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

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