Wednesday, February 26, 2014

CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists present their spring 2014 Exhibition at Wellington County Museum and Archives, Fergus/Elora, ON

‘Celebrate The Seven’ 

Connections Fibre Artists
April 5-June 9, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION, Friday, April 4, 2014
7-9 pm
The art of The Group Of Seven is the central theme of this exhibition. 

The members of Connections Fibre Artists accepted the challenge to design and execute their own original art that reflects their individual research into the artists, the paintings and the styles of the Group of Seven.

Although Tom Thompson died before the group formed, he was the inspiration for, and has always been considered a part of, the formation of The Group Of Seven.

Each member of Connections Fibre Artists has approached this theme from her or his own way ~ either inspired by their own memories of the Canadian landscape, by an emotional response to a particular Group of Seven artist/painting, or by some of the techniques and colour palettes used by these iconic Canadian artists.

The result is an exciting and intriguing exhibition celebrating the approach that Tom Thompson, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald, F.A. Farley, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer and Franklin Carmichael took to develop an original Canadian art.
Wellington Road 18 between Fergus and Elora, ON
Connections Fibre Artists

The group was formed in 1999 by a small group of friends whose common bond was the love of stitching as an art form. Their focus was to promote awareness and enjoyment of fibre art through gallery shows. 

Their mandate was ‘Experience, Experimentation, Expression’. 

We combine our Experience with Experimentation to continue to develop and widen the boundaries of fibre art, creating original surfaces and Expressing our individual ideas and feelings in the process.

SAQA Central Canada Members participating include:
 Bethany Garner, Gunnel Hag, Elizabeth Duggan Litch,
Maggie Vanderweit Meredith, Hilary Rice and Dwayne Wanner

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Regional Minutes available - the next Toronto-West meeting is April 13, 2014 at Burlington Art Centre

Hello all SAQA Central Canada members
It was great to see those who could attend the meeting this past Sunday February 23rd at the BAC.  Those who may be interested may contact Robynne Cole for a copy of the minutes.
Thanks to everyone who took Fibre Content 2014 Rack Cards and Posters to distribute to various guilds and stores to help promote the upcoming show.  Everyone enjoyed the current exhibit at the BAC of John Willard’s Quilts, a 40 Year Retrospective, which continues until the end of March.
If you would like Rack Cards to help promote FIBRE CONTENT, also let Robynne know and she will make arrangements to share some with you.
The next SAQA Central Canada Regional in Burlington meeting is set for Sunday April 13th, 2014 at the BAC from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Please RSVP Robynne if you plan to attend.
Robynne Cole and 
Dwayne Wanner
SAQA Central Canada Co-Rep

Monday, February 24, 2014

SYNTHESIS II Exhibition opens at GALLERY 200, Ottawa, ON March 4th, 2014

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend 
the Studio Art Quilt Associates
 SYNTHESIS II Exhibition
March 4-April 20, 2014
At The School of Dance
2nd Floor
200 Critchton Street
Ottawa, Ontario
VERNISSAGE: Sunday March 9th, 2014
2-4 pm
Everyone Welcome
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
Synthesis II, a unified and yet dynamically diverse show, is a travelling 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 with over 3000 members.
Our many thanks to the artists and Patricia Caffery, Exhibit Curator

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Regional Meeting February 23rd at Burlington Art Centre... REMINDER!

Hello all SAQA Central Canada members, just a reminder for next weekend’s meeting
Sunday, February 23rd from 1:00 to 3:00PM
(open to all SAQA members, Central Canada division.)
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.)
Agenda includes:
  • Sharing information about activities, show events and your works in progress
  • Show and Tell encouraged by all attendees
  • Rack Cards and posters will be available to promote the upcoming Fibre Content Show for 2014
  • IF you wish to bring friends to see this display and get acquainted with SAQA please do.
Quilts by John Willard - A 40 Year Retrospective
is showing in the Lee-Chin Gallery
Artist talk is at 2:00PM 
We will attend this event as our special presentation.
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

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Artist Interview with HEATHER DUBREUIL at is a must for each of you to read

OPEN DOOR, Heather Dubreuil

Many congratulations to Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, Quebec artist and SAQA Central Canada member as her Artist Interview posts to, an online resource that aims to become the number one online resource and community for artists working with textile techniques as well as textile art enthusiasts. is a place to be inspired, learn from the best, promote your work and reach other creatively-minded people. Launched in January 2013, the site hosts started with a series of interviews with members of the influential European Textile Arts "62 group". Since then, they have welcomed contributions from contemporary artists and textile designers from across the world.
Heather writes:

I am thrilled to be profiled on the British-based website This blog is managed by two brothers, Sam and Joseph Pitcher, and it has a serious international following. It features not only in-depth profiles of artists working in the full spectrum of fibre, but also includes helpful articles on topics such as hanging and photographing textile work and choosing templates for your website.
It is a real highlight for me to have been chosen for this honour.

The link to the site is:
VILLAGGIO TOSCANO, 2013, Heather Dubreuil
Heather's current exhibition "CITYSCAPES" continues at the Kirkland Gallery, Kirkland, Quebec, and is sharing the Gallery with the SAQA Central Canada 'SYNTHESIS II'  Exhibition:
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.

Heather's Exhibition schedule in 2014 includes:
February 8 – 27
Kirkland Library, Kirkland, QC (solo)
April 11 – 13
Hudson Artists, Hudson Community Centre, Hudson, QC
May 1 – 15
Women’s Art Society of Montreal, Montreal, QC (juried)
June 11 – Aug 16
Arbor Gallery, Vankleek Hill ON (solo)
Sept 27 – Oct 21
Atrium Gallery, Ottawa ON (solo)
October 17 – 19
Hudson Artists, Hudson Community Centre, Hudson, QC
Oct 23 – Nov 16
‘Synthesis II’ (SAQA regional) Gibson Gallery, Amherstberg, ON (juried)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sharon Collins invites you to attend the opening of MUSINGS...

Join Sharon and her fellow artists at
for the MUSINGS Vernissage
Wednesday, March 19th
5 pm
Details below:

Friday, February 7, 2014

OUT OF THE BOX Artists invite you to their "FIBRE FLING 3" at Kitchissippi United Church

At last year’s show 43 artists exhibited over 200 artworks - art quilts, mixed media, framed works, felting, wearables, embroidery, dolls, beadwork, jewelry, rug hooking, and much more.
The variety and quality of the work inspired everyone!
630 Island Park Drive
(between Carling Ave. and the 417)
Ottawa, ON
Friday April 4th - 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday April 5th - 10-5 pm
HIGH TEA Sunday April 6th - 10-5 pm
Out of the Box Members who are also SAQA Central Canada members 
and are participating in the show include:
Sharon Collins
Carol Howard Donati
Margaret Dunsmore
Wendy Foster
Helen Gordon
Marie-France Gosselin
Pat Hardie
Michele Meredith
Juanita Sauve
So, if you are in the Ottawa area in April, do drop in and support this event.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SAQA Virtual Gallery "STRUCTURES" includes work by three Central Canada Artists - Congratulations!

      Water Tower #2

Water Tower #2
Heather Dubreuil
Guest curator - Cyndi Souder


Each month during the year, a member of SAQA is selected to choose a gallery of work related to a special theme of her choice, and to be displayed at the main website.

Please make time to visit the website here for a view of the Gallery:

Curator's Statement:

I am captivated by the many ways that quilters use soft components to create the illusion of hard structures. So many design decisions are made; so many artistic devices are employed. Should I use a lot of color or should I limit my palette? Should I show a complete composition or leave something for the viewer to fill in? Should I use a familiar viewpoint or would an unexpected angle better communicate my message? I chose these structures because they spoke to me. I hope they speak to you as well.

Congratulations to Heather Dubreuil, Phillida Hargreaves and Catherine Timm, our Central Canada Artists for inclusion in the STRUCTURES Gallery.
Finding Lunch
Phillida Hargreaves


Catherine Timm

and congratulations to our pal, LAURIE SWIM, a great friend to Kingston and Toronto area SAQA members
At the End of the Day

List of other SAQA artists selected for the STRUCTURES Gallery and their works, linked to statement and/or detail image provided by the artist, and congratulations to each :

View From MOMA 2
K. Velis Turan
At the Tower
Joke Buursma
What Remains
Elena Stokes
Le Poet Laval I
Lenore Crawford
Morgan's Flight
Kate Themel
K. Velis Turan
Beyond the Gate
Marcia H. Eygabroat
Linda Gass
Mountain Chapel
Annette Kennedy
A Ride About Town
Ellen Piccolo

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

TRACEY LAWKO awarded the 2014 NICHE Award for Excellence in Fibre: Art Quilts


TRACEY LAWKO is delighted to receive the 2014 Niche Award for Excellence in Fibre: ART QUILTS for her stitched landscape "Spring Thaw Study". This is the second year in a row that Tracey has won the prestigious US award in Fibre. Last year a different set of jurors selected "Hay Bales Study" for the Niche Award for Excellence in Fibre: Surface Design.
Many congratulations, Tracey, for work that continues to be revered worldwide for its beauty in design, technique, stitch and presentation. Your contributions as a Canadian Artist are well known, and your friends in SAQA Central Canada join your many colleagues and patrons to share in the celebration of your ongoing recognition.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Welcome to Central Canada member KIT LANG, and special thanks for particpating in The 2014 SAQA Trunk Show Call to Entry...


As a child in Northern Ontario, it seemed the winters were a sea of white. Deep snow, ice, our white stucco house surrounded by birches - even the evergreens were covered by snow. The only colour to be found was in the creatures who lived in the woods: like this hare poised to leap away.

So many thanks to Kit for sending her contribution of this beautiful piece of fibre art for the SAQA 25th Anniversary Trunk Show Exhibition in Washington, D.C. in May. Kit's work is another beautiful example of the Central Canada talent that will be represented at the SAQA Conference and as the SAQA 2014 Trunk Shows are assembled and ready for sharing with the world.

Please visit her blog, KIT LANG ART