Thursday, November 20, 2014

We celebrate two SAQA Central Artists, MARY PAL and new member, ANGELA MAVES, for their work included in exhibits at International Quilt Festival, Houston, 2014

PRECIOUS TIME, Mary Pal 2014

Special congratulations to MARY PAL, Ottawa artist and just retired SAQA Board of Directors member, for sharing her beautiful story of two silver miners in her celebrated and well recognized art form for the Celebrating Silver Exhibit at Houston this month.

"Despite its connotation as a luxury item, we seldom consider how silver is obtained through the arduous, dangerous work of mining, particularly back in 1907." Mary Pal.

And from the SAQA website "As part of SAQA's 25th Anniversary, the exhibit Celebrating Silver traveled to Houston for sharing  at IQF 2014.  Silver is indispensable. From industrial use to decoration, technology, photography and medicine, its unique properties of strength, malleability, reflectivity and conductivity make it an irreplaceable force in the global market. In addition to its physical properties silver is recognized as a symbol of love, insurance and commitment for twenty-five years".

Juror: Yvonne Porcella  Managing Curator: Nancy Bavor

The Celebrating Silver Exhibition will continue its travels, visiting well known venues through 2016...

International Quilt Festival, Chicago, Illinois, June 2015
Quilt! Knit! Stitch!, Portland, Oregon, August 2015
Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK in August 2016


And special congratulations to ANGELA MAVES, new SAQA Central Member from Pembroke, ON as her wonderful piece above was included in the International Quilt Festival Houston's special exhibit as a part of their  Annual Festival Awareness Project "It's Raining Cats and Dogs". 

Angela's piece received an Honourable Mention.  A very special contribution Angela.

We also celebrate the IQF for helping the Houston community with their Festival fundraiser for Houston's no-kill animal shelter.