Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SAQA REGIONAL MEETING to be held at Art Gallery of Burlington on Sunday, April 12th... all welcome. Please RSVP.....

Hello SAQA Central Canada Members,
This is our reminder of the next Regional Meeting  we have planned for our area...hoping you will plan to join us!
Sunday April 12th
Art Gallery of Burlington 
1333 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, ON
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Craft and Mezzanine Room
$5 donation at the door 
We will have SAQA Trunk Show E which includes 51 little quilts from members around the world. 
Winds & Waves, mesmerizing ink paintings by Hamed Naseri will be in the Community Gallery.
Remember to bring your Show and Tell works and details to share about your upcoming exhibitions, Call to Entry opportunities and anything else that may be interest to our members and guests.
IF you have not already done so, please RSVP your plan to attend and the number of guests you will be bringing along to : robynnecole@sympatico.ca
Your RSVP helps us arrange for the proper meeting and seating space with the AGB.
Both members and visitors are welcome to attend for the same $5 donation to help defray meeting day expenses.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday April 12th!
Robynne Cole, Assistant on behalf of
Dwayne Wanner, Co-Rep SAQA Central Canada

MARY PAL participates in CONTEMPORARY FIBRE: Breaking Tradition at Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University.....

Many congratulations from your SAQA Central Canada friends, Mary.  Enjoy your travel to the Opening... what a stellar group of participating artists/friends.

Friday, March 27, 2015

SAQA Exhibition "BALANCING ACT" Opening at Houston's International Quilt Festival in October, 2015 includes six SAQA Central Canada Artists' work...

Many congratulations to our six SAQA Artists whose beautiful work has been accepted for inclusion in the BALANCING ACT International Exhibition...

Gunnel Hag
Phillida Hargreaves
Joan Hug-Valeriote
Sheree Rasmussen
Daniela Tiger
Maggie Vanderweit
Exhibition Description:
Throughout history, women have had to balance responsibilities to community, home and family while pursuing other interests, jobs or careers.  From those who helped farm the land to those who worked the factories during wartime, to those who stand shoulder to shoulder with men to pursue careers, and those who serve as caregivers; women have always had to juggle the various aspects of their lives.  This show celebrates women both throughout history and today--and is open to any interpretation each artist feels inspired to depict.  What have we accomplished that we now enjoy as rights and freedoms that our grandmothers and their grandmothers did not?  What obstacles are left to conquer?  We encourage both representational and abstract work.  
Premiere Venues
International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas -- October 2015
International Quilt Festival, Chicago, Illinois -- March 2016
Quilt! Knit! Stitch!  Portland, Oregon -- August 2016


PINK LADY II, Joan Hug-Valeriote
MY DEAR OLD GIRL, Phillida Hargreaves

HANDS OFF, Maggie Vanderweit Meredith




Again, our congratulations to our Canadian artists selected for the Balancing Act Exhibition.
It is always so exciting to see that our Central Canada Artists are submitting work consistently through the SAQA Exhibitions Calls To Entry. There are a number of Calls posted at the main website that are currently open to ALL SAQA members.
Take a few minutes soon to review the Calls To Entry pages and decide if your new work might be perfect for a current SAQA Call HERE
Please do keep visiting the SAQA.com 'Exhibition Call to Entry' page and watch for the announcement and posting of the Call to Entry for our Upcoming ALL CANADA (Regional) SAQA Members Exhibition... (mid-April). You will not want to miss participating in this traveling exhibition opportunity....
Bethany Garner
Dwayne Wanner
Co-Representatives, SAQA Central Canada

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An invitation from Deborah Boschert, SAQA Education Committee member, to particpate in SAQA's first 2015 Mentorship Webinar..." INVENTORY, PRODUCTIVITY abd ORGANIZATION!

We are thrilled to announce the first Mentorship Webinar for 2015.  Please join us for “Inventory, Productivity and Organization!

SAQA members Barb McKie, Susie Monday and Jane Davila will share techniques they use to track inventory of their artwork, maximize productivity and stay organized as active, professional artists.

Whether you use a Mac, a PC, an iPad or pen and paper, you’ll find some nuggets of inspiration for new ways to stay organized and productive.

SAQA Mentorship Webinar:
Inventory, Productivity and Organization!
Tuesday, March 31 at 12 noon ET
All SAQA Members welcome to Register
Please click the following link to register. Registration is limited, but all SAQA members will have access to the full audio and video recording of the webinar on the SAQA website within a few days after the event.


Hoping YOU will join in or visit the Webinar Posting at the SAQA.com website after March 31st.

Dwayne Wanner and Bethany Garner
Co-Representatives, SAQA Central Canada

Spring fun in Toronto Studios of COLOUR VIE with Gunnel Hag and Pam Woodward...

Spring 2015 Workshops in the Colour Vie Studio 
(For detailed information and yummy pictures please visit  
www.colourvie.com and click on workshops). 

April 18, 2015
"PRINT, PAINT AND ROLL" with Gunnel Hag $99

April 25, 2015

May 2 - 3, 2015
“THE WORLD OF INDIGO” (with Pam Woodward) $150

May 9, 2015
“IRRESISTIBLE RESISTS” with Gunnel Hag $99

May 23 - 24, 2015
“PAINT, FUSE AND STITCH” with Gunnel Hag $210
Call early to reserve your space
416- 532-7435 (local calls) or 1-877-425-8379 (toll free) 
or simply e-mail colorvie@istar.ca

For more information please visit www.colourvie.com and click on Workshops.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my blog and see some of my latest fabric prints 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Please join SAQA Central Canada member PHILLIDA HARGREAVES and artist friends for their Exhibition Vernissage at Gallery 121 in Belleville on April 4th...

Saturday, April 4, 2015
2-4 pm
Phillida Hargreaves has been invited to be a guest artist at Gallery 121 in Belleville, 48 Bridge Street East, for the month of April.  She will be showing a portion of her series on narrow urban spaces, and would be delighted to see you at the opening on April 4th from 2-4pm .
It will also be an opportunity to enjoy the handmade paper of Wendy Cain, and the acrylic abstracts of Sonia Lemishka, as well as the works of the 121 members.
Gallery One-Twenty-One
Quintessential Art
48 Bridge Street East
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
K8N 1L6
613 962 4609

Gallery Hours:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday
Contact us via email: gallery121artists@yahoo.ca

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring means so many new Exhibitions and Shows and you will not want to miss HOOKED ON RUGS Exhibition just opened in Almonte...

3 Rosamond Street, Almonte, ON
MARCH 3- April 11, 2015
 Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm.
$5 admission. MVTM members, free.

Artists Loretta Moore and Lesli Zanetti welcomed friends and visitors to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum on Saturday March 7th for their Vernissage and opening of their  HOOKED ON RUGS Exhibition in the  Norah Rosamond Hughes Gallery. Their hooked rugs display beautifully with artful designs from primitive to modern.
Both artists will be conducting demonstrations in the Gallery today, March 12th from 11 am to 2 pm.
Visitors at the Opening of Hooked on Rugs Exhibition
Lesli’s interest in rug hooking began with a 1992 visit to Cape Breton, where she was struck by the unique and complex Acadian scenes depicted on beautiful rugs. On a subsequent trip to Newfoundland she was drawn to the vibrant colours and simple scenes of their rugs.
Stunning Contemporary and Primitive Hooked Art abounds in the Gallery
With one of Deanne Fitzpatrick’s rug hooking kits, Lesli taught herself to hook, and her passion for the craft was firmly entrenched. After 10 years, Lesli has found her own style.  She prefers to use recycled wool from garments donated by friends or found at second hand shops.  Imagining the history embedded in a wool garment as it is ripped apart and refashioned into a new rug is an important part of her creative process. 
She describes her rugs as simple in style, bordering on the primitive, but without a traditional palette.  Somehow, she just has to inject bright colours into her designs. ( and the COLOUR... amazing!)
Loretta’s passion for fibre arts developed at an early age, sitting in her mom’s sewing room and making doll’s clothes from scraps. She later made her own clothing and learned to quilt. It was in a quilt shop that she discovered her first rug hooking kit.
“After the first few loops I pulled, I realized that I had discovered a fibre art that appealed to every creative bone in my body. I loved the almost zen-like feel of pulling loops, loved playing with colour and developing my own through dyeing, and loved the final product,” says Loretta. You will often find Loretta in her booth at Ottawa and area Quilt Shows and Needle Arts Fairs. She maintains a studio in her home near Westport
More of Loretta's Rug Art...beautiful.
While Loretta's preferred style is primitive, folk art wide-cut rugs, she loves playing with various fibres and techniques. She also teaches and sells supplies through her business “Hooked on the Lake.”  Do visit Loretta's blog at https://hookedonthelake.wordpress.com/
Don’t miss a chance to enjoy these wonderful rugs. You may well become “hooked” yourself.
Note: Some text from the Event Posting  announcement at Mississippi Valley Textile Museum website HERE

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SAQA Central Canada member JUDITH MARTIN shares a special collection at P0P F0LK T3XT1L3S Exhibition at la Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (GNO)

13 MR > 18 AL 2015
invited curator : sophie leblanc
curator mentor : thom sokoloski
in collaboration with 
Le Labo  

From March 13th to April 18th 2015, la Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (GNO) presents P0P F0LK: T3XT1L3S, a group exhibition resulting from a consideration of those points that textile arts and popular culture have in common. The exhibition’s curator, Sophie LeBlanc, is interested in how textiles are omnipresent in our daily lives. In fact, she points out that textiles are so integrated in our day-to-day existence that they end up becoming nearly invisible. Still, the ubiquity of textiles does not bring about the disappearance of all their characteristics: we recognize the particularities of a certain pair of socks even though we might only rarely consider the conceptual or basic form that unites all the possible socks across the world.

It’s in this spirit that artist Danielle Gignac subverts the sock by fashioning a tent from tree branches and old orphan socks. In a way, it’s an amplification of the sock’s habitual role: instead of enveloping and protecting the foot, the socks become the basic materials of a primordial shelter that protects us from nature. The socks used by the artist have been gathered from Sudburians by the GNO.

Artist Greta Grip offers a re-contextualization of textiles by documenting the first step in all works of art made from wool: the shearing of sheep. After documenting the she shearing of four sheep, the artist knit individual QR codes with the wool from each sheep. The crossing of traditional knitting techniques with the contemporary form of the QR code is playful while also evoking the deepness of time.

Interdisciplinary artist Mariana Lafrance brings a temporal dimension to the exhibition by offering a performance at the opening reception. Working in nature and having recourse to natural dyes she herself gathers, Lafrance also contributes a quilt handmade by herself that evokes the three dimensional forms of a beehive or even the pyramid-like structures from the classic video game Q*bert.

With a wealth of experience working with textiles, artist Judy Martin has made a series of 74 bundles each containing four hemlock twigs. By wrapping the little branches in wool, Martin makes peace with the passage of time and grieves her late mother. As time goes by, she wraps the bundles in second and third layers of material.

P0P F0LK T3XT1L3S is presented in collaboration with Le Labo, Toronto's Francophone Media Arts Center. The exhibition is the final stage of Le Labo's mentorship program. This year, the emerging artist and curator Sophie LeBlanc benefited from established artist Thom Sokoloski's insight as she developed the P0P F0LK T3XT1L3S project. After the GNO in Sudbury, Le Labo will show P0P F0LK T3XT1L3S in Toronto.



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sharon Collins Art featured at Foyer Gallery, Nepean Sportsplex FOYER GALLERY through March 29th...

NIGHT SKY, Sharon Collins
Nepean Sportsplex
1701 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
March 19, 2015
6-8 pm
Today is the opening of a new show at the gallery called 'Our Way'. The show features fibre pieces by Sharon Collins, brass work and art on wood by Michael Parkin, nature paintings by Terry Cowan and experimental photography by Ginny Fobert.  The show will be ongoing until March 29. 
A map and directions to the Sportsplex may be found HERE

NORTH of 49, Sharon Collins
Congratulations to SHARON COLLINS, GUNNEL HAG,  TRACEY LAWKO and LAURIE SWIM as their art has been chosen by Juror, Jane Dunnewold for inclusion in the SAQA STAR GAZING Online Exhibition . (Sharon's submission North of 49 above)
Details at www.SAQA.com 

Monday, March 9, 2015

TRACEY LAWKO accepted into the prestigious "Fantastic FIBRES 2015" Art Exhibition at the Yeiser Art Centre in Paducah, KY

Many congratulations to TRACEY LAWKO as her beautiful 'Hay Bales Study' is accepted into Fantastic FIBRES 2015 at the  renowned YEISER ART CENTRE in the lovely downtown Heritage District of Paducah, Kentucky.
The Fantastic Fibers exhibit is an American Quilters Society (AQS) sanctioned event. This year’s AQS Quiltweek runs from April 22-25, 2015 when Paducah becomes Mecca to more than 30,000 quilters and fiber artists from across the globe.

Jurors Marcia Young (Editor in Chief of Fiber Art Now Magazine) and Laverne Zabielski (Kentucky fiber artist at Truly Wearable Art) viewed and scored 430 entries from across the globe for inclusion in this significant exhibition. Narrowing the body of work to 60 pieces was no easy task considering the outstanding quality of submissions. 

All 60 works will be on display from April 11 - June 6, 2015 at the Yeiser Art Center. 

The show features contemporary and innovative works created with fiber as the primary medium.  One of Yeiser Art Center’s most engaging, innovative & colorful international exhibits, Fantastic Fibers seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium.ey
You may contact Tracey and see more of her beautiful art at her website (below).
Tracey Lawko
Landscape and still-life in thread
Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY

Sunday, March 8, 2015

SAQA's 25th Anniversary Traveling Exhibition, Trunk E, is now in Ontario...and we would love to have you and your friends enjoy seeing the quilts.

Water Tower#4, Heather Dubreuil
SAQA Central Member
Sumac Song, Joyce McKinnon
SAQA Central Member

We are pleased to announce that the SAQA 25th Anniversary Trunk Show, TRUNK E, is in the Ottawa area until March 31, 2015. The trunk will be at the Art Gallery of Burlington for the SAQA Central Canada Regional Meeting scheduled for Sunday, April 12, 2015.The Trunk will remain in Burlington and area until June 1st. A schedule has been booked with a number of local Guilds and Fibre Arts Groups.
You may view the entire collection of 7" x 10" art quilts that are included in the Trunk E exhibition HERE . Each is a stunning small art quilt, matted and packaged in a clear envelope to protect it as it travels. Each quilt has it's Artist Statement and details in the envelope on the back to be read and enjoyed by the exhibition viewers. This is your chance to bring an interactive art quilt exhibition to your area to share with your fibre art friends.
Each of the small quilts was created especially for the 25th Anniversary Exhibition in 2014, and the 470 quilts donated were divided into 8 traveling Trunk Shows. They will travel the world until 2017, when they will be returned to the artists. 50 Quilts were selected from the total Exhibition to become a permanent collection at the National Quilt Museum  Paducah, Kentucky.
In June, the Trunk will move to Kingston for it's first display opportunity on June 3rd. The trunk will be available in Kingston and surrounding area for the summer, with a number of visits planned with  area arts/community groups and educational facilities where visitors will be able to see the 51 pieces of art through the summer. We hope to have the exhibit at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte with the Kingston Fibre Artists Exhibition from July 28-September 5th.
Trunk Show E is available to your group for a visit and we encourage you to contact our SAQA Central Canada Co-Representatives to arrange a visit to your Guild or group of friends.
Copper Water, Ellie Flaherty
Swimming Upstream, Bonnie Smith


Please feel free to contact either Dwayne Wanner or Bethany Garner, SAQA Co-Reps, for more information and to arrange a visit to your Guild or Group.

Bethany: garner@kingston.net
Dwayne: DWanner@sympatico.ca

Friday, March 6, 2015

SAQA Central Canada artist, LINDA KITTMER, to be a Featured Artist in new publication, 1000 Quilt Inspirations...

A Quarry Book by Sandra Sider
Linda is a member of SAQA Central Canada, living in Georgetown, ON. She has written today to share her excitement of the news that she has been one of the artists to have several pieces (she has been  told eleven pieces) that have been included in Sandra Sider's beautiful soon to be released book, 1000 Quilt Inspirations. Please join me in congratulating Linda as she assumes her featured artist status in the book.
You can see more of Linda's beautiful work at:  http://lindakittmer.blogspot.ca
Dr. Sandra Sider, a New York quilt artist and independent curator, has published articles and reviews concerning fiber art and other aspects of visual culture for three decades. Her graduate degrees include an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She was President of Studio Art Quilt Associates (2010-2013), and is Curator for the Texas Quilt Museum.

A number of SAQA Central Canada Artists have work in the new book due to be distributed mid-March 2015.  If all of the other artists will let me know, I will post all of the names... here are a few we know as of today..

Anne Solomon
Arja Speelman
Bethany Garner
Carolynn McMillan
Diane Eastham
Dianne Gibson
Heather Dubreuil
Mary B. Pal

Great to see our SAQA Canadian Artists featured in all of these great publications. (and the book is ready for pre-order at Amazon.ca...)
SAQA Co Representative

Sunday, March 1, 2015

SAQA Central Canada member Elizabeth Abbott shares her terrific ACID DYES Workshop at Kingston's all new TETT CENTRE March 7-8, 2015 - Wool and Silk Lovers take note!

Acid Dyes
Adding COLOUR with your art in mind....

Dates:  Sat - Sun. March 7 - 8, 2015
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Abbott
Cost: $120.00 members, $150.00 non-members
Located on the waterfront, King Street W.
at Ellerbeck Ave.
this is a workshop sponsored by the
Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners
Studio on second level
It would be great to have a few more participants to expand the number of samples everyone would get to take home.  This workshop teaches basic skills that can then be applied to any other type of dying you would like to try. Have no fear, as Beth will walk you through each step....

This will be a controlled acid dye workshop where students will dye colour wheels on protein fibres (wool, alpaca, silk skeins) using different primary colours and then dye to specifications such as overdyeing or dyeing to a sample either on paper or an actual yarn. 

Students  will be fully comfortable with dyeing after this course using proportions and math needed to reproduce a colour.  This will also include dyeing with food colours.
Specifically directed to those who like to dye wool rovings/yarns for spinning or other needle work.
For additional information please contact:
Beth Abbott, Instructor at : elizabethandronabbott@gmail.com