Friday, January 31, 2014

Bethany Garner art travels in Exhibitions in 2014 and 2015

Just Water Under The Bridge, Bethany Garner

I am so pleased that my piece above was chosen to travel with the THREADWORKS 2013 Exhibition "WATER" , a joint collaboration between the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists Group and the Ontario Network of Needleworkers.

Threadworks is a juried exhibition that is mounted every three years and travels across Ontario to many museums and galleries. Of the 170+ pieces of work received this year (2013), 60 were chosen for circulation around Ontario for the next three years. The schedule of exhibition throughout Ontario for 2014 is as follows:

Dryden and District Museum - - - January 4,  - February 22, 2014
Lake of the Woods Museum, Kenora - - - March 9 - April 27, 2014
Thunder Bay Museum - - - May 11 - June 29
Museum of Northern History, Kirkland Lake - - - July 12 - August 30
Arthur Child Heritage Museum, Gananoque - - - September 12 - October 31
(this lovely small museum is within a close drive of Kingston, Brockville and Ottawa. Hope you will make plans to visit the exhibition while close by.)
Let Us Feed The World, Bethany Garner
A small piece of my art, above, has just arrived in Virginia, and is destined to be included in the CELEBRATING SILVER Exhibition at the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) 25th Anniversary Conference in Washington, D.C. in May 2014. The piece will then be included in the SAQA Traveling Trunk Show program which is designed to have small works of art created by members of the Association travel to communities and galleries world wide, hosted by member Guilds, Groups and designated host galleries. The work will travel over three years and some pieces will be available for sale at the end of the trunk show circulation.
A team of Jurors will select a number of pieces from those submitted to the Celebrating Silver Trunk Show Collection to be included in the permanent collection at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

DESIGN FOR TEXTILES begins Tuesday evening, January 14th at St. Lawrence College

The winter winds and the ice rain are still in the mix for the month of January, but as we move into this new year, what could be better than an evening out once a week with like-minded friends who love to create new work in studio and on the run using FIBRE as their medium? 

Teaching at St. Lawrence College since 1996, where I began sharing dyeing and fibre collage courses at the Brockville Campus, and moving through the process of proposing a full credit Textile Design program at the Kingston Campus which was accepted with huge support in 2005, the years with my hundreds of fibre friends have been great. Students who have worked through all of the ten required courses in the diploma program and graduated have moved on to create their own small businesses, become members of prestigious arts organizations and display their work in exhibitions locally, across Canada and internationally. Some have become renowned Studio Artists and teach classes widely. They have received recognition for their work from some of the best shows in the industry.

The fun of meeting with friends to expand your knowledge base and try new techniques, and sure, use up some of the stash of fabrics and threads languishing in your closets is just good fun. It is not to late to join us, so contact Student Services at and register for ARTS 43 - Design for Textiles. We start Tuesday, January 14th and I will catch you up if you are late in registering. 12 weeks of fun and new art are promised... all you have to do is join us!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

NEW WORK underway and the year is off to a great start with courses upcoming at St. Lawrence in two weeks

Here we are at the New Year and I can't wait to see what 2014 will bring. No resolutions, some commitment and lots to do in January, so ON we go! Thanks to online friends at, I have chosen the focus word for my new year as "OPPORTUNITY"... and there are so many wonderful opportunities open to each of us as we approach this new year.
Adopt your own action "word" for the New Year that will help you move forward and get some solid inspiration to cruise and have some fun as you follow whichever path you choose. Drop me a line and let me know how you will approach your word by commenting here.
St. Lawrence College courses in the Part Time Studies Program start again the week of January 13th - have a peek at the course line-up online at or here on the blog in the sidebar, Courses Page.
Woodland, October 1962
A.Y. Casson
I have plenty to do as a new member of the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists Group and have two new pieces of art work underway that have the deadline of March 1st for a finish line and delivery for an Exhibition to be held at the Wellington County Museum and Archives upstairs Gallery in April. The theme for the Exhibition is "Group of Seven" and we are to design several large pieces inspired by one of the renowned and beloved artists.
Interpretation only - not a copy and I have sketches for small areas of each of these paintings done, fabric selection and thread choices underway. A major focus for January and February. WORK LARGE is the mantra... lets see where it goes.
My choices to study in cloth and stitch, here and above:
Village House, A.Y. Casson

Shimmering Water, Algonquin Park, 1922
Lawren Harris
The McMichael Canadian Collection