Thursday, July 25, 2013

Synthesis II at the Atrium Gallery in Ottawa

This is a reminder about the Vernissage for Synthesis II. The show was hung today. It looks great. I hope to see some of you and friends at the vernissage Tuesday , July 30th from 6 till 8 pm at 101 Cetrepointe ave., Ottawa, Ontario. The Show will remain in the gallery till August 22nd.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Atrium Gallery Vernisage welcomes SYNTHESIS II with evening gathering, July 30, 2013

Please join the artists whose work will be shown in the SYNTHESIS II Exhibition which opens July 26th at the Atrium Gallery for an evening
Tuesday evening, July 30, 2013
6-8 pm
enjoy the work of 16 Canadian members of
Studio Art Quilt Associates
at the
Ben Franklin Place
101 Centrepointe Drive
Ottawa, ON
The Exhibition continues through August 21, 2013
For information, contact the Gallery at

Friday, July 12, 2013

SYNTHESIS II Moves to ATRIUM GALLERY, Centreponte July 26th

Sandbank by Penny Berens
Synthesis II, a unique and yet dynamically diverse show, is a traveling 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 of over 3000 members. 

The Exhibition travels next to:
Atrium Gallery, Centreponte, Nepean, ON
July 26 - August 21, 2013
Gibson Gallery, Amherstberg, ON
October 23 - November 16, 2014.
Heather Dubreuil, has also offered to have Synthesis II share gallery space with her solo show at the
 Kirkland Library Gallery
 February 7 -28, 2014.
Please make time to visit the Exhibition while it is in your area. and be sure to take friends.
The pieces and SAQA Central Canada Artists in the Synthesis II show are:
Sandbank by Penny Berens
Sailpast by Pamela Allen
Pastiche by Robin Law 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 by Helena Sheffer
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

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Regional "Cottage Country" Play Date/Meeting" to be held near Elgin, ON August 29th, 2013

Please plan to join us for a summertime meeting and afternoon Play-date at the cottage of Nancy Gall, SAQA Central member. Nancy has a summer home near Elgin which should make for a bit better drive for Ottawa/Perth  area members and our Kingston group as well. New members/guests are welcome, but RSVP is required for planning purposes.
We will send out detailed driving instructions in early August - and would appreciate an rsvp by August 10th - reply to
Enjoy your summer - and hope to see you August 29th

 Committee Members: Susan Farber, Lee Goodchild and Nancy Gall
10:30               Show and Share - please bring your new work/news of exhibitions etc. 
11:30               SAQA business
12:00              POTLUCK Lunch - please plan to bring a donation to share
A relaxed time to enjoy and discuss the topic – “What do you get from SAQA – what do you give to SAQA?  
1:00 pm         ACTVITY: Robin Field will share her technique for creating art with tissue paper.    

For those who want to participate in the art play after lunch (The Planning Committee will supply the tissue paper)
Please bring with you:
*Liquid Acrylic paint (1-3 colours)
* A sheet of plexiglass if you have it or if not, or heavy weight plastic in sheets large enough to cover sheets of tissue paper
* paint Brushes (foam or hair)
* small container for water , paper towels and masking tape
3:00: Adjournment 





Wednesday, July 3, 2013

WORKSHOP ON THE WEB seeks new Subscribers... can you help?

For those of you who have loved the MANY Batsford books from the UK that have been written about fibre arts and the related techniques by our British friends and particularly MAGGIE GREY, please read the note below. Maggie and her contemporaries have worked very hard to share the very best of the best in both live classroom studies and the wonderful WORKSHOP ON THE WEB which Maggie coordinates.

WOW is a great way to study with outstanding artists from the comfort of your studio or favourite online hideaway (the cottage this summer maybe). We can't all travel to England and beyond to study with the Masters... but we can support Workshop on the Web.
Have a peek at the website and try a "TEASER" workshop or two - and the subscription is just $20 pounds sterling - actually quite a nice bargain, less expensive than most magazines or individual books these days and well worth the price.
Here is a note from Maggie Grey:
Dear Friends:

We are having a big subscription rally for Workshop on the Web in the next few weeks. This is taking the form of a free book give-away for new subscribers. We do appreciate that, as loyal Workshop on the Web subscribers , you should all have a free book,but we hope you understand that unless we get the numbers up, there may soon be no WOW to subscribe to.
Your subscriptions allow us to pay for great workshop tutors online and we really want to continue to do this.

It would be great if you could all get behind us on the ‘big push’ – Facebook, Blogs, telling friends etc.
Please help if you can, and we welcome all new subscribers..

Best wishes

AND SO, Central Canada friends, we have shared Maggie's call for help....
If you are interested, we would certainly encourage your participation as a new subscriber if the timing is tight for you. The world of fibre art is a wonderful, albeit small, sister/brotherhood that we can all appreciate as times are tougher, and support for ongoing news, information and techniques sharing is needed.
*** Let us know at your next local SAQA Central meeting if you are enjoying the WOW advantages... I subscribed today! (Bethany)
Dwayne Wanner and Bethany Garner, SAQA Central Canada Reps

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Lauches its 34th year of Weekend Workshops as the new calendar is announced for 2013-2014

We invite you to make the 2013-2014 Series of Weekend Workshops a part of  YOUR plan for creative learning with dynamic and renowned Artist Instructors as FIBREWORKS KINGTSON shares the calendar for 2013-1014.
We are very excited to have confirmed the Guest Artist Instructors for the 2013-2014 Series. Our instructors are professional designers and well known craftspersons who come to us by invitation to share their specific skills and knowledge. The participants are professionals, teachers and interested craftspersons, or amateurs wishing to learn and share together for further stimulation and knowledge.  
The traditional printed FIBREWORKS brochure has been replaced this year by a new online BLOG that will share each Instructor's course description in separate Workshop/Instructor pages found at the sidebar on the blog. We welcome you to bookmark our new FW blog to make sure that you have the most current and available information for FIBREWORKS KINGSTON workshops planned for the next year. REGISTRATION IS OPEN...

You will find the FW blog and the Registration Form at

The 2013-2014 Workshop Series line-up is as follows:

Workshop #1
"ABOUT TOWN  - Creating Townscapes",  October 18- 20, 2013
Two-day Workshop plus Lecture
Workshop #2
Two-day Workshop plus Lecture

Workshop #3  

"TRANSFORMATIONS", March 21-23, 2014
Please note that this is a THREE-day workshop 
Workshop #4

PENNY BERENS, Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia
"DESIGNING FROM NATURE", May 16-18, 2014
Two-day workshop plus Lecture

Workshop #5

PENNY BERENS, Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia
Two-day Workshop

Registration will be by mail to BETHANY GARNER, Fibreworks Coordinator, and the details are included  on the Workshops Registration Page link at the blog. Please contact us at  for more information or for an emailed copy of the 3-page printable workshops brochure.
Be sure to visit the blog often for updated information about other FIBREWORKS KINGSTON sponsored events and workshop opportunities. We look forward to having you join us in welcoming this outstanding group of 2013-14 Guest Instructors. Please do share this posting and news of the upcoming workshops with your friends and area fibre groups.
Note: Workshop proposals from Artists/Instructors wishing to share their skills in a future Workshop Weekend Series are welcome. Please forward your Proposal/CV to Bethany Garner at the email address above or in writing to FIBREWORKS KINGSTON, 3275 Orser Road, Elginburg, ON K0H1M0.