Monday, February 28, 2011

"One Female at a Time" by B.J. Reid

B. J. Reid's piece called 'One Female at a Time' will be on display in a group exhibition at the United Nations Building in Geneva, Switzerland from March 1 - 25, 2011. The theme for the challenge was Women - Peace and Security. The official opening for the show is March 8th, the International Day of Women.
Here's what B.J. has to say about the piece:

B.J. Reid
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Peace and security in women’s lives have been issues for me for quite some time. All forms of physical and mental abuse, whether inflicted by family, friend or invader, are truly abhorrent. When given to women, the actions behind the words quilted here (beginning with ‘love’, revealing a message and ending with ‘equality’) bring peace to women keeping them safe and secure – one female at a time.
One woman is vulnerable, but the voices of many women will be heard.

Congratulations B.J.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Synthesis II Call For Entry information

Please go to the Synthesis tab (above) to read an update on our next exhibition.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fibrations Deadline Extended to Feb. 25th, 2011

Deadline: Extended to February 25, 2011 - (expression of interest only)
One of our members, Dwayne Wanner, is organizing a fibre art exhibition and auction, and is inviting fibre artists to participate if this opportunity is of interest to you. He does need your response by Feb. 25th so he can proceed to work on obtaining funding for this initiative.
This information sheet is about an upcoming Call for Entry for a fibre art exhibition Fibrations: Fibre Music Art that has been proposed for the Brott Music Festival in August.
Fibre artists are requested to donate small quilt works (min height or width 12 inch x max h/w 24 inch ) on the theme of specific pieces of music being played at a “Spanish Night” symphonic concert:
Ravel’s Bolero
Lalo’s Symphony Espagnole
Falla’s Three Cornered Hat.
The selection will be juried though jurors have not yet been selected. All proceeds from sale of works will go to support apprentice musicians in this unique symphony orchestra. There are several distinct benefits for the fibre artists who donate work. Each artist will receive a charitable donation tax receipt for sale price of work. They will receive online and print publicity for their submission and for their website. Artists may also receive tickets to the Spanish night concert or to alternate concerts within the festival.. (Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville).
April 1, 2011: Deadline for submission of electronic version of the artwork(s)
July 15, 2011: Deadline for delivery of work(s) to Burlington
August 15, 2011: Final bidding will occur on evening of the concert
Fibre/quilt works will be displayed on a website in April along with photographs of artists and other works by same artists. The works in the exhibition will be offered for sale in a live and online auction.
All donated works will be exhibited in the foyer of the MacIntyre concert hall the night of the concert and will be presented in slide format during the orchestral performance. The exhibition will be promoted by the orchestra marketing program as well as a separate show marketing program. It may be possible to have a physical exhibition of the pieces in the foyer of the concert hall for a week prior to the concert. As well, some pieces will be shown at earlier concerts and other locations in the concert series (June through August). Artists may act as docents for the Foyer exhibition.
Please email Dwayne if you are interested in participating in this project.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mary Pal's piece "Solace"

Mary Pal's piece "Solace" has been juried into the National Fiber Directions 2011 exhibition at the Wichita Center for the Arts in Kansas. The exhibition will run March 25th - May 8th, 2011.
Congratulations Mary!

Elaine Quehl on faculty for Quilt Canada

Elaine Quehl is on the faculty list for Quilt Canada/Quilts Ontario in London 2011 and Quilt Canada Halifax in 2012.
Congratulations Elaine!

Elaine Quehl to teach at Haliburton this Summer

Elaine Quehl will be teaching two week-long classes at the Haliburton School of the Arts (Fleming College) this summer: (Quilting: The Art Quilt) during the last week of July, and a new class all about thread (Threads: Uncommon and Unforgettable) the first week of August. Detailed class descriptions can be obtained by clicking on the class names above. Registration begins March 1. The village of Haliburton (located north of Toronto in the Muskokas) just buzzes with creativity during the summer months with a wide range of classes running during the Summer School. Haliburton School of the Arts is part of Sir Sanford Fleming College, so you can actually obtain college credits toward a diploma while taking these classes.

Elaine Quehl's New Blog

Elaine has a new blog (as of November 2010). Check it out to see what has been going on in her Dye Happy class over the past few months.

Elaine Quehl to be Featured

Elaine Quehl has been invited to be the featured "In the Art Studio" fabric artist for the July issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited. Congratulations Elaine!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mary Pal to be on Quilting Arts TV

Our own member, Mary Pal, has been invited to tape two episodes for Quilting Arts TV, in the 800 series, which will air on PBS. The first will cover her cheesecloth portraits and another will be on painted landscapes, using paintstiks on fabric.

Way to go Mary!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Three Important Questions from SAQA

Well, I know that SAQA works hard to be the very best organization it can be for its members.  But want to know how MUCH they care?  I just got a call from our new president, Sandra Sider, and it turns out she is making a personal phone call to every single SAQA rep around the world to get their region's feedback on three important questions.  Are you ready?  Here they are:

  1. What is SAQA not doing that it should be doing?
  2. What are things SAQA is doing that it could do better?
  3. Is there anything SAQA is doing that it should not be doing?
Lynne and Cathy will be collecting your opinions over the next six weeks, so if you have some ready answers to those questions, please email them straight away to one or both of your co-reps. That will save them having to email you later.  We would really like everyone to weigh in on this as it will determine what goes into SAQA's Five-Year Plan.  Here's your chance to shape SAQA into the best possible organization for you!

Thanks, all!


Friday, February 4, 2011

New Co-Rep for Our Region!

We are delighted to report that Cathy Breedyk Law is the new SAQA co-representative for the Central Canada Region!  Cathy brings a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm to the table, and we know she will do a great deal to promote SAQA throughout our area.

Many of you will already know Cathy as the gracious hostess of our Parlour Meetings in Perth. If you don't know her, there is a wonderful description of her background and interests here on the SAQA website.

Congratulations on this appointment, Cathy!  We're all looking forward to working with you!