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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

THREADWORKS Exhibition reaches Gananoque, ON for a run through October 24th, 2017 - a must see exhibit of stunning fibre art from artists across Canada.


News for those who love fibre art, and work, quilts, woven work and embroidery! Please sh
are 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 many 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
| 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)





Hours:
September 4th – October 24th: 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:

Admission is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS invite you to join us for an amazing joint exhibition with the Oakville Stitchery Guild. Opening Reception, Sunday, September 17, 2017. Hope you will join us!

A FIBRE ART FEAST 
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
CLOSURES
All Mondays
June 25
July 1, 2, 10, 30
Sept 3, 10

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists invite you to attend the Opening Reception for "RUNNING WITH FIBRE" at Gallery Stratford on July 14, 7-9 pm or please plan to visit the show at the Gallery between July 15 and September 24, 2017.


The artists:


Wendy O'Brien, Ralph Beney, Helen Hughes, Gordana Brelih,
Bethany Garner, Maggie Vanderweit, Penny Berens,
Dianne Gibson, Hilary Rice, Mita Giacomini, Jacqueline Venus,
Dwayne Wanner, Gunnel Hag, Micaela Fitzsimmons, Elizabeth Duggan Litch, Sharron Deacon Begg, Sybil Rampen, Pat Hertzberg, Linda Janzen, Chris Kummer, Frankie Lemonde-Meunier, Gail Rhynard, Ann Sanders,
Bev White, Nancy Yule


The members of the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists Group work together to bring you the very best of the best in contemporary technique and use of beautiful, original fabric and stitch design. They share a wide variety of interests including dye and print work, digital design play, three dimensional art, woven and knit/crochet pieces and beautifully presented hand and machine stitch interpretations in cloth and fibre as they finish and present each individual fine art piece. Creative use of cloth, thread, paper, metal, dye, paint, embellishment, natural eco print technique and so much more is combined with the many talents demonstrated in the unique and intriguing mark making and design play used in their new pieces.


If you were fascinated by the forward thinking and art focused uniqueness demonstrated in their recent exhibition at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Fergus, you will truly enjoy  
exploring the beautiful collection to be shared at Gallery Stratford July 14th though September 24th. Mark your calendar and be sure to share with friends.


Please visit the CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS website to get to know the artists a bit better as you plan your visit through Stratford this summer.  http://connectionsfibreartists.com



GALLERY STRATFORD
54 Romeo Street South 
Stratford, ON (Canada)
N5A 4S9

519-271-5271info@gallerystratford.on.ca
Gallery Hours
10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday
Free Admission thanks to a community supporter

Accessibility
Gallery Stratford is wheelchair accessible and there is plenty of free parking adjacent to the gallery; bus parking is available. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Please plan to join Phillida Hargreaves for her ARTIST'S TALK on May 14th at Grace Hall Community Centre, Sydenham, ON

Selected Works of Fibre Art
by Phillida Hargreaves
Grace Hall Community Centre,
4295 Stage Coach Road, Sydenham, ON
May 1st to August 4th 2017

Artist's talk on May 14th from 2 -4pm

This show features work created by Phillida over the past 10 years

Viewing times, if you miss the talk, are 1-4pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Map at: http://www.sfcsc.ca/grace-centre


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Please mark your calendar and plan a visit to the CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS exhibition "ARTeFACTS" opening Sunday April 23, 2017 at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Fergus, ON

ARTeFACTS
Stand on Guard by Elizabeth Duggan Litch
(Above): Stand on Guard by Elizabeth Duggan Litch

A Connections Fibre Artists' Exhibit

April 22 - June 4, 2017

Opening Reception

Sunday, April 23, 1:30 to  3:30 pm

In celebration of Canada's 150th, our Connections Fibre Artists have each chosen artefacts from the Museum's collection to highlight their artworks as they developed stories in cloth and stitch and inspired by Wellington County's past and present.

These art pieces inspire conversations about our STORIES and moments in Canadian History.
"We are pleased to have created works inspired by items from the Museum Archives ," says Elizabeth Duggan Litch, a member of Connections Fibre Artists.

"My piece Stand on Guard , above, is connected to the Canadian National Anthem, representing the things Canadians nurture and protect."

Do plan a visit between April 22 and June 4, 2017 and bring family and friends.


SAQA Central Canada Artists participating in the Exhibition:

Bethany Garner, Micaela Fitzsimmons, Dianne Gibson, Gunnel Hag, Hilary Rice,
Maggie Vanderweit Meredith , Dwayne Wanner and Jacqueline Venus


Wellington County Museum and Archives
Hours
Open year round Monday to Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Closed on Government and Statutory Holidays.
Admission Fees
  • General admission to the Museum and Archives is by donation

Location and Contact Information:

0536 Wellington Rd 18
Fergus ON N1M 2W3
Directions, How to Get to the Museum
  • Our civic address is 0536 Wellington Road 18, located between Fergus and Elora
  • Link to Google map

T 519.846.0916 x5221
T 1.800.663.0750 x5221
F 519.846.9630

Monday, August 22, 2016

Come join in on the fun and create all new work as Fall Term at St. Lawrence College begins September 15th!


COLOUR THE QUILT ARTISTS' WAY

Bethany Garner Instructor,  
 September 15 - December 1, 2016
12 weeks, 6-9 pm 


Colour, the Quilt Artists' Way  

Colour represents the most exciting of the visual elements for creative expression. Effective use of colour brings a variety of moods into your work. 

Come explore the aesthetic value of colour as you gain a strong understanding of colour principles, tonal gradation, colour mixing, discord, contrast and illusion. You will create a series of small compositions as you develop themes and effects in your quilts that tell a story or make a definitive statement. Visual support materials will be provided during the course to inspire and stimulate your creativity.

Notes:

Our 2016 Fall Term at St. Lawrence College course is all about exploring COLOUR-PLAY and enjoying the experience both together with classmates and in independent study.  Demonstrations, samples and hands-on study will include the use of contemporary techniques to illustrate the extensive exploration and updating of contemporary processes for developing dynamic COLOUR relationships as you plan and work with fabric and mixed media in your choice of medium and layout for stitching and embellishment.

Course components include the development of personal inventories of colour samples
created through the use of paints, dyes and other forms of color specific materials throughout the 
12 weeks we will spend together in the classroom..








 Exhibition ready work is a goal for many of our students and we will cover all aspects from paper layout, planning and selecting fabrics, embellishments, threads and framing/finishing techniques.



Machine work as well as hand stitch studies focusing on all new work are planned.  Students wishing to work within the guidelines of tradition may certainly work on quilt projects, and those who are brave enough to experiment may go one step farther to create new fabric in colors and dye patterns for use in their personal and original designs for art quilts and wall art or wearables.

One particular focus will be MODERN QUILT design and assembly techniques... using your designers eye to bring the fabrics you have in your stash to life as you develop all new wall and bed quilts that are lively, colourful and destined to be a delight for family an friends both at home and in exhibition opportunities.

We love to have all new students in the course, and welcome returning students wanting to work within the context of shared studio time with like-minded friends. Every student will benefit from the focused classroom creativity and shared techniques.

Visit the St. Lawrence College Part Time Studies Registration pages at www.SL.on.ca in early December to register. Your questions directly to me are most welcome: bethanygarner@kingston.net or textiledesignslc@gmail.com
REGISTER HERE:
http://parttime.stlawrencecollege.ca/stlaw/course/course.aspx?C=80341&pc=2&mc=11&sc=233

Contact Bethany at 613-376-6150 or bethanygarner@kingston.net for details or with questions.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

This is one exhibition you will NOT want to miss... mark your calendar and bring along a few friends!


Fibre Content 2016 at the Art Gallery of Burlington

September 8 to September 18, 2016

EXHIBITION RECEPTION
 Meet the Artists” 
Sunday September 11, 1pm-3pm

1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON L7S 1A9
Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery & RBC Community Gallery

Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art
125 fibre art quilts and mixed media works by 80 artists from across Ontario.
Admission is Free!
A full colour catalogue of all works will be available for $10.

NEW for 2016: Interactive Exhibit and Artist Talks

An Interactive Exhibit - artists made numerous samples of their work, which you can touch and examine to understand how the work is done!

Artist Talks on how their pieces are made, 
free of charge and open to everyone.

Dianne Gibson             Saturday Sept 10th from 1pm to 2pm
Maggie Vanderweit     Wednesday Sept 14
th from 10am to 11am
Mita Giacomini            Sunday Sept 18
th from 1pm to 2pm

REFLECTIONS, Lake Ontario Spring 2016,Bethany Garner


AGB Mission

The Art Gallery of Burlington is a champion of visual art and fine craft in Burlington. We engage the community in the appreciation and creation of visual arts and are home to our art and fine craft guilds. We provide opportunities for discovery and ‘hands-on’ learning, as well as mentoring and showcasing visual artists at all skill levels.