Monday, June 30, 2014

Canada's ANTI-SPAM Legislation comes into effect July 1, 2014...

A message to all of our SAQA CENTRAL CANADA Blog readers:
Canada's new Anti-Spam legislation will help reduce unwanted emails from appearing in consumers’ inboxes by requiring companies to gain their consent. We are supplying this information as many of our readers are arts related home-based or small business owners, or may generally be concerned about spam delivered to their inbox.

Does OUR SAQA Central Canada Blog comply? YES...

We are a Google Blogger site here at and use a Feedburner Subscription widget (located in the upper right hand corner on the right sidebar of our blog Home Page). Each of our SAQA Central Canada Blog Post subscribers "opted in" by using that form, provided their consent and are made aware that they can opt out or unsubscribe at any time. That being the case, we are in compliance. 
We do not add or import any email distribution lists to our Blog. With the Subscription Service from Blogger each individual receiving a post in their email inbox has subscribed, giving express consent.
Any of our subscribers may "unsubscribe" at the bottom of any post received that arrives in their inbox automatically after they have subscribed and confirmed their intent to want to receive new posts in their inbox at the provided email address from the RSS Feed via the SAQA Central Canada Subscription Service.
We do so hope you will stay onboard to keep abreast of all of the news now and up to the start of our Regional happenings in Ontario and Quebec . Your news and events notices are always welcome.
For more information about Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation, check out: The Canadian Government’s site to Fight Spam.
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Time to renew SAQA Membership for many SAQA Central Canada Region members...

May and June are always the months when so many of us joined or are now up for renewal for our memberships in this outstanding International Association supporting the Fibre Arts and the Artists around the world who contribute their stunning new work to our SAQA Exhibitions.
Join Us Today
As we start the summer season, this is a good time to make a note to RENEW your membership before all of the Calls to Entry and other great events like our Annual Conference (next year in beautiful Portland, Oregon) happen during 2014/15.
Renewing your Membership is so easy at the SAQA website using the link here or  join now . Hoping you will visit YOUR members page or contact Bethany Garner, Central Canada Regional Rep.  for your renewal date and stay with us as we head into Fall 2014. Exciting things are definitely happening.... please plan to stay with us!
Bethany's contact:
** Thinking about joining SAQA??
We would be so pleased to have you join us as we prepare for the next season of Regional Meetings and invite you to enter "BGW, Bethany Garner" at the referred by line during your online registration to take advantage of the special Regional Reps 10% membership fee discount and save a few dollars on your SAQA membership fees.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Hope you will join us on August 16th for our Regional meeting in Elgin at a beautiful Rideau Canal cottage Retreat Day meeting... details to follow soon!
Have a great Summer!

SAQA Membership Categories:

ARTIST MEMBER: 1 Year $70, 2 Years $130, 3 Years $190 
  • Quarterly full-color SAQA Journal
  • Eligible to participate in member exhibition
  • Monthly e.Bulletin subscription via email
  • Weekly "Art Quilt News" e.newsletter (optional)
  • Members-only access to conferences, symposia and the Yahoo discussion group, connecting you with thousands of art quilters and enthusiasts around the world
  • Professional and social support through regional activities, that may include regional exhibitions, trunk shows, educational workshops, monthly meetings and more
  • Access to mentorship conference calls and other mentoring activities
  • Option to participate in our Visioning Project – working together to help you achieve your artistic goals
Those who are ready to take the step to JURIED ARTIST STATUS should be pulling together their portfolio images now for submission using the Guidelines link below.
JURIED ARTIST MEMBER*: 1 Year $135, 2 Years $260, 3 Years $385
  • Includes all Artist Member benefits PLUS
  • Gallery page on SAQA website with link to your website, now includes up to 5 images
  • Listing in keyword-searchable Juried Artist Directory
  • Optional business listing in Art Services Directory
  • Your artwork represented in annual SAQA Portfolio
  • Eligible for inclusion in online Juried Artist slideshow, monthly virtual exhibits and Featured Artist Program
* See Guidelines for Becoming a Juried Artist before choosing this membership level.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

FIBRE CONTENT SHOW builds on tremendous response from participating groups of Artists...

Dear Fellow Artist:
We had a phenomenal response to the call for entry for Fibre Content 2014 and you played a great part in this!  We know that you are interested in the success of our show because you have already invested your time, talent and energy.  
We hope to build on this excitement over the summer to reach as many people as possible to save the date and share the event.
We are asking you to share our vision of the show - by word of mouth and by technology. As you wait for the jurors decisions you could let people know that you are participating just by entering.
What can you do to share your achievement of entering Fibre Content 2014?
·        FACEBOOK
-        Our Facebook site has various posts of interest to fibre artists and things to do at the Art Gallery of Burlington (formally the Burlington Art Centre)
-        LIKE us on Facebook
-        Comment on the Facebook page and share any interesting information you may come across about fibre arts
-        Share the Facebook site with fellow artists, friends, and family.
·        BLOG
-        Do you have a blog?  Please share with your followers that you have entered the show and add the link to our Facebook page and website.
-        Post our Save the Date poster (attached) or our Press Release (attached)
-        Print out the Save the Dateposter and take it to your local area shops to see if they will display it.
-        Share it with friends and family, by email or otherwise.
-        Whether or not you piece is accepted to the show this year please plan to visit!  The venue at the AGB is inspiring and there are many restaurants, shops and lake side space in the area to enjoy.  The length of the show makes it ideal to visit more than once or gather a bus load to come to.  September is a great time to visit the area!
We thank you once more for your entry to Fibre Content 2014.  We hope you will join us this fall to view a spectacular Fibre Art Show in a wonderful venue.
Can you think of more ways we can get the word out?  Send your comments or questions to Jo Anne Vandermey
Sincerely Dwayne Wanner and Robynne Cole ( Fibre Content 2014 Show.
If you would like a pdf copy of the "Save the Date" flyer pictured here, email Robynne Cole at:
 or Jo Anne Vandermey at:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Your new work is worthy of entry in QUILTS=ART=QUILTS - will you enter this Exhibition Call??? Check it out...

Entry Guidelines Available Now
Entries Accepted Beginning July 1 through August 15, 2014
All Entries Must Be Made ONLINE

Quilts=Art=Quilts is an international juried quilt exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York.  The Art Center has been a longstanding proponent of quilts as a visual arts medium and has been presenting quilts in a gallery setting since 1981.  
Jurors select quilts based on overall quality of design, visual impact and originality.  Prizes are awarded, including $1,000 for Best of Show. 
The opening weekend of the exhibit will include a reception, workshops, and a brunch for artists and friends. 
The entry fee for current members of the Schweinfurth Art Center is $30.  The fee for non-members is $35.   If you are unsure of your membership status at the Art Center, please call us at 315.255-1553 or email us ( before beginning the application process.  



Valerie Goodwin has a Masters degree in architecture from Washington University and an undergraduate degree from Yale University.  She teaches architectural design classes at Florida A&M University's School of Architecture.  Her work has been widely exhibited in locations such as Quilt National, Visions and Schweinfurth Art Center.  She creates fiber art inspired by realistic and abstract imagery of maps. She is the author of Art Quilt Maps, C&T Publishing Inc, 2013.

Kathleen Loomis spent her career in Louisville, Kentucky, as a newspaper journalist and then a writer and editor for an international consulting firm. Since retiring in 2000, she has worked full time as an artist and teacher.  She has exhibited in both quilt and all-media shows in the US and Europe, including Quilt National  2009 where she won the prestigious Quilts Japan Prize, and Quilts=Art=Quilts winning the Best of Show award in 2010. 

Exhibition Dates:  November 1, 2014-January 4, 2015

For all application details, please visit the online application:
Questions?  Please call us at the Art Center at 315.255.1553. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Congratulations to ELAINE QUEHL as she has her interview posted to the official SAQA Blog... please make time to read and enjoy.

Red chair detail, Elaine Quehl
Elaine chimed in to let you all know she is enjoying sharing news at SAQA Blog:
Just letting you know that I was interviewed for the SAQA blog, and the interview went live yesterday.

Thanks and have a look everyone!


Elaine Quehl
Quilt Artist, Teacher, Dyer, Designer
Instructor, Fleming College's Haliburton School of the Arts,
Profiled artist in the June/July 2014 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.
Coming in September 2014 ... my first line of fabrics with Northcott

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Join SHARON COLLINS and Soulplay friends as their SPIRIT OF TREES exhibition opens at Shenkman Gallery, Ottawa

" The Spirit of Trees"
Shenkman Arts Centre
Trinity Art Gallery
Salon B
Vernissage, July 6, 2014
1 pm - 3 pm
245 Centrum Blvd., Lower Level
Ottawa, ON
Gallery Hours: 8:30 am - 10:30 pm
Artists: Sharon Collins, Ann Dunlop and Jo-Ann Zorzi
We welcome you to join us for this new Exhibition and bring friends.
contact: Sharon Collins for more information:

Thursday, June 5, 2014

HEATHER DUBREUIL invites you to visit " Cityscapes: Collages in Cloth and Stitch" at Arbor Gallery, Vankleek Hill, ON - Note change in Gallery Hours

 “Cityscapes: Collages in Cloth and Stitch”
A Solo Exhibition by
Arbor Gallery in Vankleek Hill, ON

Sunday, June 22, 1-3 pm
Gallery Hours from June 18 - August 17, 2014
Wednesday, Noon - 1 pm and
Thursday - Sunday, Noon - 4 p.m.
Heather will have more than two dozen of her cityscapes on display, including some of the latest pieces.
For more info, please go to the gallery website,

Vankleek Hill is a charming, picturesque destination in the summer, with several cute caf├ęs and shops.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Fibre Content 2014
The 2014 Exhibition Organizing Committee sending this post as a REMINDER that your entry is important to the success of the second bi-annual Fibre Content Exhibition, to be held at the  

Burlington Art Centre, September 9-16, 2014!

 Please note our Sunday June 1, 2014 Call to Entry Deadline
Submit Your Entry Now!

Many thanks to all of our SAQA Central Canada members who have sent their entries ... Fibre Content promises to be a great Exhibition in September.


A very special thanks to all SAQA Central Canada members who have contributed their art to the SAQA Benefit Auction 2014.
The deadline has been extended to June 15th in case you have a piece ready and can get it in the mail!
See the submission details and entry form Here