Monday, October 31, 2011


Synthesis II
Congratulations, the jurors have accepted the following pieces of work for the Synthesis II show:

(Revised to correct error in spelling of name of one of the winners)

Sandbank by Penny Berens
Sailpast by Pamela Allen
Pastiche by Robin Laws Field
Connections: bruised...battered...broken by Mardell Rampton
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back by Margaret Dunsmore
Tukilligt One by Robynne Cole
2011 - The Year the Arabian People Rebelled by B.J. Reid
Happy Days by Marie-France Gosselin
Red Soap Bubbles by Marie-France Gosselin
Vinyasa by Helena Sheffer
Trance One by Sharon Collins
Metamorphosis by Lynne Morin
Reaching Inside by Lynne Morin
Curtain Call by Elaine Quehl
Icy Grass on a Winter Day by Catherine Timm
Dandelion by Catherine Timm
Tuscany #5 by Heather Dubreuil
Newton's Law by Catharina Breedyk Law
Finding the Light by Catharina Breedyk Law
Ghost Dancers by Ann Bird

A big thank you to everyone who submitted work. There were 33 pieces submitted by 25 members.

Pat Caffery
Curator, Synthesis II


Pat Caffery

Robin Field's Surface Shows

THis is the last of the Surfaces shows by Robin Field.

QUILTS=ART=QUILTS Exhibition in Auburn, NY at Schweinfurth Art Center

Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center
Oct 30 - Jan 8, 2012
Director's Tour:
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2pm

Kathleen Loomis,
Crazed 9: Blue State Blues (detail)
October 30 - January 8, 2012
This exhibition includes 82 quilts by 74 artists from across the United States, as well as Canada and Japan. This annual exhibit, now in its 31st year, has become a tradition at the Schweinfurth Art Center and is one of the longest running Quilt Art exhibits in the country. Quilts on view in the exhibit express the diversity of styles, techniques and designs in contemporary quilt making. Quilts range from those based on innovative interpretations of traditional block quilts, to pictorial quilts and abstract designs. Techniques include traditional piecing, hand quilting, hand dying, machine thread painting, and appliqué. Admission is $6, free for members, exhibiting quilters & children 12 and under.

$6 Adults; Members, exhibiting quilters & children 12 and under are FREE

 Gallery Hours:

Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. Closed Mondays, major holidays, and between exhibitions.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mary Pal's "MEMORIES OF GOMBE" juried into ArtQuilt Elements 2012

Mary Pal's quilt “Memories of Gombe” has been accepted for inclusion in ArtQuilt Elements 2012 to be exhibited at The Wayne Art Center in Pennsylvania. Jurors David McFadden, Sandra Sider and Elizabeth Barton focused on elements of design, techniques and craftsmanship and - from 273 applications and a total of 666 quilt images representing 42 states and 11 countries around the world - chose an exciting collection that represents the professionalism, diversity and expertise evident in this medium.

The joint National SAQA and SDA conference, Identity: Context and Reflection will be held at the Philadelphia Marriot West, Conshohocken, PA, March 30, 31 and April 1, 2012 and the entire conference of more than 200 artists will be invited to attend the ArtQuilt Elements opening on March 30, 2012. Fiber Philadelphia, a biennial for fiber/textile art, will take place in and around Philadelphia in this same time frame at major institutions and independent venues. It will include numerous exhibitions by renowned international artists as well as a new generation of artists.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sylvia Naylor, Textile Artist, participating in McMichael Annual Art Sale

Organized by the McMichael Volunteer Committee, the Annual Autumn Art Sale is a prime opportunity to meet established and emerging Canadian artists and sculptors, and purchase original artworks in a variety of media at all price levels.
Annual Art Sale
Come out to see the best of the best
and take home some great art!
This prestigious sale is a major fundraiser held at the iconic McMichael gallery, set in the stunning Grand Hall and showcasing fifty artists and sculptors selected from over 200 applicants. The funds raised help enhance the visitor experience and support valuable children's educational programs at the McMichael.
Preview the show at
Gala opening on Friday, October 21, 2011
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Complimentary Hors D'oeuvres, Parking and Admission.
Cash Bar

Sale continues Saturday, October 22, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
and Sunday, October 23, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

SAQA CENTRAL CANADA Members' works to go to Michigan State University Quilt Museum Permanent Collection

I am so pleased to announce that four members of our SAQA Central Canada group have been honoured by the selection of their submission pieces to SAQA's travelling exhibition "This is a Quilt".

Congratulations to
Catharina Breedyk-Law "Small Madonna and Child"
Micaela Fitzsimmons, #3 from "One(more)"
Mary Pal "Portrait of a Homeless Man"
Dwayne Wanner "Untitled"

As part of the planning for This is a Quilt! SAQA arranged for 50 pieces to become part of the permanent collection at the Michigan State University Museum. SAQA engaged gallerist Michael Solomon to select those pieces. The pieces will go to the Michigan State University Museum at the close of the trunk show travels.

Michael Solomon wrote:
When Kris Sazaki first asked me to be the juror for a collection to go to the Michigan State University Museum, I willingly accepted, thinking it would be a piece of cake. After all, I had owned a fine art gallery in Sacramento for over 10 years, and I had certainly chosen art and artists for many gallery exhibits. I faced a slightly greater challenge with group shows as opposed to solo exhibits, but I felt I had a pretty good grasp of the contemporary painting and sculpture we exhibited. I have also juried shows outside of my gallery, as well as my own photography exhibits.

For the SAQA show, I came to realize that my mandate would limit and challenge me when I faced the prospect of selecting just 50 pieces out of 268 submissions. I have spent many hours in art museums around the world, I am an avid collector, and I have formulated some ideas as to what constitutes "great art." While the quality of art may be subjective, great art is simply that which compels one to look at it, again and again and again. This is the truth, if not a truism. And that's the reason museums full of art that visitors repeatedly visit, contain great art. I can't stop looking at and admiring the art on my walls and pedestals; if I do, I end up replacing it with something better, and then repeat the process.

In jurying this show, I looked for aesthetic design, shapes, color, composition, texture, and subject matter. I am somewhat partial to figurative subject matter, so that may have affected my judgment in some respects. All of the work I viewed exhibited high artistic quality, and I found myself initially choosing way more than my allotment of 50. I then faced the agonizing task of deselecting many pieces I appreciated. In any event, I hope you enjoy my selections.

Artists whose trunk show pieces were chosen to become part of the Michigan State University Museum's permanent collection:

1. Affolter, Regula
2. Branjord, Sandra
3. Bruvry, Patricia
4. Carrigan, Sherry
5. Chen, Yeu-Chiu
6. Chuang, Huei-Lan
7. Clover, Jette
8. David-Cohen, Yael
9. Drucker, Tamar
10. Ecob, Aileyn
11. Filatoff, Julie
12. Fingal, Jamie
13. Fitzsimmons, Micaela
14. Fricke, Rebecca
15. Henry, Susan Elaine
16. Horne, Connie
17. Huang, Ming-Mei
18. Jensen, Jill
19. Jurgenson, Jean Renli
20. Lachman, Mary F.
21. Law, Catharina Breedyk
22. Limmer, Andrea
23. Lin, Hsin-Chen
24. Lin, Mei-Mu
25. McClean, Sarah Louise
26. McLaughlin, Linda
27. Milholen, Vivian
28. Miller, Linda
29. Ortelle, Cathy
30. Owoc, Pat
31. Pal, Mary
32. Phillips, Margaret A.
33. Pixeladies
34. Puetz, Casey
35. Read, Priscilla
36. Robertson, Ruan
37. Robertus, Linda
38. Rushbrooke, Rose
39. Simpson, Gayle
40. Smith, Catherine Whall
41. Smith, Lura Schwarz
42. Stegmiller, Terri
43. Stoltz, Heather G.
44. Tateo, Tiziana
45. Themel, Kate
46. Thomas, Rosalind
47. Tunnell, Karen Reese
48. Wambaugh, Debbie
49. Wanner, Dwayne
50. Watler, Barbara

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Third Rep in Central Canada

Dwayne Wanner will be the third representative in the Central Canada region of SAQA. He will start immediately.

Welcome Dwayne!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

News from Heather Dubreuil

Dear friends,

Last year, I joined our local art group, and we will be exhibiting our work in the group show October 14 - 16. We would be pleased to see you there. Details below.