Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Opening Next Week in Alberta

The Annual Camrose Art Walk opened at the beginning of June.  It's composed of two "tranches" of artists -- with some overlaps -- with the first group showing at various venues around the City of Camrose, Alberta, through July 18 (that's tomorrow!) and the second group showing from July 24 through September 4.

Venues include Camrose City Hall, the Bill Fowler Centre, the Public Library, the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on the U. of Alberta's Augustana Campus. the Chuck MacLean Arts Centre, the local Starbucks, the Candler Art Gallery, and two cafes -- Sacred Arts and Fiona's.  A brochure is available at any one of these locations, and includes a map so visitors can make their way around to the various venues.

Margaret (L) and Mary (R)
at Eilean Donan Castle,
September 2017
SAQA Western Canada members Mary Wilton and Margaret Blank are delighted to share that their collaborative 19-piece exhibit, Inspired by Scotland, will be showing at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre in that second group -- July 24 through September 4.

Mary and Margaret were part of the Celtic Quilt Tours trip to Scotland in September 2017, and determined even before they travelled that they'd like to pool their inspirations for a collaborative exhibit.  That the Camrose Art Walk -- in which Mary has participated for a dozen years now! -- agreed to show their work in such a lovely venue as the Performing Arts Centre was the icing on the cake.

In the past year Mary has explored more fully the technique of wet felting -- which she then quilts -- so many of her pieces will include this unique way of expressing her love of the beauty of nature she found in Scotland.

Colours of the Moor
Mary Wiilton (c) 2018

Margaret has discovered a way to combine quilting with painted stretched canvas, so many of the pieces she's created for the show will feature her explorations in this area.

Storm Brewing Over the Lowlands
Margaret Blank (c) 2018

A "Meet the Artists" Reception will be held at the Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, August 15, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. -- and they hope to see some of their friends there -- especially those from Central Alberta and perhaps Edmonton.  😊

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Update to SAQA WC Donations to the 2018 Benefit Auction

As promised, here's a wee update to the list of artists from our Region who've contributed to the 2018 SAQA Benefit Auction that goes online in September.

Added to those listed in the post of May 11 are...

Thanks so much for your contributions!  Mark your calendars to watch the bidding when it begins online -- September 14!

Catching Up With the News

It's said that timing is everything...and that certainly seems to be the case when it comes to keeping up with all the exhibits in which our SAQA WC members are participating!

It's definitely a challenge for your Blog Editor -- particularly when she finds herself inadvertently off-line for 10 days while she awaits a replacement part (power cord) for her computer!  For this, I apologize...and now scramble to catch up!

First, a mention of an exhibit on now in Vancouver -- and ending this weekend.

B.C. member Susan Purney Mark may have been travelling in Europe for the last several months, but that hasn't stopped her pieces from showing at the CityScape Gallery's exhibit, Industrial Perspective.

No More Ships
Susan Purney Mark - 2017 

The exhibit is on through June 30, so if you are in the area, do drop by and see it!

While that exhibit is closing, another has just opened -- at the Heritage Centre Public Art Gallery in Stony Plain, ABFibre Art Network's Ekphrastic: Part I will be there until July 28.

Several SAQA WC members are participating, including Terry Aske, Diana Bartelings, Janet Bednarczyk, Joyce Brown, Jan Clark, Alison Dean Cowitz, Gloria Daly, Donna-Fay Digance, Diane Duncan, Dianne Firth, Robin Fischer, Jaynie Himsl, Karen Johnson, Judy Leslie, Linda MacKay, Judy MacLeod, Pippa Moore, Jenny Perry, Katie Stein Sather, Susan Selby and Mary Wilton.

Mary describes the exhibit this way:
This exhibition, is built around four Fibre Art Network artists, interpreting unpublished poems from twelve Canadian poets as a dialogue between the two art forms.
The exhibition has been divided in two to accommodate the smaller gallery at the Multicultural Centre.
The opening [reception] for the Part One will be held on Saturday, June 30 from 1-3.  Part Two will be hung July 30 to August 31 with the opening scheduled for August 4 from 1-3 pm.
Her piece, Visitors at Dawn, was selected as the featured art for the poster advertising this unique exhibit:

Visitors at Dawn
Mary Wilton

Meanwhile, in print, it was exciting to see B.C. member Terry Aske's piece, Aurora, as one of the "Selections from Dusk to Dawn" in the current issue of the SAQA Journal.

Congratulations are in order for Alberta member Ana Buzzalino!  Her piece, The Prairie's Changing Landscape, won First Place in the "Art -- Abstract, Small" category at the International Quilter's Association (IQA) Judged Show, "Quilts: A World of Beauty" in 2017.

You can see a photo and Ana's statement about this work on page 61 of the June/July 2018 issue of Quilting Arts.

Thanks to the hard work of former members Patti Morris and Debra Bray, The Burgess Shale has at last found a home!  All 25 participating artists gave their permission, so these colourful pieces have been shipped to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum  near Grande Prairie, Alberta.  We await news of a possible Open House in the coming months, once the pieces have been settled into their new venue.

And finally -- for the moment -- Alberta member Margaret Blank has recently received word that her entry, Incarnation to Resurrection: Reflections on the Colours of the Church Year, has been accepted into the SAQA exhibit, "Season After Season", which will begin its tour at the Texas Quilt Museum,  La Grange, Texas, in January 2019.

Incarnation to Resurrection:
Reflections on the Colours 
of the Church Year
Margaret Blank

You can read about some of Margaret's journey in the creation of this piece on her blog HERE.

Stay tuned for more exhibit news as we move into July.  That said, your Editor is not a viewer of every available social media platform so please e-mail her or track her down on Facebook if you have news you want to share with SAQA Western Canada (and beyond) colleagues!

And thank you for your support!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

More Winners at the CQA Nat'l Juried Show!

SAQA Western Canada is proud of its members who've won with their entries to the 2018 National Juried Show at Quilt Canada, which finished up yesterday in Vancouver:

Blended Petals
Paula Jolly, MB/SK
First Prize, Art Abstract

Sunlit Flowerbed
Anne Rayner-Gould, B.C.
Second Prize, Art Abstract

Streamside Stillness
Karen Johnson, B.C.
Third Prize, Art Abstract

Spring on a Castle Mountain
Judy Leslie, B.C.
First Prize, Art Portrait

Always Fresh
Paula Jolly, MB/SK
Second Prize - Art Landscapes

Judy Leslie, B.C.
Prize: Excellence in Innovation

Music Bubbles
Robin Fischer, B.C.
Judge's Choice - Elinor Burwash

Congratulations to each and every one of you!

Friday, June 1, 2018

We Have a Winner!

Quilt Canada, the highlight of the year for the Canadian Quilters' Association, is -- as most of you know -- on now in Vancouver.

And this morning, via Facebook, SAQA WC member Terry Aske of B.C. has shared the first *win* that has come across my awareness!

CONGRATS, Terry, for winning the TrendTex Challenge with her piece, Tally to Thirty. For those of you who don't (yet) follow Terry's blog...she's written about making this piece HERE.

Tally to Thirty - Terry Aske, 2018

Now...I know that Quilt Canada's National Juried Show has been a showcase for SAQA members' winning art in recent years...so please, more of you!  Brag on yourselves -- or let me do it for you by e-mailing me particulars, photos, links or whatever details you choose to share with your SAQA colleagues.

Remember that this blog is followed by other Canadian SAQA members, and by many colleagues in the U.S. and overseas.  Let's share our successes!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Good News! Forthcoming Exhibit! Call for Entry!!

Now...I know...some of us -- well, let's just be honest, those of us on the Prairies portion of SAQA Western Canada -- might not have been inspired to enter, unless in our past we've lived near or spent significant time on the coast (any of the 3 Canadian coasts).  But...this will still be an opportunity for those who relate to prepare beautiful pieces inspired by their experience.

Have an idea?  Go for it!! 

Friday, May 11, 2018

SAQA Benefit Auction 2018!

The June 1 deadline for members' contributions to this year's Benefit Auction is looming large -- mainly because it's a received by deadline.  Whoa!

Yours truly will be sending hers out today -- and paying a pretty penny to ensure delivery.  That's what happens when you aren't inspired until almost the last minute -- something I'm sure has never happened to any of you!  😉

Several SAQA WC members, however, have managed to get their works finished well ahead of schedule.  Congratulations to these artists -- and thank you for making your contribution to ensuring SAQA's mission to educate the public about art quilting endures!

You can see all of the Benefit Auction donations HERE -- it will be up-dated regularly until all have been received and documented.  Soon mine will join the group...

Margaret Blank (c) 2018
When I Look Up in the Spring

Please note: it is never my intention to miss someone -- I took care to ensure I "caught" all the SAQA WC members to date...but if I've overlooked you (perhaps because I need to update our list of members again!) please let me know.

More exhibition news is forthcoming as summer approaches...stay tuned!  And be sure to share with me any in which you are involved.  You can e-mail me directly -- and thank you!

Now get busy and get your Auction piece in the mail!  😉

Monday, April 16, 2018

Quilting Roots

For many of us, quilting began with the traditional.  Learning to piece one fabric to another, one at a time, whether by hand or by machine.  And we've carried these classic designs and techniques used in the craft of quilting into our work as artists, treasuring the feeling of connection with those who have gone before and the satisfaction found in the rhythm of working with fabric, needle and thread.

Thanks to The Quilt Show, I stumbled on a lovely exhibit that I wish I could see in person. 

On now through August 5 at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario:

Log Cabin: A Canadian Quilt
Log Cabin Quilts from the Heritage Quilt Collection

You can find more details HERE.  Be sure to click the links on the right side of the page for a virtual tour (take it slowly so as not to get dizzy!) and a contemporary look at the symbols of the Log Cabin, interpreted in film.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Coming Up in Calgary

SAQA members and friends from Calgary have a new exhibit!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Persistence Pays Off!

I'm grinning as I write this because at last -- after posting reminders at the end of most blog posts -- I'm hearing from people I've missed, who want to share their accomplishments!  😊

Kudos to B.C. member Wilma Brock, who just e-mailed to say "add me to the list" -- the list of members with pieces juried in to the Canadian Quilters' Association National Juried Show.  She has three in the show...and once she's permitted, I hope she'll send me photos to share for those of us who can't be there.

P.S. this goes for any of you in that show.  Any volunteers to take photos of SAQA members' work there and send 'em along for sharing?  Just e-mail them to me with a brief description (name of artist, title, size of the piece).  And if you win a prize, that's an extra-special reason to share! 

I'll be waiting and watching for the mail in June...

Friday, April 13, 2018

More Exhibits -- This Month and Beyond

In early March I mentioned that a number of SAQA Western Canada members had been accepted into the Canadian Quilters' Association National Juried Show.

Those names have increased by one, as Margaret Inkster of B.C. e-mailed me to say she too was in the exhibit.  Congratulations to Margaret -- and to all whose work will be on display at Quilt Canada 2018 in Vancouver -- May 31 through June 2 at the Vancouver Convention Centre's West Building, 1055 Canada Place.

Next weekend, a very special one-day-only showing of SAQA WC's "Burgess Shale" exhibit will be held at the Banff Trail Community Centre.  I know I posted about this earlier -- but I decided to send a reminder out as it's up for only one day.  If you blink, you'll miss it!

Also next weekend, the City of Lacombe, Alberta is having its 19th Annual Encore! Art Sale and Celebration of Creative Expression -- in the centre of town at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.  

Yours truly has had the pleasure of being juried into this show for a booth consistently since 2011, so I hope you'll drop by to see my new work as well as that of featured artist, water colourist Sandra Bingeman, the Student Art Exhibit and Competition, and the delightful "Sip & Shop" from 6-8 p.m. Friday and 2-4 p.m. Saturday. 



April 20 & 21, 2018

Friday, April 20
1 pm – 8:00 pm
General Admission $5

under 12 free

Saturday April 21
11 am - 5 pm
 Admission $5 

under 12 free

Here's a sneak peek at what you might see at my booth...based on a photo taken by a dear friend, and used with his permission:

After the Storm: Granada
8" x 10", mounted on
painted stretched canvas
12" x 12" finished

Finally, last weekend, I ventured to Red Deer for the 27th Annual Central Alberta Quilters' Guild Show.  This is one of Alberta's largest shows, and it is pulled off with aplomb every year.  There were two featured quilters -- Marie Barkley, a senior who creates traditional quilts exquisitely, with a particular eye for colour in her interpretations, and Jasmine Travers-Charbonneau, a 34-year-old who's been quilting for only five years; her style is Modern.  Her quilt, "Brassica" was selected for exhibit at QuiltCon 2018!

But aside from the Featured Quilters and the terrific vendors (Hamel's Fabrics, the Superior Thread reps, 
and a wide range of shops from around Alberta and Saskatchewan), I enjoyed most meeting up with SAQA colleagues -- and former ones, such as former Co-Rep for Alberta, Patti Morris.  She's still quilting, but too busy with family (aging parents, a new grand-baby) to keep her membership, but she sends along her best wishes to the Region and was thrilled to hear about the 2020 Conference in Toronto.

And I had a great chat with Alberta member Wendy Greber of Red Deer, who took a ribbon for this delightful piece:

Little Red Wagon
First Place, Challenge Quilts

In her statement about the work, Wendy wrote that she designed it in response to the Guild's Quilt Challenge to make a piece inspired by a song.  She chose a Country song entitled "Little Red Wagon" sung by Miranda Lambert.  She said it reminded her of the little red wagon she had as a child, and concluded, "...now this one has a new purpose in life".  😊

In addition, Wendy took a second ribbon -- for this fun piece featuring wonky trees!  She wrote that she designed it following a technique described by Australian quilt artist Jan Mullen, but using her own layout and lively colour selections.

Inferno Trees
First place, Small Quilts

Congratulations on your prize-winning work Wendy!

And in other news...B.C. member Susan Purney Mark, who in early May of last year was one of our terrific workshop leaders at our first Regional Retreat, is currently trundling on foot along the Camino de Santiago in Spain.  If you're curious about her journey, she is posting fairly regularly on Facebook.  Best wishes for a safe and memorable pilgrimage, Susan!

Remember, if you have exhibit information to share with your SAQA colleagues in Western Canada, across Canada and world-wide (yes, members in other Regions read this blog!), please e-mail blog editor Margaret Blank.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SAQA Conference 2020!!!

Did you know that SAQA is hosting its first International Conference outside the U.S. in 2020?!

It's TRUE!  And it's in Toronto.  The Central Canada Region is...well...central as far as location, and has a significant number of members available to make this happen...

But...they STILL NEED ALL OF US to help make it a success!

Two years is short when you're planning a large conference


The call has now gone out for volunteers in various capacities.

And yes, there will be things we can do from afar, and also on site during the conference!

The following is a message from Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, Maggie Vanderweit, shared by Bethany Garner on the SAQA Central Canada blog this morning.  It's time for us to join our colleagues, figure out what we're able to contribute, and work together to make this the best SAQA International Conference ever!

Here is a list of committees/tasks that we will be doing for the 2020 SAQA conference at the downtown Hilton Hotel in Toronto. I hope you will consider joining us to help create a spectacular event.

My role, as Chair of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) will be to interface with SAQA and help the committees run smoothly.

Regional Exhibition (Canada)
- Tracey Lawko is chair of this committee tlawko@sympatico.ca
- we are looking for a theme/name for this show ASAP, please send ideas to me and Tracey
- this committee needs to get to work right away
- we hope it will travel and have a catalogue

Possible Exhibition at the Hilton during the conference?
- invitational for regional reps/board members to hang in hotel

Conference Theme/Name
please send ideas to me ASAP - brief, sassy, smart, something we can build a conference around
- e.g. 2018 TEXtiles is in San Antonio, Texas (clever, right?)

- Friday night we will go out in small groups for dinner
- organize this event, choose and reserve great local restaurants

Spotlight Auction
- help SAQA mat the pieces and place in cellophane envelope, plus add label

Local Gallery and Museum Tours

Pre and Post Conference Bus Tours?
- e.g. Niagara, St Jacob’s/Elora

Local Transportation during Conference

Welcome Package
- gather tourist materials from galleries, museums, restaurants, Toronto maps
- program guide, lanyard, banquet tickets, hotel floor plan etc
- gifts from sponsors?

Volunteers for each presentation/workshop during Conference
- man the doors, run errands etc
- can be any conference attendee

Local person to receive boxes of Conference supplies

Conference Program
- recruit advertisers and sponsors

Please let me know by email where you best see yourself and if you are willing to chair a committee, or would prefer a helper role. I will be sending this invitation to participate to the other regions in Canada as some jobs can be done with email/internet and the more all Canadian SAQA members are involved, the better!

Maggie Vanderweit
Central Canada Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilts Associates


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Exhibition News!

On NOW in Kamloops!  

B.C. member Janet Scruggs has shared this information...as she has pieces in this exhibition.  Please note the special evening hours on March 15, and the fact that the pieces are available for purchase!

The Return of the Burgess Shale Exhibit

Hectori Trilobite 
Jaynie Himsl
In 2013, then SAQA Co-Rep for Alberta, Patti Morris, curated an exhibit of the critters (fossils) of the Burgess Shale, inspired and assisted by member Deborah Bray.  Member Barbara J. West was then President of the Alberta Society of Artists, and was instrumental in arranging for this exhibit to tour schools and libraries throughout Alberta as part of the TREX (TRavelling EXhibit) program.

Judith Panson
On that tour, it was seen by a fellow who was connected to the Burgess Shale Interpretive Centre.  After some discussions and deliberations, at the end of its TREX tour, the Burgess Shale Exhibit was delivered to the Interpretive Centre in Field, B.C., with a view to having a permanent home there.

Sadly, this has not happened.  It is reported that the Federal government, the Alberta Government and the Parks Department were unable to agree on how to manage this exhibit, and so Deb Bray has brought it back to Alberta, in the hopes of finding an alternative permanent place for it.

The good news is that there's to be an introductory exhibit!

Deborah Bray and Patti Morris have teamed up with the Bow River Quilters for a one day only return exhibit of this very special project.  If you have never seen it in its entirety, and are in the area, do make your way to the Banff Trail Community Centre in Calgary for a unique, colourful and family-friendly exhibit -- the fossils of the Burgess Shale, interpreted in fabric, fibre and floss.  Enjoy!

It is hoped that this reprise exhibit will stir interest and help find a permanent home for these special pieces.

The artists involved are especially invited to attend this one-day-only exhibit.  Some of them are no longer SAQA members...and may not follow this blog.  If you know them...please pass the word along!  

In addition to organizers Deborah Bray and Patti Morris, the artists who brought these creatures to life include:

From Alberta:
  • Bush Eastep;
  • Barbara West;
  • Diane Duncan;
  • Hanne Seidel;
  • Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas;
  • Wendy Klotz;
  • Leslie Barnes;
  • Margaret Blank;
  • Linda Mackay;
  • Susanne Loutas;
  • Christine Wiggett.

From British Columbia:
  • Terry Aske;
  • Katie Stein Sather;
  • Jennifer Cooper;
  • Catherine Nicholls;
  • Mardell Rampton;
  • Lesley Mayfield;
  • Coreen Zerr.

From Manitoba/Saskatchewan:
  • Jaynie Himsl;
  • Judith Panson;
  • Rena Holma;
  • Susan Wittrup.
And...Linda Sharp, no longer a member, whom I cannot place -- with apologies!

I regret, as one of the artists involved, that I am unable to attend because...I will be busy with my booth at the Annual Lacombe Art Show and Sale, Lacombe Memorial Centre, April 20 and 21...So I send my best wishes to all involved for a successful return to the Burgess Shale.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Who's Showing?

The Canadian Quilters' Association (CQA) show -- Quilt Canada -- is in Vancouver, B.C. this year.

I hear tell that at several of SAQA WC's members have just had pieces accepted into the CQA's National Juried Show!

Congratulations to Terry Aske, Diana Barteling, Alison Dean Cowitz, Robin Fischer, Jaynie Himsl, Karen Johnson, Paula Jolly, Judy Leslie, Karlie McChesney, Anne Rayner-Gould, and Susan Selby!**


Terry is to be congratulated as well for having two pieces accepted into SAQA's Juried Exhibit, Dusk to Dawn.

Moonrise - Terry Aske, 2018

Aurora - Terry Aske, 2018

Congratulations to all of you!

In Other Exhibit News...

The Mountain Cabin Quilters' Guild of Canmore, Alberta, opens its Annual Artistic Visions show this weekend at Elevation Place.  This show runs from March 4 through March 20.  Admission is free, and there will be 29 quilts on display.* 

And...B.C. member, Karlie Norrish McChesney has work in the 5th Annual Fibre Arts Show at the Gallery Vertigo in Vernon, B.C.  The exhibit runs from March 6 through March 31, 2018.

The Opening Reception is March 10, 2018 from 7 - 9 p.m.  NOTE: this is a change from the date posted in the advertising photo (below), so if you are planning to attend, please make careful note of this revised information!

*EDITOR'S NOTE: I've written to a contact about the Exhibit for permission to post a photo and to mention SAQA members, but have had no response.  Should I receive word, I will update this post ASAP.  Thank you.

**ED. NOTE II: Thanks to Judy Leslie for helping me up-date the list of SAQA WC members showing at the CQA Nat'l. Juried Show!

If you have exhibit information to share with your SAQA colleagues in Western Canada, across Canada and world-wide (yes, members in other Regions read this blog!), please e-mail blog editor Margaret Blank.

Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Winter Got You Down?

Time to check out the art on show by our SAQA Western Canada members!

Looking for some colour to offset cloudy skies?

As mentioned in the post at the end of December, members who also belong to Fibre Art Network (FAN) and Fibre Arts Voices have exhibits now running in the Okanagan and on Vancouver Island, respectively. 

Also in B.C., member Lesley Turner* and her artistic partner, Sarah McLaren have just mounted their show, Colour: A Personal Response at Place des Arts in Coquitlam.  Below is just a sample of this project, which is being featured in the Atrium Gallery there.

Photo: Lesley Turner

All three exhibits have Opening Receptions this week:

  • Fibre Arts Voices - TODAY at 2 p.m.; 
  • Colour: A Personal Response - Friday, January 12 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • FAN's Ekphrastic - Saturday, January 13 - noon - 3 p.m.
*If you've never installed an exhibit, check out how Lesley and Sarah went about it (with help from the Gallery) HERE.

Caught in the Deep Freeze?

Warm up with a Festival!

This weekend in Edmonton, Alberta is the 11th Annual Deep Freeze Festival, organized along 118th Avenue by the good folks at Arts on the Avenue.  Events run Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. -- family-friendly indoor and outdoor fun: sports, games, music, entertainment, food -- and ART!

15" x 15"
Monoprint, machine quilted
(C) M. Blank, 2016

Alberta member Margaret Blank has two pieces accepted into this juried show, and both will be available for purchase.  She expects to be at the Festival on Sunday afternoon to enjoy the festivities and take in the full art exhibit.

The Festival's Art Exhibit is up now at the Gallery in the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, 9225 - 118 Avenue, Edmonton, and may be previewed prior to the Festival. 

Gallery Hours: 
Preview: January 10 & 11: 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
During the Festival: Saturday, January 13: noon - 8:00 p.m.
and Sunday, January 14: noon - 6:00 p.m.