Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Our 2013 BENEFIT AUCTION opens on September 9th at 2 pm... get your link to the auction primed and ready to go!

2013 Benefit Auction flier

We have MANY Canadian artists represented and this is a perfect time to have a peek at ALL of the special work up on the auction website link at

SAQA's 2013 Benefit Auction begins in just 2 weeks!
Help promote our biggest fundraiser by sharing the Dream Collections or posting your favorite pieces on your blog, Facebook page, Pinterest board, etc. 

Tell your friends, your mother, your workout coach - the more people who know about the Auction, the better!

There are 421 gorgeous pieces of art up for bid.  The action will start on Monday, September 9th at 2:00 Eastern.  Bid early and often to help promote the art quilt! 


Thursday, August 22, 2013

REMINDER - Regional Playdate/Gathering to be held in Elgin area on August 29th

Please join us for a summertime SAQA Central Canada meeting and afternoon Playdate 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. New members/guests are welcome, but RSVP is required asap for planning purposes.
PLEASE RSVP  (and receive detailed driving directions) to Susan Farber at
Enjoy your summer - and look forward to catching up with all you have been working on, your summertime travels and news of fall activities as we host this gathering for 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: Susan Farber  will share a 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, August 14, 2013

In case you had not had the reminder...Deadline for submissions is FRIDAY this week!

The Art Center is now accepting submissions for Quilts=Art=Quilts 2013! 
Quilts=Art=Quilts is the Schweinfurth Art Center's 33rd annual juried quilt exhibition. The Art Center has long-recognized the importance of quilts as a visual medium, and has been presenting quilts in an art gallery setting since 1981. Jurors select quilts based on overall quality of design, visual impact and originality. Prizes are awarded including $1000 for Best of Show. Opening weekend includes a reception, workshops and a brunch for artists and friends. This year's jurors are Rosalie Dace, Jo Anne Cooper and Lasse Antonsen as Prize Juror.   
Submissions are due  
August 16, 2013.  
For information on guidelines and how to apply click here for the exhibition prospectus.  
About the Jurors:
Rosalie Dace
Rosalie has a B.A., UED in Fine Art and English. She has been traveling and teaching for 25 years, encouraging creative growth and development in her students. Apart from her native South Africa, she has taught and exhibited internationally in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Canada and the US, and was nominated for the Professional Quilter Magazine's "Teacher of the Year" award in 2007. Her work, which reflects her passion for color, design and texture, is characterized by its wild mix of fabrics and is in several private and public collections.

Jo Anne Cooper
Jo Anne is co-director of Mobilia Gallery, an internationally known gallery featuring 20th and 21st century decorative arts, sculpture, paintings, textiles and studio jewelry. Cooper has curated many exhibits showcasing American and international artists that have included lectures, symposiums, traveling exhibition and catalogs which provide a deeper understanding of the decorative arts and the creative process. Cooper attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the California College of the Arts. She has given presentations for The Museum of Fine Arts, Skinner Auctioneers, The Fuller Craft Museum, and The Craft Alliance.

Lasse Antonsen - Prize Juror
Lasse Antonsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark where he studied art and creative writing. After moving to the US,  Antonsen continued his studies at the Harvard University Extension Program and Tufts University where he received an MA in art history. Antonsen has worked as a researcher at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and as curator of the Danforth Museum of Art. He was director of the University Art Gallery at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for twenty-five years. As an art historian he has taught graduate courses at Rhode Island School of Design, and currently teaches at Massachusetts College of Art. As an artist he has created multiple installations, and is currently featured at the Museum of Natural History in Providence. In 2012, his work was included in exhibitions in Brooklyn at Proteus Gowanus, and in Jersey City at Curious Matter.
Executive Consultant 
Eugenia Barnes is a professional quiltmaker, teacher and lecturer. She is a certified quilt appraiser, a founding member of the AQS Appraisal and Certification program, and listed in  "Who's Who in American Quilting." She resides in Marcellus, NY.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

SAQA Central Canada Members donate work to Annual SAQA Benefit Auction

Boathouses2, Heather Dubreuil

CHIAROSCURO, Carolynn McMillan
Special Thanks to each of the artists in our SAQA Central Canada region who have sent their beautiful  Art Quilts to SAQA for the Annual Benefit Auction which opens on September 9, 2013.

The donation of art is vital to the continued success in fundraising to support the ongoing work of the Studio Art Quilt Associates organization and the sharing that is done internationally as SAQA Exhibitions travel to amazing and diverse locations to be seen and enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.
Curtain Call 3, Elaine Quehl
SAQA's Benefit Auction is our major fundraiser each year and represents SAQA's  vital income source after membership dues, member donations and gifts. For the 2013 auction, 421 artworks have been donated by generous members!
Bookmark this link so that you will be ready to have a peek at the Auction Quilt Pages, and make a list of your  favourite quilts which could be added to your Art Collection.

Fruit II, Carol Howard Donati

Artists participating with the donation of their beautiful art work in 2013 are
(apologies if we missed anyone):
Sharon Collins
Rebekah Crown
Heather Dubreuil
Phillida Hargreaves
Carol Howard Donati
Robin Laws Field
Carolynn McMillan
Mary B. Pal
Elaine Quehl
Mardell Rampton
Helena Scheffer
Kit Vincent

Please take time to visit the main SAQA Website and have time to browse through the beautiful quilts, and make a few notes about your favourites for the bidding in September. Many of the quilts will be available for you to bid on through the online auction, while others will be up for bid at the International Quilt Festival in Houston like the great quilt below, created by Mardell Rampton:
Sunshine and Shadows, Mardell Rampton

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Belleville Public Library's JOHN M. PARROTT GALLERY hosts ART WALK AND TALK August 13, 2013

Entering The Souk

Phillida Hargreaves, SAQA Central Artist

The Kingston Fibre Artists invite you to The John M. Parrott Art Gallery to explore the world of fibre art on Tuesday, August 13th from 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy an opportunity to share insight into technique, design focus and special techniques in fibre and stitch as you tour "Stitch Happens" with artist members.

For further information, please call 613-968-6731 x2240 or e-mail

 The John M. Parrott Art Gallery
254 Pinnacle St., Belleville, ON
K8N 3B1  613-968-6731 x2240
KFA Exhibition continues to August 29th. 
There are several lovely downtown Belleville Restaurants just a block from the Library/Gallery (highly recommend Thai House Cuisine). Take Exit 62 south off the 401, and blend onto Front Street. Follow Front to the "y" and blend left onto Pinnacle Street. The Library sits on the west side of the street. Parking is on street with a small lot just west of the Library with all day parking.
Hope you can join us!

KFA Artists who are SAQA Central Canada Members include:
Robin Laws Field, Sylvia Naylor, Susan Farber, Bethany Garner, Sandra Garner, Mary Ev Wyatt, Hilary Scanlon, Wilma Kenny, Janine Gates, Phillida Hargreaves, Margaret Morris