Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bethany Garner - 2011 Teacher of the Year

The Canadian Quilters' Association/Association Canadienne de la Courtepointe is pleased to announce the selection of their 2011 Teacher of the Year, BETHANY GARNER, of Kingston, ON.

The award was presented to Bethany on May 25, 2011 at their Annual General Meeting in London, ON during the Association'sQuilt Ontario 2011 Conference.

The Nomination team from Kingston and area was respresented by Seymone Armstrong and Barbara Rushton.

Congratulations Bethany

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Installation Piece by Heather Dubreuil

This week a new medical centre opened in Hudson, Quebec, and yesterday the large art quilt Heather made for the venue was installed.

"It was a thrill to see the two workers erect scaffolding just for the placement of my art quilt. I watched as they carefully measured, installed, and adjusted, and I felt like Christo."

The piece measures about 90" square, and is tentatively titled "It's All That..." It is pinned to a double width of charcoal-gray fibreglass screening, with sleeves sewn in top and bottom.

Plexiglas bars were slipped into the sleeves and screwed into the wall. It has been placed at the top of the stairwell, so it can be seen by visitors as they go up and down the stairs, or wait for the elevator on the second floor. Track lighting will soon be installed to highlight it.

"At times, it felt quite alien in my studio, being so big, and I sometimes lost confidence that I was on the right track. But I like the colour palette and colour gradation, the irregularity of the edges, its modernity and ambiguity, and how it seems to suit the building as a whole. As you mount the stairs, it takes on the appearance of a stained-glass rose window. Two and a half months in the making, and I had good advice from artist friends all along the way."

Posted by L. Morin

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Taiwan 2012 Exhibit from Patricia Gould

Here is an opportunity for SAQA members to have their work in an exceptional exhibition in Taiwan in 2012. Taiwan Representative, Hsin-Chen Lin, is also the president of TIQE and the first festival she organized in 2009 was wonderful. The exhibition was very well received and the catalog is gorgeous.

The 2012 exhibition will be from August to July and the theme is Moving Water and Rivers, with an emphasis on the life-giving and precious nature of water on the earth and the crucial environmental relationship we have with water.

Water and river are full of life and nutrient: novelty, freshness, and sustainability symbolize a source of vitality, expecting to convey an energetic, broad, and microcosmic angle of view, as well as each kind of life and existence that water and river embrace.

The prospectus and entry form is on the SAQA website.

Hsin-Chen is doing a fantastic job of promoting SAQA and is planning to host one of the SAQA Trunk Shows and one of the major traveling exhibitions in a special pavilion at TIQE 2012.

Patricia GouldAssistant Executive Director, SAQAwww.saqa.compatricia@angelfiredesigns.com505.670.6364

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mary Pal to be published

Mary Pal is one of the artists selected for publication in Sandra Sider's forthcoming book, The Studio Quilt, No. 6: State of the Art.

Issue No. 1 features Ludmila Aristov and is available on You can even take a peek at some of the pages by clicking on the book:

These books are of tremendous value to us as quilt artists. You not only get to see the work of some very talented artists you might not be familiar with, but also to read Sandra's critique of each individual piece, which informs and educates about what jurors and gallery owners consider when they evaluate art quilts.

The cost of no. 1 is $11 plus postage. By late June, both no. 2 and no. 3 (Jeanette Meyer and Linda Colsh) should be available. No. 6 contains the work of 60 contemporary fibre artists whose work Sandra considers "State of the Art."

Two of our members, Elaine Quehl and Mary Pal are finalists in Infinity Art Gallery's 2011 Fibre Arts Show

The 2011 - Fiber Arts Show by Infinity Art Gallery is now open and features two of our members, Elaine Quehl and Mary Pal.

Well done!

Please go to this website to see some interesting fibre art.

Posted by L. Morin

Saturday, May 14, 2011

SAQA Booth at OVQG show

Thanks to all of you who volunteered at the SAQA booth at the quilt show for the Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild last weekend, May 6-8. I know some of you had to drive long distances - from Kingston, Pembroke, Montreal ...  your support was greatly appreciated! The booth looked terrific with our new banner and the rotating display of fibre art.  Volunteers who manned the booth said the Laurentian Foothills display generated a great deal of interest and positive comments from visitors to the show.

Special thanks are in order for some incredibly thoughtful and helpful people, without whom I could never have pulled it all off:

  • Margaret Dunsmore - who, even after a day of hanging the show, stayed with me on Thursday night to set up the booth and hang the Laurentian Foothills display, providing her ladder, plastic straps, and expertise
  • Pat Caffery and Karen Goetzinger - who manned the booth solo all day Friday
  • Sheila Hills - who sat at the Artist-in-Residence booth whenever I needed to visit the SAQA booth or grab a bite of lunch, and who gave me a lift home on Friday!
  • Marie-France Gosselin and Paul Leger - who assisted with booth take-down and helped lug the bins and quilts out to my car
  • Debra Sine - who kindly drove the Laurentian Foothills display to the show on Thursday and picked it up on Sunday
This was a wonderful opportunity for us to show the world how wonderful art quilts are and possibly even encourage some new folks to join SAQA.  Thank you, everyone!


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Exhibit by Cynthia Jackson, Jo Fitsell and Sara Rockinger

(left click on the invitation for a larger representation of the details)

A Common Exploration: Art and Artifact Inherit, Inform, Inspired by Cynthia Jackson

Composing With Fibre: Releasing Meaning from Common Threadsby Jo Fitsell and Sara Rockinger

Cynthia Jackson, Jo Fitsell and Sara Rockinger have each been working with textiles and fibre for many years, exploring the many different ways these materials can be used in art.

Although each works on her own, these recent works share something in common by looking back at artifacts, techniques and images and bringing them to life in a new and inspiring way. Three different styles, a common exploration.

The artworks by Cynthia Jackson are inspired by a selection of artifacts in the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s collection—including, but not limited to, the machinery, workers, textiles and the building itself.

The chosen objects reflect a collective inheritance, are informed by their historical significance and combine to inspire the art. Jo Fitsell returns to her birth province after twenty-five years of exploring and experimenting with surface design.

She has reinvented the ancient technique of marbling, revived batiking—silk-screened layers of dye—and introduced painted canvas to her sewing machine. Multiple techniques are brought together in a collage, creating rich and emotional textures that describe the artist’s relationship with nature, wonder and self.

Sara Rockinger creates translucent panels with ghostly images of mill workers from the past, simply using stitch as line, and line as stitch, in graceful and thoughtful remembrances.

Hands are really such lovers and when given the freedom to respond to the beauty, warmth and hidden messages embedded in fabric are in full complement with art-making at its most private and intimate.

While each artist brings to this exhibit a distinctive style and personality, together they form a common exploration of the possibilities for creating contemporary artworks with clear links to the past.

Michael Rikley-LancasterExecutive Director / CuratorMississippi Valley Textile Museum


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Invitation from our member Julie Poirier

The Beaconsfield Quilters’ Guild cordially invites you to our Annual Exhibition of Traditional and Contemporary Quilts.

The event will take place on Friday, May 13th, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm, Saturday, May 14th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, May 15th from 10am to 3pm.

The venue is Centennial Centre, Macdonald Campus - McGill University, 21 111 Lakeshore Road, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Qu├ębec.

This year’s Quilt Challenge ‘Who is this?’ will take you through a gallery of whimsical and realistic portraits while our main event promises to bathe your eyes in endless colours and textures.

There will be vendors, quilt appraisals and plenty of sweet treats in our Tea Room.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Posted by L. Morin

Thanks from Karen Goetzinger

A big thank you to Ann Bird, Wendy Feldberg and Elizabeth Sacca for their generous donation of quilts to my church's Quilt's for Japan project!

Your donations are the seeds for what I hope will grow into a fruitful project. I am grateful for your kindness.

Karen Goetzinger

Posted by L. Morin

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

News from Judith Popiel

Judith's piece, "Homage To Noor" has been juried into "Expressions", the annual Quinte Arts Council Show.

The show runs from May 5th to May 26th , 2011 at the Parrot Gallery, 3rd Floor of the Belleville Public Library .

The opening Reception is Thursday, May 5th, 6p.m. to 7:30p.m.

Posted by L. Morin

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

News from Rebekah Crown

Rebekah says she just made the step of renting a studio outside of her home.

"It is huge and for the time being, all I am doing is getting set up. There is a curtained off corner for my body work practice there too. My intention is to work more collaboratively, have meetings and workshops there. "

Rebekah Crown

Posted by L. Morin

Mary Pal's work to be published

SAQA President, Sandra Sider, has founded a new monograph series, The Studio Quilt, in which most issues will focus on individual artists with significant bodies of work.

Six issues are planned for 2011 (available via, with the sixth being a showcase juried by Sandra: State of the Art, 2011, featuring the work of approximately 60 contemporary quilt artists.

Mary Pal is one of the artists chosen for publication in Sandra's book. Her work, Homeless Love, is the one that was selected for publication.