|Brooklyn #5, in Group 1 of the SAQA on-line auction|
Every year, Studio Art Quilt Associates stages an online auction of quilts as their major fundraiser. More than $60,000 was raised last year. SAQA is a wonderful international organization that offers annual conferences, regional group meetings, juried travelling shows, publications and on-line resources, including calls-for-entry and coaching. Its mission is to raise the profile of art quilting, and to support its more than 3000 members as they develop a professional approach to presenting their art.
I have been helped immeasurably by SAQA. At first, reading the quarterly journal was enough for me. Being accepted as a Juried Artist Member was a real confidence-booster, and by attending the two most recent conferences, I was introduced to some great people, who offered new insights and ideas, helping me to go forward. I follow the on-line forum for its useful resources. And though I haven't yet entered one of their major exhibits, I hope to do so next year.
At 2 p.m. on Monday, September 15, the first group of 96 12-inch mini-quilts goes up for bidding. Mine is one of them! Have a quick look if you would like a glimpse of the impressive variety of subject and technique being used by contemporary art quilters. Better yet, consider bidding. On Day 1, any piece may be purchased for $750. On Day 2, $500. The going price decreases until, on Day 6, any piece may be picked up for $75.
UPDATE: Many, many thanks to Nysha Nelson, who snapped up Brooklyn #5 within the first half-hour of bidding.
My text'art friend Helena Scheffer has submitted the gorgeous Fire and Ice to the second group, launching Monday, September 22, and the third group opens Monday, September 29. As you might imagine it's very exciting for those of us who have donated quilts to follow the bidding, and even more exciting for the buyers. Please feel free to follow the action!
NEWS FLASH: My UK friend Maggi Birchenough has sent me this photo of the cover of Portfolio 21, the just-published compendium of images from SAQA's Juried Artist Members. (Maggi will soon take on the role of SAQA co-rep for the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Whew!) That's a segment of my piece, Camden Town #2, on the cover. So pleased! And a fine cover it is, too!