Saturday, August 4, 2018

Do make time to visit this travelling Art Quilt Exhibition on display through September 22, 2018

POPLAR  POINT by artist Jaynie Himsl, Weyburn, SK

My Corner of the World – CANADA 
welcomes visitors to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Almonte ON 

The exhibition “My Corner of the World CANADA” opened at the Stratford Perth Museum in Stratford, Ontario, in May of 2015, and is experiencing tremendous success. The response from thousands of visitors around the world – both fibre artists and the general public, tourists and locals – has been exceptional, calling it “magical” and “breathtaking”. We are touring this exquisite show of art quilts across Canada. Being in the historic Mississippi Valley Textile Museum this summer, with a beautiful and most historical display of the amazing equipment restored by the Mill guardians to share the history of the art of creating threads for weaving and cloth for the area is magical!

Our all Canadian My Corner of the World- CANADA  exhibition is now on display in Almonte, ON and consists of 40 pieces from our  cross-Canada Studio Art Quilt Associates member artists. Gather a few friends and head to Almonte and experience the beauty that the many Canadian artists were inspired to represent in their beautiful fibre art pieces on display!
Artwork of Maggie Vanderweit, Gunnel Hag, Holly McLean and Judith Martin greet visitors at the entrance of the Museum
My Corner of the World” is a two-part, international travelling exhibition of art quilts developed by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), together with the Stratford Perth Museum.  This 40 piece exhibition presents artist’s interpretations of their “corner of the world.” The artwork includes representational, as well as abstract pieces, portraying a wide range of interpretations of this theme – from the geographical to the meta-physical.

The Art Quilts are found throughout the Museum, and share space with a wonderful "Fabric of our Lives" exhibition on the second floor. Turn a corner and there are Art Quilts everywhere you go - near the Gift Shop, at the top of the stairs as you approach the Gallery and the juxtaposition of art quilts among the pieces of Mill equipment is such a celebration of just how far cloth and art have come over the centuries here in Ontario! 
Left to right: Artwork by  Sandra Betts, NS; Millie Cumming, ON, Terry Aske, BC and Lynne McCulloch, ON

SAQA is renowned for developing with its Regions and membership around the world truly outstanding Gallery and Museum-quality exhibitions that travel the world. The Association focuses on documenting the art quilt movement through exhibition catalogs (this exhibition's catalogs are available in the MVTM Gift Shop) and ART QUILT QUARTERLY, the Association’s art quilt sourcebook. As an international Arts Association celebrating over 27 years of service to more than 3,400 members worldwide, SAQA is dedicated to presenting beautiful, thought-provoking, cutting-edge artwork.
Janet Elliott, Kingston, ON
White Pine Titan of the Shield
This is an exhibition not to be missed in your summer travels. A wonderful weekend to visit might be FIBREFEST 2018 the weekend September 8-9th in Almonte and with the support of the Textile Museum and Community  as hundreds of fibre enthusiasts come into the village of Almonte to see, experience and purchase all that is new and exciting in the Fibre World... 
The Museum welcome visitors all summer and the hours and directions links are below.
  Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

SUMMER HOURS May 10 to Sept. 9

  • Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 4pm.   Closed Monday

Museum Admission: $7.00
Members admitted without charge. Children under 12 are always free!
A few more photos:

YOU have to visit and capture your own - the feedback from the visitors we met during our visit were truly wonderful! Many had never seen art quilts and did love the fact that so many portrayed the beauty and special allure of the regions represented by each artist. I particularly loved the fact that several recognized the small quilt below as the door of the Maud Lewis Cottage that is saved for posterity and the artwork is so very bright and fills the mind with the idea of just what Maud Lewis was celebrating in HER art. Great job, Joan!

A Nod to Maud, Joan Willison, Kingston, ON

Top, left, Margaret Blank., It's Still About The Sky
Top right, Shirley Bailey, Down on the Farm
Lower Left, Toni Major, Good Morning Canada
Lower right, Paula Jolly, The Road Home

Top, Hilary Rice, Tradition Is Growing On Me
Lower, Diane Eastham, Arctic Sea Change


                                          Reflections of the Grand, Margaret Notar and SAQA friends