Saturday, March 24, 2012

Join us for the SAQA CENTRAL CANADA "EASTERN GROUP" MEETING on April 14, 2012 in Brockville

Please mark your calendar for the next gathering of the SAQA CENTRAL CANADA "Eastern Group" members at St. Lawrence College, Room 114, 8 am - 4 pm on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  All Central Canada members are invited and encouraged to attend this spring meeting. Please invite your friends who have been interested in SAQA and all of it's wonderful benefits to Fibre Arts and ART Quilt enthusiasts to join us as well.

The College is located on Parkdale Ave. just east of  Highway 29 and near the 401/ Highway 29 exit. Please contact Bethany Garner, Co-Rep for more details or for visit MAPQUEST for maps from your area. The college is on the north side of Parkdale Av., just past the Upper Canada Mall.

The morning Business Meeting will begin with an "Introductions" period to allow members who have not attended our SAQA Cantral meetings in the past to get to know the many members who are active in SAQA at this end of the Province. Please plan to bring a piece of your work for our "CREATIVE BUFFET" to be shared just before Lunch, and tuck in a few business cards or advertising cards from upcoming shows in your area to share with the members in attendance.

Also on the Agenda for the Morning Session will be news of our next opportunity to share the beautiful SYNTHESIS II Exhibition as it travels to the John M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville's Public Library for June and July 2012. We are hoping that Pat Caffery and Judith Popiel will be in attendance to share an update of all of the Brockville Exhibition plans, as the Laurentian Foothills piece created by SAQA friends in 2010 will also be exhibited in the next door gallery at the Parrott while Synthesis II is on exhibition. The Laurentian Hills artists have been invited to add one more piece of their new work to the exhibition.

News and shared experiences from those who will be attending the SAQA/SDA Conference in Philadelphia on March 30 - April 1, 2012 will  be a highlight of the morning. For those attending, please plan to bring some of your great memories from the conference, Fibre Philadelphia, your class experiences and photos/memorabilia if you are a Conference attendee.

The next SAQA/SDA Conference will be held in Santa Fe, NM in the spring of 2013. Details are on the SAQA website. Have a peek and just imagine Spring 2013 in Santa Fe!

We hope to have news to share of the special Exhibition being planned by SAQA Co-Rep Dwayne Wanner and the members of the SAQA Central Western Group for the fall of 2012 at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Everyone Welcome. Contact SAQA Co-Rep. Dwayne Wanner for details at

After a shared "Brown Bag" lunch period, and before starting the afternoon session, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful work members have brought to share in more detail and talk to the artists. Coffee and teas will be provided.

Area Coming Events and the many Calls to Entry from SAQA will be on the agenda for the first part of the afternoon. Please make sure that each of you comes prepared with questions or ideas about how our SAQA Central Canada Groups can be best represented in SAQA International.

Planning for the summer/fall/winter meetings for SAQA Central's Western Group will be the last item on the agenda for the day.

After the Business Meeting, we will make time to enjoy some terrific techniques as a small team of volunteers takes the floor to share with those attending the meeting some of the newest of the new tools and techniques that they have been exploring. If YOU are interested in sharing a technique or new tool, great resources or inspiration for design work you are undertaking, please email Bethany Garner at and let us know.

We hope to see you all at St. Lawrence College on April 14th ... and please feel free to bring friends.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

SAQA Central "Western" Group Meeting planned for April 1st in Burlington

For all SAQA Central Canada Members:
A reminder that the next meeting is on Sunday April 1stat 2:00PM
Located in the Studio at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre
At 440 Locust St. in Burlington, ON L7S 1T7
The agenda is the review and finalization for the Call for Entry for the October 27/28, 2012 show to be held at the same location.
If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
RSVP’s are welcomed but not necessary.
Dwayne Wanner, SAQA Central Co-Rep

Mary Pal honoured with acceptance into four International Exhibitions for 2012

"MUSING" was accepted into Fantastic Fibres 2012, an International competition in Paducah, Kentucky, hosted by the Yeiser Art Center, Paducah's Gateway to the Arts. The exhibition runs March 31 to May 5th.

"SOLACE" has been juried into the QUILT VISIONS BIENNIAL in San Diego, one of 40 pieces selected from over 370 entries. The exhibition opens October 20, 2012 and runs through February 17, 2013.

She also has two works that will be exhibited in the TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL QUILT EXHIBITION, "NERIEDS" and "ACCUSATION", from August 11 - October 29, 2012. Mary will be teaching two of her cheesecloth workshops there in August.

Congratulations, Mary - we are so pleased and excited that your work continues to receive this level of recognition.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

CALL TO ENTRY: Moon Rain Centre for Textile Arts in the Outaouais 2013

DATES: AUGUST 16 to October 6, 2013

This call is open to Canadian, international , established and young emerging fibre and textile artists.

Deadline for Submissions: March 30, 2012

Additionally, Artists are invited to submit proposals for Textile Art projects that engage the public in the creation of collective works and promote hands-on community collaboration.

Details may be found at:
MOON RAIN CENTRE for Textile Arts in the Outaouais

Friday, March 9, 2012

OCAD Exhibition opens at Gladstone Hotel Friday, March 9, 2012

From SAQA Central Canada Member Catherine Timm:

2012: OCAD University Alumni Exhibition
March 6 – March 30, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St W.
Toronto, ON M6J 1J6
Second Floor Gallery

Alumni from all disciplines within OCAD University were invited to submit work for 2012: OCAD U Alumni Association Exhibition, juried by Tobi Bruce (Senior Curator/ Historical Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Hamilton), Simon Glass (Associate Dean, Faculty of Art, OCAD University) and Tony Taylor (Multidisciplinary artist).

More than 40 alumni will be exhibiting, including Adrian Fish (Photography, 1999), Lorraine Kwan (Material Arts, 1967), Aanchal Malhotra (Printmaking/Art History, 2011), Gina Stepaniuk (Experimental Arts, 1982), Michele Crockett (Photography, 2011), Mori McCrae (Drawing and Painting, 1986), Jacquelyn Sloane Siklos (Communication Design, 1998), Stephen Pak Wai Lai (Surface Design/Print, 1987), Cliff Caines (Integrated Media, 2002), Yshia Wallace (Sculpture/Installation, 2009).

For more information, contact Amanda McKinney