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If you would like your work displayed here please send jpg to Karin

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


  We all know how hard it is to get space, never mind affordable space, so take advantage if you can!!!!!

Arts Space Open House: 415 Monument Place SE, Calgary Arts Development - Calgary, AB

Date: December 2, 2013
Time: Tuesday, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Location: 415 Monument Place SE, Calgary, AB

Calgary Arts Development is continuing its work of connecting arts organizations with suitable arts space by communicating opportunities for viewing spaces that are available to lease, purchase, rent or share. Open houses are drop-in with no RSVP required.

For lease: 4,220 SF of office space with I-G (Light Industrial) zoning.
The space is divided into individual offices/studios with shared finished kitchen. Walking distance from Franklin LRT. For more information including lease rates, please download the brochure. (The brochure has a floor plan with individual spaces outlined, though it's hard to read the footage!)

If you would like to host a future open house, please contact Joni Carroll at 403 264-5530 x 108 or

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Recap of Nov 20th meeting

During the session the renowned potter, Grayson Perry, who works with coils of clay (threads!) and numerous other media including weavings and etchings, spoke to us via the internet and iPlayer from the BBC, (a replay of the Reith Lecture) about the nature of art.  He stimulated intellectual debate that covered numerous topics from the relevance of beauty in an art work, to the responsibility of the artist to give due credit to his fellow, technically adept, collaborators of which there are many more these days.

We also digressed gently to other topics of interest and I believe everyone went home with matters to ponder, but I hope that those driving practised restraint and only considered such matters when they were off the ice!

Thanks to all who took the trouble to come out for the evening.  Everyone who has spoken to me since commented that the gathering encouraged and supported the discussion. It was a shame that Grayson couldn't actually make it to the meeting this time, but I think he would be very pleased to know that we consider that we were with him in Liverpool, UK - a hot bed of contemporary art and debate.

This morning Pamela came across this in today's Guardian. (If you have time, scroll through some of the comments as well. Artists and Non-Artists weigh in with some silly and some provocative thoughts as well.)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

(Future) Felting Workshop in Calgary

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have pleasure in sending this invitation on to  you.
I was fortunate enough to meet Judith during the first Canadian Felt:Feutre conference earlier this year and saw her glorious work exhibited at the show there and knew she would be a wonderful teacher for a Kreative Momentum Workshops.
I hope you will take advantage of her visiting us in Calgary.
Do get in touch if you have questions or want more information.

This is a great opportunity for beginner and advanced felters to learn more about Nuno felting, acid dyes, creating felted, sculptural clothing or other beautifully decorated surfaces.  Also her method opens up the technique of felting to those with back and upper body aches - get in touch for more information, but I don't want to give the game away to everyone!

Judith says “The workshop will work for all levels of experience though some knowledge of the materials and basic method of felting is required for more complex clothing projects."
(I can arrange for a one day felt play class to get you started if you wish.  Get in touch if you want to take advantage of this.)
Meanwhile here is the invitation,
All the best,

Here is a clickable link to Judith's website.

PS I will be at the November meeting of SDA at Atlantis Fine Framing and Studio on Wednesday 20th November, from 6:30.  and could take deposits by cheque then, if you wish.

Monday, November 18, 2013

"Insert Clever Title here" for November :)

Christmas is coming and there's a plethora of Artisan sales coming!

Hand Made Here! Boutique Art Sale November 23 and November 24, 2013

The sale showcases many kinds of artwork from 25 Calgary and area artists including fibre and textile arts, painting, blown and fused glass, printmaking, paper arts, jewellery, metal sculpture, ceramics and woodcraft. Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm Triwood Community Hall: 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta. Admission and parking is free, and all ages are welcome.

Contextural FibreArts Cooperative
Date: Saturday, November 30th from 10-6pm
Location: Heritage Weavers Guild Studio at the Artpoint Gallery & Studios at 1139 Adelaide Street SE (in Ramsey/Inglewood) as the location.
Showcasing printed, woven and naturally dyed fibreworks by Contextural members.

For more information on Contextural Fibre Arts Co-operative, please visit Contextural is a community of textile artists fostering a cooperative creative environment in support of the production of new artistic works.


CALL FOR NEW SWATCH ENTRIES: GIVE IT YOUR BEST SWATCH! Contribute your work to the history of textile art & design.

 Now soliciting new swatches for "Best Of" Swatch Collection #4- loaded with examples of innovative process, masterful application plus any downright gorgeous or distinctive fabric you've created.
Download Submission Guidelines + Form at

 Read more about this online educational resource & extraordinary SDA Member benefit via recent SDA press release

Atlantis Fine Framing

Atlantis Fine Framing Studio Ltd Established 1994

Call for submissions! Atlantis's 2nd Annual Christmas Art Show & Sale! Artists are encouraged to bring in 2-4 small works with labels & prices, we will start hanging Nov 30. All mediums welcome (painting, paper, sculpture, encaustic, textiles, etc). Opening reception is Dec 13, 5-9 pm. Live music, lots of fun!!!!!!!


A note about the above Award Ceremony: several fibre artists have won in previous years.


from SDA President Jane Dunnewold
 In October, SDA Board voted to postpone 2015 SDA Int'l conference slated for Tulsa, Oklahoma. While the Tulsa hosts were enthusiastic & incredibly welcoming, the board recognized a growing need to evaluate SDA's conference model. To that end, we are examining timing, costs & conference management. Our goal is to reinvent SDA conferences as an international event that will attract a broader audience - while also generating income that supports SDA's organization & mission.

 We anticipate doing just that for 2017.


 SDA Members Dr. Kim Hahn (Kent State) & Dr. Ann Collier (N. Arizona U.) invite you to participate in a survey about the meaning of handcrafts & textiles in your life.They're looking for women over 18 to participate in a short online survey to explore the role of textiles (like sewing, knitting, weaving, felting, lace-making) & handcrafts - with special interest in how making is related to environmental behavior, personality, well-being & possibly perception of body image in relationship to social media use as well as fashion behavior and leisure activities.


 To begin, go to

Research findings will be shared in a story on SDA NewsBlog.


Don't we all wish we could go see this????

 The Bellevue Arts Museum is showing the fabulous work of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave.  Her central project revolves around recreating exquisite, life-size historical costumes and fabrics entirely out of paper. See more on the website. 
The exhibition starts November 21 and continues until Feb. 21.


Eveline Kolijn has been appointed to the City of Calgary Public Art Board! More information on this as it comes over the telegraph!

The second part of's interview with arlee barr is online now.

 Workshop on the Web (Maggie Grey's wonderful site for explorative textile techniques and fine art) will also feature an article/tutorial by arlee in December.

"You could have *your* news here too if you send it to Karin or i :) " arlee says

And please do attend our next meeting, this Wed the 20th, at Atlantis Fine Framing for some intellectual stimulation with an audio reading by Grayson Perry, and news of all things SDA.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

For immediate release

Every so often I get information for immediate release to SDA members from the 'head office'.

This  one is about the swatch collections which are now available online for everyone to experience… just follow the links….

You will remember we had one of the Swatch collections here for one of our meetings this year… and it was quite a different and better experience to handle it in person.  I hope we can arrange to have another set of swatches next year.
However, if you can't make it to a meeting this is a great second best and those who have worked on putting it online deserve a lot of thanks… quite a job.
If you have a swatch you wish to add to the collection I will be bringing forms for submission to the next meeting. November 20th.


                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                      November 4, 2013
New SDA Educational Resource Now Available Online
For more information, please contact: Susannah Fedorowich, Assistant Executive Director,

 Surface Design Association (SDA) is launching an online Swatch Collection catalogue to offer a unique look at the processes and techniques in contemporary textile art and design. The first swatch collection catalogue enables website visitors to scroll through a selection of over 65 samples at
Swatch Collection
A sample from Phillippa Lack
The swatches are one of SDA’s most popular educational tools. The collections circulate throughout the United States on loan to various groups, who use them to gain a better understanding of what “surface design” means. The online swatches now offer this opportunity to everyone who would like to know more about the processes that artists are exploring in this field.
To continue to build this important teaching tool, SDA is inviting its members to help launch a fourth collection. SDA is seeking contributions of 12” x 12” samples featuring innovative techniques or distinctive examples of any textile or fiber-inspired process by December 1, 2013. The collection will showcase the latest trends in surface design, textile and fiber art.  Please download submission guidelines and a form
If you would like to borrow one of the swatch collections, they are available for loan to any SDA member or group affiliate for use as in-depth study at meetings, gatherings or workshops.  Email Beki Biesterfelt, SDA Swatch Collection Administrator, to make arrangements.

Swatch Collection
A sample from Karen Miller

Swatch Collection                                                 A sample from Mary Elmusa

The Surface Design Association, an international non-profit organization since 1977, is dedicated to raising the level of excellence in surface design – the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fiber and fabric – by inspiring creativity and encouraging innovation through publications, exhibitions, conferences, and educational opportunities.  Members include artists, designers, educators, curators, gallery owners, students, and textile enthusiasts from around the world. New members are invited to join at


Friday, November 1, 2013

Seventh Meeting notice

This is going to be terrific. Save the date, Wednesday 20th November, 2013
SDA: Alberta meeting in Calgary at Atlantis Fine Framing  4515 Manhattan Rd SE  Calgary
Full details below.
All are welcome, $5 members, $10 non-members.

 Grayson Perry is an artist, renowned potter and certainly a surface designer.  His tapestries based on the Rake's Progress were shown in the Royal Academy this summer (They took my breath away and stimulated a good 2 hours worth of attention and more time on discussion.) Grayson has been selected to give this year's Reith Lectures on the BBC and we will be listening in to one of them at our next Surface Design Association meeting in Calgary.

You are welcome to bring or wear a piece of clothing that  is "subtle with bright colours" in the style of…. Grayson.

Beating the Bounds
Grayson Perry : Playing to the Gallery 2013

The award-winning artist Grayson Perry asks whether it is really true that anything can be art. We live in an age when many contemporary artists follow the example of Marcel Duchamp, who famously declared that a urinal was a work of art. It sometimes seems that anything qualifies, from a pile of sweets on a gallery floor to an Oscar-winning actress asleep in a box. How does the ordinary art lover decide?

In a lecture delivered amidst the Victorian splendour of St. George's Hall in Liverpool, Perry analyses with characteristic wit the common tests - from commercial worth to public popularity to aesthetic value. He admits the inadequacies of such yardsticks, especially when applied to much conceptual and performance art. And he concludes that in his opinion, the quality most valued in the art world is seriousness.

RSVP Karin to ensure a seat.

And into November we go.....

Announcement of next meeting in next post!!!


Port Moody Arts Centre
“Twisted” Themed Exhibition February 20 – March 13, 2014

Is "twisted" a state of mind?  Or is it a physical form? The Port Moody Arts Centre invites artists in all media to explore the visual meaning of "twisted" for a multi-artist exhibition of 2D and 3D art, scheduled for Feb 20 – Mar 13, 2014. Deadline: January 6, 2014


    The theme for the exhibition is “twisted” and work in all media is encouraged.
    Artists are requested to submit no more than 5 items of their work.
    Artwork must not have been displayed at the PMAC gallery within the last 12 months.
    Submissions will be juried to ensure that works are non-derivative, demonstrate skillful execution of the media and are entirely the work of the applicant(s).

How to Apply: Application materials can be submitted via email: submissions [at] or mail or drop off to:
Gallery Coordinator
Port Moody Arts Centre
2425 St Johns Street
Port Moody, BC V3H 2B2

Applications must include the following and be attached to an email with subject line “your name, Twisted Exhibition 2014”. Please include:

    1-2 Paragraph Artist Statement as a PDF
    Curriculum Vitae (for solo) as a PDF
    Group Statement (for group) as a PDF
    5 images of your work.  Images should be no larger than 1024 x 768 pixels at 72 dpi.  All images must be labeled 01_ LastName_Title through 05_ LastName_Title.  You may zip these files into one file.
    A corresponding list as a PDF, including labeled images, titles, media, sizes and years of work, as well as prices of work if for sale.
    Video samples should be no more than 1 minute in length.  You may link to video samples rather than attaching video files.
    Jury Fee - $15 per item (Payable by cheques/cash or please call our front desk at 604-931-2008 with your credit card number).
    Email Submissions should not exceed 5 MB.

Deadline: In order to properly curate this exhibition, we would ask participating artists to submit the application by 5pm on January 6, 2014. The Arts Centre very much appreciates the effort involved in making a submission and will endeavor to respond to all applicants as soon as possible after the deadline date. Please do not call about your submission.  Due to the high volume of submissions received, only those selected will be contacted.

Important Information: Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Application materials will not be returned even if a self-addressed stamped envelope is provided.  Please do not submit your only copy of your CD/DVD/USB. Appropriate care is given but no responsibility is taken by the Port Moody Arts Centre for loss or damage of submitted materials. Artworks accepted for exhibition must be ready for display, framed and wired. A 30% sales commission will be applied to work sold through the Port Moody Arts Centre.

EPCOR CENTRE Ledge Gallery Artist Residency 2014

Deadline: 4:00 PM on Monday, November 4, 2013
Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts is announcing a call for submissions of visual art open to all professional Calgary artists (please note that students are not eligible). EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts will select one local visual artist to create new work in the Ledge Gallery throughout the months of June and July, 2014. The artwork will then be exhibited for the month of August, 2014. An artist CARFAC exhibition fee as well as a total of $2000.00 in financial support to assist with material costs and subsistence will be provided.

Learn more here


Fashioning Nuno Felt Fabrics in Mosaics and 3D Surface Techniques Ulrieke Benner
January 19 - 25, 2014

Felting Retreat at a beautiful private Hacienda in Colonia Versalles, Puerto Vallarta.
A retreat for the soul and to expand and liberate the artistic spirit.
More info at
or contact Ulrieke
Stay in the loop with Ulreike's FaceBook page too.


CADA Information Session: Arts for All - Calgary, AB

Date: 10am - 12pm, Thursday, October 31
Location: artBOX on 17E (1807 42nd St. SE) Calgary

The Arts for All Program is a pilot program for 2013 and 2014 that will invest in arts activity outside of the downtown core, with a focus on east Calgary. The first community to host the program is Greater Forest Lawn (Forest Lawn, Forest Heights, Penbrook Meadows, Erin Woods, Albert Park, Dover and Southview). Calgary Arts Development has partnered with the International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone (INT AVE BRZ) to engage diverse artists and arts organizations in the area, as well as local businesses and community members. The program offers two funding opportunities: theGreater Forest Lawn Project Grant and the Greater Forest Lawn Artist Award.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.

For further details about the program, please visit


Christmas in the Country Art Sale

November 2 - 3 & 8 - 11, 2013
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free Admission

Over 2000 Works of Art Make Christmas in the Country

Art Sale Bigger and Better than Ever

The Leighton Art Centre's Christmas in the Country Art Sale signals the start to
 the holidays, especially for people who love art and fine Alberta crafts. The annual
sale takes place from 10:00 am to 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday November 2-3 and
 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 8-11, in the Leighton Heritage Home
at the Centre. Admission is free for the sale and for all accompanying children's
and family activities. And, there are no parking fees!

This year the Leighton is taking one of Alberta's oldest and biggest art sales to
a whole new level:

100 Alberta artists each offer 15 unframed paintings in watercolour, acrylic, oil,
mixed media... and photography - including 30 new artists who have never shown at
the Leighton Art Centre.

50 Alberta artisans and sculptors showcasing crafts from ceramics, hand-blown glass
and woodwork to jewelry, hand-made scarves and cards.