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!