Saturday, January 30, 2016

SAQA members from Central Canada will be teaching at QUILT CANADA this summer... and the vendors list is amazing!

Please plan to join
and a slate of many quilt and fibre focused  artists

Workshops listings are here:  

QUILT CANADA 2016 Conference 
International Centre, Toronto, ON
June 15-18, 2016
all the details are at 


will be in the Vendors MERCHANTS MALL

Quilt Canada 2016 in Toronto Ontario

Monday, January 25, 2016

Please consider creating YOUR small 6" x 8" donation quilt for the SPOTLIGHT AUCTION at the SAQA Conference - let your art become a STAR as your SAQA friends from around the world bid to own YOUR art work!!!

This little beauty was created for the Spotlight Auction by Heather Dubreuil, Central Canada member

Think about it  - YOU CAN DO THIS FOR SAQA IN ONE DAY!!!!

Here are the details...

February 6, 2016: Deadline for completing participation form online at

February 13, 2016:  Deadline for artwork to arrive in Virginia

Questions? Contact Susan Lapham at or (703) 599-9511

Create an original 6” x 8” artwork (any fiber medium; any subject). As all works will be matted, raw, straight-stitched or zigzag edges are best. We will place the art in a mat with a 4.5” x 6.5” opening.  
Do not frame or bind the work.

Complete the form below by February 6, 2016. You will need to upload an image of your artwork when completing the form - images must be in jpg format (minimum of 800 pixels on shortest side).

You will receive an email confirmation when the form is submitted. If you do not receive an email, check your spam folder or contact us at

Mail your artwork along with a copy of your email confirmation to the address below. Artwork must arrive by February 13, 2015. 

We will confirm receipt of your package via email when it arrives.

ICE Spotlight
c/o Susan Lapham
206 McHenry St SE
Vienna,  VA 22180-6603

Friday, January 22, 2016

HEATHER DUBREUIL shares her Exhibition news... hoping you will have time for a visit at both Willow Place Inn, Hudson, QC and Galérie Beaux-Arts des Amériques in Montreal or her exhibition in the AOE Gallery, Shenkman Centre, Ottawa

Greenwood - Layers in Time, Heather Dubreuil

My contribution to the show La Mémoire de Hudson. Its subject is the heritage home of Greenwood, now a history museum and the base for our town’s annual literary festival.

La Mémoire de Hudson
Exhibition Official Opening
Saturday, January 23,2016
  Willow Place Inn
205 Main Road in Hudson,  QC
Please join us beginning at 6 pm. The show itself was launched last year to mark the 150th anniversary of the town of Hudson. I was one of fifteen local artists who came together to celebrate various aspects of Hudson’s history, and now many of these canvases are on display at Auberge Willow, until the end of March. 

If you’d like to read the informative booklet about the show, put together by participant Mona Turner, please check out this website:

Syncopated Rhythm. Heather Dubreuil

Galérie Beaux-Arts des Amériques
3944 rue St. Denis, Montreal
January 21-March 12, 2016 
Saturday February 6, 1-5 pm

Also, I am pleased to have had my work chosen for a new show at Galérie Beaux-Arts des Amériques, 3944 rue St. Denis, Montreal. 

Syncopated Rhythm was inspired by a quote from Italo Calvino’s book “Invisible Cities”. The quote reads: “[The city’s] secret lies in the way your gaze runs over patterns following one another as in a musical score where not one can be altered or displaced”.

This exciting show is titled Poetry Unspokenand each of the 30 works, all measuring 18 x 18, was inspired by a snippet of poetry, prose or text. It opens this Thursday, January 21, running until March 12. There is a vernissage on Saturday, February 6, from 1 - 5 pm. The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday. For more information, please visit their website,

 CITYSCAPES: Collages in Cloth and Stitch
AOE Gallery - Shenkman Centre
245 Centrum Blvd., Ottawa
February 11 - March 13, 2016
February 21, 2016
1-3 pm

Finally, I am delighted to have a solo show scheduled at the AOE Gallery in the Shenkman Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd. in Ottawa. The show opens February 11, ending on March 13. There is a Meet the Artist event Sunday, February 21, from 1 - 3 pm. The Gallery is normally open Monday - Friday, 9 - 5.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Please join SHARON COLLINS for the Opening of 'ESSENCE OF PLACE', her solo show opening in the Atrium Gallery - Ben Franklin Place, Ottawa

a Solo Show
February 12 - March 16

Artist Reception 
February 16, 2016 
6-8 pm

Atrium Gallery - Ben Franklin Place
101 Centrepointe Drive

Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 9 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 6 pm
Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Important News for our SAQA members in Central Canada...

SAQA Mentorship Program 

Is 2016 your year to to get focused, organized and serious about creating your best art? 

Then make it the year you take advantage of your SAQA membership and apply for the mentorship program. We now have 38 very happy participants and room for more!


Or perhaps consider applying to be a mentor - you will benefit from this rewarding experience too! Email Sue Bleiweiss at - she will be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you have about this great program. 

Upcoming Conference and CALL TO ENTRY Deadlines

Tranquility - January 31
2016 Conference Registration - January 31
Spotlight Auction - February 6
Turmoil - February 29
Juried Artist Applications - March 1
SAQA Journal Gallery: Adventure - April 1
A full list of SAQA Calls for Entry can be found on our website. Do you know of an upcoming event or call for entry? Submit your news »
Upcoming Webinar - this week!
This webinar is an outstanding opportunity to learn about some of SAQA’s international members and be inspired by these talented art quilters.
Mentorship Webinar: International Artist Panel
Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7 pm (US Eastern Standard Time, GMT -5)

Click the following link to register.

Brenda Gael SmithJenny BowkerCharlotte Scott
These three SAQA members will share their art quilts and discussing how their creative lives are influenced by the places they live.
  • Brenda Gael Smith creates contemporary textile art and lives in New South Wales, Australia.
  • Jenny Bowker has lived in several countries but currently resides in Australia.
  • Charlotte Scott lives on a boat in New Zealand where she quilts and designs patterns.
Attendance in the live webinar is limited so register to reserve your spot! SAQA members can always watch the webinar in the archives on the SAQA website after the event.
Mentorship Webinar recordings (login to mySAQA is required)

New JAM Member
Congratulations to our newest Juried Artist member, Susan Callahan! Her art is inspired by her career as a professional chef, elevating the kitchen and its elements honor the work of those who feed us and the joy of coming to the table.

Interested in becoming a Juried Artist Member?
Be sure to apply before March 1 if you want to be included in Portfolio 23! More Details »

** Existing JAMs will be able to submit their Portfolio information during the month of March. 

Conference News

Just a reminder that spots are still available for the 2016 Inspire-Connect-Engage Conference. Register before February 1st to avoid the increase in registration fees.
Openings are still available for the following opportunities:
***  (Bethany is going and would love to have a roommate to share the ride and Hotel room. Contact me at - driving down leaving March 29 and returning April 3rd) 

Other News
Get your Work in the Spotlight!
Now accepting artwork for the 2016 Spotlight Auction. These 6" x 8" pieces will be sold through a silent auction at the Conference Banquet. All proceeds benefit SAQA's exhibition programs. Deadline: Feb 6, 2016

Portfolio 22 is now back in stock!
Our shipping facility has just received our long awaited shipment of Portfolios! Get yours today in the SAQA Store. This beautiful sourcebook includes artwork from 230 of our Juried Artist Members. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON invites you to join us for a weekend with renowned Canadian Artist, SAYWARD JOHNSON

March 11-13, 2016
St. Lawrence College
945 Portsmouth Ave.
Kingston, ON
Workshops 9:30-4, Saturday and Sunday

In 2004, Sayward decided to follow a dream inspired by her adventures in hand knitting and went to study art at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was there that she discovered her love of textile techniques and metal.

Her textile-based works are made with hand-woven copper wire which she then oxidizes with green patina, manipulates and embroiders. Through her work, she is able to explore her fascination with fabrics that adhere to the laws of metal smithing as well as those of textiles and present traditional textile patterns in unexpected contexts.

A former forestry worker, her current work represents a natural progression of her art, passions and life experiences. She draws her inspiration from natural forms, lichens, old, crumbling stone, rust and the Canadian boreal forest.

You have a unique and very special opportunity through FIBREWORKS to spend a two day weekend with Sayward in March of 2016 as she joins FIBREWORKS KINGSTON for a two day focused art workshops series at St. Lawrence College.

Hoping you will reserve your seat soon so you do not miss this very special workshop! Registration Details are on the sidebar at

 Art Knitting with Copper Wire
Day One with Sayward Johnson
March 12, 2016
In this class, we will cover the basics of knitting with copper wire and create small sculptural pieces. Along with Sayward, you will discover techniques for hammering and shaping your work, colouring copper using green patina solutions, black patina, and heat.
Sayward will also address how to seal your pieces with shellac, varnish or wax. This class is flexible and can accommodate all levels of experience.
Basic patterns for creating small orbs and vessels (knit on four needles in the round) will be provided, but works created on two straight needles are also encouraged and equally beautiful.
Students are free to bring a variety of needles with which to experiment. Crocheters are welcome to join in and crochet along.

Materials provided by instructor:
28 gauge copper wire
small rawhide mallets
hammering stakes
dapping set
all patinas
wax and sealants.

Students need:
For the pattern, a set of four 3.5 -4mm knitting needles and/or similar size straight needles. (if you are crocheting, please contact Sayward for the appropriate size hooks. )
Knitting course material fees for this class are approximately $20/student. (to be confirmed with letter to students just prior to the workshop). Each participant will receive a bobbin with enough copper wire for several small projects.  Fee payable to the Instructor on Saturday, March 12th for the Knitting Course.


 Weaving with Copper Wire
Day Two with Sayward Johnson
March 13, 2016
While this workshop is focused toward students with some weaving experience, beginners are most welcome.....

Old Growth 2012, Sayward Johnson (detail)

Old Growth, 2012 Sayward Johnson

Both 4 and 8 shaft table looms will work for our students and they will use between 28 and 30 gauge wire. We will pre-warp the looms and have them ready for the workshop on Sunday. Information for warping can be obtained pre-workshop from Bethany Garner.
Students may work on their own loom for the entire class.  (pre-warped before Sunday March 13th).
There will be several  demo station looms so that everyone can have varied samples.  The looms will be warped ahead of class and students may volunteer to be involved in this process along with Bethany Garner. 
We will use a satin weave, a few twill variations, an airy plain weave, a  double weave and will have the chance to mix in different materials.

Note: the green patinas take up to several weeks to develop, and the Instructor will hand out extra solution and instructions.
Sayward  will  be able to hand out small patinated pieces of her work for students to explore.... 
Please copy and print your registration form from the sidebar at the FIBREWORKS blog - on the right side of the homepage
Hoping you will join us for this great weekend!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Artist List posted for the International Exhibition that will be traveling along with MY CORNER OF THE WORLD - CANADA

Limestone City Blues, Linda Coulter

Artists Selected for My Corner of the World (Canada) 

My Corner of the World (Canada) invited the artist to create a glimpse of the spirit of Canada; to convey through their art something true, meaningful and important about this beautiful country and its people.

This exhibition will debut along with the parallel all-SAQA My Corner of the World exhibition at the Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, Ontario, in May 2016. 
Juror:  Micaela Fitzsimmons

Micaela Fitzsimmons is the Manager of Collections and Exhibits at the Stratford Perth Museum in Stratford, Ontario.  In addition to developing exhibits on the history and culture of this eclectic community, at once a rural agricultural community as well as a renowned centre of artistic culture, she cares for the museum’s collection which includes a significant number of heritage quilts. 

An award-winning printmaker and textile artist, her own work is an exploration of juxtapositions and repetition, and is often focused on social justice themes. She has exhibited in juried and group shows across Ontario, as well as in international travelling exhibitions. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Great Lakes Quilt Center at the Michigan State University Museum.

Premiere Venue:

Stratford Perth Museum May 21-August 14, 2016

Selected Artists and Titles (Canada My Corner for the World)
Terry Aske – Inside the Tipi
Shirley Bailey – Down on the Farm
Penny Berens – Rusty Gate
Sandra Betts – Fishing Weir in Moonlight
Margaret Blank – It’s Still About the Sky
Sharon Collins - Northern Sky 1
Albert Cote – All I Need Is a Garden and A Chair
Linda Coulter – Limestone City Blues
Millie Cumming – Washday Blues, Northfield Drive
Diane Eastham – Arctic Sea Change
Janet Elliott – White Pine: Titan of the Shield
Ann Fales – The Blueberry Patch
Mita Giacomini - February
Dianne Gibson – Crossing The Peninsula
Gunnel Hag – Rocks on Lake Huron
Phillida Hargreaves – Looks Like A Nice Day Up There
Jaynie Himsl – Poplar Point
Paula Jolly – The Road Home
Robin Laws Field – Ted’s Garage
Susan Lilley – Laurentian Fall
Heather Loney – At Anchor
Kate Madeloso – Fundy Flame Agate
Toni Major – Good Morning, Canada
Judith E. Martin – Time Passes Over the Earth
Lynne McCulloch- Through My Window
Lynne McCulloch – Autumnal Rhythms
Marie McEachern - Downtown
Holly McLean – Into the Heart of the Birches
Margaret Notar – Reflections on the Grand
Mary B. Pal - Courage
Mardell Rampton – Beaches #1
Joan Reive – A Fall Day in Westport
Hilary Rice – Traditional Is Growing On Me
Janet Scruggs – Looking Down
Jocelyne Sobeski - Moonlight
Arja Speelman – Reflections of the North
Susan Tilsley Manley – You’ve Got Mail
Catherine Timm – Autumn Leaves Over Water
Maggie Vanderweit – Cree Hunters
Joan Willison – A Nod to Maud


 and below are the  Artists selected for the 

My Corner of the World - INTERNATIONAL Exhibition 

open to ALL SaQA members from around the world...

Exhibition Header
Art by Maria Shell, Judith Roderick, Gail Sims, Martha Ressler and Ellie Kreneck

Congratulations to our highlighted Canadian Artists listed here, all of whom also have work in the all Canadian MY CORNER OF THE WORLD - CANADA exhibition. 
 (except Bethany Garner who is Curator for the Canadian show)

Selected Artists and Titles:

Linda Anderson - Timeless Beauty
Bonnie Askowitz - The Sun Set over Blackwater Sound
Peggy Blei-Hracho - Home: noun, A Place Where Something Flourishes
Peggy Brown - Shades of Italy III-Day Lily
Bonnie Bucknam - Willow Wood
Erika Carter - Cradle
Maya Chaimovich - Hidden Line
Vicki Conley - Conflagration, Desolation, Rejuvenation, Jubilation #2
Millie Cumming - Grand Artefacts
Millie Cumming - Summer Idyll, Waterlily Bay
Jennifer Day - New Mexico Schoolhouse
Dianne Firth - Rolling Hills
Bodil Gardner - My childhood country
Bethany Garner - Turning Point
Mita Giacomini - August
Georgia Heller - Life on the Trail:Brown's Ranch
Bella Kaplan - The Eagle falls
Kathleen Kastles - Texting at the Food Court
Jill Kerttula - 3rd and Main
Ellie Kreneck - West Toward Home - Bright Spirit
Jenny Lyon - Prairie Afternoon
Kate Madeloso - A Vanishing Culture
Bobbe Shapiro  Nolan - Oil Patch #1: Clutch Manifold
Claire Passmore - Forced Removal
The Pixeladies - Fault Line
Joan Reive - Lake Vistas #2
Martha Ressler - Evening in Steel Valley
Judith Roderick - My Tree of Life Quilt
Molly Samuels - Blue Heron
Barbara Schneider - Line Dance, Tree Ring Patterns, var. 13
Karen Schulz - SPP 12
Alison  Schwabe - Purnululu #7
Sara Sharp - Birding on Quiet Hill
Maria  Shell - Root Glacier
Gail Sims - The High-Line, New York City
Carolyn Skei - Alcove
Virginia Spiegel - Boundary Waters 60 (Rock Time)
Gwyned Trefethen - Deconstructed Sunrise #3
Maggie Vanderweit - Snowfall in Sunlight
K. Velis Turan - Broadway El
Laura Wasilowski - Blue Chair in the Library with a Candlestick