Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Opening Next Week in Alberta

The Annual Camrose Art Walk opened at the beginning of June.  It's composed of two "tranches" of artists -- with some overlaps -- with the first group showing at various venues around the City of Camrose, Alberta, through July 18 (that's tomorrow!) and the second group showing from July 24 through September 4.

Venues include Camrose City Hall, the Bill Fowler Centre, the Public Library, the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on the U. of Alberta's Augustana Campus. the Chuck MacLean Arts Centre, the local Starbucks, the Candler Art Gallery, and two cafes -- Sacred Arts and Fiona's.  A brochure is available at any one of these locations, and includes a map so visitors can make their way around to the various venues.

Margaret (L) and Mary (R)
at Eilean Donan Castle,
September 2017
SAQA Western Canada members Mary Wilton and Margaret Blank are delighted to share that their collaborative 19-piece exhibit, Inspired by Scotland, will be showing at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre in that second group -- July 24 through September 4.

Mary and Margaret were part of the Celtic Quilt Tours trip to Scotland in September 2017, and determined even before they travelled that they'd like to pool their inspirations for a collaborative exhibit.  That the Camrose Art Walk -- in which Mary has participated for a dozen years now! -- agreed to show their work in such a lovely venue as the Performing Arts Centre was the icing on the cake.

In the past year Mary has explored more fully the technique of wet felting -- which she then quilts -- so many of her pieces will include this unique way of expressing her love of the beauty of nature she found in Scotland.

Colours of the Moor
Mary Wiilton (c) 2018

Margaret has discovered a way to combine quilting with painted stretched canvas, so many of the pieces she's created for the show will feature her explorations in this area.

Storm Brewing Over the Lowlands
Margaret Blank (c) 2018

A "Meet the Artists" Reception will be held at the Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, August 15, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. -- and they hope to see some of their friends there -- especially those from Central Alberta and perhaps Edmonton.  😊

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Update to SAQA WC Donations to the 2018 Benefit Auction

As promised, here's a wee update to the list of artists from our Region who've contributed to the 2018 SAQA Benefit Auction that goes online in September.

Added to those listed in the post of May 11 are...

Thanks so much for your contributions!  Mark your calendars to watch the bidding when it begins online -- September 14!

Catching Up With the News

It's said that timing is everything...and that certainly seems to be the case when it comes to keeping up with all the exhibits in which our SAQA WC members are participating!

It's definitely a challenge for your Blog Editor -- particularly when she finds herself inadvertently off-line for 10 days while she awaits a replacement part (power cord) for her computer!  For this, I apologize...and now scramble to catch up!

First, a mention of an exhibit on now in Vancouver -- and ending this weekend.

B.C. member Susan Purney Mark may have been travelling in Europe for the last several months, but that hasn't stopped her pieces from showing at the CityScape Gallery's exhibit, Industrial Perspective.

No More Ships
Susan Purney Mark - 2017 

The exhibit is on through June 30, so if you are in the area, do drop by and see it!

While that exhibit is closing, another has just opened -- at the Heritage Centre Public Art Gallery in Stony Plain, ABFibre Art Network's Ekphrastic: Part I will be there until July 28.

Several SAQA WC members are participating, including Terry Aske, Diana Bartelings, Janet Bednarczyk, Joyce Brown, Jan Clark, Alison Dean Cowitz, Gloria Daly, Donna-Fay Digance, Diane Duncan, Dianne Firth, Robin Fischer, Jaynie Himsl, Karen Johnson, Judy Leslie, Linda MacKay, Judy MacLeod, Pippa Moore, Jenny Perry, Katie Stein Sather, Susan Selby and Mary Wilton.

Mary describes the exhibit this way:
This exhibition, is built around four Fibre Art Network artists, interpreting unpublished poems from twelve Canadian poets as a dialogue between the two art forms.
The exhibition has been divided in two to accommodate the smaller gallery at the Multicultural Centre.
The opening [reception] for the Part One will be held on Saturday, June 30 from 1-3.  Part Two will be hung July 30 to August 31 with the opening scheduled for August 4 from 1-3 pm.
Her piece, Visitors at Dawn, was selected as the featured art for the poster advertising this unique exhibit:

Visitors at Dawn
Mary Wilton

Meanwhile, in print, it was exciting to see B.C. member Terry Aske's piece, Aurora, as one of the "Selections from Dusk to Dawn" in the current issue of the SAQA Journal.

Congratulations are in order for Alberta member Ana Buzzalino!  Her piece, The Prairie's Changing Landscape, won First Place in the "Art -- Abstract, Small" category at the International Quilter's Association (IQA) Judged Show, "Quilts: A World of Beauty" in 2017.

You can see a photo and Ana's statement about this work on page 61 of the June/July 2018 issue of Quilting Arts.

Thanks to the hard work of former members Patti Morris and Debra Bray, The Burgess Shale has at last found a home!  All 25 participating artists gave their permission, so these colourful pieces have been shipped to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum  near Grande Prairie, Alberta.  We await news of a possible Open House in the coming months, once the pieces have been settled into their new venue.

And finally -- for the moment -- Alberta member Margaret Blank has recently received word that her entry, Incarnation to Resurrection: Reflections on the Colours of the Church Year, has been accepted into the SAQA exhibit, "Season After Season", which will begin its tour at the Texas Quilt Museum,  La Grange, Texas, in January 2019.

Incarnation to Resurrection:
Reflections on the Colours 
of the Church Year
Margaret Blank

You can read about some of Margaret's journey in the creation of this piece on her blog HERE.

Stay tuned for more exhibit news as we move into July.  That said, your Editor is not a viewer of every available social media platform so please e-mail her or track her down on Facebook if you have news you want to share with SAQA Western Canada (and beyond) colleagues!

And thank you for your support!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

More Winners at the CQA Nat'l Juried Show!

SAQA Western Canada is proud of its members who've won with their entries to the 2018 National Juried Show at Quilt Canada, which finished up yesterday in Vancouver:

Blended Petals
Paula Jolly, MB/SK
First Prize, Art Abstract

Sunlit Flowerbed
Anne Rayner-Gould, B.C.
Second Prize, Art Abstract

Streamside Stillness
Karen Johnson, B.C.
Third Prize, Art Abstract

Spring on a Castle Mountain
Judy Leslie, B.C.
First Prize, Art Portrait

Always Fresh
Paula Jolly, MB/SK
Second Prize - Art Landscapes

Judy Leslie, B.C.
Prize: Excellence in Innovation

Music Bubbles
Robin Fischer, B.C.
Judge's Choice - Elinor Burwash

Congratulations to each and every one of you!

Friday, June 1, 2018

We Have a Winner!

Quilt Canada, the highlight of the year for the Canadian Quilters' Association, is -- as most of you know -- on now in Vancouver.

And this morning, via Facebook, SAQA WC member Terry Aske of B.C. has shared the first *win* that has come across my awareness!

CONGRATS, Terry, for winning the TrendTex Challenge with her piece, Tally to Thirty. For those of you who don't (yet) follow Terry's blog...she's written about making this piece HERE.

Tally to Thirty - Terry Aske, 2018

Now...I know that Quilt Canada's National Juried Show has been a showcase for SAQA members' winning art in recent years...so please, more of you!  Brag on yourselves -- or let me do it for you by e-mailing me particulars, photos, links or whatever details you choose to share with your SAQA colleagues.

Remember that this blog is followed by other Canadian SAQA members, and by many colleagues in the U.S. and overseas.  Let's share our successes!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Good News! Forthcoming Exhibit! Call for Entry!!

Now...I know...some of us -- well, let's just be honest, those of us on the Prairies portion of SAQA Western Canada -- might not have been inspired to enter, unless in our past we've lived near or spent significant time on the coast (any of the 3 Canadian coasts).  But...this will still be an opportunity for those who relate to prepare beautiful pieces inspired by their experience.

Have an idea?  Go for it!! 

Friday, May 11, 2018

SAQA Benefit Auction 2018!

The June 1 deadline for members' contributions to this year's Benefit Auction is looming large -- mainly because it's a received by deadline.  Whoa!

Yours truly will be sending hers out today -- and paying a pretty penny to ensure delivery.  That's what happens when you aren't inspired until almost the last minute -- something I'm sure has never happened to any of you!  😉

Several SAQA WC members, however, have managed to get their works finished well ahead of schedule.  Congratulations to these artists -- and thank you for making your contribution to ensuring SAQA's mission to educate the public about art quilting endures!

You can see all of the Benefit Auction donations HERE -- it will be up-dated regularly until all have been received and documented.  Soon mine will join the group...

Margaret Blank (c) 2018
When I Look Up in the Spring

Please note: it is never my intention to miss someone -- I took care to ensure I "caught" all the SAQA WC members to date...but if I've overlooked you (perhaps because I need to update our list of members again!) please let me know.

More exhibition news is forthcoming as summer approaches...stay tuned!  And be sure to share with me any in which you are involved.  You can e-mail me directly -- and thank you!

Now get busy and get your Auction piece in the mail!  😉

Monday, April 16, 2018

Quilting Roots

For many of us, quilting began with the traditional.  Learning to piece one fabric to another, one at a time, whether by hand or by machine.  And we've carried these classic designs and techniques used in the craft of quilting into our work as artists, treasuring the feeling of connection with those who have gone before and the satisfaction found in the rhythm of working with fabric, needle and thread.

Thanks to The Quilt Show, I stumbled on a lovely exhibit that I wish I could see in person. 

On now through August 5 at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario:

Log Cabin: A Canadian Quilt
Log Cabin Quilts from the Heritage Quilt Collection

You can find more details HERE.  Be sure to click the links on the right side of the page for a virtual tour (take it slowly so as not to get dizzy!) and a contemporary look at the symbols of the Log Cabin, interpreted in film.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Coming Up in Calgary

SAQA members and friends from Calgary have a new exhibit!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Persistence Pays Off!

I'm grinning as I write this because at last -- after posting reminders at the end of most blog posts -- I'm hearing from people I've missed, who want to share their accomplishments!  😊

Kudos to B.C. member Wilma Brock, who just e-mailed to say "add me to the list" -- the list of members with pieces juried in to the Canadian Quilters' Association National Juried Show.  She has three in the show...and once she's permitted, I hope she'll send me photos to share for those of us who can't be there.

P.S. this goes for any of you in that show.  Any volunteers to take photos of SAQA members' work there and send 'em along for sharing?  Just e-mail them to me with a brief description (name of artist, title, size of the piece).  And if you win a prize, that's an extra-special reason to share! 

I'll be waiting and watching for the mail in June...