Monday, March 18, 2019

Congratulations are in Order!

B.C. member, Janet Scruggs, can be justifiably pleased and proud.  Not only is her piece, Plastic Chowder, part of the soon-to-open SAQA Multi-Regional Exhibit, Shifting Tides*, but also her piece Under Your Wing is part of the current exhibit, "Shelter" on now at the Gallery Vertigo in Vernon, B.C. (see THIS POST for details).

And now...her piece, Tree Lichen -- an embroidery on photo --  was selected for a 'First' as Juror's Choice in an exhibit sponsored by the Kamloops Arts Council.

And she's just reported that the piece will now travel to the Ukraine -- having been juried into the Scythia 2019-2020 -- the 9th International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Mini Textile Art! 

The exhibit includes work by 130 artists from 35 countries. 

Well done, Janet!  What a beautiful way to represent Canada and SAQA -- and to showcase your unique textile art style.

Tree Lichen with it's winning ribbon -- and Janet's smiling face!

*Editor's Note: two other SAQA WC members have work appearing in Shifting Tides: Clare Atwell and Diana Bartelings.  The exhibit will appear in numerous venues once it leaves San Jose -- including travels to Hawaii, Alaska, California and Vancouver, B.C.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

And While We Wait for Spring...

Those in the Okanagan area -- even if just passing through! -- might enjoy this latest from   gallery, featuring several SAQA WC members.

Note the Opening Reception which is this coming Friday evening!  

SAQA WC members participating include Janis (Jan) Clark, Mary Ann Cox, Sandra Lounsbury and Janet Scruggs.

Would that I could be there with you for that Opening!  If there are photos to share in future, please let me know by e-mail.  Thanks!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Is It Spring Yet?

There's lots going on with our members this month and next -- so let's leap into Spring (even if there's still several feet of snow on the ground and you've just come out the other side of an Extreme Cold Warning!) with these wonderful shows:

Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth -- the multi-Regional SAQA exhibit -- opens in San Jose, CA at the "Works" on April 19, and a tour thereof will be part of the itinerary at the SAQA Conference this year.  This piece was one of 3 accepted from SAQA WC members...Congratulations to Janet Scruggs!  

Plastic Chowder - Janet Scruggs, B.C.

Also opening in April is this exhibit from the Vancouver Island branch of the Surface Design Association (SDA):

Several SAQA WC members are participating in this exhibit, including Judi MacLeod, Lesley Turner, Lesley Comassar, Donna-Fay Digance, Karen Selk and Barbara McCaffrey.

And then there's this ON NOW!

Pieces by SAQA WC member from B.C.,
Karlie Norrish McChesney

If you're anywhere near any of these exhibits, DO be sure to take the time to enjoy the work.  Congratulations to all of our members participating!

P.S. Remember about a month ago I mentioned the deadline for the Spotlight Auction this year?  And asked if anyone else had made a contribution?

Well...she didn't tell me directly, but I follow her blog, so...I was able to see the delightful piece submitted by B.C. member Terry Aske:

Black Lines + Bright Colors (sic)
(c) Terry Aske, 2019

Inspired by the artist Mondrian, I'm thinkin' it's sure to bring a pretty penny at the auction, and to make one particular collector very happy every time s/he sees it!

Another opportunity to have your art seen -- without the jury process or a fee to enter! -- is SAQA's Annual Benefit Auction.  The Early Bird deadline has now passed (March 1) but never fear -- you have till June 1 to have your contribution received by the Auction curator.

For us Canucks, that means -- get it in the mail by May 8 (or so) to avoid delays at the border! That's just over two (2!) months on it!  😉

Please accept my apologies if you've got a piece in one of these shows and I've missed your name and/or photo of your piece.  I am not on ALL social media -- just Facebook and my e-mail.  If you think I'm going to see something on Instagram or Twitter...sorry.  Please get in touch to share with your colleagues across Western Canada, TROC (The Rest Of Canada) and the world.  Yes, we have readers from the other SAQA Regions.  So please let me know...and thank you for your support!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Coming to Calgary in May!

A private quilting group is hosting one of Canada's art quilting celebrities for a workshop in Calgary near the end of May.  In addition, this wonderful artist will also be doing a Trunk Show and talk about her unique work in cheesecloth and portraiture!

Yes -- it's Mary Pal!  For further information and tickets to attend, see the poster below!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Put a Spotlight on Your Work!

The 2019 SAQA Conference will be here before we know it, and with it, the popular Spotlight Auction.

This event is the perfect way to put your work out there for SAQA members and conference guests -- some of whom are avid collectors -- especially if you are new to the art quilt scene.

It's a way to volunteer for SAQA and "be" at the Conference even if not in person.

And it's a way to create a small sample of something in a new technique or style you'd like to try.  To whit, my effort this year -- inspired by the some of the work of SAQA colleague and friend, Susan Lenz:

New Directions 3 - M. Blank, 2019

The deadline for entry is March 1, 2019 -- and the pieces have to have arrived at the curator's address in Virginia by March 8, 2019.  This means, shipping from Canada, that it's time to "git 'er done!" if you want to participate.

I mailed my little "tracked packet" on January 28 from our tiny hamlet post office.  Our mail goes up to Edmonton, then to Calgary, then out of the country.  As of this writing, my piece "has arrived in a foreign country" (meaning -- per the tracking page -- the U.S)  and that update on February 1 is the latest information available as to its you see what I mean! 

No time to waste!

That said, if you've finished your piece and have a photo to share with your colleagues, please send it to me by e-mail.  Don't forget to tell me its title!

And thanks for your support!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Let's Talk

From a Facebook post -- happening this evening in Winnipeg, Manitoba,
with SAQA member, Cathie Ugrin

Egg on My Face

Sometimes life gets in the way.  In good time, Val Wilson of Manitoba sent yours truly information about an online workshop she was starting -- on January 26.  She asked me to post about it.  Thinking I had lots of time, I let it go for a few days.  Well...more than a few.  And missed her deadline.

Aaaaaargh!  😧

I've apologized, and thankfully Val has 15 happy participants and (I think) has forgiven me.

Still...I wanted to make amends SO....

I'm going to direct you to Val's Website so you can check for yourself what you might to attend in 2019.  Click the links below that interest you:

Any or all of these links should give you more information about Valerie's beautiful portraiture and what you need to know should you want to learn how to add these techniques to your practice.


And...thanks, Val, for your patience!

Friday, January 11, 2019

It's Not Too Late to Sign Up!

Manitoba member Valerie Wilson is offering a FREE 5-day "challenge" on the use of (colour) value in creating fabric portraits. 

The challenge starts Monday, January 14 ON LINE.  It will be carried out mostly by e-mail, Val says, but also by posts through her Facebook group, "Fabric Faces".

I'm betting this will be of value (😉) even if you're not "into" portraiture.  Colour value is a key for all artists -- and one that can be a real challenge.  SO many of us are fond of those 'mediums'...and forego those 'lights' and 'darks'!

Sign up for the Fabric Portrait Value Challenge by clicking HERE -- a new learning opportunity as you start another creative year!  Thanks for sharing this, Val!

P.S. I'm thinking Valerie might be available to a POD workshop or a group gathering or guild meeting or...SAQA Toronto 2020?  Just wondering.... 😉

Monday, January 7, 2019

It's a New Year!

Time to make an Artist's Date!

Here are some venues for your consideration...

Member Susan Selby has a new show on in Manitoba, opening near the end of this month:

Her Artist's Talk will be February 3 at 2:00 p.m. -- at the Portage & District Arts Centre, #11 - 2nd Street NE, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.

If you're travelling down East -- specifically to Sydney, NS -- you might visit this exhibit from SAQA Atlantic member Helene Blanchet -- who for many years was a Calgary resident and part of SAQA Western Canada's region.  (She was one who helped with our Calgary "Parlour Meeting" back in the day.)

If you find yourself in the vicinity of La Grange, Texas some time between January 10 and March 24, do take in SAQA's global exhibit, Season After Season, at the Texas Quilt Museum.  SAQA Central Canada member Joan Hug-Valeriot and SAQA WC member, Margaret Blank are the only two Canadians to have pieces in this show!

Rather uniquely, this exhibit also required each artist to provide a sketchbook/journal with his/her piece -- which can be viewed by visitors to the exhibit!

And if blustery, wintry weather's keeping you indoors -- get thee to thy studio and make some art!

Happy New Year to all our SAQA Western Canada members!  Please share your activities with your colleagues this year -- both in our Region and beyond.  Contact blog editor, Margaret Blank, with your news so she can share it in these pages.  Thank you for your support!

Monday, December 17, 2018

When Like Minds Gather

Lower Mainland, B.C. SAQA POD members - November 14, 2018 meeting

This year is winding down...but it's been a great one for members all across the Region.  We've been creative, we've taken in workshops and seminars, we've travelled to shows, and we've stretched ourselves to enter juried exhibits through SAQA and other avenues.

We've met together when and where we can -- through SAQA and the Fibre Art Network, for example -- and we've given back to both of these organizations, as well as to the Social Justice Sewing Academy (U.S.) and the #UDHR Project.

We've been thrilled when work sold and when we've been honoured with prizes at Quilt Canada and that renowned festival known simply as "Houston".

The photo above was shared by Judy Leslie -- the SAQA POD from the Lower Mainland, B.C. at their year-end 2018 meeting last month.  That day they welcomed a member from Vancouver Island and one from Washington State.

Their smiling faces say it all -- they've gathered around a common interest, with creative ideas to share and discuss, and a good time was obviously had by all.

Though SAQA is a far-flung organization, with over 3,000 members globally who rarely meet each other in person, when we do manage to get together, in no time at all we've connected over our mutual love for art, the medium of textiles and the excitement of creativity.

Here's to many more such gatherings -- large and small, across the region, across the country (Toronto 2020 will be here before we know it!!) and as close as our own back yards.

Best wishes to all the members of SAQA Western Canada 
for a Joyous Holiday Season 
a Healthy, Happy and Creative New Year!