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: 
https://www.laurieswim.com/


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/Time
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! 



19 June 2017

Please join the Textile Artists Collective for the opening of Fibre Focus at The Dart Gallery in Dartmouth NS.

A showcase of contemporary works in textile and stitch


Where:      The Dart Gallery
                  127 Portland Street
                  Dartmouth, NS

When:       June 22 - July 5, 2017
                 Tues - Fri 12-7 | Sat 11-5 | Sun 11-2 |

Opening Reception: 7:00 pm, Thursday June 22, 2017


The Textile Artists Collective 

The Textile Artists Collective is a small group of independent Nova Scotia artists working with textiles and other fibres. The art quilt, or quilted wall hanging, is our main focus, but we each push our own individual styles and vocabularies to achieve the goals of all artists: self-expression and the creation of visually stimulating and meaningful works of art.

During our monthly meetings, we share inspiration, techniques and information related to our work. We also discuss art concepts and the business of art, exploring opportunities to exhibit our work individually and as a group.

Our creative explorations include a wide variety of surface design techniques such as painting, dyeing, printing, stitching, quilting, weaving, felting, collage, appliqué, stencil, applying resists and embellishing with beads or small objects.

Please plan to visit our show between June 22nd and July 5th.


SAQA Atlantic Canada Artists participating in the Exhibition:
Cathy Drummond, Heather Loney, Susan Lilley, Kate Madeloso, Regina Marzlin, Fiona Oxford, Deb Plestid.

Also participating: Dawna deAdder, Karen Henry, Debbie Vermuelen.


Gallery contact: info@thedartgallery.com Tel: 902.404.7330

14 June 2017

Get ready to place your bids! The 2017 SAQA Benefit Auction, online from September 15th - October 8th

Fiona Oxford's contribution to the auction, Autumn Breeze, represents clear blue sky and autumn wind and colours. 

Autumn Breeze by Fiona Oxford, 12" x 12"

See all of the quilts on offer here: http://www.saqa.com/auction-quiltviewALL.php

The annual benefit auction supports SAQA's exhibition program and the transportation of major SAQA exhibitions to galleries and museums all around the world. 

The 2017 auction, online from September 15th to October 8th, kicks-off at 3pm Atlantic Time on September 15th with Diamond Day bidding - an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.  

BIDDING DETAILS

The 12" x 12" auction quilts have been grouped into three sections for bidding purposes. Each week, a different group of quilts will be available for bidding.  

The online bidding form will be live on September 15th at 3pm Atlantic Time for Diamond Day bidding.

Starting September 18th at 3pm Atlantic, bidding will begin on the first group of quilts, starting at $750 and reduced progressively throughout the week. The first bid on each piece wins. 

Throughout the auction, any piece in any section can be purchased at the Buy It Now price of $1000. 

More information on the bidding process is available here.