Saturday, June 23, 2012

CALL TO ENTRY Reminder... FIBRE CONTENT, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, October 27/28, 2012

All SAQA Central Canada Artists Invited to Submit Work

Fibre Content 
 October 27-28, 2012

Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre

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 Exhibition hours will be: Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-4. Some works will be for sale.

Call to Entry/submissions details will be found at:

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

Please contact SAQA Central Canada Co-Representative Dwayne Wanner at , 905-520-8928. Additionally, information re: submissions may be through  Robynne Cole at 

Friday, June 22, 2012

REMINDER: Parlour Meeting in Ottawa, Thursday, June 28, 2012 at Dragonfly Fabrics

Please plan to attend the next Parlour Meeting for SAQA Central Canada members in the Ottawa area at DRAGONFLY FABRICS located at 2679 Alta Vista Drive in Ottawa with Chair, Sharon Collins, SAQA Central Co-Representative on Thursday, June 28, 2012 starting at 10:00 am. Lunch is on your own in the area or brown bag as you prefer.

The morning meeting will include a Report from Pat Caffery, Curator, SAQA Central Canada  SYNTHESIS II Exhibition which is currently in place at the John M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville. As well, members will have the opportunity for planning of the schedule of future meetings for the Ottawa area and share suggested time frames, meeting site opportunities and share their thoughts on the important issues, benefits, and opportunities for the many Ottawa area members for exhibitions, education and personal growth. Everyone is encouraged to contribute, so please let Sharon know if you have specific Agenda items for discussion before Monday, June 25th.

Sharon invites members to bring a favourite new tool or gadget to share. CREATIVE BUFFET contributions of new work which are an all important part of the day are encouraged, as members enjoy having the opportunity to see and hear about plans for the Exhibition of your work and perhaps have the opportunity to share some ideas and new techniques used. Please bring announcements, Exhibition notices, news of upcoming events that SAQA Central members will want to know about and a FRIEND!!!

Please RSVP your attendance to Sharon Collins at . Looking forward to seeing all of you next Thursday.

Summer Parlour Meetings are scheduled and Dates to come...BRING A FRIEND!

Did you know that MORE new members join SAQA because a friend introduced them than any other way? New members bring new ideas and information, new experiences and perspectives, and of course they contribute dues which allows SAQA to provide greater services to all our members.

As a SAQA member, you know what SAQA has to offer:
  • the ability to network with 3,000 other members who are also passionate about art quilts,
  • exciting national and international exhibition opportunities,
  • the full-color SAQA Journals, exhibition catalogs, and Portfolios,
  • inspiring annual conferences held at sites around the US,
  • extensive website information and online galleries, and
  • active regional groups.

So, phone a friend today!
Invite them to join SAQA. Invite your fellow quilt artists, workshop teachers, gallery owners, collectors, and anyone making the transition to art quilting.

We will all benefit from what these new members have to offer us, and your friends will benefit from all that SAQA has to offer them.

Tell all your friends: JOIN SAQA NOW!

***When your friends sign up, remind them to put your name down as the person who referred them. The Membership Drive committee is working on a list of exciting thank you gifts for all members who refer a friend!***

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Planning to attend EXPANDING HORIZONS Conference in 2013? Book your rooms NOW!

SAQA 2013 Conference

Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons conference
Save the date!
April 25-28, 2013
SAQA's "Expanding Horizons" conference
Registration and program information will be posted here, when finalized
The Lodge at Santa Fe
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico

SAQA members should request the special conference rate of $79 per night

Thursday, June 14, 2012

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL time is here again... SAQA so wants all of the Canadian members to continue to GROW with the Association

JUNE is a very popular month for SAQA members joining and renewing memberships. We love having each one of the 100++ members in our SAQA Central Canada group of amazing artists, and that is spurring this message to all of you who have recently had your membership lapse or are considering whether to renew for another year or two.

The SYNTHESIS II Exhibition is currently installed at the John M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville and the work of 14 other SAQA artists participating in the Laurentian Foothills Exhibition in the adjoining Gallery and both shows are just amazing. Members are being celebrated all over Canada and beyond with solo exhibitions, inclusion in regional and local Exhibitions and Shows and as they travel, teach and share their skills in teaching situations here and beyond the borders.

This is such an exciting time for SAQA, with a wonderful website filled with exciting opportunities for YOU to contribute to the sharing of the beautiful work we all know our Canadian members are known for in an international forum. Many of our members are featured in the website and this month, Heather Dubreuil is a featured artist in the SAQA Journal... this could be YOU!

As a SAQA member, you know what SAQA has to offer:
  • the ability to network with 3,000 other members who are also passionate about art quilts,
  • exciting national and international exhibition opportunities,
  • the full-color SAQA Journals, exhibition catalogs, and Portfolios,
  • inspiring annual conferences held at sites around the US,
  • extensive website information and online galleries, and
  • active regional groups.

Having recently reviewed the current membership list for our SAQA Central Canada network of artists, I am surprised at how many memberships have lapsed this spring, and want to encourage and invite you to go to the website and renew soon.

Renewal or submitting your request for membership as a first time registration for membership is so easy. The website page to renew/register is professionally designed to make the process stress free. Simply click on the Membership tab at the top of the Home Pages and follow the link to check your own membership status  The website can then take you immediately to the renewal/membership pages and you can enter/update your information there and simply use the SECURE website to enter your credit card information. Or simply email me at and I will check for you on my current membership list, and you can then proceed to renewal at Martha Sielman, Executive Director, will respond to you immediately with your confirmation of renewal. So easy and fast.

I have received a note from Martha today to please remind our Canadian Members NOT to send a cheque for membership or renewal:

"Please ask your Canadian members/renewal candidates not to use cheques when paying for memberships, donations, and jury fees. Please ask them to pay via credit card. The banks here are terrible about fees, and we are now being charged a 10.89% service charge on Canadian cheques. We know that our members would want their money go to SAQA instead of to the bank. (The credit cards also charge fees of course, but the rate is much lower - only 4.7% on average for international processing.)"

I am sharing this as a request and a gentle reminder that it is so much better for SAQA to be able to have the permanent records that the online registration provides, avoids the processing fees and allows for easy and permanent tracking of memberships.

Looking forward to many GREAT summer opportunities for members gathering across Central Canada, I wish you all a restful, fun-filled summer with family and friends and terrific STUDIO TIME, creative and inspired summer days. Please be sure to tell your friends about SAQA and the great opportunities that await them as new members.... and feel free to refer them to either Sharon Collins, Dwayne Wanner or to me,  with any questions they might have.

Bethany Garner, Kingston, ON
SAQA Central Canada Co-Rep

Saturday, June 9, 2012

La Fête Nationale in Bédard Park to be held June 23-24, 2012, with SAQA member Heather Dubreuil sharing her work during the Festival

Every year, St.-Lazare, a Quebec town located on Hwy 40 just 30 km east of the Ontario border, holds a very successful celebration of La Fête Nationale in Bédard Park. Typically more than 15,000 visitors attend. This year, for the first time, there will be an artistic component to the festivities. Thirty local visual artists will participate in the Allée des Arts, each housed in their own tent, and each prepared to show their work and to explain their techniques. Many items will be for sale.

SAQA member Heather Dubreuil is very pleased to have been invited to take part in this event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. A special first prize will be awarded to the favourite artist at 5 p.m. on Sunday, decided by the visitors to the event. Of course, there will be lots of musical entertainment and the traditional fireworks.

So, please think about attending this event, and if you do, come by to say Hello! For more information about the event, please go to

TUSCANY #5 is featured in Member Gallery of our SAQA Journal

One of our members' work is featured in the Spring / Summer SAQA Journal.

Heather Dubreuil is delighted to have her "Tuscany #5" included in this issue's Member Gallery, on the subject of Travel, along with the work of five other artists.

Made in 2011, the piece is part of a series, which may be viewed on Heather's website,  It is currently travelling across Canada as part of the Synthesis II exhibit.

The caption reads, "Images from my photos of Tuscany have been collaged onto painted cloth, with stitch used to create textures of brick and stone. I was inspired by the fragmentary nature of experience and memory."

Note: You may see this beautiful piece now at the John M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville, ON  until July 12th as a part of the SYNTHESIS II Exhibition.

Friday, June 8, 2012

SAQA Central Canada's SYNTHESIS II Show is OPEN at the John M. Parrott Gallery at Belleville Public Library

The sixteen SAQA artists participating in the upcoming SYNTHESIS II SAQA Canadian members exhibit extend an invitation to join them for the OPENING RECEPTION to be held on Saturday, June 9th from 2-4 pm at the John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville Public Library in the third floor Gallery.

Synthesis II, a unified and yet dynamically diverse show, is a travelling exhibit 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.

The Exhibition includes twenty beautiful art quilts which have been juried for this travelling exhibit. The exhibit will be in place in the John M. Parrott Gallery from June 7th through July 12, 2012. SAQA members with work included in the exhibition include:

Sandbank by Penny Berens
Sailpast by Pamela Allen
Pastiche by Robin Laws Field
Connections: bruised...battered...broken by Mardell Rampton
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back by Margaret Dunsmore
Tukilligt One by Robynne Cole
2011 - The Year the Arabian People Rebelled by B.J. Reid
Happy Days by Marie-France Gosselin
Red Soap Bubbles by Marie-France Gosselin
Vinyasa Flow by Helena Scheffer
Trance One by Sharon Collins
Metamorphosis by Lynne Morin
Reaching Inside by Lynne Morin
Curtain Call by Elaine Quehl
Icy Grass on a Winter Day by Catherine Timm
Dandelion by Catherine Timm
Tuscany #5 by Heather Dubreuil
Newton's Law by Catharina Breedyk Law
Finding the Light by Catharina Breedyk Law
Ghost Dancers by Ann Bird

Please plan to be with us for the Exhibition Opening on June 9th from 2-4 pm if possible, and return often with friends during the Gallery Exhibition period. The John M. Parrott Gallery is located at 254 Pinnacle Street in downtown Belleville. Take the Exit for Hwy. 62 South off the 401, and proceed along Front Street due south , bearing left at the fork onto Pinnacle Street. The Public Library sits on the west side of Pinnacle Street with on-street parking available in the area. The Gallery is on the third level of the Library and is accessible by elevator. There are many lovely restaurants and several galleries to visit in downtown Belleville, so please plan to make a day of it.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Quilts Kingston Opens at noon on Friday, June 8th in Kingtson

Quilts Kingston Show and Sale
Royal Kingston Curling Club
120 Days Road
between Bath Road and King Street in Kingston's West End
Friday June 8th 12:00 noon - 8 p.m.
Saturday June 9th 10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday June 10th 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Come and vote for your favourite quilt in the Viewers' Choice
Enjoy lunch or a snack in the tearoom.
Shop in the Members Boutique
( The best handmade treasures at reasonable prices )
Bid on the daily Silent Auction Baskets 
KATHY WYLIE, Featured Guest Quilter
Displays by Area Embroidery and Rug Hooking Guilds/Groups
Admission $6.00 - Please bring family and friends!