Saturday, October 20, 2018

To the Moon, Patricia!

"Fly Me to the Moon" is a SAQA Exhibit that was created a few years ago to honour the moon landing in 1969. 

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of that event.  Do you remember where you were at the time?  (I do!)

And on show at NASA now is the exhibit SAQA created, which includes this piece from Alberta member, Patricia Scott (below, centre):

Space Cowboy - Wally Schirra18" W x 30" L
Patricia Scott, Edmonton, AB
Pat shares this from her Artist's Statement for the piece:
This piece was inspired by reading about everything Wally had accomplished in his life.  What I wanted to highlight was the 3 missions he was on, and he fact he was one of the "Space Cowboys".  
Research Done: I looked on Wikipedia for information on Wally Schirra, as well as the different space ships he was on.
Techniques: Applique, free-motion quilting, machine embroidery.
Materials: Cotton, cotton batting. 

There is a link to the entire gallery of this exhibit which you might enjoy HERE.  Thanks for sharing, Patricia, and congratulations!


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Congratulations, Clare!

A little bird (okay, it was Linda Syverson Guild over at the SAQA Members Only Facebook page) told me...

Congratulations are in order for B.C. member Clare Attwell of Victoria, who's just had a piece juried in to Quilt National!!


Now...Clare...if you're reading this (or someone you know is)...can you tell us a bit more about it?  Just contact the blog Editor by e-mail.  And a photo would be nice, if you can share one.  Thanks!

Friday, October 5, 2018

And a P.S.

Just a post-script to the entry about Wendy Klotz and Articulation's forthcoming exhibit at the Sidney Museum:

In her blog post, Wendy mentions being a participant in the Poppy Project at the Anglican Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary.  Yours truly was also a participant; with 2 other women in our parish (St. Cyprian's, Lacombe), we contributed 55 of the close to 7,000 poppies that will hang on the walls outside the Cathedral in November this year. 

Currently the poppies are being tied to a netting by groups of stalwart volunteers.  Recently Global TV Calgary filmed the work, and the clip is now available for viewing HERE.  Enjoy!

Catching Up with Our Members

It's a busy time for members all over our Western Canada Region!

First, several of our contributions to the 2018 SAQA Benefit Auction have sold, including those from Terry Aske, Margaret Blank, Jaynie Himsl, Karen Johnson, Judy Leslie, Karlie Norris McChesney and Marie McEachern  Approximately 50% of the donated pieces have been sold to date, raising over $55,000 USD for SAQA, enabling the organization to continue to fund its exhibitions (at least 15 touring, excluding the Trunk Shows!), publications and ongoing education -- of artists (SAQA Seminar being a key component here) and the public re: art quilts.

In other news, B.C. member Karen Cummings, as mentioned in an earlier post, is currently exhibiting at the Okanagan Art Gallery in Osoyoos.  Recently, she was given larger wall space in which to show her work.  Way to go, Karen!

Do you have your SAQA Journal for Quarter 3 of 2018 yet?  If so, be sure to look for Katie Stein Sather's Mondrian Paddlers on page 23 -- part of the collection for the SAQA Member Gallery this issue.  Congratulations, Katie! 

And here's a shout out to Wendy Klotz of Calgary, and her colleagues with the group Articulation.  The group has a new exhibit opening later this month and running through November at the Sidney Museum, Sidney, B.C.  Quite a change of pace from their focus on landscapes, this exhibit's theme pays tribute to war -- in time for the marking of the Centenary of the Armistice that ended World War I:

Undoubtedly this will be a compelling and heart-felt exhibition, worth seeing if you are in the area.  Wendy writes about the piece she's created for this show on her blog HERE.

Meanwhile, in Manitoba, member Val Wilson will be teaching her 'Portrait Fibre Art' class -- a two-day affair -- October 20 and 21 -- at Keystone Quilts in Winnipeg.  If you've ever wanted to learn how to render portraits in fabric, now's your opportunity to learn from a master at the process!

For full details and registration, click HERE!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian readers.  I know yours truly is thankful for this SAQA Region and the organization as a whole, which has brought us so many friendships, and so many opportunities for ongoing education, exhibiting and artistic development.  Have a great weekend!