Sunday, August 1, 2021

MAKING ART... a summer project and a wonderful opportunity. How have each of you here in Central Canada Region been doing? Please do share...



QUESTIONING, What's Next, Bethany Garner, 2021, Cloth in Common, Art Quilt

Summer is flying by and it has been a busy albeit fairly locked down summer... and being able to create ARTWORK is all the fun I need to just keep working away during these days when we all are still pretty well homebound. We arts practitioners are busy enjoying walks, taking solace in the world around us, and yes, setting calendar dates for possible openings for galleries and shows. MAYBE even being together with the friends and relatives we all love so very much to be with... LIVE, in the same room or at least out of doors... a few feet apart!

Living in the beautiful City of Kingston, ON, and sharing the water views from Lake Ontario through my Studio window with a few visitors is wonderful! As the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning opened its doors once again to the public - all Kingston Frontenac Health Unit rules in place and being observed so well, we are seeing a few visitors now and then. Many folks are just staying close to home and immediate family!!

I recently accepted an invitation to become a member of CLOTH IN COMMON, a tremendous 12 Artist Collective of the most amazing artists, living and practicing their art worldwide. Having followed this group for MANY years now as they shared their new artwork, created in the homes/studios that I would dearly love to be able to step into one day... I am honored to have this opportunity. Over the past few weeks, I finished my first contribution to the group's ROUND 3 Series. Each year, 6 quilts, created by each member, working on the agreed STRUCTURES theme and with a prompt by Karol Kusmaul to work on FACES.

My 40"h x 26"w quilt started with the base fabric from Cultured Expressions and owner Lisa Shepherd in New Jersey, USA. Her cloth lines are original, created by young artists in Africa, and are a group I have supported with cloth coming into my collection over many years. This piece is Jacquard linen, hand-dyed and purchased as a 2 m. piece. It speaks to me of the virus that is circulating through the background of our lives... and while yes, I know this piece was created long before we knew about the Covid-19 virus, the artist who created the cloth may have had experience with circulating. deep visions in her own creative mind.

I selected fabrics from my growing Marcia Derse collection, and drafted some small line figures and card stock patterns, and got going... creating a group of ten figures with BLANK faces - unknown but collective friends I may know, but perhaps are gathered somewhere about the world during these pandemic days. What are they considering - "QUESTIONING, What's Next". Africa has billions of humans who have not even seen a vaccine... no shots in arms, no outdoor vaccination centres, drive-throughs, health unit walk-in centres... AND SO MANY LIVES WERE LOST TO THE PANDEMIC..

The people gathered here in my workspace... each little figure a bit different and giving me the time to think about where we are, and who we could be if we just all pitched in to save the world!

The finish line was set by a "prompt sharing" on the 27th-31st of  July, when each member of the collective shared their work and story on our blog: (have a good peek and enjoy all of the series and artwork, and if you have time, go into Rounds 1 and 2 and see what has happened as the artists worked through the various themes and prompts over the years.

Finally, I added a series of hand-stitches and may add more now that the piece is "finished and framed (and yes, I can do that now, filling empty spaces carefully by hand). Hope you enjoyed the story!

See you along the way - at my Studio 214D the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning on W. King Street in Kingston, or here at the blog. I will try harder to get back to posting along the way! Hard to believe we are walking into August! 

just send your text and photos to me at:{at} and let's get your post up!

Missing all of my SAQA Central Canada friends!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021


Virtual presentation of Colour with a U at the Muse, 

Lake of the Woods Museum, Kenora, ON

Tuesday, June 15th at 7pm CT (8pm ET)

While Ontario is allowing some outdoor activities, unfortunately, Museums will remain closed for some time yet. This means that the Muse is not able to open its doors to visitors to see the fully installed Colour with a U exhibition at the museum.

You are invited to join Lori Nelson, Curator of the Muse, and Tracey Lawko, Colour with a U Travelling Exhibition Co-ordinator, for a virtual tour of the 33 wonderful art quilts on Tuesday, June 15th at 7pm CT. 

Please email to register.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Inspired by the art we all share here in Ontario and beyond as fibre artists, Bethany Garner shares an evening TETT TALK in support of the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning, Kingston, ON

   (photo inspiration, Virginia Spiegel, SAQA Artist, and arts practice friend)

ART of Creativity and Survival during the Pandemic

Bethany Garner

The Tett presents resident artist for a ZOOM presentation on May 20, 2021

6:30-8 pm in Studio D, Tett Creativity Studios


During the past year, the time I have been able to spend with my arts practice as a Resident Artist at the TETT Centre's CREATIVITY STUDIOS has been a quiet meditation on the situation we have all been exploring together during the Pandemic Days here in Canada and specifically in Kingston.

I am so pleased to be one of nine Resident Studio Artists who each practice their skills and create amazing new art in their studios at the TETT. Since joining the cohort in 2019, I have so enjoyed the opportunity to share my skills and artwork with students and visitors across the Kingston and Frontenac County area and beyond. While the time is available, we all are using our Studio space to create when time and the pandemic Health Regulations allow. The chance to be actively teaching in-person classes has been restricted for quite a long time. 

WE MISS YOU, our art friends, dancers, musicians and visitors!

This presentation allows me the chance to not only support the Kingston Arts Community through your registration and attendance at the TETT Centre's TETT TALK on May 20th, but to have the time for sharing an evening of my artwork, talk about what inspires me to continue exploring new skills and techniques and celebrate those who inspire me! It will be fun to enjoy an in-person chat with each of you attending and share how I have survived the quiet days and weeks during the pandemic's progression over the past 13 months.

I do hope that you will come along and enjoy time with our Community friends who love a Zoom talk... and the chance to have time for questions and share your thoughts about your artwork is important to me. We will have time at the end of my presentation to do just that!

Joining the presentation is easy: just click on the EVENTBRITE link at the top of the page and register through their tickets portal for your seat in our evening talk. The donations of your fee will go directly to the TETT Centre for the ongoing support of classroom events starting as soon as our KFL&A Public Health professionals are able to lift the restrictions for in-person classes at the TETT. 

We all look forward to those wonderful days with area friends and especially the youngsters to seek to come and visit and learn with us here at the TETT.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THE LINK to register with friends near and far. Everyone welcome! 

I look forward to having time with you and please feel free to share our link for the talk... the more who attend, the more chance for YOU to share in the evening of slides sharing, artwork viewing and learning about my inspiration with friends around the world as I work on projects during these quiet days.


The TETT Centre, 370 King Street West, Kingston, ON

TWO GIRLS AND A CANOE, Bethany Garner, 2021 
Now on display at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Elora/Fergus, ON

      Under the needle in Studio 214 D at the TETT, Bethany's new Indigo wall quilt ready for framing...

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Hi Everyone...

Here we are in a Provincial 'shutdown again" effective today, April 3, 2021.  I am sharing this important notice from Tracey Lawko about the status of the COLOUR WITH A U and the sister exhibition, COLOUR WITH A U TOO. Hoping you have a good Easter weekend and that you will all continue to stay in touch as you move through the next 28 days.

Gallery Closures are affecting both

Colour with a U and Colour with a U Too

Ontario has just entered a new lockdown and this is affecting both of our exhibitions.

Agnes Jamieson Gallery in Minden, showing Colour with a U Too, is closed until further notice.

The Muse, Lake of the Woods Museum, in Kenora is all ready to show Colour with a U, but will not open on April 6th as planned. The gallery is closed until further notice.

We look forward to when these galleries can once again welcome visitors and you can see these wonderful art quilts in person!

Tracey Lawko
Chair, "Colour with a U” Travelling Exhibitions
Studio Art Quilt Associates

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

 A Message From Tracey Lawko, 

COLOUR WITH A  "U" TOO Coordinator


Last 10 days to see Colour with a U Too 
at Agnes Jamieson Gallery!

Tuesday, March 16th - Saturday, April 10, 2021
10am - 4pm

176 Bobcaygeon Rd.
Minden, ON

Masks required. Maximum 10 people at a time. 
No appointment is necessary. 

Friday, March 12, 2021


Susan Selby - Green to Make my Heart Sing

Colour with a U Too
Agnes Jamieson Gallery
Minden, Ontario, Canada
March 16 - April 10, 2021

Colour with a U Too is a juried exhibition of 9 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. Nine 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.

Gallery location:
Minden, ON

Masks required. Maximum 10 people at a time. No appointment necessary.

Best regards.

Tracey Lawko
Chair, "Colour with a U” Travelling Exhibitions
Studio Art Quilt Associates

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Please mark your calendar : FUZZY MALL, SAQA Artist, extends an invitation to enjoy his 'FOREST BATH Exhibition', Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, ON.

Carnegie Gallery
10 King Street West
Dundas, Ontario

April 9- May 2, 2021

Meet and Greet at the Gallery
April 10, 1-3 pm


Gallery Hours: Tues. - Sat 10 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday 12 - 4:30 pm


Sunday, March 7, 2021

STRATA 19, Lorraine Roy



An Exhibition of Textile Art by Lorraine Roy is currently open at the Jordan Gallery until April 30, 2021.

Raised in rural Southwestern Ontario, Roy completed an Honours B.SC in Horticultural Science before opening for a professional career in art textiles. Kindled by an early love of hand embroidery, she eventually learned to 'paint' with fabric using her sewing machine.

All of her work explores connections between art, science, and nature, and most of her imagery is inspired by the biology, mythology, and cultural impact of trees, classic symbols of our connection with the natural world. Lorraine continues to search for insightful and joyful ways to portray our rich and complex kinship with plants and creatures.

The Jordan Art Gallery is currently showing Lorraine Roy's textile artwork in its Spotlight Exhibition space. The Gallery is open 10 am to 5 pm.

Please check before visiting after March 14th, 
as hours may change due to COVID restriction updates.
Phone: 905-562-6680

STRATA 24, Lorraine Roy

DISPERSAL, Lorraine Roy

Jordan Art Gallery SPOTLIGHT  Placement/wall display




Saturday, March 6, 2021

A Message from TRACEY LAWKO, re: COLOUR with a U Exhibitions coming soon to Minden and Thunder Bay...


Dear  SAQA Central Canada members,

After a very successful run in Nova Scotia, “Colour with a U” and “Colour with a U Too”are coming to Ontario.  However, with renewed public health restrictions in the province, opening dates have been delayed. To avoid disappointment, please check the gallery websites for updates, health protocols, appointment bookings, etc.

Colour with a U Too: “soon” - April 10, 2021, Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Minden 

Colour with a U: “early May” - 13 June, 2021, Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Best regards.

Tracey Lawko
Chair, "Colour with a U” Travelling Exhibitions
Studio Art Quilt Associates