Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Please try to get to Gananoque during the next five weeks to see the THREADWORKS exhibition now at the Arthur Child Heritage Museum... at the waterfront near the Gan Boat Lines docks.


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

So pleased to participate in the CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS exhibition at Joshua Creek Heritage Centre, Oakville - Opening Sunday September 17, 2017

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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

COMPLEX CLOTH For the making

      Creating Fabrics with Dyes and Pigments

 SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS


JULY 31-August 4, 2017, Brockville Campus


A full credit component of the TEXTILE ARTS  Program at

  St. Lawrence College
CLASS IS A GO!!!! We will hope to see you along with a great group of new friends on Monday, July 31st in Brockville!
 

We would be so pleased to have you join us if your week of July 31 to August 4th is clear and coming on over to our Brockville Campus at St. Lawrence College is a possibility... 

This will be a week of creative play time that will result in a terrific stash of all new, original fabric to inspire your new textile work. Lots of time for stitching, dye work, screen printing and more. Extensive dye work, gelatin and screen printing, fabric painting, Arashi Shibori, creative development of art quilts and mounting/framing will all be on the five day plan.
Into the Bog, Bethany Garner
So much opportunity exists in a full week class to learn, share with like-minded students and create some beautiful new work. Pull a carpool of friends together and make this a week that could change your 2017 year of creativity, exploration and learning in a supportive and encouraging environment!

 
Our students are looking forward to acquiring new skills and leaning techniques that further hone their existing skills and having time to translate them into dynamic creations.  
You are encouraged to bring along works in progress, sketchbooks filled with ideas, and plans for work that is waiting to take form but may need encouragement to be released into reality. Using your sketchbook is encouraged during the week and recording the beauty of Brockville and the St. Lawrence River!
Your favourite fabric/tools/stitching supplies will be coming with you from home. (Supplies list with paid registration).


Our students receive a comprehensive set of course handouts and and have access to Bethany's extensive resource library, daily video lessons and some project based tools and supplies will be available in the classroom as a part of the Instructor’s teaching package.    
So whether you love to design and stitch pieces that use your own hand painted and dyed fabrics, or bring together a wonderful stash of fabrics you have been accumulating and want to use, this is a class that will help you take steps toward those goals!  
 
Notes:
 

This full-week, Monday to Friday course is designed for those with a passionate interest in fibre arts and as a vehicle for artistic expression and creation of functional art and personal, original textile design. 
Students will study complex but easily learned processes for fabric coloration and dye work, including pole wrapped Shibori and Arashi patterning. We will work together to explore a complete series of Indigo studies, and develop a personal inventory of beautiful colour and pattern on cloth during our week together and more.

While on-campus residence MAY NOT available at this late date, many area hotels and B & B residences are in the area for those who would like to join us. Share the cost with several friends for a great chance to learn together....
Plan to use this experience as a “get away” for personal development of a new stash of fabrics for work as the year progresses, exhibition calls that are on the calendar, or if you just need a time to focus on your new work.
There will be time for machine work and lots of design play, and the studio classroom will be open 8 am through 10 pm each day.
We have a terrific group of students enrolled who bring with them all levels of experience. You can be assured that the classroom is  a place to play and your friends, old and new will certainly be eager to work along with you in support of our warm and welcoming creative learning  environment.
Course Information/description in the course catalogue here:


http://reader.mediawiremobile.com/StLawrence/issues/200193/viewer?page=5

 Information: Sara Barrie, Program Assistant
Brockville  Campus Location/Contact
2288 Parkedale Avenue
Brockville, Ontario
K6V 5X3
Bethany Garner, Instructor
  613-376-6150 Email: garner@kingston.net
Please feel free to write me with questions!

Register online at SSOA, www.SL.on.ca
Brockville Campus Residence 
(call to see if there are cancellations that might mean there is a room for YOU!)
60 Magedoma Boulevard
Brockville, Ontario K6V 7N7
Tel: 613-345-0660, ext. 3510
LCampbell@sl.on.ca

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Join the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists for their new Exhibition at Gallery Stratford with their Opening Reception Friday, July 14, 2017 from 7-9 pm. Everyone welcome and do bring friends!


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, Wendy Anderson Breedveld, Gordana Brelih, 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

The art work of PHILLIDA HARGREAVES to be shared at her upcoming Solo Exhibition at Grace Hall Community Centre, Sydenham, ON. Hope you can join us...

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 to attend the Opening Reception for the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists "ARTeFACTS" Show at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Fergus, ON April 23rd

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Come join me at ST LAWRENCE COLLEGE, Summer School for the Arts, 2017 - two courses that focus on dye and paint as well as lots of STITCH skills for our friends who need a bit of a get away as summer approaches. Come Play!

SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
St. Lawrence College, Kingston, ON
and the Brockville, ON Campus

TURNING POINT, Bethany Garner 2016
Flat Dyed Fabrics, created for MY CORNER OF THE WORLD
SAQA- International Traveling Exhibition


SURFACE DESIGN AND STITCH

ARTS 110, A full credit component of the TEXTILE ARTS  Program at

  St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus

 SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

May 30-July 6, 2017

(Tuesday and Thursday 6-9 pm)


Our students come to the collage, often with years of sewing and design experience, wanting to enhance their skills and work creatively to start an all new body of work using the many new techniques shared during the six weeks together with a community of students with similar goals. Sharing is encouraged, and  there is always a relaxed and  a collegial environment where support and growth are the goal. Every student is encouraged to take his or her own path using the class as a jumping off point for their own new work. 

This course will guide you as a beginner or seasoned artist to create all new work in a relaxed classroom setting using fibre as your medium.

Hand work as well as fabric painting, beading, manipulation and some MX and transfer dye play, mono-printing, collage, wet felting and creative machine stitchery will be explored as we work through this series of classes. 

INDIGO DYE PLAY - "SOLITUDE" by Bethany Garner
and hanging with the Kingston Fibre Artists Show, 2017
TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning
Community Gallery through April 19th


 
COMPLEX CLOTH
ARTS 113, Creating Fabrics with Dyes and Pigments
A full credit component of the TEXTILE ARTS  Program at
  St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus
 SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
JULY 31-August 4, 2017, Brockville Campus

This full week M-F  course is for those with a passionate interest in fibre arts as a vehicle for artistic expression and creation of functional art and fine textile design. Students will study complex processes for flat and ice dye work, pole-wrapped shibori and arashi shibori patterning, completing a series of Indigo dye and patterning studies and more.

Our students grow in their confidence levels with development of all original design, using colour with a new and extended range of possibilities, developing innovative wall art and exhibition ready three dimensional art, and use of their beautiful new fabrics for stand-alone display and as the basis of a strong body of work.  The confidence to continue to use their creativity and openness to learning is the foundation of this course curriculum.. 

BOUNDARIES #9 and #10, Bethany Garner
Flat Dyeing of cloth and Innovative piecing result in some creative piecework
Frame mounting will be covered in the classroom


DARKNESS, Pine Rake in Ontario, Bethany Garner 2016
SOY WAX Batik technique with an over paint layer of India Ink


Soy Wax Batik work and over dyeing with Procion MX Dyes result in unusual and dynamic cloth


On-campus residence  stays with very reasonable cost are available for those who would like to use this experience as a “get away” for personal development of a new stash of fabrics for work as the year progresses, response to upcoming exhibition calls that are on the calendar and especially if you just need a time away from home to focus on your skills and techniques.

A great wet studio, and a large campus grounds within walking distance of the downtown core is open for walks and opportunities for great waterfront photography is available to all students at our Brockville Campus. Both renowned and 'just plain fun' restaurants and a glorious waterfront summer evening activities season beckon. 

Design play that suits your needs and always playful experimentation  is welcome, and the Design/Dye studio is open 8 am through 10 pm each day. We hope you will pull together a few friends, reserve your rooms at the residence and come play... the course rates are very reasonable and YOU are so very welcome to join us! Hope to see you in Brockville this summer!

(The discount for senior artists s taking Summer School of the Arts credit courses is 15% of the base tuition fee. Call us to register and apply the seniors' discount.)

 Registration is open  - Download the Catalogue now at
St. Lawrence College
Kingston Campus
100 Portsmouth Ave
K7L 5A6

Brockville Campus
2288 Parkedale Ave
K6V 5X3

By Phone:
613-345-0660, ext. 3283 or 1-866-276-6601 (Press 3)

Bethany Garner, Instructor
  613-376-6150 Email: garner@kingston.net

Monday, March 13, 2017

You are invited to join the KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS as we share all new work in the Community Gallery, 1st floor, TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning, March 18- April 13, 2017


Art Threads

Kingston Fibre Artists Annual Show and Sale
Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning
Saturday, March 18, 2017 through Thursday, April 13, 2017
Gallery Hours:
Monday through Friday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

New work by the Kingston Fibre Artists.  Meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Saturday, March 18 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. KFA members have been creating contemporary textile art and exhibiting together for the past 20 years. 

Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning Community Gallery
370 King Street West
Kingston, Ontario K7L 2X4
Free Admission

For more information, please contact Peta Bailey