Friday, January 27, 2012

PAM Members - Your Portfolio 19 Submissions Call is up at SAQA Website

From Martha Sielman, Executive Director:

SAQA's Portfolio, the art quilt sourcebook, is the go-to resource for galleries, museum directors, architects, interior designers, and collectors considering art quilts for their exhibitions and collections. It's a wonderful opportunity for SAQA professional artist members (PAMs) to showcase their work. Portfolio 19 will be published in both print and electronic versions, broadening the opportunities for exposure to the art world and to the public.

Members with PAM status as of April 1, 2012, are eligible to participate in Portfolio 19.

If you are not currently a PAM,
you can apply for PAM status before March 7.
Complete requirements and instructions for the application process are available here:

Submissions will be accepted online April 1-30, 2012. You will be asked to provide information about yourself and your piece and to upload one digital image.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

SYNTHESIS II Exhibition Opens at Greenwood Gallery in Guelph

We are pleased to announce that our SAQA Central Canada Exhibition, Synthesis II, has opened at the Greenwood Gallery in Guelph. The Gallery is located in the Greenwood Quiltery, 275 Woolwich Street, Guelph. Synthesis II is a unified and dynamically diverse show, and designated as a travelling SAQA exhibition that combines the work of 16 Canadian members of Studio Art Quilt Associates. SAQA is an international organization of artists, curators, gallery owners and collectors with over 2000 members.

Each work of the Synthesis II exhibit meets the SAQA definition of an art quilt: a contemporary artwork exploring and expressing aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, assemblage and sculpture, which retains, through materials or techniques, a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descends.

The selection process for Synthesis II took place in October 2011 by jurors: Yvonne Wiegers, Artist, Professor of Visual Art at Heritage College, Ottawa, Ontario; Sharon Godwin, Director at Thunder Bay Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario; and Lyndal Osborne, Artist, Professor Emeritus in Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. The twenty juried works chosen reflect a skillful integration of diverse concepts into a mixed media fusion of colours, textures, and energy. Each stands on its own as an art work and as a synthesis of the materials and thoughts of each individual artist.

Synthesis II Artists
Pamela Allen
Penny Berens
Ann Bird
Robynne Cole
Sharon Collins
Heather Dubreuil
Margaret Dunnsmore
Robin Laws Field
Marie-France Gosselin
Catharina Breedyk Law
Lynne Morin
Elaine Quehl
Mardell Rampton
B.J. Reid
Helena Sheffer
Catherine Timm

The SAQA Central Canada group piece, LAURENTIAN HILLS, created by 20 members in 2010 is also being shared with the visitors to Greenwood Gallery during this exhibition and will not travel with the Synthesis II Exhibition, yet may be seen together with Synthesis II at some Gallery locations as space allows.


Visit for location/hours of the Shop before scheduling your visit and do take friends. The exhibition runs January 14- February 25th.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Thinking of a short winter break and need a reason to head South at the end of this month??? Canadian SAQA Central Canada member, Jo Fitsell, will be one of four well recognized Instructors working with Foxie Artist Productions as they present a Mixed Media Art Weekend Retreat. Visit their website for more details and the listing of all three weekend retreat workshops.

January 27-29, 2012
Lakeside Inn, Mount Dora, FL

Join us for an artist retreat in beautiful Mount Dora featuring four top-notch artists from around the country. There will be three intensive workshops offered over three days. The first workshop will be offered Friday. Workshops one, two and three are intenstive two-day classes and will be held concurrently on Saturday and Sunday.
For questions about the retreat weekend, please contact Heather Earnest at or call 407-310-7692.       

Retreat Workshops

Marbling WorkshopWorkshop One: Marbling with Jo Fitsell
Friday, January 27 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Marbling is an ancient technique remastered and made easier by teacher, Jo Fitsell. Students will play with color by floating paints on the surface of thickened water and then picking up the paint with either fabric or paper. You will be amazed at how quickly the intense colors transfer and the pure joy of spontaneously creating! Students leave this workshop with yards of finished fabric suitable for collage, quilting or clothing. More details »
Cost: $125 per person | Click here to register
Course Registration is limited to 20 students.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

O CANADA 2012 Exhibition Call to Entry posted

The International Quilt Festival has posted their Call To Entry for a special exhibit which will showcase Canadian Quilts and Quilt Artists, O CANADA 2012. The exhibition is open to Canadian quilters and you MUST live in a Canadian Province in order to be eligible for this competition. Quilts may be traditional or art quilts, and all quilts made by residents of Canada will be considered. The special exhibit will open in the IQF Cincinnati Festival location and works may travel throughout the US at IQF locations during 2012 as determined by the organization. Quilts not chosen to travel will be returned by the end of May 2012. 

You will find the Call to Entry details posted at the following website link. Please take time to have a look. Each entrant may submit a total of two entries for consideration. Delivery of the quilts must be made to Houston no later than Friday, March 16, 2012. Questions may be directed in person to Carmen Valls, Quilts Inc. Special Exhibits Coordinator at 713-781-6864.

Completed submissions with visuals must be received online by January 31, 2012. Quilts must be a minimum of 25" x 25", and there are special instructions in the Call to Entry for submission of your digital images and the shipping instructions and claims for Insurance values are quite specific. Please read the Call to Entry carefully.

Hoping to see many SAQA Central Canada members on the list of works chosen for this special exhibit.