Thursday, November 7, 2019

On Now, Coming Soon...and Other News

In Alberta, Calgary area members and friends -- collectively known as "Spectra Textile Arts" -- are on show later this month at Calgary's Southern Jubilee Auditorium!  SAQA WC members participating include Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas, Marie McEachern, Barbara J. West, Margaret Jessop, Beverly Patkau, and Linda Van Gastel.  If you're able, do join them in the Auditorium's Lower Lobby for their Reception on Friday, November 29 at 7 p.m.

Also in Alberta, member Margaret Blank will have ten of her "matted minis" on show -- and for sale -- at the "Encore Under $100 Art Market" to be held November 21 (4 p.m. - 10 p.m.) and November 22 (10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.) at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.

The Market is a new event this year at the City's annual "Light Up the Night" Festival, and the commissions taken on the works sold will go toward the Lacombe Arts Endowment Fund.

Meanwhile in B.C., member Terry Aske has finally revealed the artwork she exhibited at the "LAD Anonymous Art Show" held last month in New Westminster.  Congratulations, Terry, on selling two of the three pieces she had accepted into the show!  Check the link to her blog post for the reveal!

And Karlie Norrish McChesney currently has work on exhibit at the Ranger Station Art Gallery 98 Rockwell Drive, Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.  Her exhibit opened November 2 and runs through December 8.  Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. weekdays and noon - 4 p.m. on weekends.  Karlie is showcasing some new work in this exhibit, including the following (shared from her Facebook post):

F 2 is part of a new series entitled Fluidity 10" x  10" 
(c) Karlie Norrish McChesney, 2019

REMINDER: Margaret Blank is retiring as Blog Editor as of December 31, 2019.  The blog has been a valuable way to share information -- especially about member accomplishments -- with photos and stories -- for those who don't use other forms of social media.  A new editor is needed if the blog is to continue to provide this service to these members in our far-flung Region.  If you are interested in taking over this spot, contact either Regional Rep (Jennie Johnston or Susan Selby) or Margaret herself. 

And thanks for your support!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Calling SAQA WC Members -- In British Columbia!

Open Call Fibre Exhibit


Where: Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC 

When: Exhibit Date March 3 – 28, 2020 

Show Concept: Gallery Vertigo is inviting fibre artists to submit to a scheduled exhibit entitled Change. Is change impacting you? Perhaps you are experiencing a change in career, or a change in your residence. Some of you may be experiencing a change in your health, your relationships, or perhaps a change in your perspective. Scientists and skeptics alike are talking about climate change. Then of course there is the change of seasons. Perhaps your thoughts of Change relate to urban renewal. How would you portray Change

We are challenging fibre artists to interpret the theme of change in whichever direction your creative muse takes you. The fibre art piece may be either realistic or an abstraction of the theme. 


  1.  Fibre art pieces must be original work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure. Fibre art sculpture is also acceptable.
  2. The fibre art piece must be prepared in such a manner as to be ready to hang in the Gallery. In the case of a fibre sculpture it must be able to display as a “stand alone” without additional supports.
  3. The fibre art piece should not exceed a maximum perimeter of 120 inches.
  4. Any works entered which deviate from the guidelines and submission requirements may be rejected at the discretion of the Exhibition Chair.
  5. Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance to and from Gallery Vertigo. 
  6. Artwork MAY be for sale. Gallery Vertigo will charge a 30% commission on all sales. 
  7. The Artist(s) confirms the artwork entered does not violate any copyright laws. 
  8. By submitting your work for exhibit, the Artist(s) confirms she/he will adhere to all the above. 

Oct. 15, 2019 - Announce call for entries 
Dec. 15, 2019 - Online submission of entry opens
Feb.1, 2020 - Entry deadline at 3:00 pm PST. All registrations must be in by this date 
Feb. 15, 2020 - Notification of acceptance (All notifications will be sent by email) 
Feb. 29, 2020 - Artwork to be RECEIVED by Gallery Vertigo (details to be given upon acceptance)
Mar. 12, 2020 - Opening Night Reception 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Gallery Vertigo 

Mar. 31, 2020 - Artists may pick up work at Gallery during business hours or have it shipped (NOTE: Shipping is at the expense of the Artist(s))

For further information and/or a Submission Form, please contact Gallery Vertigo directly via e-mail:  

NOTE: As the title of this post indicates, this Call is open to B.C. artists only.

Thanks to B.C. member Brigitte Red, Acting Director, Gallery Vertigo, for this information!