists. The group, formed in 1999, includes members who are published authors, members who show internationally, give workshops and are regarded as pioneers in the fibre art field.
 
Twenty-one members have produced new work for this show:
 
Dwayne Wanner, Linda Janzen, Hilary Rice, Sybil Rampen, Dianne Gibson, Maggie Vanderweit, Elizabeth Duggan Litch, Nancy Yule, Frankie LeMonde Meunier, Penny Berens, Ralph Beney, Jackie Venus, Helen Hughes, Gunnel Hag, Ann Sanders, Gondana Brelih, Chris Kummer, Sharron Begg, Bev White, Gail Rhynard, and Pat Hertzberg.


The title “18-SQUARE”  refers to the fact that every piece in the show fits precisely in an 18 inch square format. During the month of November, the 18-SQUARE Show is being run concurrently with the 2014 World of Threads Festival, an international exposition of contemporary fibre art.

A number of the works are for sale. 
 
Hoping you will have time to see the exhibit during the months of December or January.
 
Exhibits at The Grange, 2014-15
Heritage Mississauga offers free exhibit space for community artists and heritage organizations in the Discovery Centre Gallery at The Grange. Admission is free, and exhibits are open to the public, Tuesday to Friday, 9-5, and until 8:00pm on select Tuesdays. We present between 5 and 6 new exhibits per year on a wide variety of themes. For more information on our exhibit space, or on our current or upcoming exhibit, please contact Heritage Mississauga at 905-828-8411 ext. 29.

Call for Holiday season hours...

Address: 1921 Dundas Street W., Mississauga, ON L5K 1R2

Friday, November 21, 2014

IMPORTANT : SAQA ARTIST PANEL WEBINAR open for registration... please feel free to join in!

Announcing another fabulous SAQA mentorship webinar…
 
SAQA International Artists Panel Mentorship Webinar
 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 1 pm ET
 
 
The international Artists Panel will include three International SAQA members sharing their art quilts and discussing how their creative lives are influenced by the places they live.
 
ALICIA MERRETT was born and raised in Argentina and lives in the United Kingdom.

View Alicia's website :http://www.aliciamerrett.co.uk/Alicia_Merrett/Home.html
 
BARBARA LANGE and UTA LENK live in Germany.

(View the Translated pages for Barbara's website)
http://translate.google.ca/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.barbaralange.com/&prev=search

(And Uta Lenk's translated website pages)
 
This webinar is an outstanding opportunity to learn about some of SAQA's international members and be inspired by these talented quilters.
 
Please click the following link to register. Registration is limited, but all SAQA members will have access to the full audio and video recording of the webinar on the SAQA website within a few days after the event.
 
 
 
Thank you,
Desi
 
Desiree Vaughn
Regional Representative Coordinator
Studio Art Quilt Associates
231-735-5402

Correction: Helena Scheffer/Marion Perrault celebrated today - correctly!

QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, Helena Scheffer and Marion Perrault

This stunning collaborative quilt by our SAQA Central members Helena Scheffer and Marion Perrault was chosen by SAQA for their FOOD FOR THOUGHT traveling exhibition,  which will preview at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, April - June 2015. 

From SAQA News:  Food For Thought This exhibition will allow artists to explore any aspects of food that they find inspirational – from a single piece of fruit, to a still life, to the family table, to the significance of food in culture and the celebration of family milestones and religious holidays. 

(My apologies to our artists...I incorrectly named their collaborative quilt ROYAL THISTLE as the quilt juried into the SAQA Food for Thought Exhibition. Their Royal Thistle quilt was indeed in Houston  for the International Quilt Festival however.)


Chloe à la Klimt (45" x 50"), Helena Scheffer
And news from Helena re: her wonderful pet portrait above: 

"A portrait of my beloved dog Chloe, inspired by the works of Gustav Klimt. This quilt was juried into "It's Raining Cats and Dogs" at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2014 and will travel for 2 years."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

We celebrate two SAQA Central Artists, MARY PAL and new member, ANGELA MAVES, for their work included in exhibits at International Quilt Festival, Houston, 2014

PRECIOUS TIME, Mary Pal 2014

Special congratulations to MARY PAL, Ottawa artist and just retired SAQA Board of Directors member, for sharing her beautiful story of two silver miners in her celebrated and well recognized art form for the Celebrating Silver Exhibit at Houston this month.

"Despite its connotation as a luxury item, we seldom consider how silver is obtained through the arduous, dangerous work of mining, particularly back in 1907." Mary Pal.

And from the SAQA website "As part of SAQA's 25th Anniversary, the exhibit Celebrating Silver traveled to Houston for sharing  at IQF 2014.  Silver is indispensable. From industrial use to decoration, technology, photography and medicine, its unique properties of strength, malleability, reflectivity and conductivity make it an irreplaceable force in the global market. In addition to its physical properties silver is recognized as a symbol of love, insurance and commitment for twenty-five years".

Juror: Yvonne Porcella  Managing Curator: Nancy Bavor

The Celebrating Silver Exhibition will continue its travels, visiting well known venues through 2016...

International Quilt Festival, Chicago, Illinois, June 2015
Quilt! Knit! Stitch!, Portland, Oregon, August 2015
Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK in August 2016



UN, DEUX, TROIS, QUATRE - CATS ON A COUCH, Angela Maves


And special congratulations to ANGELA MAVES, new SAQA Central Member from Pembroke, ON as her wonderful piece above was included in the International Quilt Festival Houston's special exhibit as a part of their  Annual Festival Awareness Project "It's Raining Cats and Dogs". 

Angela's piece received an Honourable Mention.  A very special contribution Angela.

We also celebrate the IQF for helping the Houston community with their Festival fundraiser for Houston's no-kill animal shelter.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Congratulations to Christine Alexiou, Maggie Vanderweit Meredith, Helena Scheffer and Marion Perrault who had quilts at the International Quilt Festival this year...



Royal Thistle, a collaboration between HELENA SCHEFFER and MARION PERRAULT, received much attention and delight by viewers at IQF Houston in early November. 

This stunning quilt is another in the beautiful series of collaborative pieces that these two renowned Canadian artist have shared in past years. The quilt is scheduled to travel with SAQA Exhibition 'Food for Thought' and travel to AQS Paducah and to Birmingham, UK in 2015.

Visit Helena's website here to see more of their collaborative quilts, all stunning in design and detail.
So many congratulations to both Helena and Marion as their quilt is enjoyed by many viewers over the next several years.



BIJOU by Christine Alexiou is a stunning quilt created in silk with beautifully executed machine stitch and hand applique. Christine was an IQF Mastery Award winner in 2013. Her work continues to draw viewers close to examine the minute detail and expert workmanship.

Please visit Christine's website here to learn more about Christine and her work. Many congratulations Christine and we look forward to seeing your work in SAQA exhibitions in the future.





Bedolina Threads, hand painted canvas and machine stitch by Maggie Vanderweit Meredith depicts one of the world's oldest maps and is a petroglyph in Northern Italy.

Maggie travelled with three friends to Houston this year to see the quilt hanging as a part of the International Quilt Festival's TACTILE ARCHITECTURE exhibition. Great to see your work in the company of many wonderful works this year, Maggie. Congratulations!

Please visit Maggie's Blog for lots of great photos and news about her trip to IQF:  here


Hoping we didn't miss anyone - but please do let us know if YOUR work was at Houston this year. Just proves that sharing your work in the Exhibition circles is fantastic exposure and allows the world to enjoy and admire your work.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

So many thanks for a great Regional Meeting in Belleville today... really good to see everyone!

Thanks to all of the members and guests who drove in to Belleville, ON for today's Regional Parlour Meeting at the John M. Parrott Gallery Meeting Room. There were a lovely 19 members and friends in attendance.

Very special thanks go to JOAN REIVE for arranging the meeting room space and providing all of the treats for us for the meeting today. Joan is a long time member of SAQA here in Central Canada and brought together today her Fibre artist friends from the Quinte Fibre Artists Group and neighboring Prince Edward County Guilds who were a welcome addition to all of the great conversation around the table.

We enjoyed seeing a beautiful array of new textile art pieces during our CREATIVE BUFFET, and it was great to have some feedback and suggestions on pieces underway as well as to hear the accolades for beautiful new work completed and ready for sharing. Thanks everyone who brought work. 

We heard information about upcoming SAQA Exhibition Calls to Entry, shared news of local and distance shows members like to visit and all enjoyed talking about SAQA for our guests.

So many thanks to our 2013/14 SAQA Central Canada Meetings Committee Robin Field, Peta Gillyatt Bailey and Diane Hogan for arranging our meetings and planning for the activities over this past year. Great treats, really new techniques and great discussions this past year at our meetings. Your work is done... make ART!Your work and desication to a job well done is so very much appreciated.

We welcome our new Meetings Planning Committee for 2015 with SAQA Central Canada volunteers JOAN REIVE from Belleville, LYNN LUSK from Prince Edward County (a brand new member) and YES... we would so appreciate having one more Committee Member to help, perhaps from Kingston and area. 

If indeed you would be willing to work with Joan and Lynn, or have ideas for our Regional Gatherings in the new year, please email Joan at joanreive@gmail.com  or Lynn Lusk at wlusk@kos.net. We look forward to the plans for the next year - and all suggestions are welcome.

Following lunch, we had the chance to tour the three Galleries at the John M. Parrott with Gallery Curator, Susan Holland. We celebrate Susan as a wise and supportive colleague in the Arts and champion of supporting Fibre Arts Groups and individuals who bring proposals for exhibitions at the Gallery. Susan talked to us about the selection process, how she assesses the proposals and she shared that she certainly welcomes proposals from groups and individuals wishing to share Fibre Art... always a  huge draw in the Belleville Gallery.

The Manly MacDonald Exhibition in Gallery One is stunning, with just a part of the many beautiful works by this Belleville Artist in the permanent collection up in the Gallery. In Gallery Two, we were delighted to tour the "One World - A Visual Perspective" with artist and photographer, Lola Reid Allin, who shared her stories of families of the Maya of Mexico and Guatemala that she lived with and photographed at various times in her career. The show continues through November 27th. In Gallery Three, "Arresting Images" on loan from the OPP Museum includes 100 images or MUG SHOTS from the period 1886-1908 with stories.

The meeting resumed after the tour with a discussion of developing/presenting Gallery proposals. Thanks to Phillida Hargreaves, Robin Field and Hilary Rice for sharing their experience and insights as Exhibition and Gallery Show-experienced artists. Your tips and insights are really helpful.

Best wishes to all of our Toronto/East area members and our Guests today for a great Holiday season and we will see you at the next meeting in the new year. Hope you each had a safe trip home as the snowflakes fell along the 401 on the way home.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Congratulations to Judith Martin and Kit Vincent - Award recipients at 2014 Quilts=ART=Quilts Exhibition at Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY




Best of Show: CHAOS, Kit Vincent, Elizabethtown, ON



Last weekend, November 1/2, 2014,  I travelled to Auburn NY for the opening events surrounding the always stunning collection of contemporary art quilts on display at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Centre. The Art Centre is located in the finger-lakes region just west of Syracuse and the town beckons visitors all year long, with special exhibitions and wonderful art focused classes.

QUILTS=ART=QUILTS represents a stellar sharing of beautifully designed and executed art quilts submitted by well known artists from around the world, as well as NY area quilters. As the Opening Reception got underway, it was pure delight to be there as our friend and Kingston Fibre Artists Group member, KIT VINCENT, took the Best of Show Award for her "CHAOS" seen above. Kit was a prize recipient last year as well, and this year her quilt just happened to be hung front and centre as you enter the Gallery - under the Quilts=ART=Quilts banner. The magnificent quilt is 65" square and certainly makes a huge statement in colour, design and stitch expertise. So many congratulations to Kit. Loved being there to witness your well earned Best of Show Award!
 
David Hornung and Kerr Grabowski were the Guest Instructors this last week at "QBL2". The Quilting by the Lake Studios fall classes at the Schweinfurth are always filled early, and the workshop results were wonderful to see.  I met Kerr during the walk through of the opening evening events... she is a delight! Walking through the galleries with her and hearing her take on the work in the show was a rare insight into the direction fibre art seems to be taking this year and for the future. 
 
Walking the exhibit with a multitude of the artists present is always inspiring, and each artist is more than willing to share his/her process, inspiration and studio focused style of working to achieve the level of expertise needed to be accepted into this great showing of contemporary fibre art.
 
Another treat was meeting KATHY LOOMIS who was both a part of the jurying panel along with VALARIE GOODWIN, but also the Prize juror. Kathy lives in Louisville, KY and was able to travel back to Auburn to not only be at the evening Opening Reception Saturday, but at the Sunday morning Brunch organized by the Schweinfurth staff to welcome the artists and friends and hear about Kathy's take on the whole process of jurying and her role as Prize Juror. Her matter of fact speaking style was a welcome break from the "art speak" so often found when jurors share their work and experiences around show entry selection and awarding of the prizes. Kathy shares some of her thoughts about the prize winning quilts at her blog here.

Our SAQA Central Canada Artists did very well this year, as the First Prize Award went to JUDITH MARTIN of Manitoulin Island, ON for her beautifully executed all wool and hand stitched quilt The Canadian Pioneer. Amazing and just so moving... so many visitors at the Opening just stood in awe, going over every inch, exploring the rich texture, studying the impactful design elements and just beholding the meaning of the quilt. This piece represents Judy and her work so beautifully well... execution totally by hand, using found materials and building on Canada's history, the stories of those who walked before us and developing a story in each of her quilts that can be interpreted by each of her viewers in their own way. Congratulations to Judy...


The Canadian Pioneer, Judith e. Martin, Ontario

I haven't missed a trip to Quilts=ART=Quilts in years and while I have not submitted work to the exhibition since 2006, I am always inspired to think about what I could be working on that would be worthy of acceptance into the exhibition. Do consider participation in this beautiful venue for next year.

And, please try to get to the show which runs through December at 255 Genessee St., Auburn. A very easy ride south on I81 off the Thousand Islands Bridge... take I90 west to Exit 40 and drive about 6 miles south into Auburn. Inn at the Finger Lakes is affordable for an overnight stay and the Springside Inn where brunch was held offers lovely accommodation as well... make a special trip of it and take a friend.

Bethany Garner
SAQA Central Co-Rep

Thursday, November 6, 2014

NEXT REGIONAL MEETING in Belleville, ON at the Library on Pinnacle Street, Downtown, Thursday, November 13th - John M. Parrott Gallery Boardroom


SAQA CENTRAL CANADA REGIONAL MEETING
REMINDER...
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014
(Central Canada Regional Group - Kingston and area)
 Belleville Public Library
The John M Parrott Art Gallery,
Meeting Room - third Floor
223 Pinnacle Street in downtown Belleville
    10am to 3pm
 
 
We welcome all SAQA members along the 401 corridor to join us in Belleville on Thursday,  November 13th. Yes, we know Belleville will be a long ride for some of you who live in Kingston and beyond, and we thank JOAN REIVE for arranging the special meeting to be able to spend time in a Gallery setting and have the opportunity to actually walk the Gallery setting with the Curator, Susan Holland. Hoping to have guests from Picton, Belleville and Tweed areas - even Coburg and Port Hope join us.
 
 
The John M. Parrott Gallery is a beautiful location for both group and solo showings. Susan is very supportive and the Gallery has hosted the SAQA Synthesis I and II Shows, the Kingston Fibre Artists and Quinte Fibre Artists on several occasions and recently a beautifully presented Retrospective Exhibition for Joan Reive. It is so important for us to make these connections and support our local/area Galleries that are fibre friendly.
 
 
The Gallery is easy to find on Pinnacle Street in the downtown corridor. Just blend left at the "Y" as you proceed south on Highway 62 into downtown. Car pooling is certainly recommended, and do know that Belleville is a wonderful city to explore. The downtown has another great exhibition space, Gallery 121 on Bridge Street. Restaurants abound and the great Quilt Shop, FUN WITH STITCHES is nearby with a great sale on this month.
 
 
We will start the meting with our shared CREATIVE BUFFET, your newest work or bring work needing some support/critique in the finishing stages. News of your upcoming exhibitions, or travels to area shows always welcome.
 
 
Bring your lunch, coffee and tea will be available and there is a little "treats shop" in the Library, main level. Also check out the Library "used book sale" as you come in the front door. I never fail to find a few great art books to bring home.
 
See you in Belleville next Thursday... and bring a friend. Guests always welcome.
 
RSVP attendance to robin@kingston.net
 
 
 
Bethany
SAQA Co -Representative
(and I have room in my car for 3 riders)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Connections Fibre Artists open new exhibition "18 - SQUARE" at The Grange, Gallery Heritage Museum in Mississauga

 
18-SQUARE 
 Nov. 4th, 2015 to Jan. 23rd 2015.
"The Grange" Gallery Heritage Mississauga
1921 Dundas St. W.
Mississauga, ON  L5K 1R2
 
All new work from the Connection Fibre Artists
 
 
Show Information:


Gallery Telephone: 905-828-8411
Please note: The driveway and parking lot access is off of a side street - Sir John’s Homestead.

The gallery is located inside a heritage home, "The Grange"- situated on the north side of Dundas St W., between Mississauga Road and Erin Mills Parkway.
 
 


 
Gallery Hours:
Monday to Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Closed Saturday & Sunday 
(open until 8:30 pm on select Tuesday evenings, but please call in advance to confirm)
 


Hoping you will visit the Gallery between now and January 25th.
 
 
 
 
 


 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Heather Dubreuil to particpate with John Vazalinskas in an Exhibition featuring their take on the urban landscape....


Rue de Saint-Sacrement #2, Heather Dubreuil

SAQA member Heather Dubreuil is having a joint exhibition with painter John Vazalinskas.
 
Urbanité X 2
 
November 13 - 19th
 Galerie Valmi
 1595 Van Horne, Outremont, QC.
Hours are 10 am - 6 pm
 
Vernissage from 5 to 8 pm on
Saturday, November 15th

 
Two artists, two mediums, two unique takes on the urban landscape. Fibre artist Heather Dubreuil and painter John Vazalinskas offer their distinct interpretations of our man-made environment and the beauty within its spaces.

The show has been planned for almost a year, and there will be some fifty cityscapes on display for your consideration. The focal point of the show is a scene from Old Montreal, which each artist has translated into their own medium. 

The neighbourhood is near the lively streets of Bernard and Laurier in Montreal’s Plateau area, with many interesting cafés and shops.
 
Hope to see you at the Vernissage on the 15th.

Please email Heather for the pdf show flyer..
 
 
Heather Dubreuil, participating artist
 



Toronto West SAQA group meeting at Art Gallery of Burlington Sunday November 16th. RSVP your attendance....

Hello SAQA Central Canada Members
 
The Sunday November 16th meeting from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Mezzanine Room at the Art Gallery of Burlington at 1333 Lakeshore Road is fast approaching.  If you have yet to confirm your attendance, please let me know, our numbers so far are strong, so we will definitely be hosting a meeting. 
 
Our agenda of Show and Tell is very important, do not be shy, bring your work or work in progress to share, everyone can learn from each other.  Come prepared to share details about exhibitions or call for entry opportunities.  We can exchange ideas on future meetings and also openly discuss the 2016 show, while things are still fresh in our minds.
 
We need to charge a $5 fee to cover the room rental costs.  We will give you a free copy of the FC 2014 show catalogue and have a draw for SAQA materials and Highlander Beer.  No snacks will be provided but there is a Snack Alley in the building and you can bring individual snacks.
 
Please RSVP if you are coming on November 16th unless you have already let me know. 
It will help me make the proper seating arrangements with the AGB.
Visitors are welcome for the same $5 fee.
 
ALSO FYI that the AGB is hosting their annual Soup Bowl event and Christmas Sale that weekend.  All details are available at their website.  You will find parking is free and you may be interested in those additional events when you are coming to the meeting.  https://artgalleryofburlington.com/
 
We look forward to meeting with those who plan to attend!
Robynne Cole, Assistant on behalf of
Dwayne Wanner, Co-Rep SAQA Central Canada