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.

Friday, November 3, 2017

So very pleased for and proud of our Canadian Quilters who have taken awards at the International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX this weekend... CONGRATULATIONS all.

INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL, HOUSTON, November 2018, Canadian Award Winners

You can see all of the International Quilt Festival award winning quilts here

The Pfaff Master Award
for Machine Artistry

Sponsored by Pfaff Sewing Machines


Copper Reflections
by Donna James
of  Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

  A World of Beauty


Art-Abstract, Small
Sponsored by Benartex, Inc.
First Place
The Prairie's Changing Landscape
by Ana Buzzalino
of  Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Traditional Appliqué
Sponsored by World of Quilts Travel
First Place

For Such a Time as This
by Kathy K. Wylie
of  Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Honorable Mention

Receiving Grace
by Elizabeth McDowell Heagy
of  St. Clements, Ontario, Canada

Judge’s Choice
 Sponsored by Bohin France
See the Leaves for the Tree
by Marilyn Farquhar
of Heidelberg, Ontario, Canada
Choice of David Taylor

Saturday, October 28, 2017

I am so proudly an active member of STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATES and it is time to start planning your particpation for 2018. Come on - join in the fun!


SAQA members from Kingston/Perth/Belleville/Brockville/Arnprior area meet for POD meeting in late September... 
The Kingston and area SAQA members met at the Odessa Fairgrounds Hall on September 25th for an all day 'INDIGO - For the Love of Blue' play date and all of the dye players had a super time making little or no mess and PLENTY of BLUE fabric during the day with a 1-2 pm SAQA meeting and shared 'Creative Buffet' of new work underway.  Lots of experimenting and getting the handsbue and two of the dyers took home vats to refresh and continue their play time!

Having the opportunity to spend time with our SAQA friends who are gathering across the area is a great way to keep our links and friendships growing and developing.  While the numbers were low for the Odessa play date, as we all know September is a busy travel and yard work time of year for many of our members... and we all had good fun! 
I know there are pods gathering in Toronto, London area and Fergus area though I don't know if they have official names or contacts other than our own MAGGIE VANDERWEIT - SAQA Regional Representative. Thanks to Millie Cumming and Maggie for hosting recently! Do be in touch with these members for more details .

I know there is a TORONTO POD meeting on November 7th but do not have the details for you here. Do chat with our SAQA friend Gunnel Hag at , as she will likely know.
SAQA - NIAGARA PENINSULA “POD” - contact Dianne Gibson (will try to secure their more recent October photo with more members)

Also hope there is a recent photo from their area POD meeting October 15 in Almonte that someone will share!

Ottawa Valley/St. Lawrence SAQA members at the home of Heather Dubreuil in spring 2017

Hoping this fall each of you are enjoying time for stitching together, and working up planning for Spring Retreats, more POD meetings and just being with SAQA friends along the way. Winter months are awesome for planning and creating new work  for upcoming SAQA CALLS TO ENTRY,

* Registration is OPEN now for the awesome SAQA 'TEXtiles' Spring Conference in San Antonio, TX April 5-8, 2018!

Early Bird Registration ends November 1st.  
(I have booked my room t the San Antonio Drury Inn and looking for a ROOMMATE to share the cost! 2 room suite and I will take the folding couch and the 'mate' can have the King bed...  let me know!       garner[AT]

Hoping YOU can attend! Take a friend! There is not a better city to explore in early April when the warm temperatures and sunshine abound!

2018 SAQA TEXtiles Conference, San Antonio. TX  Registration Fees 
$350 - Early Bird Registration (must register by November 1st)
$400 - Full Conference Registration ($40 late fee applies after March 1st)
$200 - Regional Representatives (must attend Reps meeting)
$150 - Full time student (verification will be required)

* Enjoy the coming months and do make time for SAQA events and friends... make some calls and meet-up for seeing a show together, check out meetings of our provincial SAQA Pods and bring along a friend or two!

* Lots of memberships renewing at this time of year and this is the very BEST time to get your membership secured for all of the great things happening in 2018! Follow the link here to renew your membership! And don't forget that there are benefits for recruiting new members - so do invite your friends to join us!

* QUILTS=ART=QUILTS opens in the Schweinfurth Art Center at Auburn, NY and is not to be missed!

Many SAQA international stars are featured on the Artists List - with HELENA SCHEFFER  from Beaconsfield, QC representing our country this year .

Let's all try to support this beautiful show with our entries this exhibition for 2018! (Open to artists from around the world)

A short drive into Northern NY and a great "road trip with friends" opportunity. I plan to get down during November!

See you along the way...

Thursday, October 26, 2017

New MODERN QUILT GUILD forming in Prince Edward County and Bay of Quinte area..... if you are keen to discover the magic of clean, fresh, contemporary quilt design, come visit!

The Truth Behind Morning Make

from her great blog here


At work in her Studio, Cheryl has infration at her blog to entice YOU to try her Early Morning Make routinee and get some work done...

As the brand new BAY OF QUINTE  MODERN QUILT GUILD begins the journey to becoming a full fledged and recognized international Modern Quilt Guild here in Ontario, we celebrate the quilters who have taken the Improv and Modern Quilt movement here in Canada to a whole new plateau. The quilts that are appearing in shows, shop class lists and at Guild Show and Tell segments are all just wonderfully exciting.  

Take a peek at the Facebook Page that Bill Stearman has set up for the start-up Guild - it is wonderful! Great photos and sure to be one that you should friend and add to your reading list!
Amazing work done by Bill Stearman and shared at the first Bay of Quinte Modern Quilt Guild meeting
Great quilts created by the members of the new Guild are shared at each meeting...

I attended this week's meeting at the Ameliasburg Hall in Prince Edward County and was truly inspired by the 'ready to get this going' commitment of all of the 12 or 13 participants. I am excited and eager to try to participate as often as possible.

Bill and friends have rented the hall for a fourth Monday 3-5 pm meeting through December 2017, at the Hall in Ameliasburg and the dates for the 2018 meetings are being booked. The later afternoon allows several members who work to participate.  

If interested in more details, do please contact bill at bill.stearman[AT] Everyone welcome.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

For all of my students at St. Lawrence College... you are invited to submit work for the 10th Annual Juried Artists Exhibition at Brockville Campus Gallery!

Attention artists!
The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery invites visual artists of all artistic levels to submit work of any medium for display in our 10th Annual Juried Exhibition. 

This year’s theme, Soul Confessions & Guilty Pleasures, challenges artists to push their creative limits to depict their interpretation of this theme. The call is open to artists across the region.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”— Pablo Picasso

9pm, Friday, October 27, 2017.


Please see the attached application for submission details.

 Christina Chrysler

School of Continuing Education
Coordinator, 1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts
Marianne van Silfhout Gallery
Curator/Community Outreach
School of Justice Studies and Applied Arts
Professor/Program Coordinator, Visual & Creative Arts-Fine Arts
St. Lawrence College


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FLASHBACK - from the exhibition sponsored by THREADWORKS currently open at Arthur Child Heritage Centre, Gananoque, ON through October 24th... a show NOT to be missed!

News for those who love fibre art, and work, quilts, woven work and embroidery! Please share with friends...

The amazing traveling exhibition that is sponsored by the well recognized THREADWORKS team, Elizabeth Duggan Litch and Sharron Deacon Begg and the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists, along with the Ontario Network of Needleworkers . THREADWORKS, is currently being exhibited in Gananoque through October 30th ... and well worth the drive! 
THREADWORKS has been an amazing show, shared across Ontario for the past 25 years and with 11 separate shows during that time frame. The current exhibition has been seen in six galleries across Ontario over the past 20 months and just arrived in Gananoque this past week.

In the Arthur Child Heritage Museum Gallery you will find the many works shared from the beautiful collection of work on tour that will speak to each of you in very special ways - the techniques incorporated in the artwork is very well executed and the variety amazing! Jewellery, art quilts, sculpture, photo transfer, embroidery and hand stitch that will inspire and bring you close to the special effort that has gone into each individual piece. Large pieces that were designed for the walls and exciting small works that exemplify the talent and special skills of the stitchers.

Hoping you might have the opportunity between now and October 30th to visit the Arthur Child Heritage Centre along the beautiful St. Lawrence River in Gananoque and visit this truly beautiful exhibition of art quilts and fibre art pieces that are currently on display. A number of well known local artists have work in the show as well as artists from across Ontario and indeed Canada. 

The Museum will also be of interest as the keeper of an amazing collection of works that profile the history of the St. Lawrence River, the early life along the river and the talented artisans whose work is housed at the Museum. Husbands will have time to explore the shipping and outdoor exhibits while YOU enjoy the artwork. Children's exhibits are hugely important to the museum as well - so everyone is welcome.

Please plan a day trip with family or friends and enjoy seeing the work of artists you know and admire while the exhibition is in place... you will not be disappointed. Car pools of friends will enjoy time together or perhaps even day out including lunch and a walk through Gan's downtown and many antique and specialty shops. This is a great time of year to take a drive and visit Gan... the shops in the area bursting with great fall buys and the restaurants are open and welcoming. Antiques and FIBRE ART - what could be better.

Threadworms - Running the Stitch by Coralia Reid, Kingston, ON

Arthur Child Heritage Museum (on the waterfront next to the Gananoque Boat Lines docks just as you come into the town from the west off Highway 2)

125 Water Street.
Gananoque Ontario, K7G 3E3

613.382.2535 | 1.877.217.7391 (If you have questions, please call before you go to make sure you have the time to enjoy the exhibition to its best advantage)

September 4th – October 30th: 10 – 4 pm
Tours are available by appointment during the off season.

Office Hours:

Call: 613-382-2535 for office hours during the off season.


Admission is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sharing CONVERSATIONS at the Joshua Creek Heritage Centre, ART FEAST, Opening Sunday, September 17, 2017 - do mark your calendar and join us!

Connections Fibre Artists & Oakville Stitchery Guild

Exhibition dates: Sept 15 – Nov 12, 2017
Opening reception: Sept 17 from 2 pm -5 pm

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre
1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East, Oakville, Ontario Canada L6H 7B2
(1 km East of Trafalgar Road)
Phone: (905) 257-4730

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm or  by appointment

Closed Mondays

CONVERSATIONS, Bethany Garner, 2017

Created with 108 heritage quilt blocks from the Ruth McKendry Collection
Hand stitched, English Paper Piecing technique and
the papers remain in the blocks as well as the original basting stitched.
 by an unknown Wellington County Artists well over 130 years ago.
Bethany joined each of the blocks with a small wooden bead,
suspended against fibreglass screen as a wall art piece.

We have always been connected by the threads of time. Stitching cloth or skins together has been elemental to human survival, and for centuries, embellishing cloth has been a cultural heritage. Playing with a needle and thread can be a pleasurable pastime but embroidery is a refined skill, and creativity takes it to another dimension.

In this exhibition The Connections Fibre Artists will celebrate 150 years of Canada with work inspired by settlers and pioneers. The Oakville Stitchery Guild (one of the first embroidery Guilds in Canada) will pay tribute to Constance Howard O.B.E., the great teacher who brought embroidery to Canada in 1972.

Connections Fibre Artists

The Connections Fibre Artists group is comprised of artists stretching across Canada and into the UK.
Fibre is the medium that connects them, giving their art depth and texture that other media can only dream of. Their work is highly diverse, from silk fusion to thread painting, soft sculpture to machine embroidery, hand-quilting to photo transfer, fibre wrapping and beading, with new techniques and disciplines occurring regularly. 

TURN, TURN, TURN, Dianne Gibson 2017

Oakville Stitchery Guild
The Oakville Stitchery Guild meets monthly at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, with guest speakers and instructors, classes, and workshops on stitchery techniques and fabric art. Characteristic work includes experimental embroidery by hand and/or machine, mixed media fibre work, soft jewellery, lace-making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, doll making, beading, stumpwork, altered book-making, and silk ribbon embroidery.

Artwork by a member of the Oakville Stitchery Guild

Gallery Hours

Tuesday through Sunday
1 pm to 4 pm
or by appointment
All Mondays
June 25
July 1, 2, 10, 30
Sept 3, 10

Friday, August 25, 2017

My Corner of the World - Canada exhibit opens in FRANCE on September 14-17 as a part of the 23rd European Patchwork Shows Schedule and will travel for a year in France!

The Exhibitions Committee of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) has sent our beautiful  40 piece ALL CANADIAN Artists exhibit titled "MY CORNER OF THE WORLD-CANADA"  to FRANCE and it will travel there to four venues over the next year with the huge European Patchwork Association traveling show:


« My Corner of the World - CANADA »

My Corner of the World invites the artists to investigate a real or imaginary world that represents what is important in life.

It might be where the artist lives, works, or grew up, or their works.
It might be their favorite place that they always keep in mind at any moment of their life, or an even more private and personal place.

My Corner of the World contemplates the situation as a whole, but staying open and including homeland, ancestors and culture

SAQA developed this exhibition in collaboration with the Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and with the Canadian Regions of SAQA.

This exhibition began its journey at the same time as an International  exhibition in the Statford Museum of Perth in May 2016.

Hargreaves Phillida, Looks Like a Nice Day Up There, 122cm x 72cm
sponsored by
Studio Art Quilt Associates, (SAQA) is a non profit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications.

SAQA's membership has over 3000 members worldwide. SAQA regional representatives aim to promote quilt as an art as well as its associates though exhibitions whenever they are made possible.

(This link will take you to the page at their website - click on the small translate "ball" with British flag at top left of the page, to translate to English. Then click on Exhibitions and scroll down to see the SAQA button on the lower right. Click there and it will take you to our page reproduced here for you.)

Espace des tisserands


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Please plan to join the community of TEXTILE ARTS Students at Kingston's St. Lawrence College this fall - TEXTILE ART HISTORY is the fall credit course and sure to provide lots of interest and fun!

Ann Brauer, Week Two Artist Study... September 28, 2017

Textile Art: History, Diversity and Techniques  
You are invited to join the devoted group of textile focused students from in and around the Kingston, ON community as we come together on September 21t to begin our exploration of the history of textile and fibre arts and create an all new body of work along the way.

There are no pre-requisites for the course and this term will earn students a full credit in this 36-hour Textile Arts Certificate Program ongoing at St. Lawrence College since 1996.

As we enter our tenth consecutive year of Program concentration at the Kingston Campus, our returning students will reunite with friends in the fibre arts, and new students who have an interest in pursuing a textiles and fibre focused learning experience. The course will be of interest to quilters, embroidery enthusiasts, fibre artists and general interest stitchers.

Course Description:

The study of Textile Art History will be the most impressive part of a personal journey to develop a body of work, collect an inventory of resources and supplies for design and development studies and as a foundation for future collection, exhibition and perhaps sale of textile art. 

Designed to support both the traditional and contemporary fibre artist and quilter, this course will provide a guide for individual as well as interactive study and resource development to support current and future design work in a chosen area of interest. Explore American and European coverlets, quilts and needlework, and ethnographic textiles with strengths in South and Southeastern Asia, Latin America and particularly India. Learn how Impressionist Art and African and Japanese textiles continue to influence current fibre art and traditional quilt trends. 

Course studies may lead to concentration on one particular technique as a focus for each individual student, or study and exploration in several areas of interest as students develop one or more small pieces of fibre or a small quilt which will be shared as a final Textile Art History course submission.

Online and Continuing Education > Fibre / Metal Arts

(The query buttons included here will be active for you at the Registration link above).

Offered In SLC Classroom 00060 - Thursday evenings for 12 weeks (no class October 5th)
Textile Art - History, Diversity and Techniques
Course Code: ARTS136Section: 860
Campus: KINGSTONInstructor: Bethany Garner
Date(s): 9/21/2017 - 12/7/2017
Days of Week: Th   Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

No class Oct. 5 
Fee: $268.20Additional Notes: 

Please contact Instructor, Bethany Garner for more information and a course delivery outline:

September 21, 2017, Artist Focus for Study - MITA GIACOMINI, Ontario based textile artist

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Annual SAQA Benefit Auction means the creativity shared as a supporting donation by artists from around the world gives US all a chance at building an amazing personal collection International Art...

Summertime is all about the water for me. Living near a city that is along Lake Ontario is a blessing, and while my own house in in the middle of a hayfield, the call of the blue of the water, the memories of childhood walks long so many beaches and the amazingly different colours and textures that are seen in the summertime lakes, rivers and waterways close by and at a distance call me back - again and again.

When SAQA offers the opportunity to post a DREAM COLLECTION, I always jump at the chance to ponder the whole collection of about 400 quilts made especially for this annual event... and so very crucial to the annual fundraising that keeps my Art Quilts Association alive and well. The dollars raised through the Benefit Auction are all a part of the support for SAQA Exhibitions, educational opportunities for our members, touring Trunk Shows, exhibition catalogues, components of the annual Conference and most importantly our Staff!

I love to work with water themes in my own artwork, but the artists here are sharing their special relationships with lakes, rivers, waterways and the ocean. Please join me in celebrating the artists, their creativity and their willingness to give away their art to support the organization that mean so much in their professional arts practice.

If I am lucky in September - one of these may end up in My personal collection - taking the number of SAQA Auction quilts to sixteen my home.

See the WHOLE collection of Benefit Auctions quilts here
And the Benefit Auction details for bidding and purchase.
Auction bidding starts September 15, 2017!.

Enjoy these quilts as much as I do! DREAM ON!

Arashi-Shibori dyed, discharged, pieced, quilted, Thai silk

Commercial and original fabrics, paint, thread, embroidery floss; fused appliqué, surface design, free motion quilting, hand embroidery

Whole-cloth painted with Tsukineko inks on cotton.

Artist's own hand-dyed fabrics are freehand cut into small pieces -  for the "brushstrokes" of the art - and used in a collage technique. They are then fused and stitched into place, followed by extensive free motion quilting, which adds a rich texture to the finished piece. ‘Twilight II’ incorporates artist’s own hand-dyed Pimatex cotton, wool batting, and a high-sheen trilobal polyester thread.

Hand painted silk, raw edge cottons, machine quilted with silk thread.

Cotton. Screen printed, painted and machine quilted.