* * * PUBLISHED * * * Artist feature in Stitchillo, a brand new book in a series called 'Encyclopedia of Inspiration' from UPPERCASE (click to link)
* * * EXHIBITION * * * Homeland: A Collection of Prairie Threadpaintings by Monika Kinner-Whalen. Kathy Theissen Gallery in Rosthern SK. July & August 2017 Reception 10 am to noon on Saturday, July 15, 2017 Station Arts
* * * MANITOBA * * *
Sept 2 & 3 Vendor - Proutopia
Sept 9 &10 Teaching - Sketch to Stitch / Runs with Scissors Studio
Sept 15 & 16 Vendor - Manitoba Fibre Festival, Red River Exhibition Park

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Sunday, 9 July 2017


I have a new exhibition up!  It's called HOMELAND and features 21 prairie threadpaintings through all seasons.  It's on display at the Station Arts Centre Cooperative in Rosthern SK (40 minutes north of Saskatoon).  The Station Arts is housed in an old train station and features a gallery, a live theatre, and a tearoom / restaurant.  It's incredibly beautiful and I feel so honoured to have a show there.

unloading my art to the freshly painted gallery

The show is up all summer until August 26th and is currently alongside the 2nd annual 'Postcards to the Station' exhibit and auction fundraiser.  It's totally worth the drive.  The centre is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Eight available pieces shown above are 6x6" framed with matting and glass to 12x12"

I have some older works that were loaned back for the show, and a good big batch of new ones if you are looking for some art.  These are all done in the style I did for Winnipeg in 2013 with the edges finished and the piece mounted with one floating mat.  The exception is the big feature piece...

This one was framed and photographed by Kim Ennis at Vanishing Point Picture Framing (behind Hues Art Supplies on Lorne & Taylor).  Thank you so much Kim!  This is two feet wide.  It's BIG for fine threadwork.  I'm not sure I blogged about it but I've been all over IG with it.  It's 4 deer in the spring grasses out at Cranberry flats, stitched onto plain cloth - all thread.  It was a big project that I had hoped to have done for Dimensions but I just didn't quite make the deadline.  It is in HOMELAND / Rosthern for the summer and then will head to Regina SK for Art Now in September.

such a pretty tea room

Opening night at the Station Arts was this past Saturday, with a 10pm reception for those who attended the evening performance in the theatre.  We didn't get back to the city until well past midnight.  I figured that was a little late for most people, so I'm calling an additional reception for Saturday Morning, July 15th from 10 am to noon.  I'll be there at 10 sharp for a meet & greet.  It's otherwise an informal opening, without the 'wine & cheese'.  The restaurant / tearoom requests that if you are going to treat yourself to brunch or stay for lunch, to please reserve a table as seating is limited. Their # is (306) 232-5332.  They have waffles.  : )  Oh, and don't worry, there are many more tables than what you see in the photo above.  : )

Maybe I'll see you then?  701 Railway Avenue, Rosthern SK
In the mean time, you can check out their venue and theatre here.

Have a great week,

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Out of the Box

I'm slightly unsure of telling you about this one.. but here goes.  It's different for me but it's just what I was waiting for.  : )

Blink and you'll miss it.

I *think* most of the artists are painters but don't quote be on that.  This group was put together by Michael G Remando and the brief but in-your-face show will be up at the Paved Arts Gallery in Saskatoon, on Friday evening June 23 and Saturday afternoon June 24 only.  !

We were encouraged to 'go for it' as Mike would say.  "Just go nuts.  Say whatever you want."  My pal Nicki is going to have abstract work showing which she's not specifically known for.  I was inspired to work on some pieces today and just STOPPED, mid process.  I love them!!  To me, they are perfect just the way they are.  'Technically' they are 1/3 complete in relation to how I usually do my yarn embroidery.  I'm completely satisfied with these pieces as is.  Done. They are entirely the essence of what I wanted to say.  Anything more would be extraneous.

FYI: tiny scissors, huge needles.  See the cutting mat for scale.

I love it!  I find this quite exciting.  I'm grateful for the invite and the encouragement.  Pictured about is my workspace.  I work on the black felt in the scroll frame, and you can see a print out of some blotchy orange leaves in a parking lot patch of grass.  : )  Really - you can find inspiration in anything.  And look what happened!

Essence Underfoot No. 2, 2017  (measures 8x8")

It was pretty fun to work with!  I'm excited to clean them up and pop them in some black frames.  : )  I have some black line drawing threadsketches (like line drawings, not threadpainting) to put into the show as well.  Oh, and by the way, the artists will be on site and there might be refreshments, so if you are out and about, please do drop in and say hello!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Visual Story Telling / Public Art

It's up!  It's all up!  In total, there were four afternoons at Saskatoon Open Door Society with two groups of newcomers at the Women's Support Programs ran by Emily for immigrant women.  With the help of translators, the women told their stories with cloth, paper, scissors, embellishments and even a few plants.

I framed all the pieces in large poster frames and hung them in the gallery space last Sunday.  Here is the backstory. This sign hangs in the gallery space along with all the collages.

This was a simple project to do, and yet it has such a profound impact for the clients as well as the public.  A Social Work friend of mine in another province asked if she could do this idea for her clients.  Oh my gosh - YES PLEASE.  DO it, do it, do it!

In total, I framed up 18 pieces of art in large poster frames.  Each women's first name (only) is beside their piece as well.  If you happen to be in The Centre, I hope you'll take a look and read the texts as well.  I was lucky to have access to a good public space at no fee to non-profits to put this on display, which makes it even more do-able.  I must say thank you to The Centre East Galleries for providing our community with such a fantastic opportunity.  It means so much to us all.

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