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