16 January 2020

Spotlight on Fiona Oxford

Complementary Colours by Fiona Oxford (2020) w6" x h8"

Fiona Oxford, from Waverley Nova Scotia, contributed Complementary Colours to SAQA's 2020 Spotlight Auction.

FO:  I enjoy working with these colours and wanted to play with colour, shapes and stitches.


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

Learn more about how you can contribute to SAQA's 2020 Spotlight Auction here.

15 January 2020

Spotlight on Regina Marzlin


Colourmix Leaves by Regina Marzlin (2020) w 6" x h 8"

SAQA Atlantic member Regina Marzlin, from Antigonish NS, contributed Colourmix Leaves to this year's Spotlight Auction.

RM: This is a layered monoprint made with leaves. The colours of the layers were yellow, red and blue which resulted in all those wonderful mixed colours. 


Read more about Regina Marzlin on her website, Regina Marzlin Fibre Art.


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Learn more about how you can contribute to SAQA's 2020 Spotlight Auction here.


14 January 2020

Join Penny Berens and Diane Clapp for the opening of their show in Bear River Nova Scotia, Saturday Jan 18th


Artist Penny Berens, from Granville Ferry NS, has been getting together with her friend Diane Clapp every Wednesday for over 12 years, to 'play' with textiles. Their upcoming show, simply called Wednesdays, is a testament to their friendship and creativity.


Two locations

Bear River NS:
Artist's Opening -- Saturday, Jan 18, 1 - 4 p.m.
When:  Show runs: January 15 - February 28, 2020
Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
             Saturday & Sunday - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Annapolis Royal NS:
When:  February 29 to April 15, 2020
Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
             Saturday & Sunday - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
             

To learn more about Penny Berens and her artwork, please visit her website, Tanglewood Threads.
Read our 2016 artist interview, with Penny: Marking Time and Tides in Stitch.


13 January 2020

Spotlight on Kathy Tidswell


Kathy Tidswell, from Burtts Corner NB, just sent this image of her 2020 SAQA Spotlight Auction contribution, In the Frost.

In the Frost, by Kathy Tidswell (2020) w6" x h8"

KT: I sun printed using pebeo setacolor paints and birch leaves. Using holographic thread to enhance the piece reminded me of ice crystals and hence the name.

You can read more about Kathy Tidswell and her artwork on her website Kathy Tidswell Fibre Artist, and on our own 2018 feature
Kathy Tidswell Interview: Painter, Quilter, Teacher.

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The Spotlight Auction is an opportunity for all SAQA members to have their work showcased at the annual SAQA Conference, where they will be auctioned in support of SAQA's exhibition programs. To contribute a piece, please fill out an online participation form before February 1, 2020. Further information is available here.

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 conference. If you've made a piece, please let us have a sneak peek!

09 January 2020

Spotlight on Cathy Drummond

Cathy Drummond, of Mahone Bay NS, is the first Atlantic Canada artist to reveal her 2020 SAQA Spotlight Auction contribution, entitled: OK. You Can Join Us.


OK. You Can Join Us by Cathy Drummond (2020) w6" x h8"

CD: I was thinking about the theme of MoSAiQA when I came around the corner and saw the cormorants on their favourite rock and one appeared to be having a conversation with the gull.  It seemed so like Canadian diversity: we tend to flock together in groups with similar backgrounds but are happy to have newcomers join us.


Get YOUR work in the Spotlight!

The Spotlight Auction is an opportunity for SAQA members to show their work at the 2020 SAQA Conference in Toronto. The pieces are auctioned during the banquet with proceeds benefiting SAQA's exhibition programs and outreach. 

February 1, 2020 is the registration deadline for contributing a little (6" x 8") piece for the auction. Further information is available here.


The Spotlight Auction is also an opportunity for SAQA Atlantic members to have their work featured on our blog, to be enjoyed by those of us not attending the conference. If you've contributed to the 2020 auction, please let us have a sneak peek at your piece!

22 November 2019

Crossroads, the Grand National coming to Fredericton

SAQA Atlantic member, Kathy Tidswell, is now the Exhibitions Co-Coordinator for the Grand National Exhibition Association.  She has sent us the invitation poster for the next Grand National Show, which will open in Fredericton in 2021 and then tour the country. 

Details can be found on the Grand National website at www.grandnationalfibreartexhibition.com



Works from two of our SAQA Atlantic members, Kathy Tidswell and Deb Plestid, were accepted in the 2019 Grand National.  Perhaps we will see an even larger showing from SAQA Atlantic members in 2021!


McKay Barns Standing Still on Spiddle Hill
by Deb Plestid 2019 45"by 30"


Treasured Memory
by Kathy Tidswell 2019 18" x 20.5"



19 November 2019

Fibre Expressions 2019 in Fredericton until January 8th, 2020

Poster artwork by Mary (Barb) Perry

SAQA Atlantic members Kathy Tidswell and Mary Perry invite you to drop by Fibre Expressions 2019, an exhibition of the Fredericton Guild of Fibre Artists and the Embroiderers’ Guild of Fredericton. The exhibition includes rug hooking, thread painting, quilting, felting, weaving, embroidery, lacework and more. 

Who:    Fredericton Guild of Fibre Artists and 
             Embroiderers’ Guild of Fredericton
What:   Fibre Expressions 2019
Where: Government House, 51 Woodstock Road, Fredericton, NB
When:  November 8, 2019 until January 8, 2020
Hours:  Monday to Friday,10 a.m. to 4 p.m.