Tuesday, July 31, 2018

My Corner of the World: Canada -- On NOW in Ontario!

On July 14, the MCOTW: Canada exhibit opened at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, Ontario -- not far from Ottawa,

There are forty pieces in this section of the two-part My Corner of the World exhibit -- and all of them are made by Canadian artists from coast to coast.

Western Canada is well represented by these artists:

Janet Scruggs (AB then, B.C. now)
Looking Down

Jaynie Himsl, SK
Poplar Point

Margaret Blank, AB
It's Still About the Sky

Marie McEachern, AB

Paula Jolly, SK
The Road Home

Terry Aske, B.C.
Inside the Tipi

Mardell Rampton, B.C.
Beaches #1

But that's not all there is to see in this unique venue!  While MCOTW: Canada is showing there through September 22, at the same time visitors can enjoy the Museum's permanent exhibit, Fabric of a Small Town, and a retrospective of the creations of Noreen Young, Canadian puppeteer, that's sure to delight young and old.


P.S. For the Curious:  Yes, there is a Mississippi River and associated Valley in Canada!  You can learn more about it HERE and HERE. 😊

Mississippi River at Galetta, ON

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.  😊