Joan Hug-Valeriote is a native and once again a resident of Guelph, Ontario, after more than 40 years away. Joan has been sewing since early childhood and quilting since 1977, while working in the film business and later teaching French in Toronto. She began creating art quilts in 1995 and is now an award-winning professional quilt-artist and long-arm quilter, having had pieces juried into shows such as Road to California and the Waterloo Quilt Festival Ontario Juried Show, The Grand National and the Canadian Quilters Association National Juried Show. Her quilting has been influenced by international travel as well as five years living in Switzerland, France and Spain, and four years in California.
Joan began accepting commissions and doing computer-assisted quilt design while in California. In 1999, after her return to Ontario, she started teaching quilting classes and workshops and giving lectures. In 2002, she began using a long-arm quilting machine. She is a Visiting Artist in Education, receiving grants from the Ontario Arts Council, to go into elementary schools to teach quilting. Joan is a member of the York Heritage Quilters' Guild, Royal City Quilters' Guild, a founding member and past President of the East Toronto Quilters Guild and she pioneered an art therapy quilting program for teenage single mothers in Santa Ana, California.
She was President of the Canadian Machine Quilters' Association in 2010-11, overseeing a series of workshops in longarm machine quilting sponsored by the Ontario Arts Council and a national show on longarm machine-quilted works by members of the CMQA in London, during Quilt Ontario. She also shepherded the absorption of CMQA after ten years of existence, into the Canadian Quilters' Association.
Her body of work includes traditional and contemporary pieces, including bed quilts, artistic wall hangings and wearable art. It ranges from small "almost Amish" pieces to Japanese quilted wall-hangings, as well as landscapes and framed textile art. Her "Contemporary Tumbling Blocks" and "Not Quite Escher's Birds in the Air" with its metamorphosis of a three-dimensional bird to a flat quilt block known traditionally as "Birds in the Air", epitomize her penchant for re-envisioning traditional designs in a contemporary manner. She re-interprets well-known and much-loved patterns and settings using saturated, bold colours and unconventional forms and placement.
Recently, Joan has been working on smaller art quilts, sometimes abstract, after classes with Katie Pasquini-Masopust and Elaine Quehl and modern impressionist quilts after classes with Dwayne Wanner and Rosalie Dace in 2013 and 2014. She also attended classes with Chiaki Dosho and Cecilia Gonzales at the 2015 European Patchwork Conference in France.
"The Last Ten Years", Dec. 2015 / Jan. 2016
Atmosphere Cafe, Guelph, Ont.
"The Making of an Artist - a 40 year Retrospective", January 2014
Film/Video, Quilts and Photography, Ed Video Gallery, Guelph, Ont.
"Art in the Halls", Evergreen Centre, Guelph, Oct 2014
"10 Carden St." Guelph, Nov/Dec. 2014
"Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose", May-Oct 2013
The Quilt Gallery in St. Jacobs, Ontario
"Small Art Quilts", Guelph Public Library, Westminster Branch
Guelph Little Theatre
Guelph Public Library, Westminster Branch
"Traditional and not-so-Traditional Quilts", St. Jacobs, Ont.
The Lodge on Amherst Island, off Kingston, Ont.
Guelph Public Library, Westminster Branch, Guelph, Ont.
Invited artist at Woodside National Historic Site, Waterloo, Ont.
Contemporary Art Quilts: Multimedia video and art quilt display celebrating Canada's sesquicentennial year.
Berlin Tower Artspace, Kitchener City Hall.
SAQA (Studio Art Quilters Association) travelling show
"Balancing Act", Houston, Chicago 2015-2018
The Grand National Quilt Show, "Connections"
Kitchener, Ont., May - Sept, 2015
2012: "Minerals" Verona Tessile, Verona, Italy
Underground Railroad, Centre Wellington Municipal building, Elora, Ont.
"The Finishing Touch", Canadian Machine Quilters' Association, London, Ontario. Winner of the Wonderfil award for Excellence in Innovative Use of Thread in Machine Quilting.
"Still Standing", The Alma Gallery Guelph, Ont. 2009
"Artworks Oakville", Oakville, Ont.
"Trendtex Challenge", CQA, Saskatoon, Sask.
The Grand National Quilt Show, Kitchener, Ont. (2015, 2011, 2009, 2004)
"Quiltmeer und Mehr" Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 2006
"Oshawa Fibre Art Show", Oshawa, Ont., 2009,2008,2006,2005
"A Celebration of Quilts" York Heritage Quilters' Guild, Toronto, Ont. 2014, 2011, 2008, 2006, 2004
"A Gathering of Quilts", Royal City Quilters Guild, Guelph, 2015, 2009, 2006
"National Quilting Month" display of quilts in the Guelph Public Libraries by the Royal City Quilters' Guild, 2011, 2010, 2009