Studio Art Quilt Association


We are fortunate to have the presence of a number of textile artists in our Atlantic Provinces.  Many of them are members of SAQA, an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications. SAQA defines an art quilt as “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.”

Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 5 working artists, SAQA now has over 3,400 members: artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and corporate sponsors. A dedicated core of volunteers and staff keep the organization vibrant, dynamic, and progressive. To find out more about SAQA, please go to

The Atlantic Division is able to promote their work in their home provinces giving us, the viewers, a wonderful opportunity to see their art work in a gallery setting.   Listed below are five venues set for 2018/19 and I hope to see you there!

“Blimp” by Regina Marzlin

SAQA Atlantic Canada group of fibre artists

Artists’ Statement: Transitions Every life, every city, every human interaction undergoes change; combine this with nature’s changing seasons and landscapes, and a plethora of transitional episodes occur.With a combination of fabrics and threads, along with embellishments in lace, embroidery floss, wool, and found items, including dyeing, painting, colouring or stamping, the artists have hand-stitched or machine quilted their interpretation of the theme ‘Transitions’. The Transitions exhibition shows some of the finest textile art in Atlantic Canada, including interesting and unusual use of fibre.

Artists’ Bio: This is the third exhibition of the SAQA Atlantic Canada group of fibre artists. This group is part of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt and the artists who create them. The Atlantic Canada chapter of SAQA include members from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland-Labrador.

Nineteen textile artists from all four Atlantic provinces submitted one or two pieces of artwork for our upcoming travelling exhibition, Transitions. Juror Elizabeth Whalley reviewed all 29 submissions. Here is some of her response:

“It has been such a pleasure to spend time with the beautiful images you sent me. I have gone over them a number of times and decided that I would like to hang all the entries in the gallery. While some are stronger than others I feel there is an artistic integrity and technical expertise in each of the works that speaks loud and clear. I think the collection will be really inspiring to our creative community here in Inverness.”

So congratulations to everyone who submitted artwork. Many thanks are due to Elizabeth Whalley, juror, Heather Loney, curator, and Kate Madeloso, who designed the exhibition poster, displayed above.

Opening: Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth NS
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7pm

Venues:   Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth NS
March 29 – April 29, 2018

Art Gallery of NS, Yarmouth Branch,Yarmouth NS
Aug 2 – Sept 28, 2018

Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Inverness NS
Oct 5 – Oct 30, 2018

Saint John Art Centre, Saint John NB
Jan 11 – March 8, 2019

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