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!

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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