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:

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

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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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!

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


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. 

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

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

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:

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Please join Bethany Garner as she joins artist friends from the QUINTE FIBRE ARTISTS as they open EVOLVING TRADITIONS at the Belleville Public Library

SAQA Central Canada members Joan Reive and Bethany Garner
along with their fellow artist members in the
Quinte Fibre Artists
invite you to join them

Bi-annual Show and Sale
Artists Reception
Saturday, February 25, 2017
2-4 pm
in Gallery One
John M. Parrott Gallery
Belleville Public Library
254 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, ON

The Exhibition runs February 16 - March 29, 2017

Participating Quinte Fibre Artist members:


Closed Sunday and Monday
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Thursday - 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday - 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Quinte Fibre Artists are pleased to share their all new work including an exciting and diverse collection of fibre art that will touch every viewer as they tour a wide range of landscape work, collage, doll making, rug hooking, dye work and fine art pieces using a multitude of techniques.

The variety in this show is outstanding and you will enjoy visiting with the artists during the Reception on Saturday, February 25th  when you are welcome to talk with the individuals responsible for creating this beautiful exhibition selection.

Please do bring friends, and visit the exhibition often during February and March.

A wonderful photography exhibition and work from the Gallery's permanent collections will be included in Gallery 2 and Gallery 3. The Belleville Library Gallery also offers a wonderful selection of 'available for sale' art work from across Ontario in their Corridor Gallery Showcase.