East meets West exhibit held over till Nov. 3th

If you have not had a chance to visit the East meets West exhibit at the King’s theatre lobby in Annapolis Royal, you still have time.

The exhibit will now remain up until Saturday, November 3rd.

The 30 or more 10 by 10 inch pieces of different fibre techniques are wonderful to look at and we are thrilled to have had this joint exhibit with VISDA (Vancouver Island Surface Design Association).


Call for entries: Art of Fibre exhibit September-October 2018

SOFAAR presents the Art of Fibre exhibition 2018

Please find below the guidelines for submitting pieces to our annual “Art of Fibre” Exhibition which will be held at the Chapel Gallery in Annapolis Royal in September and October.
We encourage everyone to submit pieces as this show is not juried, just curated and there is no theme.
The objective for the curator is to showcase as much variety of fibre art as possible in the small Chapel Gallery. This exhibit is on during our Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat.
Here is a .pdf link to the guidelines and they are printed below:
SOFAAR Guidelines.Fall2018


All members of SOFAAR are invited to participate in the annual member’s exhibition at the Chapel Gallery at ARCAC (Annapolis Region Community Arts Council) in Annapolis Royal from September 2 to October 13, 2018.

This year’s exhibition will not have a specific theme but we want to feature the excellence and the wide range of fibre art created by SOFAAR members. Submit your latest work or an older piece of which you are particularly proud to have created. We encourage original work but if it is not we ask that you credit the original designer. Acknowledgement should be given to anyone participating in the execution of the work, i.e.,quilted by, framed by, etc.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you are preparing for the exhibition;

– This is a curated show, not a juried one. The Chapel Gallery is not a large space and the curators’s task is to look at the work that is submitted and choose pieces that will show the greatest variety of fibre art as possible in the available space.

– We are delighted to announce that  Laurie Swim and Valerie Hearder will be our curators. Recipient of numerous honours, including the 2013 Portia White Prize, Laurie Swim is arguably Nova Scotia’s best known fibre artist. Her most recent work, Hope and Survival, tells the story of the Halifax Explosion and was displayed at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in 2017 and the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, N.S, earlier this year. Valerie Hearder has exhibited her work extensively throughout Canada, the U.S., Japan, Europe and South Africa. She is a notable quilt designer and teacher, recipient of the Dorothy McMurdie Award for significant contributions to Canadian quilting, presented by the Canadian Quilters Association. In 2003, Valerie’s work was chosen for “Thirty Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World”, Tokyo Dome, Japan.

– You are invited to submit multiple pieces.

– This year we ask that you submit digital images of your work for selection. For each entry submit one full image and one detailed image, in a .jpgformat. Name your file as follows; last name, first name, title, for example: SmithJaneWaterlilliesFull.jpgfor the full image and SmithJaneWaterlilies Detail.jpg for the close-up detailed view. The curator will choose entries for the show from the digital images.

– Email your photos to info@sofaar.cawith the following information for each entry by the deadline for receipt of entries, August 10, 2018:

–Title of the piece

–Size, height X width

–Materials used

–Is the piece for sale? If so, what is the price? Please note that ARCAC will take a 10% fee if the work is sold.

–You must include an artist’s statement with your submission. The statement is simply one or two sentences explaining what inspired you to create the piece.

–Does SOFAAR have permission to use your photos to promote the exhibition?

– Each piece must be clearly labelled on the back with the artist’s name and the title of the work.

– Work to be hung must be ready for hanging, including a hanging rod, if applicable, and any special hardware if a simple nail will not suffice. If your work requires a special display, please provide it.

– Work may be for sale but the piece must remain until the closing date of the Exhibition. ARCAC will handle all sales, including credit cards, and will take a 10% fee.

-Although every care will be taken of the submitted work, the responsibility for loss and damage whilst in exhibition cannot be accepted by SOFAAR or ARCAC. We strongly advise that each artist obtain commercial insurance to cover the work in exhibition.

– Once you have been notified that your entry will be welcomed in the show we ask that you deliver your work to ARCAC, 396 St George Street, Annapolis Royal, August 29, 2018, between 10 am and noon.


Deadline for receipt of entries – August 10, 2018

Notification of acceptance – August 17, 2018

Accepted work delivery date –  August 29, 2018, 10 am – noon

Exhibition opens – September 2, 2018

Reception – September 9, 2018, 1 – 3 pm

Exhibition closes – October 13, 2018

Collect your work from gallery – October 15, 2018, 10 am – noon

June members’ exhibit

Coming right up in conjunction with Annapolis Royal’s First Friday events, is our 2nd annual Fabulous Fibre Show and Tell.

Many of the 90 SOFAAR members will be displaying their fibre creations at the Saint Luke Parish Hall in Annapolis Royal on Friday evening June 2nd between 6 and 9 pm and again on Saturday from 10 to 3 pm.

We hope you will all come out and see what wonderful work is being done.

Admission is free!

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SOFAAR presents The Art of Fibre exhibit

This is SOFAAR’s first annual exhibition.

The opening reception is this Sunday, August 28th, 2016 from 1 – 3 p m in the Chapel Gallery at ArtsPlace, 396 St. George Street in Annapolis Royal.

The exhibit runs through September 25th so if you can’t make it to the reception, you will have time to visit the exhibit.

This is a a curated exhibit. Pieces were chosen by Bonnie Baker from submissions.



Members’ exhibit coming up!

If you are a SOFAAR member, please think about submitting a piece for the members’ exhibit: “SOFAAR presents the Art of Fibre”, coming up at ARCAC at the end of August.

Submission deadline is fast approaching… August 1st, and members have received details of the submission requirements in their latest newsletter.

This will be a curated exhibit which means an independent party will select the work to be exhibited. Our curator for this exhibit will be Bonnie Baker, a well-known Annapolis Royal artist who worked with textiles for many years. Bonnie will be looking at the submission seeking to showcase as broad a range of work as possible.

Bonnie will be making her choices “blind” – she will not know who has submitted pieces.

It will be our first annual exhibition and it will be held August 28th to September 25th in the Chapel Gallery at ArtsPlace, home of ARCAC.


SOFAAR launch a great success!

SOFAAR’s launch was a huge success in Annapolis Royal.

Well over 250 people visited our exhibit at Saint Luke’s Hall in Annapolis Royal on June 3rd and 4th to help us launch our fibre arts group.

We are now a group of 45 members!

Here are some pictures of that event:

Needelfelting and hooking
Needlefelting and hooking
Needle lace
Needle lace
Wearable fibre art
Wearable fibre art
Knitted garments
Knitted garments
Coiled baskets
Coiled baskets
Knitted tea cosies
Knitted tea cosies
Quilting and hooking
Quilting and hooking
SOFAAR board
SOFAAR board

Hit and Miss Rug Challenge display – Moose River

The Rustic Crafters is a group of enthusiastic hookers, knitters and stitchers who meet every Friday in Weymouth at the common room of the public library.

Several SOFAAR members also belong to the this busy group.

They have just finished, under the guidance of Lorraine Lovett, a hooking hit and miss rug challenge of circles. The idea is to use the basic template – in this case circles – and do an original rug.

The results are amazing.

The exhibit of 20 rugs is on display during the month of May 2016 at Moose River Hooking Studio in Clementsport.