Monday, October 26, 2015

Coming Up in Winnipeg!

Shared by Val Wilson, Co-Rep (MB/SK)...via Facebook...

This event runs at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7.   Included in this show and sale is the work of fifty artists, including SAQA Western Canada member Cathie Ugrin of Winnipeg.

For details about the event, admission information and workshops on offer, click HERE.

What a great time to be visiting Winnipeg!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Another Exquisite Exhibit

I subscribe to the blog written by member, Lesley Turner, of B.C.   Yesterday she posted about a beautiful exhibit now on at Portals in Duncan, B.C., under the auspices of the Cowichan Valley Arts Council.

Entitled "Garden Tapestry", the exhibit features work by the members of the VISDA -- Vancouver Island Surface Design Association -- including B.C. SAQA member, Sarah McLaren.  For photos of some of the artists with their work, check out Lesley's blog HERE.

And if you are fortunate enough to be in the area...

Thanks, Lesley!

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Alberta member Trudy Cowan recently sent me this photo of a portion of the "Fire & Water" exhibit on through October 31 at the Fish Creek Library in Calgary:

Trudy also supplied a bit more information about the group behind the show - fibre art explorers:
Fibre Art Explorers  (FAX) is a group of seven art quilters in the Calgary area who challenge, support and simply enjoy each other and each other's work - Trudy Cowan, Karen Jurek, Lil Mountjoy, Colleen Peake, Fran Sayles, Marilyn Samuels and Suzanne Stranks.
Do drop by to take in this exhibit if you are in the area in the next week!

Monday, October 19, 2015

On NOW in Calgary!

If you're going to be in Calgary and environs in the next couple of weeks, be sure to stop in to the Fish Creek Library!

Two Calgary area SAQA members and three others have mounted an exhibit entitled "Fire & Water", showing currently through October 31.  The artists are SAQA members Trudy Cowan and Karen Jurek, with colleagues Lil Mountjoy, Colleen Peake, Marilyn Samuels and Suzanne Stranks.

All are members in "fibre art explorers".  Member Karen Jurek tells me that for 2015-2016, the group will be working on the theme, "Earth".  Stay tuned for more from these talented artists!

Lava Flow - Karen Jurek - prize-winner, CQA 2005

Note:  the exhibit may be seen during usual library hours, which are 10:00 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fridays; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturdays; and noon - 5 p.m. Sundays.  Location and directions may be found on the Library's website.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Radical Elements = Artistic Fascination

In case you don't follow the SAQA Yahoo group...I'm delighted to share this link with you:

The link is to an article in "Hyperallergic" about SAQA's currently-touring exhibit, Radical Elements.  Alberta member, Karen Jurek, has a piece in this show; her chosen element was copper and her piece is entitled 'CU Around'.  Her piece is mentioned specifically in the article.  The author, Claire Voon, took wonderful photographs of the exhibit hanging in the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.  The reader will feel as if s/he is there in person.

Congratulations again to Karen for being juried into this show!

CU Around - (C) Karen Jurek, 2013

Note: Radical Elements closes in Washington, D.C. on October 19.  It's next scheduled venue is the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, May 28 - August 27, 2016.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Online Portion of the 2015 Benefit Auction is Over...

Thanks to all our artists who contributed!

Three more SAQA WC artists' pieces were sold in Section 3, and this one from Calgary's
Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas is now available for purchase in the SAQA Store:

Section 4 is an In Person Auction at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, beginning October 28.  To see the SAQA Western Canada artists whose pieces are included in this portion of the auction, click HERE.   Best wishes to you all for a successful showing and auction!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Section 3 of the 2015 Benefit Auction Opens Tomorrow!

2 p.m. EDT = 1 p.m. Central, noon Mountain and 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

In Section 3 you'll find work by these SAQA WC artists:

Pippa Moore, Comox, B.C.

Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas, Cochrane, AB

Andree Fredette, Saturna Island, B.C.


Paula Jolly, Mossbank, SK

Other Canadian artists in Section 3: Maggie Vanderweit 
and Elaine Quehl of Ontario (Central Canada Region).

These quilts from Section 2 are now available for purchase in the SAQA Store:

Patti is from Red Deer, AB

Jaynie is from Weyburn, SK

Linda is from North Vancouver, B.C.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Goin' to Houston!

In the Regional Newsletter, May I Have a Word? sent out at the end of August, I congratulated SAQA WC member Ellen Bourassa of B.C. on her 2015 SAQA Benefit Auction piece being selected to go to Houston's IQF for the section of the Auction that takes place there.  I did so based on the fact that she was interviewed on the SAQA Blog, which I follow.

Today I found out that Ellen's piece won't be going alone.  That is...several SAQA WC members have pieces that will travel with hers!  So to make are all the SAQA WC pieces going to Houston for exhibit/auction.

Drum roll please!

Congratulations to...

Valerie Wilson (Co-Rep, MB/SK), Winnipeg, MB.

Karen Johnson, Langley, B.C.

Ellen Bourassa, Saturna Island, B.C.

Rena Holma, Regina, SK


Patricia Scott, Edmonton, AB

Best wishes to all for a successful exhibit and auction!