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2024 Grand National - DELIGHTS

We are pleased to announce our second touring exhibition of Canadian Fibre Art. After the past few years of cancelled trips, isolation and basically life on hold, we are ready for some fun.

Katie Stein-Sather, Changing Directions

Exhibition Statement


Every one of us has pleasures in our lives. What delights you? What makes you happy, joyous and cheerful? What lifts your heart? We asked the fibre artists of Canada to share their ‘Delights’ with us.


This juried exhibition will consist of the works of 35-40 Canadian professional fibre artists from across Canada, each expressing a particular delight that has great meaning to them, resulting in a diverse range of materials, techniques, ideas, concepts, and cheerful thoughts to get us all back on the path to living, having fun and enjoying the pleasures of life once again.

'Changing Directions' courtesy of Katie Stein-Sather

At this time, we would like to thank Janome Canada Ltd. a supporter of the Grand National since its inception in 2003, Waterloo Region Community Foundation Grand National Legacy Fund, Fibre Art Network and Stereo Systems Ltd who all have stepped forward to see that the Grand National continues by sponsoring Delights at the Platinum or Gold levels.

Exhibition Schedule: 

Dates to Remember:

Sched 2024

​Stay tuned for updates

June/July 2024

Kootenay Gallery of Art,

120 Heritage Way, Castlegar, BC V1N 4M5

Aug/Sep 2024

United Community Arts

148 Moffat Ave., Pilot Mound, MB R0G 1P0

Oct 12, 2024 to Jan 25, 2025

Woodstock Art Gallery

449 Dundas St., Woodstock, ON N4S 1C2

March 14 - April 25, 2025

Saint John Arts Centre

20 Peel Plaza, Saint John, NB E2L 3G6

Entry Submission - Nov 1, 2023

              Deadline – Dec 15, 2023

Acceptance Notification – Mar 15, 2024

Work to arrive – May 2024

Exhibition Opens - Summer 2024

Exhibition Conclusion – June 2025

About the Jurors

Thelma Newbury, Jury Coordinator

Thelma Newbury is a Vancouver based Fibre Artist. She has organized fibre exhibitions and art shows for several organizations, including FAN, CQA and the South Surrey White Rock Art Society.  She enjoys working with bright colours and texture, exhibiting her artwork in both solo and group exhibitions.  Her work has been juried into national and international quilt and art shows and is in private collections in Canada and Europe.

Deb Fong - Juror
Privileged to grow up surrounded by art lovers, Deb Fong believed from an early age that she would be an artist. While enjoying successful careers in both the public and private sector, Deb’s passion for the arts never waned.  In 2019, she competed the Studio Art Program at Thompson Rivers University, where she co-curated 2 exhibitions. Currently Deb is the Gallerist at Gallery 635 in Kamloops, curating and presenting works by local and regional artists.  Though she considers painting her primary medium, she is also interested in 3D installations.  Her work has been shown at over 20 exhibitions locally.

Judy Weiss, Juror

Judy Weiss is an award-winning artist in mixed media textiles: contemporary combinations of fibre, cloth, stitch, and fine art materials. She is inspired by experiences of life, the passage of time, and the enduring beauty of the Canadian
landscape. Her art training includes a Fine Arts Certificate with Distinction from the University of Alberta, and numerous textile and surface design workshops with international and regional instructors. She is a member of local, provincial and
international arts organizations, and she presents workshops to help artists develop their goals and artistic voices. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the US, and New Zealand.

Marie E. Maltais - Juror
Marie E. Maltais is Director of the UNB Art Centre at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. She develops and curates exhibits and programs that engage the public in a dialogue about contemporary issues. Since 2011 the UNB Art
Centre she has been bringing awareness to environmental issues through art for the UN’s World Water Day initiative. In addition, she manages the UNB’s Permanent Collection of over 2000 artworks and non-credit programs like Leisure Learning and Design Works. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Toronto in Fine Art History and a Diploma in Experimental Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design.

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