Tuesday, September 22, 2015

REGIONAL MEETING in BELLEVILLE at John M. Parrott Gallery, Meeting Room, Level 3, Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 1-4 pm

Please mark your calendar and join your SAQA Central Canada friends from Toronto East for our 

Thursday, October 29th
to be held in the meeting room 
John M. Parrott Gallery 
Third floor 
Belleville Public Library
254 Pinnacle Street (downtown)
1-4 pm

The Belleville Public Library and John M. Parrott Art Gallery
This meeting will be the first in the area this fall, and we hope many of our area members will plan to be in attendance.  Please try to car-pool and take advantage of the lovely fall weather, and the opportunity for the Gallery Curator and participating artists led tour through the QUINTE FIBRE ARTISTS Exhibition "SEEKING THE LIGHT".

The Opening Reception for the show is at 6:30 pm and we hope many of you might enjoy dinner at a downtown restaurant and support the Quinte Area SAQA members as they share their new work. Wonderful to have fibre art on display at the time of the meeting for all to enjoy.

- As always, our SAQA Regional Meeting Agenda is open for your contribution/suggestions through October 10th, with a final distribution of Agenda on October 11th to those who RSVP attendance. (And posting here at the Blog). Email Agenda items to garner@kingston.net by Oct. 10th, please and thanks.

- We will start the meeting with our ever popular CREATIVE BUFFET of sharing of YOUR artwork promptly at 1 pm. This sharing time gives all of us the opportunity to meet members artists, and become aware of the work being done locally. 

Please plan to bring some of your newest projects and share.... and your camera!

- We are hoping that MANY of you are busy in your Studio working on your entries for the exciting MY CORNER OF THE WORLD - CANADA and MY CORNER OF THE WORLD (Int'l) SAQA Exhibition Calls to Entry with the deadline of November 30th.  Do share what you are working on... and bring your pieces that need some critique or advice/celebration by your fellow SAQA members.

A large portion of our meeting agenda will be devoted to planning, sharing and general discussion of this major project for SAQA Canada artists - the fast approaching deadline for these two exciting shows.

Here are the links to the Calls to entry:

Planning for the shipment/delivery of local pieces to Stratford Perth Museum in March next spring will also be a topic for discussion. If you are able to act as a collection point/delivery driver for area work, please plan to put that in writing for the meeting in Belleville Oct. 29th...

- We will also discuss attendance at our SAQA Conference in Philadelphia, PA in 2016 (and the link for all the detail is in the Conference title below)

 Inspire * Connect * Engage

Join us in Center City Philadelphia from March 31 - April 3, 2016 for a conference full of informative talks, presentations, networking and socializing opportunities. Come early and stay after the conference to enjoy all that Philly and the surrounding area has to offer. 
Early Bird registration is now open for the 2016 Conference!  


Please RSVP your attendance to the October 29th Belleville Regional Meeting to Bethany Garner: garner@kingston.net by October 15th please, so we can advise the Gallery for appropriate tables/chairs needed. Treats and cold drinks provided. Plan to provide you $5 cash donation to the Gallery in lieu of rental that day.

A Few Reminders

SAQA Regional Meeting at Burlingston Art Gallery this coming Sunday, September 27th with William Hodge as special Guest Speaker.

Elizabeth Duggan Litch, '18 Sqaure' Exhibition

SAQA members Hilary Rice, Maggie Vanderweit Meredith, Dwayne Wanner, Gordana Brelih and Bethany Garner, Linda Jantzen and Elizabeth Duggan Litch, are participating in the CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS "18 SQUARE" Exhibition at the Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener City Hall through Sept. 30th. The Exhibition moves to the CREATIV FESTIVAL, Entry Gallery, October 15th - 17th.
Dwayne Wanner, '18 Square Exhibition'

Please send news for our SAQA Central Blog to Bethany or Dwayne  to make sure we are sharing what is most important to you!

Dwayne Wanner, Co-Rep, SAQA Central Canada: DWanner@sympatico.ca
Bethany Garner, Co-Rep, SAQA Central Canada: garner@kingston.net

Sunday, September 20, 2015

It's Sunday and you have just a few hours to make that DIAMOND DONATION of $1000 for any quilt you want in the 2015 SAQA Benefit Auction....consider it an investment in the future of our Association and your commited support of Textile Art!!!

Some of my all time favourite Artist's Quilts have sold in the Diamond Day event... and  include their photos here for you to  ponder and reflect on... exciting art work, beautiful composition and design elements and wonderful workmanship all attributed to long years of devotion to the perfection of their medium - the ART QUILT!

Have a peek at more of the Diamond Day purchases  and all of the Auction Quilts here:  http://www.saqa.com/auction-quiltviewALL.php

Starting at 2:00 pm EST tomorrow, the quilts move to $750 price point and follow along for the rest of the week, through the Bidding Schedule below. Wishing you great luck as you consider adding quilts to YOUR collection during our Annual Benefit Auction!!!

What is the Bidding Schedule?
Each week after Diamond Day, a different set of Auction quilts is available for bidding. The bid price is reduced each day (at 2pm EDT) as follows:
$1000 $750 $550 $350 $250 $150 $100
Section 1 Sept 18 Sept 21 Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 24 Sept 25 Sept 26
Section 2 Sept 18 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3
Section 3 Sept 18 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 7 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 10
Section 4 Sept 18

Oct 28-Oct 30: $150* Oct 31-Nov 1: $100 *

* IQF – Houston In-Person Prices at the SAQA Booth Buyers may take their quilt when purchased

They are pretty wonderful... let's see who will bring home the first CANADIAN Artist's quilt!!!

Friday, September 18, 2015

SAQA's Annual Benefit Auction opened TODAY with the DIAMOND DAY event ... and for this weekend, YOU can own a treasure for your collection with the special $1000 Donation for your choice of SAQA Auction Quilts.

Bidding started today at 2:00 Eastern! Support art quilts and our worldwide exhibition program by bidding early and often! Special information links are in the post below in COLOUR!

NEW feature for the 2015 SAQA Benefit Auction -- SOLD artwork will be marked with a RED border rather than showing text that it's been sold. If you click on the image, you'll see the details of the sale. However the main page will only show RED borders for sold art.

You may view all of the quilts here: http://www.saqa.com/auction-quiltviewALL.php



Don't miss your chance to bid on beautiful and unique art quilts made by 358 SAQA members. Plus, your purchases help increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach.

View the QuiltsView Dream Collections

The Auction is run in three sections for 6 days each, with a special section accompanying the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
Door to Nowhere: Boothbay Harbour,  Heather Dubreuil

How the Auction Works »   

New for 2015: 

ALL Benefit Auction quilts will be available for $1,000 each on September 18 as part of a Diamond Day promotion.  This early bidding window will remain in effect until September 21 at 1:30pm EDT.

Bidding Guide and Auction FAQs »

Bidding Form
Please plan to participate and share the news and the link to this post with all of your family and friends.

Martha Sielman (860-487-4199)
Executive Director
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Unique and beautiful objects from knitted and woven wire are featured in SAYWARD JOHNSON Exhibition...

Woven Strories and Knitted Mementos

Sayward Johnson

Woven Strories and Knitted Mementos
 From September 2 to October 11, 2015
   Espace Pierre-Debain 
Everyone is invited, admission is free. 

 Espace Pierre-Debain
 120 rue Principale, Aylmer, QC.  Vernissage September 2, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Everyone is invited, admission is free.

Massachusetts-born Sayward Johnson is now based in Chelsea. Her works are made mainly from woven or crocheted copper or brass wire. 

Using special oxidation techniques, she "paints" them by superimposing layers of patina in shades of green and blue, and then refines them using different techniques related to the forge and textiles such as fold-forming and embroidery. 

In this exhibition, Sayward's Woven Stories examine intangible experiences, while her Knitted Mementos serve as small, sculptural reminders of past journeys.

SAYWARD is the Guest Instructor for FIBREWORKS KINGSTON March 11-13, 2016 in Kingston. For details:
www.fibreworkskingston.blogspot.ca , on the right sidebar.  

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MARTA MOUKA shares last 2015 Eco-Print Workshop in her Tweed, ON outdoor studio... consider the weekend as YOUR personal art focusd study opportunity for fall 2015

Marta and her students from summer workshop - all happily recommend the weekend
Marta's work in sample size...

Eco-Print Workshop
with Marta Mouka
Printing with plants & natural dyes
September 12–13, 2015 
only 3 seats left... register soon!
Explore the fascinating process of creating
botanical monoprints — dying and printing fabrics with native plants. 

Each two-day workshop will cover:• how to choose and prepare plants for dyeing
• understanding of dye-fixing and modifying substances (mordants) for silk, cotton and wool • different techniques of folding and tying fabrics
• methods of cooking bundles and constructing cold bundles.

Marta will share techniques learned from master dyer Irit Dulman.

Workshops are held in a rustic barn located on 23 acres of meadows and deciduous trees, minutes from Tweed and 35 km north of Belleville, Ontario.

The setting is very tranquil, with plenty of botanical materials from the property and dyer’s garden.

At the end of the workshop, participants will leave with one-of-a-kind, eco-printed fabrics to use in textile art or sewing projects.

Workshops require a minimum of four students; registration closes at six students, so there will be plenty of personal attention!

No experience is necessary — just come and play! 

Register by e-mail and secure your spot by forwarding the full workshop fee by cheque or e- transfer. Please, no post-dated cheques.

Two-day workshop: $180.00
Materials fee (fabrics not included): $20.00
If the workshop is cancelled (insufficient attendance) you will receive a full refund.
If you must cancel for personal reasons, refunds less a $10.00 administration fee or a credit to- wards another workshop are given only if you contact me by phone or by e-mail 7 days before the date of the workshop.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

River House Studio
843 Stoco Road RR4 Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0 613-478-1555 martamouka@gmail.commartamouka.com

Located approximately 21/2 hours from Toronto and Ottawa, 45 minutes north of Belleville.
From Hwy. 401, take exit 544. Take Hwy. 37 north towards Tweed for 35 km. Just before Tweed (at a blinking yellow light), turn right onto Marlbank Road. Drive about 3 km. After crossing a bridge, turn left onto Stoco Road. Keep left and drive about 3 km more. 843 Stoco Road is on your left — look for a large grey barn.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SAQA Central Artist/Instructor Elizabeth Abbott shares FIBRE TO FABRICS course at St. Lawrence College this fall in Kingston...

Fibres to Fabrics  

Learn about the history and production of the fibres and fabrics you are using in your creative work. Take a closer look at the natural fibres - silk, wool, cotton and linen as well as the man-made and synthetic fibres and use them in small textile pieces. Try your hand at creating yarns and fabrics by experimenting with spinning and weaving.
Understand the construction and qualities of these yarns and fabrics to be able to use them to the best advantage and to push the limits in your fibre art. Take a second look at the possibilities of recycled fabrics and notions in your work. Create an art piece which illustrates a theme or fits within specific limits.
This is a full credit course in the TEXTILE DESIGN Diploma Program at St. Lawrence College .
Beth's work has been included in traveling SAQA exhibitions.
 Registration is through the college website at     
Course information:
Fibres to Fabrics
Course Code: ARTS125 Section: 860
Campus: KINGSTON Instructor: Elizabeth Abbott
Date(s): 9/15/2015 - 12/1/2015.
Days of Week: Tu.   Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM 
Fee: $253.08 Additional Notes: 
$50 materials fee due at first class.

The course is perfect for all levels of fibre interested artists and will provide a great overview of the fibres you use n or work and those that you have never considered but will definitely enjoy adding to your inventory of go to fibres and fabrics.


During the the summer of 2013 the Art Gallery of Burlington proudly launched the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency to celebrate the remarkable life of John Willard.

Quilt by the celebrated John Willard
Not one to follow the rules of tradition, Willard turned the craft of quilting into a truly remarkable art form. With scissors, needles, thread and fabrics Willard created his own one of a kind quilt designs whether inspired by traditional patterns that he had deconstructed or by historical events.
To continue Willard’s legacy as a fibre art teacher, the FIBRE ARTS RESIDENCY  will enable emerging artists to have access to one of the AGB resident fibre studios in order to develop a body of work for their first solo exhibition in the RBC Community Gallery.

Cummings quilt
Art Quilt by Karen Cummings
Cambridge’s Karen Cummings has been named the first recipient of the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency for Emerging Artists. 
She describes her current work as abstract collage for which she uses fabric and fibre. Cummings sees her eclectic collection as an opportunity for personal expression, based on the classical techniques of machine and hand stitching. Her work at times can be careful, contrasted to the frenzied moments of fast machine-stitched along with the arranging and rearranging of fabric, thus creating endless possibilities of diverse surfaces. Between the harsh difference of the rate of speed at which Cummings works and techniques used, Cummings hopes to convey her message.
During the residency, Cummings will engage with the public to share her passion for textile art. This opportunity to share her work gives her a chance to talk about some of the processes she has come to use and to expand her fibre art language. Cummings shares “…that feedback from visitors is valuable and hopefully AGB visitors will ‘see’ and understand a little about the complexities of this medium”.
Cummings’s will begin her residency in September and expect to spend a few days each week at the gallery
The Art Gallery of Burlington is located at
1333 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington, ON L7S 1A9
Gallery Hours:
Monday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm Friday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday: 12 noon – 5:00 pm

MILLIE CUMMING and MAGGIE VANDERWEIT to open their Studios during ELORA - FERGUS STUDIO TOUR... two studios you will NOT want to miss!

Hello my SAQA artist friends...
We wanted to bring to your attention the upcoming the Elora-Fergus Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4.  It features 42 artists, including two SAQA Central Canada members, Millie Cummings and Maggie Vanderweit.  
Art Quilt, Millie Cumming

Millie Cumming
360 St Andrew St E
Fergus ON N1M 1R1 Canada
Eco-print on Wool with Stitch, Maggie Vanderweit

Maggie Vanderweit
640 Colquhoun Street, Fergus
In scenic Fergus, Elora and rural Centre Wellington the artists open their studios to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. You can start the self-guided, free tour from the Elora Centre for the Arts - where a sample showcase of artworks is on display - and take in historic homes, beautiful scenery, and interesting studios: painters, sculptors, potters, glass artists, fibre art, photographers, jewellers, metalwork, and mixed media are all part of the tour. For details, a tour map, and artist information see www.elorafergusstudiotour.com