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