Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mary Pal's piece, "Sour Grapes"

Mary Pal's piece "Sour Grapes" will be published in Brigitte Martin's forthcoming book, Humour in Craft.

Congratulations Mary

Monday, April 25, 2011

Carol Donati and Mary Pal in Sacred Threads 2011

Two of our members, Carol Howard Donati and Mary Pal, have had their work juried into the 2011 Sacred Threads exhibition, an exhibition of quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing.

Carol's piece, Wine and Bread,(above left) and Mary's piece, Musing,(above right) will be part of the exhibition which runs June 22 - July 4, 2011 at the Church of the Epiphany, 3301 Hidden Meadow Drive, Herndon, Virginia.

Congratulations to them both!

Posted by Lynne Morin

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Cathy Breedyk Law's two pieces to show in the Grand National

Cathy's pieces, 'Savin Earth' (left) and 'A Leaf Has Many Stems' (right) were juried into The Grand National Quilt Show, called “Balancing Act”.

The show opens May 15th at 1 pm and runs to Sept. 11th, 2011,at the Joseph Schneider Haus National Historic Site.

As well, "A Leaf Has Many Stems' was chosen for the invitation postcard.

Congratulations Cathy!

Posted by Lynne Morin

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Quilts for Japan Relief from Karen Goetzinger

Karen writes that her church has taken on a project in conjunction with their missionary in Japan. They would like to send twin/single size bed quilts to their national pastors who will be distributing them to the refugees who are being set up in pre-fab housing.

A simple offer has become a very big project! But it is all good and a delight to serve the Japanese people in some small way.

Karen asks that if any SAQA memeber have a new (or very gently used) twin size quilts that they might like to donate to this cause. If so, they could bring the quilts on Thursday.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Posted by Lynne Morin

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Text'Art Show in May 2011

Text'Art is a Montreal-area group of seven fibre artists, including several SAQA members. We are holding our first-ever gallery show in May, and would be happy to see other SAQA members at the vernissage or the show itself. Please note that our show coincides with the annual Beaconsfield Quilters' Guild show, so we hope that visitors will take advantage of this to visit both exhibitions. (For more information about the BQG show, please visit

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fibras Musicales Update...from Dwayne Wanner

Fibras Musicales Update

The peripatetic nature of the summer concert series provides us with an opportunity to reach an even larger number of buyers for the fibre art pieces and hopefully expands our audience. Subsequent shows and events in the area will reinforce our position in the market.

The Fibras Musicales exhibition will be mounted for each of the three concerts at St. Christopher’s in Burlington and again for each of the five concerts at Mohawk college. In the interim the works will be on permanent display at the Burlington arts centre.. The following is a tentative schedule of this peripatetic fibre art exhibition.

1. June 11 to June 26 . St Christopher’s Anglican church, Burlington- Three concerts will be held there and the audience will have a chance to view and bid on the works before during and after each concert.
Concerts will be Beethoven Strauss and Brahms Estimated attendance 3000- there may be some overlap between people who attend more than one concert in the series

2. June 26 to July 14 Burlington Art center
This is a public gallery and expected attendance over the period is estimated at 500-1000 individuals over this time frame. The works will be on constant display

3. July 14 to August 11 Mohawk College
The works will be on display at each concert in a new foyer area next to the concert hall. During this period there will be 5 concerts with an attendance of 1000 at each concert.( subscriber overlap) Programs will include Chopin, Sibelius, Russian Romantics, Carmen arias and the special Spanish night of August 11.

4. The final tour date and closing bid concert at the Royal Botanical Gardens concert on August 14.
The works will be on a special internet website as well as the Brott festival website.

We are building special transport and holding cases to store the works between concerts at St. John’s and Mohawk. Secure storage is available for such units at these sites.

I have attached a concert / exhibition schedule which still may change.. However if you will be in the area and want tickets to a concert let me know. I will have some tickets available for some concerts

Schedule: Deliveries of works.
May 1, 2011 - we need to have received some picture and bio data etc so we can start making labels etc.

If you have pictures of completed projects earlier please send them as we will try and use them in brochures and will paste them to web site as soon as received.

I must have the real article in my hands by June 1 if we are to complete web site photos catalogue etc.However please do not ship before May 15 as I will not be ready to receive them. I finish the Halton Quilt exhibition at the Royal Botanical Gardens on May 15.

Thank you once again for your participation in what is becoming a somewhat different kind of art show. Our association with classical symphonic music establishes a standard. At the same time we are bringing fibre art to people who should be interested in it as art. This is a first effort and I appreciate your courage and support.

Monday, April 11, 2011

SAQA Regional Meeting April 21st

Once again Cathy Breedyk Law will be hosting the SAQA meeting on April 21st at her home in Perth.
Please let her know if you will be able to attend by e-mailing her at

Robin Laws Field's shows for 2011

Robin's photo below will be on the invitations (at least until and if the piece it's taken from is sold)

2011 Venues for Surfaces

“SURFACES” is a collection of 20 art quilts each inspired by a photograph: it could be a section of a wall, a floor, pavement, a fence, a tree trunk, even footprints in the sand that pulls me in and keeps me up at night until I’ve figured out how to make these living bits of abstract art mine. For me art is always just a glance away, and this collection is my attempt to prove it.

“SURFACES” will be at in three Ontario galleries in 2011.

July 12-31, 2011
The Hang Man Gallery
750 Queen St. E., Toronto

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, from 7-9pm
Gallery hours: 12-5pm Tuesday-Sunday

August 27-October 23
The Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
20 Ava Road, Brantford

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 11, from 2-4pm
Gallery hours: 10-5pm Tuesday-Friday, 1-5pm Weekends

November 25-December 21
Yorkminster Park Gallery
1585 Yonge St., Toronto
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 27, from 12:30-2:30pm
Gallery hours: 10-2pm Monday-Friday, 12-4pm Saturday

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Creating Fabric with Dyes and Paints

For all SAQA Central Canada friends:

Please have a visit at the St. Lawrence College website at and consider joining me for two wonderfully fun filled weekends of dyeing, screen print work, collage and painting exercises leading to some terrific new work! We would love to have you as a part of the great network of friends sharing in the exploration of surface design using dyes and pigments! Come play!

Bethany Garner, Instructor Creating Fabric with Dyes and Paints

Join us for this fun-filled, two weekend course and explore the world of creating original fabric using Low Immersion Dyeing and direct dye application techniques and painting/printing with pigments including water based, metallic and textured paints.

Discover the beauty of Japanese Shibori technique, discharge printing and dyeing, and the use of natural and applied resist as new ways to add fabric that is unique and original to your Art Quilts and garment designs. Play with sun-printing and the development of surface texture to enhance your quilt design. Individual journals of samples will be developed during the course, with clear instruction/lab sheets to ensure confidence in working with these new techniques for the future. In the second weekend, student will develop an exhibition piece including their newly created fabrics and explore stitching, decorating with stamps, stencils and finishing techniques. ($30 materials fee payable to the instructor at start of course).

Instructor: B. Garner Sat/Sun/Mon Aug 6-8, 20-22, 9:30am-4:30pm , Room 12050, Upper level in the LINK, Admin wing, St. Lawrence College, Kingston $214.56 Register for Course ARTS 113 880 at St. Lawrence College, 613-544-5400, ext. 60 or online at, part Time Studies, ARTS, Textile Design

Friday, April 8, 2011

Synthesis 2 Call For Entry

Our Synthesis 2 Call for Entry is ready thanks to all of the hard work from Pat, Shirley, Margaret and Ann. It promises to be an exciting show and we already have galleries lined up. We are looking forward to receiving your entries. 

SAQA CANADA Synthesis 2

Deadline:                  September 15, 2011
Exhibit Name:          Synthesis 2 (syn-the-sis: noun; the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole)
1st Location:            Greenwood Quiltery Gallery, Guelph, Ontario
Date of show:          January 14th to February 25th, 2012
Exhibit Description: The Greenwood Gallery will be the first stop for this juried traveling exhibition of 25 pieces of textile art. This is an opportunity for SAQA members living in Canada to promote their textile art as well as providing opportunities to raise awareness and interest in the organization.  
Entry Guidelines
  • A single entry fee of $35.  You may submit a maximum of 2 entries. Entries must be 20" x 24".  Orientation may be vertical or horizontal. 
  • 3-D, free-standing works will NOT be accepted. 
  • Work in hard frames or on stretcher frames will be accepted. 
  • Artwork must meet the SAQA definition of an art quilt:  a contemporary artwork exploring and expressing aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, asssemblage and sculpture, which retains, through materials or technique, a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descends
  • Artwork must be ready to hang.  Special instructions with regard to hanging will be sent to each artist whose work is accepted.
  • Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance to a location in Ottawa. Details will be provided to artists whose work is accepted.  (See Prospectus for further details.)
  • Artwork will be returned after the traveling show ends in Spring 2014.

  • Entry arrival deadline:                                September 15, 2011
  • Notification of selected entries:                  November 1, 2011 
  • Deadline for artwork to arrive in Ottawa:   December 1, 2011
  • Dates of first show                                     January 14 to February 25, 2012
The jurors' decisions will be made from digital entries.  See Prospectus for details.  Works will be chosen based on artistic and technical merit.  The jurors will be:
  • Sharon Godwin, Thunder Bay, ON, Director at Thunder Bay Art Gallery
  • Lyndal Osborne, Edmonton, AB, Artist, Professor Emeritus of Department of Art and Design at University of Alberta
  • Yvonne Wiegers, Ottawa, ON, Artist, Professor of Visual Art at Heritage College

Sharon Godwin      Director at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Sharon has been at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery for 30 years being the Director since 1988. She loves to take the gallery outside its walls into the community and has been involved in various projects that do just that. Her volunteer/community experience in the Thunder Bay Area includes being the Founding Member/Treasurer of the Arts and Heritage Alliance, President of the Thunder Bay Children’s Festival, Member of Public Art Committee, and the Treasurer of Community Arts and Heritage Education Project. She has also worked provincially as a Member of the Board of Directors, Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Chair of the Northern Relocation Program Art Committee. Sharon has a BA from Guelph University in visual arts/art history and a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University in visual arts/history, Thunder Bay Ont.

Yvonne Wiegers    Artist, Professor of Visual Art at Heritage College
Yvonne has spent more than 15 years in the visual arts field in various roles including practicing artist, arts educator, and arts administrator. Yvonne’s studio practice – as a mixed media sculptor, painter, photographer, and installation artist – currently focuses on issues related to accumulation and identity. Her works have been exhibited throughout Canada as well as in the US, Russia and Sri Lanka. As an arts educator, she has taught at the university, college and secondary school levels both in Canada and overseas. Yvonne has also held senior leadership positions in both non-governmental arts organizations and in educational institutions. She is past president of CARFAC.  Yvonne holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of Guelph and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Calgary.

Lyndal Osborne     Artist, Professor Emeritus in Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta
Lyndal Osborne has worked in a wide range of media including print, drawing, sculpture and installation. In 1971 she studied for an MFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Currently she is Professor Emeritus after a 33 year career teaching at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Her work has been exhibited extensively across Canada, Europe and Asia, and she has received numerous awards and grants for her creative research. She is represented in many private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada. Osborne’s sculptures and installations have developed an individual approach that utilizes found organisms for subject matter. and recycled material which she alters through the application of color, manipulating their original shape, and/or by placing the objects in new contexts so that they develop new metaphorical meaning. In her recent work Osborne has focused on an examination of the issues of genetically modified organic subject matter.  Recent exhibitions include Dunlop Gallery, Regina 2010, Penticton Art Gallery, 2009, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 2008, Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Kitchener, 2008

  • Quilt artists must be Canadian residents, and members of SAQA. 
  • Dimensions of the work when finished must be 20" x 24". 
  • All entries must have been completed after  December 2008.
  • Each piece must be ready for hanging.  Special instructions in regards to hanging will be sent to the artists whose work is accepted.
Preparation of digital images and entry forms:
  • Save your digital images at 300 dpi.  Image size should be a maximum of 6" on the longest side (1800 pixels).         
  • Image format must be JPEG and must be saved to a CD disc.  DVD discs will not be accepted. 
  • Format each image with a file name without spaces and capitalization as follows:  first three letters of your first name, followed by your last name, then the number of the image as it corresponds to the image list on the Synthesis entry form.  For the detail image add "dtl" after the image number.  Example:  Jane Smith would label her images as jansmith01.jpg; and jansmith02.jpg.  Her detail shots would be labelled jansmith01dtl.jpg; and jansmith02dtl.jpg. 
  • Create a Word document with the entry information below.  Save that document to the disc, using the first three letters of your first name, followed by your last name, underscore entry (e.g. jansmith_entry.doc). 
  • Label both the CD and the CD case with your full name.
Submission of entry:  
  • DO NOT mail actual artwork. 
  • Mail with delivery confirmation receipt so that you can track delivery.  No notification of arrival will be sent by SAQA Canada.
         A complete submission packet will include: 
  • hard copy of the completed entry form 
  • the CD in a case with your jpg images properly sized and labelled and saved to the CD along with the saved Word document of your entry form 
  • a $35 entry fee in cheque form made out to Mary Pal and 
  • a SASE with two regular stamps if you would like your CD returned 
  • Entries must arrive no later than September 15, 2011
  • Entries must be sent to:

Ann Bird
PO Box 4098, Station E
Ottawa ON   K1S 5B1
  •  Submission of art work to this competition and the artist’s signature on the entry form shall be understood to constitute an agreement on the part of the artist with all conditions set forth and shall grant SAQA the rights to distribute images through print and electronic media for promotion of  Synthesis 2  and the artists.
  • Artists will retain all copyrights on their work. 
  • All work will be for sale either directly with the artist or through the hosting venues who may charge a commission from 25% up to 50%.
Shipping and Insurance:
  • Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance to the Ottawa location
  • SAQA Canada will arrange to insure the work while it is hanging at each venue on the tour and while it is in transit to its next destination. 
  • SAQA Canada will cover return shipping (including insurance) to the artists.

Any questions?
Please contact        Ann Bird at     OR
                               Cathy Breedyk-Law at


Entry Form                                                   Synthesis 2
Please copy this form to a word document.  Complete it in Word, and then copy it to a CD together with your images.  Send one hard copy in the envelope with your CD.
Artist's First Name:                          
Artist's Last Name:                          
Street Address:
City/Province/Postal Code:                       
Phone (include area code):          
Email address:                                 
Image 01 - File Name:                   
Year Completed:                 
Sale Price: $                         Insurance Value: $
Materials/Medium (15 words or less):
Artist Statement (75 words or less):
Credits for inspiration (design) or content (stitching, dyeing, etc.):
Image 02 - File Name:
Year Completed:
Sale Price: $                         Insurance Value: $
Materials/Medium (15 words or less):
Artist Statement (75 words or less):
Credits for inspiration (design) or content (stitching, dyeing, etc.):

I agree to all terms and conditions as outlined in the prospectus.

Signature: _______________________________________Date:___________________

Kingston Fibre Art Show and Sale This Weekend

The members of the Kingston Fibre Artists Group invite you to join us on Saturday, April 9th from 2-4 pm at the downtown branch of the Kingston Public Library located at 130 Johnson Street for the official "Vernisage" opening of the 2011 KFA Show and Sale "Inspiration and Exploration".

The Show this year includes a truly exciting and beautiful display of technique, design, and stitch work by the 16 members of this active group. We hope you will join us at the Opening, or bring a car filled with friends when you can during the month of April.

The Exhibition is open during normal Library hours M-F, 9 am - 9 pm, Friday/Saturday 9 am - 5 pm and Sundays from 1-5 pm. Please do call the Library before travelling a distance during the week as the Wilson Room is used for Community Group meetings and we would hate to disappoint. Ask for Yvonne in the Business Office who will confirm if the Wilson Room will be open uring the time of your visit. (613-549-8888)

Hope to see each of you on April 9th.

Bethany Garner and the KFA Group members who are also SAQA Central Canada artists

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

West Carleton Fibre Guild

You will find attached 4 files containing information regarding the 10th Annual St. Distaff's Day celebrations hosted by the West Carleton Fibre Guild.

10th Annual St. Distaff’s Day Celebration Hosted by the West Carleton Fibre Guild Join us in the Agricultural Hall At the Almonte Fairgrounds On Saturday, June 4, 2011 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For registration information contact

or call Sandy at 613- 256-2892.

Stash Swap Table Bring an item or two from your stash which you would like to send to a new home. Check the table for something you might like to take home for yourself.

This year’s workshops: All day: A Most Useful Basket


1. Spin, spin, spin

2. Discussion on Tartans

3. Homemade Buttons

4. Domino Knitting

5. Kumihimo Braiding

6. Woven Necklace

7. Micro Mini Rag Basket

8. Pine Needle Coaster

9. Needlefelt and Embroider a Small Picture

“Sheep Thrills” Challenge The theme for this year’s challenge is, “Sheep Thrills”. Bring your interpretation, or idea – one entry per person. Original entries will be judged and prizes awarded in several categories. Let your creativity soar!

Lunch Lunch will be included in the price of your $20 registration fee and provided by the ladies of the Almonte Fair Home Craft group. Coffee, tea, muffins and sweets will be provided for morning and afternoon breaks. Please bring your own mug.

Afternoon: 10. Triaxial Weaving 11. Wheel Spinning and Novelty Plying 12. Hooking With Yarns to Create a Sheep 13. Needle-felted Critters 14. Braided Rag Rugs

15. Beaded Knitted Necklace

16. Crocheted Holder for Hooks and Needles

17. Mini Weaving for non weavers

18. So Many Ways to Cast on and off

19. Make a Dragon Boat Ornament

Anniversary Display In honour of this special 10th Anniversary, we encourage you to bring a few of your favourite items made at previous St. Distaff’s Days. We will have a table to display these items. Please label your items so you can collect them at the end of the day.

Vendors A number of vendors will be present for your fibre self-indulgence. Their stalls will be open all day except during workshops.