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2021 Grand National


The 2021 Grand National Fibre Art Exhibition is a stunning display of fibre art from across Canada that explores the concept of what it means to take one's


Photo of “Crossed Roads” courtesy of Sara Judith

Crossroads was our first touring exhibition. The decision to take the Grand National on tour placed us at a crossroad. Envisioning this new path led to our curatorial theme.

A stunning exhibition of 48 fibre art pieces juried by Tracey Aubin, Debora Barlow and Judy Villett interpreting the theme – 'Crossroads'.

Exhibition Schedule: 


May 2 to June 27, 2021

University of New Brunswick Art Centre

9 Bailey Drive Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3


July 10 to September 25, 2021

Thunder Bay Museum

425 Donald St, E, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5V1


October 16, 2021 to February 21, 2022

Hosted by Woodstock Art Gallery.

On view at the Woodstock Museum NHS

466 Dundas St., Woodstock, ON N4S 1C4

View Artist Talks video

2021 Winners


March 16 - May 22, 2022 

Victoria Arts Council Gallery

1800 Store St., Victoria, BC V8T 4R4

June 7 - August 26, 2022

Weyburn Arts Council

540 – 5th St. NE, Weyburn SK S4H 0Z8


September 22 to November 12, 2022

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

710 Rosser Ave., Unit 2, Brandon, MB R7A 0K9


Grand Prize - Joan Kilpatrick for 'Illumination/Bright Possibilities'

Janome Award of Excellence - Eileen Findlay for 'Trasna'

Wonderfil Award of Excellence in Thread Work: 

1st Place: Terry Aske for 'Night Driving'
2nd Place: Coreen Zerr for 'Into the Light'

3rd Place: Juliet Nowlan for 'To Go or Not To Go'

Judge's Choice Awards:

Judge Peter Larocque - Jaynie Himsl for '1000 Steps'

Judge Ann Perry - Chriss Coleman for 'Decisions…'

Judge Vita Plume - Janet Harper for 'Poised'

Viewers’ Choice Award:

Judy Weiss for 'Aspen Parkland'

Crossroads 2021 Exhibition Winners

Crossroads slideshow

Crossroads 2021 Exhibition

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As time goes on, one encounters a point at which the normal path through life is divided. A decision must be made. Which way does one go? For better or worse the future will take a new path. This is a fundamental and vital part of life.

            However, adventuring out on a new path takes courage. Sometimes change is forced on us by others, so one has to find this courage in order to carry on. Many give up, but many more express more resilience then they ever thought possible. History is brimming with examples of such people and events.

            Other times it is a conscious decision to tap that courage and take a new path into the unknown. To discover the new, the unexplored, the uncharted, the unfamiliar. These are all paths that we can take. Do you have the desire and the courage to take that first step? Get out of your box and stretch yourself to a new level. To take the crossroad.

Thinking of the people throughout history who have meet and acted on their crossroads, we wished to present an exhibition honouring and remembering these courageous people. This is timely as in this environment of establishing new norms, many will be facing their 'crossroads'.  We hope this exhibition will give them the courage they need to carry on.

Exhibition Statement

2021 Sponsors

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About the Jurors and Judges 

Carol Seeley, Jury Coordinator

Carol Seeley an International Award Winning Fibre Artist focusing on 3D imagery to create her realistic coastal scenes, has been the curator of three exhibitions. Carol’s work has appeared in galleries and private homes in North America, Europe and Africa as well as several magazines and books. Her work has been juried into national and international quilt and art shows, receiving awards regionally, nationally and internationally.

Tracey Aubin, Juror

A lifelong lover of textiles, Tracey has worked at many fibre/textile arts. She has used many embroidery techniques, Hardanger being one of her favourites. She is currently enrolled in the Canadian Quilters Association Quilt Judge Certification Program. Tracey has a passion for textile and quilting art and feels that she can’t pigeon hole herself into one style, but rather loves to explore all styles of textile arts. The possibilities are limitless!

Debora Barlow, Juror

Debora is an award winning fibre artist and longarm quilter. Her work has been viewed at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, the CQA/ACC National Juried Show, the Grand National and the touring juried exhibition “Dimensions”. Debora is a CQA/ACC National Certified Judge and holds juried status as a professional crafts person/fibre artist with the Saskatchewan Craft Council. 

Judy Villett, Juror

Fibre artist, teacher and certified judge, Judy has been wrapped up in quilts her entire life. Combining traditional techniques and contemporary designs was a breakthrough for her, leading to a lifetime passion for the tactile quality and the multidimensional aspects of cloth. She has judged three recent National Juried Shows for

the Canadian Quilter’s Association and recently retired from a teaching position with the

National Certification Program.

Peter Larocque, Judge

Peter is the curator of Fine Art New Brunswick Museum. He has been involved in New Brunswick’s cultural sector since 1979 when he began attending Mount Allison University’s Department of Fine Arts program in

Sackville, New Brunswick, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (cum laude) in 1983. 

In June 2014, he was designated a Fellow of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design

as well as an honorary member of the New Brunswick Historical Society.

Ann Perry, Judge

Ann Perry has been an active member of the Kennebecasis Valley Quilting Guild for thirty years, serving on all the executive positions and convening the 2013 and (hopefully) 2021 quilt shows. She found time, during her thirty-five year career in New Brunswick public education, to learn from both local and international quilting instructors.
In 2011, Ann's interest in quilting led to her enrolment in the CQA/ACC Quilt Judge Certification Program, which she completed in 2017.  Ann hopes to encourage quilters to build on their strengths, to expand their skill set and to continue to exhibit and share their work.

Vita Plume, Judge

Vita Plume has exhibited her work in Canada, the U.S., Japan, Poland, Latvia, Australia, and Finland. She holds a Master of Fine Art (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia) and is currently Associate Professor Emerita at the College of Design, North Carolina State University (Raleigh) where she taught from 2001 -2012.

Plume was the Head of the Textiles Studio at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design

(Fredericton) from 1999-2001 and Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Fibres Program,

Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) from 1995-1998.

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