Saturday, April 28, 2012

Full Day Workshops to be offered in conjunction with the SAQA Central Canada Synthesis II / Laurentian Hills Exhibition month at the John M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville,ON

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the Laurentian Foothills Fibre Art Exhibit which will be in the side gallery during the SAQA Central Canada Synthesis II Fibre Art Exhibit at the John H. Parrott Gallery, Belleville Public Library, Pinnacle Street in downtown Belleville, ON from June 7th to July 12th. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend often and bring friends to share in viewing these very special exhibitions.

Two workshops will be offered during the Exhibition period. Details below:

Friday June 22nd -  Lecture/Demonstration*
Saturday June 23rd - Workshop 10a.m. to 4p.m.
$75.00 Prior Registration Necessary
(supply list given upon registration)

Friday July 6th  - Lecture/Demonstration*
Saturday July 7th -  Workshop 10a.m. to 4p.m.
$75.00 Prior Registration Necessary
(supply list given upon registration)

*The Friday evening Lecture Fee of $10.00 will be waived upon registration for those
people who are taking the workshop.

All workshops and lectures will be held at:

Belleville Recreation Centre Main Floor Auditorium
Pinnacle Street
Belleville Ontario

To Register please send email
Telephone: 613 968-5881

Registration Cheques are payable to Joan Reive, Registrar and may be mailed to:
Joan Reive
12 Kente Court
Belleville, Ontario
K8R 1G2

Registration is limited to 18 people in each workshop. No
post dated cheques will be accepted.

Friday, April 27, 2012

TWIST Fibre Festival, August 24-26 in St.-Andre Avellin, QC

The TWIST Fibre Festival - Traditional meets Contemporary - is a non profit organization created by President and CEO Amélie Blanchard, a resident of St-André-Avellin who is totally passionate about textile fibre.

The idea for the festival stemmed from the desire to create a major annual event that would attract all fibre lovers and enthusiasts.
TWIST , August 24-26, 2012 in St-André Avellin, is a unique fibre festival in Québec bringing together the most important players in the field.
TWIST is an annual event that serves as a showcase of the fibre world and is intended for the general public, enthusiasts, fibre producers, fleece animal breeders, transformers, artists, artisans, professionals and semiprofessionals.
TWIST is a 3-day event featuring dozens of workshops, activities, an art exhibit with a modern twist and over 65 exhibitors from all trades of the fibre industry and dozens of workshops (spinning, felting, weaving, knitting, dyeing and marketing)
It will be an amazing event to have a booth if you are a fibre artist or a fibre-related guild. Booths are still available by contacting :
Amélie Blanchard
(819) 983-1792
Web site
Furthermore, Wabi Sabi is exploring the possibility in having a bus from Ottawa to St-André Avellin on Saturday, August 25, 2012. If you think you might be interested, let them know at 613-725-5648 or
Note: St- André Avellin is in the Petite-Nation, near Montebello in Quebec. It is about 90 minutes drive from Ottawa.

Friday, April 20, 2012

KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS Spring 2012 Show and Sale continues at Johnson Street Branch, Kingston Public Library through April 30, 2012

The KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS GROUP Annual Spring Show is currently open at the Main Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library and runs through April 30th. Following the theme "Water" in anticipation of member entry submissions for the 2013 THREADWORKS Display which will open in April 2013 at the Wellington County Museum in Fergus,ON, members have created a beautiful and thought provoking array of new work.

Also featured as a part of the Show and Sale is a SILENT AUCTION of beautiful small pieces of work by fourteen of the member artists. The Auction will close on Friday, April 27th at 9 pm, with notification to the person with the high bid on each piece on Saturday, April 28th. The proceeds of the auction will be directed to ongoing members education.

The Library is located at 130 Johnson Street in downtown Kingtson and as the Show is in the Foyer on the second level of the Library, you are welcome anytime during regular hours.
Contact Robin Field for further information:

CITYSCAPES Series featured in Heather Dubreuil SOLO SHOW, May 13 - June 19, 2012

Heather Dubreuil will have a small solo exhibit at the Baie d'Urfé library, May 13 - June 9.
Heather recently completed an on-line course with Elizabeth Barton and was encouraged to continue her Cityscapes series, which will be on view.
For information about hours and location, please visit


Heather Dubreuil will be one of more than thirty artists showing their work at the spring show of the Hudson Artists. The local group is more than sixty years old, and has capped its membership at eighty.

Virtually all the artists work in traditional media, with some forays into encaustic, collage and mixed media. Heather enjoys the opportunity to expose the artists and those visiting the show to her work in fibre, and it has been very well received by the community at large. She feels that she has received more coverage than expected because work in cloth is a new idea for many. The benefit to Heather has been  what the group has to offer in terms of guest speakers, exhibition opportunities, information about suppliers, and friendly support.

Heather encourages other SAQA members to consider joining their local artist groups as a way of broadening the audience for their work, and invites you to visit her website at for more information.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

BEACONSFIELD QUILT SHOW scheduled for the weekend of May 4-6th

Several SAQA members, including Dianne Robinson, Elizabeth Sacca, Heather Dubreuil, Helena Scheffer and Julie Poirier, are members of the Beaconsfield Quilters' Guild, and will be showing their work at the guild's annual show. 
For more information, visit the Show website at

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

SHARON COLLINS to be included in SOULPLAY Exhibition at Galerie Arbor Gallery, Vankleek, ON

Meet the Artists Reception Sunday, May 20, 2012 from noon to 2 pm

The Galerie Arbor Gallery/Centre for Contemporary Art is located at 36 avenue Home Ave., Vankleek, ON (call the Gallery for details/directions)

OUT OF THE BOX GROUP Show Celebrates "FIBRE FLING" with Kitchissippi United Church

You are invited to CELEBRATE SPRING as you attend the FIBRE FLING to be held on the weekend of April 27 & 28, 2012 at the Kitchissippi United Church located at 630 Island Park Drive, between Carling Ave. and the Queensway.

Enjoy Dessert Friday evening 7-9 pm and High Tea on Saturday from 1-5 pm...and take the opportunity to visit the FIBRE FLING display of recent textile art by members of the OUT of the BOX Group, showcasing creative and innovative works in fibre and mixed media.

Admission $5.00, Refreshments extra.

Please contact SAQA Central Canada Co-Reprentative, Sharon Collins at for more information.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Interview with SAQA Central Canada Co-Rep, Dwayne Wanner, on World of Threads Blog

Please make time this week to visit the wonderful interview just posted as #54 in the annual WORLD OF THREADS Featured Artists Series and this month featuring our own DWAYNE WANNER.

Dwayne has contributed a story that is a good read for the online visitors to this exciting blog series as he relates how he came to quilting and his personal take on the current Art Quilt movement across North America and around the world. The interview is comprehensive, covering a number of topics and helps us get to know Dwayne a bit better. Dwayne's new work is stunning and complex, and as you read through the interview, you will find that his knowledge of the art world is certainly recognizable and plays a huge role in his support of the Contemporary Quilt world in which he has become a strong voice.

The link to the interview is:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

SAQA Eastern Ontario meeting to run 10 am to 4 pm - Mark your calendar and join us!

Just to clarify and put many minds at ease... the upcoming SAQA Central Canada Meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 14th at the St. Lawrence College, Brockville Campus in Room 114 will begin with "Meet and Greet" time at 10 am (though Bethany Garner, your host for the day, will be at SLC starting around 9 am - so come when you can).

The actual meeting will begin at 10:30 am, with lunch from 12:30 - 1 pm and then we will all have time for several demonstrations in the afternoon.

Make sure you each bring your "Creative Buffet" (new work to share), and if you are interested, bring any pieces you might like to share for suggestions and "dilemma" problem solving. There is no better place than among talented friends like the members of our SAQA group to help with small items that are stopping us from finishing new work.

The April 14th final Meeting Agenda will be forwarded later next week, so watch your email... please make sure Bethany has any additions to new business or iitems important for discussion no later than April 9th please.

See you in Brockville...please RSVP to Bethany at