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Monika Kinner-Whalen
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada


Memberships

Saskatoon Quilter's Guild (member 2008 - 2013)

Saskatchewan Craft Council, Juried (member since 2010)

International online Fibre Postcard swap group (Moderator: Jan 2011 - Jan 2013)

Founder / The Needle & Thread Network blog for Canadians (Sept. 2011)

Bridge City NeedleArts Guild / Embroiderers' Association of Canada (2012 - present)

Exhibits

upcoming: May 2015 Prairie Fibre & Pottery Exhibition, 
Shervin Smith Art Gallery, Melfort SK.

upcoming:  March 2015 Gardenscape Art Show & Sale
Prairieland Park, Saskatoon SK

Guest Curator for the Affinity Gallery
'Our Prairie in Fibre' Jan 16 - Feb 22, 2015
SK Craft Council, Saskatoon SK

First Annual Open Studio
October 2014 Saskatoon SK

Dog River Days
Show & Sale Vendor
July 26, 2014 in Rouleau SK

Handmade House Feature Artist Showcase
June 2 - July 26, 2014 in Saskatoon SK

'Prairies' Juried, touring group exhibition in Alberta, Canada
Focus on Fibre Arts Association

Gardenscape March 28, 29, 30, 2014
Prairieland Park, Saskatoon

4th Annual Solo Show & Sale The Centre Galleries, Saskatoon SK
November 24 - December 28, 2013

Little Gems Group Show & Sale / The Mix Artists Collective
Fall 2013 in Saskatoon, SK

Members Show & Sale
The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon SK
September 13 - October 6, 2013

Art at Agar's
Group Show & Sale featuring 16 artists
September 21, 2013

My fibre art can be found for sale anytime at
Saskatchewan Craft Council's Fine Craft Boutique
Broadway Ave, Saskatoon, SK

Dimensions 2013 - biennial touring showcase of the best in Saskatchewan Craft
'She's Blooming!' was juried into this group show touring @ following galleries:
- The Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina
- The Affinity Gallery / SK Craft Council Saskatoon
- Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre (Formerly Barr Colony)
- Woodstock Gallery, Woodstock ON
- Manitoba Craft Museum / Manitoba Craft Council, Winnipeg MB

Solo Exhibit & Sale - 'My Sweet Prairie' featuring 23 new threadpaintings
Small Works Series @ Prairie Ink Restaurant / McNally Robinson Booksellers, Winnipeg
May 6 - June 2, 2013

Gardenscape Annual Group Art Show & Sale
Prairieland Park, Saskatoon
March 2013

3rd Annual Solo show & sale
Jade Gallery @ The Centre, Saskatoon
December 2012

Little Gems
Group exhibit at The Mix Gallery, Saskatoon
November 2012

National Juried Show, Canadian Quilter's Association
"A Prairie Dress" accepted into Wearable Art category
Dalhousie University at Halifax, Nova Scotia
May / June 2012

Spring Art Show & Sale
Group Exhibit at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm House
Superintendent's Residence Building
May, 2012

Gardenscape Artists' Show & Sale
Prairieland Park, Saskatoon
March 30, 31, April 1 2012  *Sold Out*

"Seeds" - a group exhibit of works by new & emerging artists
Saskatchewan Craft Council, Affinity Gallery Saskatoon
January 13 to February 26, 2012

Fibre Art Solo Exhibit "Saskatchewan Through the Seasons"
The Centre Galleries, Saskatoon
December 4, 2011 - January 8, 2012  *Sold Out*

Saskatoon Biennial Quilt Show
Prairieland Park, Saskatoon SK
2 Entries in the Wearables category
October 2011 

Showcase of the Arts
Prairieland Park, Saskatoon SK
Entries in Fine Art, Creative Stitching, Photography
August 2011 

Spring Art Show & Sale
Group Exhibit at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm House
Superintendent's Residence Building
May, 2011  *75% Sold*

Gardenscape Artists' Show & Sale
Prairieland Park, Saskatoon
March 25-27, 2011  *75% Sold*

Delta Bessborough 75th Anniversary
Quilt accepted for 'by invitation only' art auction
Photography accepted for 'open to the public' art auction
Proceeds to Habitat for Humanity, Saskatoon
December 10 & 12, 2010


My Sweet Prairie Quilts and Fibre Art Public Exhibit
Crimson Gallery, The Centre in Saskatoon
October 17 to November 21, 2010  *50% Sold*

Showcase of the Arts
Prairieland Park, Saskatoon SK
Entries in Photography
August 2010 

The Magenta Gallery at The Centre
My first fibre art exhibit with the Saskatoon Quilters' Guild
Spring 2010


I have had quilts on display at McNally Robinson's Booksellers, Saskatoon
Saskatoon Quilters' Guild ongoing members' displays
Winter 2009 - present


Self Portraits exhibited in a Women's Speak-out Art Show
A.K.A. gallery, Saskatoon
Winter 1995




Teaching


NEW - My Sweet Prairie Studio Classroom - small group classes
Threadpainting, Creative Quilted Postcards, Embroidery Workshops

Children's Discover Museum on the SK
Young at Art workshop series - guest artist
November 2014

Creative Quilted Postcards Workshop
White City, SK
July 2014

Beginner Threadpainting & Postcards
Creative House, Saskatoon
June 2014

Creative Quilted Postcards Workshop
St Albert Quilt Guild, Alberta
May 2014

Stitching Art with the Mothers' Centre Art Programme,
April 2014 in Saskatoon

Hand Embroidery 101
Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild, May 2014
Bernie's Attic, Aberdeen SK
Hand Embroidery 101  December 2013
Beginner Threadpainting   Jan 2014

Davidson Quilt Guild 1 day Hand Embroidery Workshop
Davidson, SK  November 2013

Shirley's Sewing Room, Moosomin, SK
Threadpainting & Creative Postcards 2 day Weekend Workshop
October 2013


Creative House, Saskatoon
Threadpainting, Hand Embroidery, Creative Quilted Postcards
September 2013

Private Class: Intro to Hand Embroidery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
June 2013

Manitoba Prairie Quilters, Winnipeg
Creative Quilted Postcards Workshop - 1 & 2 (full day) 
May 2013

Come for Tea & Stitch with Me - Into to Hand Embroidery Workshop
Mcnally Robinson Booksellers' Community Classroom, Winnipeg MB
May 2013   

Experimental Stitching Art Workshop - Grade 11 & 12 Highschool Classes
John Paul II Collegiate, North Battleford, SK
Spring 2013

Dundurn Quilt Guild
Creative Quilted Postcards Workshop
Spring 2013

2013 - Classes at Creative House Sewing Centre, Saskatoon
Youth Doodle with your Sewing Machine, Do-it-yourself Dresdens, Basic Thread Painting 101, Advanced Creative Postcards.

Fall 2012
Kids Doodle with your Sewing Machine
Creative Quilted Postcards Workshop
Do-it-Yourself Dresdens

June 2012
Expanding Your Horizons (7700 Janome Class)
Creative House, Saskatoon

May 2012
Basic Threadwork / Free Motion Thread Painting class
Private class @ Watrous, Saskatchewan

April 2012 - 2 classes
Creative Quilted Postcards Workshop
The Studio on 9th, Saskatoon

January 2012
Private class @ Heritage Common Room
Creative Quilted Postcards Workshop


September 2011
Teaching at Bernie's Attic
Creative Quilted Postcards Workshop

September 2011 - Guest Artist
Thread Sketching Online Demo at
www.3CreativeStudios
with Terri Stegmiller & Vicki Welsh

June, 2011
Teaching Creative Quilted Postcards Workshop
The Attic Class at Bernie's, Saskatoon

2010 - Creative Postcards Workshops
Sew & Home, Saskatoon SK


Public Speaking

Public Demonstration on 'Unconventional Hand & Machine Embroidery'
Saskatoon EX / SK Arts Showcase
August 2014, Saskatoon SK


Public Demonstrations on 'Unconventional Hand & Machine Embroidery'
The Battlefords Handcraft Festival
July 2014, Battleford SK

Guest Speaker & Slideshow
Manitoba Prairie Quilters, Winnipeg
May 2013

Artist's Talk - Small Works Series
Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg Manitoba
May 2013

Guest Speaker - Fibre Artist Presentation, Show & Tell
Grades 9 - 12 Home Ec, Art, and Special Needs Classrooms
John Paul II Highschool, North Battleford, Saskatchewan
April 18 & 19, 2013 

Guest Speaker - Scholarship Recipient Presentation & Slideshow
Saskatoon Quilters' Guild, Saskatoon
September 2012 and October 2012

Guest Speaker /Trunk Show
Bridge City NeedleArts Guild
April 2012

Creative Possibilities with the Sewing Machine
Show & Tell, Artist's talk
Creative House (Janome dealer) Sewing & Education Centre, Saskatoon
March 2012

Public Fibre Art Demonstration
Prairieland Park, Saskatoon
August 2011

'Creative Fabric Postcards'
Presentation to the Evening Program
Saskatoon Quilters' Guild
May, 2011

'My Journey Comes Full Circle'
Guest Speaker to the Afternoon Program
Saskatoon Quilters' Guild
April, 2011

Fabric Postcard Presentation
Prince Phillip School, Saskatoon SK
February 2010

Quilting Presentation
Brevoort Park School, German Program
October 2010


Publications

Project Article, 'Creative Quilted Postcards'  pp 18-22

Quilter's Connection Magazine, Winter 2014/15 issue

Canadian Quilt Talk Radio interview by Brandy-Lynn Maslowski
"Creative Quilted Postcards" episode 046
http://www.brandylynndesigns.com/quilting/fibre-art/podcast/246-Live%2BPodcasts

Online Feature Spring 2014
Midwest Fiber Arts Trails, USA
http://midwestfiberartstrails.org/monika-kinner-whalen-sweet-prairie/

Artist feature, 'Exploring the Prairies in Thread' pp 12, 13, 14
Embroidery Canada Magazine article, Summer 2013

'From Humble Beginnings' 2013 featured in
Fiber Art Now Magazine, USA   Summer 2013 issue on Flora & Fauna

Canadian Quilting Association's Blog Feature, April 2013
go to http://cqacanadianquilting.blogspot.ca/2013/04/monika-kinner-whalen.html

"Fibre Artist Returns to Alma Mater" full page newspaper coverage
The Battlefords Regional Optimist, April 18, 2013

Mastering the Art of Embroidery:  Tutorials, Techniques, and Modern Applications by Sophie Long, U.K.  Images of my art featured on pp 14-15, 121, 232 (2 images), 248, 249.

Janome Life / Janome Canada blog ''In the Spotlight''  October 2012
go to - http://janomelife.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/spotlight-on-janome-customer-monika-kinner-whalen-of-saskatoon-sk/

'A Prairie Dress' featured as the visual for the Saskatchewan Craft Council 1/2 page ad
Studio: Craft and Design in Canada magazine  Fall/Winter 2012

My work 'Spring on the Prairie' and 'Poles Along Highway #7' included in
"Teach Me How: Machine Couching" Article
Quilters' Connections Magazine, Summer 2012

Artist Profile
"My Sweet Prairie: A Love Story" p 30, 31, 32
A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine
Spring 2012

My work 'A Prairie Dress' included in feature article
"Gorgeous Garments"
Quilters' Connections Magazine, Spring 2012

Quilt feature on the cover and pattern published (Snips n Snails)
A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine
Summer 2011

"Beauty through the Eye of her Needles"
Full page article by Darlene Polachic
The Saskatoon SUN newspaper, p 24
April 24, 2011

Postcard Entry published
Quilting Arts Magazine, 10th Anniversary issue
Dec. 2010 / Jan 2011 #48

Quilt featured and pattern published
Quilters' Connection Magazine
Winter 2010

My Sweet Prairie blog launched by me. : )
Spring 2010


Awards


Saskatchewan Arts Board Grant Recipient
Emerging Visual Artist Grant, 2015

Autumn 2014
Viewers' Choice for A Prairie City, 2014
Focus on Fibre Arts Association biennial juried competition, Canada


Spring 2014
2nd Place & cash prize awarded to Where Sunlight Falls
1st Place & cash prize awarded to Prairie City
Best of Category Ribbon & cash awarded by Edmonton Needlearts Guild for Prairie City
Focus on Fibre Arts Association biennial juried competition, Canada
Category:  Embroidery:  Surface Design - Original Work


Fall 2012
$500 honorarium awarded by SGI for selection of one photo for 2013 publication
Saskatchewan Government Insurance Annual Calendar Contest

Summer 2012
Honorable Mention for Set of 5 Prairie Postcards - Creative Art Competition
First Place for Pippin - Fine Art / Mixed Media Category
First Place for Tipi & Rosehips threadpainting - Fine Art / Multicultural Category

Spring 2012
'A Prairie Dress' accepted into the National Juried Show
Canadian Quilters' Association, Halifax 2012

Spring 2012
Accepted as Juried Member by the Saskatchewan Craft Council

Fall 2011
Scholarship awarded by the Saskatoon Quilters' Guild
To be used toward training in my field.  Thank you SQG! 

Summer 2011
Honorable Mention for Summer Train - Photography Competition
Third Place for Spring on the Prairie - Creative Stitching Category
Second Place for Poles Along Highway #7 - Fine Art /Mixed Media
Showcase of the Arts, Saskatoon Exhibition


Summer 2010
Awarded Honorable Mention in Photography for Threads photo
Showcase of the Arts, Saskatoon Exhibition

Autumn 2009
Awarded Honorable Mention in Photography, Lighthouse at Cochin
Saskatchewan Tourism

Annual Jr. and Sr. High School Art Awards of Excellence and Honorable Mention
North Battleford, SK


Education & Training

2012 Hand Quilting Course (6 hrs instruction)
Debbie Baumann, Saskatoon SK

2012 Experimental Fibre Art Advanced class (one semester)
University of Saskatchewan, Certificate of Art & Design program

2011 Course taught by Karen Ruane / Contemporary Embroidery
"Embroider, Embellish, Create" 6 wk online course, U.K.  *incomplete!*  my bad.  A very terrific course - I learned so much.

2000 Selective studies in Holistic Health
Wild Rose College of Natural Healing, Calgary

1995 Bachelor of Social Work completed
University of Regina

1990 Early Childhood Education Diploma (2 yr)
SIAST, Kelsey Campus Saskatoon

1988 Completed Highschool, North Battleford SK



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