Sunday, September 29, 2013

QUILTS=ART=QUILTS Jurors select MARIE-FRANCE GOSSELIN and KIT VINCENT to exhibit their quilts in this oustanding Exhibition

Many congratulations to both Marie-France Gosselin, Ottawa and Kit Vincent, Brockville as they receive notice that their submissions to the renowned annual Schweinfurth Art Center exhibition of original quilt works is announced.

Selected from the 348 submissions submitted by 199 artists, both Marie-France and Kit must be very proud to be among this listing of well known quilt artists. The submissions were narrowed down by the panel of jurors to 79 outstanding quilts to be shared during the Art Center's QAQ Exhibition in the galleries at the Art Centre in Auburn, NY.
Please plan to visit the Exhibition between October 26, 2013 (Opening/Reception 5-7 pm) and January 5, 2014
Tickets are available for the Sunday October 27, 2013 Brunch and walk about
with the opportunity to meet and talk to the artists in attendance ($22)
Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center
205 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021
phone: 315-255-1553
List of Accepted Quilters:
Aristova, Ludmila
Bajacharya, Madeleine
Bardach, Nancy
Blaydon, Judi
Bowman-Friedlander, Leslie
Boyd, Dawn Williams
Brooks, Serena
Bugliani, Barbara
Burr, Marianne
Busby, Betty
Busch, Elizabeth
Carrington, Connie
Cashalt, Deb/Sazaki, Kris
Chin, Shin-hee
Ciolino, Sandra Palmer
Condon, Nancy
Davis, Helene
Day, Jennifer
DeCamp, Marcia
Dennis, Sue
Dockery, Dianne Vottero
Dosho, Chiaki
Fell, Deborah
Frampton-Cooper, Sheila
Franklin, Diane
Gosselin, Marie-France
Graziano, Julia
Gregg, Sandy
Harmelink, Ruth
Hoffenberg, Rosemary
Hooworth, Judy
Jensen, Marie
Keith, Noel
Kennedy-Zafred, Patricia
Kirpich, Judy
Komishi, Harue
Kreneck, Ellie
Larzelere, Judith
Loewen, Pamela
Lutteral, Pati
Marino, Ruta Butkis
Maser-Flanagan, Valerie
May, Martha
McCabe, Kathleen
McKie, Barbara Barrick
Meyer, Jeannette DeNicolis
Munoz, Anne
Murphy, Patricia
Nepom, Barbara
Pauly, Pat
Probst, Kathleen
Redmond, Wen
Robertson, Ruan
Schulz, Karen
Shelenberger, Sandy
Shell, Maria
Siebels, Diane
Sowada, Joan
Spilka, Gerri
Steadman, Janet
Stiassni, Kate
Sutherland, Tammy
Szeremet, Caroline
Tabar, Mary
Trice, Carol,
Vincent, Kit
Warkentin, Nelda
Windsor, Janet
Wong, Ellen

Friday, September 27, 2013

LYNNE MORIN will be part of the West Carleton Arts Society "Expressions of Art" which will take place on Thanksgiving weekend in Carp, ON

Please join Lynne at the "Expressions of Art" Exhibition and Sale
presented by the West Carleton ARTS Society
390 Carp Road at the Fairgrounds, Carp, ON
Vernissage,  Friday October 11, 2013
7-9 pm
Saturday October 12th - 8 am - 4 pm
Sunday, October 13th - 10 am - 4 pm
information: 613-389-1918

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

REMINDER to all SAQA Central Canada Members Toronto and West:

This coming Sunday, September 30th from 1:00 to 3:00PM there will be a regular SAQA meeting  open to all members of SAQA in the Central Canada division, at the Burlington Art Centre at 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON  L7S 1A9
(located between Maple Ave and Brant Street,
with parking all around and behind off Elgin St.)
It will include an opportunity to:
  • Share information about activities, show events and your works in progress, bring show and tell if you want
  • SAQA news, generally
  • Updates regarding future Fibre Content shows and a Planning Committee will be formed.
Please RSVP if you will be able to come and join us!
Robynne Cole
Dwayne Wanner
SAQA Central Canada Co-Rep
Also please NOTE that the April 2014 Meeting date, previously communicated, has been now changed to April 14, 2014 to avoid the Easter Weekend.

SAQA benefit auction

Congratulations to Elaine Quehl  on the sale of her donated piece, Curtain Call 3 at full price. Well done!

Central SAQA meeting Ottawa area

A meeting is planed for Sunday Oct. 20th , 10 am - 12am, at Wabi- Sabi, 1078 Wellington St W , Ottawa, On.  There will be a short demo on Stewart-Gill paints. Please send confirmation of attendance and agenda suggestions to me at

Monday, September 23, 2013

Final Week of SAQA 2013 Benefit Auction opens today

Please visit the Benefit Auction website links below and see all of the donation quilts in this last round of bidding to support the SAQA Exhibitions program for 2014.
Bidding opens at 1:59 pm today, September 23, 2013 on a terrific selection
including several of our Central Canada Member Quilts.
Thanks to each of you for sharing your work.
ORIGINS, Rebekah Crown
CURTAIN CALL 3, Elaine Quehl
FRUIT II, Carol Howard Donati

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Join Heather Dubreuil and Michele Meredith at the Hudson Studio Tour

SAQA members Heather Dubreuil and Michele Meredith are pleased to be participants in this year's Hudson and Region Studio Tour, as it marks its tenth anniversary. 

Next Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, they will welcome visitors to Heather's home and studio at 11 Quarry Point in Hudson, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As always, you can access the list of artists and a map to guide you on the tour by going to the website,

Because the tour is celebrating its tenth year, a special blog has been set up, with profiles of the artists and some of their recent events. You can find out more at

Michele and Heather would be delighted to show you their current work and hope to see you next weekend.

Heather Dubreuil

Michele Meredith

SACRED STITCHES Exhibition opens October 24th at St. James Cathedral, Toronto

"Beauty and Holiness in the Needlework of Many Faiths"
October 25 thru November 1, 2013 

 Group Exhibition in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 
Ecclesiastical Needleworkers of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto

Thursday, October 24, 2013 (evening) 

St. James Anglican Cathedral,
65 Church Street (at King)
Toronto, Ontario
 Open between 7 am and 7 pm

To mark the 100th Anniversary of the Needleworkers Guild of the Diocese of Toronto, a multi-faith exhibit of embroideries and textile art will be held in the nave of the Cathedral beginning Thursday  evening October 24th and open daily until 7 pm, Friday November 1, 2013. Included will be items from the Coptic, United, Lutheran, Catholic, Russian Orthodox and Anglican Churches, as well as from synagogues, mosques and temples of the Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist faiths.

Hilary Rice, SAQA PAM member, will have three pieces from her "Rare Reflections" body of work included in the exhibition. 

For more information:

Saturday, September 21, 2013

HILARY RICE offers STUDIO WORKSHOPS in an intimate setting...

Cathedral Woods textie art
Cathedral Woods, Hilary Rice

Textile and Mixed Media Art
Tweed and Area Studio Tour
Saturday and Sunday, September 28 & 29, 2013
10 am - 5 pm
Come see the works of Textile & Mixed Media artist Hilary Rice
at the Studio, 23 Wannamaker Road, Stirling, ON
-Door Prizes
-Register for a Studio Workshop
(dates below)
Friday October 18, 2013 - Quilting with Mettle/Metal
Saturday October 19, 2013 - Squiggles & Doodles
Wednesday November 13, 2013 - In the Beginning, Part One
Wednesday November 20 - Touching the Surface, Part Two
Wednesday, November 27 - Over the Top, Part Three
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - The Big Picture, Part Four
For all of the upcoming workshops details and registration information contact:
email Hilary at

phone: 613-395-1219       cell: 613-848-4309
Mailing Address: 23 Wannamaker Rd. RR2 Stirling, ON K0K 3E0



For your GPS:  23 Wannamaker Road, THOMASBURG, ON   or   
GPS Coordinates:  N44.3534566 and W77.4227866

North from Belleville, or South from Madoc...  Hwy 62... 
        East on Moira Road for 4.5 km...  
        South on Wannamaker Road - #23

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON welcomes area Fibre Artists to enjoy workshop weekends in 2013/14

At the Marina, Pamela Allen

ABOUT TOWN with Pamela Allen
October 18-20th

Creating an art quilt is a process that is personal and requires the imagination, creativity and focus that our SAQA members bring into their work every day. One master of the art form is our own renowned Kingston fibre artist, PAMELA ALLEN. This fall, FIBREWORKS KINGSTON welcomes Pam as she shares a full weekend of fibre play with students who will have the opportunity to see, share and devour the boundless energy and huge inventory of design, stitch and colour mastery that Pamela brings into each of her pieces. 

Being able to spend two focused fall days designing and stitching a story about your own town, a familiar landscape or an area visited and worthy of recording in cloth - a memory that will be recorded for time or just a magical and fun filled adventure with your creative muse is the promise for our weekend students. Students will enjoy Pam's quick-fire exercises to start the process, and  sketching, free form cutting, layering and stitching a small masterpiece of their own or a larger piece that will  carry the message of a special place in their lives to be shared with others.

Detail: My Town on the River, Pamela Allen

Please visit the FIBREWORKS KINGSTON blog at for more information about the workshop with Pam. 

Also at the site, all of the details of the spring workshops with CAROL SODERLUND, Geneva, NY, "Transformations": a three-day dye and stitch workshop weekend with a renowned dye Master,  March 21-23, 2014. Also see details in the right sidebar for PENNY BERENS, Granville Ferry, NS who will share "Make it Your Own  with Discharge" May 20-21, 2014 in Kingston.

A pdf brochure for FIBREWORKS KINGSTON is available from Bethany Garner, FW Coordinator by emailing:

Hope to see YOU  at a FIBREWORKS weekend during this exciting Series of Weekend Workshops.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Are you following the 2013 SAQA Benefit Auction online??? Join in!

Round Two of the bidding opened today for the SAQA 2013 Benefit Auction which is the major annual fundraiser for our Association, and supports the many NEW Exhibitions planned by SAQA over the next year.
Quilts sold in Round One included great quilts by Central Canada members PHILLIDA HARGREAVES, "Dancing" and HELENA SCHEFFER "Revelry".  Thanks so much for sharing your work with appreciative collectors of fine quilt art. You can see their quilts at:
The first quilt sold today was donated by JAN MYERS NEWBURY, my dye idol, and it went in the first hours of bidding for $750. Thanks to Jan and her amazing Arashi Pole Wrapped Shibori,  Round Two is on it's way....

Pages 2a and 2b are open for viewing and the bidding is underway!!! In this round,  two of our SAQA Central Canada members, SHARON COLLINS, SAQA Central Co-Rep and ROBIN LAWS FIELD have work in the group of quilts up for bids.

Why not stay on top of the Benefit Auction in the weeks to come. It's fun to watch each evening and see which quilts have been purchased that day and what is yet to come as the quilts go to the active bidders. I bought two great small quilts Saturday in the closing hours of Round One, and cannot wait to see them arrive in the mail and add them to my collection. I have purchased the art of my fellow SAQA members for the past six years and love each piece. The quilts happily adorn the walls of my studio. I have acquired beautiful art quilts from the several US art quilters, Linda Colsh from Belgium , Catharina Breedyk Law and Karen Goetzinger from our own Central Canada membership and a great quilt from Luxembourg through the SAQA Auctions.

Are we there yet? Robin Laws Field
Submitting a bid is fun, fast and so easy with the online bid form and your credit card. Being counted as a contributing member, either by donating YOUR quilts or as a collecting bidder during the Benefit Auction weeks, is all important for the continuing growth and support of our SAQA Exhibitions and is hugely important to our Mission -  sharing quilt art with the world.
Oil and Water, Sharon Collins
Have some fun with your viewing and BIDDING this week, and do share the news with friends, family and neighbors who love ART: (and THANK YOU!)
Bethany Garner
SAQA Co-Rep.



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Neighboring NY SAQA Member Sally Dutko send an Invitation to her Solo Show

Sally Dutko , SAQA New York member invites you to visit her solo exhibit called "Fabric Journey" at the beautiful Sheldrake Winery Tasting Room on Seneca Lake. Works from the beginning her fabric explorations, as well as many created in the last year will be shown in a wonderful, large and new tasting room overlooking Seneca Lake.

The reception is Saturday, Sept. 21
3:00 pm - 6:00pm 
Exhibit dates are September 15 through November 10, 2013.

Sheldrake on Seneca is located in Hector, NY at 5930 Route 414. For directions visit their website:

Monday, September 9, 2013

Congratulations to Heather Durbreuil and Mary Pal... Auction Donation Quilts sold fist day!!!

Boathouses #2, Heather Dubreuil


First Day Sales in the SAQA Benefit Auction are always a wonderful experience for the members who donated quilts that make it into the hands of the avid collectors who are willing to support the Auction with $750 minimum first day bids to add the quilts to their collections.

This year one collector chose to add BOTH Heather Dubreuil and Mary Pal's quilts to his/her collection and we are all so pleased for our friends Heather and Mary.

Please stay tuned as MORE of our Canadian SAQA Members donations move into private collections over the next few days. Pages 1a and 1b are up for bids through Saturday September 14th... BID OFTEN and BID HIGH.

Visit the Auction pages at:

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Patricia Caffery's INFERNO accepted for Exhibition at Frederic Remington Art Museum

Below the Surface: INFERNO, Patricia Caffery
The Frederic Remington Art Museum , located at 303 Washington Street, Ogdensburg extends an invitation to its 8th Biannual
 International Juried Art Exhibition
Saturday, September 21, 2013
2-4 pm

Please join Pat as she enjoys inclusion as a Fibre Artist in this prestigious Art Exhibition which includes two and three dimensional art - paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, photographs, computer generated art and mixed media.

The Museum boasts an amazing collection of Remington's Bronze Sculptures and memorabilia, so there is wonderful art for the entire family to take in while enjoying the Opening Reception.

For information , contact Pat at
 or visit the Remington Art Museum

Thursday, September 5, 2013

2013 Benefit Auction goes live on Tuesday, September 9th at 2 pm EST

If you are considering bidding in the first round of the Benefit Auction, our Executive Director has posted the pre-bid forms so that you can load them into your iPad, iPhone or home computer and be ready to go when the Auction opens.

Here is the note from Martha and we have a preview running here on the blog for you.

"We've put up the links to the bidding forms on each page so you can test them out. Just put in random numbers for your credit card - it won't go live until 2:00 PM Eastern on Monday, September 9th. I'll let you know if your test bid has gone through correctly."

First group up for auction is on:
Page 1a --
Page 1b --

Martha Sielman (860-487-4199)
Executive Director
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.

Support the art quilt - bid early and often in SAQA's 2013 Benefit Auction!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Congratulations to SAQA member HELENA SCHEFFER as her work is exhibited in ART au bord du lac - by the lake

As a member of the Lakeshore Association of Artists, Helena is the sole fibre artist in this juried group of professional artists. This weekend's exhibition is  the largest outdoor art show in Canada.
What a tremendous opportunity to share her beautiful work in the same venue as many of Canada's best artists in many media. So many congratulations, Helena.
Please mark your calendar and try to attend the Exhibition at Stewart Hall in Pointe-Claire this weekend. 
September 7 and 8, 2013, 10 am - 5 pm.

Stewart Hall Art Gallery

176 chemin du Bord-du-Lac–Lakeshore Rd
Pointe-Claire, Qc H9S 4J7
Phone: 514 630-1254
Fax: 514 630-1285



Visit the Stewart Hall website for more information at
or the Lakeshore Association of Artists website at
Helena Scheffer at

Monday, September 2, 2013

CATHERINE TIMM to exhibit her new work in 'ENSEMBLE - Connecting Artists in the Outaouais’ Series

‘Regrouper les artistes de l'Outaouais’
‘Connecting Artists in the Outaouais’

You are invited to two new exhibitions in the 'ENSEMBLE' series showcasing artists from throughout the Outaouais at the Stone School Gallery in Portage-du-Fort, Quebec

Opening vernissage: September 13, 6-8 pm

The exhibitions continue until October 6th
Saturdays and Sundays 11 am - 4 pm


La Galerie de l'École en pierre ~ The Stone School Gallery
28 rue Mill, Portage-du-Fort, Québec

Contact: Catherine Timm



Carol Howard Donati in Building Peace Exhibition at the Diefenbunker

The postcard with information for the building peace exhibition which includes work by SAQA member Carol Howard Donati.

Many thanks to Nancy Gall and Susan Farber for a great SAQA Central Canada Summer Gathering

Acrylic painted papers, with Kit Vincent

A beautiful summer day starting with cooler temperatures and some lovely Rideau views greeted twelve members of SAQA Central Canada gathering at the canal side Log Cabin summer home of Nancy Gall just west of Elgin. A great sharing of show and tell brought by members and discussion of techniques started the morning.

Susan Farber with a view of the busy lawn/home

We welcomed member Joan Hug-Valeriote who had driven 5 hours from GUELPH on the morning of the meeting to be with us. Her work is wonderful, and the story and sharing of this amazing "Jeans" quilt made and enlarged several times for her son as he grew up and now married. Joan currently has an Exhibition of her beautiful fibre art in the St. Jacobs Quilt Gallery "Reduce, Reuse Recycle and Repurpose" at 1441 King St. North through October 2013. Visit her website at for details.

Joan Hug-Valeriote with jeans quilt
Lunch was Potluck and more than delicious, which added to the fun. Lots of great summertime treats and too much sugar created a lot of excitement as the members headed out onto the expansive lawns with their tables, acrylic paints and tissue paper to try a great process for creating coloured backgrounds for stitch and multi media play.

Huge thanks to Susan Farber, Lee Goodchild and especially our hostess, Nancy Gall, all members of our Meetings Coordination Committee, for making 2012/13 a great year of Central Canada meetings. Looking forward to the next.

Please stay tuned for notification and plan to join us.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Building Peace Exhibition at the Diefenbunker

Congratulations to Carol Howard Donati

Carol Howard Donati

She is very excited to have three artworks included in an upcoming show taking place at the Diefenbunker cold war museum.
Shown here is her two part fibre art piece: Building Peace. On the left -Stop violence and on the right Feed people.
More information below.
How do we build and create a culture of peace as we move into the future?

Art is a powerful tool to express the human desire for peace. This exhibition explores different perspectives on building peace representing our past, present and a look to our future.

LOCATION: Bank of Canada Vault, 100 level of the Diefenbunker

Please join us for the exhibit launch on September 14 from 2:00pm-4:00pm, and invite your friends and family. For more details, check our Facebook event or visit our website:

RSVP required.
Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum | Diefenbunker: Musée canadien de la Guerre froide

Kingston's Twelve x Twelve Group Artists exhibiting at Taylor Photography Studio

 Please join the members of the TWELVE x TWELVE Group of Kingston Fibre Artists and SAQA Members for the Opening of their new exhibition at the Taylor Photography Studio, downtown Kingston,
Thursday September 12, 2013, 5 - 7 pm
Participating Artists
The Exhibition will be open from September 5-27th. The Studio is located in the
Taylor Photography Studio Gallery
285 King Street East in the Four Point Sheraton. 
Phone: 613 - 541-1098