Monday, November 29, 2010

Pamela Allen's Work Highlighted in a Blog Post

There is a delightful piece of Pamela's, "Can't Piece Geese - Can Do a Loose Goose," depicted and described on SAQA member Del Thomas's blog today:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

An Invitation - No Rules, No fees, No limits

The Lanark County Quilters Guild invites regional SAQA members to submit a piece of their favourite fibre art for a special display at the guild’s show, Quilts on the Tay, 2011.  Our theme for the show is Tradition/Innovation and we can’t think of a better way to showcase the latest innovations in art quilting than to highlight the work of SAQA members.

There are no rules, no limits, no fees, no jury.   Our venue is large and flexible enough to accommodate a range of work.  The first 30 entries received are guaranteed hanging space.

While this is not an official SAQA event, the work will be displayed as a group in a prominent area of the show, and highlighted in our advertising.

Quilts on the Tay, 2011 will be held at St. John Catholic High School, Perth, August 12-14, 2011.

For an entry form, contact Helga Zimmerly:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

BJ Reid's work in Oshawa Fibre Art Show

Hi Everyone,

The Oshawa Fibre Art Show 2010 is starting November 20 and I wanted to make sure you all knew about it. It's a wonderful show and I'm very proud to part of it again this year.

I hope you can make it.

November 20 - December 5
10 am - 5 pm  

Free admission

Meet the Artists reception Saturday, December 4, 7-9 pm

Centennial Retirement residence - 259 Hillcroft St at Ritson Rd, Oshawa

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Summary of Nov. 24 Parlour Meeting

What a meeting!  Groundbreaking and exciting!

Thanks to our new member Dwayne Wanner, we took a giant leap into the world of modern technology and provided a live feed for members in Toronto and environs so they could watch and listen from the comfort of their homes as the meeting unfolded. Plans are already underway to use a surface mount microphone at our February meeting so listeners can easily hear the group's discussion. And we will extend an invitation to all our members to log in and join us this way.  The only downside was the lunch break when participants were savouring all the delicious dishes and out-of-towners could only listen in with envy. :)

We covered Topic 6 of Alyson Stanfield's Artist's Marketing Plan: Assess and Improve Your Exhibition and Sales Opportunities.  If you would like to have the materials, contact Karen to obtain a password and you can retrieve them from the Art Biz blog.  (In February we will cover Topic 7: Promote Yourself and Your Work. Gather together all your promotional materials and printing sources to share or names of software you use and prepare to take lots of notes!)

Then curators Pat Caffery and Cathy Breedyk-Law presented an update on Synthesis II, which was tremendously exciting.  Updates will be posted regularly on our special Synthesis II page on this blog, and today's information will be posted there this weekend. The call for entry will be posted officially in January, but they know you are keen to hear the details, so stay tuned.

Information about how to photograph your work was exchanged, ranging from settings on digital cameras to hiring a professional photographer. Quick glimpses of Artist's Butler (software for keeping an inventory of your work, resume, mailing list, etc.), a tour of our blog and discussion of Calls for Entry, and a look at SAQA-U followed.

There's a new page on our blog called "Recommendations."  If you read a good book, try a new product, or have anything you would like to recommend to our members, this is the place to post it.  First entry is a book review.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wendy Feldberg's work at Diagonale in Montreal

Wendy writes: The textile art association "Diagonale" (Montreal-based) of which I am now a member is running their annual silent auction fundraiser - see below.
If you will be in the area, or are curious about the vibrant Montreal textile art scene, check Diagonale out online and/or drop by from Nov 27 - Dec 5 at their gallery.  They figured prominently in last year's spring festival, Le Mois de la fibre (Fibre Art Month). 
Many of the Diagonale members have shown work at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles which is located nearby.
Meantime you can check out the Diagonale auction pics on Flickr, below.


5455, rue de Gaspé espace 203

Montréal (Québec)


514 524 6645

Wabi Sabi textile exhibit

Until January 4th, 2011, 10 textile artists from the Ottawa group, Out of the Box, including some of our regional SAQA members: Marie-France Gosselin, Bev Hastings, Meredith Filshie, Lynne Morin, and Pat Hardie, are having an exhibit at Wabi Sabi, Ottawa's unique destination for knitting, spinning and weaving. The store is located at 1078 Wellington Street in Ottawa.

On Tuesday, November 30th, an open house will be held,  between 3 and 5 pm.  Come for a cup of tea and cookies, see the exhibit, meet some of the artists and visit the store.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Karen Goetzinger at Great Big Smalls

Great Big Smalls VI
Opening reception Dec 2  -  6 -11 pm

This is a seasonal group art show, this year featuring nearly 60 artists 
and 300 works of art.

the cube gallery
1285 Wellington W
K1Y 3A8 


Monday, November 15, 2010

Upcoming Parlour Meeting - Nov. 25th

Date: Thursday, November 25th
Time: 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Place: Cathy Breedyk Law's in Perth, ON

On the agenda:
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 - Mingling and Creative Buffet
  • 10:30 - Intro's and Member News
  • Exhibiting and Selling Your Work - based on Alyson Stanfield's Marketing Salon
  • Update on our Regional Show - Synthesis II
  • Potluck Lunch (please bring a card to place by your dish if it contains garlic, wheat or nuts)
  • Hiring a Professional Photographer to Shoot Your Work - personal experiences shared
  • Artist's Butler Demo
As ever, please email our gracious hostess, Cathy ( if you will be attending, so we are sure we have room for everyone.
Hope to see you there!
Mary & Lynne

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Have Your Work Critiqued

Sandra Sider, our new SAQA President, has established a presidential mission of encouraging SAQA groups worldwide to organize critique sessions, focusing on the aesthetics of our art form. You may not be aware that she and Lisa Chipetine provide a free online critique service at where you may submit images of works in progress.  Artists are anonymous in the online critiques. We encourage you to give it a try!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Karen Goetzinger's work at Katie Gingrass Gallery

A Gap in the Traffic
Six works by Karen Goetzinger are currently being exhibited at the Katie Gingrass Gallery in Milwaukee, WI through December 31. The show, Urbane: Portrait of a City features works that celebrate the beauty of cityscapes.
A slide show of images is available on the gallery website.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Stephen Lewis Foundation Benefit

Members of the Westmount Quilters Guild are donating art quilts to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Proceeds from all sales "provide grandmothers (community-level organizations in 15 sub-Saharan African countries) with much needed support, such as food, housing grants, school fees for their grandchildren and grief counselling."
At left is the work "Hunter Star" that Elizabeth Sacca is donating, and below is the invitation to the Vernissage -    6 pm Wednesday Nov 10th, and exhibit through   December 4th. Please bring your friends.