Sunday, February 28, 2016

Kingston Fibre Artists extend an invitation to visit "A Stitch in Time" Exhibition, Spring Show and Sale opening April 2, 2016

Please mark your calendar and join the members of the Kingston Fibre Artists 
as they share new works in their Spring Show and Sale Exhibition at the 

APRIL 2-30, 2016 

Community Gallery, First Level
 370 King Street West
Kingston, ON
8 am - 9 pm M-Sat
9-6 pm Sun

Opening Reception 
Saturday, April 2, 2016 
2-4 pm

SAQA Central Canada members participating: 
Peta Gillyat Bailey, Linda Coulter, Janet Elliott, Robin Laws Field, Bethany Garner,
 Phillida Hargreaves,  Sylvia Naylor, Hilary Scanlon and Mary Ev Wyatt

Visit the KFA Website for more information about the artists, their work and upcoming events:

Please bring a friend and plan to make time to tour the new Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, and have lunch or a break at the celebrated Juniper Cafe (open Mon-Sat 9-5p) just down the hall from the Community Gallery. Parking available on site in the Queen's University lots just east of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at the location of  Kingston's all new Arts Hub.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

"SONG OF SONGS" Ehibition of Art Quilts... Opening March 28th at the Jewish Community Centre in London, ON

 Song of Songs 
Encounters Art Quilt Group
Opening Reception
March 28, 2016
7:30 pm
Jewish Community Centre
536 Huron Street
London, ON
For information: 519.673.3310 

A number of the Encounters Art Quilt Group members are SAQA ARTISTS from Israel

The book incorporated Love Songs: between a man and his wife, among family members and the love of Israel and their God.

Many verses were composed into songs that are an inspiration to feelings and emotions, describes colors and intensity, and glorify landscapes and way of life.

Each quilter chose different symbols she felt expresses the verse of inspiration in the best way: flowers or thorns, fruits (apples, pomegranates and grapes), depicted places, use traditional images and symbols to create colorful, realistic and poetic exciting quilts.

Some of the topics you'll find in this exhibition:

  • "As the lily among thorns": symbolizes Israel surrounded by a hostile environment.  

  • "My Beloved"; "Doves eyes"; "The fairest of women": an expression of a private love.

  • "Doves in the clefts of the rock": descriptions of nature viewed from a home window or caves in the desert.
  • "Refresh me with apples"; "Apple among the woods": the female's voice point of view, seductive, full of love and loaded with Garden of Eden features.

  • "And the vines in blossom give their fragrance"; "Beds of spices"; "Into the garden of nuts": Usage of the seven species to symbolize blessing and abundance, a source for love of nature.

Encounters” was established in 2009 and includes 15 Israeli Art Quilt artists. Our meetings are bi - monthly, and the emphasis in each meeting is the exchange of opinions, ideas, mutual enrichment, practice of new techniques and working toward exhibiting our works together.

Submitted by Christine Sager, SAQA Regional Representative for Europe and the Middle East with contact and information from the Israeli SAQA Members.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

SAQA Central Canada Artist CATHERINE TIMM exhibits her BUBBLES with A Matter Of Time Textiles, Austalia

 BUBBLES, Catherine Timm
Congratulations to our friend Catherine as her new work "Bubbles" was accepted into the juried show "A Matter of Time"  exploring the fourth dimension, curated by Brenda Gael Smith in Sydney Australia. The artist's work will travel across Australia and New Zealand through 2017.

See more of Cathrine's beautiful work at her website!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

CAROL HOWARD DONATI shares news of the TURNING TIDES project in December 2015 at University of Ottawa's Gallery 115

Visitors viewing Wash by Carol Howard Donati. Photo credit: Tricia Matibag

SAQA Central member Carol Howard Donati along with seven other artists took part in Turning Tides, a curatorial research project focused on the theme of water, its functionality, vulnerability and cultural importance to Canadians. 

The exhibition took place in December 2015 at Gallery 115 on the University of Ottawa campus.

The text of an artist interview with Carol and the exhibition catalogue have been posted to the Turning Tides website:

Congratulations to Carol, a very accomplished and proactive Ottawa-based SAQA member and Artist. Please enjoy a look at the catalogue link above.

Friday, February 5, 2016

GUNNEL HAG shares her Spring 2016 Studio Classroom Workshops list with us today... make time for ART!!

Hello Fabric Lovers!

Want a creative pick-me-up with loads of bright colours and fun new techniques? How about trying 
one or more of my exciting and inspiring workshops? For full descriptions and pictures   please visit

Looking forward to seeing you soon at my studio at 222 Symington Ave., Toronto 
for one of these workshops.  Just enjoy!

With Warm Wishes, 

Spring 2016 Workshops in the Colour Vie Studio 
(For detailed information about  these upcoming workshops please visit
March 12, 2016
“WAX, PAINT AND DYE” with Gunnel Hag   $100

March 19 - 20, 2016
“THE WORLD OF INDIGO” (with Pam Woodward)    $160

April 16 - 17, 2016
“GUERILLA SCREEN PRINTING” with Gunnel Hag    $220

April 30, 2016

May 14, 2016
“RUST AND BLEACH” with Gunnel Hag    $100

June 4, 2016
“LEAF AND NATURE PRINTING” with Gunnel Hag    $98

Call early to reserve your space
416- 532-7435 (local calls) or 1-877-425-8379 (toll free) 
or simply e-mail

For more information please visit

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in the subject area of the e-mail. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SAQA Central Canada member TRACEY LAWKO announces her solo exhibition at David Kaye Gallery , Toronto...please mark your calendar for this Exhibition Opening....


Change Enables Growth

A textile installation presenting the cycle of change using trees as metaphor.
Please join me for the opening:

Saturday March 5, 2016   2 - 4 pm

David Kaye Gallery
1092 Queen St. W. (entrance on Dovercourt)
Toronto, ON  M6J 1H9   416-532-9075

The show continues to March 27, 2016.

Gallery Hours:

Monday, Tuesday: by appointment
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Contact: Tracey Lawko
2673 Concession 8
Glen Huron, ON L0M 1L0
Top: detail from Winds of Change, (thread, fabric, mixed metals), 5 x 15 x 1.5 ft.
Below text: details from Change Enables Growth quadriptych, (thread, fabric), 3.5 x 7 ft.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Enjoy an exciting weekend with renowned Instructor, Karen Goetzinger, as you build on your studies in her design focused series workshop with FIBREWORKS Kingston

A Message from our May 13-15th, 2016 Instructor
returning to Fibreworks Kingston 



 MAY 13-15, 2016

The weekend of May 13 I will be in Kingston, Ontario for the Fibreworks Weekend Workshops. I have taught for Fibreworks several times and it is always a wonderful experience in a great setting. My upcoming workshop, "Recipe and Ingredients for Brilliant Design," demystifies and brings practical clarity to the often confusing principles and elements of design. For more information about this workshop and to register for it, go to the Fibreworks Kingston website. Hope to see you in Kingston!
Collage of Student Work,  Karen Goetzinger, Instructor
MAY 13-15, 2016
St. Lawrence College
Room 00060
Lecture, Friday Evening May 13th
Location to be announced
Course Fee: $125
This workshop removes the mystery and brings practical clarity to the principles and elements of design. Learn the principles that are the foundation and the language of good design by experimenting with each of the elements during 2 days of exercises on paper, fabric and in stitch. 

Through these studies you will learn to understand how the
principles interact with the elements of design in creating successful compositions and how they relate to your own fibre art practice.

Expect great results as you study and develop new work for your personal Studio practice during this design focused workshop. Plan to experiment with design play techniques you have thought about and always wanted to explore. Stretch your skills base while working through Karen's assignments as you build your confidence, explore technique in all new ways and work on perhaps an all new series to add to your 2016 exhibition work.

Whether an experienced designer or beginning your adventure with original design, Karen's years of successful development of all new work for her own collections will surely provide a great foundation for your continuing studio work.

Plan to ask lots of questions, bring your own design dreams to paper and stitch and be prepared to share in an exciting workshop weekend with like minded fibre professionals.

Enjoy some of Karen's beautiful designs - and please visit her website for more information and to view her Installation work and Gallery Art images...

Known for her finely detailed mixed media textile constructions that are influenced by her roots in quilt making, couture construction, and her life-long passion for the urban landscape and architecture, Karen Goetzinger captures urban life through the perspective of treasured but fading memories. Using painted and stretched canvas as a giant embroidery hoop, she sketches, with thread, the imprint of urban landscapes on individual memory. Each artwork is intentionally without figurative elements thereby allowing the viewer to become the city’s human element, in solitary interaction with the landscape and their personal narratives and fleeting memories.

The Workshop registration form can be found on the Fibreworks  Blog at

Or email Bethany Garner, FIBREWORKS Cordinator :