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!