Friday, June 7, 2019

Make time this summer for a visit to QUILTS AT THE CREEK, Black Creek Pioneer Village - The Cherry Wood Challenge will be there and VALERIE GOODWIN, Guest Artist , shares workshops and Lecture....


Plan on spending the day at Black Creek Pioneer Village- so much to see! This year there is a special exhibit, featuring the Cherrywood Prince Challenge. Don’t miss this- it is here for 3 days only, then it moves on to Paducah, Ky. More details here.  

In case you haven’t heard, this is the last year that Quilts at the Creek will run. So be sure to enter your quilt, and help make this the biggest and best show yet. Entries are now being accepted… apply online here or download a form and mail it in. Bring your friends and enjoy the day!  
Deadline for submitting entry forms is June 15, 2019. Hoping many of you will take the time this next week to enter your quilts and help us celebrate this outstanding Quilt Show opportunity. More to love about a visit to Quilts at the Creek Sunday, July 28th noon
An outstanding exhibition 
and a chance to meet Valerie Goodwin!
Valerie Goodwin is our invited workshop presenter for 2019. She is a professor of architecture in Tallahassee Florida, and well known for her creative map quilts. Valerie will be speaking about her work, and presenting a trunk show. 
Tickets are $15- and space is limited… buy yours online now! 
Her classes FAVOURITE PLACES and MAP PLAY will run July 26th and July 27th. The classes are filling fast, so book your space now!
We also offer trunk shows in Town Hall on the village green, close to the vendor area. Admission is free, but we suggest you get there a few minutes early as space is limited. View the schedule here.
Black Creek Pioneer Village is at the edge of Toronto, near Jane and Steeles. Easy to get to by bus or car. See the Black Creek Pioneer Village website for more detailed maps and transportation instructions. The hours of the show are 11 am to 5 pm daily.

CALL FOR ARTISTS - All Canadian SAQA members may apply

Colour with a U

In Canada, we spell colour with a “u”. We also spell labour, favourite, honour, and neighbour with a “u”. That “u” could stand for unique, unforgettable, universal, unity, understanding, utopia. It could include the unusual, unexpected, unbound, unabashed, unaccounted, uncanny. We care about the “u”, it makes us unique. We care about the “you”, it brings us together. What do the Canadian values of diversity and inclusion mean to you? How does your labour in your favourite medium honour your neighbourhood, your community? How do you colour yourself in to our Canadian culture? We are looking for artworks that visualize these ideas and that together will give an insightful perspective on our Canadian cultural identity. We encourage work of all types, including representational, abstract, and social commentary, in 2D and 3D.

Opening location:  Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener ON   March 15 - April 19, 2020

The exhibition will travel across Canada until March 2023.

Read the full Call for Entry here:

If you have any questions, please contact Tracey at

We look forward to receiving your entries by January 3, 2020!

Tracey Lawko
Chair, Canadian Regional Juried Exhibition 2020: Colour with a U
Studio Art Quilt Associates

Tracey Lawko
Chair, Canadian Regional Juried Exhibition 2020: "Colour with a U"
Studio Art Quilt Associates

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Ottawa OUT OF THE BOX Artists invite you to join them in Almonte this summer for their latest exhibition: SUMMER FIBRATIONS

Sat Jun 22nd - Sat Jul 6th 
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
3 Rosamond St E, 
Almonte, ON K0A 1A0, 
Canada map 

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‘Summer Fibrations’

Saturday, June 22 to Saturday, July 6, 2019
The Out of the Box Fibre Artists are returning to the MVTM with another exciting display of fibre art. Over 150 individual pieces will be on display. The centrepiece of the show will focus on eight beautiful Summer Colours. You will be intrigued by them as well as independent pieces all of which will showcase unique and innovative uses of fibre and cloth. Be inspired by the colour, texture and techniques employed by these artists!

Phone: (613) 256-3754

Spring/Summer HOURS:  Starting Tuesday May 7, 2019 the museum will be open from Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm until Sunday August 11, 2019.

Museum Admission: $7.00
Members admitted without charge. Children under 12 are always free.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Robynne Cole, SAQA Central Canada Artist member, invites you to join her for "GUARDIAN SPIRITS, Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Burlington

Congratulations to Robynne as she welcomes visitors to  
Solo Exhibition 
RBC Gallery, 
Art Gallery of Burlington.

 Opening Reception 
Saturday, June 13, 2019 
from 1-3 pm.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

shares her solo exhibition
July 5-28, 2019
10 King Street
Dundas, ON

A note from Mita...
Dear Friends,

This summer I will have a solo exhibit — "Other Words for Birds" —at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, running July 5 – 28. 

Please drop by the gallery Friday July 5, from 7-9:30pm to say hello and enjoy a glass of wine at the opening reception!

The show celebrates those ineffable creature-to-creature encounters we have with the birds that live among us.  As I’ve worked, I’ve tried to appreciate each subject as an individual rather than an instance of its species.  You can preview some of the pieces in the series here on my website. And if you’d enjoy a little more diversion, this Rexroth poem helps explain the most oddly titled piece, and conveys some of the spirit of this project.
Please share the e-vite here with your bird-loving or art-loving friends.

I hope you will come!

With warm wishes,
Visit Mita's Website:

Carnegie Gallery & Shop Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday
10am – 5pm
Thursday & Friday
10am – 7pm
1 – 4pm
Monday closed

Thursday, May 16, 2019

SAQA "Trunk Show E" will be in Deux-Montagnes for their Quilt Show May 25-26th

Please join SAQA Central Canada member NICOLE MENARD and support the Deux-Montagnes Quilt Guild as they present their Quilt Show 2019 in Deux Montagnes, QC...

MAY 25 and 26th
10-5 pm on Saturday and 10 - 3 pm  Sunday
611, 20e, Deux, Montagnes, QC

The Guild welcomes our SAQA Trunk Show along with the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild and Guest Artists LILY LAM.

After having to cancel their show due to the high and rising waters in the local rivers and the need to use the Olympia Arena to shelter over 900 area residents, the DEUX MONTAGNES QUILT SHOW will be open May 25 and 26th and their members welcome all of you to come for a visit and share in the magic of their beautiful quilts and the Merchant Vendors, Member's Boutique and enjoy Quilt Appraisals, quiltmaking and techniques demonstrations and so much more.

Bethany Garner will be representing SAQA and hopes to see many SAQA members who will enjoy TRUNK SHOW E - 57 pieces of beautiful SAQA Artwork...

Canadian Quilts below are included in the Trunk Show E inventory of 57 beautiful and awe-inspiring ART QUILTS donated by SAQA members from around the world.

We have a few spots left for my Fabric Painting class in Orangeville, Ontario - home of the Dufferin Piecemakers Quilt Guild

Fabric Painting Workshop
with Maggie Vanderweit

Saturday, June 8, 2019
Maggie's gorgeous fabrics are all hand painted!
The technique can be accomplished in a day, which means YOU can have your own hand painted fabric to work with, or to pet and marvel over for years to come.  
 Beginners  - all levels - welcome. For all of the registration details,

FYI, I am retiring from teaching soon. Time to focus on my studio practice, family and friends, travel and of course volunteer commitments.
heers, Maggie
Maggie Vanderweit 

Saturday, May 4, 2019


   Have you always wanted to print your own fabrics? 
   I invite you to come to beautiful Haliburton, Ontario July 29 to spend 5 exciting days with new and old friends while learning to design and print your own fabrics!

If you love screen printing or want to learn this fun-filled technique, join me and print your own images on fabric!

My workshop at the Haliburton Summer School of the Arts is just for YOU! 

“Screen Printing - Imagery and Texture on Fabric” 
    July 29 - August 2 

   In this five-day workshop, you will explore the use of pigments on fabric, learn how to create simple motifs as well as designs with fine and detailed imagery, which you will use to make silk screens and print your own designs in an inspirational and encouraging environment. 

   I will show you how to create designs by manipulating texture and colour
   with the goal of establishing a unique line of fabrics.  Just imagine the opportunity for creating personal statements on fabrics that you can use in your textile projects!

   To reserve your space: Call the Haliburton School of Art and Design directly at 1-866-353-6464

   Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Monday, April 29, 2019

June Robertson and Maggie Vanderweit at San Jose, CA and the SAQA Conference - and a few of their friends from across Canada

Maggie Vanderweit Meredith


Making like the angel she is... Maggie is one busy lady - STILL! 
Maggie is very busy and involved with the planning for the 2020 moSAiQA Conference. 

She so deserved this vacation and chance to meet up with her many SAQA friends! Thanks, Maggie!

And we love your FB sharing along the way! Visit her page to see more photos and the record of having some fun meeting and working with friends and the SAQA Board to plan and prepare for our very own chance to host a SAQA Conference which will be in TORONTO next spring! 

March 19-22, 2020

This will be the FIRST International Conference that SAQA has approved and we are all so excited that June Robertson was able to be in San Jose as well as our Regional Representative for Central Canada!

Mark your calendars and get those toonie jars set up so you will be among the first to register for MoSAiQA and do plan to alert the Planning Committee that you will be willing to volunteer and be able to add your skills and have some fun "hands-on" with the Conference experience:

The SAQA Special Events Committee is looking to feature some very special speakers for the 2020 moSAiQA Conference and YOU might consider applying to share your story or a project, topic or news that could bring a great talk to Conference attendees. Check out the opportunity by clicking the Presentation link below. Applications are due June 1, 2019.

Meetings, Meetings, and more Meetings did not spoil the fun...
of the San Jose Conference experience with Art Shows, Exhibitions across the City and the chance to wind down after full days of conference activities for these wonderful women who represent Canada so very well!

JUNE ROBERTSON was in attendance and making all kinds of new REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE friends as she took on her second SAQA conference, and this year as our Central Canada Rep. As the travel week winds down, she will be back with us here in Ontario to share all of her experiences!
June Robertson, on the left, waiting for her next meeting (my guess)

There would have been several days of intense meetings for June, and always the chance to make new friends from all around the world.

She will have some great stories to tell as she attends POD meetings throughout this next year across Ontario and we all look forward to her Conference Report!

Below is a photo of the Canadian contingent of wonderful Reps and friends from Canada, and while I don't recognize all of the beautiful friends, I do see Anita Payne from Perth ON, Katie Stein Sather, Terry Aske and Jennie Johnston.

Thanks to all of our Canadian Reps and artists who flew all across the US to spend time together with new friends from SAQA!!
Canadian Reps  and members from across Canada attending the SAQA, San Jose Conference

and Bill Reker on the back row is our intrepid Director of Global Exhibition who keeps all of our beautiful artwork in front of the thousands around the world who love to stand in front of and appreciate the fine art!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Join SAQA Central Canada member, Marg Notar, and friends
Ilene Atkins, Dorothy Holdenmeyer, Judy Pearce and Nancy Winn
as they share their beautiful Quilts
accompanied by the
Annual MINIATURES Juried Show at the

art KWilt connection is a group of 5 southwestern Ontario quilt and fibre artists who have been working together since 2014.

Their award-winning work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.

Our group is pleased to be featured at the Homer Watson House and Gallery
 April 28 -June 2, 2019.

Please join us for the
Sunday May 5, 2019
2-4 pm

1754 Old Mill Road
Kitchener, Ontario
N2P 1H7

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Kingston Fibre Artists 
cordially invite you to attend Art Threads 2019
April 8th until May 5th

Show takes place at the Tett Centre for Learning and Creativity located at 370 King St West, Level 1. This is the 22nd annual exhibition for the group and features new work by 17 local artists, including a group challenge featuring fibre art using a favourite quotation as inspiration.
Walk & Talk
Friday April 12 at 10 am

Experience the exhibition with a tour and discussion with some of the artists.
Friday April 12 from  1-4 pm

Watch some of the artists demonstrate their creative collage; using an air pen; chenille technique; modern embroidery; and using a knitting machine.
Opening Reception

Kingston Food Bank's Sandy Singers
 will open the show at the reception being held on Saturday April 13th from 2pm to 4pm. Food bank donations will be welcome at the reception and for the duration of the show.
Art Threads is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm until the show is taken down Sunday, May 5th at 5:00 pm.

For more information or to arrange a gallery tour for a group,
please contact

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