Thursday, October 02, 2008

Shadow Box, Books, Art Fairs and more

As October begins I must first congratulate the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto for their showing at the 2008 Ontario Association of Art Galleries Awards last Friday night when the winners were announced:
2008 OAAG award winners

The Textile Museum of Canada was cited with six major Awards over the course of the evening. The exhibition Close to You: Contemporary Textiles, Intimacy and Popular Culture was recognized for curatorial writing by Sarah Quinton as well as book design. Designers of the project Digital Threads, ecentricarts Inc., were recognized with a Web Award and Partner Award. The Digital Threads project also received accolades in the form of an Educator Award for community outreach.

In a touching and emotion-filled moment during the ceremony, Textile Museum director Nataley Nagy presented the 2008 OAAG Volunteer of the Year Award to Nancy Dillow for her outstanding voluntary contribution. Nataley Nagy said, "For 13 years, Nancy Dillow was a leading force behind the volunteer-run fundraiser More Than Just a Yardage Sale, an event that has attracted thousands of attendees annually and generated more than $200,000 for the Textile Museum." The audience accorded Nancy Dillow a standing ovation.

If you have not been to the TMC recently you should know that “Close to You: Contemporary Textiles, Intimacy and Popular Culture” closes on October 12. the catalogue for the exhibition is available at the Gift shop or through the website.

Next at the Textile Museum

The 13th Annual Shadow Box Silent Auction and Cocktail Party,
Artists’ Reception and Media Preview: Wednesday October 15th, 6:30 pm
Exhibition: Open October 15th to October 30th
Auction: Thursday October 30th, 6:30 pm Online Preview Available: October 1 at

Moving into October Toronto is gearing up for:

the Toronto International Art Fair October 2 until 6 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which brings commercial Galleries from around the world together with national, regional and local galleries to present what is current and hot in the world art market ( in spite of the current political economic atmosphere).

the UpArt alternative Art Fair at the Gladstone Hotel Thursday October 2 to Sunday October 5, 2008 PREVIEW Thurs Oct 2, 4pm - 8pm, Fri Oct 3, 12pm - 11pm, Sat Oct 4 12pm - 12am (free admission from 7pm-12am during Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche) Sun Oct 5, 12pm - 5pm, Gala Reception Fri Oct 3 7 - 11pm – with live performances and DJ, Exhibition Entry $7.00 (includes catalogue) and

Nuit Blanche October 4, 2008 6:52 pm to sunrise “a free all night contemporary art thing”

YOU MUST SEE " THE ART OF THE BOOK'08" i have just come from the opening and will post photos and write more about it next week. and post the tour schedule as it will tour the country for the next year. In the meantime if you find yourself wondering Queen West this weekend do yourself a favour and drop into see the show at the Ontario Craft Councils Gallery

Last Friday at the Harbourfront Centre the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild began their 25th anniversary celebration with Book Variations in the South Vitrines, their “THE ART OF THE BOOK '08” a juried exhibition opened at the Ontario Craft Council Gallery at 990 Queen Street West, Toronto Ontario, 416-925-4222, ,

The opening reception is on Thursday, October 2, 5.30 pm - 8.30 pm the show runs September 30 - October 26, 2008.

There were three distinguished jurors for this exhibition. Nicole Billard is Quebec-based design bookbinder. Crispin Elsted is a private press printer and owner of the Barbarian Press in Mission, British Columbia. Edward Hutchins is a well known curator, teacher, and book artist.

The exhibition includes 78 works by 70 book artists from Canada, the United States, and Japan, including a work each by the three jurors, Nicole Billard, Crispin, Elsted, and Edward Hutchins, the curators, Susan V. Corrigan and Shelagh Smith, and the exhibition catalogue essay writer, Peter Sramek
for more information contact: Susan Corrigan, Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild,, 416-581-1071,

To find other Book events happening across the country and internationally visit their website
This just in.....

from east coast quilter Valerie Hearder

come and visit me at the Mahone Bay Quilters Guild Quilt Show.
The quilters have kindly given me an area to show the new African embroidered textiles that have arrived from the women's groups in South Africa. Purchase of these textiles support women in S. Africa and in addition, 15% of the profits goes to the Grandmother-to-Grandmother campaign run by the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

"Mapula" means Mother of Rain This is a women's empowerment group from the Wintervelt in South Africa. Their hand embroidered tapestries are renown for their vibrancy and quality. This piece is 34" x 42" $375 + S&H hand embroidery on African cotton.

We are exhibiting next weekend during the Scarecrow Festival, Mahone Bay,October 3rd to 5th Blockhouse Fire Hall,Show hours are Friday & Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
This is a fabulous time to visit Mahone Bay. Besides our "not to be missed" quilt show of our talented local quilters,you can also see antiques fairs, our town decorated with creative scarecrows, antique cars, music, theatre, yard sales and more:

I'll be there each day and I'd love to see you.Email me ahead of time if you have any special requests for "Grandmother of Africa" t-shirts or other items. See you in Mahone Bay!

If you live far away, please visit my web site and my NEW flickr site to view pieces for will be updated regularly.


Canadian Artist in France, camac centre d'art, OPEN STUDIO, OCTOBER 4TH & 5TH, 2008 11:00 AM TO 5:00 PM

Textile / Mixed Media Artist, Mary Kroetsch, Whose Interactive Installation Exhibit, The Fractural Heart - Le Cœur de Fractural, Will be a featured exhibition event,

Virtual Preview:
Viewings by Appointment with the Artist October 6th to October 26th, 2008. Please Contact the Artist at


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