Monday, July 17, 2017

Back -- with Exhibit News!

Hello again, SAQA Western Canada members and WC blog readers far and near!  I am delighted to be back editting the SAQA WC blog -- though not in my former capacity as Alberta Co-Rep.  No; that position remains up for grabs -- and Val Wilson will be finishing her tenure in MB/SK very soon so...(hint, hint, hint...)

Jennie working in her studio
First, WELCOME aboard to the new SAQA Co-Rep for B.C., Jennie Johnston of Burnaby.  Watch this space for a bit of a profile on Jennie in the near future.

And of a new exhibit!

archiTEXTURE: Hard Edges in a Soft Medium opens August 7, 2017 in the Community Art Space on the 3rd Floor of the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, B.C., and runs through October 2, 2017.  Regular gallery hours are Monday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The Opening Reception is Friday, August 11 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., in conjunction with the New West Cultural Crawl that runs over that weekend.

Featured Artists: 

Terry, Mardell and Judy are all SAQA members -- those at the first WC Regional Retreat in May will remember Judy's in-depth, informative and fun seminar on colour.  Among other accomplishments, Terry and Mardell both have pieces currently touring with My Corner of the World: Canada.

The title is intriguing...the artists are talented...if you live in or will be visiting the area in August or September, be sure to take in "archiTEXTURE"!

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A closing note:  if you have news -- your work, an upcoming exhibit, an award for work or and entry accepted into a show, for example --  to share with your colleagues in the Region, across Canada and around the world, please contact your co-rep or contact me directly, and I'll be happy to post it here! -- Margaret Blank, Mirror, AB - Editor, SAQA WC Blog.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

News from SAQA Western Canada

An upcoming exhibition with Terry Aske, Judy Villett and Katie Stein Sather participating:
May 25 to June 4, 2017 – Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, BC
Opening reception: Saturday, May 27 from 5 to 7 pm

Dawn Piasta has sent in this information on a call for entry for Manitoba and Saskatchewan members.


                        The Gallery in the Garden is Looking for Artists

What is gallery in the garden?

Gallery in the Garden is an event sponsored by The Classic Garden, in which beautiful Birtle gardens and wonderful artwork are paired together for public enjoyment. All types of artwork will be considered...pottery, photography, sculpture, painting, glass, quilts etc.
When is gallery in the garden?

In 2017, the Gallery will be held on July 8 in Birtle, Manitoba. Proceeds go to running The Centre, a facility on Main St. in Birtle where learning the arts, woodworking, metalwork and creative gardening is encouraged & facilitated.
What we can do for the artist.
-the Gallery is a chance for you to show off your work. It is also a time that you could educate people about your art.
There is no entry fee to participate and anything you sell is all yours; no commission fees!What to expect when you participate.
-this is an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine. If the forecast is for inclement weather that your artwork cannot tolerate, there are indoor facilities where you can show your work. Please realize that an unforeseen shower or wind cannot be predicted. We will do our utmost to ensure that your art is safe.
What do you need to do for gallery in the garden?
-be involved! Consider doing a demo during the day. As education is one of the goals of this event it is preferable if the artist is on site to speak with the public. If this is not possible we are willing to work with you to set up and display your art. 
-encourage participation by other artists you may know. Advertise (we have posters!) in your town.
Interested? Please contact us before June 1, to be a part of the next Gallery in the Garden.

Need more info? Find us on Facebook or email or call Shonda at 204-842-3704  

Friday, March 17, 2017

Upcoming Exhibitions and Studio Challenge

March 17, 2017

Hello everyone!

Exhibition News

Jenny Johnston submitted a photo of her piece "Spring in the World Tree"

17 x 20", a mixed media quilt which will be showing in the exhibit:

Cherry Blossoms - A Textile Translation
In conjunction with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival at the Silk Purse Gallery 

1750 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver, BC from March 21- April 9 

Opening Reception Tuesday March 21 from 6-8 pm.

Valerie Wilson shared that her quilt "Fred" and also one of Susan Selby's quilts will be in the CQA National Juried Show in Toronto in June 2017.

Upcoming Events

Studio Challenge

In the near future I will be putting out a call for Western Canadian SAQA members to send in a photo, or photos, of their studio space. 

Let us all see where you create your art!

All those who participate in the challenge will have their names put in a hat for a draw and a chance to win a copy of a Portfolio, or an exhibit catalogue.

Plus, you will all have the fun of seeing how other artists organize their space.

This message is sent by Valerie Wilson 
SAQA Western Canada Co-Rep (Manitoba) on behalf of SAQA Western Canada

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mary Wilton has a show in April with her husband:

Here is some information on an upcoming Canada 150 event sponsored by the Camrose Arts Society. Terry and I will showcase our creativity through my fibre art, and his original music and photography.

I am creating more than 15 new fibre art pieces using a variety of techniques including wet felting, painting on fabric using transparent and opaque paints, pencil crayons detail, wrapped shibori, embroidery with yarns, crayon drawing, free hand free motion quilting, photo transfer, snow dyeing, fused collage and combining wet felting with quilted backgrounds. The landscapes will include scenes from every province as my tribute to this beautiful country.

Terry's photography will be available printed on stretched canvas as well as through a plakmount process and as art cards. He has continued to create new original music which will be available on CD. We will be interviewed by the local newspapers in early March so watch for more information at that time. Tickets are now available through the Camrose Arts Society. Due to the size of the room, 80 tickets have been printed and will be available on a first come first served basis.

Here is the link to the event information: Camrose Arts Society

Please pass this information on to others who may be interested in attending.

Thank you for your interest and support
Mary Wilton

Thursday, February 9, 2017

SAQA Western Canadian Retreat

Out of the Studio: Into the Wider World

The retreat is coming soon! 

We have a wonderful line-up of sessions organized for you. It is so exciting to have this first ever Western Canadian retreat. Help us make it a success.

Book now to avoid disappointment! 
Final registrations (or a hold) must be in by February 15, 2017

Not a SAQA member???
We have opened the retreat up to members of the public!

If you are interested, please email Coleen Adderley and let her know and she will hold a spot for you.

Here are Judy Villett and Susan Purney Mark talking about their courses.

Multi-dimensional Colour
Judy Villett

Begins with a review of the three dimensions of colour: hue, value and intensity. How can these theories add power to your design?
Make colour proportion charts based on an inspirational photo brought by each participant or a still life set up in class.
Explore the emotional dimension of colour with a colour chart of your journey to and experience of this retreat.
Your personal colour history - fill in the blanks and share with the group.
Learn more about yourself and your colleagues.
$10 kit includes four worksheets and fabric swatches. Kit fee is covered in your registration  fee!

Mark Making
Susan Purney Mark

In this short workshop we will use a variety of methods to create marks on both paper and fabric.
Using unusual tools, inks and paints we explore line, pattern and composition that we can use as personal symbols and for our own unique language.
We can combine this work with other fabrics and papers for presentation as books, work for further exploration, or as finished piece.  

All supplies are provided.  We hope to see you there!

Here are two more of the instructors presenting at this the SAQA Western Canada Retreat and a tour invitation from the BC POD.

Pricing Your Work - Tools to Solve the Mystery
The focus of this session will be on pricing fibre art for sale. One of the most challenging tasks for beginning and emerging artists is establishing prices for their art. Later in their career, artists with a sales record are often perplexed when their sales falter.
Dawn will provide a series of questions to consider to help form a basis for setting or revisiting prices. Various methodologies employed by artists will be presented. Finishing with some hard cold realties of selling fibre art in today’s market.

We are fortunate to be able to offer appraisal services during the retreat. Dawn Hunt is an Accredited Member of the Association of Online Appraisers, an American Quilter’s Society certified quilt appraiser, and a SAQA member. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable information about the value of your fibre art from Western Canada’s only AQS certified quilt appraiser!
Why have your fibre art appraised?
  • To estimate your insurance replacement needs
  • To document proof of ownership
  • To establish appropriate asking prices for your art
  • To determine value for charitable donation or estate purposes
  • To include as a thoughtful addition for your art given as a gift
  • To provide documentation for your family and professional history
The fee for most appraisals is $75 (the fees for fair market value and donation appraisals are $125). Fees are subject to GST. (During the retreat Dawn is still offering 2016 rates, her 2017 rates fees will be in effect afterwards.) The in-depth typed appraisal report will be mailed directly to you following the retreat.
You will not need to be present during the appraisal appointment but please book in advance by contacting Dawn at or at 403 609 9947.
Your fibre art has value!

Photographing your Art
Are you interested in entering shows, but don’t feel confident taking your own photos?
Are your photos a weird colour or do your quilts look off kilter in your photos?
This session will give you the information that you need to take good photos that will increase your chances of being accepted in to shows.
Valerie Wilson is a Juried Artist Member of SAQA and the Membership Coordinator of the Fibre Art Network. She has been accepted in to many shows and has shown her work across Canada and internationally.

If you are still thinking about coming to the retreat, please hurry as the deadline is approaching! We would love to see you there!

For more information you can contact me at

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

SAQA Western Canada Retreat

2017 SAQA Western Canada Retreat

Out of the Studio: Into the Wider World

It is with much excitement that we announce the first ever:   

                       SAQA Western Canada Retreat
                        Thursday May 4 – Sunday May 7, 2017 
                       Green Bay Bible Camp in Kelowna, BC.

Start making your travel plans now!

Registration: The registration form will be coming to you soon via email.
Be sure to fill it out and send it in with your payment as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

All registrations must be in by February 15, 2017.

Instructors and Events:

·        Susan Purney Mark - Using Social Media

·        Judy Villett – Colour and Design

·        Dawn Hunt of Fibrework Appraisals, a Certified Quilt Appraiser – Valuing your             quilts for Insurance/Donation/Pricing to Sell.

          Dawn will also be available to do quilt appraisals at the retreat. There will           be an additional cost for these individual appraisals. A wonderful             
          opportunity to have your quilts appraised for insurance purposes, 
          charitable donation or to get an idea of their asking price.

·        Valerie Wilson – Photographing your Quilts

·        Panel discussion on Booking Venues/Showing your Work (Urban and rural perspectives)

·        Mini workshops
        - Mark Making with Susan Purney Mark
        - Printing and Stamping on Fabric with Valerie Wilson
        - Fabric Scorching Technique with Janet Scruggs

 Participants will rotate through all 3 workshops.

·        Show and Share your work

·        Free time to mix and mingle with other Western Canadian SAQA members

Optional group wine tour

We hope that you can attend. 


Terry Aske from New Westminster , BC has some awesome news!

An award and other news – 2017.01.22

Two of my quilts – 'Circular Thinking' and 'Eclipse' – were accepted to the Road to California quilt show, which started on January 19th and ends today.  I was notified that my quilt 'Eclipse' was awarded "Honorable Mention: Modern Piecing" by the judges. I was thrilled when Carol of Twin Creek Quilts posted a photo […]

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Jnauary in Inuvik

Terry recently had the wonderful opportunity of teaching in Inuvik.

unpacking for a trunk show in Inuvik

Terry has some wonderful photos of her trip and of the student's work, so be sure to check it out!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Upcoming SAQA Meeting

Upcoming Lower Mainland SAQA meetings.

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Terry Rammell’s Studio (behind her house; come to the left of her house)
                117 Regina St.
                New Westminster
Bring: bag lunch, new work, work in progress, experiments, a new book, etc.
Theme: Critiqueing Your Work – approaches you use, help you may need; what do you do that helps your work improve?

Please email to confirm your attendance.


Museum of Anthropology Private Guided Tour

Our March 8, 2017 our SAQA group will be meeting at the Museum of Anthropology for a private tour with the curator of the exhibit “Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures”.

Time: 10:30 (participants must arrive by 10:15)
Admission Cost: Group rates:
                Adults $16.00
                Seniors (65+) $13.00
                First Nations guests are free of charge.

Cost of Tour: SAQA members $5.00
                         Guests may register after February 15, 2017 for a cost of $10.00, if space is available.

To register please pay the total amount to Karen Johnson
#316 5360 205 St.
Langley, B.C.
V3A 7Y6

Arrangements regarding a group lunch will be made later.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

2017 Trunk Show -- Samples to Inspire

Over a month ago in this space, we posted about the SAQA Trunk Show and the opportunities it afforded for trying on techniques, for getting exposure for your work, for automatic acceptance (no jury) and for having some fun.

Now, however, The End Deadline is Near!  That's right, colleagues!  If you've been procrastinating about entering this every-three-years opportunity -- you have a mere four days (and a few hours) left.  The deadline for your online entry is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 30 -- which translates to 8:59 p.m. Pacific, 9:59 p.m. Mountain and 10:59 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Soooo...if you're needing a bit more inspiration, here are a few examples from your SAQA WC colleagues who've already submitted their entries...

From B.C., Terry Aske:

Croatian Door (C) 2016
Terry Aske
Terry's statement about her piece:
While visiting Croatia, I took a photo of this small rustic door, tucked under a flight of well-worn stone steps, and set deeply into a rough rock wall. The passage of time can be seen in the shape and surface of the door. I wondered: how old is it; what history has it seen; what might be behind it?
Techniques:  Digital image, computer enhanced, then printed on fabric.  Rock surfaces machine-quilted through one layer of batting.  Grout and door quilted through two layers, resulting in a dimensional trapunto effect.

From Alberta:

Margaret Blank, Mirror:

Autumn Colours (C) 2016
Margaret Blank

Margaret's statement about her piece:
I was inspired by the trees and the sky on the Central Alberta prairies in late September found in the view from my back lane.  Yes, the sky here is really that blue!

Marie McEachern, Calgary:

Off the Grid (C) 2016
Marie McEachern

All Marie would divulge is that she hand-dyed the fabric...

Mary Wilton, Camrose:

Ireland View (C) 2016
Mary Wilton

Mary was a painter before she was a quilter, and when she discovered painting on fabric...she became an art quilter.  She is now developing an entire body of work with painted backgrounds.  Mary took a quilting tour to Ireland last spring, which was the inspiration for this piece.

Okay; now you have your inspiration!   Translate a photo; go abstract; add surface design; paint a background -- it's your turn!

What are you waiting for?!                         


This is my last post as Editor of the SAQA WC least, for the foreseeable future.  I am handing the reins on to Val Wilson, Co-Rep for MB/SK...with my blessing.  Please give her your support, and send her your news to share with your SAQA WC colleagues.  You can reach her at

I want to thank each and every one of you, SAQA WC colleagues, for your support, your feedback, and your faithful readership over the past three years as I served you in the Region.  I have no idea what's next for me in the SAQA world, beyond making a modest contribution to the Region's first-ever Regional Retreat in West Kelowna in May...but I welcome whatever comes!

Should one of you in Alberta decide you might be able to manage being Co-Rep here for a couple of years (the term is really only two years; I stayed on one more for a variety of reasons)...please get in touch with either Coleen Adderley (B.C.) or Val (as above)...or with SAQA Reps Coordinator Desiree (Desi) Vaughn. (Please note that my job as blog editor was by choice; it's not a requirement of whoever serves in Alberta! LOL!)

There is Co-Rep training provided as well as a manual and other materials -- and I have a box of goodies to pass on that I'd love to get out of my back room! ;-)

May SAQA continue to excite, educate and inspire you to show your work within the organization and elsewhere.  May you continue to use the opportunities it offers to build your confidence and skills as textile artists...and may you always remember that you whatever you contribute to any organization, you receive in return, many times over.

See you in West Kelowna in May, God willing! 'Bye for now!

At the opening of Western Threads
"Meet the Best of the West" Exhibit
Royal Alberta Museum, April 2014

In Memoriam for a Colleague

SAQA Atlantic Canada posted this today:

We lost our good friend and SAQA Atlantic member Susan Tilsley Manley one week ago.

Anne Morrell Robinson created a small quilt as a tribute to Susan. 

Release by Anne Morrell Robinson 

Release by Anne Morrell Robinson of Margaree Valley, NS

 AMR: "Release" is a tribute to Susan Tilsley Manley and depicts some of her favourite things; crows, bubbles, flowers, and being able to celebrate who we are.

Anne's quilt will be part of SAQA Atlantic's upcoming regional trunk show. Read more about Anne Morrell Robinson on her website, Kingross Quilts

Read more about Susan Tilsley Manley, Artist and Maker of Things, here.

A tribute to Susan and her artwork will be published on our blog in the coming weeks.

Detail - "You've Got Mail"
Susan Tilsley Manley
I never met Ms. Manley but was introduced to her work when I saw her piece, "You've Got Mail" at the Opening of My Corner of the World: Canada in Stratford in May of this year.  At that time, former Co-Rep for SAQA AC, now Board  member, Chris Nielsen, told us that Ms. Manley had recently been diagnosed with a brain tumour and had months to live.

Her piece touched my heart because it spoke of the demise of rural post offices and mail delivery, which is a sore spot out here on the rural Central Alberta prairies, as it is in many areas across our land.

Please hold Ms. Manley and her family in your thoughts and prayers at this sad time.  Canada and the SAQA community have lost a talented artist and self-described "Maker of Things".  

May you rest in peace, Susan.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Photo 2 Fibre: A New Call for Entry!

B.C. Co-Rep Coleen has received this request from SAQA member Brigitte Red, who is also a member of the Board for Gallery Vertigo, the sponsor of this non-SAQA Call for Entry.  The Gallery would like to expand its response for this annual exhibition, so this is open today for your consideration.  Thanks for sharing this, Coleen and Brigitte!