Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lynne Morin's works in "Collectibles"

Five works of Lynne Morin have been juried into the Ottawa Art Gallery's exhibit "Collectibles"

The piece shown above is called Exploring.

The opening reception will occur on the evening of Thursday December 1st, at 6:30pm – along with all other Ottawa Art Gallery openings (Contemporary and Firestone Collections), at 2 Daly Ave, Ottawa. It’s going to be a large but great crowd.

The event can be found on the Ottawa Art Gallery’s Facebook page or by the following link:

Monday, November 28, 2011

SAQA Central Canada Meeting November 29th

The Agenda for our Meeting includes the following (copies available for request from Bethany at garner@kingtson.net):

Please plan to contribute in every way you can and bring news to share with attending members:
1. Welcome
2. SYNTHESIS II Update from Pat Caffery
3. SAQA "IDENTITY: Context and Reflection" Conference, Mar. 29-April 1, 2012
4. Future Meetings - discussion
5. Regional Plan for 2012/2013
6. Exhibitions in our Area and beyond
7. Upcoming Courses and opportunities for personal development;
8. Rebecca Gill Workshop Opportunity
9. CREATIVE BUFFET - members work
10. Other Business
11. Lunch
12. Techniques Sharing by SAQA Central Members - please do plan to stay and enjoy

See you at Odessa anytime after 9:30 am.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

EDNA PATTERSON PETTY to speak on African American Quilts at Ottawa Art Gallery

You and your fellow quilters are invited to a talk and show & tell with
Contemporary Quilt Artist
Edna Patterson-Petty
WHEN: Wednesday, November 30, 3:00 – 4:00pm
WHERE: The Ottawa Art Gallery at The Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue
COST: Free
The contemporary art-quilts of East St. Louis, Illinois artist Edna J. Patterson-Petty are improvisational and 'jazzy' in their aesthetic quality. They function as conveyors of memories and histories of place – slavery, race and racism, community and self-emancipation. The quilts in this exhibition not only speak about adversity, they are testaments of the inventiveness of African-American culture as expressed in the syncopated jazz beat.

A consummate recycler, Patterson-Petty creates her colourful art out of scraps of cotton and silk fabrics, old clothing, organic and non-organic materials found primarily around her home. In her quilts, Patterson-Petty fuses traditional quilt-making techniques from European, African-American and African cultures and extends them to produce visual narratives that employ a distinct appliqué collage aesthetic. The quilts seem to go against the grain of the rigid geometric structure associated with traditional quilts. They are pictorial compositions that are infused with histories, as well as collective stories about the current socio-political moment.

Seen together, the works in Edna Patterson-Petty: African-American Contemporary Quilts provide us with an encounter with African-American experiences and stories told through her spirited improvisational process of remaking and refashioning.
- Andrea Fatona, Guest Curator, Ottawa Art Gallery
RSVP required as seating is limited. Please email cultural@state.gov.

Brought to you by the Embassy of the United States of America and the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Kate Brown • Cultural Affairs Assistant • U.S. Embassy Ottawa
490 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 1G8 | 613.688.5484 | FAX 613.688.3101

Friday, November 25, 2011

New shows for Heather Dubreuil

Insomnia 8" x 8"

Simple Pleasures 8"x8"

Heather has recently had her work accepted into two juried shows.

Are you familiar with the Montreal fibre group Diagonale? They are located at 5455 de Gaspé, suite 203, and are partially supported by public funds.

"For the seventh consecutive year, DIAGONALE is holding its annual year end fundraiser-exhibition. Over one hundred fifty artists have responded generously to the call for JAUNE, to support the center and to promote contemporary fiber arts. The original works of these artists will be up for silent auction. Half the proceeds will go directly to the artists and the other half will go to the center as donations. Collectors, art lovers, and anyone curious to see these works are invited to come see what fibres has to offer!"

The works will be on display at the gallery on Friday, Dec. 2, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday Dec. 3, noon - 3 p.m., when the silent auction ends.

For more information, and to see images of all items on display, please go to www.artdiagonale.org

Also, Heather is pleased to have had two pieces accepted to the "New Collection 2012" at Stewart Hall in Pointe Claire, located at 126 Bord-du-Lac in Pointe Claire. This beautiful old mansion is the city's cultural centre, and is located on the shores of Lake St.-Louis. The pieces on display are for sale, and all work that doesn't sell at the show is made available to the public for one year, through their rental gallery. A wide variety of media will be featured.

Dates of the show are November 26 - January 22. The vernissage is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 27.

For more information, please go to www.ville.pointe-claire.qc.ca
or call 514-630-1254

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


As a reminder, please mark your calendar today and plan to attend the upcoming November 29th Regional Meeting for our SAQA Central Canada group - everyone is welcome. We are hearing that some members missed the suggested November 15th RSVP date established to get a feel for whether the hall rental was appropriate, and are unsure about whether they can attend - ABSOLUTELY! It is so important to have many regional members with us, and the hall we have secured will hold a large group, so please feel free to bring a friend that you feel might benefit from an introduction to SAQA and all of it's benefits. Fibre Artists and Quilters from all areas of experience and interest are most welcome.

The details about the meeting are in the post immediately below this one, and a Google Maps link is included. The drive is an easy one from areas all across southeastern Ontario, and yes, we know it will not likley be possible to have members from long distances with the timing in November, but please consider the advantages of a trip to Kingston area. The shopping is wonderful here, so make it a special trip with friends. Opportunities abound for a quick visit downtown Kingston (just 15 minutes from Odessa), or the hub of shopping in west end Kingston just 10 minutes from the meeting site.

Please plan to arrive for a 10:30 am START of the meeting. Bethany will be at the hall by 9:30 am for keen visitors wishing a bit of time to relax with friends. We will share our usual potluck lunch and there is refrigeration and several lovely stoves at the hall. Coffee and tea, and water provided. After lunch, several of our terrific members will share some techniques and new tools to inspire your creativity.

Don't forget your new work, as we all love to see what YOUR studio time is producing. Our "Creative Buffet" sharing of work is a favourite feature at our Regional meetings. Looking forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday, November 29th at the Odessa Fairgrounds Hall. This is YOUR time to meet and network with SAQA members from Ontario, so do plan to come enjoy the day. Contact Bethany Garner with questions at garner@kingston.net and watch for  your Meeting Agenda in a separate email to all SAQA Central members.

Invitation to members in Toronto and Southwestern Ontario

To all of our members located in the Toronto area and the areas west of the city, this is a special invitation to contact Regional Representative, DWAYNE WANNER and chat with him about your needs, any special opportunities to gather in a Regional Meeting format and to advise if you are aware of a meeting location that would accommodate SAQA Central Canada members in the city or to the west of Toronto. It is so important to make opportunities available for all members and we understand that a drive to the Perth, Ottawa or Kingston area is just simply impossible for many of members.

We have 22 active members who are in this Southwestern block in and around Toronto, including areas west of the city. SAQA has been very supportive in their recruitment of three SAQA Central Canada Regional Representatives for the new year. This will afford more coverage, a wider representation of our members and the opportunity for Regional Reps to meet with everyone. Can you help??

Dwayne would like to hear from each of you, sharing your willingness to travel to a meeting set up within a reasonable drive for each of you, perhaps in Oakville or Toronto area. Should you be able to volunteer to host a meeting in your studio, or have a meeting room available in your area that would accommodate approximately 20-25 members, please drop Dwayne an email or call him to  share that information. All suggestions and feedback are welcome.

We hope that you  can help make the next Regional meeting a possibility in YOUR area, and encourage the sharing of SAQA news, exhibition opportunities and hopefully for many of you, to plan participation in the upcoming "IDENTITY: CONTEXT and REFLECTION" joint Conference of SAQA/SDA on March 29-April 1st, 2012.

Please feel free to contact: Dwayne Wanner

Cell :905-520-8928

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

SAQA Central Group to meet November 29, 2011 at Odessa Fairgrounds Hall

Please mark your calendar:

The SAQA Central Canada Group will meet on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at the Odessa Fairgrounds Hall located in the Village of Odessa just west of Kingston. Every member is welcome and encouraged to attend, and to bring a friend who you might feel is interested in SAQA membership. The meeting will be hosted by SAQA Regional Representative, Bethany Garner, and will begin with Business Meeting at 10:30 am to allow for travel time by members coming from a distance. Please plan to participate in our "Creative Buffet" sharing during the late morning, as we so enjoy seeing YOUR new work.

Agenda items are welcome from all members. Please forward to Bethany at garner@kingston.net no later than November 15th. Pat Caffery, SYNTHESIS II Curator, will have a report for all of us to share the latest news about the "next steps" for our exciting Exhibition.

Discussion about future meeting dates/venues will be at the top of the list. Your input is very important and  we encourage members who are willing to host a regional meeting to please advise your Regional Representatives: Sharon Collins, Dwayne Wanner or Bethany Garner.

After the am meeting, please join us as we share a members-provided POTLUCK LUNCH at 12:30 pm (coffee/tea/water provided), followed by an afternoon of visiting and moving through a few techniques demonstrations shared by local members. We hope you will be able to stay throughout the afternoon if at all possible. A small "donation" to help cover the hall rental will be appreciated.

DIRECTIONS: The Odessa Fairgrounds Hall is located just south of the Odessa exit off Highway 401, and a quick drive from 401 to the stop lights in the village. Proceed south through the lights and the entrance to the Fairgrounds property will be on your left about one city block past the stop lights. Parking is available next to the "Palace" (white Barn with a red roof) building on your left as you enter the Fairgrounds property. The meeting will be held in the meeting hall attached to the rear of the building and with a ramped, accessible entrance. Please click on the link below for the Google Maps, Odessa, ON directions from your location.

Looking forward to seeing you November 29th in Odessa. RSVP attendance to Bethany encouraged to garner@kingston.net , please and thanks.