24 February 2018

Spotlight on Regina Marzlin

Regina Marzlin of Antigonish NS contributed a piece, entitled Blimp, to the 2018 TEXtiles Spotlight Auction. 


Blimp by Regina Marzlin (2018) w6" x h8"

Regina is our SAQA Atlantic Canada regional representative. You can see more of her artwork on her blog, Regina Marzlin Fibre Art, and read her Featured Artist interview: Textiles Collages, Pieced, Layered and Stitched.

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The TEXtiles Spotlight Auction is an opportunity for SAQA members to showcase their work at the annual SAQA conference. The pieces are auctioned at the conference with proceeds going to SAQA's exhibition programs. SAQA Atlantic has benefited from the annual auction by accessing these funds for all three of our regional shows. 

March 1, 2018 is the registration deadline for contributing a little (6" x 8") piece for the auction. Details are available here.


If you contribute to the 2018 Spotlight Auction, please let us have a sneak peek at your piece!

23 February 2018

Spotlight on Kristi Farrier

Kristi Farrier, of Middle River, Cape Breton (NS), also contributed to the 2018 Spotlight Auction. Have a look at her piece, A Day at the Circus.


A Day at the Circus by Kristi Farrier (2018) w6" x h8"

"The topsy-turvy of a day full of color and sound and bit of melted ice cream."


Learn more about Kristi Farrier on her blog Mirth365, her Instagram account, and by reading our feature artist interview Introducing....Kristi Farrier.


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The TEXtiles Spotlight Auction is an opportunity for SAQA members to showcase their work at the annual SAQA conference. The pieces are auctioned at the conference with proceeds going to SAQA's exhibition programs. SAQA Atlantic has benefited from the annual auction by accessing these funds for all three of our regional shows. 

March 1, 2018 is the registration deadline for contributing a little (6" x 8") piece for the auction. Details are available here.

If you contribute to the 2018 Spotlight Auction, please let us have a sneak peek at your piece!



21 February 2018

Spotlight on Vivian Farrar

Vivian Farrar, of Fredericton NB, contributed two pieces to the 2018 SAQA Spotlight Auction.


Harbour View I by Vivian Farrar (2018) w8" x h6"

Harbour View II by Vivian Farrar (2018) w6" x h8"


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The TEXtiles Spotlight Auction is an opportunity for SAQA members to showcase their work at the annual SAQA conference. The pieces are auctioned at the conference with proceeds going to SAQA's exhibition programs.  

The Spotlight Auction is also an opportunity for SAQA Atlantic members to have their work featured on the SAQA Atlantic blog, to be enjoyed by those of us not attending the annual conference.

SAQA Atlantic has benefited from the Spotlight auction by accessing SAQA exhibition program funds for all three of our regional shows. 

It's not too late to create a 6" x 8" piece for the auction. Details, including March 1, 2018 registration deadline, are available here.

And if you have contributed to the 2018 Spotlight Auction, please let us have a sneak peek at your piece!

18 February 2018

Fourth SAQA Atlantic retreat May 4-5-6, 2018

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


Program
Friday May 4th
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Arrival at Debert Hospitality Centre, room check in, meet and greet, orientation. 

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

Saturday, May 5th
Morning
Hands-On seminar -- Gathering Thoughts with Mark Making 
Led by ReBecca Paterson
Followed by Linda Mackie Finley's Binding Thoughts.

We will explore mark making through a series of fast-paced exercisesthen discuss how to use or further develop our marks. With Linda’s guidance we will produce a portfolio from our marked papers, so we can continue working on the marks throughout and after the retreat.

Saturday afternoon:
Presentation -- Talking about your Work: Networking in the Arts
Guest Speaker: Sarah Maloney

Sarah Maloney, RCA, is a Halifax artist with an MFA from the University of Windsor and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has received numerous grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, the New Brunswick Arts Board and the Ontario Arts Council. Under Sarah's guidance, we’ll learn how to talk about our work with confidence, build our networks and gain recognition in the arts community.

Saturday evening:
Show and Tell

Sunday May 6th
Morning
Discussion -- Sharing Thoughts and Where to from Here?
Led by: Chris Nielsen

Departure after lunch on Sunday.
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Cost:
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 April 20th, 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 February 2018

Textile art workshops with Laurie Swim in historic Lunenburg NS

Learn new skills and be inspired by artist, teacher and author Laurie Swim, while soaking in the atmosphere of historic Lunenburg NS


Dublin Shore by Laurie Swim, example for 5-day workshop 

Choose from four different workshop programs ranging from one to five days:

Tips and Tricks for Art Quilts (1-day)

This workshop explores approaches and techniques to achieve effective landscape scenes with textiles. 
Level: All levels. Limited to 8 participants.
$125 + tax | Dates: June 23 (full) and August 25

By the Sea (1-day)

In this workshop students create a coastal scene in fabric, first learning a step by step technique for "building" a cape-style house, then exploring a range of techniques to create the surrounding land and seascape. 
Level: All levels. Limited to 8 participants.
$125 + tax | Dates: June 24 (full) and August 26


From Start to Finish (5-day)

This week-long workshop will provide opportunity for instruction, critique and guidance on an individual basis to enable participants to create, finish and mount an original art quilt.
Level: Intermediate to advanced. Limited to 4 participants.
$630 + tax includes some materials
Dates: Sept 10-14 and Sept 24-28


Blossom Time (1-day)

Participants will use an original Laurie Swim pattern to create either an apple tree in blossom or a maple tree in fall glory, learning a few innovative sewing techniques along the way.
Level: All levels. Limited to 8 participants. 
$125 + tax | Date: October 13


For more details and information about how to register, check out  laurieswim.com/workshops.

To see examples of Laurie's work visit laurieswim.com.

08 February 2018

Spotlight on Holly McLean

Holly McLean, from Bathurst NB, is the first Atlantic Canada artist to feature her 2018 SAQA Spotlight Auction contribution.


Autumn Wildflowers by Holly McLean (2018) w6" x h8"

Watch for more of Holly McLean’s artwork on Facebook and Instagram, and on her blog, Through My Window.


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The TEXtiles Spotlight Auction is an opportunity for SAQA members to showcase their work at the annual SAQA conference. The pieces are auctioned at the conference with proceeds going to SAQA's exhibition programs. 

The Spotlight Auction is also an opportunity for SAQA Atlantic members to have their work featured on the SAQA Atlantic blog, to be enjoyed by those of us not attending the annual conference. If you've contributed to the 2018 Spotlight Auction, please let us have a sneak peek at your piece!

02 February 2018

Transitions: The results are in!


Nineteen textile artists from all four Atlantic provinces submitted one or two pieces of artwork for our upcoming travelling exhibition, Transitions. Juror Elizabeth Whalley reviewed all 29 submissions. Here is some of her response:

"It has been such a pleasure to spend time with the beautiful images you sent me. I have gone over them a number of times and decided that I would like to hang all the entries in the gallery. While some are stronger than others I feel there is an artistic integrity and technical expertise in each of the works that speaks loud and clear. I think the collection will be really inspiring to our creative community here in Inverness."

So congratulations to everyone who submitted artwork. Many thanks are due to Elizabeth Whalley, juror, Heather Loney, curator, and Kate Madeloso, who designed the exhibition poster, displayed above. 

Opening: Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth NS 
                Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7pm 

Venues:   Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth NS
                March 29 - April 29, 2018

                Art Gallery of NS, Yarmouth Branch,Yarmouth NS 
                Aug 2 - Sept 28, 2018

                Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Inverness NS 
                Oct 5 - Oct 30, 2018 

                Saint John Art Centre, Saint John NB
                Jan 11 - March 8, 2019