Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandra Reford shares opportunity for Juried Show Exhibition in Italy in 2013

Dear Textile Artists and Quilters,

Many of you know that I have been working with the Veronese for about 7 years now in both the teaching side and the exhibiting side. Verona hosts a textile festival every two years and this coming April they will again exhibit international works and a JURIED SHOW ....which is why I am communicating with you now.

Please view the guidelines at the following address:


Of course you can tell your friends not only the Canadian ones! It is an international event. I wanted to participate this year (did last time and my work was selected) but I accepted an invitation to be on the jury along with several other international artists and quilters. I think we are 5 jurors.

Consider participating! It could be an amazing opportunity to have your work exhibited in Italy at a prestigious and well attended event. There are GREAT prizes as well!

Sandra Reford

Friday, October 26, 2012

FIBRE CONTENT Opens Saturday Oct. 27th at Burlington Performing Arts Centre


Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art
Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC)
October 27 - 28, 2012
Show hours: Saturday 9—5, Sunday 10—4
Burlington Performing Arts Centre
440 Locust St., Burlington, ON

A collaborative effort
with original works by artists from
Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) Central Canada
Connections Fibre Artists
Grand Guild of Fibre Artists
Burlington Fibre Arts
Group of 8

Congratulations to Michele and Heather

SAQA members Michele Meredith and Heather Dubreuil are delighted to have had their fibre and mixed-media work juried into the annual Stewart Hall show, "The Art Rental Collection 2013". Stewart Hall is a beautiful community centre, set on the shores of Lake St.-Louis, 176 Bord-du-Lac, Pointe-Claire, Quebec. The Gallery is a well-lit space with raw brick walls, and it will display over one hundred works by Montreal-area artists, October 27 to November 25. The vernissage is on Sunday, October 28, at 2 p.m. 

For hours and further information, please visit their website,

As well, Michele and Heather will show their work together in the lobby of the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre in Hudson, Quebec, November 2 - 31. The centre is open during regular business hours, and sometimes on evenings and weekends as well. To confirm their hours, please contact them through their website

or by phone, 450-458-6699.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

UNRAVELLED Open at St. Jacobs Quilt Gallery

"Unravelled: An eclectic exhibit of the quilting arts" 
The exhibit, by Frayed Knots group members Marsha Clarke, Marilyn Farquhar, Marg Notar, Judy Pearce, Audrey Vrooman and Nancy Winn, will be on display at the St Jacobs Quilt Gallery (third floor of the Mill), 1441 King St N. St Jacobs, from October 5 through December 31, 2012.
 Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday- Saturday and noon-5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, welcomes the TNT Group Exhibition

Please plan to join the TNT Group, Ottawa as they Open their Fall Exhibition
 of Textile, Needle, Thread at the John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON
Seven members of Studio Inspirations are participating and a number of the Studio Inspirations Group are SAQA Central members.

TNT (Textile, Needle, Thread)
Belleville Public Library,
John M. Parrott Art Gallery,
254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, Ontario
November 1 to 29, 2013

Opening Reception : Saturday, November 3, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

THE ART OF STITCH Opening Reception at Window Art Gallery, Kingston School of Art, October 27th

The members of the Kingston Fibre Artists Group invite you to attend the Opening of their
Fall 2012 Show and Sale at the Kingston School of Art, Window Art Gallery
October 24- December 2, 2012
647A Princess Street, Kingston
Saturday, October 27th
2-4 pm
The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 12-4 pm
and Thursday 12-8 pm

NEERA HUCKVALE new work juried into ART QUILTS YEAR XVII at Chandler Center for the Arts

ART QUILTS YEAR XVII: Integrating A Paradox
An exhibition of Textile Arts juried by Adriene Buffington
November 2, 2012 – January 20, 2013

Chandler Cultural Foundation Chandler Center for the Arts
250 North Arizona Avenue Chandler AZ 85225

Meet the Artists Reception
Friday, November 2nd, 7–9 PM

This exhibition is comprised of well over 60 hand quilted, printed, hand embellished and picturesque representations in fabric. All artworks are accompanied by a story and artist biography.

The artworks were selected based on our juror’s theme, ‘Integrating a Paradox’. The theme encouraged textile artists to explore duality. A paradox can express the tension between ideas that are contradictory, and yet both are true. Integrating a Paradox is not blending these opposites into some neutral compromise, but joining them in a way so that each element retains its unique character - yet somehow working better together than apart.

The exhibition is curated by Arizona textile artist Adriene Buffington, who writes, “My life has been an experience of contrasts. It begins with growing up in both Studio City, California, and Missoula, Montana; with one parent a hippie professor and the other a probation officer. I started my adult life pursuing a management career in retail fashion, but married young and chose to stay home with our three kids. I gradually completed a degree in Art but then earned a Masters of Arts in Theology. I thought I would teach geometry, but I wrote a book on dyeing fabric.

Textile art is not always synonymous with traditional quilting, although the traditional forms and stitching are ever present, the compositions tend to reach toward the dramatic. ART QUILTS tend to be vibrant representations of ideals and stories that stir the imagination and impress the viewer. The elements of storytelling and composition blend into fantastic canvases in fabric.

Congratulations Neera!

Neera Huckvale is presently Artist-in-Residence at The School of Dance in Ottawa. Born in India, she moved to Canada with her family at the age of 10. She studied at the Ottawa School of Art in the 1980s adding fabric later to her list of mediums which has become her focus over the last 12 years. Recently she has completed studies in paper making.

As a member of the group “Out-Of-The-Box-Fibre-Artists” she has shown with them in Ottawa as well as at the Montreal Centre of Contemporary Textiles (2007). She participated in an exhibit with MainWorks artists (1999) and had a solo show of charcoal drawings at the University of Ottawa (1993). As one of three artists-in-residence, she has also exhibited yearly at The School of Dance since 2007.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Lynne Morin is a Featured Artist

"Lynne Morin will be a feature artist at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery from Oct 9th until Nov 10th, if you have a chance come see her new work at 2500 Campeau Dr.   Please see website for hours  http://www.kanatagallery.ca/Kanata_Civic_Art_Gallery/Home.html "
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

SAQA Central Canada members to participate in FIBRE CONTENT October 27-28, 2012



Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art
Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC)
October 27 - 28, 2012
Show hours: Saturday 9—5, Sunday 10—4
Burlington Performing Arts Centre
440 Locust St., Burlington, ON

A collaborative effort
with original works by artists from
Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) Central Canada
Connections Fibre Artists
Grand Guild of Fibre Artists
Burlington Fibre Arts
Group of 8

The show is a powerful opportunity to view and make a personal connection with the patterns and passion expressed in fibre art.  You will see traditional, contemporary, representational and abstract art wall quilts, in a variety of themes and sizes, in diverse mediums including fabrics embellished with threads, beads and found objects, painted and felted fibres.
You will be dazzled by 128 works of art created by 65 artists. These extraordinary pieces will be complemented by the impressive setting of the new BPAC that is drenched with natural light and open space. Some works will be for sale.
Admission includes a detailed catalogue of all the works displayed at the show and access to a vendor marketplace of related art merchants.
Come and join us in the beautiful downtown Burlington area, situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, close to a local art gallery, restaurants and boutique shopping.

Visit the website for information, directions: http://www.fibrations.org/

SAQA Central Canada contact: dwanner@sympatico.ca

Friday, October 5, 2012

KIT VINCENT to share Weekend Workshop at St. Lawrence College October 12-14th... Come join us!

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON WEEKEND WORKSHOPS SERIES welcomes KIT VINCENT on Friday evening, October 12, 2012 to Room 12050 in the Adminsitrative Wing, St. Lawrence College for her evening Artists Lecture as a part of the 2012-2013 Workshops Season... everyone welcome! Just two seats available in this exciting, creative workshop - do join us! This is one Workshop Weekend you do not want to miss....

Unleash Your Inner Matisse With Paper and Fabric Cutouts

Are you instinctually drawn to Matisse’s wonderful cutouts?

In this workshop you will be inspired to channel your inner Matisse and experiment creating cutouts using mixed media collage including painted papers and fabrics.

Kit will demonstrate a process for making a unique stiffened ‘fabric-paper’ using a sandwich made with a commercial polyester substrate and coloured tissue paper. This fabric-paper can be added to your mixed media collection and incorporated into your compositions in a variety of innovative ways.

You will practice simplifying your favorite images down to their essence, abstracting them as much as possible.I will guide you through several collage techniques in which you will combine and layer colorful papers and fabrics into a large overall composition or alternatively, into several smaller studies. Stitch work will follow as time allows.

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Weekend Workshop Fee: $125 and Materials Fee: $20

Kit Vincent has studied textile arts at the Crow Timber-Frame Barn in Baltimore Ohio, and has completed a two-year Art Cloth Mastery Program with Jane Dunnewold in San Antonio, Texas. Kit constructs fibre art using fabrics that she has dyed and patterned with a variety of surface design processes. These surfaces are heavily thread-painted with machine stitching and/or hand embroidery. Her work has appeared in numerous shows in Canada, the United States and overseas, including Quilt National, in Athens, Ohio; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio; Museum for Contemporary Textiles, Montreal, Quebec; Patchwork & Quilt Expo, Lyon and Le Carrefour Du Patchwork, Val d`Argent, Alsace, France. Kit is also a sought-after teacher who enjoys exploring as many fibre related techniques and materials as she can and sharing these with her students.
Web: kitvincent.com

Thursday, October 4, 2012



Please join Phillida and her artist friends as they open the home of Angela Costello located at 215 Victoria Street on October 13th and 14th for a beautiful sharing of fibre, pottery, jewelery and screen prints.

This is a very special AUTUMN ART EXHIBITION that should not be missed. Contact Phillida at hargreavescp@sympatico.ca for more details and directions.

SYNTHESIS II - A Message from Curator, Patricia Caffery

SYNTHESIS II to have new opportunities for 2013 and 2014.

I am thrilled to let you know that Lynne Morin has been hard at work on behalf of Synthesis II. She has applied again to the City of Ottawa for an opportunity to have Synthesis II in one of the City Galleries in 2013. Last year we were on a waiting list so hopefully with Lynne's hard work we will be successful at obtaining Gallery space in Ottawa.
Lynne also made a submission to the Chambers Gallery and the Corridor Gallery in Almonte. Today they confirmed that they will host Synthesis II in May 2013 at the Chambers Gallery and in June 2013 at the Corridor Gallery at the Library. A huge thank you to Lynne for all her work on behalf of Synthesis II.

Lynne is also working with the Homer Watson Gallery in Kitchener and perhaps we will be successful there.

I am still negotiating dates with the Gibson Gallery. They have an opening next summer but we are trying to co-ordinate the Gibson Exhibition with two other galleries in the area. If we are successful, I expect all of the exhibitions will be in early 2014. As soon as I have dates, I will let you know.

Heather Dubreuil is working with SAQA members in Quebec at obtaining gallery space for Synthesis II. All of the materials are being translated into French by Julie Poirier. This is a huge undertaking but essential for any submissions in Quebec. Thank you Julie, your huge contribution is very much appreciated.

A Calendar of all of the upcoming SYNTHESIS II traveling Exhibition Locations will be posted to the Synthesis II pages here at the SAQA Central Blog as soon as the actual dates are confirmed.
Anyone who has a connection to the local Gallerys in their location is encouraged to please join us in the effort to secure future Exhibition venues for this beautiful and thought provoking exhibition collection. (Twenty pieces from 16 Canadian Artists, all exhibition ready. The collection comes with a beautiful exhibition Artists Statement portfolio to have at the Gallery for viewer information). Please contact Pat Caffery, Synthesis II Curator, at prc.fibremaven@gmail.com for information about the exhibition pieces, shipping and for an informational package including a DVD of the pieces to share with your contacts.
Patricia Caffery
Curator, Synthesis II Exhibition