Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Jim and Sue Waddington to speak at CONNECTIONS Fibre Artist's Exhibition May 29, 2014

In The Footsteps Of The Group Of Seven
An Illustrated Talk By Jim & Sue Waddington
Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM In the Exhibit Hall
Admission by Donation
image of Wellington County Museum and Archives
Wellington County Museum & Archives
with the Exhibition:
Celebrating The Seven

April 5 - June 8, 2014                                                  

The Connections Fibre Artists
pay tribute to the
Group of Seven.

Over two dozen fibre artists from Wellington County,
Guelph and surrounding areas have interpreted iconic
works of the Group of Seven, Canada’s most celebrated painters from the mid 20th century.

Formed in 1920, the Group of Seven infused its
paintings of the landscapes and villages of Quebec
and Ontario with a distinctly Canadian style.
In honour of their contributions to Canadian art and
our national identity, Connections Fibre Artists have
created over fifty interpretations in fibre, a remarkable
tribute to these artistic pioneers.

For more information, visit the 
Connections Fibre Artists website.
Wellington County Museum and Archives
0536 Wellington Rd 18
Fergus ON N1M 2W3
Email Wellington County Museum and Archives
T 519.846.0916 x5221
T 1.800.663.0750 x5221
F 519.846.9630

FIBRE CONTENT SHOW Call for Entry deadline approaches and Minutes from SAQA Central meeting April 13, 2014

Hello SAQA Central Canada Members
The Fibre Content 2014 Show submission deadline is June 1st.
Please NOTE that we will not be hosting any further SAQA general meetings in Burlington until after the Fibre Content Show which runs this fall from September 9th to September 16th at the Burlington Art Centre.
IF the show is successful the BAC will review their tentative commitment to host the show again in 2016 and their approach to providing us with meeting space.  SO until the show has taken place we are unable to secure new SAQA general meeting dates at this location.
Help us have a successful show and build a good foundation for our ongoing relationship with this great facility by entering your fabulous creations for the upcoming show.
Below are the minutes from the SAQA General Meeting at the BAC on April 13th
Members sharing news about activities and current works in progress

  • Inspiring works were shared by Lisa Courtnage and Joan Hug-Valeriote
  • Many artists, including Anne Solomon’s piece sold at the previous Fibre Content show, mentioned their work will be in an upcoming book 1000 Quilt Inspirations by Sandra Sider
  • Connections Fibre Artists pay tribute to The Group of Seven with a show at the Wellington County Museum from April 5th to June 8th
  • Renske Helmuth has a solo show at the same venue until June 15th
  • Marg Notar, Carol McLaren, Carolynn McMillan and Joanne Young have a combined show at Homer Watson House & Gallery from April 26th to June 8th
  • Grand Guild of Fibre Arts and Group of Eight from Georgetown will both have a show at The Mill, in St. Jacob’s from May 27 to 31 during the Quilt & Fibre Art Festival of the Waterloo Region.  This show will be in the silo just around the corner from the Festival’s featured artist Tracey Lawko.
Lynne McCullough’s Trunk Show

  • Lynne graciously shared her fabulous trunk show, including 9 dynamic jackets, her tremendous pieces depicted numerous themes and techniques
A reminder that we hope you will consider submitting a piece to the Call for Entry for the Fibre Content 2014 Show.  The deadline for online submission is June 1, 2014
Please get your fabulous pieces submitted and help us host a terrific show!!! 

All the rest will follow!!! 
THANKS so much
Robynne Cole, Assistant Manager for the Show on behalf of
Dwayne Wanner, Co-Rep SAQA Central Canada, and Show Manager

Monday, April 28, 2014

PHILLIDA HARGREAVES Solo Exhibition Opens at STUDIO 22 on King St. East, downtown Kingston on May 3, 2014


‘This solo show by Phillida Hargreaves consists of 15 city landscapes that consider the idea of narrowness in the urban setting and the multitude of emotions that such narrowness can evoke.’

May 3 - June 8, 2014

VERNISSAGE - Saturday May 10th
8-10 pm
320 King Street East, Downtown Kingston
2nd Floor
Tuesday to Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Friday evenings 7-10 pm

CAROLYNN MCMILLAN and MARG NOTAR included in the QUILTS 2014 Exhibition at Homer Watson House in Kitchener

 Quilts 2014 Exhibition

Carolynn McMillan, Margaret Notar, 
Joanne Young, Carol McLaren,

Artist Talk Event: Saturday, May 24, 2014 – 1:00 – 3:00 p

Homer Watson House Gallery

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, Noon – 4:30 pm

Homer Watson House & Gallery
1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener, ON N2P 1H7
Phone: 519-748-4377 Fax: 519-748-6808

Friday, April 18, 2014

Please consider commiting to make YOUR donation for the 2014 SAQA Benefit Auction. Join in and share your beautiful work with the Auction participants in September 2014!


Today Martha Sielman posted the weekly E-Blast of news for SAQA members and there we find the stunning donation of our own CAROLYNN McMILLAN for all to see and admire. Thank you Carolynn for being a part of the Early Bird Donations team of SAQA members. Your piece will certainly get a lot of attention as the Benefit Auction for 2014 begins in September.

SAQA's Benefit Auction is our largest fundraiser and SAQA's biggest income source after membership dues. In 2013, exhibitions of SAQA member work traveled to Australia, Canada, England, France, Gabon, Italy, South Africa, and seventeen states across the U.S.  The quilts were displayed in 8 museums and 19 major quilt festivals and were seen by several hundred thousand visitors, many of whom had never seen an art quilt before.

Also included in the 2014 Early Bird donations is a beautiful quilt by SHARON COLLINS, retired Co-Rep and Juried Artist Member from our SAQA Central Canada Region:

Crossing to Safety, Sharon Collins

Early Bird donations this year also include these exciting entries from Juried Artist Members, PHILLIDA HARGREAVES, Kingston,ON and  HEATHER DUBREUIL, Hudson, QC.

Forever Car Ride, Phillida Hargreaves
Brooklyn #5, Heather Dubreuil

This is an opportunity to not only help the Association continue to support the many Exhibitions we share throughout the year, but to ensure that YOUR work is seen by visitors to the Auction website pages before and during the Auction events in September. Some of the quilts will be selected for a Live Auction at the RUBY ANNIVERSARY Celebrations at the International Quilt Festival in Houston from October 27- November 2, 2014.

Please consider your donation timing and make sure that your 12" square piece reaches the Auction Coordinator by JUNE 1, 2014. Make sure you ship with a tracking number so you have a record of the quilt arriving to Gale.

Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak
12 Conchas Loop
Santa Fe, NM 87508
 The 2014 donation submission form/details can be found here: 

Suggestion:  Consider working with several SAQA Central Canada Region member friends in your area and make donating YOUR small quilt to our Annual Benefit Auction a priority for this year!

And do your mailing together to save on shipping. Canada Post is a great way to ship and they will get your parcel there safely and on time as long as you plan ahead.

Thanks in advance for participating and do visit the auction pages at http://www.SAQA.com  for all of the details and Auction locations, dates and rules.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Report on the visit of Bethany Garner and Susan Johnson to the ranch of Karey Bresenhan, President, QUILTS INC. - a gift to SAQA and we were the lucky recipients!

Have you ever seen 100+ yr. old LIVE and POST OAK Trees??? They are all over the ranch in Texas and precious!
As a SAQA member, and one of your Regional Representatives, the past month has been filled with wonder and creativity. This report is to share some of the news of an amazing adventure to Texas March 7-16th, and the the beautiful La Grange ranch home of Karey Patterson Bresenhan, President, Quilts Inc., in La Grange, Texas for a 10 day Artist Residency, accompanied by Everton, ON Artist friend and SAQA member, Susan Johnson.

The Artist Residency was made possible through the very generous gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bresenhan to the Studio Art Quilt Associates in support of their Membership initiative in 2012/13. The opportunity was made available to a member who wholeheartedly supported the SAQA Membership Program in 2012/13. As an active Professional Member of SAQA, I have had the pleasure of serving for the past two years as your Co-Regional Representative for Central Canada. Needless to say, I was blessed to have been able to accept this study residency as an opportunity to represent SAQA with YOUR support as new members joining our Central Canada group. As a result, I was able to rest, plan, grow and hone my own art study and skills during ten days in Texas. It was wonderful to be able to share the opportunity with friend and mentor, Susan Johnson.

What a wonderful rest I had after a January back injury... with the warmth of spring and the true beauty of this special place and the Texas people we met along the way. And, to have the  opportunity to explore new techniques and do some fabric painting using all new brands and types of paints I chose to experiment with in the Creativity Center. Experimentation is a wonderful tool, and even though I was nursing an injury which limited my mobility and "standing" time, the joy of the time in Texas had a profound affect on my design play. Susan was most successful, with a large project for a new Show underway and she made some great progress using her long experience with painting fabrics to create some stunning new work.

Outside the Creativity Centre where "art happened" for 10 wonderful days
A bit of art underway at Bethany's tables... sans the surprise "plasticized" fabric that mysteriously appeared

Inside the Creativity Centre - so much room to create new work

Needless to say, the adventure in the studio space was a fun-filled challenge each day, as the large patio doors opened to let in the breathtaking beauty of the ranch  - the blue skies and green grass out of doors was as much of a pull after a long, hard winter in Canada as the space and paints, markers and fabric inside.We were made very comfortable in a beautiful Guest House that provided a safe haven for rest and planning, great food (Susan is a stellar chef) and lots of time for comparing notes on our next days projects. We chatted, stayed up late and were up early to enjoy the long and fruitful days of fabric play, exploration of the ranch property including seeing armadillo (albeit squashed on the road), road runners, many bird species and herds of the ranch's white tailed deer. There was a lovely pond on the property that offered us visiting herons, many species of fish if we were lucky and turtles that are ranch residents all year.

The days were filled with laughter, planning, a few trials and errors and many success stories that lead to all new work after returning home. One thing I learned was to go with a plan, and to use materials you are familiar with and LOVE when you have ten days to create. Experimentation is meant for the privacy of your home studio. I did love what happened at Susan's tables however, which is a testament to her many long years as a professional textile artist. She was a great inspiration for me and I will long remember her support and encouragement along the way.

Table filled with amazing painted fabric art underway by Susan Johnson


The gardens were beautiful at the Quilt Museum, even as early as we were in Texas
The SAQA "People and Portraits" exhibition curated by Martha Seilman, SAQA Executive Director, was hung in the Museum while we were in La Grange (Mary Pal had TWO pieces in the exhibition!)  along with two additional galleries of beautiful contemporary and heritage quilts chosen for display by Sandra Sider, Museum Curator and former SAQA President. The Museum staff were amazing and the many visitors we met on our visits to the Museum agree that this Museum is a precious gift  and a treasure in Texas for all who visit. We met amazing staff members like Carol Montgomery who loves her role as a staff member at the Museum, and the fun of working with Mrs. Bresenhan and the team at the Houston Market and International Quilt Festival over many years. Carol lives at the ranch when away from her home which is several hours from La Grange, and is a blessing and joy to all who meet her.

We had wonderful tours around the ranch on a "mule" (four wheeled, gas powered) and walked the property several days exploring the wonderful bridges over what were the river gorges built by Mr. Bresenhan (Texas has had a severe drought and the riverbeds were equally as beautiful dry and exposed), the amazing deer feeding system, and watching carefully to make sure we did not run across the copperheads and rattle snakes that are common in the area. We enjoyed the green grass and thunderstorms and  NO SNOW ... and lots of room to wander without coats and boots.

Along the Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX
After the stay at the "Franch", our travels took us to San Antonio as well, and we had a wonderful dinner with Jane Dunnewold and Leslie Tucker Jennison, renowned Texas Fibre Artists and Instructors at the Houston Quilt Show and across the US. Great time for catching up with Jane and having the opportunity to see her new Studio in San Antonio. We (slowly for me) strolled the famous "RIVERWALK" that runs all around San Antonio's downtown on St. Patrick's Day when the river runs green as a part of the celebration. The weather was beautiful and so was the entire trip... we even made time for a visit to the Alamo!

So many thanks to Karey and Maurice Bresenhan for establishing the amazing gift of the Artist Residency Program at their ranch in support of the very lucky invited artist recipients. Their Creativity Center is made available to groups and Guilds in the area for retreats and learning opportunities throughout each year. And special thanks to Lucy Carr, Quilts Inc. Administrative Assistant who provided us so many tips before and during the trip; to Dora, our lovely Guest House housekeeper/hostess; to JR, the Ranch Manager who met our every need in the Creativity Center and to each of the staff at The Texas Quilt Museum for warmly welcoming us to Texas and La Grange. Many heartfelt thanks to my friend Susan Johnson and her husband Quentin for making the trip possible and for the amazing flight accommodation. The trip of a life time for sure...

SAQA offers similar benefits to each of you as members - you just have to take advantage of the opportunities to participate in support of your Association. Share the valuable membership benefits with your friends and take advantage of the all new recruitment program in support of  SAQA. Needless to say, SAQA is an important part of my creative life... as are all of you.

Hoping to see each of you soon at a Regional Meeting, as your work appears in the 2014 SAQA Portfolio; or as a participant in FIBRE CONTENT later this year here in Ontario - a wonderful fall 2014 Exhibition at the Burlington Art Centre in September (Call for Entry is up for you at the Fibre Content website) and as you enter the many amazing SAQA Exhibition 'Calls to Entry' with YOUR beautiful work. Be active - participate and by all means, ask your friends and colleagues to join us!

Bethany Garner
SAQA Central Canada Co-Representative

Friday, April 11, 2014

SAQA Central Canada Meeting Announcement/Reminder

A Reminder of the SAQA Central Canada Meeting
Sunday, April 13th from 1:00 to 3:00PM
Burlington Art Centre
at 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington
(located between Maple Ave and Brant Street, with parking all around and behind off Elgin St.)
Come out to join us in the Fireside Room for the usual agenda
and Lynne McCulloch’s trunk show!
Bring friends if you wish.
Please RSVP if you are coming, including details of any extra people you plan to bring!
Robynne Cole  robynnecole@sympatico.ca
Dwayne Wanner, SAQA Central Canada Co-Rep  DWanner@sympatico.ca

Friday, April 4, 2014

Congratulations to TRACEY LAWKO as she is featured in th EAC Spring 2014 Journal

Those of you who are members of the Embroiderers Association of Canada will have received your copy of the most recent EAC Journal in the mail this week. What a wonderful surprise to find a four page profile of our own TRACEY LAWKO, including many lovely photos and a great profile article about her work and commitment to her stitched textiles.
The article is entitled "Portrait of an Artist - Tracey Lawko" and is written by Caroline Beacroft. In testament to Tracey's beautiful work and her contributions to both the textile world and locally as a member of the Toronto Guild of Stitchery, we join with our friends who are Canadian embroiderers in celebrating her growth and development as a now world renowned artist.
Many congratulations to Tracey.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Michele Meredith and Heather Dubreuil to participate in the SPRING SHOW, Hudson, QC ARTISTS

Michele and Heather are happy to participate once again in the annual Spring Show of the Hudson Artists.  Heather will have eight of her recent Cityscapes in fibre in the Exhibit. 

With thirty-seven artists and over 200 works on display, there is sure to be something to catch your eye.  Fourteen artists will have greeting cards for sale, and fifty unframed works will also be available. NOVA will benefit from the proceeds of the tearoom, and from the raffle of a painting by John Vazalinskas.

Please plan to attend the
 Friday evening,  April 11, 2014 - 7:30-9:30 pm
394 Main Road
Hudson, Quebec
You may also visit with Michele and Heather as they greet visitors at the sales desk on Sunday morning, April 12th.
Do hope to see you there!
Contact for more information : Heather Dubreuil  hdubreuil@sympatico.ca