07 January 2016

Have you Heard?

Seven members of SAQA Atlantic Canada have just received word that their pieces were juried into a Canada-wide SAQA exhibition, My Corner of the World (Canada). 

The request for submissions called on Canadian SAQA members "to create a glimpse of the spirit of Canada; to convey through their art something true, meaningful and important about this beautiful country and its people." Seventy-three artists responded, with 115 entries. All 40 artworks selected for this show are listed on the SAQA website. 

My Corner of the World (Canada) will debut in May 2016 at the Stratford Perth Museum in Stratford ON together with a parallel, international SAQA exhibition of the same name. The Canadian exhibition will then travel across the country and possibly to selected venues in the U.S. and overseas. 

Congratulations to all our members who answered the call for My Corner of the World (Canada). Here is a sneak peek at those entries that were selected.

Detail of Rusty Gate by Penny Berens
Rusty Gate
Penny Berens, of Granville Ferry NS
“An old rusty gate leans against the side of my house right by the back door. It welcomes every visitor and tells me I am home. This piece is that gate rusted onto cotton fabric and hand stitched with cotton and rayon thread.”

Detail of Fishing Weir in Moonlight by Sandra Betts
Fishing Weir in Moonlight
Sandra Betts, Saint John NB
“I wanted to express the serenity and beauty of New Brunswick, the Picture Province. This common sight along the Bay of Fundy is transformed into a thing of beauty by the moonlight.”

Detail of Laurentian Fall by Susan Lilley
Laurentian Fall 
Susan Lilley, Bridgewater NS
“I made Laurentian Fall after a Thanksgiving weekend at my family’s cottage. My challenge was to recreate the intoxicating glow of the sun shining through the brilliant yellows, oranges and reds of the sugar maple, so characteristic of the Laurentian Maple Forest in central Quebec.”

Detail of Into the Heart of the Birches by Holly McLean
Into the Heart of the Birches
Holly Mclean, Bathurst NB
“I draw solace from nature, especially on the trails that are near my home here in northern New Brunswick. I feel a connection to all trees and as I walk the trails, it calms me to breathe in their healing essence. In my region, pretty white birch tree stands are common, seen along trails and along highways and byways. The beauty and simple graphics of the white bark set against the ever changing colours of the seasons and weather, captivate and inspire me to create them in fibre.” 

Detail of At Anchor by Heather Loney
At Anchor
Heather Loney, Dartmouth NS
"I've spent many summers in Nova Scotia before moving here full time. All of the shoreline drives are special, but Peggy's Cove, symbolic of so many fishing communities is the most popular."

Detail of Fundy Flame Agate by Kate Madeloso
Fundy Flame Agate
Kate Madeloso, Wolfville NS
"You can pick amethyst off the shores of the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. I was enthralled watching a presentation by Dave and Chris Sheppard on their rock hounding adventures, climbing the cliffs and scouring the beaches of Cape Split. With permission to use Chris's photos for inspiration, I endeavoured to recreate a slice of agate which was an exciting challenge to do in fibre, fabric, beads and thread."

Detail of You've got Mail by Susan Tilsley Manley
You’ve Got Mail
Susan Tilsley Manley, Westville NS
“You've Got Mail is part of a series about the accelerated corrosion of rural life in Nova Scotia. The disappearance of door to door mail delivery is another way our society is changing rapidly and not for the better. I'm a little surprised it got in as it is not the typical "love letter to Canada" but more a lament of loss. I suppose all the best love songs are on that theme.”

More information about venues and dates will be posted as it becomes available. Stay tuned!


  1. Congratulations to all! A wonderful representation of SAQA Atlantic in this exhibition!

  2. So proud to part of this very talented group!