Thursday, April 13, 2017

Please plan to make a drive to Fergus,ON and the CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS Exhibition "ARTeFACTS" a part of your spring travel plans... the Opening Reception is Sunday, April 23rd

ARTeFACTS
Stand on Guard by Elizabeth Duggan Litch
(Above): Stand on Guard by Elizabeth Duggan Litch

A Connections Fibre Artists' Exhibit

April 22 - June 4, 2017

Opening Reception

Sunday, April 23, 1:30 to  3:30 pm

In celebration of Canada's 150th, our Connections Fibre Artists have each chosen artefacts from the Museum's collection to highlight their artworks as they developed stories in cloth and stitch and inspired by Wellington County's past and present.

These art pieces inspire conversations about our STORIES and moments in Canadian History.
"We are pleased to have created works inspired by items from the Museum Archives ," says Elizabeth Duggan Litch, a member of Connections Fibre Artists.

"My piece Stand on Guard , above, is connected to the Canadian National Anthem, representing the things Canadians nurture and protect."

Do plan a visit between April 22 and June 4, 2017 and bring family and friends.


SAQA Central Canada Artists participating in the Exhibition:

Bethany Garner, Micaela Fitzsimmons, Dianne Gibson, Gunnel Hag, Hilary Rice,
Maggie Vanderweit Meredith , Dwayne Wanner and Jacqueline Venus


Wellington County Museum and Archives
Hours
Open year round Monday to Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Closed on Government and Statutory Holidays.
Admission Fees
  • General admission to the Museum and Archives is by donation

Location and Contact Information:

0536 Wellington Rd 18
Fergus ON N1M 2W3
Directions, How to Get to the Museum
  • Our civic address is 0536 Wellington Road 18, located between Fergus and Elora
  • Link to Google map

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS at St. Lawrence College offers students two opportunities to transfer full course credts to their program of TEXTILE DESIGN at St.Lawrence or the Haliburton Summer School for the Arts... and we are right here close to home! Enjoy the summer evenings or a full week of Design and Stitch while sharing the beauty of the season along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario at Kingston and Brockville Campuses.


SURFACE DESIGN AND STITCH
ARTS 110, A full credit component of the TEXTILE ARTS  Program at
  St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus
 SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
May 30-July 6, 2017
(Tuesday and Thursday 6-9 pm)


Our students come to the collage, often with years of sewing and design experience, wanting to enhance their skills and work creatively to start an all new body of work using the many new techniques shared during the six weeks together with a community of students with similar goals. Sharing is encouraged, and  there is always a relaxed and  a collegial environment where support and growth are the goal. Every student is encouraged to take his or her own path using the class as a jumping off point for their own new work. 

This course will guide you as a beginner or seasoned artist to create all new work in a relaxed classroom setting using fibre as your medium.


Hand work as well as fabric painting, beading, manipulation and some MX and transfer dye play, mono-printing, collage, wet felting and creative machine stitchery will be explored as we work through this series of classes. 


Over-painted stitched cloth...multimedia comes to class...stamping, print work, thermoax screens


COMPLEX CLOTH
ARTS 113, Creating Fabrics with Dyes and Pigments
A full credit component of the TEXTILE ARTS  Program at
  St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus
 SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
JULY 31-August 4, 2017, Brockville Campus

SOLITUDE, Bethany Garner
.Indigo dye-play for the KFA Show, 2017


This full week M-F  course is for those with a passionate interest in fibre arts as a vehicle for artistic expression and creation of functional art and fine textile design. Students will study complex processes for dye work, Shibori and Arashi patterning, complete a series of Indigo studies and more. Students will explore design, colour, innovation, and fabric manipulation as they and develop the confidence to continue to use their creativity and openness to learning.  
On-campus residence is available for those who would like to use this experience as a “get away” for personal development of a new stash of fabrics for work as the year progresses, exhibition calls are on the calendar and you just need a time to focus on your new work. Machine play is welcome, and the studio is open 8 am through 10 pm each day. 

Pole Wrapped Arashi Shibori

Shibori Meets Rust...


Bethany Garner, Instructor
  613-376-6150 Email: garner@kingston.net
Register at SSOA, www.SL.on.ca

Monday, March 20, 2017

The KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS Annual Show, ART THREADS, is open at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning - do come and enjoy the exhibition! Open through April 13th, seven days a week and 10-5 pm

LINE PLAY, each piece 14" w x 45" h
Diptych of pieced blocks created with hand dyed fabrics by Bethany Garner

ART THREADS 
the 2017 Show and Sale of the
KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS
March 18th through April 13, 2017
Community Gallery, First Level
TETT Centre For Creativity and Learning
10-5 pm , 7 days each week
Please visit if you can and bring friends!

Hanging at the TETT, the pieces I made for this year's ART THREADS show have taken me from the classroom where I share stitch and design classes at St. Lawrence College and the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners Studio, also at the TETT,  where I occasionally have a chance to share dye courses. I enjoy the time to hand dye my own cloth for work I share in exhibitions, and appreciate having this opportunity to share some fun new work this year.


SOLITUDE, 27" w x 48"h
designed by Bethany Garner
Hand dyed cotton developed in an indigo dye class for the KHWS. One large piece, cut and re-pieced to develop an imagined fantasy forest. Machine quilted and frame mounted.


A bit about the ART THREADS Show and Sale:

The beautiful and wide ranging collection of KFA 2017 artwork on display represents new work by the 18 members of the Kingston Fibre Artists group. Meeting together monthly and working both in their individual artist home based studios and  as we share stitch days together over the past 20 years, these artists and design, creative technique and stitch enthusiasts have created a stunning show representing numerous styles and so much COLOUR! They present together for the second year at the TETT, sharing a Gallery filled with colour, texture, design play and a wonderful variety of design styles, sizes of artwork on display and price ranges to appeal to those eager to collect and gift beautiful art with family and friends.

The show is in it's 19th year, and has brought exciting new work to Kingston and area arts enthusiasts keen to see what is the newest of trends in the textile arts world. Many of our artists are exhibition arts participants in local, national and international shows, and several are represented by area Galleries.

Here are a few photos of the show gallery and we hope perhaps you will join us over the next several weeks. Bring friends and enjoy lunch or an early dinner at the Juniper CafĂ© at the Tett, just down the corridor at Lake Ontario the waterfront! A real treat...



Gallery shots are always fun, and this Community Gallery at the TETT is filled with wonderful fibre pieces to take in and perhaps take home for your personal art collection! Plan to stay awhile,  as each piece will be a treat to explore...browsing and just studying the style, technique  and creativity is encouraged! Our artists will be GALLERY SITTING during all of the show hours this year, so please feel free to ask questions!

Artwork created by LINDA Coulter, our 2017 Show Coordinator

The KFA artwork is beautiful and diverse and colourful... and a PAPER CHALLENGE has been added this year as a fund raiser for the KFA Group to ensure that we can be back in GALLERY TETT next year for your return visit!
 
 Artwork by Margaret Morris, Tina Barnes, Mary Ev Wyatt and Janet Elliott

MIDNIGHT BATHING BELLES
by KFA Founding Artists
Hilary Scanlon



Artwork by Phillida Hargreaves, Sandra Garner, Sylvia Naylor, Robin Field, Christina Barnes

Included in the show is the very special work by HILARY SCANLON below, Midnight Bathing Belles, created especially for this year's show and the display includes Hilary's wonderful journal recording each step in her design process...

Do take time to have a look through this really special written and hand drawn record of her design and planning information while at the Gallery!

The concept drawings... a special part of the process.


HOPE TO SEE YOU in the Gallery!



Monday, March 13, 2017

Please mark your calendar and share a wonderful afternoon with your friends from Kingston, ON as we open the Kingston Fibre Artists Annual Show and Sale, Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 2-5 pm

Art Threads

Kingston Fibre Artists Annual Show and Sale
Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning
Saturday, March 18, 2017 through Thursday, April 13, 2017
Gallery Hours:
Monday through Friday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

New work by the Kingston Fibre Artists.  Meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Saturday, March 18 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. KFA members have been creating contemporary textile art and exhibiting together for the past 20 years. 

Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning Community Gallery
370 King Street West
Kingston, Ontario K7L 2X4
Free Admission

For more information, please contact Peta Bailey

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Please join me as I share the opportunity to display new work with artist friends from the QUINTE FIBRE ARTISTS as we open EVOLVING TRADITIONS at the Belleville Public Library


SAQA Central Canada members Joan Reive and Bethany Garner
along with their fellow artist members in the
Quinte Fibre Artists
invite you to join them

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Artists Reception
2-4 pm
in Gallery One
John M. Parrott Gallery
Belleville Public Library
254 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, ON

The Exhibition runs February 16 - March 29, 2017

Participating Quinte Fibre Artist members:

ANN FALES       BETHANY GARNER
CAROL PETERSON      JOAN REIVE
KAREN KAISER     MARIANNE SANDERS
MARTA MOUKA     MARION CASSON
MARTA SMITH     MARY ANDREWS MINIGAN
PAT   SZTUKE     SABINA MCLUHAN


Hours
Closed Sunday and Monday
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Thursday - 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday - 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Quinte Fibre Artists are pleased to share their all new work including an exciting and diverse collection of fibre art that will touch every viewer as they tour a wide range of landscape work, collage, doll making, rug hooking, dye work and fine art pieces using a multitude of techniques.

The variety in this show is outstanding and you will enjoy visiting with the artists during the Reception on Saturday, February 25th  when you are welcome to talk with the individuals responsible for creating this beautiful exhibition selection.

Please do bring friends, and visit the exhibition often during February and March.

A wonderful photography exhibition and work from the Gallery's permanent collections will be included in Gallery 2 and Gallery 3. The Belleville Library Gallery also offers a wonderful selection of 'available for sale' art work from across Ontario in their Corridor Gallery Showcase.



Friday, December 2, 2016

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON will share a fun-filled CABIN FEVER RETREAT February 22-24th at Odessa Fairgrounds... Come Play!

FIBREWORKS will share another great CABIN FEVER Retreat February 22-24th, 2017 at the Odessa Fairgrounds - and yes, these are weekdays... so plan your calendar and do try to come out. Quilters, Dye enthusiasts and a Weavers Challenge workshop are all included this time!

CABIN FEVER RETREAT
ODESSA FAIRGROUNDS HALL
Highway 6 just off Highway 2 in the Village of Odessa
9-5 each day
$120 for all three days, $80 for two days and $50 per one day
COME PLAY!
All the Details and Registration form (on FW Blog, right sidebar)


Wednesday the 22nd of February

I will be introducing a favourite Quilt pattern for a great piecing adventure:
Highland Stars, created by Wendy Sheppard for the Fons and Porter "Love of Quilting" Magazine,

Seen in their October 2016 edition, this is MY fall project and I am happy to share a full day workshop with you to get you on YOUR way to this beautiful, easy to piece quilt! I love that the quilt is traditional with a great contemporary feel. Create it with your favourite civil war fabrics or go crazy like I am and use your own hand dyed and printed fabrics.

With pre-cutting directions to be shared with all paid registrations you can come to the workshop all ready to start sewing and have a wonderful, big pile of blocks done by the end of the day. Keep your table for all three days and you will have a finished queen quilt by Friday!

Thursday February 23rd will be SNOW/ICE DYEING Day:

and I love the special effects you can get using pre-soda soaked white cotton and silk fabrics and a BIG pile of snow!!! Dyes are sprinkled on top and the results can be really spectacular.





Yes, you CAN dye wool with this process, and Tencel, linen, hemp and ramie, rayon and cotton for sure. Fast, easy and you need just a few supplies. Start saving those great aluminum foil roasting pans available NOW at the dollar store and pick up a few larger colanders or strainers o stash your fabric in during the snow dye technique. All of the dyes will be furnished for a few pieces each, but you are welcome to bring your own and dye to your hearts content! Dye Friday as well - the snow will be available and if not, we will get bag ice from the gas station.

More details and supplies list will be shared with paid registrations.


Friday the 24th will be WEAVING CLASSA Scarf Challenge Day!!!

For those who love to bring their table looms out and work along with friends - we will all work on a great scarf pattern together on our individual cotton warp. Looms should be dressed before the play date and bring your favourite weft bobbins loaded and ready to go! Should be able to finish in the full day class!

And for our spinning friends who love to get together for a spinning day - THIS ONE IS FOR YOU! I have invited a few weaving/spinning related vendors in the area to bring some tools and yarns and threads in the afternoon and they will have visitors from the area who would like to build their stash and have some fun themselves.

PIZZA at 5 pm and everyone can stay as late as they like...

Hope you will mark your calendar and join in on the fun! Registration is open... form on the sidebar here at the blog!

Bethany
bethanygarner@kingston.net
613-376-6150

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Still time to decide to come on out to ODESSA and play for a few days... bring what you are working on or just get into what I am doing!






Maybe some piecework and stitching... Friday September 23
The Fibreworks sponsored FALL FIBRE RETREAT weekend is September 23-25th at the Odessa Hall at the Fairgrounds, and I will be there working away on some of my own things and sharing some tricks and tips I use in my exhibition work and just playing around...

I have a new piece in the works or the spring Kingstn Fibre Artists Show at the TETT mid-March through mid-April 2017, so have to get some sewing underway! The calendar is so busy and making time for stitching is just mandatory now as we head into September.

Maybe a bit of Dye work on Saturday... September 24th
You know me... most of my work is dye based and I like using MY OWN fabric - sure it is a white cotton base, but I add the colour, textre, line and stitch.

So I will make up some pre-mixed dyes (I will mixing them up on Friday night at the hall Odessa in case you want to join in and learn how to set up a dye run that can be saved and used over and over... likely 5-7 pm.)

Everyone who shows up on Saturday is welcome to join in and make it a DYE DAY!

I want to explore some TEXT on cloth Sunday - so will be developing some cloth to be used in hand stitch exercises... and one of the formats I love is the "discharge" process, using paste that I can water down a bit and paint on with a brush, and also a gel bleach pen... so that will happen early Sunday the 24th of September - and when the Sunday demo starts at about 10 am, I will be sharing some new books and techniques I use as inspiration for SLOW STITCH... hand work - you know, time to fill an afternoon and a piece of cloth!


Sari Silk, stitch practice
Stiching is a passion, and something you have to commit to and make time for and love...

I have to admit that sometimes it is just too tedious for the arthritis plagued hands of this old artist, but I mutter "Yes, You Can" over and over as I start and soon I just find myself able to carry on.

It the colour and the texture and the line and shapes you can image up as you add the stitch. There are friends I really admire for their stitch abilities - Robin Field, Phillida Hargreaves, and Judy Martin... and now Mita Giacomini is my stitch idol.

The collection of threads grows, and I have more needles than I will ever use - time to get busy!
PACKED in, the stitches become the fabric of our lives...
I would love to have you join me for some fun on this fall weekend, so see the Fall Fibre Retreat REGISTRATION FORM on the blog sidebar here at FIBREWORKS Kingston's blog... just glance right!

Hope to see you soon... bring a couple of friends and spend a day or the whole weekend with us!

If you need a pdf copy of the registration form, email be at garner@kingston.net

bethany

Monday, August 22, 2016

CLASS BEGINS at St. Lawrence College on September 15th - hope to see you join us for 12 weeks of fun and sharing!


COLOUR THE QUILT ARTISTS' WAY

Bethany Garner Instructor,  
 September 15 - December 1, 2016
12 weeks, 6-9 pm 


Colour, the Quilt Artists' Way  

Colour represents the most exciting of the visual elements for creative expression. Effective use of colour brings a variety of moods into your work. 

Come explore the aesthetic value of colour as you gain a strong understanding of colour principles, tonal gradation, colour mixing, discord, contrast and illusion. You will create a series of small compositions as you develop themes and effects in your quilts that tell a story or make a definitive statement. Visual support materials will be provided during the course to inspire and stimulate your creativity.

Notes:

Our 2016 Fall Term at St. Lawrence College course is all about exploring COLOUR-PLAY and enjoying the experience both together with classmates and in independent study.  Demonstrations, samples and hands-on study will include the use of contemporary techniques to illustrate the extensive exploration and updating of contemporary processes for developing dynamic COLOUR relationships as you plan and work with fabric and mixed media in your choice of medium and layout for stitching and embellishment.
Course components include the development of personal inventories of colour samples
created through the use of paints, dyes and other forms of color specific materials throughout the 
12 weeks we will spend together in the classroom.. some fabrics and all of the paints and dyes are supplied 
for classroom samples as a part of your materials fee.






UPCOMING SHOWS for 2017...
Exhibition ready work is a goal for many of our students and we will cover all aspects from paper layout, planning and selecting fabrics, embellishments, threads and framing/finishing techniques.



Machine work as well as hand stitch studies focusing on all new work are planned.  Students wishing to work within the guidelines of tradition may certainly work on quilt projects, and those who are brave enough to experiment may go one step farther to create new fabric in colors and dye patterns for use in their personal and original designs for art quilts and wall art or wearables.

One particular focus will be MODERN QUILT design and assembly techniques... using your designers eye to bring the fabrics you have in your stash to life as you develop all new wall and bed quilts that are lively, colourful and destined to be a delight for family an friends both at home and in exhibition opportunities.

We love to have all new students in the course, and welcome returning students wanting to work within the context of shared studio time with like-minded friends. Every student will benefit from the focused classroom creativity and shared techniques.

Visit the St. Lawrence College Part Time Studies Registration pages at www.SL.on.ca in early December to register. Your questions directly to me are most welcome: bethanygarner@kingston.net or textiledesignslc@gmail.com
REGISTER HERE:
http://parttime.stlawrencecollege.ca/stlaw/course/course.aspx?C=80341&pc=2&mc=11&sc=233

Contact Bethany at 613-376-6150 or bethanygarner@kingston.net for details or with questions.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Please join me in celebrating the FIBRE CONTENT Exhibition opening, September 8, 2016 and plan to see each of the 125 beautiful pieces of art from 80 Ontario Artists...


Fibre Content 2016 at the Art Gallery of Burlington

September 8 to September 18, 2016

EXHIBITION RECEPTION
 Meet the Artists” 
Sunday September 11, 1pm-3pm

1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON L7S 1A9
Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery & RBC Community Gallery

Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art
125 fibre art quilts and mixed media works by 80 artists from across Ontario.
Admission is Free!
A full colour catalogue of all works will be available for $10.

NEW for 2016: Interactive Exhibit and Artist Talks

An Interactive Exhibit - artists made numerous samples of their work, which you can touch and examine to understand how the work is done!

Artist Talks on how their pieces are made, 
free of charge and open to everyone.

Dianne Gibson             Saturday Sept 10th from 1pm to 2pm
Maggie Vanderweit     Wednesday Sept 14
th from 10am to 11am
Mita Giacomini            Sunday Sept 18
th from 1pm to 2pm

 
REFLECTIONS, Lake Ontario Spring 2016, Bethany Garner


AGB Mission

The Art Gallery of Burlington is a champion of visual art and fine craft in Burlington. We engage the community in the appreciation and creation of visual arts and are home to our art and fine craft guilds. We provide opportunities for discovery and ‘hands-on’ learning, as well as mentoring and showcasing visual artists at all skill levels.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

ROBIN LAWS FIELD shares her retropective at WINDOW ART GALLERY, Kingston through the month of September... "80! How Did This Happen???". Please mark your calendar!


WINDOW ART GALLERY
next to the Kingston School of Arts
647 Princess St. at Victoria St., 
Kingston ON
SEPTEMBER 8-25th


VERNISSAGE and Meet the Artist
Saturday September 10, 2016
7-9 pm

Please do plan to join Robin, family and friends as they celebrate this milestone in Robin's life... the sharing of a body of work that is not only a beautiful representation of Robin's exceptional textile art pieces, but her hand drawn and painted artworks which have always been a part of her practice.

Statement:
All my life I have been driven to create: to write, draw, renovate, paint, sew, knit, hook, and most recently combine all these into pieces of fibre art.

Colour and texture pull me in and keep me up at night until I’ve figured out how to make them mine; and then how to picture them so that others can see what I see, be it beautiful, political, sentimental, funny or just a scintillating juxtaposition of bits and pieces that somehow please.

For a preview of her work, visit Robin's page at the Kingston Fibre Artists website here

Please contact the Gallery for more details/directions...

WINDOW ART GALLERY
647a Princess @ Victoria, Kingston, On K7L 1E4
613-549-1528 * ksoa@kingston.net

Hours: 
Mon/Tue - 9am - 12 pm
Wed/Fri - 9 am - 4 pm
Thurs - 9 am - 8 pm
Sat/Sun -  12 - 4 pm