Thursday, April 30, 2015

SAQA 25th Anniversary Trunk Show is travelling across ONTARIO in coming weeks..... this is your chance to see 51 great small Art Quilts!

You have the opportunity this coming month of May to see the SAQA Trunk Show of Art Quilts at the following locations in your area:
"Stitches In Our Time"
  Halton Quilters' Guild
May 2 - 3, 2015
Location: Crossroads Centre
1295 North Service Road
Burlington, ON
and at the

Grand Quilt Guild (Fergus, Ontario)

Regular Meeting,  May 13, 2015
The Grand Quilt Guild welcomes everyone to join our meetings.
Meeting Location:
Fergus Legion
500 Blair St.
Fergus, Ontario




Noon meeting, MAY 5, 2015.... Vineland, ON
for details please contact


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Congratulations to our SAQA Central Canada members selected to exhibit their work in the CQA/ACC National Juried Quilt Show...

The Canadian Quilters Association/ACC has listed the finalist artists/quilters  for their National Juried Quilt Show to be held in Lethbridge, Alberta June 4-6, 2015.

SAQA Central Canada member artists who have had work selected for the National Juried Quilt Show:

Additional information may be found here.

The Canadian Quilters Association has announced that QUILT CANADA 2016 will be held at the INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, Mississauga, ON June 15-18, 2016
Liz Thompson, JANOME CANADA is the QC2016 Coordinator

Mark your calendar

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS invite you to join them for the opening of HANGING BY A THREAD on Thursday evening, May 7th at Window Art Gallery, Kingston, ON

Group Exhibition of new work by the Kingston Fibre Artists

May 6 - May 30, 2015
647A Princess at Victoria Streets, Kingston ON

Thursday Evening
May 7, 2015
6-8 pm
Please plan a visit to the WINDOW ART GALLERY at the Kingston School of Art located at the corner of Princess Street and Victoria Ave in Kingston. Our spring show will be a great opportunity for a visit to Kingston and to enjoy the new work of the sixteen Kingston Fibre Artists group members.
We hope you will bring friends and make a day of your visit to our beautiful city and the waterfront as spring and our fibre art make you welcome...

SAQA Central Canada members participating:  Janet Elliott, Susan Farber, Robin Laws Field, Bethany Garner, Sandra Garner, Phillida Hargreaves, Hilary Scanlon, Kit Vincent  and Mary Ev Wyatt

Wednesday 12:00 - 4:00 pm 

Thursday    12:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday        12:00 - 4:00 pm
Saturday     12:00 - 4:00 pm 
Sunday       12:00 - 4:00 pm

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Patricia Caffery and Marie-France Gosselin are pleased to announce their new exhibition: TWO PERSPECTIVES - DEUX PERSPECTIVES at The School of Dance, Ottawa

as they open their new exhibition
200 Crichton Street
Ottawa, ON
May 10-June 7th
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Located on the second floor of The School of Dance, the gallery is open from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday is closed; open by request. Visitors should pick up a Gallery200 pass from the main office.

For more information contact Pat Caffery:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SAQA Central Canada member ANGELA MAVES beautiful maple leaf design graces the Logo Quilt for the Mylan RELAY FOR HOPE, HIV/AIDS campaign...

Congratulations to ANGELA MAVES for the Logo Quilt Design

Hello everyone...
We have kicked off the Relay for Hope today in St. John’s Newfoundland! Attached are some photos of the quilt with signatures. A very nice start.
Thank you so much for your part in making this happen.

Here is the launch release along with a link to some great coverage that we have received.
Have a great day!
First signatures start the Relay
Mary Moniz
Account Executive/Office Manager
Torchia Communications  
Strategic Counsel in Public Relations / Conseils stratégiques en relations publiques
366 Adelaide St. East, # 337, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3X9
Monique Doolittle-Romas, Chief Executive Officer
Canadian AIDS Society


Sunday, April 12, 2015

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON invites you to consider a weekend of creative study with renowned Ontario artist, DIANNE GIBSON

Dianne Gibson, Instructor
May 22-24th, 2015
St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus
Registration Details at

We are pleased to welcome Dianne as she returns to the FIBREWORKS KINGSTON  classroom and know you will be so pleased to hear all about her new work. Dianne has been busy with CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists Group exhibitions and is assisting with the ongoing planning for the 2016 launch of the traveling exhibition with THREADWORKS.

Dianne GibsonDuring her visit with us in Kingston, Dianne will share her MIXED MEDIA ASSEMBLAGES workshop with those who have registered for their seats in this exciting hands on and creative Textile Design Workshop weekend.

With a passion for textures and a fascination with experimentation, assemblages of many fibres and textural elements are major influences on her art. She is recognized for the large scale project she organized for the Atrium of the Niagara Regional Headquarters, including her own 24' permanent installation. 

Dianne is drawn to the juxtaposition of hard-edged materials combined with the softer qualities of fibres. She consciously looks for unique combinations of materials to construct the textured surfaces that fascinate her. She says, “It’s a wonderful excuse to collect an endless array of tools and treasures, to play with.” Her students will enjoy working with her to develop their own stunning, small assemblages during their weekend with Dianne.

Those who know Dianne describe her work as stunning, and always perfectly suited to large scale exhibition space. The piece below, Undulations, was a show stopper at the Art Gallery of Burlington this past fall, hung alongside her beautiful Waterfall piece which drew many complements from the FIBRE CONTENT Exhibition's visitors.

Artist's Statement

I was taught to use a sewing machine when I was very young, but becoming a textile - mixed media artist has been a 40-year journey.

I have a passion for rich textures. Distressed papers, torched metals, abaca fibre, wood and wire have all found their way into my work. I feel drawn to the juxtaposition of these hard-edged materials, against the softer qualities of cloth and threads. I enjoy challenging the expectations of traditional textile work and am happiest when I'm experimenting with new techniques.

"I believe that art is not determined by the medium an artist uses, but how they use that medium." 



Detail, WATERFALL, Threadworks Exhibition 


Some of the “textural” possibilities  include the use of multitudes of various fabrics, papers, gauze, tulle, lace, foils, abaca or wood fibres, metal shim, wires, threads, yarns, desiccated leaves, sticks, bark, etc.

Dianne has assembled for each of the Workshop students a "Materials Bag" ($35 fee payable to the Instructor) including a selection of these types of hard to find fabrics and bits of wonderful assemblage bits. Needless to say this will be a terrific way to add to our workshop stash bits the very special fabrics and materials we do not have here in Kingston. Many thanks to Dianne.....

During the two days together in the classroom, experimentation and creating many small works can and will happen, perhaps leading to the idea for one larger, Gallery-ready piece when you return to your home studio.

Please consider marking your calendar now and plan on spending the May 22-24th, 2015 weekend in the classroom at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, ON as you study technique, design, stitch and critique with Dianne and our Workshop students.

Registration information can be found along with all of the details about Dianne's workshop weekend at the FIBREWORKS BLOG. Hoping you will join us and plan to enjoy a very creative spring weekend of fibre play!
Bethany Garner
FIBREWORKS Coordinator

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ottawa Art Gallery welcomes you to a PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION to introduce ARTWISE....

April 12, 2015 from 3 to 5 pm 
Join us on Sunday, April 12 from 3 to 5pm for a public info session and launch of the Ottawa Art Gallery’s new volunteer programming council, ArtWise, hosted by Stephanie Nadeau, OAG’s Curator of Public Engagement, and Ottawa-based artist and independent curator Petra Halkes.
Find out more about ArtWise, learn how you can get involved, and help us celebrate the launch of this exciting new initiative! Everyone of any age is welcome to attend. Join the conversation, enjoy light refreshments, and explore newly installed works in the Firestone Gallery.
What is ArtWise?

is an opportunity for older adults in the Ottawa region to connect with their peers and collaborate on creating programming at the Ottawa Art Gallery that reflects their interests, draws on their lived experience, and promotes intergenerational engagement with the arts. 
Many people feel isolated from younger generations as they get older. This feeling is often compounded by the fact that museums frequently plan and present their programming in categories that silo audiences by age (youth, families, seniors etc). ArtWise aims to provide an opportunity for older adults to actively create projects and programs at the gallery that reflect their interests, while collaborating with younger generations of artists, experts, and others from diverse communities in the Ottawa region. 
ArtWise will meet regularly as a volunteer council to participate in discussions about art, society, and the issues that matter most to the group. Collaborating with gallery staff, local artists, and invited guests, the ArtWise council will propose and initiate programming, including lectures, exhibition projects, field trips, workshops, events, art projects, and more.
How to get involved?
ArtWise is looking for volunteer members. Membership in ArtWise requires a one-year commitment and is open to anyone who self-identifies as an older adult in the Ottawa region, is interested in culture, or thinks they could be. ArtWise aims to attract a broad range of people who enjoy sharing their interests with others, in a supportive and culturally inclusive environment. Simultaneous translation and accessibility support is available for anyone who requests it.
>>Petra Halkes is an artist, writer and independent curator based in Ottawa. Halkes has lived and worked in Ottawa since 1983. Through her independent local initiative Research in Art (RIA), Halkes hosts a wide range of arts-based programming out of her Hintonburg home.
“There is so much that generations can learn from each other, but in our society, engaged interactions between older and younger people don’t often happen naturally. It is something that is well worth working at.”- Petra Halkes, Ottawa-based artist and independent curator.
The Ottawa Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

SAQA announces the Call for Entry to the first ever ALL CANADA SAQA ARTISTS Exhibition: MY CORNER OF THE WORLD - CANADA

Today at our main website you will find the result of many long months of negotiations and planning for the first ever ALL CANADIAN ARTISTS SAQA Exhibition scheduled to premier at the Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, Ontario in May 2016.
Special thanks go to Martha Sielman, our Executive Director, Gwyned Trefethen, Chair, SAQA Exhibition Committee and her entire team, to William Reker, SAQA Traveling Exhibition Coordinator, and most importantly, to MICAELA FITZSIMMONS, our steadfast negotiator and Canadian liaison for both the all Canada (Regional) Exhibition and International MCOTW Exhibition. Micaela has been selected to act as Juror for both the International and Canadian traveling exhibitions.
Also, very special thanks go to Christine Nielsen, SAQA Regional Representative, Atlantic Canada, who carried the appeal to the SAQA Board of Directors that Canadian members of SAQA were keen to support an ALL CANADA SAQA members exhibition... a very special Exhibition that would speak to the majesty, diversity, cultural values and strong partnerships that exist all across Canada, supporting the Arts, and in our case, particularly the Fibre Arts as members of Studio Art Quilt Associates.
We invite each and every one of our Canadian SAQA members to consider the Call for Entry, posted just today at  and begin now to plan their very special quilts, destined to be a part of this truly wonderful Exhibition opportunity.

The SAQA 'All Canada' (Regional) Exhibition

You are invited, as a Canadian artist, to create a glimpse of the spirit of Canada; to convey through your art something true, meaningful and important about our beautiful country and its people. We are excited by the thought of galvanizing our creative community to express and share, through this exhibit, our vision of Canada.

Few countries are as richly blessed as ours in geography, humanity, diversity, and artistic tradition. A vision of your corner of Canada might capture a vignette of everyday life or a unique landscape. Perhaps it is a reflection on the mosaic of Canadian peoples or draws on some iconic feature of Canadian history or ideals. Whether reverent, reflective, funny or whimsical, the story you tell should embody the Canadian experience from your unique corner of this land.

Daring to capture the ocean in a cup, you might look for inspiration to the great masters of Canadian artistic expression, visual artists, musicians and writers who have interpreted an essential feature of Canadian life with such perfection that it reflects something authentic about the whole country.

Your artwork can be representational or take an abstract approach. Let the cloth speak to the viewers. We are eager to see what the hearts, minds and skills of Canadian textile artists will craft as a woven love song to this unique and beautiful land.

AND  please know that this is not the only exhibition opportunity offered to you, our Canadian members:

TWO PART EXHIBITION coming to Stratford Perth Museum in May of 2016

At the same time, SAQA has posted the INTERNATIONAL CALL and Prospectus for the partner exhibition opportunity to open at Stratford next spring.

MY CORNER OF THE WORLD is open to all members of SAQA around the globe, (and yes!!! our Canadian members may submit entries to both concurrent Exhibition Calls for Entry).

While the Canadian (Regional) Exhibition will tour Canada for up to two years (and may have the opportunity to travel to Europe), the International Exhibition will tour not only in tandem with the Canadian Exhibition while here in Canada, but will travel in the United States as opportunities become available.
All of the juried quilts will premier at STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM in Stratford, ON in May of 2016 and travel for at least two years.

Dreams do come true... and how very exciting this opportunity can be for each of our members across Canada.  We hope you will join your fellow SAQA members here and abroad in making these two exhibitions a reality!!!
Please take the time now to visit the link below for all of the details for the two separate Calls for Entry  and view each Exhibition's information/requirements.

We encourage you to share the news with your friends in Canada who are  SAQA members, and invite friends and colleagues to consider membership in SAQA so they too may take advantage of this opportunity to speak to Canadians across the country with their Art ...
Thanks once again to the entire Exhibitions Committee/SAQA Board team... and we join them in looking forward to your participation!

All of the information, and the Exhibition Prospectus outlining the entry details may be found at
and on the Call for Entry pages HERE
Bethany Garner,
My Corner of the World CANADA, Exhibition Curator
SAQA Co-Representative, Central Canada
Dwayne Wanner,
SAQA Co-Representative, Central Canada

Sunday, April 5, 2015

OTTAWA VALLEY QUILTERS GUILD "Festival of Quilts" Show to delight visitors over Mothers Day Weekend...

May 8-10, 2015

Friday 10 am – 7 pm • Saturday 10 am – 5 pm 
Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa

The Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild (OVQG) proudly presents its “Festival of Quilts 2015”, with a brand new category this year- touch quilts. These unique textured quilts will be donated to patients with Alzheimer’s, helping to decrease the need for sedation and increase quality of life. OVQG is also excited to inspire the next generation by once again showcasing youth quilts.

In addition, OVQG will also be featuring hundreds of incredible quilts and quilted wearables. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourites, and participate in the “Visitor’s Challenge”. Our Members Boutique will have quilted items for sale, and over 30 vendors will be participating in the merchant mall. Door prizes will be handed out each day, and there will also be raffle quilts supporting local charities.

More information about OVQG and the “Festival of Quilts 2015” can be found on the web at, on Facebook at and on Twitter @ottawaquilts.

Entry to the Show:  Adults 10$ |Children FREE| Wknd Pass 15$| FriEve Special