Saturday, September 27, 2014

INNOVATION STUDIO II in the fall 2014 course line-up, St. Lawrence College - November 5-26th.... Room 00060, Kingston Campus

Fabric painting, collage and assembly. Hand and machine stitch

 Innovation Studio 2: Find Your Creative Edge....  

As you learn a multitude of creative techniques for combining paint and collage, your focus will be on the back-and-forth play of spontaneity and intention that characterizes the creative process.

Learn to trust your inner art “voice” while exploring color and composition; free your artistic skills by facing your inner critic; and find your creative edge by pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone. 

In these four evenings in the classroom working with print, creative collage with a variety of playful objects and painting we offer you: a greater confidence in your expressive capabilities; new skills and techniques for creating art that is your own; the courage to break through creative blocks; and a set of practices for keeping your creative skills honed. 

While experienced artists will benefit from this workshop, beginners are very welcome. The techniques involved are accessible, and everyone can work at their own level. 

Register at Student Services, St. Lawrence College, 613-544-5400, ext. 60

or online at here

(Click on Part Time Studies, Kingston Campus, Arts, Fibre... )

Hope you will join me for four fun-filled Wednesday evenings where you will be able to create all new work on paper, canvas, fabric or another choice of medium YOU enjoy. Use this opportunity to be among friends and enjoying using our large and bright classroom to PAINT, PRINT and COLLAGE in anticipation of holiday gifting, upcoming exhibitions or just for fun!

Information: Bethany Garner, Instructor

Courses are difficult to fill this fall at local Community Colleges...busy schedules - a sign of the times, or is the economy affecting every aspect of our lives?

Japanese Boro Textile, 1901, Part of a bedding collection
So Fall 2014 is here, officially... and that usually means a lot of preparation for classes at St. Lawrence College. Not so much this fall, and I still am wondering if that is a blessing or very sad news. The TEXTILE ART: History, Diversity and Technique course had seven eager students registered - but a NO GO as the college requires a minimum of NINE students to run their courses.

Of course I am disappointed - not for me, but because four of the seven were all new to the Program, and that is an awesome and very welcome opportunity for any College Program. The timing or the topic??? Textile art history is seen as a whatever type of subject today..but you missed the study of BORO Textiles - hoping you will do a bit of personal research and develop the same love of these heritage Japanese textiles that I have.

I am hoping that by canceling the course we have not totally discouraged these students from joining in on the fun, the collegiality and the camaraderie of being in the classroom with other like-minded students and new friends. Our Textile Design Program is one of only three in Canada offering students 10 courses toward a diploma. Our graduates have gone on to make their way in the world of exhibition, design development, travel to teach and certainly successful sales of their work.
Boro Kimono, 1909, private collection

THANK YOU to the seven students who registered, and I so hope you will watch the College Website and join us again when a course that meets your academic needs is posted. I welcome your contact at and hope to see you again soon!

Watch the website here for news of winter courses I will be sharing both at St. Lawrence College and on my own at Odessa Fairgrounds, sponsored by FIBREWORKS KINGSTON.

Professor, Textile Design

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Plan to join us for 12 consecutive Thursday evenings beginning September 18th... so much to learn and FRIENDS to enjoy!

ST. LAWRENCE COLLEGE - Kingston Campus

TEXTILE ART: History, Diversity and TECHNIQUES
Fall Term 2014, St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus  6-9 pm
Thursday evenings, September 18- December 4, 2014, Room 00060
BORO Textile, Japan 1909
So you see the Course title and think “Oh, no… a canned and dry history course”. ABSOLUTELY NOT! This 12-week independent study course is all about finding a focus for your new work in textile art.
Do you love the BORO Textiles created from found materials in Japan at the start of the 20th Century? The hugely diverse and colourful Indonesian hand stitched embroideries and woven foundation cloth? Have you studied the textile history of the countries your family originated from before immigrating to Canada? The world of textile is rich in history and this course will take you on a bit of a world tour decided by the student body as they join in at class each week. A 12 week world tour as we share personal ties to textiles we love and play with many diverse techniques in class! And, a “stash busting” opportunity for you.
Printmaking from Gell Plate, Netherlands 2009
Yes, there will be one great project required from each student! Your choice… and lots of experimentation with colouring cloth, threads and developing a modern take on laying stitch to cloth. Plan to be a part of the classroom fun, making new friends as you join our community of lovers of all things CLOTH! Hope to see returning students and many new to textile in the classroom this fall – traditions to love, passed along.

Bethany Garner, Instructor or

Instructor Biography:
Bethany Garner is a working Textile Artist and long term Instructor in the Textile Design Program at St. Lawrence College. With over 20 years of experience in the painting, dyeing and direct application of fabric embellishment/stitch, Bethany will guide the students to a new and confident start on their own studio based work to create contemporary textiles with an original and focused Fibre Art Foundation.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bethany Garner's Art Quilts traveling to venues across North America...

Fibre Content
124 juried works by 80 artists

Tuesday, September 9 to Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Art Gallery of Burlington
1233 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington ON
Mon - Thu:  9am to 10pm
Fri & Sat:  9am to 5pm
Sun:  noon to 5pm

for directions, parking & other info click here

Meet the Artists reception:
Sunday, September 14th  1pm - 3pm
full catalogue $5
Summer Breezes, Bethany Garner

Emma Quinn, Executive Director, Craft Ontario
Virginia Eichhorn, Director and Chief Curator, Tom Thomson Art Gallery
Sandra Dupret, Dean/Principal, Fleming College, Haliburton Campus
Le Desserts- Let Us Feed The World, Bethany Garner
25th Anniversary Trunk Show

Trunk D
"Le Desserts - Let Us Feed The World"
is now showing at:

Burke Arts Council
115 E. Meeting St.
Morganton, North Carolina
until September 19, 2014

for directions, maps & other info click here

Threadworks 2013: Waterwill be at the
Arthur Child Heritage Museum
125 Water St.
Gananoque, Ontario

September 12 - October 31, 2014
for location and hours click here      
Please  do try to get to the THREADWORKS Exhibition while it is in Gananogue, just a short ride from Kingston. The exhibit will be a stunning reminder of all that is beautiful along our Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River and Lake Country areas in and around South Central Ontario.


"Inspiration and Exploration" Exhibition
August 29-September 24th, 2014
Kingston Public Library
130 Johnson Street
2nd Floor Foyer and Wilson Room Gallery
Kingston, ON

DARKNESS, Pine Rack in Ontario, Bethany Garner 2014

INTO THE BOG, Bethany Garner 2014

REFUGE (as it hangs at the Library) Bethany Garner 2014

Please contact Bethany for more information: