Saturday, November 28, 2015

MY CORNER OF THE WORLD - CANADA entry deadline is looming... will your amazing art be with us?

Greetings to all of our Central Canada SAQA members! Here is hoping you are all in your studios putting the finishing touches on your entries for both the MY CORNER OF THE WORLD - CANADA Exhibition open to Canadian SAQA members only...and the International Call for MY CORNER OF THE WORLD.

Remember: Our Canadian members may enter BOTH exhibitions and we certainly encourage you to do just that! The deadline is Monday, November 30th at 11:59 pm - And the Online Entry links are below!

Here are the links for the Prospectus/registration and entry page where you register your piece online:
All Canada members Exhibition: (please scroll all the way to the bottom for your links for actually entering the show:
The International MY CORNER OF THE WORLD Exhibition:

A Few Tips: ( Entry fee to the shows)

Fee: $40 USD for up to three (3) entries. (and you can do this as you review the Prospectus page using the Pay Now button or at the end of completing your registration.
Members must pay their fee(s) using a credit card (MC, Visa or Amex) through the SAQA website: and you can before or during your Exhibition Registration process...

Fee must be paid along with submittal of this form before entry deadline listed in the Calendar table above: 11:59pm Monday November 30, 2015

Here is a great link for a photos and forms tutorial from SAQA!! Take a few minutes to watch this - so helpful!

Don't Forget Before You Start the Entry Process:
1) Preview the registration form so you can gather the photos and information you need
2) "Proceed to step 1" where you will actually start the entry
3) Make sure all of your photos (full shot showing the edges and a detail  are named with your (see the photo rules below)
4) Have your credit card ready to pay the fee online
5) After the registration is complete, your registration notification will come to me and I will confirm back to you...

PHOTOS  - And here are the guidelines for the photos: (important)
  • Submit one overall DIGITAL image and one detail DIGITAL image for each piece of artwork in the portfolio.
  • Save your digital images as a high quality JPEG file (No TIFF files).
  • Finished image should be at least 2100 pixels on the longest side and not to exceed 4200 pixels. (some of the quilt entrants used ONLY the 2100 pixel statement and did not go ahead and read that the files can be larger/higher resolution - the 2100 is a minimum)
Special Note:
We encourage you to send the best photos you can. Remember that the images you send are the only representations of your work the juror will see when considering your entry. It is strongly recommended that you have professional shots taken of your work. Photos should be in sharp focus, showing all sides of the art quilt, well lit, with correct color and no distortions. For more information on how to properly photograph your work, please refer to the guidelines on the SAQA website.

To date we have 49 wonderful quilts entered... and while I have not see photos, the artists statements that are included in the quilt registrations are a stunning representation of the artists we are so proud of here in our Central Canada SAQA family. Thank you Central Canada artists...

Hoping YOU are working this weekend to finish and submit your Exhibition Registration. Best wishes to our artists as we approach the December Jury Process.

Your Exhibition acceptance notifications will follow as soon as I receive the list of accepted artists for the Canadian Show.  Heather Pregger, Intl. Show Curator  will be responding to artists for the International MCOTW exhibition. Many thanks to each of you for your commitment to SAQA and our mission to share ART  with the world. We are blessed to know and be able to work with each of you!

Bethany Garner, Curator
Regional Co-Representative, Central Canada

Saturday, November 7, 2015

So here we are at the 7th of November, 2015 and the first of the entries for MY CORNER OF THE WORLD - CANADA are starting to arrive in my notification box as Exhibition Curator - WILL YOU BE ENTERING YOUR WORK? We so look forward to seeing what our Canadian SAQA Artists have been working on for the past 5 months since the prospectus was released!

NOVEMBER 30th, 2015 Entry Deadline...
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 once again invite each and every one of our Canadian SAQA members to consider the Call for Entry at  and to FINISH 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!!

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

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

TRACEY LAWKO's stunning stitched quilt "SPRING THAW" will be included in ART QUILT ELEMENTS 2016 in Wayne, PA this spring....

We are pleased to extend our congratulations to SAQA Central Canada member  Tracey Lawko.
 Her beautiful stitched landscape “Spring Thaw” has been accepted into
Art Quilt Elements 2016
The exhibition runs from March 18 - April 30, 2016 

Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave
Wayne, PA 19087

For those of you attending the SAQA CONFERENCE "INSPIRE, CONNECT, ENGAGE" in Philadelphia, please join Tracey in attending the “Meet the Artists” Reception 
on Saturday April 2nd from 1 - 4pm.

Tracey's art has been selected along with many other well recognized artists for this outstanding exhibition. Art Quit Elements is shared at the Wayne Art Centre every other year.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

SAQA Co-Rep, Dwayne Wanner and Robynne Cole to invite you to attend the next SAQA CENTRAL CANADA Regional Meeting....

Please join us for our 
Sunday Nov 15th , 2015
from 1:00 to 3:00 
 Art Galleryof Burlington  
1333 Lakeshore Road
 Burlington, ON.

Mita Giacomini will join us to demonstrate details of her reverse couching/weaving technique which she brought to our April “Show and Tell”. She will also share a trunk show of some of her pieces. You can get a glimpse of Mita’s work on this website; she is one of 53 artists participating in a recent Surface Design Association exhibition.

There is a $5 charge per member and any guests, which includes a draw ticket for prizes. 

We need to manage our room arrangements with the AGB, so please RSVP if you are coming, your regrets are not necessary,

Nancy Proctor, a SAQA member from Bayfield Ontario suggested an interest in car pooling with anyone from her area.  If you want to pursue that reply to me and I will forward your contact information to her.

We trust many of you are busy working on entries for both the SAQA all Canadian Artists Regional Exhibition  'My Corner of the World- CANADA and the accompanying International Artists Exhibition 'My Corner of the World'  Call for Entry deadline of November 30th, 2015 and hope your calendar will allow you to take time out to join us.

All of the details FOR BOTH EXHIBITIONS is available HERE

A pdf copy of the Exhibition prospectus for either or both shows is available from SAQA Regional Co-Rep for Central Canada,Bethany Garner at

We look forward to seeing you at the Nov 15th meeting!
Robynne Cole, Assistant
and Dwayne Wanner, SAQA Co-Rep

P.S. There are 3 spots left in a Quilted Rug/Wall Hanging workshop with Al Cote on November 8th at the Art Gallery of Burlington. If anyone is interested here is a website you can go to, or email if I can help with more information. to the very bottom of this link.

Driving Directions to Art Gallery of Burlington

From Niagara or Hamilton East – Take the first exit (Northshore) at the north end of the Skyway Bridge. Keep to the right, pass the Joseph Brant Hospital and Maple Ave. Turn left at Brock Ave and make an immediate right into the driveway of the Art Gallery of Burlington. If you miss the driveway, continue to the corner of Brock and Elgin and make a right – enter the parking lot on your right.
From Toronto or Hamilton West – Take QEW Niagara and exit at Northshore Blvd. Turn left at the end of the ramp and continue under the QEW. You will pass the Joseph Brant Hospital and Maple Ave. Turn left at Brock Ave and make an immediate right into the driveway of the Art Gallery of Burlington. If you miss the driveway, continue to the corner of Brock and Elgin and make a right – enter the parking lot on your right.