Sunday, June 3, 2012

From Away - A Fibre Art Network Exhibit

Being in Halifax all week has been a treat. While most of the time I was busy working in the Kitambaa Designs booth in the Merchant Mall, I was also able to see the National Juried Show, and several concurrent shows. One of the first I visited was the Fibre Art Network show - "From Away". It was tremendous to see how differently this theme was interpreted. The first photo shows Carol Seeley's piece, "Just Visiting", picturing the Trumpeter Swans that visit the Comox Valley every winter. Next is Judith Panson's "Kokanee Run", based on the salmon returning home to spawn in the fall. The photo really doesn't do justice to Pat Findlay's work in "Too Far Away", as full as it is of beading, which reflects the light so that it shimmers. Thelma Newbury's representation of the Northern Lights takes another slant on the theme, her hand-dyed fabrics perfectly showing the play of green and blue across a northern night sky. And lastly there is Emilie Belak's "Crows and Crabapples". To see more of this collection, you can visit the FAN website, at, then click on "Exhibitions".

Quilt Canada has also been a place to meet up with old friends - here I am with Lee from New Brunswick. She and I first met on the bus when Quilt Canada was in Halifax. And there was also opportunity to make new friends too. One of the highlights of the week for me was a late evening spent with old and new friends from Yellowknife - talking quilting and laughing hilariously - so good for the soul. We have a couple of days to tour around before heading home, but I can already tell you how worthwhile it was to be here, and in so many ways. What a life!

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