Sunday, September 19, 2010

Buy ART!

2010 SAQA Benefit Auction - Starts September 20th

Over 280 pieces have been donated to the 2010 SAQA Benefit Auction.  The funds raised through the Auction are critical to supporting SAQA's exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs.  SAQA's Benefit Auction is our biggest fundraiser.  Last year we had donations from 235 members and raised $47,325!!!

This year's Auction will begin on Monday, September 20th at 2:00 Eastern.  Price points will again be: $750, $550, $350, $250, $150 and $75.  Unsold work will be placed on the SAQA website for a month and then returned to the artist.
This is a great opportunity to start  a collection of small work that will fit on any wall. They are perfect for hanging in a triptych or one at a time as surprises in your home or office. They also make perfect gifts. All artwork is about 12" square, and can be matted and framed. Please take a look!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering 9/11

I was at home on 9/11 with a repairman, when my husband called and told me to turn on the TV. After seeing the video of the first plane hitting the tower, I called the repairman to the TV to watch. He looked very briefly and said in a sad voice, "there will be a war over this and nothing will be the same." I sat for the rest of the day with a neighbor, watching the horror, and worrying about the people in the Towers, and those who were trying to rescue them. And what would happen to our country.

A year later, I was in a design class and put two long rectangles up on the wall. I realized that the shape would be forever burned into my mind, and for many in the world, as the Twin Towers. I followed my thoughts, and made an art quilt. For me, I feel that the people who died that day are at peace, but so many people are still working through the feelings from that day. Hate and fear were ignited, and it has resulted in two wars, and the deaths and maiming of many troops, civilians, and not enough terrorists.

Now, the Muslim Community Center has become a symbol of terrorists, instead of the peaceful message that Islam preaches. If the terrorists had purported to be Catholics, would we say a Catholic church couldn't be built there? They were no more practitioners of Islam than Timothy McVeigh or abusive priests are true Catholics.

It is very sad that the hate the terrorists felt, has caught on with some people. Who wants to be judged by the worst of us?

Friday, September 10, 2010

SAQA Auction

The annual SAQA auction starts on September 20. Each year, members of SAQA donate 12" squares to benefit the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). They are hoping to raise over $50,000 this year, and with the beautiful work that is available, the goal should be reached. I'm going to feature a few every few days. This is a sample of three that are abstract, and have colors that look great together. Maybe a grouping?
Carol Larson "Heat Wave"  HOT, HOT, HOT!

Leslie Carabas "Puzzle" This piece GLOWS!
Shelly Brucar "BLUSTERY DAY"  Perfect title for this piece

To learn how you can bid on these and see other works of Art go to the SAQA site.