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!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Camrose Art Walk 2017

Once again Camrose member Mary Wilton is part of the Annual Art Walk in Camrose, Alberta -- and you have just a few weeks left to catch this varied exhibit in this lovely Central Alberta city.

Yes -- that's Mary on the cover of this year's Art Walk brochure.  In the centre is her husband, Terry, whose photography is also on exhibit, and to the right is their colleague, Jim Brager.

Yours truly had the pleasure of visiting the assorted venues with Mary about ten days ago, so I'm happy to share just a taste of her work on display, in case you can't get to Camrose to see it for yourself...

Manitoba Thanksgiving
Wet felting, free-motion quilting,
mounted on artist's canvas

Autumn Birches
Painted whole-cloth, glue resist
fused applique, free-motion quilting

Top: Ontario Summer
Bottom: Newfoundland Sunrise
Wet felting, free-motion quilting
mounted on artist's canvas

The Art Walk runs through September 5, 2017 at various venues around Camrose.  Downtown Camrose is ideal for strolling -- with galleries, an art supply shop, a large quilt shop, and some very good eateries: perfect for an Artist's Date!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

"Bridges" in Calgary!

The Alberta Society of Artists is celebrating 85 years with a special exhibit, entitled "Bridges" -- and two of the featured artists are SAQA members from Alberta: Barbara J. West and Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas.

September 1-30, 2017
 616 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary.
Reception: Thursday, September 7, 2017
An informal guided tour begins at 7:30 p.m.

If you have an opportunity to visit the library in September, do be sure to take in this special exhibit!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Making Her Mark

Photo: courtesy of Saanich News
Susan Purney Mark of Victoria, B.C. is at it again!  She gave us a wonderful workshop on mark-making at our Regional Retreat in May, and she's been carrying on ever since.  This coming weekend she'll be at it again.

Thanks to B.C. colleague, Andree Fredette, for sharing on Facebook that Susan will be making more marks on August 13 when she goes to the annual Bower Creek Brush-up in Oak Bay, B.C.   She'll be one of three dozen artists in the park that day, sharing their work with the public.  The event runs from 11 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. at 1700 Hampshire Road, Oak Bay, B.C.

If you're in the area, do drop by and say "Hi!"  
Make some marks!  You might just get hooked -- like I did!  

Wall - Margaret Blank (c) 2017
12" square
Materials: Kona cotton, other commercial fabric
and hand-dyed linen, fabric paint, polyester thread,
poly-cotton batting, embroidery floss.
Techniques: mark-making, stamping,
machine quilting, "big stitch" hand quilting.

Friday, August 4, 2017

A Moment in Time: Reprise

Valerie Wilson's exhibit, A Moment in Time, which debuted at the Portage and District Arts Centre in the spring of 2016, is returning!

This time, the venue is the Dalnavert Museum in Winnipeg.  The site bills itself as "small mansion, big history" -- and should prove to be the perfect location for Val's unique artwork, which focuses on recreating figures from the past with fabric and stitch.

The exhibit opens on Wednesday, August 16 and runs through September 15 at the Visitor Centre of the Museum.  No mention of an Artist's Talk or Opening Reception...perhaps Val will fill us in?  😉  And...she did!  

Opening Reception
September 1, 2017
7 - 9 p.m.
Artist's Talk: 8 p.m.

If you're in the Winnipeg area or travelling there this month, be sure to take in this very special exhibit!

Monday, July 31, 2017

And Now He-e-e-ere's...Jennie!

In my last post I briefly introduced you to our new SAQA Co-Rep for B.C., Jennie Johnston.

Jennie at LaConner, 2016
with her piece, Beryl
This past week Jennie sent me some information about herself and a few photos of her work.  When she wrote, she'd just returned from a holiday to visit family in Quebec.  Although we hail from different parts of that Province, I felt an immediate connection, and am delighted to report that at last here she is -- Jennie, in her own words:

Hello, everyone.  Margaret kindly asked me to prepare a small introduction about myself for the blog.
Currently I live in Burnaby, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver.  I have lived here for the last 16 years and have fully converted to the west coast life style.  I live with my husband and two sons, ages 9 and 6. I was at home with my boys full time until I started working part time this spring at a House Museum called Mackin House in Coquitlam BC.
I grew up in rural Quebec, in a small English language pocket called the Eastern Townships. My family has a dairy and maple syrup farm. Growing up there was idyllic and I am very drawn to nature and have a strong current of ancestral lines running through my work.
My grandmother is a quilter and both my mother and aunt are avid crafters/makers. Growing up around creativity was imperative to my development as an artist.  Along with the wanderlust that continues to compel me travel, I attended university in New Brunswick at Mount Allison University where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. In my last year of school, I finally realized that I wanted to sew more than paint and that greatly influenced the arc of my work. 
I was a member of the Vancouver Quilt Guild for several years but found getting to meetings very hard once my first son was born.  It was through the transformation of motherhood that I began developing my quilt work and found the layering of techniques that I use today including photo transfer, painting, embroidery and quilting.  Most of my work is done by hand because I prefer the level of intimacy that hand stitch offers.  Finding SAQA was a great boost to my sense of community.  I think the struggle between the art/craft dichotomy is important to break down in the art community.  I see that happening slowly and SAQA is working to make quilts receive their due as objects capable of bridging art and craft perfectly.
I wish to thank Margaret very much for taking on the editing of our SAQA Western Canada blog. And I will be sending out the newsletter each month. You can make sure that you are opted in to receive those emails through your SAQA membership account. To find out more about me, my work, and connect on social media please visit my website and I look forward to hearing from each of you about how we can make our region more enriching for everyone. 

Jennie in the Yellow Dining Room
at the home of Claude Monet, Giverny, France, 2016

Jennie and company at the Round House
Community Centre, featuring her installation,
Lifelines, in the Window Gallery - 2013

As  you know, it seems that most Reps/Co-Reps have a vision to accomplish something during their tenure.  For Patti Morris (Alberta) and Jill Sullivan (B.C.), it was collaborating to create exhibits of members' work that toured the Region, ending with the Burgess Shale Project that now lives at the Burgess Shale Interpretive Centre in B.C.  For Katie Stein Sather in B.C., it was bringing a 25th Anniversary Trunk Show tour to the Region.  For yours truly in Alberta, it was helping tour that Trunk, educating traditional quilters about art quilts at Quilt Canada in Lethbridge (2015) and expanding communication through the blog and regular newsletters.  For Val Wilson (MB/SK) and Coleen Adderley (B.C.) it was bringing us our first Regional Retreat.

Jennie has already embraced the idea of having another Trunk Tour -- as part of a Canada-wide initiative that will be starting Down East and heading West.  In addition, the West Coast Regions of the U.S. want to include Western Canada in a multi-Regional Exhibit.  Be sure to read Jennie's future newsletters all the way to the bottom 😉 to be sure you don't miss out on any details of these projects, and whatever else she has up her sleeve.

Desi Vaughn,
SAQA Reps Co-ordinator 
Valerie Wilson,
And please -- if you live in Alberta or Manitoba/Saskatchewan -- those parts of the Regions need closer representation with SAQA -- and Jennie will soon need help!

If you are interested in taking on a two-year term as a Co-Rep for SAQA based in Alberta or MB/SK, please contact Valerie Wilson (outgoing, MB/SK) or Jennie (B.C.) -- or the main SAQA Reps Co-ordinator, Desi Vaughn -- sooner rather than later!

And thank you for your support!

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

If you wish to stop receiving these e-mails, please contact Valerie at

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!