Wednesday, January 29, 2014

You are invited to attend the SAQA Central Canada meeting at Burlington Art Centre

 Mark your calendars now; we hope you can join us!
Sunday, February 23rd from 1:00 to 3:00PM
Central Canada,
Toronto West Division, open to all SAQA members
 Burlington Art Centre
 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON L7S 1A9.
(located between Maple Ave and Brant Street,
with parking all around and behind off Elgin St.)
The agenda will include:
  • Sharing information about activities, show events and your works in progress,
  • Show and Tell is encouraged by all attendees
  • Rack Cards to promote the upcoming Fibre Content Show for 2014 will be available for members who may have opportunities to share with guilds, stores or other promotional locations in their area.
Quilts by John Willard - A 40 Year Retrospective
Lee-Chin Gallery
Feb 15th to March 30th
John is a long time member of the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists Group and a beloved Instructor at Haliburton School of the Arts.
 By lovely coincidence his artist talk is the same day as our meeting.
  • So we will wrap up our “show and tell" and sharing of news to attend this event as our special presentation that day.
  • IF you wish to bring friends to see this display and get acquainted with fellow SAQA members please bring them along.
  •  Please RSVP  if you will be able to come, including details of any extra people you plan to bring!
Robynne Cole
Dwayne Wanner
SAQA Central Canada Co-Rep 

Friday, January 24, 2014

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON shares a February Retreat weekend at Odessa, ON - Just a short drive.

 February 21-23, 2014
Join friends at  a three day FIBRE ARTS RETREAT February 21- 23rd, 2014 for those interested in play time during the Cabin Fever days of late February.  This workshop is sponsored by FIBREWORKS KINGSTON and is open to everyone... come for all three days, or choose one or two of the days that are of most interest to you. The workshop weekend will only be cancelled and re-scheduled with fees carried forward to the new date if a blizzard sets in and travel locally would be dangerous. Car pooling with friends is a great idea... so gather a couple of friends and come play!
The Retreat Weekend offers 9:30-5 pm each day instruction and will be held at the Odessa Fairgrounds Hall. Students joining Bethany will have a chance to either “do their own thing” with their own projects and guidance/assistance from Bethany, a seasoned fibre artist and Instructor in the Textile Design Program at St. Lawrence College…. OR take part in the three separate “play day” activities Beth has planned…
Friday, Feb. 21st is “INDIGO: an Introduction, (with opportunity to add to the Indigo vats on Saturday and Sunday but no instruction) spending time with this magical dye solution that will forever endear your love of BLUE! There will be three active vats and lots of time to share in the magic of the indigo adventure. Come prepared with stitched and wrapped fabrics, silk, line, cotton.. your choice.
Saturday, February 22nd is “FLAT DYEING" - a great way to dye fabric and YES it can be done very safely and with terrific results indoors with some care to manage your work site and carry wet fabrics home in a large container for rinsing at a later date. You can dye 1, 2 or 12 metres of fabric in this one day - just bring your pre-washed fabric, ready for Soda Ash soak and PLAY!
Sunday, February 23rd   is NOTE CHANGE: HAND STITCHING DAY... MARK MAKING using your favourite threads and a fabric of your choice, you will spend a fun day exploring the art of the handmade stitch. Bethany will share some inspiration, and you can just relax among friends creating small pieces of THREAD ART! A relaxing way to spend a Sunday never hurts and we would love to see you.

Take advantage of all three days Feb. 21-23rd for $120.00 or choose one or even two days. Each single day is $50.00  if you can only do one.  Dyes will be provided.  Supplies list with paid registration.  Please plan to bring Brown Bag lunch. Coffee, tea and break snacks provided.   

Contact Bethany at for a pdf descriptive and registration form or visit see the FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Blog for all of the details.

Bethany Garner, FW Coordinator and Registrar

Thursday, January 23, 2014

We continue to share - SAQA Silver Anniversary TRUNK SHOW pieces from Central Canada Artists Gunnel Hag and Heather Dubreuil

Georgian Bay Summer, Gunnel Hag

As you know I love designing surface patterns on fabric. I equally love the Canadian outdoors and all the patterns that appear in nature. While camping and canoeing in Georgian Bay I took rubbings from the rocks, and made a silk screen for printing the background fabric, which I then over painted. I took the picture of the sky while lying on the beautiful warm rocks of Beausoleil Island in Georgian Bay.

 Ah, there's nothing like summer skies with friendly cumulus clouds.......

Water Tower #4, Heather Dubreuil

The image for my piece was taken from a photo which I took while walking the High Line linear park in New York. I used the lines and shapes but changed the colours to give a feeling of sunrise coming up over the East River. Fun to work in these vibrant, warm colours.
Thank you to both SAQA artist members for sharing their beautiful work. There will be strong representation from our region for this important traveling SAQA Trunk Show over the next three years. The pieces are all 7" x 10", and the detail is amazing in all of the art work we have seen thus far. Thank you for sharing this amazing work..
The first sharing will be at the CELEBRATING SILVER Conference in Washington, D.C in May 2014. The Trunks will then be packed for travel and designated for sharing with regions around the world. If you have sent a piece and would like to share, please send a high resolution  jpeg and the story to Bethany Garner 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Two more stunning donations to the SAQA 25th Anniversary Trunk Show Exhibition from Central Canada members

Tracey Lawko

So many thanks to Tracey Lawko and Lynne McCullough for sharing their beautiful pieces. Their representation of the amazing land we all love is a wonderful tribute to Canada and their talent as textile artists.

Lynne McCullough
Eileen Doughty, SAQA 25th Anniversary Trunk Show Coordinator  has written to say that the pieces she has received are each beautiful and will be a great treat for the visitors to the Celebrating Silver 2014 SAQA Conference in Washington DC in May. A number of  pieces from those submitted by SAQA members from around the world will be chosen by a panel of Jurors to become part of the Permanent Collection at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.
. If there are more pieces that have been sent from our Central Canada Region, do share them and we will post for all to see and enjoy. Many thanks to both Tracey and Lynne.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SYNTHESIS II Exhibition, Central Canada Member Artist's work opens at Kirkland Gallery

RED SOAP BUBBLES, Marie-France Gosselin
PASTICHE, Robin Field
Synthesis II, the Central Canada Regional Juried Show that has already toured six Ontario galleries, will be on display for the first time ever in Quebec. Please plan to join artists in attendance as they welcome the public to enjoy this outstanding exhibition by 16 area artists.
Kirkland Library
17100 Hymus Blvd. in Kirkland Quebec.
February 8 - 27th
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 9 pm
 Saturday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.
 Vernissage,  Sunday, February 9th
 2 to 4 pm
OPEN DOOR, RIGA, Heather Dubreuil
In the same venue and during the same period, SAQA member Heather Dubreuil is delighted to show some of the recent art quilts in her Cityscapes series.
Her artist statement reads,  " Heather's cityscapes show the radiant transformation of an everyday exterior through the expressive potential of colour. She creates sensuous, aesthetic delight by a careful consideration of form and composition".
Heather will host the Vernissage on February 9th and hopes to see you there.

Monday, January 20, 2014

SAQA Anniversary Trunk Show contributions heading to 25th Anniversary Exhibition

Send Us Your News!

Time to share your 2014 news and updates! We'd love to hear what you've been doing with your fiber work and if you have any upcoming exhibits.

Please send news of your upcoming exhibitions, shows of interest, meetings planned in your area to  and we will post it on the blog.

In the meantime, wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year, filled with creative inspiration.

INCENDIARY, Helena Scheffer
BLUE MOON, Carol Howard Donati
A number of members sent wonderful pieces of art to Eileen Doughty, TRUNK SHOW Coordinator for our 25th Anniversary celebration Exhibition and it is not too late.
Please check the SAQA website for the prospectus if you have a piece underway and get them off in the mail.   
SUMAC SONG, Joyce McKinnon

THE SERENITY OF SILK, Meredith Filshie

Deadline is set as  January 31, 2014.
Email  Eileen if you still plan to submit... she may be able to wait for you.



Sunday, January 12, 2014

Kingston area Regional Meeting in February - Everyone Welcome

Central Canada Regional Group
DATE:   Monday, February 10, 2014
PLACE: St John’s Church, Church St. (off Union St in Portsmouth Village)
TIME:    10am to 3pm. 

1.  Creative Buffet
 Share your newest and latest work.

 2.  Critique Discussion

Phillida Hargreaves has agreed to chair a critique.  Bring a piece you’re working
on or one you’re doubtful about and get some ideas on where you might take it next.
We’ll also look at ways to handle critiques in your own smaller stitching groups.

 3.  Brown Bag Lunch
 Tea, coffee and goodies will be supplied.
 4.  Business

Bethany will take us through SAQA News: the search is on for a Regional Representative for Ottawa/East, SAQA upcoming shows, competitions and events.
5.  Thermofax Screen Printing Demonstration.
Peta will discuss the process involved in preparing thermofax screens and demonstrate how to use the screens to print on fabric.  And if weather and circumstances permit, she’ll bring her thermofax machine so we can watch the magic happen.
And don’t forget the Bring and Buy or Trade Table.  Any fabrics, threads, tools, products or other studio treats you have discovered and want to share or no loner need could be just exactly what someone else is looking for. 
RSVP please so we know how many will attend to: robin[AT]
Planning Committee:
Peta Gillyatt Bailey, Diane Hogan and Robin Field

Saturday, January 11, 2014

CALL TO ENTRY - an invitation to participate in an exceptional Art Exhibition in fall 2014

The first FIBRE CONTENT Exhibition, held October 27-28, 2012 at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, was a powerful opportunity to show the world the high quality of our fibre artists. The response from the artists was enthusiastic and the quality of exhibited work exceeded all expectations.

The 2014 Exhibition Organizing Committee is, therefore, happy to announce the second bi-annual Fibre Content Exhibition, to be held at the

Burlington Art Centre, September 9-16, 2014!

Juried by Emma Quin, Executive Director of the Ontario Crafts Council, Virginia Eichhorn, Director and Chief Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, and Sandra Dupret, Dean/Principal of the Fleming College Haliburton Campus, the 2014 show will seek to exhibit the best of contemporary Canadian fibre art — a wide range of works in fibre and mixed media such as fabric, paper, yarn, thread and various mixed materials.

In organizing Fibre Content 2014, Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Central Canada Division is joined by a wider number of guilds: Burlington Fibre Arts Guild, Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild, Burlington Hooking Craft Guild, Connections Fibre Artists, Grand Guild of Fibre Artists, Group of Eight Fibre Artists and Oakville Fibre Arts Guild.

The entries are open to all members of SAQA Central Canada and the participating guilds, as well as non-members who, if accepted, will be willing to join SAQA.

We welcome you to visit the SAQA website at for membership information.

Original artwork must have been completed within the last five years and must be the result of independent effort. Works, framed or unframed, must be ready to be hung. Before entering you artwork, please read rules and requirements in our online entry form (coming soon) carefully.

View/download our official Call for Entry (PDF) here.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Join Sharon Collins at the Foyer Gallery Ottawa

Join Sharon Collins at the Foyer Gallery  for the group show Child"s Play, January 7 to 26th. The Vernissage is Sunday , January 12th, 1 to 4.

Sharon Collins a finalist in Infinity Art Gallery Red Show

I am pleased to announce that my piece " Redscape" was juried as a finalist in the Infinity Art Gallery on line competition The Red Show.. The whole show can be seen at
Sharon Collins , "Redscape"