Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wishing all SAQA Central Canada members a creative New Year

As 2011 winds down a peaceful week for visiting friends and family, we extend a warm wish for an exciting and productive New Year to each of our SAQA Central Canada members. This has been an exciting year as members work was accepted into a number of prestigious exhibitions both in Canada and internationally. A number of you have mounted either Solo or Collaborative Shows which have been attended by many Canadians as well as visitors from the US and beyond. Congratulations to each of you. It is exciting to see that you are persevering in your goals, entering competitions and answering Calls to Entry.

In the New Year, SAQA Central Canada is very pleased to know that our SYNTHESIS II travelling exhibit will be making it's way first to Greenwood Gallery in Guelph and then on to the prestigious Homer Watson House Gallery and John M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville as the year progresses. Special thanks to each member who met the challenge to enter this Juried Show competition and congratulations to those whose work will travel and be enjoyed by many in the coming months. We so appreciate all of the work that our SYNTHESIS II Organizing Committee took on before the actual Jury process. Special thanks to Cathy Breedyk-Law and Pat Caffery, our Exhibition Curators and their teams of contributing members, as well as to Ann Bird who managed the collection of the entries and moving them out to the Jury members for their selection of the final entries that will travel over the next several years.


SAQA Central Canada Representative, Dwayne Wanner, has organized a meeting for the SAQA Western Ontario Group to be held on January 25, 2012 at the home of member, Barbara Chapman in Oakville. The meeting is scheduled from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and luncheon will be a sandwich buffet. Members are asked to arrive at Barbara's home at 2296 Hixon Street, between Bronson and Third Line between 11:30 am and 12 noon. Please RSVP your plan to attend this meeting to Dwayne at ASAP. A separate email will be sent to the Western Ontario Group which will include the Agenda. Please watch your email Inbox this weekend.

Eastern Ontario Group News
Our Regional Meeting on November 29th was attended by sixteen members and guests. Discussion centred around the ongoing work of the Synthesis II Committee and planning for the new year, including encouragement of members to take advantage of all of the many benefits of their membership in SAQA. We are pleased to welcome our new SAQA Eastern Ontario Group members including Joanne Batchelor  and four members Mary Andrews Minigan, Nancy Gall, Janine Gates and Diana Hogan who joined SAQA after attending the November 29th meeting.

National SAQA Board of Directors member, Mary Pal, shared greetings from the Board and news of the upcoming IDENTITY: Context and Reflection Joint Conference of SAQA/SDA in Philadelphia, PA in March of 2012. Several members have registered and plan to take in not only the three day conference March 30-April 1st, but attend the three-day courses with renowned International Instructors as well. There is still time to register for the conference and courses. Please visit the SAQA website for the links and information.

We look forward to seeing many of you at our Regional Meetings, as you enter your new work to the many SAQA Exhibitions and as a goal, upgrade your membership to PAM Status and become eligible for inclusion in the Annual Portfolio of SAQA artists' work. Please invite a friend or colleague to attend the next Regional Meeting with you and  do share the many rewards of SAQA membership with friends and colleagues.

Best wishes to each of our SAQA Central Canada members and to your family for a wonderful 2012.