Thursday, September 10, 2020

Congratulations to our own SUSAN AVISHAI, MARY PAL, MITA GIACOMINI and ANA PAULA BRASIL for this lovely honour... (and my apology to Susan - my fingers missed her name and this is so wonderful for all five of our Ontario artists)

Artists selected for SOFA (now Intersect Chicago)

Congratulations to the twenty artists selected by juror Jane Sauer for Intersect Chicago (formerly SOFA, Sculpture Objects Functional Art). This event takes place annually at Chicago's Navy Pier and focuses on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art, fiber arts, and design. The 2020 event will be presented as an online-only event.


Selected Artists:

Susan Avishai (Ontario, Canada) - Kaddish
Marie Bergstedt (California, USA) - Emerson, Chicago 1930
Beth Blankenship (Alaska, USA) - Virtuous Circle
Linda Blust (Nevada, USA) - Desire
Ana Paula Brasil (Ontario, Canada) - Shooting Star
Linda Colsh (Maryland, USA) - Once Belonged
Shannon Conley (Oklahoma, USA) - Tesseract
Susan Else (California, USA) - Lullaby
Mita Giacomini (Ontario, Canada) - Glimmer
Cindy Grisdela (Virginia, USA) - Neapolitan
Donna Katz (Illinois, USA) - Water Over Sky
Patty Kennedy-Zafred (Pennsylvania, USA) - Jewels of Kenya
Susan Lenz (South Carolina, USA) - Wasted Words: War
Viviana Lombrozo (California, USA) - Saturation
Susie Monday (Texas, USA) - Transformation 1 & 2 (Diptych)
Diane Nunez (Michigan, USA) - Two By Two
Mary Pal (Ontario, Canada) - Willie
Susan Rienzo (Florida, USA) - Unknown Stories
Arturo Sandoval (Kentucky, USA) - Pattern Fusion No. 19: Motherboard 10 (vertical)
Sandra Teepen (Georgia, USA) - Chair #2

Intersect Chicago: The Future of SOFA (SAQA Special Exhibition)

Intersect Chicago (formerly SOFA, Sculpture Objects Functional Art) takes place annually at Chicago's Navy Pier, and focuses on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art, fiber arts, and design. SAQA was invited to present a Special Exhibition at the 2020 event, which has now been moved online.

•   The online event will open with a VIP Preview Day on November 5, 2020
•   Intersect Chicago: The Future of SOFA will be live and open to the public from November 6-12, 2020
•   Art will be available for sale on Artsy from November 6-December 5, 2020

This is an unparalleled opportunity to present to the art world elite the contemporary viability of fiber as a fine art medium. Twenty pieces have been selected by Juror Jane Sauer.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

“Colour with a U Too” opens at 

RiverBrink Art Museum Wednesday, August 5th!
August 5 - September 5, 2020
RiverBrink Art Museum
116 Queenston St.
Queenston, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Call 905-262-4510 or email to book your entry time 

Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 2:30pm (closing at 4pm).

Check for entry protocol.

We hope you will see this exhibition in person! 

You may also see the art quilts virtually. RiverBrink Art Museum showcased “Colour with a U Too” in their “Coffee with the Curator” on July 10th and it is now available online: 

Curator Debra Antoncic provides an interesting introduction referencing the textile work of Joyce Wieland; does a walk-through the exhibition, and invites the artists (most were present) to talk about their work.

And don’t forget, “Colour with a U” continues at Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener, ON until September 7th. You’ll want to see them both!


Tracey Lawko
Chair, Colour with a U Travelling Exhibition
Studio Art Quilt Associates

Friday, June 19, 2020

A Message for our SAQA members and friends across Canada...HOMER WATSON HOUSE & GALLERY soft opening on July 7, 2020 - schedule a time to visit our Canadian Exhibition, COLOUR with a U

A message from Tracey Lawko, Chair, Canadian Regional Juried Exhibition 2020: "Colour with a U"

We are delighted to share the fabulous news that Homer Watson House & Gallery will be reopening its doors on Tuesday, July 7th.

Visitors will now be able to enjoy the wonderful art quilts of “Colour with a U”.

You are encouraged to call ahead toHomer Watson House to book your entry slot to avoid wait times. 

Please read the Gallery’s full Entry Protocol

Be sure to check the SAQA website for updates to the exhibition schedule as more venues are announced. 

“Colour with a U” is a juried exhibition of 35 art quilts created by Canadian SAQA members. In Canada, we spell colour with a “u”. We care about the “u”, it makes us unique. We care about the “you”, it brings us together. Thirty-five artists have reflected on the theme of diversity and inclusion to give “colourful” representations of our Canadian cultural identity. Each offers an individual perspective on how we as Canadians see ourselves in our social, historical, and physical landscape.


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

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Hello Art Quilt enthusiasts,

Many have been asking for news about our two wonderful exhibitions, “Colour with a U” at Homer Watson House and Gallery and “Colour with a U Too” at RiverBrink Art Museum. Both exhibitions have been fully installed, but sadly and understandably, the galleries are closed due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

You can experience these exhibitions virtually through the 60-minute slideshow we prepared for the virtual SAQA moSAiQA conference 
as well as this 3-minute video prepared by Faith Hieblinger, Juror for “Colour with a U.”

Our beautiful 64-page catalogue, complete with Juror essays, includes a full page for each of the 35 artworks selected for “Colour with a U” and the 9 art quilts in “Colour with a U Too”. Copies can be purchased through Homer Watson House & Gallery for $20.00 plus shipping and taxes. (Canadian orders only please.)

US and International orders can be placed through the SAQA store.

“Colour with a U” and “Colour with a U Too” are juried exhibitions of art quilts created by Canadian members of Studio Art Quilt Associates on the theme of diversity and inclusion.

Best regards.

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


Sunday, April 12, 2020

Hi everyone - we are all doing our own ART PLAY at home these days - a full 33 days since the arts programming at the TETT Centre closed down, and classes started being postponed or moved forward in the 2020 calendar - are you still out there and interested???

Well - imagine me about 20 years ago - 

There I was, a younger and eager and dynamic Fibreworks Kingston student who was in a Weekend Workshop classroom with Toronto's master artist in fibre, Marion Spanjerdt, at the St. Lawrence College - and we were given the Board Room in the Executive Wing on the 12000 floor - just for the weekend and yes, it was AWESOME FUN. I so wish I could go back in time and enjoy some fun with artist friends and with the amazing artists from our past!

Homage to Hundertwasser, Marion Spanjerdt
We painted pieces that were intended for collage works and the art play was the very best fun!

There I was with the long hair I was growing out as my big sister Patricia had double mastectomies scheduled and she might lose her hair - so my younger sister, Terrye and I decided to let our hair grow and maybe Patty would need it - she was fine and her hair went totally white (like mine these days) and I was an aspiring teacher at the College and did that for 23 years before the SLC Fibre Arts Programming dissolved before my eyes... to be no longer as a diploma program, as the Arts Funding for Colleges has been cut off by the Province and only short term classes might be added for the programs in Continuing Ed.

So, now I play at the TETT Centre and have some really wonderful students in small classes that carry on as being fun and playful and hope that we will all be back in the classroom together soon.

NOTE: Updated information on classroom dates will follow as soon as I am advised by the City of Kingston. 

The ART OF THE HANDMADE STITCH Class I planned for April 17th has been postponed to May 22nd  and fingers crossed we can get together then. Students have been contacted.

The DYE DAY, ALL ABOUT PLAY class scheduled for May 3rd, 2020 is still on, but may also be postponed for the second time due to the Covid-19 rules for the City of Kingston re-opening for the TETT Centre. 

Fingers crossed we will be together May 3rd, but perhaps not. We have guidelines designed to protect all of our visitors to the TETT as well as the staff and our Instructors. Kingston is doing well, but there are still high spikes across Canada... so we wait!

I have re-booked another date, May 31st in the Rehearsal Hall to allow for the full complement of students to be Physical Distancing safely together in one large room. 

Keep watching here or at the FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Blog... and I will be notifying students already enrolled as news comes to me.

Update: I have been advised today by a SAQA Central member that all municipal buildings in Ottawa are closed until the end of June, so who knows. We may receive this information across the country.

Stitch up some fabric masks if you have the supplies and be sure to line them with a non-woven like  new coffee filters or better yet, if you can get ahold of Pellon 830 Non-Woven 'Easy Pattern' nonwoven interfacing from Fabricland or elsewhere online it is a perfect deterrent to any droplets leaving or coming to you! Help protect everyone you come in contact with if you have to be out of the home.

NOTE: I have been advised today that HEPA filter fabrics are NOT appropriate as they may include fibreglass extruded threads... 

Be kind to and tolerant of each other, love your family and MAKE ART! 


Thursday, March 26, 2020

2020 SAQA Central Canada Retreat April 27-30th canceled this date....


A note from Maggie Vanderweit received this morning, and shared with the registered participants for the 2020 SAQA central Canada CRIEFF HILLS Retreat - a sad reality and yet, the very best decision at this time.

Hello dear friends,
I am very sorry to confirm what I am sure you already suspect. We are going to have to cancel the 2020 SAQA retreat. In view of the virus situation, I predict we will still, unfortunately, be needing to socially distance. 

I was soooo looking forward to our time together to create, inspire, connect, recharge and relax. I am sure you are all equally disappointed. It would have been really great.

I have contacted Crieff to let them know our intentions and I'm awaiting their response about our $100 deposits. I wanted you to know about the cancellation first. We will be working out the financial details with you shortly.

I was thinking we could take a page from moSAiQA and have a zoom meeting sometime during that week (April 27th - 30th) to do some show and share and visiting. Are you game to try it? Zooming was an amazing success at the SAQA conference last weekend.

I really hope you are all keeping well, keeping safe and keeping artistically busy! Very big hugs,

I’ll be in touch soon.


Contact Maggie through her FB or website contact links. (or the emails she sent you today).

Hoping all of you will stay in touch with each other, and feel free to send me information to post on SAQA CENTRAL Blog! I would be delighted to have "What I have been doing" articles to share and they should include the text as you want them shared, and large file (2MB or more) jpeg photos to insert with your stories.

Please do be well and happy as work in your home-based studio spaces. Be focused on creating your new dyed, painted, pieced, woven, sculpted and machine and hand-worked pieces for your own art practice. Feel free to share - though Social Media or here on our blog.

Try to support the many initiatives that are needed for our community hospitals and institutions if you are able.

See you again along the way!


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The exciting SAQA Spotlight Auction of member artworks (that are simply stunning) opens Thursday March 19th this week, and the bidding is open to EVERYONE - have a peek!.

THANK YOU to all of our SAQA members who donated part or all of their 2020 Conference fees to support our VIRTUAL MoSAiQA Conference starting this Thursday evening, March 19th. DETAILS BELOW
IF YOU HAVE REGISTERED or want to join in NOW  - register today! Our BOLD and COMMITTED Board of Directors and Conference Planners have been working night and day to be able to offer this opportunity to SAQA members around the world!  We welcome each of you to be there with us! 
Conference Details - just click on the dots below for the links!

Conference ScheduleSpeakers Spotlight AuctionFAQ

The 2020 Spotlight Auction is now virtual! 

The Spotlight Auction is an annual event that takes place at every SAQA conference. Donated pieces are sold through a silent auction at the conference banquet. But now it's gone virtual! 

We have over 265 pieces of beautiful artwork donated by SAQA members from around the world. All pieces submitted to the auction will now be available for bidding online and EVERYONE can participate (including non-SAQA members).

Note that pieces are still being added and not all are currently online yet. Please do not contact us if you do not see your piece.

Each piece is mounted on an 8" x 10" mat with a 4.5" x 6.5” opening and placed in a clear cellophane sleeve.

The auction will open for bidding for all pieces on Thursday, March 19 at 7pm EDT. The opening bid for each piece is $20 with $10 bidding increments.

Shipping costs will be calculated at the end of the auction.
  • Shipping to US/Canada - $15 USD for up to 5 pieces.
  • Shipping outside US/Canada - $30 USD for up to 5 pieces.  
All the pieces have been divided up into 8 Tables. 
Each table has a different ending time. Tables 1-4 will close every 30 minutes between 7:30-9pm Friday March 20 and Tables 5-8 will close between 7:30-9pm Saturday, March 21.

Additional information will be provided soon about how everything will work. Stay tuned for more details!

Questions? Email us at

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE - you can join us and attend right from your own home!!

The VIRTUAL conference officially begins on Thursday evening March 19th with the fun-filled members 'Icebreaker' where you will still have a chance to interact with your fellow members in virtual meeting rooms.

Our featured speakers will still include keynote Consuelo Jimenez Underwood plus Shin-hee Chin and the collaborative team of Miranda Bouchard, Judy Martin, and Penny Berens.

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A panel of activist artists will discuss experiences on the art, organization, and passion it takes for meaningful community projects. Learn more about the creative pursuits of students from the textile program at OCAD. Get the scoop about SAQA's future plans with a presentation by SAQA Board VP Deborah Boschert.

Panel Presenters

The Virtual conference will still offer a great selection of breakout presentations. But you don't have to choose which ones - all will be available for viewing including some new content!

You will have the opportunity to find how to market yourself as an artist, organize your artwork, and become more environmentally "green" in your studio.

Breakout Presenters

The popular Lightning Talks are still on the schedule as well! 

And while we can't visit the Colour with a U exhibition in person, you will have the opportunity to view all the beautiful artwork in a slideshow presentation.

Instead of Friday Night Out, we will have Friday Night In! Gather around our virtual tables and chat with fellow attendees and get updates about the online Spotlight Auction

Join everyone again on Saturday evening for even more online networking and fun.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to do the MoSAiQA Stitch project but feel free to bring a small stitch project to work on during the virtual conference.

Have a question about the Conference? Contact us at

Friday, March 13, 2020

Due to increasing concerns about the coronavirus, the Colour with a U exhibition committee has decided to postpone the opening reception for Colour with a U. Social distancing has become the new norm and we feel that a gathering at this time would not be advisable.

We have rescheduled the reception to Saturday, April 25th 2 - 4pm. It is our hope that in six weeks the situation will have improved. 

The reception for Colour with a U Too is scheduled for Thursday, April 23rd 5 - 7pm.

Colour with a U is now installed at Homer Watson House & Gallery and Colour with a U Too is now installed at RiverBrink Art Museum. Both galleries are open and welcome you to visit as you feel appropriate. Check their websites for hours and information:

Best regards.

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


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Please plan to join us for the OPENING of COLOUR with a U, Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, ON

Please plan to join us for the 
Opening Reception for Colour with a “U” 
 Saturday, March 21st

Colour with a U is a juried exhibition of 35 art quilts created by Canadian members of Studio Art Quilt Associates. 

In Canada, we spell colour with a “u”. We care about the “u”, it makes us unique. We care about the “you”, it brings us together. Thirty-five artists have reflected on the theme of diversity and inclusion to give “colourful” representations of our Canadian cultural identity. Each offers an individual perspective on how we as Canadians see ourselves in our social, historical and physical landscape. Nothing can match experiencing the rich textures, colours, shapes, and messages in person. 

We invite you to join us for the Opening Reception at historic Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener, on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 2 – 4 pm. 

If you need transportation, there are a few spots available on our comfortable coach, leaving the Downtown Toronto Hilton at 12:15 pm.

US$40 includes box lunch. (Must be over 18 years of age).

Register here:  

Best regards.

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


Information: For those who are not coming with the Conference bus trip, the exhibition continues...

A Juried Exhibition of Art Quilts presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA),

March 13- May 31
Reception: Saturday March 21, 2020 | 11am – 3pm
CreativiTEA: Thursday May 14, 2020 | 12 – 1:30pm