Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Regional Meeting in Kingston, November 18th

Twelve members of Central Canada Region gathered at St. John's Church in Kingston on Monday, Nov. 18th for a short business meeting and a much longer sharing of Creative Buffet of new work and art acquisitions. The day may have been grey, but smiles all around the table.
Many of the members brought new pieces created in their studios including a terrific Totem by Susan Farber, a beautiful machine stitchery in 12 x 12 format from Diane Hogan, and some great hand painted fabric from Wendy Austen. We saw pieces purchased from well known members/area artists, Karen Goetzinger (who was in Kingston for a terrific FIBREWORKS KINGSTON weekend sharing Dynamic Colour for Fibre Artists) and Maggie Vanderweit Meredith. All of this reminds us that our SAQA Central members are working in studio and creating ART... and successfully sharing/selling it in the community which is so important. We also had the opportunity to add some threads and hand dyed sari silk yardage for embellishment to our stash thanks to friends.
Special thanks were passed to Susan Farber, Lee Fisher Goodchild and Nancy Gall for serving as our Meetings Committee this past year and organizing four great meetings. Each received a SAQA Exhibition catalogue for their enjoyment.
We welcome Robin Field, Diane Hogan and Peta Bailey as our new Planning Committee for 2014. Please contact them with special requests or suggestions for what YOU would like to see happening at area meetings in the new year.

Reminders were shared to start (if you have not already) your contribution piece for the 25th Anniversary of SAQA Travelling Trunk Shows to be launched at the SAQA Conference in Washington, DC.  Join SAQA in celebrating our 25th amazing year with your trunk show submission! This traveling exhibition asks SAQA members to create a 10" x 7" art quilt that showcases their artistic expression. The 2014 Anniversary Trunk Show will premier at the 2014 SAQA conference in Washington, DC, and then travel all across the United States and around the world. A group of quilts from this exhibition will be chosen by jurors Linda Colsh and Margaret “Peg” Keeney to become a permanent part of the collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.
The details are on the submission form and may be found here:

After lunch, members tried their hands at a little bit of experimenting with DYNA FLOW Paints and some Artists Inks from Daler Rowney. Here is a fast little landscape piece created by member, Joan Reive. Can't wait to see it finished with Joan's special stitches and ready for sharing.


Wishing each of you a terrific pre-Holiday season. Hope you have a chance to make your way to the John M. Parrott Gallery at the Belleville Public Library between now and November 28th to see the work of QUINTE FIBRE ARTISTS including more beautiful work by Joan Reive and Mary Andrews Minigan, SAQA Central Members. And, Sharon Collins, our retiring Central Canada Rep and friends have a stunning collection of fibre art works in SOULPLAY at the Window Art Gallery, Kingston School of Art thru December 1st.
Thanks everyone for a great meeting and a really good year.