Sunday, September 28, 2014

Heather Dubreuil shares her collages in cloth and stitch at the ATRUIM GALLERY...

Please mark your calendar and visit
A Solo Exhibition 
SEPTEMBER 26- October 22, 2014
at the
Atrium Gallery
101 Centrepointe Drive
Ottawa, ON
Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 9 pm
Friday, 8:30 am - 6 pm
Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, 1-5 pm 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

SAQA Central Canada member,Sharon Collins, to join friends in "OUR INSPIRATION" Exhibition at Foyer Gallery

Sharon Collins, Yves Jardon
 and Jo-Ann Zorzi
Textile and Mixed Media, Fine Art Photography and Silk Fibre Drawing

Thursday, October 9th
6-8 pm
Foyer Gallery - FOCUS SHOW
Nepean Sportsplex
Entrance 1
1701 Woodroffe Ave.
Ottawa, ON
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am - 12 pm and 6-9 pm
Thursday and Friday 9am - 3 pm and 6-9 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Gallery Contact: 613-586-2424, ext. 42226

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

TORONTO AREA MEMBERS... an invitation to meet for inspiration, friendly critique, exhibition support and developing a Toronto area network!!

Dear SAQA Central Region members in the Toronto region. 

Did you join SAQA to meet other fibre artists that lived near you? Did you hope that by joining SAQA you would find camaraderie, friendly critique and helpful suggestions about your works in progress, as well as a venue to talk and share?

Do you find the drive to Burlington too far?

If so, I'd like to hear from you. I'd like to start a Toronto Pod of SAQA Central Region members and would love to have you be part of it. 

I'd like to have our first meeting mid October, with a monthly or bi-monthly meeting thereafter. 

Interested? Please contact Kit Lang at

Kit Lang

Monday, September 15, 2014

Many congratulations to Elaine Quehl as her new fabric line from NORTHCOTT arrives in local Shops! You are invited to the LAUNCH Party...

 Elaine's Northcott fabric line, "Falling Leaves", is being shipped to stores in September 2014. It is available in two colourways: Spring Rain and Autumn Harvest. Visit Elaine's page on the Northcott website to learn more about the company and her beautiful collection. 
Please plan to join Elaine and friends at
1:00 - 4:00 P.M.
113 Bridge St.
for the launch of her stunning fabric line
Enjoy coffee, tea and goodies with friends.
See the collection
Door prizes!
The Pickle Dish carries the full line of "Falling Leaves" in both the Spring Rain and Autumn Harvest colourways. 

More of the Northcott Samples from Elaine's website here...
Truly beautiful and sure to create some stunning quilts. Very well done! Hooray!

SAQA'S ANNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION starts TODAY at 2 pm ...Make time to join in this week and stay tuned for anouncements along the way!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

THREADWORKS Exhibition opens at Arthur Child Heritage Centre in Gananoque, ON Friday, September 12th...

Just Water Under The Bridge, Bethany Garner 2013, traveling with THREADWORKS

Threadworks is a special project of the Connections Fibre Artists Group and the Ontario Network of Needleworkers (ONN). The travelling Exhibition showcases exceptional and creative needlework by artists from across Canada. Wellington County Museum and Archives (WCMA) in Fergus, Ontario is proud to host, sponsor and support the inaugural exhibition, and acts as the organizing venue.
Just arriving at the ARTHUR CHILD HERITAGE MUSEUM Gallery located on the waterfront next to the Gananoque Boat Lines and within the collection of lovely shops and the beautiful waterfront boardwalk, the Gallery offers visitors a wonderful variety of Exhibits to enjoy. The Exhibit will be available for viewing until October 31st.
Please plan a visit to this lovely small town just brimming with art, architecture, some great restaurants and close to the scenic Thousand Islands Parkway and many artist studios.

Arthur Child Heritage Museum

125 Water Street.
Gananoque Ontario, K7G 3E3
613.382.2535 | 1.877.217.7391

Details and directions to the Arthur Child Heritage Museum: 
Threadworks is a juried exhibition that is juried every three years and travels across Ontario to many museums and galleries. Of the 170+ pieces of work received this starting year (2013), 60 were chosen for circulation around Ontario for the next three years. The schedule of exhibition throughout Ontario for 2014-2015 is as follows:

Arthur Child Heritage Museum, Gananoque - - - September 12 - October 31

Bruce County Museum, Southampton - - - November 2014 to March 10, 2015
The Station Gallery, Whitby - - - March 13 - May 3
Woodstock Art Gallery - - - May 15 - July 5
Grimsby Public Art Gallery - - - July 17 - September 6
Gibson Gallery, Amherstburg - - - Sept

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

INSPIRATION AND EXPLORATION... Kingston Fibre Artists share a "WALK AND TALK" Saturday, September 13, 2014

Just one wall of MANY in the Exhibition Gallery

Please join the members of the Kingston Fibre Artists as they share a lovely afternoon Gallery Walking Tour and the opportunity to see their current Exhibition first hand with artist sharing...
Please do join us and  bring friends!

130 Johnson Street, downtown Kingston
in the Wilson Room and Foyer, Second Level
2-4 pm

A little preview video can be found at the Link below: (thanks to CKWS TV and tour talk by our own Phillida Hargreaves and Wilma Kenny).

Hope to see many of our friends in Fibre on Saturday the 13th...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SAQA Central Canada Fibre Artist members participate in unique collaboration with Kingston WritersFest artists who are Poets and Textile Artists

Stitch and Stanza: Inspiration Across Media

Stitch and Stanza will be on display the Holiday Inn on the Waterfront in downtown Kingston
  Thursday, September 25 until Saturday, September 28.
Meet-the-Artists Reception will be held Saturday, September 27, 11:00 am-12:00 pm.
Article below by Anita Jansman and posted to the KINGSTON ARTS COUNCIL Blog here

Finding inspiration through other art forms is a time-honored practice for artists. Renaissance painters were often inspired by the mythology found in classical literature.  Romantic poet John Keats waxed poetic on a series of designs found on a vase in his famous Ode On A Grecian Urn.

No surprise then that fibre artist, Wilma Kenny thinks it’s entirely natural to bring together Kingston fibre artists with Canadian poets to see how art might flourish  through collaboration. She approached Barbara Bell, artistic director of the Kingston WritersFest, and came up with the idea of Stitch and Stanza. The results will be on display at the Holiday Inn from September 25 to 28, during Kingston WritersFest.

“Both art forms communicate strongly on intellectual and visceral levels, which make them particularly rewarding to the viewers,” says Kenny, who has been a fibre artist for 30 years. She’s also an active community member and a writer, contributing regularly to Frontenac News.

Fibre art by Wilma Kenny

Here’s how Stitch and Stanza works: eleven poets and eleven artists were paired at random. The poets received an image from the fibre artists and the fibre artists received a poem. Each artist will produce a piece of work in their own medium in response to the piece they were sent.

One of the poets participating in Stitch and Stanza is Wanda Praamsma, whose first collection of poetry, A Thin Line Between, will be published in the fall. “Visual art fuels quite a bit of my poetry so this project feels very natural to me,” says Praamsma. While still in the process of writing the poem, she “feels good to have words and phrases swirling around, spurred on by the piece of art matched with me, by Tina Barnes.”

Fibre art by Tina Barnes

Poets participating in Stitch and Stanza are Sadiqa de Meijer, Jeramy Dodds, Eric Folsom, Phil Hall, Steve Heighton, Jason Heroux, Bruce Kauffman, Wanda Praamsma, Carolyn Smart, Sarah Tsiang and Anne-Marie Turza.

Kingston Fibre Artists Group members participating include Tina Barnes, Janet Elliott, Susan Farber, Robin Field, Bethany Garner, Janine Gates,  Phillida Hargreaves, Wilma Kenny, Sylvia Naylor, Kit Vincent and Mary Ev Wyatt.

Janet, Susan, Robin, Bethany, Janine, Phillida, Kit and Mary Ev are all members of SAQA Central Canada.

CAROL HOWARD DONATI joins exhibiting artists in BREAKING BARRIERS at Bank of Canada Vault, Diefenbunker.... Canada's Cold War Museum


As co-finalists for Ottawa Tourism's 2014 Partnership of the Year Award, the Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum and One World Dialogue are proud to partner on Breaking Barriers, an annual exhibition in celebration of International Peace Day in Ottawa.
The Berlin Wall divided a country, a city, and the world. This physical divide between communist East Berlin and capitalist West Berlin is one of the most powerful symbols of the Cold War, and has resonated around the world for 25 years.
This exhibition explores through visual art interpretations, expressions and lessons of breaking barriers and the symbolism of the Berlin Wall in its efforts for peace.
Join us to celebrate International Peace Day and the launch of this exhibition with reflection and a specially commissioned performance by Propeller Dance.
September 20, 2014
 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: Bank of Canada Vault, Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum
Light refreshments will be served.
Free event; RSVP to .
Participating artists:
Sarah Barbary
Carol Howard Donati
Jamie Koebel (curating a collection of works by various artists)
Randolph McMillan
Marie-Paule Thorn
Sandy Woods
And artwork by:
H'Art of Ottawa
The Odawa Native Friendship Centre
Grade 4 Students of Manotick Public School
Grade 2-8 Students of CHEO School
Youth Campers from the Taggart Family YMCA
Minwaashin Lodge
*The exhibition continues to January 31, 2015.