15 October 2018

Two calls for entries from Sacred Threads

SAQA Atlantic member Helene Blanchet is encouraging textile artists in Atlantic Canada to consider entering Sacred Threads. There are two calls for entries.

Sacred Threads
Sacred Threads is a juried exhibition for quilters of all faiths who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey. Quilts submitted should explore themes of joy, spirituality, peace/brotherhood, inspiration, grief, or healing. Sacred Threads is open only to artists within the United States and Canada. Quilts must be an original design or an original execution of a traditional pattern.

Entry deadline: January 10, 2019. Further details on Sacred Threads website.

Sacred Threads Eye Contact: Creating a connection
A special installation exhibit of fibre and mixed media pieces that feature eyes, size 23" x 5".

Entry deadline: May 31, 2019. Further details on Eye Contact page, Sacred Threads website.

11 October 2018

Printed Fabric Collage workshop with Regina Marzlin

 Mariners Quilt Guild invite you to join them in exploring different methods of printing on fabric with SAQA fibre artist Regina Marzlin. Participants will use stamps, stencils and a variety of tools to print onto fabric with fabric paint. Using a free-form collage technique, the resulting fabrics will be assembled into a small quilt top that can be further embellished and quilted by either hand or machine. Class size limited to 15 people.

Where: Superstore Community Room
             9 Braemar Drive, Dartmouth, NS
When:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm - November 3, 2018 
Fee:      $50.00 for Mariners members, $60 for non-members
             Payment due by October 22.  No refund after that date.      

For information or to register, please contact Karen Henry at seequilt@hotmail.com.

09 October 2018

Closing date correction for SOFAAR exhibits

It has just come to our attention that two textile art exhibitions announced on this blog one month ago have incorrect end dates.

The exhibitions, organized by the Society of Fibre Artists of Annapolis Royal (SOFAAR), were at the time reported as both running to the end of October.

In fact, one of the shows, Art of Fibre, will hang until October 13th, 2018.

The second show, East meets West, represents artwork from local and Vancouver artists. The western pieces came down on October 3rd. The local artwork will hang until the end of the month.

Apologies for any inconvenience or confusion this error may have caused.

04 October 2018

Fourth SAQA Atlantic Retreat Rescheduled: November 9, 10, 11, 2018

Join SAQA Atlantic members at the Debert Hospitality Centre for a weekend of camaraderie, learning and inspiration! 

Friday November 9th
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Arrival 
Arrival at Debert Hospitality Centre, room check in, meet and greet, orientation. 

Friday evening
Welcome by SAQA Atlantic area rep Regina Marzlin
Show & Tell

Saturday, November 10th
9-10:00  Lightning Talks
A series of quick presentations by SAQA members on a variety of topics, such as paper making, establishing your business, printmaking, etc. Details of the speakers and topics will follow. Each lightning talk will be 6 minutes in length, followed by a short Q and A and discussion period.

10:30  SAQA general meeting

1:30-4:30  Writing Professional Applications 
Presentation by Melanie Colosimo
Although our experience within the art community varies, we are all periodically confronted with the need to prepare an application for an exhibition, grant, or residency opportunity. Melanie will take us through the components of these applications, how they differ from one another, and from other types of writing (journalistic, business, scientific) with which we might be more familiar. She will teach us how to craft a project proposal, differentiate between an artist’s CV and an artist’s resume, and what is looked for in artist statements, artist bios, and the importance of visual materials.

Melanie Colosimo, is currently Director of the Anna Leonowens Gallery at NSCAD University in Halifax. You can learn more about Melanie and her work and experience at her website melaniecolosimo.com.

Saturday evening:
Show and Tell continues, social time, hand work

Sunday November 11th
Morning:  SAQA Mentorship program
Presentation by Regina Marzlin

Departure after lunch on Sunday.


The fee for the retreat is $240, which includes two nights accommodation and all meals. We appreciate receipt of a contribution from SAQA headquarters to make this event affordable. 

Please register for the retreat on or before October 25th, 2018. For more information or to register, contact our SAQA Atlantic representative Regina Marzlin.    

Please note that this event is for SAQA members exclusively. Not a member? You can join SAQA here!

09 September 2018

Layered and Stitched... the Textile Artists Collective, October 5th-29th, Inverness, Cape Breton

Members of the Textile Artists Collective invite you to join them for the opening of Layered and Stitched, at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts in beautiful Inverness, Cape Breton, NS.

The exhibition will coincide with SAQA Atlantic Canada's juried regional show, Transitions, held in the same gallery, during Cape Breton's annual Celtic Colours festival. Three good reasons to make tracks for Cape Breton next month!

Participating artists:

Dawna deAdder, Cathy Drummond, Karen Henry,
Heather Kellerman, Susan Lilley, Heather Loney, 
Linda Mackie Finlay, Kate Madeloso, Regina Marzlin,
Fiona Oxford, Laureen van Lierop and Debbie Vermeulen

When:       October 6 - 29, 2018            
Opening:   6:00 - 8:00 pm, Friday October 5, 2018
Where:      Inverness County Centre for the Arts
                  16080 Highway 19, Inverness, Nova Scotia
Hours:       Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-5:00. Closed Mondays.
Phone:       902 258 2533
Email:        info@invernessarts.com

The Textile Artists Collective 

The Textile Artists Collective is a small group of independent Nova Scotia artists working in textiles and other fibres. 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.

06 September 2018

The Society of Fibre Artists of the Annapolis River invite you to visit two textile art shows in Annapolis Royal

SAQA members Penny Berens and Grace Butland both have work in two current exhibitions presented by SOFAAR (Society of Fibre Artists of the Annapolis River). 

Goddess Emerging by Grace Butland, w10" x h10".
(East Meets West piece showing in Vancouver, BC).
Acrylic paint, image transfer, beading, hand-stitching and couching on cotton.

EAST MEETS WEST is a collaborative exhibition with the Vancouver Island Surface Design Association (VISDA). The exhibit features 10" x 10" pieces produced by members of both groups. The opening in Annapolis Royal is scheduled to coincide with the opening of a parallel show in Vancouver, with a video live feed connecting the two.

What:           East Meets West exhibition of textile art
Where:         King's Theatre, Annapolis Royal NS
When:          Ongoing until October 3, 2018. 
Reception:   2 pm, Saturday Sept 8, 2018

THE ART OF FIBRE, this year's SOFAAR members' exhibition, was curated by fibre artists Laurie Swim and Valerie Hearder. 

What:           THE ART OF FIBRE exhibition
Where:         Chapel Gallery at ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal NS
When:          Ongoing until October 13, 2018. 
Reception:   Sunday Sept 9, 2018, 1-8pm

Our beautiful fall weather is perfect for a drive to Annapolis Royal to catch both exhibits.  

Stone Pathways by Penny Berens
SOFAAR Members' Exhibition
Hand stitching on natural dyed and rusted linen, silk and cotton

04 September 2018

SAQA Atlantic touring exhibition,Transitions, opening October 5th, in Inverness, Cape Breton

October 2018 will be a more exciting time than ever to visit Cape Breton Island!

This year, the Inverness County Centre for the Arts will feature two textile art exhibitions during the annual Celtic Colours Festival. SAQA Atlantic's travelling juried show, Transitions, will share the gallery with Layered and Stitched, an exhibition of textile art by the Textile Artists Collective.

Both shows open on Friday October 5th, coinciding with Celtic Colours, which runs from October 5th - 13th. While Celtic Colours is best known for its celebration of Celtic music, the festival program also includes a host of art and textile events including an Ecoprinting workshop to be held at the Inverness County Centre on Saturday October 6th. The complete Celtic Colours program can be seen here.

What:        Transitionsthe SAQA Atlantic travelling exhibition
When:       October 6 - 29, 2018            
Opening:   6:00 - 8:00 pm, Friday October 5, 2018
                  16080 Highway 19, Inverness, Nova Scotia
Hours:       Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-5:00. Closed Mondays.

Transitions Artists

Helene Blanchet - Julea Boswell - Grace Butland - Brigitte Dimock
Cathy Drummond - Kristi Farrier - Audrey Feltham 
Linda Finley - Heather Kellerman - Susan Lilley 
Heather Loney - Kate Madeloso - Regina Marzlin 
Holly McLean - Fiona Oxford - Deb Plestid 
Anne Morrell Robinson - Ann Schroeder - Kathy Tidswell

Read more about the SAQA Atlantic regional textile art show, Transitions, on our blog.

Halifax in Transition II: Citadel Hill Clock 
by Heather Loney  h23" x w26"