Friday, November 17, 2017

Call for Entry: Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, B.C.

SAQA WC member, Brigitte Red, is a Board member of Vertigo Gallery in Vernon, B.C.  The Gallery has initiated a Call for Entry for fibre artists:

“Wild Life” Fibre Exhibit

Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC 
Exhibit Date March 6 – 31, 2018

Show Concept:

Gallery Vertigo is inviting fibre artists to submit to a scheduled exhibit entitled Wild Life. What’s your vision of Wild Life; a landscape of the Serengeti; penguins frolicking in the surf; maybe it’s that cute little gecko who speaks for Geico. Wait maybe it’s the wild attendees at a rock concert? Skydiving? Bungee jumping?

We are challenging fibre artists to interpret the theme of “Wild Life” in whatever direction your creative muse sends you. The fibre art piece may be either realistic or an abstraction of the theme.


  1. Fibre art pieces must be a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure. Fibre art sculpture is also acceptable.
  2. The Fibre Art piece must be prepared in such a manner as to be ready to hang in the Gallery. In the case of a fibre sculpture it must be able to display as a “stand alone” without additional supports.
  3. Fibre art piece should have a perimeter of no larger than 120 inches.
  4. Any works entered which deviate from the guidelines and submission requirements may be rejected at the discretion of the Exhibition Chair.
  5. Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance to and from Gallery Vertigo.
  6. Artwork MAY be for sale. Gallery Vertigo will charge a 30% commission on all sales.
  7. The Artist(s) confirms the artwork entered does not violate any copyright laws.
  8. By submitting your work for exhibit, the Artist(s) confirms she/he will adhere to all the above.


  • October 2017 - Announce call for entries
  • November 15, 2017 - Online Entry Open**
  • February 7, 2018 - Entry deadline at 3:00 pm PST.   All registrations must be in by this date.
  • February 15, 2018 - Notification of acceptance (All notifications will be sent by email.)
  • March 1, 2018 - Artwork to be RECEIVED by Gallery Vertigo (details to be given upon acceptance.)
  • March 9, 2018 - Opening Night Reception @ 6:30 p.m. at Gallery Vertigo
  • April 1, 2018 - Artists to pick up work at Gallery or have work shipped (shipping is at the expense of the Artist(s).) 
**NOTE: As of this writing, online entry capability is pending.  Brigitte has recommended those who are interested in submitting early contact the Gallery via it's Facebook page for a prompt response.

'Tis the Season...

For art shows!

A number of our members are involved in seasonal art shows and sales this year.

In early November, MB/SK member Cathie Ugrin showed and sold her work at the 2017 Crafted show in Winnipeg:

And up-coming...

B.C. member, Janet Scruggs, is participating in the Small Works Show and Sale, a fund-raiser for the Kamloops Arts Council:

Janet shared some images of her work that will be available for purchase at this show, stating that 50% of the proceeds go to the Arts Council.  Artist supporting art in the community: a 'win' for art, artists and the viewing and purchasing public.

Fall Leaf
Sun print on cotton, hand-stitched

Leaf TrioSun print on cotton, hand-stitched

JScruggsLace7X7free form needlelace layered
 on lace, silk and distressed felt

Sorbello Flower
free embroidery:
Sorbello stitch and French knots

NOTE: this show and sale runs from November 22 through December 22, with the Opening Reception on November 22 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  It all takes place at the Old Court House in Kamloops, B.C.

In Alberta, Contextural, a fibre arts cooperative that includes SAQA WC members Diane Duncan and Terri Illingworth, is having a show and sale in Calgary:

From the cooperative's Facebook page comes this description of just what you'll find on offer:

This is a textile-focused sale that provides the opportunity for the public to meet the artists and makers of silk-screened, EcoPrinted and hand-dyed scarves, pillows and bags; 2D and 3D art pieces; items for babies and your pets; clothing accessories; and home decor. 
Come enjoy a warm cup of cider and meet the Contextural Artists! 
Contextural is a community of textile artists fostering a cooperative creative environment in support of the production of new artistic works.

Also in Alberta, SAQA WC members Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas, Margaret Blank and Barbara J. West contributed to the first "100@100" fund-raiser for the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA).  Each piece is 10" square, mounted on artist's panel.

This is an online sale (not an auction)...each piece is available for $100.  They're going fast, but there are still some fine pieces available online HERE -- including two pieces from Ilse...

Country Fragments II

Country Fragments III

Please note: Both Barbara and Ilse are Juried Members of both the ASA and SAQA.

Remember, if you have news to share with your SAQA colleagues -- and there are readers not only in the WC Region but all across Canada and globally -- please contact Margaret, the current blog editor.  Thanks for your support!

Friday, November 10, 2017

What do You DO All Day?

Do you ever get that question?  Or something like it?  

I've been asked -- at my booth at an Art Show and Sale -- "So you've retired now, and this is what you do?"

Do you get these sorts of comments?
  • "Must be nice to have a job where you can sit around knitting/stitching all day."? -- from customers who see me knitting or stitching in the yarn/craft shop in which I work part-time; or
  • "Nice little hobby, eh?" or
  • "I'd love to do that, but I never have time." 
Certainly within living memory, art and fine craft, including the "domestic arts" -- sewing, knitting, quilting, embroidery -- have been seen more as "hobbies" or past-times better reserved for retirement from a "real" job, than as ways to earn a living, or even as ways to make meaningful contributions to society at large.

I'm not going to go any farther down that rabbit hole here, but on Facebook I came across a post from member Valerie Wilson about an event happening this Sunday at the Dalnavert Museum in Winnipeg, and thought I'd share it here. Entitled The Elegant Arts (or what did they do all day?), it's described as an "illustrated talk" with Ines Bonacossa, collections registrar at the museum, about the ways in which Victorian ladies of the manor occupied their time, when they weren't busy managing upstairs, downstairs and various other parts of their households.  It's part of their lecture series on Exploring Victorians, and if you're in the area, you might want to reserve a seat at the (tea) table, as it were.  Just click the link above for all the details.

Regardless of what others think about our work, our members certainly seem to have answers to that question, "what do you do all day?"  However we juggle "day jobs", families, volunteering etc. in order to manage time in the studio, we're actively creating...and when we've not got our hands in work, we likely have our minds whirring with thoughts and ideas about it. 

 B.C. member Judy Villett is presenting Canadian Colours, an exhibit of Fibre Art inspired by the "...clean, graphic design" of the Canadian flag " a format for blending complex commercial prints into seasonal tributes to Canada..."   Colours opens November 17 at Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam, B.C., and runs through December 22.  Meet Judy at the Opening Reception on November 17, beginning at 7 p.m.
Some of us have a tougher time answering that question -- not because we don't have an answer, but because we've fallen prey to the Voices that tell us our work is trivial, inconsequential, not nearly as important as other demands on our time.  Some of us lack support from the friends and family around us, such that we're given space and time to work out our ideas.  Perhaps we don't even have any "peeps" nearby to cajole, inspire, encourage us in our work.  

To that end in Winnipeg, there are two opportunities to meet some of those needs.  

The Textile and Fibre Artists of Manitoba held their inaugural meeting on Wednesday, October 25...and from all appearances it was a resounding success.  Follow on their Facebook page for photos of the meeting and for ongoing news!

Also in Manitoba...

Please note that childcare is available -- but must be reserved by Nov. 14 (notice on bottom right corner).

Meanwhile, in B.C....the Lower Mainland SAQA POD had its most recent meeting on Wednesday -- a full day, with artist sharing and two exciting mini-workshops: a demo on deconstructed screen printing, as well as hands-on with origami in both 2D and 3D.  Watch your Regional News for information about the next meeting and dates for 2018.

The Calgary POD seems quiet these days...Inquiring Minds want to know how this group is doing...

And finally, also in MB/SK, it's time to bid 'adieu' to retiring Co-Rep, Valerie Wilson, who served that part of our vast Region so capably from June 2015 until the end of October.

Serving as a SAQA Co-Rep for a Region this size is a challenge -- but can also be a great opportunity.  The job entails representing the interests of the Region -- as a whole and the sum of its parts -- to the SAQA Board.  It involves communications with members about what's going on around the Region, and trying to meet and greet members where at all possible.  In the case of our Region, there have been Regional funds to track and manage, and find ways of using to the benefit of the entire Region.

Each Co-Rep brings to the role a vision for his or her time as Rep.  For Patti Morris (AB -- 2010 - 2013) and Jill Sullivan (B.C. 2011 - 2013) it was all about exhibiting.  For yours truly (AB -- Nov. 2013 - Nov. 2016) and Dawn Piasta (MB/SK -- Feb. 2013 - spring, 2015), it was communications (a workshop/Parlour Meeting, the blog and a newsletter) and assisting Katie Stein Sather (B.C. Nov. 2013 - Dec. 2014) with touring a trunk from the  25th Anniversary Trunk Show.  Former member, Anna Hergert, now living in SK, was the first Regional Rep for SAQA Western Canada (2007 - 2013), it was spreading the word about SAQA and recruiting members (like me, in 2008!)

Valerie and Coleen Adderley (former Co-Rep, B.C.) partnered to organize the Region's first Retreat in May of this year.  I know that all who attended enjoyed it thoroughly -- not only because of the lovely surroundings and excellent mini workshops, but also (dare I say "especially"?) because of the opportunity to meet and get to know our colleagues.

Thank you, Valerie, for your service!

And's time to remind you that Jennie Johnston, Co-Rep in B.C., has no..."Co" either Alberta or MB/SK.  

How about You?
Contact SAQA Regional Reps Co-Ordinator
for more information about the role of a Co-Rep,
and about the training available for the task.
It's a two year commitment...and worth every moment.

Thank you for your support!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Congratulations, Terry!

Just sharing this for those of you not on Facebook or Instagram...

B.C. member Terry Aske's piece, Rain with a Chance of Sun, has not only been juried in to the SPUN exhibit in Bridgeport, Connecticut, but is also featured on the poster advertising this event!

Congratulations, Terry!

Rain with a Chance of Sun
(C) Terry Aske

If you look at the list of artists on the above clip of the poster, you'll see the name of a former SAQA Western Canada member...Mardell Rampton.  Well done, WC artists!  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

TFAM is Coming!

What's TFAM?

Textile and Fibre Artists of Manitoba!
All textile and fibre artists in Manitoba are invited to become members of TFAM.

An inaugural meeting will be held Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, at Creative Manitoba, 300 – 245 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg.

Email if you are interested in attending or would like more information. 

Interested, but cannot attend the meeting?  Email with your contact information and we will keep you informed.

Susan Selby
SAQA WC member Susan Selby of Manitoba tells us more...

We are excited to announce the inaugural meeting of the Textile and Fibre Artists of Manitoba (TFAM).  The meeting will take place in the Small Meeting Room at Creative Manitoba, 300 - 245 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg on Wednesday, October 25 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  Refreshments and discussions to follow.

All textile and fibre artists in Manitoba are potential members of this group.  Our goals are:
* Networking amongst the diverse artists throughout the province.  Technology will be used for those in remote areas;
* Sharing our expertise and experience;
* Advocacy for our arts, promoting the art forms, arranging group shows; and
* Learning and encouraging artistic development.

 A newsletter will keep members informed and meetings will rotate throughout the province. 

If you are interested in our mandate but unable to attend this meeting, we would still like to hear from you; please email to introduce yourself and share your experiences.  Your ideas will be welcomed.

TFAM Steering Committee,
Yvonne Carlson, Elaine Filyk, Susan Selby, Cathie Ugrin and Krista Zeghers

Moody Manitoba Morning
Susan Selby

Editor's Note: due to the distances between us across the SAQA Western Canada Region, getting a group together is a challenge (just ask your Regional Co-Reps, past and present!)  We need to support each other and our work, and come together with enthusiasm and engagement, whether in a POD, at a Regional Retreat, a SAQA Conference -- or just over a cup of coffee.  Best wishes to Susan and her colleagues for the success of this initiative!

Friday, September 29, 2017

What Our Members are Up To...

While the Blog Editor's away, our SAQA WC members continue to 'play'...  😉

Play a key role in the textile/art quilt community, that is, bringing their work to the world both through SAQA exhibitions and on their own.  I'm just back from 17 days in Scotland...mainly off line -- and here are just a few bits of news that came to my attention once I reconnected!

Cottonwood Delta Blues
Jaynie Himsl, SK
Jaynie Himsl of Saskatchewan's piece, Cottonwood Delta Blues makes a 'splash' as SAQA's H20H! exhibit -- currently on show at the National Quit Museum in Paducah, Kentucky -- is highlighted in a video on The Quilt Show blog.

B.C. members, Lesley Turner and Sarah McLaren, held a short but successful exhibit, Colour: A Personal Response, at ARTSea Gallery in Sidney, B.C. (You can read more about this on Lesley's blog, HERE.)

And SAQA WC Co-Rep for B.C., Jennie Johnston, has secured a spot as in Artist in Residence at the Forest Grove Elementary School -- where her sons are students -- via an Artist in the Classroom grant from ArtStarts in Schools.  You can read more about that adventure on her blog, HERE.

In the 2017 SAQA Benefit Auction, which continues through October 8, B.C. member Terry Aske was thrilled to have her piece, Heron Reflected 2, sold on the opening day!  Karen Johnston's piece, 4-Patch and Beyond, was also sold during Section 1, while pieces by Margaret Blank and Susan Selby are now available for purchase in the SAQA Store.

Still available in Section 2 are pieces by Pippa Moore and Karlie McChesney, while coming up in Section 3, opening Monday, October 2, at 2 p.m. ET, are pieces by SAQA WC members Ellen Bourassa, Jaynie Himsl and Susan Purney Mark. 

Of course, there are also dozens of pieces by our SAQA colleagues from all around the globe, some of whom have become very well known, and others who may be entering the exhibiting world for the first time with their auction pieces.  Selling a piece is a real boost to all artists, but selling that very first piece...well...that's something particularly special! 

Best wishes for success for all who participated in this year's fund-raiser and wide-open exhibit opportunity!

Remember, if you have an item of note -- a technique, process, artistic experience or exhibit to share with your SAQA colleagues; an article published; a prize won; a book to recommend; a new member (even if it's yourself!) to introduce from your part of our wide Region...please contact Margaret, your long-suffering Blog Editor!  😉  She'll be happy to report it, and will give you any guidance you need in preparing the information needed for the blog post.

Thank you for your support!

Monday, September 11, 2017

MCOTW: Canada -- off to France!

If you want to see the SAQA exhibit My Corner of the World: Canada sometime in the next year, you'll have to travel to France to do it.  As SAQA member Bethany Garner has just reported on the SAQA Central Canada blog, here are the four venues in France where the work of les canadiennes will be showing:

Exhibition sites in France during 2017-18


LINK for exploring the site:


Catalogue available!

SAQA Western Canada artists represented in MCOTW: Canada
Terry Aske
Margaret Blank
Jaynie Himsl
Paula Jolly
Marie McEachern
Mardell Rampton
Janet Scruggs

Congratulations to all the participants!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

SAQA's Annual Online Benefit Auction 2017: SAQA WC is There!

In just a bit more than a week, SAQA opens its 2017 Online Benefit Auction, with it's "Diamond Day, September 15th.  At 2 p.m. Eastern Time on that day, all the pieces will be up for purchase for $1,000 USD each!

Those not sold on Diamond Day will proceed to the weekly auction, starting with Section 1 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 18.

This year, nine SAQA WC members have contributed to the Auction:

On offer in Section 2

On offer in Section 1

On offer in Section 3

On offer in Section 3

On offer in Section 1

On offer in Section 2

On offer in Section 2

On offer in Section 3

On offer in Section 1

Thanks to you all for contributing your time and talent to SAQA's fund-raising efforts!  Funds raised go, in part, to ensuring that the art quilts created in "our corner of the world" travel abroad, secure and insured, to educate people everywhere about the power and beauty of the studio art quilt.  😊

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Meanwhile in Calgary...

Just opened in Calgary -- through mid-September, so catch it quickly while you can!

Contextural describes itself thus:

Contextural is a community of textile artists fostering a cooperative creative environment in support of the production of artistic works. Contextural contributes to the artistic advancement of our members through access to a collaborative working environment, professional development and the exhibition of new work.

This particular exhibit is the group's annual show of work done during its summer residency at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD).  Several SAQA Western Canada members belong to Contextural -- Diane Duncan,  Terri Illingworth, Wendy Klotz, Lorraine Ross and Lynda Williamson.  However, as of this writing, their participation in this year's exhibit is unconfirmed, for which I apologize.  (If one of these gals can elucidate in the comments or by e-mail to me, I'd appreciate it!)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Opening in Kamloops in September!

SAQA WC Artists are once again front and centre in the latest FAN Exhibit...this time in Kamloops at the Kamloops Art Centre Main Gallery in the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre...

Thanks to member Valerie Wilson (Co-Rep, MB/SK) for passing on this poster via her Facebook feed.   In addition to Valerie (a slice of her piece, Maple Keys, is shown on the right, above), the following SAQA Western Canada members are participating in this beautiful display of all things botanical:

Terry Aske, Diana Bartelings, Janet Bednarczyk, Paulette Cornish, Alison Dean Cowitz, Margie Davidson, Donna-Fay Digance, Diane Duncan (a slice of her piece, Cherry Blossoms, is on the left, above), Robin Fischer, Victoria Gray, Jaynie Himsl, Linda Ingham, Karen Johnson, Judy Leslie, Karlie McChesney, Linda MacKay, Judi MacLeod, Marie McEachern, Pippa Moore, Jenny Perry, Terry Phillips, Dawn Piasta, Katie Stein Sather, Janet Scruggs, Susan Selby, Patt Wilson and Mary Wilton.

If you cannot see it in person, you can see this exhibit on line at the FAN website, HERE.  Enjoy!