Sunday, December 28, 2014

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON shares a CABIN FEVER WEEKEND with fibre enthusiasts... Come Play!

Please visit the FIBREWORKS BLOG  to see what is playing at the Odessa Fairgrounds Hall on the weekend of February 6-8, 2015.

Bringing in the New Year with some fun little one day workshops will give area technique and fibre enthusiasts - quilters, dyers, collage and fibre arts lovers the opportunity to play together, create some new stash fabrics and perhaps get a new piece of collage ready for an upcoming exhibition or show.

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON also looks forward to workshops with outstanding Ontario Fibre Artists HOLLY DEAN and DIANNE GIBSON in April and May respectively. See their course descriptives here:



Really hoping that each of you are working away after Christmas in "the week between" just to get the jump on things you wanted to do all year long and just did not have the time for...and that you will be sharing your new work in the next few months as we get out and about and see each other.


There are many coming events and happenings across Ontario  in the New Year: (and please,  keep us updated on YOUR events).....

** Ann Fales with Quinte Fibre Artists and other guests will be exhibiting work at GALLERY 121 on Bridge Street in Belleville

Ann Fales with the Quinte Fibre Artists and other guests
January 4 to February 14, 2015
Opening Reception - Saturday January 10
2 pm to 4 pm
48 Bridge Street East
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
K8N 1L6
613 962 4609

Gallery Hours:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday

** The CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS continue their "18 Squared" Exhibition at the Grange Gallery, Heritage Mississauga:

 featuring original works from CONNECTIONS Fibre Artsists
continuing through January 23rd, 2015

Heritage Mississauga
“The Grange”
1921 Dundas St. W.
Mississauga, ON L5K 1R2

Telephone: 905-828-8411

Contemporary fibre art has become an increasingly popular art form with more and more art curators, galleries and the public embracing it. Sophisticated colour, luscious texture and clever manipulation of surface design are just a few of the defining elements of this fascinating medium.

Please make time for all of your creative art activities in the New Year and be sure to include friends.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happiest Christmas and wishes for a wonderfully creative, friends focused NEW YEAR

Tyvek Branch by Virginia Spiegel

As we wind down the last few weeks of 2014, please do make time to visit with friends you have missed along the way this year, neighbors who are perhaps lonely at this time of year, and of course, send nice little notes to distance friends you are missing.

So many thanks to all our CENTRAL CANADA SAQA MEMBERS... those we see often at Region wide gatherings, run into at exhibitions and especially to those who we have not been able to see and chat with this past year.

Looking forward to opportunities to see each of you in the New Year.. keep the postings for your upcoming Exhibitions coming - just send the text you want posted along with large file (1 MB or larger) photos to Bethany Garner at

Safe travels during this winter Holiday season. Do keep art and creativity at the top of your to do list as the winter months come along... 

Make time to consider Calls to Entry and visits to shows and retreats, workshops or perhaps applying to a residency opportunity... and yes, entering your work in SAQA exhibitions and Calls to Entry here

Many good wishes to each of you and your families this Holiday Season!

Bethany Garner
SAQA Co-Rep, Central Canada

Dwayne Wanner
SAQA Co-Rep, Central Canada 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Welcome to our new members in SAQA Central Canada...

Trillium, ANN FALES
Really pleased to welcome new members anytime, but this month we are happy to have FIVE new members! It is always wonderful to see new members join the worldwide group of fibre artists, collectors, business owners and curators. 

Please know that you have many friends in SAQA and so many exciting and worthy opportunities to explore. We would love to have you join us in our Regional activities and meetings and urge you to follow our Blog to keep abreast of local and distance happenings. 

Just enter your email address in the "follow by email" box at the top right sidebar here at the blog and all of our Ontario posts will come directly into your inbox as they are posted.

Our new members are from areas across Ontario -

ANN FALES, Thomasburg, ON

Just a reminder. as well, for all of our current members who are due for membership renewal this year... please do plan to renew and be a part of our network of active art quilters and fibre enthusiasts here in Ontario. Many exciting opportunities to share in activities both here in Canada as well as in the wide world through our SAQA home based organization in the US.

Your contributions, the sharing of your art through exhibition participation, conference attendance and yes, as a volunteer in some capacity is an all important part of being a SAQA member. We value your ideas, offers of opportunities to meet together for sharing and fun and always your beautiful art in our local and national/international exhibitions.

Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you in any way! MANY exciting opportunities are heading our way in the next several years... plan to be a part of each of them as they help your career as a fibre artist grow and mature.

Bethany Garner, Co-Representative 
Dwayne Wanner, Co-Representative
SAQA Central Canada

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A project note sent to our Executive Director, Martha Sielman...

Please respond to Mary Moniz directly if you are interested in participating as an artist in this project.....
(Martha has asked that all Canadian Representatives share the information with SAQA members in Canada who might like to be involved.)

Hi Martha,
You were referred to us by Margaret Blank, one of your members from Alberta, Canada.
I work for a family-owned and operated PR firm based out of Toronto and Montreal, and am writing to you today because one of our clients has amassed an all-star group of organizations to work together on a remarkable cause-related program in 2015. Together with our client, we've struck a deep-rooted partnership with the Canadians Aids Society (CAS) and the Elton John AIDS Foundation in an effort to run across Canada in 2015 educating Canadians on the new realities re: HIV/AIDS and raising money for related programs in Canada and developing countries. 
The initiative is in its final stages and we’re exploring opportunities with quilting organizations in creating a quilt to commemorate the run and to help raise funds for HIV/AIDS. We have reached out to the Canadian Quilters Guilds - for a chance to be part of the Canadian history and to seek their assistance/expertise in developing a quilt created for silent auctions. The quilt would travel across Canada with the runners and is the highlight of our relay.  
We’re hoping to find a way to enlist the support of your Canadian members in creating a 12’ x  12’ quilt by April 1st, 2015.
Not only will this quilt travel across Canada, provincial dignitaries and general public will be signing off on this quilt as well. In addition of this quilt being recognized as the nations 'first-ever' quilt designed for the Aids relay, the quilt will also find a permanent home at a designated museum.
Please know, right off the top, the extent to which we appreciate your time. I’d be grateful if you would consider chatting with me about this? Please feel free to contact me.
Thank you so very much.
Mary Moniz
Account Executive/Office Manager
Torchia Communications
Tel. : 416 341-9929 Ext. 221 / Fax: 416 946-1451 
Strategic Counsel in Public Relations / Conseils stratégiques en relations publiques
366 Adelaide St. East, # 337, Toronto/ON M5A 3X9