Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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 QFA 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 25th, with a final distribution of Agenda on October 25th to those who RSVP attendance.

Email Agenda items to by Oct. 25th, 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: by October 25th 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.
Quinte Fibre Artists
  "Seeking the Light "
From October 29 to November 26
 Belleville Public Library, third level 
 254 Pinnacle St., downtown Belleville, ON

Meet the artists at the opening reception on Thursday,
October 29, from 6 to 7:30 pm.
Returning for their seventh biennial exhibition, this year with a selection of art which promises to be a celebration of the interplay of colour and texture with light. Originally formed by Joan Reive
and Jane Sheppard as an adjunct to the Belleville Art Association, around 1986, the group has kept their numbers small to enable meeting in each others homes, to support and learn from each other. This 2015 evolution of the group consists of 12 members: Joan Reive, Ann Fales, Sabina McLuhan, Marianne Sanders, Pat Sztuke, Mary Andrews Minigan, Carol Peterson, Marta Smith, Marion Casson, Bethany Garner, Karen Kaiser and Marta Mouka. 
Mary Andrews Minigan describes the Quinte Fibre Artists as: “...a diverse group of artists,  working variously with fabrics and fibres using dyes, paints and techniques, including felting, hooking, doll making, quilting and needlework.”  

And of course, we will have a delightful display of Manly MacDonald paintings on display in Gallery Three, some amazing local photography in the corridor, some fabric art by our local fibre artists and an ever-changing selection of local fine crafts in the Parrott Gallery Shop. 
For further information, please call
613-968-6731 ext. 2240 or visit
Gallery Hours 
Monday - Closed.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.  
Thursday - 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Saturday - 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Did you purchase a quilt during our Annual Benefit Action? We have a few wonderful quilts left in the SAQA Store.... have a peek!

SAQA Benefit Auction Update
239 pieces have SOLD so far, raising $54,250 for SAQA!
THANK YOU to all our members who created and donated the beautiful art quilts, and to all our supporters who have acquired them! All proceeds will benefit our exhibition programs and allows us to send art quilts around the world!

Special thanks to all of our SAQA Central Canada Artists...your quilts were GREAT!

We have a great selection of the beautiful quilts available for $100 in the SAQA Store.  

 Section 4 quilts will be available for purchase at the SAQA Booth at IQF-Houston (Oct 28-Oct 30 for $150 and Oct 31-Nov 1 for $100). While at the show, be sure to join us for a guided tour of Wild Fabrications and Balancing Act (more info)

Not going to Houston? You STILL have a chance to purchase a Section 4 Benefit Auction quilt.
  • You will need to contact Martha via phone (860-487-4199) before October 26 with your selection(s) and payment details
  • The piece must still be unsold 30 minutes after the booth opens on Wednesday October 28th (price will be $150)
  • If multiple people are interested in the same quilt, Martha will then draw a name from a hat.
Upcoming Deadlines
Stories of Migration - October 31
Early Bird Conference Registration - October 31
My Corner of the World - November 30
Juried Artist Applications - December 1
SAQA Journal Gallery: Landscape - Jan. 1
Tranquility - January 31
Turmoil - February 29


SAQA Central Canada  Members

Thursday, October 29th
Belleville Public Library, Classroom
1-4 pm, Third Floor
Creative Buffet at 1 pm, followed by a
Gallery Tour: Quinte Fibre Artists Show

Monday, October 12, 2015

2016 SAQA Conference in Philadelphia: Inspire * Connect * Engage


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (and savings on the registration fee) ENDS OCTOBER 31st.... 

Hoping MANY of our Central Canada Members will join me and and have some ART FUN in Philadelphia  March 31 - April 2nd, 2016. Pre and post conference events are planned....

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.

Check out all the great things about Philly »

Early Bird registration is now open for the 2016 Conference!

SAQA's organizing committee is finalizing a full schedule of events, covering a wide range of topics. Based upon YOUR input, we are including more time for networking and interacting with other members. Learn More » 

Here are some highlights:
NOTE *** The Barnes Foundation is a hugely wonderful Gallery/Exhibition space and not to be missed! And, taking the bus trip to Wayne PA for Opening of Art Quilt ELEMENTS is a great experience). And the speakers panel for 2016 is STELLAR!


Carolyn MazloomiMaria ShellDavid KohaneKathyrn Loomis

Scheduled Speakers: Carolyn Mazloomi, Maria Shell, David Kohane and Kathleen Loomis

Hotel Information

The 2016 Conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Center City Philadelphia. Click here for more information on how to reserve your room today.

NOTE: (Bethany already has a double room reserved and is driving down and looking for a room-mate to share the expenses - interested???)

 Do you have a question about the Philadelphia area? Want the inside scoop on some local activities? Then contact, our SAQA team of Philly experts.

Monday, October 5, 2015

IMMEDIATE ATTENTION: Opportunity not to be missed... JUDITH MARTIN'S "Meditation Panels" Workshop in Gros Morn, NFLD - a gift from a SAQA friend who cannot attend.

Dear SAQA Central Canada Members.....

I am gifting my Conference Package -  my fully paid seat at Judy Martin's  workshop, and am offering this to a SAQA member who can arrange right away to get to Newfoundland and take part.

Meditation Panels
When: October 16,17,18  2015  - Morne National Park 

The workshop is a "quiet" workshop.  The four large panels on which it is based are stunning hand stitched and quilted works made by community members working with Judy on Manitoulin Island. They were shown earlier this summer in Kitchener and were part of the World of Threads show in Oakville.

This Workshop opportunity is part of Fibre Arts Newfoundland Conference scheduled for NEXT WEEK in Newfoundland - and what a truly special opportunity to have three days of concentrated time with Judy and other students in the workshop weekend: More Details at the link here:

Read more about them on Judy's blog:  

Link to the workshop: 

Please go to the links above and verify all times and dates at
in the Fibre Arts Newfoundland website!

Contents and value of this generous offer from Carole: 

Three Day Workshop Registration $570
Bus from St. John's to Gros Morne $80 October 15th 
Bus from Gros Morne to Deer Lake Airport $60 October 19th 
Bus from accommodations at Gros Morne to workshop, park, studio tour $60 
Dinners on Thursday, Friday, Saturday approx $100 

You will need to pay your own transportation to Newfoundland and accommodation, plus dinner Wednesday Evening. (and I had booked myself in to the Fisherman's Landing Inn which is the Conference Centre. )
If you are interested  and able to accept this very special gift
please e-mail Carole ASAP at:

Posted by Bethany Garner, SAQA Regional Co-Rep, Central Canada after a contact from Carole today.