31 August 2017

Please join Regina Marzlin for her artist talk and opening of her solo show, Textile Explorations.





Artist talk: Friday September 1st, 6:00-7:00pm

Workshop:  September 9th, 10:00am-1:00pm (Fabric collage)

Show run: September 1-30, 2017

283 Main St, Antigonish, NS

Ascending by Regina Marzlin w24" x h20"


Contemplation by Regina Marzlin,  w21" x h22"


Harvest Moon by Regina Marzlin, w24" x h37"


To learn more about Regina and her artwork, visit reginamarzlin.com.

29 August 2017

European Tour for My Corner of the World - Canada!

Rusty Gate by Penny Berens

Those of you following this blog know that eight textile artists from Atlantic Canada have work in My Corner of the World - Canada, a regional SAQA exhibition. 

Participating artists recently got the exciting news of the exhibit's upcoming tour of Europe. The pieces are now in France, being readied for a one-year tour with the European Patchwork / Carrefour European du Patchwork show circuit. 

The first two venues have been announced:

September 14-17, 2017: 
European Patchwork Meeting
Saint-Marie-aux-Mines, Alsace, France (Read about this premiere event on the tour website)


October 19-22, 2017:
Abilmente Mostra-Atelier Internazionale della Manualita Creativa 
Vicenza, Italy

Stayed tuned to learn where our pieces go next!

22 August 2017

SAQA's Annual Benefit Auction Opens Online September 15th. A great way to build your textile art collection!



In the Shadows by Regina Marzlin


The SAQA auction features hundreds of 12"x12" art quilts produced by textile artists from around the world. Lois Wilby Hooper, of Moore's Mills NB, Regina Marzlin of Antigonish NS and Fiona Oxford of Waverley NS all contributed art quilts to this year's sale.



Join in the fun!

The online Benefit Auction, SAQA’s signature fundraising event, begins September 15. This is your chance to own beautiful, unique art quilts by some of the world’s finest fibre artists. Plus, your purchases help increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them, while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach.
Autumn Breeze by Fiona Oxford


Have a look at how the auction works
You can view all the pieces on the SAQA website. Find your favourites and get ready to place your bids! 



19 June 2017

Please join the Textile Artists Collective for the opening of Fibre Focus at The Dart Gallery in Dartmouth NS.

A showcase of contemporary works in textile and stitch


Where:      The Dart Gallery
                  127 Portland Street
                  Dartmouth, NS

When:       June 22 - July 5, 2017
                 Tues - Fri 12-7 | Sat 11-5 | Sun 11-2 |

Opening Reception: 7:00 pm, Thursday June 22, 2017


The Textile Artists Collective 

The Textile Artists Collective is a small group of independent Nova Scotia artists working with textiles and other fibres. The art quilt, or quilted wall hanging, is our main focus, but we each push our own individual styles and vocabularies to achieve the goals of all artists: self-expression and the creation of visually stimulating and meaningful works of art.

During our monthly meetings, we share inspiration, techniques and information related to our work. We also discuss art concepts and the business of art, exploring opportunities to exhibit our work individually and as a group.

Our creative explorations include a wide variety of surface design techniques such as painting, dyeing, printing, stitching, quilting, weaving, felting, collage, appliqué, stencil, applying resists and embellishing with beads or small objects.

Please plan to visit our show between June 22nd and July 5th.


SAQA Atlantic Canada Artists participating in the Exhibition:
Cathy Drummond, Heather Loney, Susan Lilley, Kate Madeloso, Regina Marzlin, Fiona Oxford, Deb Plestid.

Also participating: Dawna deAdder, Karen Henry, Debbie Vermuelen.


Gallery contact: info@thedartgallery.com Tel: 902.404.7330

14 June 2017

Get ready to place your bids! The 2017 SAQA Benefit Auction, online from September 15th - October 8th

Fiona Oxford's contribution to the auction, Autumn Breeze, represents clear blue sky and autumn wind and colours. 

Autumn Breeze by Fiona Oxford, 12" x 12"

See all of the quilts on offer here: http://www.saqa.com/auction-quiltviewALL.php

The annual benefit auction supports SAQA's exhibition program and the transportation of major SAQA exhibitions to galleries and museums all around the world. 

The 2017 auction, online from September 15th to October 8th, kicks-off at 3pm Atlantic Time on September 15th with Diamond Day bidding - an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.  

BIDDING DETAILS

The 12" x 12" auction quilts have been grouped into three sections for bidding purposes. Each week, a different group of quilts will be available for bidding.  

The online bidding form will be live on September 15th at 3pm Atlantic Time for Diamond Day bidding.

Starting September 18th at 3pm Atlantic, bidding will begin on the first group of quilts, starting at $750 and reduced progressively throughout the week. The first bid on each piece wins. 

Throughout the auction, any piece in any section can be purchased at the Buy It Now price of $1000. 

More information on the bidding process is available here.



08 June 2017

Laurie Swim's Hope and Survival, the Halifax Explosion Memorial Quilt, opens Thursday June 15, 2017

Please plan to join Laurie Swim at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for the official installation of her four-year project, Hope and Survival. The community-built quilt project marks the path of tragedy and rebuilding after Halifax experienced the largest manmade explosion prior to Hiroshima. The installation is part of the MMA's special exhibits commemorating the 100th anniversary of the explosion.

Where: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax 
When: Thursday June 15, 2-4pm. Opening remarks at 2:20pm. 



"This community art project involved hundreds of volunteers in beading the Braille for The Scroll of Remembrance that accompanies the centrepiece that I created over the past four years. Hope and Survival is a memorial to those lost in the Halifax Explosion a hundred years ago and a gift to the people of Nova Scotia."
Laurie Swim, June 2017

Read more about the Hope and Survival project on Laurie Swim's website and in a recent SAQA interview.



06 June 2017

SAQA's All-Canadian exhibition, My Corner of the World Canada, on display at the Ailsa Craig Quilt Festival, June 8th-11th, 2017

My Corner of the World (Canada) invited the artist to create a glimpse of the spirit of Canada; to convey through their art something true, meaningful and important about this beautiful country and its people.

Kate Madeloso (Nova Scotia) – Fundy Flame Agate
This juried show of 40 art quilts includes eight from Atlantic Canada. It has garnered much media attention during stays in Stratford and Thunder Bay. A Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal review stated:

“Words don’t do justice to the exquisite colour and artistry of the quilts on exhibit... You can’t rush through this exhibit. Each work will pull you in. Some will tug at your emotions, others will inspire memories, but all of them will make you think.”

My Corner of the World Canada will be on display at the annual Ailsa Craig (Ontario) Community Quilt Festival, June 8th-11th.

The exhibit is available for travel. Contact SAQA Traveling Exhibitions Coordinator, William Reker, to learn how to bring this wonderful art quilt exhibition to Atlantic Canada.

View the exhibition online.
Learn more about the exhibition.