17 December 2018

Cathy Drummond introduces Displaced

We were delighted to learn that Mahone Bay, NS artist Cathy Drummond's work has been accepted into SAQA's global exhibition, Forced to Flee. SAQA members throughout the world were encouraged "to illustrate the issues surrounding the global refugee crises, impacts on families and communities, the stress placed on host countries, and the need for new initiatives, funding, and international cooperation to find solutions to the crisis." 

Cathy's art quilt, Displaced, is one of the 36 pieces from ten countries that were accepted from among the 136 entries. It was the only piece from Canada. Well done Cathy!

Displaced, by Cathy Drummond (2018) w30"xh25"

We asked Cathy Drummond to tell us about her Inspiration for Displaced:

Cathy: A quite beautiful news photo of a small group of people walking along a road first attracted my attention. Only after a few moments did I realize I was looking at two Syrian families fleeing for their lives. 

Displaced (detail)
I couldn't stop thinking about the families in that photo. Their options are so limited and their futures so bleak. I began Displaced by sketching individual people, but soon began thinking about the difficulty of imagining each individual when there are over 65 million of them! How do the refugees keep their sense of self, given their de-humanizing  experience? 

These thoughts led me to instead cut random pieces of cloth, some vaguely human shaped, others not. (Refugee routes must be strewn with abandoned belongings.) I wanted to express dehumanization, exhaustion and grief, as well as the closed doors between displaced people and a new life.

The Forced to Flee exhibition will debut at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida: May 25 – August 24, 2019, and then travel internationally. Follow the exhibition's travel's here.

05 December 2018

More textile works on exhibit in Annapolis Royal until December 20th

SAQA artists Penny Berens and Grace Butland are showing their work in Five - The Artist Way Collective Show, hanging until December 20th at the Annapolis Royal Community Art Centre (ARCAC). The show features works by five artists: three fibre artists and two painters.

The show will hang concurrently with the annual ARCAC members' exhibit, also featuring textile work by Penny Berens.

14 November 2018

Exhilarating. Informative. Productive. Exhausting. Inspiring. Fun.

Artwork by Jeanine Gunn
These are just some of the words that describe SAQA Atlantic's fourth retreat, held last weekend in Debert, Nova Scotia.

Fourteen SAQA members attended, including new member Jeanine Gunn, from Antigonish County, NS.

By day, we learned about preparing proposals in the art world, whether for a grant, a show or a residency. This session was thoughtfully led by Melanie Colosimo, director and curator of the Anna Leonowens Gallery. 

We listened to lightning talks by Kristi Farrier, Holly McLean, Anne Morrell Robinson and Christine Nielsen. Regina Marzlin presented her experiences with the SAQA Mentorship Program, tempting many of us to sign up. And together we planned some exciting next steps for SAQA Atlantic:

  • Holly McLean will set up an Instagram account.
  • Helene Blanchet will maintain our blog's Call for Entry page.
  • Susan Lilley will begin a series of Artist Studio series on our blog.
  • Regina Marzlin will create a Facebook page for our region.
  • Helene Blanchet will coordinate the next SAQA trunk show tour.
  • Our next regional retreat will take place next fall. Once again, Laureen van Lierop has agreed to coordinate the program.
  • Kristi Farrier will replace Regina Marzlin as our regional representative, beginning March 1, 2019.
  • We decided to form a regional critique group using Zoom technology. Regina Marzlin will set us all up with the technology and prepare the first meeting for mid January. Laureen van Lierop and Jeanine Gunn will be the first facilitators.

But the retreat wasn't all work. By evening, we kicked back with wine, cheese and chocolates, showing and talking about our work. Throughout the event, we continued to build relationships across the region.

Overall it was a great weekend, the mood was constructive, the level of volunteering exceptional and we all appreciated the various learning opportunities provided. 

If you missed this year's retreat, stay tuned for information about the next one, tentatively planned for autumn 2019.

Artwork by Helene Blanchet

Artwork by Cathy Drummond

Artwork by Kristi Farrier

Printwork by Linda Mackie Finley

Artwork by Regina Marzlin

Laureen van Lierop's sketchbook
Artwork by Holly McLean

25 October 2018

Join Hélène Blanchet for the opening of her solo show at the Craig Gallery, Dartmouth NS, Tuesday Oct 30

Cape Breton textile artist Hélène Blanchet's series “Calgary Days” celebrates scenes, activities and events she experienced when living in Calgary. Her signature folk art style captures the people, the sights and the colours of the city brilliantly.  

A natural story-teller, Hélène brings her stories to life in the minutia of detail featured in every piece. Tiny bits of cloth are painstakingly appliquéd with minuscule stitches onto a background of fine quilting, and adorned with wee glass beads and colourful embroidery threads. 

Hélène Blanchet has been quilting for over 25 years. For several years her husband’s work took her to live in many parts of the world, including a brief stint in Calgary, Alberta. These travels have nourished her love of traditional textiles of all kinds and have had a large influence on her work. She draws inspiration from these traditions, the natural world, family and her beloved Nova Scotia.

What:   Calgary Days, Textile art exhibition
Where: Craig Gallery, Alderney Ferry Terminal, Dartmouth NS
When:  Opening & Artist Talk -- Tuesday, Oct. 30, 5pm - 7pm
              Show runs: October 31 - December 2, 2018
Gallery Hours: (subject to change)
              Monday - CLOSED
              Tuesday to Friday - noon to 5:30pm
              Saturday - 9am to 5pm
              Sunday - 11am - 3pm

Read more about Hélène Blanchet on our 2016 artist interview, Folk Art in Big Nature.

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"

20 August 2018

See My Corner of the World – CANADA, in Eastern Ontario until September 22, 2018

POPLAR  POINT by artist Jaynie Himsl, Weyburn, SK

Consider a road trip to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte ON, to see the the peripatetic My Corner of the World - Canada exhibit, featuring the work of 40 SAQA artists, eight of whom are from Atlantic Canada.

The exhibition has toured widely since its opening in May 2015. The response from thousands of visitors around the world – both fibre artists and the general public has been exceptional, calling it “magical” and “breathtaking”. 

Artwork of Maggie Vanderweit, Gunnel Hag, Holly McLean
 and Judith Martin greet visitors at the entrance of the Museum

The weekend September 8-9th might be a good time to visit, when hundreds of fibre enthusiasts come into the village of Almonte for FIBREFEST 2018.

Where:               Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
Address:            3 Rosamond St E, Almonte ON K0A 1A0
Phone:               613-256-3754   
Summer Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10-4.   Closed Monday
Admission:         $7.00  Children under 12 free!

Left to right: Artwork by  Sandra Betts, NS; Millie Cumming, ON,
Terry Aske, BC and Lynne McCulloch, ON

Note: Photos and much of the content of this message are re-posted from Bethany Garner's post on the SAQA Central Canada blog, August 4, 2018.

07 August 2018

Kathy Tidswell Interview: Painter, Quilter, Teacher

Transitions II by Kathy Tidswell (2017) w22” x h34”
Kathy Tidswell is a New Brunswick fibre artist and teacher, well-known for her thread-painted pieces, quilted wall hangings and wearable art. Kathy’s work has been widely published within Canada and beyond. She has taught at five Quilt Canada conferences and is a recipient of the Canadian Quilters’ Association Teacher of the Year Award.

Kathy’s wearable art has earned an Award of Excellence and an Honourable Mention at CQA National Juried Shows. Her wall quilts have made it into The Grand National Juried Quilt Exhibitions, CQA National Juried Shows, SAQA regional juried shows and the Contemporary Canadian Art Quilts Exhibition. Her thread paintings have hung in solo and group exhibitions including Threadworks 2010 and 2013.

Kathy Tidswell sells her work from her home studio and gallery in Burtts Corner NB. 

How would you describe your work?

My work is usually realistic. Whether it’s a small thread painting or a larger wall quilt, you can generally see the influence of nature. 

Much of my work begins with my own painting on fabric which I then enhance with thread painting. Sometimes I work with commercial fabric to create wall quilts but even those often include some of my own painted fabric as well. 

Winter by Kathy Tidswell (2008) w 20.5” x h 24.5”

Describe your journey towards becoming an artist who works with textiles. 

My mother and both grandmothers were embroiders, quilters, rug hookers and crocheters, and taught me all these skills as a child. As a young adult, I had a career in forest genetics with the Canadian Forestry Service. That experience and my scientific background may account for some of my attention to detail and my interest in depicting trees. 

Later, as a stay-at-home mom, I made two quilts for my daughter’s bunkbeds. Soon after, I joined the Fredericton Quilters’ Guild and attended a workshop taught by Anne Boyce, who taught me to use the sewing machine for appliqué and quilting. Around the same time I saw a booklet entitled Thread Painting, by Liz Hubbard. It had beautiful British gardens and cottages done with free-motion embroidery over a painted background. I was hooked!

I took drawing, watercolour and oil painting lessons to better my skills for painting the backgrounds. I worked on my free-motion embroidery skills. And since most of this stitched-over-painted-fabric work came from the UK, I combined a visit to see my daughter with a 4-day course with teacher Allison Holt in Wales. Gradually, I began to develop my own style and approach.

Wearable art by Kathy Tidswell (2017) 

Tell us about your process for creating. Where do you find your inspiration and how do you get from that to a final product?

My inspiration generally comes from nature. I get ideas for the painted backgrounds from photographs. If I’m working on a wall quilt for a competition I often muse over the theme for a long time and draw up several different ideas before I begin. 

Working from my photograph, I make a detailed drawing on paper and then trace it onto white cotton fabric. Next, I paint the background using Pebeo Setacolor. The painting may take two or three sittings to complete. 

When I’m happy with the painting, I add texture and bring it to life with free-motion embroidery. I enhance perspective by leaving a painted area in the distance unstitched. Moving into the foreground, the stitching becomes progressively brighter, larger and more detailed. I sometimes create a 3-D effect by attaching appliqués of birds or flowers that I make entirely from thread, using free-motion zigzag stitching.

Great Blue Heron by Kathy Tidswell (2016) w15” x h17”

Do you have a studio, or do you work wherever you can find a spot?  

My studio is a second-storey porch addition built by my husband. It’s lovely and bright with windows on three sides, but it’s small, so my work has spread throughout the house. My threads and smaller pieces of fabric are stored in a chest in the hallway just outside the studio. I’ve taken over a bedroom for cutting; the kitchen table is where I tend to do the painting. I also have a teaching studio and gallery on the ground floor. The only thing missing is a permanent design wall.

What are you currently working on and why?

Just now, I’m working on a black and white portrait of my grandmother. I’ve been wanting to make it ever since I found a photo of her a couple of years ago. I’m hoping to use the portrait as my entry for the upcoming Grand National exhibition, themed Still.

Do you teach or have a business of your artwork?

I split my time between teaching, creating wall quilts for competitions and producing thread paintings, which I sell at craft shows. Teaching has been a big part of my life for over 20 years. I have a small teaching studio in my home and offer classes in a variety of techniques, including thread painting, machine appliqué, using paints on fabric, creating 3-D thread appliques and using Inktense pencils to create appliqués.

One of the most exciting moments in my career was when I first got word that I’d been accepted to teach at the Quilt Canada conference, which was in Toronto in 2000. That was outdone only when I received the Canadian Quilters’ Association Teacher of the Year award five years later.

I’ve taught and delivered slide/trunk presentations at five Quilt Canada conferences and for guilds and shops in almost every province. I’ve taught twice in Luxembourg and have three presentations scheduled for this fall in the UK. 

My teaching experiences in Luxembourg began with enquiries I made at a quilting and craft shop I came across while visiting that country. Lynne Edwards, a teacher and friend from the UK, once told me that whenever she travels she notifies groups in the vicinity that she will be available for teaching. I’ve since adopted her philosophy. 

When planning an upcoming visit with my daughter, I obtained a list of quilting and embroidery groups from British organizers and contacted several around Portsmouth (England), telling them when I expected to be in the area. This resulted in the three slide/trunk shows I have scheduled there this fall.

Splendour of the Caribbean by Kathy Tidswell (2013) w18.5” x  h14.5”

How do you show and sell your work? Where can it be seen?

Currently, (August 3- October 9, 2018) my work can be seen in a solo exhibition entitled Nature’s Thread 2018 at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre in Fredericton NB.

A selection of my work will be for sale at a Christmas market with the Fibre Arts Network group (FAN) on November 10, 2018 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fredericton.

And my thread paintings can be seen by chance or appointment at my home studio and gallery in Burtts Corner NB.

Recently, while serving a one-week artist residency in Fredericton’s historic Garrison District, I was interviewed by Mark Kilfoil of CHSR radio. The interview can be heard as a podcast until early September at CHSR-FM 97.9 | The Lunchbox Interview/ Kathy Tidswell (Fibre Artist).

What are your goals for the coming year?

My goal is to enjoy the process more, without worrying so much about perfection. I often get too intense over a piece, especially if it’s for a competition. I hope to develop a more relaxed way of working and to just wait and see how the piece turns out.  


You can read more about Kathy Tidswell and her artwork on her website Kathy Tidswell Fibre Artist.

As Day Ebbs by Kathy Tidswell (2014) w20” x h31”

28 July 2018

AGNS Yarmouth Branch will host Transitions, Aug 2 - Sept 28, 2018

Remnants by Susan Lilley (2016) 36"x36"


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

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth Branch
341 Main Street
August 2 to September 28, 2018
Opening Aug 2, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
Free Access Thursday Nights, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m

Read more about the SAQA Atlantic regional textile art show, Transitions, 

20 July 2018

Lois Wilby Hooper contribution to SAQA Benefit Auction

Lois Wilby Hooper, of Moores Mills NB, contributed Beside the Seaside to the SAQA Benefit Auction. The piece represents the foamy edge of the waves on a sandy shore. 

Acrylic paints on cotton, glass beads to form the bubbles, with a bit of debris.

See more of Lois Wilby Hooper's work in our recent feature interview

28 June 2018

Plan a summer road trip to Halifax's Mary E Black Gallery!

You are cordially invited to join Penny Berens and Judy Martin for the opening of their show, Cloth of Time, at 6pm on Thursday July 12, 2018.

Both Penny and Judith are award-winning textile artists whose works have been shown across Canada and internationally.

Judith Martin lives and works on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. She creates large-scale, hand-stitched artwork from found and re-purposed cloth. Judy Martin maintains a popular blog, Judy’s Journal. You can read about Judy in her World of Threads interview.

Penny Berens lives in Granville Ferry NS. Nestled in the woods between the shores of the Bay of Fundy and the Annapolis Basin, Penny works by hand with needle and thread on cloth she has dyed naturally from local flora. Her inspiration comes from daily observations of simple marks, shapes or patterns found in her surroundings. Penny Berens' work can be seen on her blog Tanglewood Threads. You can read about Penny in a SAQA Atlantic interview, Marking Time and Tides in Stitch.

The Mary E Black Gallery is Nova Scotia’s only public gallery with a fine craft mandate. The Gallery hosts local, regional, national and international fine craft exhibitions year round.

1061 Marginal Road, Halifax NS. 
Tel: 492-2522 

26 June 2018

Four SAQA artists juried into Cape Breton fine art show

Congratulations to Helene Blanchet, Kate MadelosoRegina Marzlin and Anne Morrell Robinson, all of whom will be showing their work in the Juried Small Works Show in Inverness, Cape Breton (NS) June 30 – July 29, 2018.
Kate Madeloso, Forest Discovery (2018)

Small Treasures are works of art in all media, that are no larger than 12″ in any dimension. This is a juried show, which means artists submitted images of their work, and the juror, Ray Cronin, made selections without knowing the names of the artists. He has selected work from Canada, 27 US states and four other countries.

Where: Inverness County Centre for the Arts
          16080 Highway 19, Inverness, NS
When: June 30 – July 29, 2018
Opening: Saturday, June 30, from six to eight pm.

18 June 2018

Nearly 450 pieces to choose from! The 2018 SAQA Benefit Auction, online from September 14th - October 8th

Red Giant by Regina Marzlin (2018) 12" x 12"

Regina Marzlin, of Antigonish NS submitted the 12"x12" piece, Red Giant to the 2018 auction. The annual benefit auction supports SAQA's exhibition program. You can see all of this year's record-breaking 444 quilts on SAQA's Benefit Auction page.  

The 2018 auction, online from September 14th to October 7th, kicks-off at 3pm Atlantic Time on September 14th with Diamond Day bidding - an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.  


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 14 at 3pm Atlantic Time for Diamond Day bidding.

Then, starting September 18th at 3pm Atlantic, bidding will begin on the first group of quilts. The starting price of $750 will be reduced progressively throughout the week. The first bid on each piece wins. This same process is repeated for Section 2 and Section 3. 

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.