Monday, December 30, 2019

For our SAQA Members in central Canada ... artwork display opportunity to consider in Perth ON for Eastern ON members

Artwork by KAREN GOETZINGER 2018
Happy New Year everyone... 

Here is a note from SAQA Central member Anita Payne regarding an upcoming opportunity for displaying your art in a Gallery in Perth Ontario...

Hello SAQA members in eastern Ontario:

Streve Design Studio Boutique and Gallery (  in Perth is owned by Cheryl Straby. 

She has a different show in her gallery every two months. Currently the gallery is showing art with the theme "Red". Two of my quilts are in this exhibit.

Cheryl would like to showcase quilt art in March and April 2020. There is no specific theme, but a theme could arise from the submitted works. 

Quilt art pieces need to be ready to hang. Your work would have to be priced for sale. The gallery would keep 40% of the sale price for items that sell. 
You would be responsible for bringing your quilts to Perth and picking them up after the show.

Please let Cheryl know if you have any questions and send her images of quilts that you would like to be considered for the March-April show.   
Happy New Year!


Anita Payne De Gaia
Secretary, Canadian Federation of University Women Perth and District  
Citizens' Climate Lobby Leader, Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston
On unceded Algonquin territory in Lanark County, Ontario
Cell: 613-267-0881

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Sending along the very best wishes for your 2019 end of the year Holidays, and as we move into the changing decade - be Well, Happy and MAKE ART!

On this Christmas Day, thinking of all of our 229 SAQA members across Central Canada and those who have become cherished friends and neighbors from around our world of the Fibre and Textile Arts!

Knowing that we all have deadlines and projects that are on the go - not one more moment of your time, except to say HAPPY CHRISTMAS and send along best wishes for a wonderful new decade and New Year! See many of you in March at MoSAiQA in Toronto!

Remember the deadline for 'COLOUR WITH a U' is fast approaching! January 3, 2020...

Keep all of our SAQA friends in your loop and be willing to take part in local and distance events that bring us closer together! Check out the list of SAQA members in your area in the Central Canada link at and find a new friend or two who live nearby and try to make contact and get together.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Hoping all of you are carefully considering, working on or are finished and have already planned your submission for COLOUR with a U.... can't wait to see the exhibition on Saturday the 21st of March with SAQA International friends!

You may have already received the note below from and Tracey Lawko...just a note to those who have not yet explored the prospectus!
The calendar is ticking!

Colour with a U 
entries portal opens December 1, 2019!

The Colour with a U entry portal on the SAQA website goes live on December 1st! That’s only a few days away! Are you ready? You have until January 3rd at midnight Eastern Time to submit your 3 entries. Hint: don’t leave it until the last minute. If you have any questions contact us at

With your entry, you have 2 opportunities to have your work selected:

Colour with a U at Homer Watson House & Gallery, and
Colour with a U Too at RiverBrink Art Museum

Colour with a U at Homer Watson House & Gallery in Kitchener has been extended! The exhibition will run from March 15 until May 31, 2020 with the official opening on Saturday, March 21st.

Colour with a U Too at RiverBrink Art Museum in Queenston will run from March 15 until September 5, 2020 with the official opening in Spring 2020.

If you are attending the moSAiQA conference, you can see both exhibitions. We have organized two bus trips to the exhibitions:

- Saturday, March 21st to the official opening of Colour with a U at Homer Watson House & Gallery; and
- Monday, March 23rd to Niagara and a private viewing of Colour with a U Too at RiverBrink Art Museum

Both depart from the Hilton Hotel. If you haven’t already, reserve your spot now at
Best regards.

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Hello Fabric Lovers!

   Have you always wanted to create your own printed fabrics?
   For a fun, creative and colourful experience I will be teaching the 

COMPLEX CLOTH" workshop 
   on Saturday, November 30 at the Colour Vie studio in Toronto.

   To reserve your space simply e-mail me at
   or call 416- 532-7435 (local calls) or 1-877-425-8379 (toll free in Canada) 

 You will explore the use of pigments on fabric, learn how to mix colours, make stamps and stencils and
print your own designs in an inspirational and encouraging environment. 

 I will show you how to create your own designs on fabric by manipulating texture and colour 
 with an emphasis on layering transparent and opaque colours and images. 
 The result: unique fabrics with depth and complexity.  

 Just imagine the opportunity for creating personal statements on fabrics 
 that you can use in your textile projects!

 For detailed information about this and other workshops as well as yummy photographs of fabrics  created at the studio please  visit:

 Looking forward to seeing you at the Colour Vie studio!


Sunday, October 27, 2019


I am thrilled to let you know that Pam Woodward will be teaching two workshops at the Colour Vie studio!

On November 7 to 8 she will teach you the beauty of “Beading on Fabric”.

On November 9 to 10 Pam will share the ins and outs of “Boro, the Beauty of Mending”.

To reserve your space simply e-mail me at
or call 416- 532-7435 (local calls) or 1-877-425-8379 (toll free in Canada)
For more information, please visit

The techniques for Beading on Fabric are universal. Pam will teach you the basic stitches and
more than a few special tricks for attaching beads to fabrics. Truly addictive!

Boro is the Japanese technique of patching and mending the utilitarian textiles of everyday lives. This workshop incorporates techniques of Boro to refurbish worn fabrics and explore the making of new textile works. Bring your own worn clothing, home textiles and scraps of cloth and learn how to turn them into renewed fabric pieces that you can incorporate into your textile art! 

Looking forward to seeing you at the Colour Vie studio!


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Backlit Grasses, 12” x 16”, Award of Excellence in Craftsmanship, Carnegie Craft, Tracey Lawko

Tracey Lawko invites you to visit her studio as part of the Creemore Festival of the Arts

October 5 & 6th
10am to 4pm

Tracey Lawko
2673 Concession 8
Glen Huron, ON
(10 minutes west of Creemore)

Enjoy the beautiful fall colours and see my workspace, the fabulous views that inspire my work, and my unique ‘Drawn with Thread’ artworks.

A full list of 50 participating artists and locations is available at

I look forward to seeing you!


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Join Gunnel Hag  and Pam Woodward at the terrific 
Colour Vie Studio for a wonderful array of Fall Workshops

The Fall Workshops in the Colour Vie Studio at 222 Symington Ave., Toronto, ON 
are now open for registration. For detailed information about  these upcoming workshops 

October 5, 2019: “PAINT, PRINT AND ROLL" with Gunnel Hag   

November 7 - 8, 2019: “BEADING ON FABRIC” with Pam Woodward   

November 9 - 10, 2019: “BORO, THE BEAUTY OF MENDING”with Pam Woodward  

November 16, 2019: “DECONSTRUCTED SCREEN PRINTING” with Gunnel Hag   

November 30, 2019: “COMPLEX CLOTH” with Gunnel Hag   

December 7, 2019: “PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON FABRIC” with Gunnel Hag    

Call early to reserve your space
416- 532-7435 (local calls) or 1-877-425-8379 (toll free in Canada) 
or simply e-mail

For more information please visit

Thursday, September 12, 2019

A reminder from our Executive Director, Martha Sielman who will be so very busy for the next three weeks taking all the bids and hoping YOU are participating. Have fun and do try to participate.

SAQA’s signature fundraising event starts Friday, September 13!
View Grid of ArtworkView Quilts by SectionRead how the Auction Works

Yes, the SAQA Benefit Auction starts THIS Friday, and we are looking forward to seeing you there! We hope you’ve taken the opportunity to review all the wonderful donations we have received from our artists - 443 pieces in all!

At just 12" square, these pieces are perfect for collecting and displaying. Plus, all proceeds from the Benefit Auction help increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach.

The auction will kick off at 2pm EDT (GMT - 4) on September 13 with Diamond Day bidding - an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.

Starting Monday at 2:00pm EDT, only Section 1 quilts will be available for bidding, starting at $750 and further reduced throughout the week to a final price of $100. Click the link below to find out all you need to know about bidding.

Bidding Guide and Auction FAQs »
We look forward to seeing you at the Auction!


Executive Director,
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. 
Congratulations to all of our Central Canada members who donated quilts - it will be so much fun to watch and try to secure a buy for your own collections!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Terrific opportunity to have the chance to work with our own MARY PAL at the Contemporary Textile Studio Cooperative in Toronto, Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, 2019

Natural Imagery in Cheesecloth

with Mary Pal

Saturday September 28 + Sunday September 29
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $175 + HST + $25 Materials Fee (collected in class)
Maximum 12 participants

This workshop explores the low-relief technique of using cheesecloth as a medium to depict natural imagery in textiles. Students will learn how to translate photographs, sketches, or abstract ideas into images and apply them to a background fabric. 

The workshop is designed for those who enjoy experimentation and new methods of using colour, texture and a variety of techniques and processes. All levels of experience are welcome.

The first day, all students will be given a simple tree pattern to learn the basic techniques. A group discussion will clarify all options for Day 2 projects. On the second day, students will work on independent projects building on what they have learned.

The applique stage will be explained and demonstrated in the class, but students will complete that step at home between classes, so sewing machines do not need to be transported to the studio. The supply list is minimal - just scissors, rotary cutter, and paintbrushes.
Hoping you will have time in your calendar to join Mary and explore this exciting workshop.

Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative
401 Richmond Street West, Studio 109
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 3A8

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Please join the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists at the Wellington County Museum and Archives September 15, 2019 for the Opening Reception for their re: FASHION Fibre Art Exhibition, 1-3 pm

The Connections Fibre Artists invite you to visit their 2019 Exhibition Opening Sunday, September 15, 2019, at the Wellington County Museum and Archives, from 1-3 pm. Do plan a visit and bring friends.
On display from Sept. 15 to  Jan. 5, this unique exhibit features fibre art that was inspired by clothing and accessories in the museum’s artifact collection.
“It was difficult to choose just one artifact for inspiration,” said Elizabeth Litch, Connections member. 
“We felt so fortunate to have been shown hats, shoes, undergarments, and clothing for all ages. We hope that visitors will enjoy our choices and the art they inspired.”
“Working with cloth, thread, paper, and mixed media, each artist has interpreted their chosen artifact as a contemporary work of art,” said curator Hailey Johnston. “It’s fascinating to see the characteristics and stories behind each artifact rendered so skillfully through fiber.”
Established in 1999, Connections Fibre Artists is dedicated to the exploration of fibre as an art form. Coming together from diverse creative backgrounds, members work together to raise awareness of fibre art and to develop their talents by exchanging ideas and sharing new skills and techniques.
All are welcome, admission by donation.
Wellington County Museum and Archives is located on Wellington Road 18 between Fergus and Elora.
From the Wellington Advertiser

Monday, August 26, 2019

Thirteen Studio Art Quilters

We are thirteen Niagara-based studio art quilters belonging to SAQA (STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATES) who have come together to showcase our innovative work.

We meet bimonthly in person to share our experimental and developing work, and to learn new techniques in transforming textiles and fibres into creative works of art.  Studio art quilters may sometimes borrow from traditional quilt patterns or piecing techniques but, our work involves new dimensions:

Dying with vegetation or rust, discharging dye with bleach, employing high tech sewing machines to create coloured thread and textured imagery, embroidering on bark, silk, cotton or linen, employing photographic imagery printed on fabric or paper to create 3 dimensional forms, turning fibres into felted imagery, or embellishing abstract or figurative compositions with beads, glass, stones or wood are just an entry into a world of creative possibilities.  

Our messages can be social, political, environmental or personal, or simply creative and playful.  But one element that we all share is our desire to create and to enjoy our process, whether by hand or by machine. The door is open as we define quilting as “stitched through layers.” 

SAQA is our common bond  

This organization has a worldwide membership of over 3,500 men and women.  It offers ongoing juried exhibition opportunities, webinars, and mentorship programmes, a quarterly publication and an annual, international conference.  moSAiQA 2020 (March 19-22) will be held in Toronto, Ontario.  

In conjunction, Colour with a U is a Canadian call for entry that will open two exhibitions concurrently at Homer Watson House and Gallery in Kitchener and at RiverBrink Art Museum in Queenston, Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Both textile shows will travel Canada over a 3-year period.

Please contact us if you are intrigued or interested in joining us.  June Robertson is our Central Ontario rep.  Her cards are here.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Calling all Central Canada SAQA members to participate with their bids in the online 2019 Benefit Auction... a great way to support SAQA as we grow and add additional exhibitions and opportunities for YOU!!

SAQA Benefit Auction 2019 
dates are fast approaching!
Mark your calendars, have a peek at the quilts and get your bid lists ready... 

Congratulations and many thanks to all of our SEVENTEEN Central Canada Artists who donated their beautiful artwork for the Auction, SAQA's major fundraiser each year!

Lisa Courtnage, Mille Cumming, Gunnel Hag, Greta Hildebrand, Rosina Klein, Ingrid Langhorst, Janet Rhind, Lorraine Roy, Harriett Rynberk, Helena Scheffer, Sue Sherman, Anne Solomon, Daniela Tiger, Catherine Timm, Nancy Trowbridge, and Maggie Vanderweit 

Your beautiful artworks will be well-loved and appreciated by their new owners around the world! 

Get your bidding fingers ready and own one of these stunning quilts !!!
Details for how the Auction works here!

The process is easy and you can bid in several weeks of offerings and have all of the quilts sent home to Canada together if you let the Executive Director, Martha Sielman (who is busy on Auction Days receiving ALL of the bids) know your wishes!

Dream Collection

Visit the Dream Collections that have been developed by SAQA members for some beautiful artwork and stories about their selection.

Here are the Canadian Quilts from central Canada - so AWESOME!


Best wishes to all of you as you participate and thanks again Auction Donors - be very proud of your wonderful quilts!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Entry Guidelines Available Now
Entries Accepted Beginning June 18  through August 2, 2019

All Entries Must Be Made ONLINE

Quilts=Art=Quilts is an international juried quilt exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York. The Art Center has been a longstanding proponent of quilts as a visual arts medium and has been presenting quilts in a gallery setting since 1981. The Art Center is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. Jurors select quilts based on overall quality of design, visual impact, and originality. Prizes are awarded, including $1,000 for Best of Show.
Registration: June 18, 2019 to August 2, 2019
Exhibit Dates: October 26, 2019-January 5, 2020
Artist Reception & Awards: Saturday, October 26, 4-6pm
The opening weekend of the exhibit will include an Artist Reception and Awards Presentation, workshops, and a Quilter's Dinner.

The entry fee for current members of the Schweinfurth Art Center is $30.  The fee for non-members is $35.  If you are unsure of your membership status at the Art Center, please call us at 315.255-1553 or email us ( before beginning the application process.  

Petra Fallaux
Dutch native Petra Fallaux is a writer, curator, and artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She co-directs an award winning architectural firm, Springboard Design, whose work includes museum, exhibition, and public interest design. After receiving degrees in psychology and film studies in the Netherlands, Petra moved to the United States where she earned a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Upon graduation, the university hired Petra to direct its art galleries. She curated well over one hundred exhibitions in a variety of media ranging from quilts, paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, video, architecture, and design, to multi media and site specific installations.
Petra was born in the early sixties to a textile worker dad and seamstress mom in the town of Leiden, known for its rich history of broadcloth industries. From regularly visiting the mesmerizing looms her dad managed at the factory of J.J.Krantz & Zoon, to watching her mom sew on her beloved Necchi, she grew up fond of fabrics and their possibilities. Petra's approach to making quilts is grounded in art. Modern painting and design - graphic, interior or architectural - are major influences. Her ongoing art quilt series, Formations, embodies her credo of shape, color, and simplicity.
Claire Benn
Claire Benn is one of the UK's leading mixed media and textile artists. Claire lives and works in a converted barn in Surrey, UK. She is an author, curator, and educator in art textiles. Her work has been exhibited in galleries on an international scale, including: USA: 'Material Pulses; Eight Viewpoints' Ohio (2016), Europe: The Florence Biennale (2007) 'European Art Quilt' touring Europe and the USA (2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2017), UK: 'Lines, Rows, Rhythm & Repetition' Birmingham (2016) and with ViewSeven at the Menier Gallery, London (2013, 2015, 2017)- among many more. Claire's book publishing includes publications via the teaching studio of Committed to Cloth, which she co-founded and partnered until 2015. There are six publications, including 'Making Your Mark' and 'Finding Your Own Visual Language'. In addition to teaching at the Committed to Cloth studios, her teaching work has brought her to the Crow Timber-Framed Barn in Ohio, USA, the Masseria della Zingara in Puglia, Italy, The Textile Centre in Minneapolis USA, The Surface Design Association Conference, Kansas City, USA and Textile Studio in Speyer, Germany. Claire has also curated exhibitions and served as a juror for European Art Quilt 2010, 2012 and 2014, and Fine Art Quilt Masters in 2013. 

For all application details, please visit the online application:
Questions?  Please call us at the Art Center at 315.255.1553. 

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Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn, NY 13021