Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Global Warming will travel with FIBRE CONTENT all across Ontario for next two years... thanks to the Jury and teams of organizers for this amazing Fibre Art Exhibition opportunity...

Global Warming, Bethany Garner, Kingston, ON 2018

Inspired by a photo taken by Astronaut Mark Kelly, from the International Space Station as it passed over the Hudson’s Bay in 2016.  Artist’s dyed/spun rovings, hand-stitched on her spun and woven wool  background. Couching threads hand dyed by Dianne Gibson.

The 2018 Fibre Content Exibition was the Fourth Biennial Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fibre Art. It showcased 90 works by 60 artists from across Ontario, in fabric, paper, yarn, thread and mixed media materials. The goal, as always, was to raise the profile, awareness and acceptance of Fibre Art as a true art form.

The Premiere was, again, at the Art Gallery of Burlington, from September 6th to September 16th, 2018. A selection of 40 pieces forms a smaller version of the Exhibition which will travel to seven Northern Ontario locations into 2020!

You can see the full Gallery of all 90 pieces at the link here:  Gallery Link

Lake of the Woods Museum, Kenora Sept 25 to Nov 10, 2018

Dryden and District Museum Nov 27 to Jan 28, 2019

Fort Frances Museum Feb 4 to April 1, 2019

Thunder Bay Museum April 8 to June 28, 2019

Timmins Museum: NEC July 8 to Sept 9, 2019

Simcoe County Museum Sept 28 to Nov 5, 2019

Orillia Museum of Art & History Nov 9 to April 26, 2020

Congratulations to Robynne Cole and Dwayne Wanner, founding members of the FIBRE CONTENT Show.

 Thank you to each of the many volunteers, the jury and the Special Lecture speakers and Workshops Instructors that helped during the run at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Do try to follow along as the traveling show makes it's way across Ontario and try to see the beautiful work.

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who submitted work for consideration and to the 60 artists chosen to share their work .

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Do plan to visit this important and the ONLY all Canadian Art Exhibition from SAQA . The quilts will be on display at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum until September 22, 2018.

"Artist Walk and Talk" gallery tours will be available on 
Sunday September 9th at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm 
with Bethany Garner,  My Corner of the World - Canada Exhibition Curator 

The Museum is hosting the huge FIBREFEST weekend September 8 and 9th 
as well, so a wonderful time to visit the Village.

The Art Quilts represent 40 wonderful art quilt designers and stitch artists from across Canada who are part of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). This travelling exhibition, developed by SAQA, together with the Stratford Perth Museum, features the artists’ interpretation of their particular “corner of the world.” 
The designs and techniques are wonderfully varied. Some pieces depict an actual place, while others are abstract and evoke a feeling of place in time. All of them are technically intricate, and each deserves careful study.

SAQA is dedicated to presenting and preserving thought-provoking cutting-edge artwork and has 3400 members around the world. It is known for developing outstanding, museum-quality exhibits. The catalogue that accompanies the exhibit features all 40 pieces, as well as 40 more by international artists that are on display at the Stratford Perth Museum. Make sure to come and enjoy these fascinating depictions of special Canadian spaces.   

Saturday, July 28, 2018

REGISTRATION: FIBREWORKS-Kingston Weekend Workshops 2018
 Retreat Days, 9:30-5 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as scheduled.
Come when you can and stay as long as you like!
Workshops will be held at ODESSA FAIRGROUNDS HALL in the Village of Odessa, just west of Kingston. (in the hall attached to the back of the BIG BARN with the red roof.
Supply Lists available with paid registration. 

CABIN FEVER RETREAT - September 12-14, 2018 
(something for everyone)

I have been so busy with my duties at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning the past couple of years that FIBREWORKS has taken a bit of a back seat. This fall lets get together and spend some great days creating together. 

Hoping YOU are looking forward to fall 2018 and some days that will bring you time for getting out your fabrics and paints and trying some new works experimenting with SILK PAINTING, using a very free form style of painting I learned from friend Betty Busby as she created her backgrounds for application of Non-Woven Fabric that is also coloured with fabric paints and then cut with a small "heat tool" (soldering-like craft tool that plus in and heats up for cutting fabrics), creating free form cut out openings and holes that can be the catalyst for overlays for exciting dimensional art!

Then a day of Indigo Play, as this is a passionate art form that everyone can participate in and bring the joy of BLUE into your artwork and quilts. The Indigo play can continue into Friday or until the vats are exhausted. Cotton, linen, silk and knits that are cotton based can all be used for this project.

Day three will find you all working on an art quilt that uses up your fabric scraps or your hand dyed fabrics like the ones I have used below in TURNING POINT - flat dyed right here at the Odessa Hall with friends. 

TURNING POINT, Free Form Piecing using Flat Dyed fabrics, Bethany Garner
Now touring with SAQA's MY CORNER OF THE WORLD
Please see the "Cabin Fever Retreat" page on the right sidebar here at the blog for all of the details and then copy and print from there your registration form or email me at for a pdf copy.

I look forward to having YOU and do bring along a few creative and arts focused friends and lets fill the hall on three beautiful fall days with the excitement of Colour, Cloth, Paint and Stitch!

DAY ONE: SILK, painted and manipulated... 
and the use of hand painted, heat cut NON WOVENS for delicate stitched overlay

DAY TWO: INDIGO for the Love of BLUE

DAY THREE: Create your own IMPROV ART QUILT (using up your scraps and small bits)

Included in your full Retreat Fee of $120 is participation in and handouts for the three working art-filled days/demonstrations that Bethany will share that will bring participants a chance to learn a new skill or have the opportunity to focus in on some fun for an entire day!

YOUR Retreat Options:

(  ) FULL retreat - September 12-14, 2018 - I want to attend all Three Days  -  Fee $120
(  ) Day one -  Wednesday, Sept. 12th only -   SILK, painted and the use of hand painted, heat distressed NON-WOVENS for delicate stitched overlay    $50, single day
( )  Day Two - Thursday, Sept. 13th only - INDIGO: For the Love of Blue      $50, single day
( )  Day three - Friday SEPT. 14th only IMPROV ART QUILT  $50, single day
( ) TWO RETREAT DAYS of choice - I will attend ______Wed.  _____ Thu. _______ Fri.  $80

     (please tick the two days you plan to attend for planning purposes only)

( ) I want to attend all three days but will be working on my own art, not the planned CABIN FEVER projects and do not need the handouts and will not be using any supplies provided by Bethany - $60 to attend as a 'lone wolf' artist for all three days

Hoping you will be able to join me and fall into some fun in September. 
Do contact me with your questions and open and copy your registration form on the sidebar to the right of this article here at the blog.

Have a great August!

Friday, March 9, 2018

SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS.. my favourite place to be during the dog days of summer... our July Workshops are open for registration and I would love to spend time with YOU!

1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts at St. Lawrence College releases their Digital Catalogue of courses planned for SUMMER 2018. Come Join in on the fun! Bring friends...

1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts 

SSOA 2018 guide cover image

2017 marked our 50th summer of providing quality arts programming in the heart of the world famous 1000 Islands and Eastern Ontario.

Hoping you will consider joining us in Brockville, Cornwall or Kingston - the summer days are filled with ART and great fun  along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario! Special thanks to all our wonderful instructors and participants who made our 50th anniversary a success!
We welcome all of our fibre and textile friends to join us for the 1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts! Registration for 2018 is now open.
With ever-expanding course options ranging from traditional to contemporary painting techniques, music, dance, pottery, to culinary arts and more, there will truly be something for everyone. The course fees are highly competitive and very reasonable Residence Room accommodations on campus are available on a first-registered basis, so have a peek and get your seats reserved and your rooms booked for a terrific summer experience.
Please click on the image at the top of the page for a digital copy of the College's 2018 Catalogue
Bethany Garner, with 22 years on the staff of St. Lawrence College as a Professor in the Textile Design Program, will share two great full credit courses this year . The first week will be at her home-based Kingston Campus July 9-13th and the second at the Brockville Campus in the beautiful ARTS STUDIO from July 30-August 3rd . Beth welcomes students from across Ontario and Northern NY as the classes are launched here for this Summer School for the Arts schedule.
DARKNESS, Pine Rake in Northern Ontario, Bethany Garner 
Soy Wax Batik on vintage linen table covering, coloured with India Ink. Machine stitched. Frame mounted.
Colour on Cloth
In this course, students develop a personal inventory of colour samples using paints, natural and fibre reactive dyes, and related tools and materials as they work with the techniques for colouring fabric. Students complement and develop their arts focused skills as they study application and design potential. Classroom studies find the students applying current and innovative trends in the use of colour in fibre art, surface design, and project execution. Design work using Soy Wax Batik, Arashi Shibori, Indigo and Fibre Reactive dye protocols and dye/paint applications will be a focus. 
Instructor: Bethany Garner
Jul 9-13, 2018, Kingston Campus
$268.20 13 ARTS 109

MARKINGS II, Bethany Garner
Fibre Reactive Dyes on vintage textile table linen, pieced and hand quilted

Surface Design and Stitch
This course focuses on the development of technical skill, aesthetic, and conceptual interests through surface design. The emphasis is on techniques and approaches for paint/print work and hand/machine stitch on cloth. Students learn to colour fabric and add texture using surface design techniques to translate ideas into original works. Hand and machine stitch will fill the hours as students work to create an all new body of work while enjoying multiple techniques for building their skills in colour and design on various cloth including cotton, linen and silk.
Instructor: Bethany Garner
Jul 30-Aug 3, Brockville Campus
$268.20 11 ARTS 110
Please contact our St. Lawrence College Continuing Education Office if you wish to be on the mailing list for our 1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts catalogue (shipped February/March 2018).
Continuing Education Office Contact:

Campus Contacts:
Brockville Campus: Sara Barrie:
Kingston Campus : Debbie Baker: 613-544-5400 ext. 1670
Coordinator : Christina Chrysler :

Refund/Withdrawal Policy: Full Refund A full refund if the course is cancelled by the College.
Partial Refund: A refund less $15 administrative fee if the withdrawal request is received in writing/email five (5) business days prior to the start date of the course.
Seniors’ Fees: Seniors 65 years or older can take advantage of reduced fees for credit courses. Students must identify themselves as a senior when registering to receive a discount off the tuition
portion of credit courses. Seniors’ fees are not published.