Friday, March 30, 2018

SAQA Central Canada Retreat was FULL, and now there is ONE opening for a member to jump quickly and grab the seat and the lovely private room and join in on the fun!!!

Hi everyone... Important and time sensitive notice...

One Space Available at our first Annual
Regional Retreat! 

One of the Crieff Hills Retreat attendees has just learned she will be moving that week, so that has opened up a space in a private room. 

As our Regional Rep. and Retreat Host , Maggie Vanderweit earlier described it:

​Crieff Hills is located in the country just off the 401 at exit 295 Guelph/Highway 6. I bring two groups here every year and we always have a blast, so I am going with what I know works. There are lovely nature paths to walk, family style dining with good options for dietary restrictions, choice of single or double accommodation and a large hall and another conference room to work in doing sewing, painting, stitching etc.​

The dates are Monday, April 23 - Wednesday, April 25 ​and the opportunity to spend time working on art quilts with 25 fellow SAQA artists - learning, sharing, laughing - is a rare one. Retreats are a wonderful way to be exposed to new techniques, to have time to refuel and recharge, to engage in discussions about our textile passions, and to meet kindred spirits.

So if you're already registered, now you can invite a friend to join you, and if you missed out on the original retreat registration, now's your chance to snap up the last space.

Contact Mary Pal : to register.

Hoping to see you there!

We will be staying in St. Matthew and St. Luke Lodges... across the lovely lawns from our Conference room for sewing!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Volunteers needed for planning committees for our exciting SAQA TORONTO 2020 International Conference... all SAQA members invited to attend and all Canadian SAQA members needed to volunteer!



MARCH 19-22, 2020
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Hello SAQA people!
I hope all is well with all of you.
The Guelph/Fergus pod had a lovely meeting at my house yesterday, discussing recent work and photo transfer techniques. They saw a robin on my street! Isn’t that great? Our next meeting is in Guelph on Sunday May 27 (NB: changed from Saturday May 26).
The retreaters are getting excited about spending time together in April in Crieff.
I know the Toronto pod is meeting this Wednesday and Niagara on April 2. Have a fun time!

I am heading to Texas next week for a 3 week road trip with Fred, destination San Antonio for the conference. Can’t wait! Hope to see some of you there. Also, SAQA would love to get a photo of your 12”x12” Benefit Auction piece by April 1st so it can be included in their promotional material. If you have it done and can get it to me before March 28, I can deliver it for you.

And the big News!!!!  Call for Volunteers!
MARCH 19-22, 2020

Here is a list of committees/tasks that we will be doing for the 2020 SAQA conference at the downtown Hilton Hotel in Toronto. I hope you will consider joining us to help create a spectacular event.
My role, as Chair of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) will be to interface with SAQA and help the committees run smoothly.

Regional Exhibition (Canada)
- Tracey Lawko is chair of this committee
- we are looking for a theme/name for this show ASAP, please send ideas to me and Tracey
- this committee needs to get to work right away
- we hope it will travel and have a catalogue

Possible Exhibition at the Hilton during the conference?
- invitational for regional reps/board members to hang in hotel

Conference Theme/Name
please send ideas to me ASAP - brief, sassy, smart, something we can build a conference around
- e.g. 2018 TEXtiles is in San Antonio, Texas (clever, right?)

- Friday night we will go out in small groups for dinner
- organize this event, choose and reserve great local restaurants

Spotlight Auction
- help SAQA mat the pieces and place in cellophane envelope, plus add label

Local Gallery and Museum Tours

Pre and Post Conference Bus Tours?
- e.g. Niagara, St Jacob’s/Elora

Local Transportation during Conference

Welcome Package
- gather tourist materials from galleries, museums, restaurants, Toronto maps
- program guide, lanyard, banquet tickets, hotel floor plan etc
- gifts from sponsors?

Volunteers for each presentation/workshop during Conference
- man the doors, run errands etc
- can be any conference attendee

Local person to receive boxes of Conference supplies

Conference Program
- recruit advertisers and sponsors

Please let me know by email where you best see yourself and if you are willing to chair a committee, or would prefer a helper role. I will be sending this invitation to participate to the other regions in Canada as some jobs can be done with email/internet and the more all Canadian SAQA members are involved, the better!

Maggie Vanderweit
Central Canada Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilts Associates

   Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. · PO Box 141 · Hebron CT, USA 06248 · 860-530-1551

Monday, March 12, 2018

Please plan to join the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists for an Afternoon Reception at the beautiful Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, ON and enjoy SELECTIONS of the favourite works of our artists.



A beautiful exhibition of small art quilts and fibre art is on exhibit through April 20, 2018.

Our artists welcome you to join them and have the opportunity to met with your and share their work.

Saturday, March 24, 2018
1-3 pm

The pieces were all selected from the works of the members of Connections Fibre Artists – a collective of Canadian artists whose work explores fibre art in its many forms – cloth, thread, paper and mixed media.

Established in 1999, our twenty-six Artist Members come from diverse creative backgrounds, and are connected by this common thread.

Please visit our website to enjoy the work of all of the artists and learn more about the many exciting artworks created recently and on display on the web.
SAQA Central Canada Artists participating:

Dianne Gibson, Bethany Garner, Mita Giacomini, Gunnel Hag, Micaela Fitzsimmons, Hilary Rice, Maggie Vanderweit, Jacqueline Venus,  Dwayne Wanner

Visit Us


  • Adults $7
  • Seniors & Students $6
  • Children 12 and under $5
  • Children 5 and under free
  • Family $20 (two adults and two children)

  • *HST not included*
    Museum Members FREE

    Hours - Winter (October to May) 

  • Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sundays and holidays: noon – 4 p.m.

  • Summer (May to Thanksgiving)

    Stratford Perth Museum
    4275 Huron Road, RR#5
    Stratford, ON N5A 6S6
    (Highway #8, just west of Stratford)
    Micaela Fitzsimmons Manager of Collections & Exhibits

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts at St. Lawrence College releases their Digital Catalogue of courses planned for SUMMER 2018. Come Join in on the fun! Bring friends...

    1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts 

    SSOA 2018 guide cover image

    2017 marked our 50th summer of providing quality arts programming in the heart of the world famous 1000 Islands and Eastern Ontario.

    Hoping you will consider joining us in Brockville, Cornwall or Kingston - the summer days are filled with ART and great fun  along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario! Special thanks to all our wonderful instructors and participants who made our 50th anniversary a success!
    We welcome all of our fibre and textile friends to join us for the 1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts! Registration for 2018 is now open.
    With ever-expanding course options ranging from traditional to contemporary painting techniques, music, dance, pottery, to culinary arts and more, there will truly be something for everyone. The course fees are highly competitive and very reasonable Residence Room accommodations on campus are available on a first-registered basis, so have a peek and get your seats reserved and your rooms booked for a terrific summer experience.
    Please click on the image at the top of the page for a digital copy of the College's 2018 Catalogue
    Bethany Garner, with 22 years on the staff of St. Lawrence College as a Professor in the Textile Design Program, will share two great full credit courses this year . The first week will be at her home-based Kingston Campus July 9-13th and the second at the Brockville Campus in the beautiful ARTS STUDIO from July 30-August 3rd . Beth welcomes students from across Ontario and Northern NY as the classes are launched here for this Summer School for the Arts schedule.

    DARKNESS, Pine Rake in Northern Ontario, Bethany Garner 
    Soy Wax Batik on vintage linen table covering, coloured with India Ink. Machine stitched. Frame mounted.

    Colour on Cloth
    In this course, students develop a personal inventory of colour samples using paints, natural and fibre reactive dyes, and related tools and materials as they work with the techniques for colouring fabric. Students complement and develop their arts focused skills as they study application and design potential. Classroom studies find the students applying current and innovative trends in the use of colour in fibre art, surface design, and project execution. Design work using Soy Wax Batik, Arashi Shibori, Indigo and Fibre Reactive dye protocols and dye/paint applications will be a focus. 
    Instructor: Bethany Garner
    Jul 9-13, 2018, Kingston Campus
    $268.20 13 ARTS 109

    MARKINGS II, Bethany Garner
    Fibre Reactive Dyes on vintage textile table linen, pieced and hand quilted

    Surface Design and Stitch
    This course focuses on the development of technical skill, aesthetic, and conceptual interests through surface design. The emphasis is on techniques and approaches for paint/print work and hand/machine stitch on cloth. Students learn to colour fabric and add texture using surface design techniques to translate ideas into original works. Hand and machine stitch will fill the hours as students work to create an all new body of work while enjoying multiple techniques for building their skills in colour and design on various cloth including cotton, linen and silk.
    Instructor: Bethany Garner
    Jul 30-Aug 3, Brockville Campus
    $268.20 11 ARTS 110

    Please contact our St. Lawrence College Continuing Education Office if you wish to be on the mailing list for our 1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts catalogue (shipped February/March 2018).
    Continuing Education Office Contact:

    Campus Contacts:
    Brockville Campus: Sara Barrie:
    Kingston Campus : Debbie Baker: 613-544-5400 ext. 1670
    Coordinator : Christina Chrysler :

    Refund/Withdrawal Policy: Full Refund A full refund if the course is cancelled by the College.
    Partial Refund: A refund less $15 administrative fee if the withdrawal request is received in writing/email five (5) business days prior to the start date of the course.
    Seniors’ Fees: Seniors 65 years or older can take advantage of reduced fees for credit courses. Students must identify themselves as a senior when registering to receive a discount off the tuition
    portion of credit courses. Seniors’ fees are not published.

    Tuesday, March 6, 2018

    The Kingston Fibre Artists invite you to join them at the TETT CENTRE for CREATIVITY and LEARNING as they open ART THREADS, Saturday, April 7, 2018, 2-4 pm in the Community Gallery

     The Kingston Fibre Artists’
    Annual Show and Sale
    April 7th to May 3rd, 2018

    Where: Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
    370 King Street West
    Kingston, ON
    Gallery - Level 1 - Free Admission

    Opening Reception April 7th 2-5pm 
     Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday to Sunday 10am-5pm

    SAQA Central Canada Members Participating:

    Linda Coulter
    Janet Elliott
    Robin Laws Field 
    Bethany Garner
    Phillida Hargreaves
    Mary Ev Wyatt

    The Kingston Fibre Artists formed in 1997 to support and encourage creativity and innovation in contemporary fibre arts. Many members have been creating art and exhibiting together for the past 20 years. Their art is in private collections across Ontario and beyond.

    For more information, including a list of members and images of their work, please visit

    Art Threads is made possible by the generous support of the Ballytobin Foundation.

    Hoping to see you during the exhibition period. KFA Artists will be in the Gallery during all of the Gallery hours to greet and chat with your about their art.

    Saturday, March 3, 2018

    Spring is in the air, exhibitions are being scheduled and Calls To Entry are ready for YOUR reply... FIBRE CONTENT is celebrating with it's Fourth Biennial Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fiber Art.

    2018 Fibre Content


    The 2018 Fibre Content Exibition will be our Fourth Biennial Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fibre Art. Reflecting a wide range of media, Fibre Content exhibits the best of contemporary Canadian Fibre Art. Showcasing works in fabric, paper, yarn, thread and mixed media materials, our goal is to raise the profile, awareness and acceptance of Fibre Art as a true art form.

    The Premiere is, again, at the Art Gallery of Burlington, from September 6th to September 16th, 2018. Selected pieces will form a smaller version to travel to numerous Ontario locations. Six locations are already confirmed for 2018 and 2019, with more to come in 2020!

    This year’s Jury includes William Hodge – retired after 40 years as Textile Professor at OCAD University, Armure Studios, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Elaine Cheasley Paterson – Associate Professor of Craft History, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec and Susan Warner Keene – Toronto-based Artist, Independent Educator, Writer and Curator.

    Go to our online form to SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY. Entries will be closing on May 31, 2018 at 11:59pm.

    For full details, click here to view/download official Call for Entry (PDF).

    Participation in the travel version of the show is optional.

    Important Dates

    Sep 69am: Show opens
    Sep 810:30am-12:30pm: Artist Talk by Tracey Lawko
    2-4pm: Artist Talk by Gunnel Hag
    2-4pm: Hands-On Event with Al Cote
    Sep 91pm-3pm: Opening Reception
    Sep 1510:30am-12:30pm: Artist Talk by Mita Giacomini
    2-4pm: Artist Talk by Pat Hertzberg
    2-4pm: Hands-On Event with Chandra Rice
    Sep 165pm: Show closes

    New This Year: Artist Talks and Hands-On Events!

    These events will be offered on both Saturdays of the show. While admission to the show is free, these will have a nominal charge and limited seating of 100 for the Artist Talks and 20 for the Hands-On Events.

    Tickets are available online, or in person in Brock Lobby of the Art Gallery of Burlington. Early bird prices are $15 for each Artist Talk and $35 for each Hands-On Event. After September 1st prices will increase to $20 and $40, respectively.

    Returning: Interactive Display

    We will again have our Interactive Display of sample touch boards in the adjoining hallway to the Lee Chin Family Gallery. These allow you to get an up-close sense of the art in the show.