Thursday, October 27, 2016

REMARK opens at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa - so hope you will arrange to attend!

Ottawa based Fibre Artist, Carol Howard Donati, is a talented and well recognized Studio Artist and a contributing SAQA Central Canada member for many years.

Carol Howard Donati
  October 20 to November 22, 2016
Shenkman Arts Centre
Trinity Art Gallery, Salon B 
 245 Centrum Boulevard, Lower Level 
Orleans,  Ontario CANADA 
Hours: Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Information: 
613-580-ARTS (2787),
TTY 613-580-240

I am pleased to invite you to view my solo show, Remark,opening this month at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

My work is a meditation on everyday life. Recycling common household materials in my art is a transformative and political process: a way of situating ideas about larger issues of human concern where they actually resonate for us, in the compromised and contingent realm of our everyday lives and responsibilities. 

The show includes new fibre-based works featuring a variety of everyday materials, as well as a small selection of related prints created during my 2016 Ottawa School of Art Print Residency.

Kind regards,
Carol Howard Donati

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SAQA Central member Sharon Collins invites you to join she and friends as they open their "SPIRIT OF TREES" Exhibition in Belleville...

Into the Light, Sharon Collins

Please join the Exhibiting Artists:  
Sharon Collins, Ann Dunlap and Jo-Ann Zorzi, The Soulplay Fibre Art Group,  as they present

Spirit of Trees
Nov. 3- Dec. 1,2016
 at the Belleville Public Library
John M. Parrott Art Gallery
Third Floor
254 Pinnacle St., Belleville ON
Opening Reception
from 6 to 7:30 pm
After the Storm, Sharon Collins

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

(in)finite: a Canadian Textile Exhibition Call to Entry

A detail of Creation by Paul Krampitz; part of the Common Threads Indigo Quilts at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver. Photo: Martin Knowles

(in)finite: a Canadian Textile Exhibition

(in)finite: exploring the finite limitations of humanity
and the ineffable, infinite nature of the Divine.
A Canadian Textile Exhibition
May 25 to June 4, 2017
Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, BC

Call for entry

(in)finite: A juried exhibition inviting submissions of artwork of a spiritual nature from artists working predominantly in textile and fibre media, including perspectives from First Nations artists and a range of faith traditions.
There is something particularly powerful in the use of textiles in sacred practice – whether for personal devotion, to decorate sacred space, or to enhance worship. Textiles connect with us directly because the materiality of the cloth itself is so accessible – we all are in contact with cloth from the moment of our birth until our death. Textiles are portable, flexible, and can allow for movement, transparency, and reflection. Many textile processes are time consuming, and the creation of artwork for sacred purpose can be especially meditative. Many traditional natural dyes themselves have sacred, religious, or mystical associations.
Artists who work in textile and fibre media are encouraged to submit work designed for personal meditation, devotional use, community prayer, or public worship. Artworks that may be included in the exhibition include devotional wall-hangings, mandalas, liturgical textiles, prayer flags, banners, ceremonial robes or vestments, prayer rugs – or any other work, or the process of making of that work, that connects the artist to their understanding of the divine.
An exhibition space will be created in the chancel of Christ Church Cathedral to allow for approximately 40 works of various sizes. While most of the exhibition space will allow for wall mounted pieces, there will be some space for 3 dimensional works or works that can be displayed on a mannequin.
Exhibition Timeline
Exhibition Dates: May 25 to June 4, 2017
Call-For-Entry available: September 2016
Submission Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2017
Artists Notified by: Early March, 2017
Work selected for exhibition to be received at the exhibition venue no later than Friday, May 12, 2017. Work will be return as soon as possible following the close of the exhibition.

Specific details/information are found here for those interested in considering a submission.

Monday, October 24, 2016

WORLD OF THREADS EXHIBITION OPENS IN OAKVILLE THIS WEEKEND.... many congratulations to our SAQA Centra artists participating.

We are excited to announce Festival 2016, featuring 315 artworks by 134 artists from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, France, China, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Ukraine and USA.

The biennial World of Threads Festival is a showcase of local, national and international contemporary fibre and textile art. It is based in Oakville, Ontario and attracts visitors from around the world. It began in 1994. The festival is organized and curated by Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bate and also features guest curators. The main festival venue is Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

Festival Dates
Oct. 29 – Nov 27, 2016
Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm, Sun. 12 - 5 pm
Admission: Free

Main Festival Opening Reception:
Sat. Oct 29, 2016, 2 - 4 pm
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville.

Click here to see all the 2016 exhibitions

Oakville Exhibitions

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
This is the main festival venue.
2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Cosmic Geometry
Patterns, shapes and forms that we find everywhere and always, are the focus of this vibrant and absorbing show. It demands not only our close attention but also our capacity to appreciate the universal aspect of things. This is our main festival exhibit in the beautiful gallery space and features 16 artists and 44 pieces.

Late in the Season
As autumn fades and the chill of approaching winter can be felt in the air, we take refuge in the lingering colour of fall leaves, deep brown earth, and the rare fragments of summer green. This exhibit pays tribute to the richness of a dying season.

Quiet Zone 2
A sequel to our much appreciated 2012 exhibit Quiet Zone, this show gives visitors the opportunity to pause, to breath, and to relax amidst muted colours, receptive forms and an imperturbable stillness.

And you will find work from two of our SAQA Central Canada Artists in the Quiet Zone 2 Exhibition... 

Judy Martin and Penny always, beautifully executed hand work reigns in their art work, and is a very special and moving tribute to their design and stitch Mastery...

LAKE, Judith E. Martin, Manitoulin Island, ON 

Penny Berens, Granville Ferry, NS

Solo Shows & Installations
With this exhibit, we enter a world where variety, innovation and a sustained vision have the upper hand. Featuring the work of 26 artists from very different aesthetic and cultural traditions, Solo Shows & Installations promises to be the festival’s largest exhibit.

www: whimsical, wacky and wild
This show, celebrating the whimsical, wacky and wild demonstrates how fibre art can be simultaneously irreverent and serious, playful and eccentric, unique and familiar.

Cat Walk & Kimono Road
Clothing has always provided the most clearly recognized use for fibre/textiles. In this two part exhibit, which combines western design with eastern, we see how seemingly limitless are the opportunities for variation.

Partner Exhibitions

Judith Scott: Work by the late American fibre artist
Late American artist Judith Scott (1943-2005) is best known for her engrossing, enigmatic fibre sculptures. Introduced to artmaking at age 44 through the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California, Scott—who was deaf and born with Down syndrome—would go on to produce a complex, far-reaching and masterful body of work with yarn, thread and knotted cloth in the eighteen years that followed until her death. Surveyed here in Canada for the first time, this exhibition covers a broad spectrum of Scott's output in both sculpture and drawing

Oakville Galleries, Centennial Square
120 Navy Street, Oakville, Ontario
Exhibition Dates: Oct. 29 – Dec 30, 2016
Days: Tues. – Thurs. 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm; Fri. 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm;
Sat. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Closed: Mondays
Admission: Free


me and you
Uses textiles and fibre arts as a means to address contemporary issues. Works draw upon personal narratives as they pertain to self, and reflect on issues concerning experience, relationships and social-political circumstance. This exhibition features 21 artists.

The Gallery Space: The Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga, Ontario

Oct 29 – Dec 4, 2064
Admission: Free
Tues. - Sat. 10 am - 4 pm, Sun. 1 - 4 pm, Closed: Mon.

Show Opening Reception
Sun. Oct. 30, 2016, 1 - 3 pm

We look forward to welcoming you to the Festival.

Do please try to get to the WORLD OF THREADS Festival... the best of the best opportunities to se cutting edge Textile and Fibre Arts, talk with the artists and Curators of the shows and perhaps add some amazing art work to your private collection.

Bethany Garner
SAQA Rep. Retired - Central Canada

Friday, October 21, 2016


Last Call for submissions
is midnight Oct. 24th, 2016

Since I last communicated with the Connections group in the summer, I have sent in the grant application to the Ontario Arts Council under the Crafts Projects – Connections program for the show I will be curating at Kitchener City Hall in April and May 2017.

There are a few changes to announce:

There will be no entry fee.

In the Arts Council grant budget, I have included CARCC fees of $25 per photo (a little less for multiple entries) and $143 per quilt payable to the artists.

I now have a reasonable insurance quote that will cover theft/loss and liability, which is also in the Arts Council grant budget.  (The security desk at Kitchener City Hall is within sight of the venue in the BerlinTower Artspace).

There is provision for printing 500 copies of a 32 page colour catalogue in the Arts Council budget.

If I do not receive the grant, I will not be able to pay those costs, but will continue with the show at my own cost and a “made-by-Joan” catalogue.

So far I have received over 75 photos and am hoping to receive some more so that I can include approximately 100 photos in the video montage and I am hoping that you will consider submitting before the deadline.

Please see the attachment and/or visit my website for more information on making photo and/or quilt submissions.

Sincerely yours,

Joan F. Hug-Valeriote
Studio Teacher and Quilt Artist
1968 Gordon St.
Guelph, ON N1L 1G6
tel: (519) 836-9388

Monday, October 3, 2016

Join GUNNEL HAG for Fall Workshops in her Toronto Studio...

Hello Fabric Lovers!

Would you like to learn how to create gorgeous printed fabrics in your own bright colour schemes? 
(It isn’t too early to mention making fabulous and memorable one-of-a-kind gifts, is it?!)

How about trying one or more of my exciting and inspiring workshops? 
For full descriptions and pictures please visit 

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

With Warm Wishes, 

Fall 2016 Workshops in the Colour Vie Studio 
(For detailed information and yummy pictures please visit  

November 12, 2016
"PAINT, PRINT AND ROLL" with Gunnel Hag $100

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

November 26 to 27, 2016

December 3, 2016

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 and click on Workshops.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my blog and see some of my latest fabric prints