Monday, December 25, 2017

As Christmas Day across Central Canada dawns and families are together to enjoy the peace and blessings of the season... may the joys of family, friends and the hopeful anticipation of an all New Year in your  creative lives be among the best of gifts.

May the blessings of this beautiful season be yours to behold. May the joy of watching the children, seeing good friends and neighbors and making merry with those you love be the order of your week ahead.

Be kind to others. Think of those who are alone and needing a kind voice and some gentle care. Take strength that all will be well if we just work together and share what we know best.

Live life to the fullest, remembering that the little things you do often count the most. Remember you are loved above all else. 

The birds are at the feeder, the snow is gently falling, sun is trying to peek through and at our house, we are safe and warm... hoping you are too!

I am looking forward to keeping in touch here at our SAQA Central Canada Blog, so make sure your news and announcements make their way to me at garner[at]
Have a wonderful week!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Application deadline is drawing near, and there are any number of SAQA Artists in our Central Canada region who would be perfect candidates for this amazing opportunity!

John Willard (1939-2014) in front of one of his quilts, 2014


 The John Willard Fibre Arts Residency

My sole purpose is to create something beautiful – something that will make someone happy and with any luck something that will outlive me. I also hope my art helps people to see…everybody LOOKS but do they really SEE?
– John Willard

The Art Gallery of Burlington has opened the call for the third John Willard Fibre Arts Residency for fibre artists.

About John Willard

After trying his hand at theatre costumes and set designs, John Willard worked for 23 years as a Publicity and Programming Assistant at the Oakville Library. In 1975 he came across an exhibition catalogue titled The Pieced Quilt that was the turning point in his artistic life and he began making quilts. With scissors, needles, threads and fabrics, he created his own designs. Some were inspired by traditional patterns he had deconstructed, others by historical events; his quilts are one of a kind. Not one to follow the rules of tradition, John turned the craft of quilting into a truly remarkable art form. John passed away on April 26 2014. Loving partner, brilliant artist, extraordinary teacher, special friend and wonderful man, he touched the lives of all who knew him.

About the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency

To celebrate the remarkable life of John Willard and to continue his legacy as a fibre art teacher, the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency Fund will enable artists access to one of the AGB resident fibre studios to develop a body of work for a solo exhibition. This exhibition will benefit from a small brochure including curatorial text, and will be presented in the RBC Gallery at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

The residency will provide:

  • $2000 honorarium
  • A solo curated exhibition with publication
  • 10 days in one of our fibre studios (dates to be confirmed)
  • Curatorial mentoring in person to the successful candidate from the beginning of the residency to the opening of the exhibition
  • Potential invitation to teach in our hands-on program or a specific workshop
This residency is for:
  • Professional artists (including recent graduates) in Fibre Arts
  • A self-motivated individual able to work in a communal environment (shared studios)
Birds of a Feather, 2017, Chandra Rice
The AGB is open some evenings and weekends.

To apply, please send the following by December 15, 2017
  • Cover letter
  • Your resume or CV (maximum of 3 pages)
  • Proposal for the work you would like to do during your residency (maximum one page)
  • Up to 10 images
    • All work should be original
    • Do not include student work
    • Image format JPG: 1024 x 768 dpi
  • Two letters of reference

Previous recipients:
2015: Karen Cummings
2016: Chandra Rice

Send application to:

Denis Longchamps, Artistic Director & Chief Curator
Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Rd
Burlington ON L7S 1A9

Telephone: 905-632-7796 x: 303

Or by email:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Call To Entry
Open to Central Canada members

Deadline: May 31, 2018 at 11:59pm 
On-line submission only

This will be our Fourth Biennial Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fibre Art.  Fibre Content exhibits the best of contemporary Canadian Fibre Art that reflects a wide range of mediums.  

Our primary goal is to raise the profile, awareness and acceptance of Fibre Art as a true art form.  Fibre Art includes fabric, paper, yarn, thread and various mixed media materials.

Premiere Location:      Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, ON
Dates: September 6 – 16, 2018

Selected pieces from the premiere show will form a smaller version to travel to these additional venues:

       Lake of the Woods Museum, Kenora ON           September to November 2018

       Dryden and District Museum, Dryden, ON      December 2018 to January 2019

       Fort Frances Museum, Fort Frances, ON            February to March 2019

       Thunder Bay Museum, Tunder Bay, ON             April to June 2019

       Timmins Museum, Timmins, ON                       July to September 2019

       Simcoe County Museum, Minesing, ON             September to  November  2019

Participation in the travelling show is optional. Artists can indicate for each piece submitted if they agree to
make it available for inclusion in the travel show. Show curators will select pieces for the travelling show during the premiere show and advise the artists of their selections.

Show Concept:

This will be our Fourth Biennial Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fibre Art. Fibre Content exhibits the best of contemporary Canadian Fibre Art that reflects a wide range of mediums. Our primary goal is to raise the profile, awareness and acceptance of Fibre Art as a true art form. Fibre Art includes fabric, paper, yarn, thread and various mixed media materials.


       William Hodge, retired after 40 years as Textile Professor at OCAD University, Armure Studios, Stoney Creek, ON
       Elaine Cheasley Paterson, Associate Professor of Craft History, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
       Susan Warner Keene, Toronto-based Artist, Independent Educator, Writer and Curator

Important  Exhibition Dates:

March 1, 2018                     Online entry submissions open at

May 31, 2018                       Online entry deadline at 11:59pm

July 14, 2018                       Accepted entries notification by email  

August 18, 2018                  Optional delivery of artwork to outlying special locations

September 4, 2018              Delivery of accepted artwork to AGB no later than 12:00 Noon 
September 6, 2018              Show opens

September 9, 2018              Opening Reception from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

September 16, 2018            Show closes

September17, 2018             Pick up artwork at AGB 11:00AM to no later than 1:00PM         
After September 22, 2018  Optional pick up of artwork from outlying special locations
Return of pieces selected for the travel version of the show by June 2020.

Eligibility  and Guidelines

You must be a member of one of the following groups: Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Central Canada Division, Burlington Fibre Arts Guild, Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild, Burlington Hooking Craft Guild, Connections Fibre Artists, Grand Guild of Fibre Artists, Group of Eight Fibre Artists or Oakville Fibre Artists; OR become a SAQA member (at if your work is accepted.
Original artwork must have been completed within the last five years and must be the result of independent effort. Work must be ready to hang, including rod or device, and may be framed or unframed (glass not acceptable). Three-dimensional works, including wearable art pieces, may not exceed 40 pounds and 9 feet in any direction.


Entries are accepted online only, at, and will be considered on the basis of submitted digital images. Photographs must be of good quality, at least 3 MP (e.g., 2,000px × 1,500px), one photograph of the complete piece and one detail image. Photographs must be free from textual or other information revealing the artist’s name and should be taken on a plain or neutral background. Deadline for online submissions is 11:59 pm on May 31, 2018. A non-refundable entry fee of $20.00 for each piece is payable online upon submission. Maximum of 3 submissions per artist. An illustration of the online entry form is shown below for your information  and preparation.

Jury Process

Each entry will be assigned an identification number. In making their decision, members of the Jury will only have access to entry number, title of the artwork, dimensions, photographs and your artist’s statement.

The jurors will evaluate all entries and assign a numerical evaluation. The show committee will accept entries with the highest numerical evaluation up to the level exhibit space permits. Each juror will select one piece for a Juror’s Choice Award, which will be highlighted in the show, in the catalogue and on the website.

Delivery and Pick Up

Detailed packaging and shipping instructions will be provided to successful entrants with their acceptance notices. Special drop off locations will be made available to minimize shipping costs, however for any special handling requirements or oversized items, the artist will have to make their own arrangements.
All accepted work must include a label on the back with the piece’s ID number, artist’s name and contact information, as well as the title of the work and the completion date. Organizers reserve the right to reject delivered artwork that does not match digital photographs in quality or content.

Please refer to Important Dates above for delivery and pick-up dates. Details on outlying delivery and pick-up locations will be provided to successful entrants with their acceptance notices.

Terms and Conditions

Works can be for sale. The Art Gallery of Burlington requires a 20% commission and will complete the sale on the artist behalf. Artist will receive their 80% portion from Fibrations after the show closes. Work must remain hanging for duration of show. The same process will hold for any sales made by gallery locations during the travel version of the show, and the commissions may vary for those locations.
Disclaimer: Fibrations, the Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Art Gallery of Burlington assume no liability for the artwork and cannot be held responsible in an unlikely event that it is damaged or lost. If this is of concern, the artist is advised to obtain commercial insurance to  cover their work while in transit, in storage and in exhibition.

Submission of artwork for the Fibre Content 2018 Exhibition constitutes permission for photographs of the artwork to be published on the Fibrations website, Fibre Content 2018 catalogue and promotional materials used by Fibrations, Fibre Content and/or SAQA.

 For a pdf copy of this information, including a link to the sample entry form,  please contact Robynne Cole at

Thursday, November 16, 2017

CANADIAN QUILTS ARE MOST WELCOME... love that Judy Martin's quilt is featured! YOU must have a quilt that could be a part of this amazing exhibition!

Debuting at Quilt Festival Chicago; Registration open now through January 11, 2018

This annual judged competition and exhibit is open to quilts—created in any style or technique—that “celebrate” color through design and/or vibrant fabrics.

A $5,000 Best of Show and three $1,000 prizes each in Traditional, Modern, and Art categories will be awarded.

Featured quilt: Reconstructed Color by Petra Soesemann. From the 2017 "A Celebration of Color" exhibit. 
Debuting at Quilt Festival Chicago; Registration open now through February 1, 2018

This exhibit features recently made traditional-style quilts by artists from the Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario.

Quilts must have been made between January 2015 and February 2018.

Featured quilt: The River Beneath by Judy Martin. From the 2017 "Traditional Midwest & Canadian Quilts" exhibit.