Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Please join MITA GIACOMINI and friends for the Opening of CATCH THE WEAVE at Earls Court Gallery...

Thursday, September 29, 2016
7-9 pm
215 Ottawa Street North
Hamilton, ON

HEATHER DUBREUIL shares news of her upcoming exibition schedule...

It's that time of year again, and for the sixth time I am pleased to hang my work at the annual Fall Show of the Hudson Artists. With more than thirty artists participating, and a wide variety of styles and mediums, it should be worth a visit. If you'd like to see my new series of mixed media 10 x 10's, this is your chance!

Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre
394 Main Road 
Hudson, Quebec
Friday, September 30, 7 - 9 pm, 
Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, from 10 am - 5 pm

There will be 15 of my new "Touchstone" series
at the Hudson Artists Fall Show.

Something new this time around:

Three judges have been invited to name a Best of Show.  They are:

Christian Gonzalez, publisher of "Talents d'ici", 
Madeleine Turgeon, Vice-President of the Conseil des Arts et de la Culture, and 
Carole LaTulipe, professional artist and visual arts teacher.

Another innovation

Member Judith Harvey, best known for her "old masters" style of still life oil painting, will give a one-hour demonstration of her technique on Saturday, beginning at noon. Sponsored by a grant from ELAN, this is free to both AHA members and the public.

This is a live demonstration with emphasis on classical techniques and approaches, such as 'Chiaroscuro', 'Rembrandt lighting' and 'colour palettes'. Also to be discussed, the importance of composition and lighting set-up, especially with regard to still life painting.


President John Goodger has donated a lovely painted landscape of Hudson Sandy Beach to be raffled off in support of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence.

When and where: 

The show opens on Friday, September 30, 7 - 9 pm, and continues Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, from 10 am - 5 pm. It will be held at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Road in Hudson, Quebec.

I will make an appearance on Friday evening and will staff the greeting card sales on Sunday, beginning at 2:30 pm.

I do hope to see you there! 

Heather Dubreuil

Monday, September 26, 2016

MORE NEWS from our Benefit Auction and Section 2 is now open for bids...... Hooray for the huge success created by our DIAMOND DAY and Section 1 Sales supporters!

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Books for Sale
SAQA Publications

SAQA 2016 Annual Benefit Auction 

154 pieces have SOLD so far, raising $37,300 for SAQA!
What a great start to the 2016 Benefit Auction -  all Section 1 quilts have been SOLD! This week Section 2 quilts are available for bidding.
But don't wait too long to bid! Each day at 2pm EDT, the price drops according to the following schedule:  


Check out these great selections available:   
Jeannie Palmer Moore Dianne Firth Mary Goodson Uta Lenk Heather Pregger Nancy Bardach 
Remember, every dollar raised makes our exhibition program possible. All proceeds from the Benefit Auction support sharing art quilt exhibitions at venues around the world. This year, 16 SAQA exhibitions traveled to more than 41 venues around the world (including 13 museums).
Bidding Form
Bidding Guide and FAQs »

Did you know? 
  • Want to know who purchased a piece? Click through to the quilt detail page to see this information (if available).
  • We now have a page just for SOLD pieces. Remember, auction quilts that are sold will have a RED border around them.
  • Pieces from Section 3 can still be purchased for $1000 before their bidding section opens. More Details »
Again, many thanks to all of our Canadian Artists - several with beautiful work in SECTION 2!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

WHY SHOULD I DONATE OR PURCHASE A QUILT FRON THE SAQA BENEFIT AUCTION???? The Auction starts Septemner 16th... mark your calendar and follow along as the excitement builds!

Many of the artists who donate the wonderful art quilts for the SAQA Benefit Auction blog about the creation of the work. Grab a beverage of your choice and click through for a heaping dose of inspiration!

More artist mini-interviews will be added as each auction section approaches. Be sure to subscribe to the SAQA blog from the link at the left so you don’t miss any news or interviews!
The auction begins at 2 pm on September 16 with Diamond Day bidding! Click here to learn how the auction works and here to see all the fabulous benefit auction artwork!

Here is a TERRIFIC statement by one of the SAQA Benefit Auction 2016 Artists... and I believe her comments say it all...

From  SAQA artist ROSA MAURAGIS: (as shared on the SAQA Blog here on September 13, 2016

Being part of SAQA is being part of a community that is growing internationally. I believe being part of a community involves both giving and sharing and not just taking.

I donated the work because it is one way of being able to share one’s work, to be visible within the organization without having to enter an exhibition. But more importantly, it is one way that I can give – support the organization.

Not all of us can provide financial support, but by giving in kind – with my art – I am able to support the organization in a way that provides financial support to the organization.

Rosa Mauragis

Many of our SAQA Central Canada members have donated work, and some of us have favourite artists work in our personal collections.

While not everyone can either donate or be a supporter through the purchase of art work, we can all contribute by sharing the links and some information with friends who will thrill at watching the Auction process evolve between September 16th nd October 9th  ...

Hoping YOU can be involved in some way to continue to support our Studio Art Quilt Association during our Annual Benefit Auction this fall...

A Reminder:


Sunday October 16th

1 pm to 3 pm

133 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, ON L7S 1A9

Karen Cummings Cummings, John Willard Artist in Residence recipient for 2015/16 will provide some insight into her 1 year Residency and you will be able to walk through her SOLO SHOW with the artist. Everyone Welcome.

RSVP attendance to:  Robynne Cole at robynnecole [at] or Dwayne Wanner at
DWanner [at]

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Make time this month and in October to create YOUR ART QUILT for the 2017 Trunk Show Collection!

2017 Trunk Show - SAQA Artists in Tour!

Now accepting submissions until November 30, 2016

SAQA is inviting its members to showcase their artistic expression by creating a 10" x 7" art quilt or, on a limited basis, 3-D Artwork for our upcoming traveling 2017 Trunk Show.
Have fun exploring a new subject, developing a technique, or working with an idea or concept with which you are already familiar. Whatever you decide, enjoy yourself!   
  • Artwork must meet the SAQA definition of an art quilt: “The art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.”
  • 2-D entries must measure 10" high x 7" wide (25.4cm x 17.8cm) in a PORTRAIT orientation.
  • 3-D Artwork will be allowed on a limited basis (maximum 5 entries). See prospectus for more details.
  • Entrants must upload a full view photo of their art on the Entry Form.  This image will be used for promotional and identification purposes.
  • Artwork must be RECEIVED BY Saturday, January 14, 2017 (online submission deadline is November 30th)
The 2017 Trunk Show will premiere at the 2017 SAQA Conference, April 27 - 30, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Following the conference, the exhibit will travel to venues both in and out of the United States for up to three years. 
Questions? Contact Kathy York, Trunk Show Coordinator at