Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Regional News from Robynne Cole and Dwayne Wanner on happenings in and around the Toronto West Region of Central Canada... mark your calendars!

HELLO ALL SAQA Central Canada Members

 SAQA Central Canada Regional Meeting 
 Art Gallery of Burlington 
 Sunday April 10, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 
Find us in the Craft Room

Dr. Denis Longchamps the Chief Curator for the Art Gallery of Burlington will join us to discuss Fibre Art in the third millennium, What makes a Work of Fibre, a Work of Art? 

With examples, he will outline how various artists are pushing the boundaries of the medium through originality and research and explain how John Willard’s quilts are works of art.  One of our draw prizes that day will be an annual membership for the Art Gallery of Burlington

AND - news of FIBRE CONTENT 2016

The 3rd Biennial Fibre Content Show will be held at the Art Gallery of Burlington from Sept 8th to the 18th

  • At the April 10th meeting we will have rack cards and posters for you take to help us promote the show and the opportunity to enter.  

  • In the meantime, if you are willing to share a Save the Date poster and Call for Entry to post at local galleries, guilds and stores, that would be very helpful. Please email Robynne for the copy of the poster to print and distribute in your area.     robynnecole@sympatico.ca

One more thing to note in your calendars, our fall meeting date will be Sunday October 16th, 2016, when Karen Cummings will have her solo show, developed during her John Willard Residency program at the AGB on display and she will speak with us about her development as an artist through this experience.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting on April 10th.
Please assist us with planning the room arrangements appropriately by sending an RSVP email if you will be able to join us.

Best regards
Robynne Cole  robynnecole@sympatico.ca
and Dwayne Wanner,SAQA Central Canada Co Rep   Dwanner@sympatico.ca
Fibre Content Show Manager and Chairman

Monday, March 21, 2016

Please join us as we welcome our SAQA Canada Artists, a number of SAQA Artists from the US and beyond, and Lisa Ellis, incoming SAQA President, to the Opening of MY CORNER OF THE WORLD Canadian and International exhibitions at Stratford Perth Museum on May 21, 2016

My Corner of the World: Art Quilt Exhibition

Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford ON
May 21 to September 5, 2016

A Fall Day in Westport by Joan Reive
A Fall Day in Westport, Joan Reive, Belleville, Ontario
Saturday May 21, 2016
1-3 pm

Canadian and international artists interpret their “corner of the world” in this colourful exhibition of exquisite art quilts.

This 80 piece show was developed in collaboration with SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates). A two-part exhibition, it consists 40 pieces from SAQA Canadian member artists, and 40 pieces from SAQA International member artists.

The artwork includes representational as well as abstract pieces, portraying a wide range of interpretations of the theme – from the geographical to the meta-physical.

The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. We are pleased to welcome Incoming SAQA President Lisa Ellis, as well as other SAQA Representatives, who will offer opening remarks.

Our SAQA Artists who have work in the exhibitions are certainly encouraged to join in on the festivities, as are all of our Canadian SAQA members, family and friends who are able to be with us in Stratford for the Opening event.

Let's make celebrating this remarkable Exhibition a very special time to thank each of you who participated in the Call to  Entry, and shared their beautiful work with the Juror and to enjoy the beauty of the art pieces as they begin their journey across Canada and beyond.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in May!

For tour bookings, please contact Kayla Droog, Manager of Education and Public Programs at 519-393-5311, or by email .
SAQA logoStratford Perth Museum would like to thank Studio Art Quilt Associates for their collaboration and support in this project.

Mark your calendar and join us at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning on Saturday, April 2nd as we share all new work, many smiles and treats...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

QUILT CANADA 2016 beckons all those who love to be with other fibre enthusiasts in an exciting and creative setting.

We are so very excited to have the opportunity to be with all of the Quilters and Fibre Arts enthusiasts at the beautiful International Centre for four days of FIBRE FOCUSED events...the Annual CQA/ACC National Juried Show, a stellar slate of classes over 4 days and more amazing events. Come Play at Quilt Canada 2016. We promise an experience you will love and more fun than you could ever expect from this  iconic Canadian Quilt Show event!

QUILT CANADA is scheduled from June 15-18th with Opening Night and Awards Ceremony for The National Juried Show 2016 on Tuesday June 14th at 7 pm.

Many arts focused events will be offered including exciting live Demos in the ARTISTIC CREATIVE PRODUCTS Demo Booth sponsored by JANOME on the main display floor all week!


You will recognize the names of many of the National Juried Show quilt artists as you tour the show floor and enjoy exploring each quilt in your own time. 

QC 2016 Classes will be held at the International Centre Wednesday through Saturday and all of the details are here: (Mary and I promise you a fun filled day with design play using shiva paint sticks o create lucious landcapes or  your machines and favourite fabrics in my classes - check them out!)


New again this year in Mississauga  is a series of wonderful Quilt Artists Lectures to be delivered throughout the week: 


Come shop the expansive MERCHANTS MALL, experience the fun of walking through the annual Trend Tex Challenge display and have lunch with friends treats in the Centre restaurants or bring a brown bag lunch and just have an outside stroll in the downtown Mississauga area over your break.

Here is a link to QUILT CANADA 2016 - DAY AT A GLANCE details: http://www.canadianquilter.com/pdf/quilt-canada-2016/2016DayataGlance.pdf

McCoy Tours is offering a one day bus trip from Kingston and area and the details are here: (Leaving Kingston and stopping in Belleville for pick-up of area friends)


Call McCoy for all the details:        1-866-384-0012

And for those who would like to join in all of the fun and stay in the area for the Quilt Canada Show and Classes/Lecture events for several days you will find Accommodations information here:


See you in Mississauga... June 15-18, 2016!

Look for Mary and I along the way..

Bethany Garner

Central Canada


MARTA MOUKA shares news of her Summer Eco-Print Workshops in Tweed, ON . A truly wonderful experience in a rustic setting for those keen to work with nature's bounty on cloth.....

I am excited to announce that my Eco-Print and Natural Dye summer workshops are now open for registration.
For complete schedule and all related information, please visit www.martamouka.com
Contact Marta : martamouka@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

GUNNEL HAG announces "Wax, Paint & Dye" Workshop at COLOUR VIE Studios March 12th...

Hello Fabric Lovers!

Have you always wanted to create beautiful resist dyed fabrics?
For a fun and creative experience I will be teaching the “Wax, Paint and Dye” 
workshop on Saturday, March 12 at the Colour Vie studio.

You will explore the use of soya wax and pigments in an inspirational 
and encouraging environment. I will show you how to create designs 
by manipulating texture and colour  with the goal of establishing a unique 
line of fabrics. Just imagine the opportunity for creating personal statements 
on fabrics that you can use in your textile projects!

For detailed information about this and other workshops as well as
photographs of fabrics created at the studio please visit 

To reserve your space just call me at
416- 532-7435 (local calls) or 1-877-425-8379 (toll free) 
or simply e-mail colorvie@istar.ca

Looking forward to seeing you at the Colour Vie studio!


TRACEY LAWKO art at David Kaye Gallery, Toronto with Opening Reception March 16, 2016 6-8 pm

Winds of Change, thread, fabric, mixed metals, paint, 5 x 15 x 1.5 ft.

From a distance, Lawko's rural landscapes resemble pointillist paintings in the style of Seurat. Up close however, the textures reveal themselves as collections of thousands of tiny thread stitches, sewn with a long arm free-motion machine. --Toronto Life, March 2016

Join us Wednesday March 16th 6 - 8pm


Dear Bethany,

The response to Change Enables Growth has been fabulous!
--Spectacular! --Amazing show! --Amazing work! --Remarkable artistry!
-- Exquisite, as ever! --Blows me away!

This show features large works, which may be a surprise, with each one using trees as a metaphor for the stages of change. Yes, you will see a finely stitched landscape, as you have come to expect from me, but also 3-dimensional sculpted work, felt and silk. Let your friends know and come see what the fuss is all about!

With so many requests for an "after work" viewing, I hope you'll join us:
Wednesday, March 16th from 6 - 8pm

Change Enables Growth
David Kaye Gallery
1092 Queen St. W. (entrance on Dovercourt), Toronto

Can't make it then?  The show continues through Sunday, March 27th.
Hours:   Wed-Fri:  11am - 6pm;  Sat-Sun:  11am - 5pm

I look forward to seeing you.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Fibreworks Kingston welcomes Sayward Johnson for evening lecture, Friday March 11, 2016 at St.Lawrence College, Kingston, 7-9 pm

Please join us for an outstanding visit with Quebec based artist SAYWARD JOHNSON on FRIDAY EVENING, March 11, 2016 at St. Lawrence College, Room 12040 in the Upper Link Hallway, Second Floor in the Administrative Wing. You will so enjoy this opportunity to see Sayward’s stunning works and have the chance to chat with her about her processes. Everyone welcome! Lecture begins at 7 pm. 

Weaving and knitting with fine copper wire is a passion and the beauty of the patinated surfaces is stunning. Some works will be offered for sale and this is an excellent opportunity to share in a craft that is both beautiful and accessible for those attending her workshop this coming weekend at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning.

The College is located at the corner of Portsmouth Ave and King Street West in Kingston. Please turn onto Country Club drive off King Street and enter the college campus off Country Club Dr. Park behind the one story Technology Building facing Country Club Dr. Turn into the second drive on the left and proceed to the parking lots behind the one story building. Door E12 is your entrance – come up the stairs or elevator. Left at the top of the stairs and into the Link Corridor. Room 12040 is on the left.

Please plan to join us and bring friends...                                                                 

Bethany Garner, FW Coordinator