Thursday, August 10, 2017

Please plan to join the community of TEXTILE ARTS Students at Kingston's St. Lawrence College this fall - TEXTILE ART HISTORY is the fall credit course and sure to provide lots of interest and fun!

Ann Brauer, Week Two Artist Study... September 28, 2017

Textile Art: History, Diversity and Techniques  
You are invited to join the devoted group of textile focused students from in and around the Kingston, ON community as we come together on September 21t to begin our exploration of the history of textile and fibre arts and create an all new body of work along the way.

There are no pre-requisites for the course and this term will earn students a full credit in this 36-hour Textile Arts Certificate Program ongoing at St. Lawrence College since 1996.

As we enter our tenth consecutive year of Program concentration at the Kingston Campus, our returning students will reunite with friends in the fibre arts, and new students who have an interest in pursuing a textiles and fibre focused learning experience. The course will be of interest to quilters, embroidery enthusiasts, fibre artists and general interest stitchers.

Course Description:

The study of Textile Art History will be the most impressive part of a personal journey to develop a body of work, collect an inventory of resources and supplies for design and development studies and as a foundation for future collection, exhibition and perhaps sale of textile art. 

Designed to support both the traditional and contemporary fibre artist and quilter, this course will provide a guide for individual as well as interactive study and resource development to support current and future design work in a chosen area of interest. Explore American and European coverlets, quilts and needlework, and ethnographic textiles with strengths in South and Southeastern Asia, Latin America and particularly India. Learn how Impressionist Art and African and Japanese textiles continue to influence current fibre art and traditional quilt trends. 

Course studies may lead to concentration on one particular technique as a focus for each individual student, or study and exploration in several areas of interest as students develop one or more small pieces of fibre or a small quilt which will be shared as a final Textile Art History course submission.

Online and Continuing Education > Fibre / Metal Arts

(The query buttons included here will be active for you at the Registration link above).

Offered In SLC Classroom 00060 - Thursday evenings for 12 weeks (no class October 5th)
Textile Art - History, Diversity and Techniques
Course Code: ARTS136Section: 860
Campus: KINGSTONInstructor: Bethany Garner
Date(s): 9/21/2017 - 12/7/2017
Days of Week: Th   Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

No class Oct. 5 
Fee: $268.20Additional Notes: 

Please contact Instructor, Bethany Garner for more information and a course delivery outline:

September 21, 2017, Artist Focus for Study - MITA GIACOMINI, Ontario based textile artist

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Annual SAQA Benefit Auction means the creativity shared as a supporting donation by artists from around the world gives US all a chance at building an amazing personal collection International Art...

Summertime is all about the water for me. Living near a city that is along Lake Ontario is a blessing, and while my own house in in the middle of a hayfield, the call of the blue of the water, the memories of childhood walks long so many beaches and the amazingly different colours and textures that are seen in the summertime lakes, rivers and waterways close by and at a distance call me back - again and again.

When SAQA offers the opportunity to post a DREAM COLLECTION, I always jump at the chance to ponder the whole collection of about 400 quilts made especially for this annual event... and so very crucial to the annual fundraising that keeps my Art Quilts Association alive and well. The dollars raised through the Benefit Auction are all a part of the support for SAQA Exhibitions, educational opportunities for our members, touring Trunk Shows, exhibition catalogues, components of the annual Conference and most importantly our Staff!

I love to work with water themes in my own artwork, but the artists here are sharing their special relationships with lakes, rivers, waterways and the ocean. Please join me in celebrating the artists, their creativity and their willingness to give away their art to support the organization that mean so much in their professional arts practice.

If I am lucky in September - one of these may end up in My personal collection - taking the number of SAQA Auction quilts to sixteen my home.

See the WHOLE collection of Benefit Auctions quilts here
And the Benefit Auction details for bidding and purchase.
Auction bidding starts September 15, 2017!.

Enjoy these quilts as much as I do! DREAM ON!

Arashi-Shibori dyed, discharged, pieced, quilted, Thai silk

Commercial and original fabrics, paint, thread, embroidery floss; fused appliqué, surface design, free motion quilting, hand embroidery

Whole-cloth painted with Tsukineko inks on cotton.

Artist's own hand-dyed fabrics are freehand cut into small pieces -  for the "brushstrokes" of the art - and used in a collage technique. They are then fused and stitched into place, followed by extensive free motion quilting, which adds a rich texture to the finished piece. ‘Twilight II’ incorporates artist’s own hand-dyed Pimatex cotton, wool batting, and a high-sheen trilobal polyester thread.

Hand painted silk, raw edge cottons, machine quilted with silk thread.

Cotton. Screen printed, painted and machine quilted.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

SUMMER IS A GREAT TIME FOR DESIGN PLAY and working on terrific stash of original fabrics for your new work!

      Creating Fabrics with Dyes and Pigments


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!

I 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 is 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.
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!  
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:
 Information: Sara Barrie, Program Assistant
Brockville  Campus Location/Contact
2288 Parkedale Avenue
Brockville, Ontario
K6V 5X3

Bethany Garner, Instructor

  613-376-6150 Email:
Please feel free to write me with questions!

Register online at SSOA,

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  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION - July 14, 2017, 7-9 pm for the new CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS Exhibition: RUNNING WITH FIBRE, at Gallery Stratford. Hope to see you there... 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,
Bev White, Nancy Yule, Gordana Brelih,
Wendy Anderson Breedveld

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.

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

Gallery Hours

10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday

Free Admission thanks to a community supporter

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thrilled to see my quilt, TURNING POINT, included in a celebration article in Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine... a real honour!

Last year I had the amazing opportunity to curate the SAQA all Canadian Regional Exhibition of quilts which were, along with a joint exhibit MY CORNER OF THE WORLD, submitted to the Exhibitions Committee as My Corner of the World CANADA. How exciting when both exhibits were hung and enjoyed by thousands of visitors at both the Stratford Perth Museum and the Art Gallery of Thunder Bay this past year. Now the travels begin, and many more thousands of people will see, study and enjoy these beautiful art quilts. The talent and devotion to their work is truly a tribute to the artists and their passion for sharing their art with others.

As a result of being able to participate in the International side of the exhibitions, I am so pleased that my quilt TURNING POINT was juried into the International Traveling Exhibition. It has been seen in the amazing Stratford Perth Museum exhibition run in Stratford, ON last summer, featured on the SAQA Fibre Art on Friday website/blog and in the SAQA online Slideshow/gallery of the MY CORNER OF THE WORLD exhibit.

Our Canadian Artists are:

art KWilt connection (Ontario) – Reflections on the GrandTerry Aske (British Columbia) – Inside the Tipi
Shirley Bailey (Ontario) – Down on the Farm
Penny Berens (Nova Scotia) – Rusty Gate
Sandra Betts (New Brunswick) – Fishing Weir in Moonlight
Margaret Blank (Alberta) – It’s Still About the Sky
Sharon Collins (Ontario) - Northern Sky 1
Albert Cote (Ontario) – All I Need Is a Garden and A Chair
Linda Coulter (Ontario) – Limestone City Blues
Millie Cumming (Ontario) – Washday Blues, Northfield Drive
Diane Eastham (Ontario) – Arctic Sea Change
Janet Elliott (Ontario) – White Pine: Titan of the Shield
Ann Fales (Ontario) – The Blueberry Patch
Mita Giacomini (Ontario) - February
Dianne Gibson (Ontario) – Crossing The Peninsula
Gunnel Hag (Ontario) – Rocks on Lake Huron
Phillida Hargreaves (Ontario) – Looks Like A Nice Day Up There
Jaynie Himsl (Saskatchewan) – Poplar Point
Paula Jolly (Saskatchewan) – The Road Home
Robin Laws Field (Ontario) – Ted’s Garage
Susan Lilley (Nova Scotia) – Laurentian Fall
Heather Loney (Nova Scotia) – At Anchor
Kate Madeloso (Nova Scotia) – Fundy Flame Agate
Toni Major (Ontario) – Good Morning, Canada
Judith E. Martin (Ontario) – Time Passes Over the Earth
Lynne McCulloch (Ontario) - Through My Window
Lynne McCulloch (Ontario) – Autumnal Rhythms
Marie McEachern (Alberta) - Downtown
Holly McLean (New Brunswick) – Into the Heart of the Birches
Mary B. Pal (Ontario) - Courage
Mardell Rampton (British Columbia) – Beaches #1
Joan Reive (Ontario) – A Fall Day in Westport
Hilary Rice (Ontario) – Traditional Is Growing On Me
Janet Scruggs (Alberta) – Looking Down
Jocelyne Sobeski (Ontario) - Moonlight
Arja Speelman (Ontario) – Reflections of the North
Susan Tilsley Manley (Nova Scotia) – You’ve Got Mail
Catherine Timm (Ontario) – Autumn Leaves Over Water
Maggie Vanderweit (Ontario) – Cree Hunters
Joan Willison (Ontario) – A Nod to Maud

You can see the full exhibitions here: International MCOTW   and Canadian MCOTW Exhibition

I recently received a courtesy copy of MACHINE QUILTING UNLIMITED, and there in the centre was a great article about the MCOTW exhibition and a beautiful photo of my Turning Point quilt was included - a great thrill. I also heard via email and cards from several US magazine subscribers who recognized not only my quilt, but the work of other SAQA artists whose quilt works are highly regarded in the art quilt world, and they reminded me how important Canada is to their lives in unique and special ways.

When this local Canadian artist is able to be celebrated along with the amazing and renowned artists whose work often graces the walls in SAQA Exhibitions worldwide, it is a thrill. Thank you so much to the Editors at Machine Quilting Unlimited for this great article celebrating the work of our SAQA artists from around the world. We love your publication and continue to look inside for the very best of the best tips, lessons to support our own machine work, and the opportunity to see and enjoy the work of so many quilters around the world.

A very exciting piece of news... Our SAQA MY CORNER OF THE WORLD, International SAQA Exhibition, is traveling to AUSTRALIA.

My Corner of the World
Craft & Quilt Fair, Perth, West Australia, Australia • May 24 - 28, 2017
Craft & Quilt Fair, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia • August 10 - 13, 2017
Intocraft Handmade Expo, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia • August 17 - 20, 2017
Craft & Quilt Fair, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia • September 11 - 12, 2017
Intocraft Handmade Expo, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • November 24 - 26, 2017

And our Regional Exhibit My Corner of the World- Canada will be shown at the Ailsa Craig Quilt Festival in June 2017, and then leave for a full year to travel to FRANCE and be exhibited along with the shows of the Le Carrefour European du Patchwork.

Needless to say, I am very excited to be a part of this great movement and sharing of art quilts around the world. Congratulations to all of our Canadian Artists. I know you are as excited as I am to see your work being loved around the world.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Please plan to make a drive to Fergus,ON and the CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS Exhibition "ARTeFACTS" a part of your spring travel plans... the Opening Reception is Sunday, April 23rd

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
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

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F 519.846.9630

Sunday, March 26, 2017

SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS at St. Lawrence College offers students two opportunities to transfer full course credts to their program of TEXTILE DESIGN at St.Lawrence or the Haliburton Summer School for the Arts... and we are right here close to home! Enjoy the summer evenings or a full week of Design and Stitch while sharing the beauty of the season along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario at Kingston and Brockville Campuses.

ARTS 110, A full credit component of the TEXTILE ARTS  Program at
  St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus
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. 

Over-painted stitched cloth...multimedia comes to class...stamping, print work, thermoax screens

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

SOLITUDE, Bethany Garner
.Indigo dye-play for the KFA Show, 2017

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 dye work, Shibori and Arashi patterning, complete a series of Indigo studies and more. Students will explore design, colour, innovation, and fabric manipulation as they and develop the confidence to continue to use their creativity and openness to learning.  
On-campus residence is 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, exhibition calls are on the calendar and you just need a time to focus on your new work. Machine play is welcome, and the studio is open 8 am through 10 pm each day. 

Pole Wrapped Arashi Shibori

Shibori Meets Rust...

Bethany Garner, Instructor
  613-376-6150 Email:
Register at SSOA,

Monday, March 20, 2017

The KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS Annual Show, ART THREADS, is open at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning - do come and enjoy the exhibition! Open through April 13th, seven days a week and 10-5 pm

LINE PLAY, each piece 14" w x 45" h
Diptych of pieced blocks created with hand dyed fabrics by Bethany Garner

the 2017 Show and Sale of the
March 18th through April 13, 2017
Community Gallery, First Level
TETT Centre For Creativity and Learning
10-5 pm , 7 days each week
Please visit if you can and bring friends!

Hanging at the TETT, the pieces I made for this year's ART THREADS show have taken me from the classroom where I share stitch and design classes at St. Lawrence College and the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners Studio, also at the TETT,  where I occasionally have a chance to share dye courses. I enjoy the time to hand dye my own cloth for work I share in exhibitions, and appreciate having this opportunity to share some fun new work this year.

SOLITUDE, 27" w x 48"h
designed by Bethany Garner
Hand dyed cotton developed in an indigo dye class for the KHWS. One large piece, cut and re-pieced to develop an imagined fantasy forest. Machine quilted and frame mounted.

A bit about the ART THREADS Show and Sale:

The beautiful and wide ranging collection of KFA 2017 artwork on display represents new work by the 18 members of the Kingston Fibre Artists group. Meeting together monthly and working both in their individual artist home based studios and  as we share stitch days together over the past 20 years, these artists and design, creative technique and stitch enthusiasts have created a stunning show representing numerous styles and so much COLOUR! They present together for the second year at the TETT, sharing a Gallery filled with colour, texture, design play and a wonderful variety of design styles, sizes of artwork on display and price ranges to appeal to those eager to collect and gift beautiful art with family and friends.

The show is in it's 19th year, and has brought exciting new work to Kingston and area arts enthusiasts keen to see what is the newest of trends in the textile arts world. Many of our artists are exhibition arts participants in local, national and international shows, and several are represented by area Galleries.

Here are a few photos of the show gallery and we hope perhaps you will join us over the next several weeks. Bring friends and enjoy lunch or an early dinner at the Juniper Café at the Tett, just down the corridor at Lake Ontario the waterfront! A real treat...

Gallery shots are always fun, and this Community Gallery at the TETT is filled with wonderful fibre pieces to take in and perhaps take home for your personal art collection! Plan to stay awhile,  as each piece will be a treat to explore...browsing and just studying the style, technique  and creativity is encouraged! Our artists will be GALLERY SITTING during all of the show hours this year, so please feel free to ask questions!

Artwork created by LINDA Coulter, our 2017 Show Coordinator

The KFA artwork is beautiful and diverse and colourful... and a PAPER CHALLENGE has been added this year as a fund raiser for the KFA Group to ensure that we can be back in GALLERY TETT next year for your return visit!
 Artwork by Margaret Morris, Tina Barnes, Mary Ev Wyatt and Janet Elliott

by KFA Founding Artists
Hilary Scanlon

Artwork by Phillida Hargreaves, Sandra Garner, Sylvia Naylor, Robin Field, Christina Barnes

Included in the show is the very special work by HILARY SCANLON below, Midnight Bathing Belles, created especially for this year's show and the display includes Hilary's wonderful journal recording each step in her design process...

Do take time to have a look through this really special written and hand drawn record of her design and planning information while at the Gallery!

The concept drawings... a special part of the process.

HOPE TO SEE YOU in the Gallery!