Saturday, May 30, 2015

REGIONAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT: Please join us for a Regional Parlour Meeting at Odessa ON, June 22, 2015

Summer is almost here and it is SOOO time that we have a Regional Meeting  for the members who live east of Toronto, but please know EVERY SAQA Central Canada member is welcome at our Parlour meetings!

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us:

 Monday June 22, 2015
just off Highway 2 on Highway 6, South
Village of Odessa
10:00 - 3:00 pm
Joan Reive, Ann Fales and Lynn Lusk
Regional Meeting Committee will host with Bethany Garner
SAQA Central Canada Co-Representative
($5 donation per attendee covers all treats and coffee)
10-11:00 am:
Our plan for the day will include a welcome to our newest members and time right at the start of the meeting for coffee and treats, and catching up on all that has been happening in our art filled loves since our last gathering! This is a great time to bring a friend who is curious about what STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATES is all about.
Bethany will share news of the terrific MY CORNER OF THE WORLD - CANADA Exhibition Call to Entry - and the very FIRST SAQA exhibition open ONLY to our Canadian SAQA members...
Beth will have copies of the MCOTW Prospectus for everyone attending....the deadline for entry is November 30, 2015 for the Exhibition opening May 21, 2016 at the Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, ON. And our Canadian members may also enter their work in the partner exhibition, MY CORNER OF THE WORLD which is an international Call to Entry open to all SAQA members from around the world! For details of both shows, please visit SAQA's Call To Entry pages
11-11:30 am:
CREATIVE BUFFET - please share your newest work! We all love to see what you have been working on, and sometimes it is a project that you would like to have some help with. You friends at SAQA are always happy to provide some great hints and  supportive guidance/critique that just might help!
The amazing SAQA 25th Anniversary TRUNK SHOW E will be with us to enjoy throughout the day. 51 stunning small works of art from our SAQA friends from across Canada, the US and from around the world really! This is a great reason to bring a friend or two!
12:30 - 1 pm:
Bring your Brown Bag Lunch please...  We will have coffee, tea, lemonade and something yummy for dessert for you.

1-3 pm...

Your Committee members have planned a couple of hours of creative play time for you. There will be several different brands of Embellishing machines at the hall, along with some bits and pieces of felt, yarns, threads and sheers that you can use to try your hand at embellisher art!
Come prepared to PLAY!
We will explore blending and embellishing techniques using felt backing, with merino rovings, threads of all types, and bits and pieces of scraps that arrive at the stitch tables - all experimental pieces will use innovative approaches for embellishing before application of hand or machine stitching.

Bethany will share a handout for further exploration for those who RSVP that they will be attending the afternoon session.
If you have an embellisher and have always wanted to push the envelope a bit and try some projects that involve collage, layering, adding threads and more... today would be a great chance to work with some friends and push toward exploring the machine in ways you couldn't have imagined!
Please bring a small pile of your favourite materials to share, an extension cord and  your embellishing machine or try one of ours! If you have samples of work completed on your embellisher, we would be really happy to have you share what YOU love about the machine.
Hope to see you in Odessa on June 22, 2015...
RSVP your attendance plans to either:
Bethany Garner                    

or Joan Reive                        
($5 meeting donation per attendee covers all rentals, treats and coffee/tea)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

GUNNEL HAG and friends are pleased to invite you to their new exhibition, "GATHERING" at Galleria 814....

an exhibition of fibre explorations
including the work of 
13 Hillcrest Village artists
Galleria 814
814 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto
June 2 to June 16. 
Artist’s reception is Thursday, June 4th, 7-10 pm.
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 12-7 pm
Saturday 12-4 pm
Sunday and Monday by appointment

Please plan to visit PATRICIA CAFFERY and MARIE-FRANCE GOSSELIN's Exhibition at The School of Dance

Out of the Box Fibre Artists's photo.

200 Critchton Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, ON
The exhibition with work by Ottawa based fibre artists Pat Caffery and Marie-France Gosselin continues through June 7, 2015. Each brings a different and exciting perspective to their work. While the the contrast is exciting and clear to the viewer, the focused design, techniques and beauty of the hand laid stitch and line is a familiar similarity of these two close friends.
Please make time in your calendar for a visit and share the trip with a friend....

Saturday, May 23, 2015

SAQA Central Canada member KIT VINCENT accepts McCarthy Award at Quilt National, Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio...

CHAOS 3, Kit Vincent

Many congratulations to Kit and we hope she is enjoying her stay in Athens, Ohio and the SAQA Symposium this weekend as Dairy Barn activities around QUILT NATIONAL begin this morning.

Kit is living in Ottawa and continues to design award winning quilts in her studio. She next heads to the Crow Barn to study ELEMENTS OF DESIGN and COMPOSITION with  renowned painter/designer and former art quilter, David Hornung this summer along with hubby Paul. Have a great time Kit...

Kit Vincent
Chaos 3 ©KV
59 by 59
Cotton, silk, dye, cotton batting, cotton and silk thread, cotton backing. Nine 20″ panels, machine pieced, appliquéd, machine quilted.

Artist’s Statement: In 1972, Edward Lorenz asked: does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas? Chaos theory describes systems that are predictable for a while and then appear to become random. The flapping butterfly wing represents a very small change in a pattern of behaviour initially…however this can cause a chain of events leading to large-scale phenomena. Had the butterfly not flapped its wing at that time, the systematic pattern might have been very different.
For those of us who work improvisationaly, when a meaningful prediction cannot be made…is the pattern random? 

Monday, May 18, 2015

The province abounds with exciting show opportinities and the weekends are filled with QUILTS, FIBRE ART and many amazing art pieces just waiting for you to see and enjoy!

May 18-May 23rd
Ailsa Craig Recreation Centre
155 Annie Ada Shipley Street
Ailsa Craig
Admission $12
Merchants Mall, Café, Workshops

The Thousand Islands Quilter Guild presents it's
WATERWAYS Quilt Show and Sale
May 22nd - 24th
at the Brockville Memorial  Centre,
Magedoma Drive off Parkdale Ave.

Friday May 22, Noon-6pm
Saturday May 23, 9am-5pm
Sunday May 24, 10am-4pm
Admission $6
Free Parking • Buses Welcome
More than 200 pieced & appliquéd bed quilts, art quilts, wall hangings, décor items.
Quilt construction techniques, tools & gadgets

QUILTS KINGSTON 2015 is fast approaching and I have been very happily working with Heather Buchan to let everyone know about the Show and what we have to share! We have been busy doing outreach and Publicity - contacting the many players that will help to make this the BEST EVER Show for the Kingston Heirloom Quilters and Limestone Quilters Guild members.

Over 250 beautiful quilts and wall quilts will be on display, along with several very special exhibits including the Guild's Challenge project "Sir John A/Sir John, eh?" exhibit and "Quilts by Children". We will also share displays by the 'Limestone Loopers' Rug Hooking group and the Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts (Kingston Embroidery Guild).

The Show floor at the Royal Kingston Curling Club will also be home for the many exciting Vendors from across Ontario, and some special theme areas for the delight of the visitors to the Show.

Parking is FREE, we will have an awesome TEA ROOM for our visitors and we have collected hundreds of exciting handmade items for our  Members Boutique... a very popular spot for shopping at the Show!

Admission is just $6 - so mark your Calendar and join us for the Show JUNE 12-14, 2015!

More information at and

The call to create YOUR Art is open... Start Now!
Maybe you have a favourite memory of girlfriends in High School... or a trip on your honeymoon. Perhaps a favourite vista as you traveled to a very special destination with Art friends. Perhaps it is a magical painting or a corridor that you walked through. It could have been a "light bulb" moment when a new technique clicked and you created your BEST EVER piece of art!
THREADWORKS  is a project of the Ontario Network of Needleworkers and the amazing exhibition opportunity offered to ALL Canadian Fibre Artists to participate and see their work hanging at the Opening Event at the Wellington County Museum and Archives Gallery! The actual online entry for the show will be in early April 2016... so the clock is ticking.
Hoping YOU will be creating your art around a "FLASHBACK" moment in your life, or the event that sparked a whole new path in your creative pass time - FABRIC and STITCH!

And, for the first time, the jurying process will be online ... the art will be considered TWO phases:
- preliminary selection online by the Jury
- a final jurying, on site at the Wellington County Museum and Archives by the three jurors
                                JANE DAMS, LORRAINE ROY and DICK MARVIN
(you can read about the three jurors at the Threadworks website)  

and your summer is not over until you visit the two Kingston Fibre Artists Shows:

Hanging By A Thread is open NOW at the Window Art Gallery, corner of Victoria and Princess Streets in downtown Kingston... and the door is on Victoria Street... look for the red awning! The show is there for you to visit until May 31st.  Please take friends and enjoy the al through the many amazing works hanging there just for you!

And, mark your calendar now for the Opening of the Kingston Fibre Artists wonderful retrospective exhibition of their beautiful work in Almonte on August 1st. Sixteen Artists sharing their stunnig fibr art pieces in the Norah Rosamond Hughes Gallery on the main floor.

Do plan to join us to meet the artists and enjoy their work and some treats too!

Mississippi Mills Textile Museum
July 28-September 5, 2015
2:00-4:00 pm

Saturday, May 9, 2015

HOMER WATSON HOUSE GALLERY, Kitchener, hosts Judy Martin, Amanda McCavor and Maggie Vanderweit as Featured Artists, May 9- June 14, 2015

Homer Watson House and Gallery

1754 Old Mill Road
Kitchener, Ontario N2P 1H7 
519 748 4377
Every May, The Homer Watson House and Gallery in Kitchener Ontario Canada exhibits three solo quilt exhibitions.
Mended World Exhibition opens at Homer Watson House and Gallery
This year the Mended World exhibition is featured.  Mended World at the Homer Watson consists of the Manitoulin Circle Project (four large panels made with the Manitoulin Community 2009-2013) plus Cloud of Time, Judy's stitching that marks 365 days (2013-14).  Mended World exhibition will be occupying the main gallery space.
This is the third time that Judy Martin has had a solo exhibition in the main gallery space at the Homer Watson.   Previous exhibitions titles : The House With the Golden Windows, 1995 and My Hand Sings Red, 2001   

Amanda McCavour will show floating garden made entirely of thread   (2011-2012)
Maggie Vanderweit will exhibit her many wonderful
experiments with eco-printing in her feature exhibit:
Please join us at Homer Watson House Gallery for our monthly educational Lunchtime Lecture on May 14 featuring exhibiting artist Maggie Vanderweit!
12-1 pm

Fibre Art: Process and Demonstration

 Professional artist and business owner, Maggie Vanderweit, will discuss her current exhibition and interpret her theme on May 14 from 12-1 pm. Vanderweit will also discuss how she created the fabric used with the “Wrap & Rust” method to create her solo exhibition “What Remains”, featuring hand-crafted fibre art. The event will also include a question and answer period with the local artist as well as tasty appetizers!

Maggie Vanderweit is an award-winning textile artist in Waterloo Region, her work is displayed and sold in galleries, shops, textile museums, and in international textile shows. She creates original contemporary art with hand-painted, natural and rust dyed fabrics, silk fusion, felt, hand embroidery, beading, collage and intricately machine quilted surfaces. Recognized for her outstanding innovation, Vanderweit is featured in a number of publications and presents a variety of lectures, retreats and workshops. In her lecture “Fibre Art: Process and Demonstration”, she will draw from her solo exhibition currently on display at Homer Watson House & Gallery’s 2015 Quilt Exhibition. Vanderweit will bring samples of finished and unfinished pieces for reference during this Lunchtime Lecture.
In addition to our educational and interesting lecture, we will also serve light refreshments and provide tours of Homer Watson’s former home. Please remember to bring a lunch!
Admission for this event is $10.00 per person. Complimentary admission is offered to those who hold a valid Homer Watson House Gallery membership.

Follow this link to find out more information about events surrounding these exhibitions.

Experimental Layers Workshop by Amanda McCavour
Saturday, July 11 | 10 am - 4 pm
Join Amanda in the studios as students construct dynamic, textured, mixed media surfaces through the use of machine and hand embroidery. With the use of a water soluble stabilizer, students will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of materials to create textured, embellished grounds where stitches hold the surface and materials together. Students will leave with wearable art pieces.

$57.00 members | $63.00 non-members
$15.00 Material Fee (Optional)

Friday, May 8, 2015

SAQA posts their new "SUMMER IN THE CITY" Virtual Gallery... and two of our SAQA Central Canada Artists are included... congrats!

Camden Town, Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

Terry Waldron is our guest curator for this month's online gallery - Summer in the City.

Her comments:

"When I was in high school, we lived in Stamford, Connecticut so my father could commute to NYC for his job. Sometimes, especially in the summer, I woud go with him so I could visit all the art museums I could fit in that day before I'd go meet Dad to ride the train back home. I just loved wandering through "The City That Never Sleeps." These wonderful pieces of work remind me of that time and that place." 
Unexpected Sighting, Phillida Hargreaves, Kingston,

Having your work selected for one of the monthly virtual galleries is a lovely benefit for our Juried Artist Members. Enjoy the whole collection of SUMMER IN THE CITY pieces at the link at the top of this post.

Selected Artists:

Anita Kaplan
B. J. Adams
Dena Dale Crain
Floris Flam
Gay Lasher
Heather Dubreuil
Judith Plotner
K. Velis Turan
Kate Themel
Linda Anderson

 Happy Mother's Day to each of our SAQA Central Moms!
Natalya Aikens
Pam RuBert
Patricia Anderson Turner
Phillida Hargreaves
Sandy Gregg
Susan Bleiweiss
Valerie S. Goodwin
Willy Doreleijers
Yael David-Cohen


Thursday, May 7, 2015

THREADWORKS launches its all new website and invites our SAQA Central Canada artists to have a look!

Cellular Aqueducts, Mary Cope, Princeton, ON
Included in THREADWORKS 2013, "WATER"

We invite you to visit the new and very informative THREADWORKS website.  Many wonderful resources and the full galleries of the 2010 and 2013 Traveling Art Exhibitions are there for you and just a click away! Your artwork is welcome for THREADWORKS 2016... "FLASHBACK"!
THREADWORKS is a project of the Ontario Network of Needleworkers. Its mandate is to mount, every three years, a juried exhibition of exceptional creative needlework stitched by artists from across Canada.

Waterfall, Dianne Gibson, Fonthill, ON
Threadworks 2013, "Water"

Since its inception in 1987, Threadworks is sponsored by the Wellington County Museum and Archives. After the inaugural opening exhibition at the WCMA, the show travels the Province of Ontario for up to three years and is exhibited in many museums and galleries.

Wellington  County Museum and Archives, Fergus, ON

Threadworks 2016

The theme for the 2016 Exhibition is FLASHBACK. Your submission will be most welcome.

* What does that word bring to your imagination? Just how far back does it take you?
* Whether it’s to your own youth, your Grandmother’s time or pre-history, anything other than this minute or tomorrow qualifies.

Here are a few suggestions for you as you think about your Exhibition entry planning:

Fashion, Art Deco, Architecture, Environment/Nature/Fossils, Summer Camp, Holidays, Music (e.g. song titles), War, Hippies, Home, Death, Grandma’s influence/Ancestors, Weddings, Babies...

The Show co-ordinators are Elizabeth Duggan Litch and Sharron Begg, and you can send them an email using the form on the THREADWORKS  Contact Page.
the 2016 Jury liaison is Kathleen Bissett.

Click here to view/download the official "FLASHBACK"  Call for Entry (PDF).
The online Entry Form will be available on this site starting January 1, 2016.

AND, for a quick peek at just what the THREADWORKS Exhibitions can offer the Canadian viewers at galleries all across Ontario and beyond... please visit the online gallery below!

Threadworks 2013

The 2013 theme is "WATER", and the show was juried by Judy Martin, William Hodge and Sylvia Naylor. Please visit the Threadworks 2013 page to learn more and view the complete online gallery of works.

The WATER Exhibition is still travelling! It opens next on May 16, 2015 at the Woodstock Art Gallery, running until July 4, 2015.

Monday, May 4, 2015

SAQA member GUNNEL HAG has a wonderful Studio in Toronto, and welcomes students to join her for "IRRESISTIBLE RESISTS" May 9th....


Treat yourself to a Mothers Day Weekend Creative Workshop...
Have you always wanted to create batik fabrics?
For a fun and creative experience I will be teaching the “Irresistible Resists” 
workshop on Saturday, May 9 at the Colour Vie studio.
You will explore the use of soya wax and pigments in an inspirational 
and encouraging environment. I will show you how to create designs 
by manipulating texture and colour  with the goal of establishing a unique 
line of fabrics. Just imagine the opportunity for creating personal statements 
on fabrics that you can use in your textile projects!

For detailed information about this and other workshops as well as
photographs of fabrics created at the studio please visit and click on workshops. 

To reserve your space just call me at
416- 532-7435 (local calls) or 1-877-425-8379 (toll free) 
or simply e-mail

Looking forward to seeing you at the Colour Vie studio!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the Opening Reception for the GRAND NATIONAL at Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener, ON

(Quilt Artist Credit - Lighting the Past, Judy Leslie, Coquitlam, British Columbia, 2015)

The 2015 Grand National Quilt Show
comes to Joseph Schneider Haus on
May 10 to Sept. 27, 2015.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
1 to 4 p.m.
 (opening remarks, announcements, and awards starting at 2 p.m.)
   Free Admission!
The Grand National Quilt Show, on exhibit from May 10 to September 27, features quilts interpreting the theme, Connections by Canadian quilt and fibre artists from coast to coast.
The new exhibit, a partnership with the Grand National Committee and the Joseph Schneider Haus National Historic Site, features a stunning, thought-provoking collection of quilts created by Canadian quilt and fibre artists from coast to coast.
For the 2015 exhibition, it was “Connections” that got the creative juices flowing in quilting studios coast-to-coast. Connecting, linking, bridging, networking have become more important than ever in our global community today but if the entries chosen for this year's show are any indication, Canadian quilters are among the artistic community's finest communicators – grounded, thoughtful, empathetic, sincere.
For some history on The Grand National Quilt Show, please visit their webpage here
Joseph Schneider Haus
Address466 Queen St. S.
Kitchener, ON, N2G 1W7

Wednesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.