06 December 2017

There's still time to join SAQA and submit your work to our upcoming regional show, Transitions

Taliesin Mosaic by K. Madeloso, w30" x h36" Honourable mention,
SAQA Atlantic show, Structures
The deadline is quickly approaching for submitting entries for SAQA Atlantic's third regional show. All entries must be received by curator Heather Loney by December 31, 2017.

The theme for the show, Transitions, can be interpreted in a wide range of styles and techniques, from abstract to pictorial, from monochromatic to colourful, perhaps showing a metamorphosis, a passage in time, alteration or evolution through surface design and stitching.


Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth NS, 
March 28 - April 29 2018
The opening reception will be on Wednesday, March 28, 7-9pm

Inverness Centre for the Arts, NS, October 2018
Saint John Arts Centre, NB, January / February 2019 
(more venues to be announced):


Elizabeth Whalley is a Canadian artist living and working in Quebec, Nova Scotia and New York. She has exhibited widely and created many projects in New York including work for the TD Bank’s Art for Trees, Flux Factory and Galapagos Artspace. She was awarded a Canada Council travel grant, a McNair Scholars research grant, and a Pratt faculty grant. She received her MFA and an Advanced Certificate (PIMA) from Brooklyn College after studies at Concordia University, Montreal. She has taught at Adelphi University, Haverford College, Pratt Institute, Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, and Brooklyn College. She is currently Director of the Inverness County Centre for the Arts, in Inverness, NS.

Read all the details in the online entry form and guidelines.

Not a SAQA member?

Please note that this call for entry is for SAQA Atlantic members exclusively. 

SAQA membership offers so many benefits: regularly scheduled SAQA-Atlantic retreats, free online seminars, courses and other resource material, the SAQA Journal, and opportunities to enter your artwork into numerous international exhibitions. 

If you're not a member, it's not too late. Join SAQA today!

26 November 2017

Atlantic Blogwatch

As winter approaches, inveterate SAQA Atlantic bloggers Penny Berens and Holly MacLean have been reflecting on nature’s inspiration for their artwork. Coincidentally, both recently included observations about this year’s abundant crop of wild holly (ilex verticillata).

Inspired by Nature

Holly MacLean, Bathurst NB.
Work in progress
Holly MacLean’s blog, Through My Window, has been documenting her progress, from start to finish, on a piece inspired by a waterfall she discovered last summer

Over the past months, Holly has shared every step of her process, from producing a plan to auditioning the binding for the finished piece.

A Daily Practice
Penny Berens, Granville Ferry NS.
Work in progress.

In her blog, Tanglewood Threads, Penny Berens reflects on her latest experiences with her year-long Stone Pathways project. The project began last January, when Penny decided to create a daily stitched journal inspired by pebbles collected on daily walks.

Tune in to their blogs for images of the final products in the coming weeks.  

14 October 2017

Book launch and artist Q&A with author/illustrator Laurie Swim - November 4th, 2017

The Halifax Central Library will host Laurie Swim as she launches her brand new children's book Hope and Survival: A Story of the Halifax Explosion. The book, richly illustrated with Laurie’s unique artwork, tells the story of a young girl caught up in the aftermath of the explosion.

Laurie will read from the picture book and answer questions on art quilting. She will also give a talk about creating her monumental centennial quilt "Hope and Survival", which is currently on display at Halifax's Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Some of the original snow-dyed and quilted pieces she created to illustrate the book will be on display at the library.

Where: Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax NS

When:  3:30-4:30 pm, Saturday Nov 4th, 2017

Admission: Free

Read more about Laurie Swim and her work on her website: 

26 September 2017

Textile Journeys: Helene Blanchet, Anne Morrell Robinson, Adrienne Yorinks
Featured image: Anne Morrell Robinson: Underwater World

In October, the gallery of the Inverness County Centre for the Arts will be filled with colours just as our beautiful as our countryside. This textile exhibit will feature the work of local artists Helene Blanchet, Anne Morrell Robinson (members of SAQA Atlantic Canada) and Adrienne Yorinks.
Date(s) - Monday, October 2nd 2017 - Monday, October 30th 2017
11:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Opening Reception
Sunday, October 1 at 2pm

Artist Talk 
Friday, October 13 at 4pm
Helene ‘s masterful folk art inspired Fibre art work , ” Calgary Days” , is a series based on her stay in Alberta where she worked as a gardener. Beads, stitches, and a riot of colour reflect her life . Both artists’ love of all things textile will shine through in this special exhibit.

Anne’s exhibit, ” Worldly Influences” will be quilted pieces inspired by images, fabrics, and iconic patterns from around the world.
As accessible to our world increases by easy of travel and communication influences creep in from all corners of the globe. Migration and trade bring us textiles and designs that were once exotic and have now become accepted major influences to fashion and home decor. When we see them our minds still travel to the places of their origins as the designs suggest their heritage. My needle and thread take me there in spirit and have become my method of “arm chair travel”.
Find more information about Anne and her work at http://www.kingrossquilts.com.

Adrienne’s exhibition, “Quilted Journeys” will be a  sampling of work from several of her books; from Hummingbirds, dogs, and ducks to states and countries, and even outer space, the theme of journey is evident. The books represented are, Quilt of States, The Alphabet Atlas, Hummingbirds:Facts and Folklore from the Americas, Quack, and The Last Will and Testament of a Very Distinguished Dog.

31 August 2017

Please join Regina Marzlin for her artist talk and opening of her solo show, Textile Explorations.

Artist talk: Friday September 1st, 6:00-7:00pm

Workshop:  September 9th, 10:00am-1:00pm (Fabric collage)

Show run: September 1-30, 2017

283 Main St, Antigonish, NS

Ascending by Regina Marzlin w24" x h20"

Contemplation by Regina Marzlin,  w21" x h22"

Harvest Moon by Regina Marzlin, w24" x h37"

To learn more about Regina and her artwork, visit reginamarzlin.com.

29 August 2017

European Tour for My Corner of the World - Canada!

Rusty Gate by Penny Berens

Those of you following this blog know that eight textile artists from Atlantic Canada have work in My Corner of the World - Canada, a regional SAQA exhibition. 

Participating artists recently got the exciting news of the exhibit's upcoming tour of Europe. The pieces are now in France, being readied for a one-year tour with the European Patchwork / Carrefour European du Patchwork show circuit. 

The first two venues have been announced:

September 14-17, 2017: 
European Patchwork Meeting
Saint-Marie-aux-Mines, Alsace, France (Read about this premiere event on the tour website)

October 19-22, 2017:
Abilmente Mostra-Atelier Internazionale della Manualita Creativa 
Vicenza, Italy

Stayed tuned to learn where our pieces go next!

22 August 2017

SAQA's Annual Benefit Auction Opens Online September 15th. A great way to build your textile art collection!

In the Shadows by Regina Marzlin

The SAQA auction features hundreds of 12"x12" art quilts produced by textile artists from around the world. Lois Wilby Hooper, of Moore's Mills NB, Regina Marzlin of Antigonish NS and Fiona Oxford of Waverley NS all contributed art quilts to this year's sale.

Join in the fun!

The online Benefit Auction, SAQA’s signature fundraising event, begins September 15. This is your chance to own beautiful, unique art quilts by some of the world’s finest fibre artists. Plus, your purchases help increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them, while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach.
Autumn Breeze by Fiona Oxford

Have a look at how the auction works
You can view all the pieces on the SAQA website. Find your favourites and get ready to place your bids!