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