Tuesday, October 11, 2016

SAQA Members "Travel" to La Conner with FAN

In a recent blog post, we shared the information that Alberta SAQA member Margie Davidson, whose piece, "Remembering" is part of the Ekprhastic exhibit recently debuted by FAN -- Fibre Art Network, the Western and Northern Canadian fibre art co-operative.  Of course, Margie isn't the only SAQA member who is also part of  FAN... :-)

B.C. SAQA -- and FAN -- member, Judy Leslie, has shared the wonderful news that this exhibit is now up at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum for an extended time -- through the end of this year.  The Opening Reception is Saturday, October 15, at 2 p.m.

Congratulations to all the participants!  

From British Columbia...

The Edge of the Pond
Terry Aske
Mindful Shadows
Gloria Daly

Seasonal Forlorn
Donna-Fay Digance

Woodsmoke and Whiskey
Marcy Horswill

Remembering Our Stories
Karen Johnson


In Praise of Shadows
Judy Leslie
A Moment in Time
Judi MacLeod

Pippa Moore
October's Fragile Beauty
Terry Phillips

There is a Season
Katie Stein Sather

From Alberta

Winter Sprites
Joyce Brown
Call for Redemption
Alison Cowitz

Margie Davidson

The Promise
Diane Duncan

Poem on the Stairs
Dianne Firth

Visitors at Dawn
Mary Wilton

From Manitoba

Winter Deer
Dawn Piasta
Winter Deer
Susan Selby

From Saskatchewan

My Turn
Jaynie Himsl

To see all of the pieces in the Ekphrastic exhibit -- if you can't get to La Conner -- click HERE.

Thanks again to Judy Leslie and Co-Rep Coleen Adderley for forwarding the photos.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

SAQA's 2017 Trunk Show: An Opportunity to Create and Educate

Detail, Circle Play - M. Blank, Alberta
from "This is a Quilt!" Trunk Show, 2011-2013
Commercial & hand-dyed cotton, sequin waste

Very shortly, I'll be submitting my third contribution to the SAQA Trunk Show.  Since 2011, I've used this travelling exhibit as a vehicle for experimenting with an idea, for playing with shapes, colours and materials -- and it's been a lot of fun.

It wasn't until I worked with a SAQA Trunk -- one of eight filled with pieces created to celebrate SAQA's Twenty-fifth Anniversary -- that I really understood the Trunk Show's other purpose: public education.

Alberta Debut - Red Deer -
November 2014
In the fall of 2013, then B.C. Co-Rep, Katie Stein Sather, booked a Trunk to come to Western Canada the following spring.  The trunk toured in B.C. from June through October, and then came in to Alberta before moving East to Manitoba, then back to B.C. and Alberta, where it ended it's year-long Western Canadian tour at Quilt Canada 2014 in Lethbridge.

While it was here in Alberta I was able to get some photos.  The first stop was the Central Alberta Guild in Red Deer, with thanks to members Wendy Greber and Patti Morris for helping me arrange this.

There was a similar fascination with the pieces at the Sylvan Lake Guild...

But not everyone was enthralled, and I overheard a couple of quilters distinctly unimpressed with this "art stuff".

Ah well... You can't win 'em all!

In Cochrane in May, there was modest enthusiasm, though one of their own -- Karen Jurek -- is a SAQA member who has a piece touring in Radical Elements.  I'd just returned from the Portland Conference and had with me the catalogue of that exhibit, which was well received indeed.

The final stop at Quilt Canada was a three-day affair, and the booth was full much of the time.  I am thankful to SAQA WC members, Coleen Adderley, Jaynie Himsl, Karen Johnson and Val Wilson for spelling me off at the booth even though many of them were also working at the Fibre Art Network booth immediately behind the Trunk Show booth.

These photos were taken of the booth before the show opened -- after that, there were too many people in there!

Half the pieces here

Half the pieces there

SAQA materials for sharing

In each and every venue, the fascination, the curiosity, and the surprise on the faces of viewers -- quilters and non-quilters alike -- was fun to watch.  Though the pieces are wrapped in clear envelopes so they can be picked up and examined. people had to be encouraged to do so because folks aren't used to being able to handle artwork this way.

Therein lies a great "plus" for Trunk Show participation: your work gets "out there" into the public eye, shown around the world to those who share your passion, those who might want to make art with textiles but are hesitant, and those who've not seen much artwork at all, ever.

The next SAQA Trunk Show will be rolled out at the Conference in Lincoln, NE in April 2017.  Everyone who is a SAQA member can participate; there's no jury and no entry fee.  The only cost is shipping the piece once its entered.  Your piece can also be offered for sale.  The pieces tour for up to three years, and receive wide exposure, travelling to such places as Taiwan, Australia and Europe -- not to mention around the U.S. and Canada.

This year to encourage participation, SAQA has initiated a Regional competition.  At the Conference the Trunk Show pieces will be displayed by Region -- and the Region that has the highest percentage of contributors will win $250 USD to put toward a Regional event -- such as a Regional Exhibit, Regional Retreat or Regional Conference!

Let's show our stuff, Western Canada!  For full information about the 2017 Trunk Show, and to see its prospectus, click HERE.  And thank you for your support!

Detail, Tree Study III - M. Blank, Alberta
25th Anniversary Trunk Show - 2014-2016
Commercial cottons, acrylic paint, dryer sheets

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Congratulations, Lesley!

SAQA member Lesley Turner of B.C. has created a piece that's been accepted into this year's World of Threads Festival in Ontario.  Her work "Earth Repair" will appear in the "Late in the Season" exhibit at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, Oakville, from October 29 through November 27.

To see a photo of the work and learn more from Lesley, check out her blog HERE.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A New All-Canadian Call for Entry

A Canadian textile art exhibit is being mounted at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, B.C., this spring.  The Call for Entry to this juried show is now open, and I quote:

Call for entry

(in)finite: A juried exhibition inviting submissions of artwork of a spiritual nature from artists working predominantly in textile and fibre media, including perspectives from First Nations artists and a range of faith traditions.
The timeline for the exhibition is as follows:
  • Exhibition Dates: May 25 to June 4, 2017
  • Call-For-Entry available: September 2016
  • Submission Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2017
  • Artists Notified by: Early March, 2017

Work selected for exhibition to be received at the exhibition venue no later than Friday, May 12, 2017. Work will be return as soon as possible following the close of the exhibition.

 For more information on this new opportunity, please click over to the website HERE.

-- With thanks to my dear friend and art lover, Deb, for passing this along.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Creating a Design Wall

Design Walls

I saw this informative post on The Quilt Show and thought that you might be interested. There are a bunch of ideas on how to create a design wall, no matter what space you have for a studio.

Check it out on The Quilt Show Blog  - October 3, 2016. Just scroll down a little bit to find it.

Do you use a design wall? If so, what is it like? Do you have other ideas for a design wall?

Here is a picture of my design wall:

I used foam core sheets screwed to the wall. Pins go in to it easily and it is replaceable if it gets too many pin holes.

Valerie Wilson
SAQA Western Canada Co-Rep (Manitoba and Saskatchewan)
Winnipeg, MB

Friday, September 30, 2016

Congratulations are in Order for Valerie Wilson!

Congratulations, Val!
SAQA WC's newest Juried Artist Member!

Yes...our very own SAQA WC Co-Rep (MB/SK), Valerie Wilson is one of the newest Juried Artist Members (JAMs) of SAQA!

"What's that?" you say?  

A JAM is a juried artist member of SAQA who has successfully presented a portfolio of professional quality images and documents to the JAM Review Panel (JRP).
The portfolio presents a body of work that represents a singular point of view or signature collection. The artist’s resume demonstrates a record of juried exhibitions beyond the local. Documentation and images are of high quality, as expected by gallery and museum personnel, as well as collectors and publishers.

In recognition of this achievement, JAMs are featured in various special ways in SAQA publications and on the website.  One of these is the Artist's Portfolio -- and you can click HERE to see Val's.   Another is having work included in the beautiful "Porfolio" books produced regularly and available for purchase at the SAQA store.

The application for Juried Artist Member status is quite rigorous; of particular importance is the presentation of a singular voice.  Even if one has created work in two different styles -- for example, landscapes and 'statement' or political pieces -- only one must be presented in the application -- presumably the one that best represents the applicant's practice.

SAQA provides assistance in working one's way through the application, though.  There is a SAQA JAM Mentor -- currently Sharon Bass -- to guide you every step of the way.  Even if you are merely entertaining the idea of applying, and wonder if you are qualified, contact the Mentor with your questions; she is ready and willing to help.

For more information about becoming a Juried Artist Member, as well as the benefits thereof to your artistic career, click HERE -- and best wishes for success!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

More in La Conner...and in Manitoba!

Or..."If You Post It, They will Tell You More".  ;-)

Another SAQA WC member has come forward to share her work, which will also be showing at La Conner this weekend -- Margie Davidson of Edmonton.  Her piece, entitled Remembering, is a tribute to her father.  Here's her artist's statement about the piece:

"Remembering" by Margie Davidson -- responding to the poem,  "Elegy" by Carla Funk:
I remember giving Dad ties for Father's Day and birthdays.  Mom said he wore the ties that I gave him most often.  I remember, but with Alzheimer's disease he no longer can.  The father I knew is disappearing.  Making this artwork with my hands and Dad's ties is my elegy.

It is part of the Fibre Art Network exhibit entitled "Ekphrastic":
The term ekphrasis is derived from a combination of two Greek words: ek, which means 'for the sake of,' and phradzein, meaning 'to show, point out or describe.' Ekphrastic poetry is a genre of poetry in which the poet responds to or describes a piece of art. This exhibition will turn this notion on its head by visually interpreting a selection of poems.

Remembering - Margie Davidson

I've been assured that other SAQA WC members are part of this exhibit...please share your work with your colleagues in this space.  To do so, please contact Margaret (Co-Rep, Alberta and current blog editor).

And Cathie Ugrin continues prolific...for while she is in La Conner, she reports that her piece, "Listen Softly", will be on exhibit at the Manitoba Fibre Festival:

Listen Softly - Cathie Ugrin

Listen Softly - Detail

In the newest issue of the SAQA Journal there is an article by Judith Trager entitled, "Rejected? Don't Play the Pity Card..."  It's about putting your work out there -- and dealing with the consequences.  

If you find yourself wishing you could be a Cathie or a Margie or a Katie or a Karen or a Val or a Terry or a Marie or a Janet or an Alison or any one of the members featured in these blog posts with success in exhibits and galleries, you might a) read Judith's article; and b) think about attending our first ever Regional Retreat in West Kelowna, May 4-7, 2017, when the over-arching theme will be "Out of the Studio: Into the Wider World".  Presentations and a panel discussion will focus on preparing your work for exhibit, whether it be for sale in a show or gallery, or entering a juried exhibit.  

Volunteers are needed to help Coleen and Val bring this event to fruition (Margaret will no longer be Co-Rep...that spot also needs filling in Alberta!)... Please contact Coleen (Retreat Co-ordinator) directly if you are willing and prepared to help in any way...and we thank you for your support!

Ongoing and Upcoming in October

First...this weekend at the Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival in La Conner, Washington, viewers will see this piece by member Cathie Ugrin:

Sea at Storm  - Detail at right

Congratulations, Cathie!  

Next, opening shortly in Vancouver, B.C. - this exhibit by members Katie Stein Sather and Karen Johnson:

On her blog, Katie describes her work for this exhibit -- an expression of her spiritual journey.  Best wishes to Katie and Karen for a successful show!

Meanwhile, in Alberta, member Margaret Blank has been preparing for the debut of her installation:

Margaret has written a book about this three-part work, describing the journey she and her family took with her late husband, living with "T1D", and the inspiration to create these pieces after his death.  The book is available online in both e-book and trade paper format at Blurb.com.  All proceeds from the sale of the book will be divided equally between JDRF Canada and the Canadian Diabetes Association.  

"Mark on the Body: Making My Mark", the second part of this installation, is ongoing and participatory.  Margaret invites interested stitchers to contact her for a kit to create a small stitched quilt "sandwich" that will hang as part of a mobile or series of mobiles as the installation goes forward.  To date, over two dozen have been completed; Margaret's goal is at least 100.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

An All-Canadian Call for Entry

Ailsa Craig is a small town in Southern Ontario, the name of which is fast becoming synonymous with "International Quilt Show".  From its inception, the Ailsa Craig Fibre Arts Exhibit -- completely volunteer-run -- has focused on presenting work in textiles from artists around the world, one country at a time: the Netherlands, Denmark, Israel, Great Britain, France, Latvia and now...


Help celebrate Canada's Sesquicentennial!

This Call for Entry is open online NOW  through January 31, 2017.  Pieces must have been created between January 2014 and February 2017, and measure a minimum of 30" x 30" to a maximum of 80" x 80".  The cost is $40 CAD for a maximum of three pieces.

This is a juried exhibit.  Selected pieces must be sent to the ACQFAF no later than April 1, 2017.  Shipping to the venue is at the cost of the artist; however, return shipping will be covered by the ACQFAF, as well as insurance for the pieces for the duration of the Festival and their return to the artist.

Having visited the ACQFAF on its opening day in May 2016 -- to see the work of Latvian fibre artists, both quilted and woven, I have to say --- I was impressed!  The entire village gets on board for the Festival, and the atmosphere was electric!  Ailsa Craig is a delight to visit -- and its only 1/2 hour's drive from London, Ontario, and 45 minutes from Stratford, so anyone planning to take in the Festival could expand that to include theatre, art, and museum visits as well.

Cynthia McNair, a SAQA member, is on the Board of the Festival; she and I met at that opening day last spring, and I assured her I would spread the word about the 2017 Festival far and wide around our Region.

Here's Cynthia modelling a quilted creation from one of the Latvian artists:


So...tell your quilting friends, your art group buddies, your POD members, your Guild members, your Surface Design and SAQA colleagues...Spread the word!  Spread the celebration!

For full information and online entry, please click HERE.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Up for Bid - SAQA Benefit Auction 2016 - Group 1

Are you watching the Annual SAQA Benefit Auction?  I am!  I love to see what's available, and plan what I'd buy if/when it gets to a price I can afford.

The offerings for Group 1, starting September 19 at $750 USD, include a Western Canada member:

A SAQA Central Canada member:

And some international members -- friends -- people whose blogs I follow, and/or whom I've met at conferences or other SAQA-related events, such as the My Corner of the World opening:

SOLD on the 'Diamond Day'

This is not to say I'd buy a piece simply because I know someone...but chances are, if I follow someone's work via blog or website or other social media, it's because I admire it...ergo...

It's going to be an interesting three weeks.  Whose piece are you waiting for?