Monday, December 24, 2012

The very best wishes to each of you for a beautiful Ontario Wintertime and Holiday Season...

Glen Huron Hills in Winter

Tracey Lawko, Artist
Included in the FIBRE CONTENT SHOW, October 27 and 28, 2012
The Niagara Escarpment hills that normally grow hay and corn in summer and are home to herds of cattle and sheep, rest in a quiet blanket of snow in winter.
Wishing each of you a peaceful and joyous Holiday Season filled with all of the wonder and special happiness that time with family and friends can bring to our lives.
Hoping to see many of you at the January, February and March Parlour Meetings which will be scheduled in the new year. Please know that your participation is so important to all of us involved with SAQA Central Canada.
Make time to read the SAQA News online at and do please invite your friends and colleagues to join us in the new year. We so look forward to seeing YOUR new work included in the many amazing SAQA sponsored Exhibitions in 2013!
Your SAQA Central Co-Reps: Dwayner Wanner, Sharon Collins and Bethany Garner

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Parlour Meeting January 17th,2013

Seasons Greetings.
The next parlour meeting is planned for Jan. 17th 11:30 till 4pm at Maki House community center 19 Leeming dr. Ottawa Ontario. I have received  "This is a Quilt " Trunk Box B. I will bring it to that meeting. There will be coffee and tea provided. Bring a bag lunch. There will be a fee of 15.00 to the community center so a loonie donation should cover that as well as some funds toward shipping the trunk box on when we are finished. The space is large so there is no limitation on number of attendees. A creative buffet is also planned. Let me know agenda items and plans for attendance.
Also Pat Caffery has heard that Synthesis II has been accepted by the city of Ottawa for July 26th till August 21rst, 2013. Thank you to Lynne Morin for submitting and to Pat for her continued efforts on our behalf.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Congratulations to Neera on her inclusion in the CHANDLER ART CENTER Exhibition: INTEGRATING A PARADOX: ART QUILTS XVII

GEOLOGY, Then and Now
Ottawa, Ontario
Artist Statement
This piece examines the earth. What seems solid and certain to our senses can be fragile and uncertain. Those of us living in an earthquake zone have learned to live with this reality. I have tried to capture the paradox of strength and certainty changing to weakness and to see the beauty and power in this transformation for nothing in life is guaranteed.
Paradox is an integral and irrevocable part of our lives. We live in a dualistic world of right and wrong, east and west, birth and death, black and white. How we integrate and reconcile these paradoxes says a great deal about us.
This series explores the paradox of creation and destruction and the uncertainty created by not knowing when these acts will occur. We usually see creation and destruction as opposites, with beginnings and endings occurring at a specific time and place. To me they are a continuum, a transformational process…a continual movement, a spiral of birth and death, of order and entropy and back to order.
These pieces explore the fecundity, beauty and the many layers that one can approach with this subject.Since ancient times, cloth has not only protected us from the elements but has expressed our creativity and our love of beauty. I believe the love of beautiful textiles is in the DNA of all Indian women and I am no exception.
Materials: silks, brocades, linen and cotton batting. The top was made first, then moulded, tucked, hand and machine quilted.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

50 Year Retrospective of the work of JOAN REIVE to open at John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON

The John M. Parrott Art Gallery, Belleville Public Library,  is very pleased to present Looking Back: From Paint to Fibre. This retrospective show represents the creative life of artist Joan Reive and will include works in fibre, paint and mixed media.
December 6, 2012 to January 3, 2013
 Saturday, December 8, 2012
2:00-4:00 pm
Joan will be holding a Trunk Show/ Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, December 12th from 12 - 1 p.m.
Hours: Tue., Wed., Fri. - 9:30 am-8 pm
Thurs and Sat. - 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Closed Mondays
The Gallery is located on the third level, Belleville Public Library
254 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, ON
Phone: 613-968-6731, ext. 2240

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Join Lynne Morin at Cube Gallery

"Emotional Turmoil"

Lynne Morin

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Great BIG smalls EIGHT! At Cube

Great BIG smalls VIII
Tuesday, December 4th, to Sunday, December 30th, 2012
Vernissage – meet the artists: Thursday, Dec 6th, 2012 — 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cube Gallery’s eighth annual show of small works with BIG heart. The show features 75 artists, from the established to the emerging. There will be cultural gifts for everyone and at all price levels. Start your collection – or round out your existing one with some great small pieces. All works are original, small and suitable for Christmas, Chanukah or any other holiday tradition you celebrate.

See a few images here:

Featuring these superb artists; Joe Fafard, Gerald Trottier, Marc Adornato, Alex Jack, , Alison Smith-Welsh, Chris Johnson, Betty Connelly, Claire Scherzinger, Cristina Del Sol, Dan Austin, Denis Larouche, Diana Kline, Egor Evseev, Georgia Mathewson, Wellington Lambert, Harry Nowell, Holly Friesen, Isabella Di Sclafani, Janet Moore, Janet Slavin, Jay Anderson, Joejene Santos, Juliana McDonald, Julie Withrow, Karen Goetzinger, Lindsay Watson, Lori Victor, Lynne Morin, Marianne Weeks, Moira Law, Monique Martin, Nan Griffiths, Olaf Krassnitzky, Pina Manoni-Rennick, Preston Zaborowski, Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton, Rosy Somerville, Sharon Lafferty, Stephen Seguin, Sue Ukkola, Tony Clark, Paula Zoubek, Marc Brzustowski, Mark Seabrook, Patti Normand, Doug Cosbie, Mary Wong, Karina Kraenzle, Russell Yuristy, Sanjeev Sivarulrasa, Barbara Gamble, Norman Takeuchi, Kristy Gordon, Eric Walker, Mahshid Farhoudi, Katherine McNenly, John Jarrett, MaryAnn Camps, Heidi Conrod, Kathy Haycock, Reid McLachlan, Becky Mason, Danny Hussey, Julie St-Amand, Glen Foster, Jennifer Gibbs, Peggy Hughes, The Latest Artists (Andrew & Deborah O’Malley), Jessica Levman, Peter Dolan, Katrin Smith, Sylvia Klein, Evelyn Rapin, Anne Barkley, Adrienne Herron, Greg Ludlow, Beth Levin, John Gillies, and a few more to boot!

Cube Gallery
1285 Wellington St. W. Ottawa, K1Y 3A8
613 728 1750
Tues-Fri 10:30 – 6pm Sat.-Sun 11-5pm
Open late the First Thursday of every month

Friday, November 23, 2012

REMINDER - SAQA Central Canada Parlour Meeting, Monday, November 26th in Sydenham

Please plan to join  us in Syndenham at the all new GRACE HALL, formerly the old stone church on Stagecoach Road just north of Rutledge Road at noon Monday November 26th where we will welcome all SAQA Central members able to attend and share news of their SAQA opportunities for participation, regional happenings and as always Creative Buffet (members newest work).  Everyone welcome and feel free to bring a guest.
The gathering will be held from 12-4 pm
Grace Centre (South Frontenac Community Services)

4295 Stage Coach Road, Sydenham, ON, K0H 2T0

Meeting begins at noon and brown bag lunch is  suggested if you have not eaten. Light refreshments.
Donations of treats welcome.

Agenda available at the meeting or  to be sent with confirmed attendance RSVP email to your area SAQA Co-Rep, Bethany Garner at

Hope to see you at Grace Hall, Monday at noon. Best wishes for a great Holiday for all members unable to be with us for this meeting.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Nov. 23, 2012 – Jan. 6, 2013
Opening Nov. 25
The Invitational exhibit, Tradition in Transition, curated by Sandra Reford (, shows traditional quilts and the development of the technique into contemporary works. The 35 pieces were selected from across Canada, originally for an exhibit in France earlier this year.
Reford shares: 'Textile art in Canada is not only inspired by our environment, be it natural or man-made, it often incorporates that very thing. Quilts are made of fabric hand-dyed with collected berries or bark. In the city, fabric is dyed with rusted metal. The light, textures and colours from our changing seasons also play a role in our expression. The forms of the textile works reflect the symmetry of the skyscrapers or the raw shapes of the outdoors. The materials used are themselves important and are often sentimental conversations with the past in the re-use of fabrics. As artists, we are influenced by our cultural backgrounds, consciously or sub-consciously. That heritage can be seen in our works".
Several SAQA Central Canada members are included in the exhibition, as well as the beautiful LAURENTIAN FOOTHILLS collaborative piece by 20 participating SAQA Central members.
For more information/ for a pdf copy of the invitation, please contact the Curator, Sandra Reford at the web address above .

November 23- January 6, 2013
1086 Burnamthorpe Road East, Oakville
1 km. east of Trafalger Rd.
Opening Reception , Sunday November 25, 2012
from 2-5 pm
Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Join Lynne Morin at the Kanata Gift of ART


Please join artist Lynne Morin and friends as the GIFT OF ART SHOW AND SALE gets underway this weekend, NOVEMBER 17 and 18th from 10 am - 5 pm each day  at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery.

Linked Toegether Temporarily by Lynne Morin
Please visit the Gallery website for full directions and make this a special event on your weekend calendar with family and friends.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

SAQA Central Canada Regional Meeting set for Monday, November 26, 2012 in Sydenham, ON

Please mark your calendar and join Regional Co-Representative Bethany Garner as she welcomes members from across the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River region of our Central Canada area to a Pre-Holiday Gathering and Regional Meeting to be held on Monday afternoon, November 26th at the beautiful, historic and all new GRACE Centre of the South Frontenac Community Services located in Sydenham, ON.
The gathering will be held from 12-4 pm and everyone is welcome. 
Grace Centre
                                   4295 Stage Coach Road, Sydenham, ON, K0H 2T0                            

A link to information about Grace Hall Centre can be found at

SAQA Central Canada has had many new members join us in the past six months and Regional Meetings are the very best way to have all members get together from time to time and enjoy meeting and getting to know each other in a casual, but meeting focused environment. While we know everyone's schedule is full at this time of year, I hope your will mark your calendar now and plan to join us on the 26th. There is definitely beautiful new textile work underway, we need these opportunities to get together and  share our new work, event news and encourage the members of SAQA to work together to ensure that our communities and the greater textile world is aware of what is happening in our Region. We would love to have each of you bring news to share as well as some new work.

I would be pleased to entertain your suggested Agenda items for the meeting, and you may send those to me at either or by no later than November 20th with thanks . The Agenda will be sent via email to those who confirm their intended Regional Meeting attendance to either of the addresses above.

Hoping that those of you who have not entered a SAQA exhibition are looking closely at all of the opportunities for your work to be shared all across the US and Internationally through SAQA sponsored exhibits in various venues. The events postings are sent to all members by our Executive Director, Martha Sielman in her monthly Newsletter and via SAQA e-News at least once a month. All of this information is posted for you at our main SAQA website

Please plan to join us and help me welcome our newest Central Canada members, share some of your new work at our CREATIVE BUFFET, and learn more about all of the wonderful opportunities that SAQA has to offer to local area, Canadian, US and international members.

Refreshments will be served with treats donations welcome.

Bethany Garner, SAQA Central Canada Co-Rep

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandra Reford shares opportunity for Juried Show Exhibition in Italy in 2013

Dear Textile Artists and Quilters,

Many of you know that I have been working with the Veronese for about 7 years now in both the teaching side and the exhibiting side. Verona hosts a textile festival every two years and this coming April they will again exhibit international works and a JURIED SHOW ....which is why I am communicating with you now.

Please view the guidelines at the following address:

Of course you can tell your friends not only the Canadian ones! It is an international event. I wanted to participate this year (did last time and my work was selected) but I accepted an invitation to be on the jury along with several other international artists and quilters. I think we are 5 jurors.

Consider participating! It could be an amazing opportunity to have your work exhibited in Italy at a prestigious and well attended event. There are GREAT prizes as well!

Sandra Reford

Friday, October 26, 2012

FIBRE CONTENT Opens Saturday Oct. 27th at Burlington Performing Arts Centre


Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art
Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC)
October 27 - 28, 2012
Show hours: Saturday 9—5, Sunday 10—4
Burlington Performing Arts Centre
440 Locust St., Burlington, ON

A collaborative effort
with original works by artists from
Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) Central Canada
Connections Fibre Artists
Grand Guild of Fibre Artists
Burlington Fibre Arts
Group of 8

Congratulations to Michele and Heather

SAQA members Michele Meredith and Heather Dubreuil are delighted to have had their fibre and mixed-media work juried into the annual Stewart Hall show, "The Art Rental Collection 2013". Stewart Hall is a beautiful community centre, set on the shores of Lake St.-Louis, 176 Bord-du-Lac, Pointe-Claire, Quebec. The Gallery is a well-lit space with raw brick walls, and it will display over one hundred works by Montreal-area artists, October 27 to November 25. The vernissage is on Sunday, October 28, at 2 p.m. 

For hours and further information, please visit their website,

As well, Michele and Heather will show their work together in the lobby of the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre in Hudson, Quebec, November 2 - 31. The centre is open during regular business hours, and sometimes on evenings and weekends as well. To confirm their hours, please contact them through their website

or by phone, 450-458-6699.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

UNRAVELLED Open at St. Jacobs Quilt Gallery

"Unravelled: An eclectic exhibit of the quilting arts" 
The exhibit, by Frayed Knots group members Marsha Clarke, Marilyn Farquhar, Marg Notar, Judy Pearce, Audrey Vrooman and Nancy Winn, will be on display at the St Jacobs Quilt Gallery (third floor of the Mill), 1441 King St N. St Jacobs, from October 5 through December 31, 2012.
 Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday- Saturday and noon-5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, welcomes the TNT Group Exhibition

Please plan to join the TNT Group, Ottawa as they Open their Fall Exhibition
 of Textile, Needle, Thread at the John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON
Seven members of Studio Inspirations are participating and a number of the Studio Inspirations Group are SAQA Central members.

TNT (Textile, Needle, Thread)
Belleville Public Library,
John M. Parrott Art Gallery,
254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, Ontario
November 1 to 29, 2013

Opening Reception : Saturday, November 3, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

THE ART OF STITCH Opening Reception at Window Art Gallery, Kingston School of Art, October 27th

The members of the Kingston Fibre Artists Group invite you to attend the Opening of their
Fall 2012 Show and Sale at the Kingston School of Art, Window Art Gallery
October 24- December 2, 2012
647A Princess Street, Kingston
Saturday, October 27th
2-4 pm
The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 12-4 pm
and Thursday 12-8 pm

NEERA HUCKVALE new work juried into ART QUILTS YEAR XVII at Chandler Center for the Arts

ART QUILTS YEAR XVII: Integrating A Paradox
An exhibition of Textile Arts juried by Adriene Buffington
November 2, 2012 – January 20, 2013

Chandler Cultural Foundation Chandler Center for the Arts
250 North Arizona Avenue Chandler AZ 85225

Meet the Artists Reception
Friday, November 2nd, 7–9 PM

This exhibition is comprised of well over 60 hand quilted, printed, hand embellished and picturesque representations in fabric. All artworks are accompanied by a story and artist biography.

The artworks were selected based on our juror’s theme, ‘Integrating a Paradox’. The theme encouraged textile artists to explore duality. A paradox can express the tension between ideas that are contradictory, and yet both are true. Integrating a Paradox is not blending these opposites into some neutral compromise, but joining them in a way so that each element retains its unique character - yet somehow working better together than apart.

The exhibition is curated by Arizona textile artist Adriene Buffington, who writes, “My life has been an experience of contrasts. It begins with growing up in both Studio City, California, and Missoula, Montana; with one parent a hippie professor and the other a probation officer. I started my adult life pursuing a management career in retail fashion, but married young and chose to stay home with our three kids. I gradually completed a degree in Art but then earned a Masters of Arts in Theology. I thought I would teach geometry, but I wrote a book on dyeing fabric.

Textile art is not always synonymous with traditional quilting, although the traditional forms and stitching are ever present, the compositions tend to reach toward the dramatic. ART QUILTS tend to be vibrant representations of ideals and stories that stir the imagination and impress the viewer. The elements of storytelling and composition blend into fantastic canvases in fabric.

Congratulations Neera!

Neera Huckvale is presently Artist-in-Residence at The School of Dance in Ottawa. Born in India, she moved to Canada with her family at the age of 10. She studied at the Ottawa School of Art in the 1980s adding fabric later to her list of mediums which has become her focus over the last 12 years. Recently she has completed studies in paper making.

As a member of the group “Out-Of-The-Box-Fibre-Artists” she has shown with them in Ottawa as well as at the Montreal Centre of Contemporary Textiles (2007). She participated in an exhibit with MainWorks artists (1999) and had a solo show of charcoal drawings at the University of Ottawa (1993). As one of three artists-in-residence, she has also exhibited yearly at The School of Dance since 2007.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Lynne Morin is a Featured Artist

"Lynne Morin will be a feature artist at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery from Oct 9th until Nov 10th, if you have a chance come see her new work at 2500 Campeau Dr.   Please see website for hours "
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

SAQA Central Canada members to participate in FIBRE CONTENT October 27-28, 2012



Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art
Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC)
October 27 - 28, 2012
Show hours: Saturday 9—5, Sunday 10—4
Burlington Performing Arts Centre
440 Locust St., Burlington, ON

A collaborative effort
with original works by artists from
Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) Central Canada
Connections Fibre Artists
Grand Guild of Fibre Artists
Burlington Fibre Arts
Group of 8

The show is a powerful opportunity to view and make a personal connection with the patterns and passion expressed in fibre art.  You will see traditional, contemporary, representational and abstract art wall quilts, in a variety of themes and sizes, in diverse mediums including fabrics embellished with threads, beads and found objects, painted and felted fibres.
You will be dazzled by 128 works of art created by 65 artists. These extraordinary pieces will be complemented by the impressive setting of the new BPAC that is drenched with natural light and open space. Some works will be for sale.
Admission includes a detailed catalogue of all the works displayed at the show and access to a vendor marketplace of related art merchants.
Come and join us in the beautiful downtown Burlington area, situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, close to a local art gallery, restaurants and boutique shopping.

Visit the website for information, directions:

SAQA Central Canada contact:

Friday, October 5, 2012

KIT VINCENT to share Weekend Workshop at St. Lawrence College October 12-14th... Come join us!

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON WEEKEND WORKSHOPS SERIES welcomes KIT VINCENT on Friday evening, October 12, 2012 to Room 12050 in the Adminsitrative Wing, St. Lawrence College for her evening Artists Lecture as a part of the 2012-2013 Workshops Season... everyone welcome! Just two seats available in this exciting, creative workshop - do join us! This is one Workshop Weekend you do not want to miss....

Unleash Your Inner Matisse With Paper and Fabric Cutouts

Are you instinctually drawn to Matisse’s wonderful cutouts?

In this workshop you will be inspired to channel your inner Matisse and experiment creating cutouts using mixed media collage including painted papers and fabrics.

Kit will demonstrate a process for making a unique stiffened ‘fabric-paper’ using a sandwich made with a commercial polyester substrate and coloured tissue paper. This fabric-paper can be added to your mixed media collection and incorporated into your compositions in a variety of innovative ways.

You will practice simplifying your favorite images down to their essence, abstracting them as much as possible.I will guide you through several collage techniques in which you will combine and layer colorful papers and fabrics into a large overall composition or alternatively, into several smaller studies. Stitch work will follow as time allows.

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Weekend Workshop Fee: $125 and Materials Fee: $20

Kit Vincent has studied textile arts at the Crow Timber-Frame Barn in Baltimore Ohio, and has completed a two-year Art Cloth Mastery Program with Jane Dunnewold in San Antonio, Texas. Kit constructs fibre art using fabrics that she has dyed and patterned with a variety of surface design processes. These surfaces are heavily thread-painted with machine stitching and/or hand embroidery. Her work has appeared in numerous shows in Canada, the United States and overseas, including Quilt National, in Athens, Ohio; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio; Museum for Contemporary Textiles, Montreal, Quebec; Patchwork & Quilt Expo, Lyon and Le Carrefour Du Patchwork, Val d`Argent, Alsace, France. Kit is also a sought-after teacher who enjoys exploring as many fibre related techniques and materials as she can and sharing these with her students.

Thursday, October 4, 2012



Please join Phillida and her artist friends as they open the home of Angela Costello located at 215 Victoria Street on October 13th and 14th for a beautiful sharing of fibre, pottery, jewelery and screen prints.

This is a very special AUTUMN ART EXHIBITION that should not be missed. Contact Phillida at for more details and directions.

SYNTHESIS II - A Message from Curator, Patricia Caffery

SYNTHESIS II to have new opportunities for 2013 and 2014.

I am thrilled to let you know that Lynne Morin has been hard at work on behalf of Synthesis II. She has applied again to the City of Ottawa for an opportunity to have Synthesis II in one of the City Galleries in 2013. Last year we were on a waiting list so hopefully with Lynne's hard work we will be successful at obtaining Gallery space in Ottawa.
Lynne also made a submission to the Chambers Gallery and the Corridor Gallery in Almonte. Today they confirmed that they will host Synthesis II in May 2013 at the Chambers Gallery and in June 2013 at the Corridor Gallery at the Library. A huge thank you to Lynne for all her work on behalf of Synthesis II.

Lynne is also working with the Homer Watson Gallery in Kitchener and perhaps we will be successful there.

I am still negotiating dates with the Gibson Gallery. They have an opening next summer but we are trying to co-ordinate the Gibson Exhibition with two other galleries in the area. If we are successful, I expect all of the exhibitions will be in early 2014. As soon as I have dates, I will let you know.

Heather Dubreuil is working with SAQA members in Quebec at obtaining gallery space for Synthesis II. All of the materials are being translated into French by Julie Poirier. This is a huge undertaking but essential for any submissions in Quebec. Thank you Julie, your huge contribution is very much appreciated.

A Calendar of all of the upcoming SYNTHESIS II traveling Exhibition Locations will be posted to the Synthesis II pages here at the SAQA Central Blog as soon as the actual dates are confirmed.
Anyone who has a connection to the local Gallerys in their location is encouraged to please join us in the effort to secure future Exhibition venues for this beautiful and thought provoking exhibition collection. (Twenty pieces from 16 Canadian Artists, all exhibition ready. The collection comes with a beautiful exhibition Artists Statement portfolio to have at the Gallery for viewer information). Please contact Pat Caffery, Synthesis II Curator, at for information about the exhibition pieces, shipping and for an informational package including a DVD of the pieces to share with your contacts.
Patricia Caffery
Curator, Synthesis II Exhibition

Monday, September 10, 2012

SAQA Benefit Auction open TODAY - bid high, bid often!!!

The 2012 SAQA Benefit Auction is open for bidding today with six days of excitement and fun for everyone...last day to bid on the first round is Saturday the 15th... don't wait - your favourites will go quickly!!! See  the links below to go directly to the website for bidding procedure and links to the online bidding form. Have your credit card handy and have some FUN! Wjat better way to support our Association than to purchase a beautiful piece of Fibre Art made by a SAQA friend or artist you have long admired.

Mary Pal's piece donated this year sold already and is this is another FIRST DAY, $750 donation for Mary, a SAQA Board Member and Canadian artist. Her work will be at home with Jennifer Day. Congratulations Mary!!!

Come on SAQA Central Canada - let's get bidding! Here are a few pieces you might consider in this round:

                                                MAELSTROM, Anna Hergert, Saskatoon 

                                         SYRINGA SPONTANEA, Helena Scheffer, Quebec

                                   COLOUR AUCTION BLOCKS, Kit Vincent, Ontario

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Martha Sielman (860-487-4199)
Executive Director
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

MARY PAL work continues the journey to both North American and International venues

Mary Pal's work "Memories of Gombe", above, is featured in this month's issue of American Craft in an article entitled, "Why Innovation Matters," an interview with David McFadden, Chief Curator and Vice President for Programs and Collections at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

Mary also has had two works, Homeless Love and Musing, accepted into the La Conner Quilt Museum's Annual Show in Washington. And her piece Stogie, below, is travelling with SAQA's "I'm Not Crazy" exhibition.

Mary's "Sizing Up" will be in the opening group auctioned at the SAQA Annual Benefit Auction starting Monday, September 10th. Mary's pieces have sold in the first hour of the Auction for the past several years - many congratulations Mary on all of your exciting and so very distinctive and diverse work!

Sizing Up, Mary B. Pal

Mary has just returned from Taiwan where she taught workshops in her cheesecloth sculpting technique. The journey continues.  Please visit Mary's website/blog to follow all of these wonderful pieces and watch the continuing development of her amazing and so sought after fibre art.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

LYNNE MORIN featured in current SAQA Virtual Gallery

EXPLORING, Lynne Morin
CONGRATULATIONS to LYNNE MORIN as her beautiful work is featured in the September Virtual Gallery "Seeing With The Heart" at the main STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATES website.
Chosen by Wen Redmond, Virtual Gallery Juror, Lynne's "Exploring" is a beautiful example of her newest textile collage work. Redmond states:
These pieces aren’t necessarily realistic yet evoke mind pictures, memories or emotions of perhaps ‘being’ there.

There - where we see with our soul.
There - where the line is crossed from our imagination into reality.

Wen Redmond, Guest Curator

Visit the Virtual Exhibit here:

Lynne's "Exploring" is one of her new collage pieces developed for her course at the ABRUZZO SCHOOL in 2013 in Abruzzo, Italy. Please visit the link below for more information about this amazing opportunity to share time with Lynne in Italy next summer.
As a regular contributing Artist in SAQA Exhibitions, Lynne also has a beautiful piece "MOZART" hanging in the SAQA BEYOND COMFORT Exhibition currently open at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is the "opening piece" as visitors walk into the exhibition space and is certainly a stunning example of Lynne's talent as a Textile Artist.  Many congratulations Lynne.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Weekend Workshops Series in Kingston, ON scheduled to share the most recent design and fibre art techniques

Harbour, Kit Vincent

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Weekend Workshops Series
Bethany Garner, Coordinator and Donna Hamilton, Registrar, have lined up four dynamic workshops for 2012/13 that our SAQA members may indeed be interested in. They have arranged to bring four of Canada's best of the best Instructors (two of them are SAQA Central members) to Kingston to share with you the very latest techniques in fibre art. They are:

                                                                                                                                                                                         Fine Living - Window Seat, Heather Dubreuil

12-14th October, 2012: Kit Vincent
16-18th November, 2012: Hilary Rice
22nd-24th March, 2013: Heather Dubreuil
19th - 21st April, 2013: Chris Kummer


Subservient 1, Chris Kummer
For details of each workshop, click here to see their blog. 

And for a copy of the 2012/13 brochure: .

This link is a pdf file that can be read by your browser and then printed on 8 1/2″x11″ paper. It is three pages long. To register, simply print page 3, fill it in, and mail the bottom part and your cheque to the Registrar, Donna Hamilton, whose address can be found at the bottom of the Registration form.
Strands of IF, Hilary Rice


If you would rather receive the paper version, email them your name and address and they will put one in regular mail for you in a few days.
This Series will promises to be a very exciting program and the FIBREWORKS KINGSTON team extend a warm welcome to all who are interested in joining us.

Sunday, August 19, 2012


How much more pleased could we be here in SAQA's Central Canada membership as we have the opportunity to once again view and consider adding some really amazing  Textile ART to our personal collections as we participate in the ANNUAL SAQA BENEFIT AUCTION which will begin on Monday, September 10, 2012 at

Many Central Canada members are participating as Artists this year and to avoid missing anyone along the way, we encourage you to visit the Benefit Auction pages at the main SAQA website and enjoy seeing if you can connect all of the beautiful work with our friends and mentors here in Canada. The work of two prominent Canadians is shown on the advertising poster above ... both ANNA HERGERT and MARY PAL have contributed to the Benefit Auction as artists for many years and their work is highly sought by collectors across North America and beyond.

This year, pieces will be auctioned both online and LIVE at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. Several Canadians will have their work at the live Auction including SYLVIA NAYLOR and SHARON COLLINS.  Last year, the Auction raised over $54,000 which has gone a long way towards the number of exhibitions and services SAQA is able to support during the year. This is the main fundraiser of our Association each year, so we encourage you to follow the Auction's progress during September and October and join in to bid if you can.

The Benefit Auction is just one opportunity to give back to SAQA. Some members are confident in their skills and contribute as artists, and others are avid collectors of the beautiful and complex art pieces that are donated by members each year. Whether you are a participating artist or a patron, your participation is appreciated and definitely important to the growth and development of our Association.

Please mark you calendar and follow the Auction. Details are available online at and the auction results are updated almost immediately as bids are received, so you can bid, follow the progress and see if you are the winning bidder all online with communications being directed to your email file by our own MARTHA SIELMAN, Executive Director.

Hoping YOU will participate this year, and do bring some of these beautiful works home to Canada.
Great luck in your bidding activities and have FUN!

For the SAQA Stitch enthusiasts - Travel to Antigua and share in a workshop with PATRICIA CAFFERY

Ultimate Destination Workshop
With Pat Caffery
April 28th to May 5th, 2013
Grand Pineapple Beach Resort, Antigua


The peacock is a majestic bird which I have portrayed as a ‘glamour bird’. The linen fabric is hand painted. Students will make silk fusion from which the tail feathers are crafted, then stitched and embellished using floss, silk thread, Glitter thread, sequins and beads. His body is padded while the wings are wired and stitched with several layers of Glitter before being shaped and attached. Students will have the opportunity to paint the reflection for the mirror on the wall. Very basic stitches are used: satin, buttonhole, fishbone and turkey tufting. This is a project for all levels of stitchers.

The cost of the workshop is $100.00 which includes the kit and 10 hours of instruction.

Grand Pineapple Beach Resort Antigua offers a brilliant white sand beach, luxurious foliage and vivid aromatic blooms — making it a haven for photographers as well as vacationers seeking a relaxing vacation. This casual resort offers something for all including dazzling pools, four restaurants to satisfy every taste, sports, spa, and a long list of optional tours. The tours include a rainforest adventure, an eco-kayak tour, swimming with the stingrays to name a few. Of course, the shopping is not to be missed! 

There are unlimited activities for the workshop participants as well as spouses or friends who may wish to share in the fun. In addition to the 8 hours of instruction, a facility will be available for additional stitching for anyone wishing to complete the peacock before returning home.

The all inclusive cost for a week of fun and relaxation is $1,765.00 which includes air accommodations, double occupancy in a Garden View room, food and beverages, taxes and transfers. Upgrades are available for Beachfront or Tropical Ocean View rooms. To reserve your space and confirm this special pricing, contact Heidi Pivnick now with a$300.00 deposit. Prices may increase this fall.

To reserve your spot and join the Ultimate Destination Workshop please call
Heidi Pivnick 613-314-6953
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For more information contact Pat Caffery at or Heidi Pivnick at

Saturday, August 18, 2012

CATHARINA BREEDYK LAW Solo Show at St. Lawrence College, Brockville

Congratulations to our own SAQA Central Canada Rep, retired, CATHARINA BREEDYK LAW as her Solo Show opens at the Marainne van Silfhout Gallery located just inside the main doors at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, ON on September 14, 2012.

INNOVATIONS in FIBRE: Breaking the Rules  is the first "all fibre" exhibition for this well recognized Gallery, and the fact that it is Cathy's beautiful work is a special incentive for all of our SAQA members to plan to visit the Gallery and explore the wide variety of special techniques, beautiful design and dynamic quilting that her work always includes. A large collection of pieces spanning the recent works of this talented fibre artist and several all new pieces promises to give the visitors to this over month long Exhibition a real overview of the talent and dedication to excellence this artist exudes.

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday September 14, 2012
5-7 pm
Marianne Van Silfhout Gallery
2288 Parkdale Ave (St. Lawrence College)
Brockville, ON
613-345-0560 for details/directions

Sunday, August 5, 2012



Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art at the

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

October 27-28, 2012

Exhibition hours will be: Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-4.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre plans are firm, the Juried Exhibition pieces have been selected, the artists notified and the wonderful slate of Vendors is in place to ensure a totally exciting experience for all of the visitors to the FIBRE CONTENT Exhibition of fibre art created by area artists .

Now YOU have the opportunity to mark this amazing event in your calendar and make sure that you will attend over the weekend of October 27/28th and bring friends.

The Exhibition will be a powerful opportunity for visitors to view and make a personal connection with the patterns and passion expressed in fibre art. Visitors will see traditional, contemporary, representational and abstract art wall quilts, a variety of themes and sizes, and diverse mediums including fabrics embellished with threads, beads and found objects, painted and felted fibres.

The public will enjoy over 100 works of art created by more than 50 artists. These extraordinary pieces will be complemented by the impressive setting of the new BPAC that is drenched with natural light and open space. Admission for visitors will include access to a vendor marketplace of related art merchants. The Exhibition site is in the beautiful downtown Burlington area, situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, close to a local art gallery, restaurants and boutique shopping. The   Some works will be for sale.

Elizabeth King,Apprentice Judge, CQA
Iga Janik, Cambridge Galleries
Joanne Greenberg, Greenwood Quiltery


440 Locust Street
Burlington, ON L7S 1T7
Phone: 905-681-2551

For details/Exhibition Information, visit :  or please contact SAQA Central Canada Co-Representative Dwayne Wanner at ,  905-520-8928.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS to SAQA Central Canada Members - your work is being seen by thousands

Finding my copy of Quilting Arts in the mailbox is always good fun, but especially wonderful when there are the quilts or projects of friends featured. Many congratulations to both CATHERINE TIMM and ELAINE QUEHL as their beautiful quilts "QUIET WINTER" and "UNFURLING" are included in Martha Sielman's article on her newest book "Art Quilt Portfolio: THE NATURAL WORLD" available in bookstores and online at the SAQA Book Store. The article runs on pages 34-40.

I was also delighted to find the work of many of our SAQA Central members featured in the DREAM COLLECTIONS that are now up on the SAQA main website, 2012 Benefit Auction pages. Please visit the website soon and walk through all of the collections as you see,  just as the curators of the collections have, the diversity, technique, texture, colour and especially the amazing creativity and workmanship in these lovely small quilts. The quilts will be offered starting in September to the lucky bidders in the 2012 Benefit Auction which is the Annual Fundraiser for our Association. The Auction brings much joy to the lucky bidders who have the privilege of displaying these beautiful works in their homes and offices. Click on the link below to go directly to page one of the Dream Collections and perhaps to curate your own collection. Follow the directions at the website and I look forward to seeing your vision:

SAQA Central Canada Members featured are:

Page 1: Elaine Quehl (in several Dream Collections)
Page 2: Kit Vincent (also in more than one collection), Helena Scheffer, Mary Pal (two collections)
Page 3: Catherine Timm
Page 4: Robin Laws Field (two collections) and Pat Caffery

Congratulations all around for your Auction contributions and for the love of making art and the personal level of skill and talent that went into each piece. Please follow the Auction process online, bid often this fall and have some fun with this annual event.

Bethany Garner
SAQA Central Co-Rep

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

ANNUAL JURIED SHOW "SPACE" at Marianne Von Silthout Gallery, St. Lawrence College, Brockville

Congratulations to our recently retired SAQA Rep and friend CATHARINA BREEDYK LAW as her new work moves into the Marianne von Silthout Gallery at St. Lawrence College, Brockville Campus. Cathy's work has been accepted into this Annual Juried Show for many years now, and is always a very special treat for the viewers.

The 2012 Juried Exhibition "SPACE" opens on Friday, July 27th with a reception from 5-7 pm at the Gallery located at 2288 Parkedale Ave., just east of Highway 29 in North end Brockville. An easy to find location off the 401 at exit 696 (Highway 29).

Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 8 pm and Monday/Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. 
For more information on the Gallery, visit
Telephone 613-345-0560 during Gallery hours.

ANNA HERGERT Workshop on KANTHA EMBROIDERY in Ottawa, Sept. 15, 2012


Are you interested in learning more about other cultures and their quilting techniques?

Join us for a virtual trip to India and get introduced to this ancient quilting technique that elevates recycling/reusing to a fine art. Hand quilters and embroiderers will embrace this simple and yet very effective method of embellishing fabric with running stitches to create one of a kind pieces suitable for framing. All you need is to bring a thimble (if you use one) and a pair of small, sharp embroidery scissors. Instructor will provide all other supplies for a kit fee of $25. See samples of Anna's work at .

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, 9:30 - 4:30 pm

Where: Dragonfly Fabrics, 2679 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa

Registration Fee: $75, plus HST

Call now to register: 613-521-9839 (with credit card)
Linda Doyle, Owner

You are welcome to bring your lunch, or plan to eat out or take out from one of the restaurants or the grocer in our plaza. We have a microwave and fridge. Dragonfly Fabrics will provide tea and coffee. 

 NOTE: Anna will have some copies of her new book: KANTHA - A PRIMER, a step by step guide to the traditional Kantha technique. Please let us know if you would like a copy reserved for you (no obligation). I believe the cost is $25.