Monday, February 22, 2010

SAQA Transformations show - Elaine Quehl's piece travelling

Elaine Quehl’s “Reach” has been travelling with the SAQA Transformations 09 Reflections show, which launched at Festival of Quilts Birmingham in August 2009. and is now travelling at the following venues throughout the U.S.
Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT, Nov. 13, 2009 - Jan. 3, 2010
Alaska Fiber Festival, Anchorage, AK, March 5-14, 2010
Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OR, June 1 - July 17, 2010 
Visions Gallery, San Diego , CA, Aug 6 - Oct 10, 2010
A few quilts from this show, including Elaine’s, were selected to be featured in the Feb/Mar issue of Quilters Newsletter Magazine and Dutch magazine Handwerken Zonder Grenzen.
You can view all the works in this show at this link:

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Laurentian Foothills, inspired by Anne Savage's Saint-Sauveur

In the spring of 2009, Jean Gerster asked regional SAQA members if they would be interested in participating in a group challenge: she would select a painting, divide it into sections, and present 20 of us with a square to make into a one-foot square block in fibre.  She very quickly had a cohort of 20 willing and enthusiastic participants, from Toronto to Montreal.

Armed with our squares, and with no idea of what the painting was, we all set to work, agreeing to convene at a fall parlour meeting to assess our progress and determine the final mounting options.  When most of us were finished our blocks in the fall of 2009, Jean revealed the painting was by Montreal artist Anne Savage, a contemporary of the Group of Seven.  In December, she arranged for us to have a private viewing of Savage's paintings at the National Gallery, an incredible experience, and it was a wonderful evening for the participants to get to know one another.

As with all group ventures, there were the inevitable complications: waiting for late arrivals, finding storage space for the work, and figuring out how to connect the squares so that they could be packed for travel in small sections. Meredith Filshie solved the storage problem by generously providing us with storage and work space above her beading supply store, and provided professional lighting for photography sessions. Margaret Dunsmore stepped in and spent long hours helping Jean construct the final hanging system and they struggled to mount a piece that arrived unmounted and resize one that was too large. At long last, "Laurentian Foothills" was complete and received enthusiastic comments from visitors to Meredith's store.

Jean then approached the International Quilt Festival to see if they would accept such an unusual piece for their O Canada exhibit at their spring show in Chicago.  The proposal was accepted! It is being packed and mailed this week. We are submitting our story to the SAQA Journal for publication in the summer. I know I speak on behalf of the entire group when I express our gratitude to Jean for her vision, her tenacity, and her tranquility throughout. Stay tuned for future developments!

Karen Goetzinger in Agnes Jamieson Gallery

Karen Goetzinger's "Abundance" will be at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery in Minden, Ontario for "Around the Frayed Edges" March 18-May 29, 2010.

Gallery info is:
176 Bobcaygeon Road
Minden Ontario K0M 2K0

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Importance of Art

New SAQA member Carol Howard Donati recently had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Karl Paulnack from the Boston Conservatory speak on the importance of art in our world today. While he speaks specifically about music, his comments are equally applicable to art.  It is most definitely worth a read.

Parlour Meeting in Perth, ON on February 18, 2010

We had a lively parlour meeting, with  21 in attendance. Among MANY interesting topics, member Pat Hardie shared her snow-dyed fabrics and soy-treated painted fabric. Oh my. Such luscious treats!

We started Alyson Stanfield's Marketing Salon with great response and interest. This is a program that is available to SAQA members free. This may be just the agenda to get more "parlour meetings" started in our large region. If you would like to host a meeting in your area, please let Karen know and she will send out the announcement/invitation to our region's members. If you are interested in learning more about the Marketing Salon, email Karen Goetzinger and she will send you the link.

Pat invites anyone to contact her if you have any questions about snow dyeing or are interested in taking a "soy" workshop.

Many thanks to Catharina Breedyk-Law for opening her beautiful studio to us once again.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

February: Regional Members' News

Lots happening on the local front:
  • Some of our region's members are represented in the 500 Art Quilts book recently released by Lark Publications: Pamella Allen, Karen Goetzinger, Pat Hardie, Lynne Morin, Sylvia Naylor, Elaine Quehl, and Mary Ev Wyatt. Congratulations to you all!
  • Catherine Timm is having a show "Graphite and Fibre"  with a graphite artist at the Foyer Gallery, Festival Hall, Pembroke ON from March 1 to 28, 2010.  Opening reception is on Wed. Mar 3 from 6 to 8 pm.
  • Catherine will also be in the One of a Kind Spring Show in Toronto March 31 to April 4, 2010.
  • Several regional members belong to the Kingston Fibre Artists, whose "Inspiration and Exploration" Exhibition and Sale will be at the Kingston and Frontenac Public Library, Central Branch on Johnson Street in March.  Please call ahead (613.549.8888) to confirm room access.  The opening reception is March 7th from 2 to 4 pm.  
  • Paula Benjaminson will be teaching two Stampin’ Safari workshops at the Quilter’s Affair in Sisters, Oregon on July 5-6 and 8-9, 2010.  In the workshop, Paula teaches printing with hand-carved wooden blocks from Oshiwa Designs in Namibia, covering everything from choosing fabric paint, different techniques for preparing backgrounds, embossing velvet, and foiling with the blocks.  Info on the Stampin’ Safari workshops and other classes offered at the Quilter’s Affair 2010 can be found at  Info on the Oshiwa blocks used in the workshop can be found at
  • Karen Goetzinger will be teaching a week-long workshop at the Ottawa School of Art - Shenkman Arts Centre campus - August 9-13 called Art Quilt: Cloth, Colour and Composition. Registration begins May 1. Also at OSAO - May 8-22 Altered States: Mixed Media Textile Surface Design - 3-all day sessions. Info will be posted on the OSA website.
  • Snapdragon Gallery has given Karen a solo show in the upper gallery. Opening reception is Sunday March 21 2-5 pm. Her piece "Acquiescence" (below)  will be in that show.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

February Regional Parlour Meeting

"Pot-luck Parlour Meeting" for Ottawa-Kingston Area - Thurs., February 18, 2010 - 10:00 am - 2 pm in Perth, Ontario

A great way to meet your fellow SAQA members! Join us for this sharing of ideas and inspiration. We will be beginning the Artists' Salon program that Alyson B. Stanfield, the keynote speaker at the 2009 Conference introduced to SAQA members. It is a step-by-step process that helps members improve their marketing and professionalism. A pot-luck lunch of salads and anything that goes well with salads (hmmm like say, chocolate) will follow. The day will end with a show and tell "buffet" and a demo of free-form knitting, referencing the book by Prudence Mapstone.

Quilt Canada 2010 - Calgary

If any of you are planning to attend Quilt Canada this year, we hope you will consider giving a bit of your time to the SAQA exhibit. If you would like to help out please contact Anna Hergert at:

She will be happy to let you know what time slots are still open. This is a great opportunity for you to talk about textiles as an art medium and to help us gain more SAQA members in Canada. We need your help in order to make this show a success at QC.

Synthesis Show is Travelling

"Synthesis," our regional members' show, is traveling.

Travel Venues:
Quilt Canada, a national conference of the Canadian Quilters Association
Calgary, Alberta - May 2010

FibreWorks Studio and Gallery
Madeira Park, British Columbia - Aug 1 - Sept 2010

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