Sunday, August 24, 2014

Regional Meeting at Kit Vincent's home proved to be a wonderful day - wish you could have joined us!

A few good friends and SAQA members gathered on Saturday the 16th of August at the beautiful home/studio of Kit Vincent for our summer "playdate" with a focus on creating handmade beads and embellishments using Fimo and Primo polymer clay. Before the playtime got underway, we enjoyed sharing recent work in our "Creative Buffet" and marveled at some of the stunning new work being created in member studios this year... some heading to Quilts=ART=Quilts Jurying, other pieces on their way to local Exhibitions and some just created for members collections.
News of upcoming shows, Call to Entry opportunities and members Solo Shows was shared. Phillida Hargeaves Solo Show "NARROW SPACES" is currently being enjoyed in the Marianne Von Silfhout Gallery at the Brockville Campus, St. Lawrence College. The Kingston Fibre Artists will open their 2014 Show at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library on August 29th, with the Vernissage on Thursday evening, September 4, 2014. Everyone welcome.
We so enjoyed having SAQA member Frances Taylor from the Ottawa area with us as she brought with her many years of experience and numerous stunning examples of her work with polymer clay and embellishing techniques. Beautiful buttons, pins, clothing embellishments and more were shared and admired! Thank you so much for all of the tips and sharing of your expertise, shared supplies and tips Frances!
Robin Field led us off as she shared some of her uses of the clay in recent work, and members quickly caught on to the process of massaging the clay to soften a bit and feed through the pasta machines to blend colours and create the look of texture. Robin has focused in on creating pieces that she can used to represent specific focal point features for her textile work. She has created many exciting statement embellishments for her textile work using Primo and paint....

Following some time with the clay, members took time for an amazing Potluck Lunch with delicious salads, great shared time on the patio above the St. Lawrence and watching the ovens as the buttons and beads were put through the process of bake time for curing. Lovely results all around. So glad we had this day together... many thanks again to Kit for offering her beautiful home for our meeting/play in the studio.

NEWS, NOTES and next area Regional Meeting planned:

* We are planning  a Regional Meeting at the Council for the Arts in Ottawa location for Tuesday, October 21st... the meeting will be held in the Micaela Fitch Room,  2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa. All Ottawa and area members are encouraged to mark calendars and try to attend.

Many thanks to Mary Pal for arranging the meeting location. Attendance will be limited to the first 16 members to RSVP once the Agenda is posted here at the blog ... please watch for updates.

* Please visit for Fall 2014 Calls to Entry. It is so exciting to be able to travel and see the work of our members in SAQA Exhibitions.

Mary Pal has a wonderful piece in EARTH STORIES currently on exhibit at the MSU Museum, East Lansing, MI. I also had the opportunity to see Color Wheel of Emotions while at MSU and MASTERS 2 at the AQS Show in Grand Rapids. The work in all three SAQA exhibitions is just stunning...

* Our 2015 SAQA Conference is in Portland, Oregon in spring, 2015... details are at the website.

* Feel free to forward your news and Show Information to Bethany for posting here at the blog. Send the exact text you wish posted and large jpeg files please (MB not KB sizes) for our Blogger platform.

* Many of our SAQA Central Canada members have work juried into FIBRE CONTENT opening September 9-16th at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Everyone welcome... bring friends.

Have a great rest of summer, and do MAKE ART! See you soon...

Central Canada Co-Rep.