Edge of the Forest moves downtown

The Edge of the Forest exhibit will soon be moving from Richmond Hill to downtown Toronto. This announcement was posted on fibreQUARTERLY Group(ies). More information here and here. Work of 53 Canadian surface design artists is on exhibit, including work by Guild members Melanie Siegel and Barbara Goldstein. And, Rikki Blitt plays a significant role in the administration of the project.

Edge of the Forest

Celebrating and Making Textiles – March 2015

March is a great month for us to celebrate textiles and make more: Edge of the Forest, Threads of Hope for African Grandmothers, and a great opportunity for quilters to respond to a call for entry. Edge of the Forest
Members Melanie Siegel and Rikki Blitt have been instrumental in launching a Surface Design Association Canadian members’ touring exhibit, The Edge of the Forest. Both Melanie and member Barbara Goldstein have work in this wonderful exhibit. And Sheila Thompson, a past presenter at the Guild has been extensively involved.
We urge everyone to come out and celebrate their work at its premier opening in Richmond Hill on March 11.

Threads of Hope for African Grandmothers at the Miles Nadal JCC. “In honour and admiration of the remarkable African grandmothers, Waterloo-based Omas-Siskona (Grandmothers Together) produced CreatingFuturesWebIcon Creating Futures: Threads of Hope for African Grandmothers. They invited Ontario textile artists to create and donate pieces celebrating the ongoing strength and resilience of grandmothers in Africa. The result is a stunning display of artistry, technique and inspiration.” Follow the link in the title for docent hours.

Sacred Threads – Call for Entry SThead Juana Sleizer has brought this to our attention. The time frame for entry is tight, but many of you may have qualifying quilts to submit. For more information, click here, or the title above.

“Textures:” Member Juana Sleizer’s work on view

J-Sleizer-NYCL-Jan-2015-150x185_2D35BA0BDDD64BB0AAD1C4BAA06031E6During January, come to North York Central Library to see Pomegranate Guild member, Juana Sleizer’s work on view!

Artists are selected for libraries in the Toronto Public Library system through a rigourous adjudication process. Congratulations, Juana.



North York Central Library
5120 Yonge Street
Viewing hours:
Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 8.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 to 5.00 pm
Sunday 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm

From Friday January 02. 2015 to Saturday January 31 2015


Guild Members’ News

Pomegranate Guild members have news

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Looking forward to having you join in a major event for the Beth Tzedec Museum on October 26. Limited number of spaces available for Judaica appraisals. Lots of art and Judaica for sale in the silent auction.





SONY DSCMelanie Siegel’s work is on view November 1 – 30 in the Corridor at World of Threads.


CJN_10-02-14-TORTemma Gentles and Torah Stitch by Stitch is featured in the September 29 issue of The Canadian Jewish News.




Anna VanDelman reports

Our April 2014 meeting was brought to you by Judith Leitner – Director of Visual Arts and a founder of The Toronto Heschel School – and by the letter Shin “ ש” (with apologies to Sesame Street).
Judith teaches in an arts-based integrated curriculum with a strong environmental ethos impelled by ethical behaviour. She develops the visual arts programme and wrote a Judaic Arts Compendium (see http://www.torontoheschel.org).
Judith led us through a series of activities that helped us see how letters can be expressive. What does the word Sh’ma “שמע” mean? The letter form has three branches. The dot makes it a ‘shin’ or a sin, depending on its placement. Are the three arms of the letter equal or not? What happens when we change their size? We looked at the essential elements of design: Line, shape, direction, size, and texture. We used big arm gesture drawing to create a “shameless Shin”. Is it straight? Lying down? Upside down? And then we made a “shy shin.” Is it small? Is it hiding? We continued with more variations on the theme of “Shin” (for example, “Shin” in shock).
And then we were invited to think about our personal connection to the “Shin.” We shared feelings about the letter, most of us relating to the Sh’ma and other words that begin with the same sound, “Sh”. As texture plays an important role in art, we concluded the evening by selecting or designing a “Shin” and interpreting it in textiles. President Karen Chisvin thanked our guest for leading us in an interesting workshop that opened a new window of discovery on a Jewish theme.


Guild Members’ work on view at the ROM

Arlette and JuanaJuana Sleizer and Arlette Shulman have work on view at the ROM for the museum’s centennial year. The opening ceremony and party were on March 19th, and members can continue to see the work when visiting the ROM until March 29, 2015. The exhibit is located in the Canada Court Level 1.


Oracle boneJuana’s work, Oracle Bone is a small format tapestry reproducing an ancient artifact. Arlette’s work is an interpretation of an arrowhead, reputed to be the oldest in the ROM collection.arrowhead

For more information, as well as great pictures and stories about all of the 78 submissions, see ROM100. Click each picture to reveal the artist and artist’s statement.

Congratulations Juana and Arlette on your participation in this exciting, celebratory exhibit!