2020 Conference - Post Conference Activities 

Stay and play longer!

Want to maximize your visit to Toronto? Stay longer and enjoy more of what great hospitality the Toronto area has to offer! Our Local Organizing Committee has put together some great activities for our conference attendees.

Take a fantastic workshop with much loved Canadian SAQA rock stars Gunnel Hag and Mary Pal, visit the fascinating Niagara region in a bus tour that covers galleries, the Falls and Colour with a U Too textile exhibit, stand in front of Canada’s fabulous Group of Seven art at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, a short bus ride north.

There is so much to see, and we want to you have spectacular memories of your visit to Toronto.

You can add these events when you register for the conference. If you have already registered, you can use our add-on form. No refunds/changes will be made after February 1st.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact our Toronto volunteers at toronto2020@saqa.com.

Bus Tour - McMichael Gallery

Sunday, March 22: 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
$60 USD

The SAQA Conference may have reached its end but there is still so much of Canadian art to see!  Premier among these is the collection housed at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg just north of Toronto. 

McMichael Gallery

The McMichael is a major public gallery uniquely devoted to collecting the art of Canada.  Its permanent collection consists of over 6500 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and contemporary artists who have contributed to the development of Canadian art. 

McMichael Gallery

The Gallery is set on 100 acres of forested land and, weather permitting, the Sculpture Garden is not to be missed. This will incur a $60 USD charge added to your basic registration fee and includes a box lunch. This trip is limited to 56 participants.

Buses will begin load at 12:30 and boxed lunches will be available.  An opportunity not to be missed, book your seat early.

For more on the McMichael gallery, visit www.mcmichael.com.


Bus Tour - Niagara and Colour with a U Too

Monday, March 23: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
$55 USD

The bus trip to Niagara is an 8-hour journey through the Niagara corridor into spectacular Niagara Falls and along the scenic Niagara River Parkway into old Queenston village.  Our comfortable highway coach will travel the Queen Elizabeth Highway which runs along the South East circumference of Lake Ontario. 

Your trip departs from the Hilton, downtown Toronto at 9 am. Our first stop at approximately 9:45 is the Art Gallery of Burlington, which houses the largest collection of Ceramic art in Canada, and also has exhibition space for contemporary art. Their main exhibition is titled Division of Labour: Second Edition, which explores race, class, and labour as they relate to cultural waste.

Art Gallery of Burlington

From Burlington we will travel South to the agricultural village of Jordan, nestled at the base of the Niagara escarpment and home to 50 of Niagara’s finest vineyards. Arriving at noon, we will lunch at the newly renovated Jordan House tavern.  A lunch menu will be prepared just for us (included in price of trip)! Special needs can be catered for.

Jordan Art Gallery

After lunch we will have time to explore the old Jordan Winery which has been renovated into boutique shops and galleries.  The village also features period hotels and homes that offer unique retail merchandise.  Of interest is the Fibre Garden offering a large range of fibres and yarns for spinning, felting and knitting, and related equipment. The Jordan Art Gallery features over 20 Niagara artists working in various media including paint, metal, glass, pottery, fibres and textiles.  Inuit Art, antiques, boutique clothing, gifts and wine tasting complement Jordan’s shopping selection.

Niagara Falls

We will board the bus at 1:30 for Niagara Falls, approximately 40 minutes away.  Once there you will be free to explore the Falls themselves and adjoining tourist facilities. Our time outdoors will depend on the weather.  If conditions are uncomfortable, the bus will take us down the Parkway and Niagara River to view the Whirlpool rapids and Aero Car lookout across to the USA.  

Riverbrink Museum

We will arrive in the historic village of Queenston and RiverBrink Art Museum (www.riverbrink.org) for SAQA’s Colour With a U Too exhibition, featuring a juried selection of works by Canadian SAQA members on the theme of diversity & inclusion. This exhibition is in addition to Colour with a U at Homer Watson House and Gallery, so come and see the full suite of works. Also on exhibit will be the Canadiana collection of Samuel Weir and works of early 20th century painter Clara Harris.

We depart for Toronto at 4:30 to arrive back at 6 pm.


We want to make sure you have the best experience that Toronto can offer so two of our favorite local artists are offering workshops just for SAQA conference attendees!

Two workshops are being offered and registration is limited and being handled by each of the instructors. Both workshops are single-day and held on Tuesday, March 24th.  Due to limited space, these workshops are ONLY open to conference attendees.

If you are interested in a workshop (or have questions), please contact the instructor directly.


Fabric Pigments Six Ways with Gunnel Hag 

Spend a day with Gunnel Hag exploring the use of Colour Vie environmentally friendly pigments on fabric. Learn how to print, paint and dye your way to fabulous cloth. You will manipulate texture and colour with the goal of establishing your own unique line of fabrics. A great opportunity for creating personal statements on fabrics that you can use in your textile projects.

Location: Colour Vie Studio, 222 Symington Ave., Toronto, ON, M6P 3W6 

Date:  Tuesday, March 24 
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Website: www.colourvie.com

E-mail: colorvie@istar.ca

Tel: 416-532-7435

Gunnel Hag


Cheesecloth Landscape Workshop with Mary Pal 

This workshop provides an introduction to the many ways that cheesecloth may be used in fiber art.  Learn Mary’s secrets for sculpting cheesecloth to create a textural tree and then play with Neocolor II crayons to paint a beautiful background for that tree, maybe a sunset or a crisp blue sky or misty morning view.

In the class, you will learn all these techniques and finish the tree and the quilt top.  Minimal supply list includes just small scissors and rotary cutter and some paintbrushes. Mary will demonstrate the very simple appliqué stage that you will do when you return home. Finishing options will be demonstrated and discussed: soft-mounted or hard-mounted; we will look at all the options. Your finished piece can be matted, mounted, and framed or hung as an art quilt.

A perfect class for art quilters at every level from beginner to advanced.

Location: Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op, Studio 109 - 401 Richmond St W., Toronto

Date:  Tuesday, March 24
Time: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm (one day workshop)

Website: http://www.MaryPalDesigns.com

E-mail: marybpal@gmail.com 

Mary Pal


If you have any questions about these events, please contact our Toronto volunteers at toronto2020@saqa.com.


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