2017 Benefit Auction - Dream Collections
SAQA’s signature fundraising event starts September 15!
Each year everyone is invited to create their ideal collection curated from the beautiful Benefit Auction quilts created and donated by our generous and talented members. We asked "In a perfect world, which artworks would you select for your very own?"
Here are the great mini collections curated by our members. Thank you to all everyone participated!
Don't miss out on your chance to create YOUR collection of quilts - bidding for this year's auction starts September 15!
What Stories They Might Tell ? - curated by Sue Burk
Originally I used my Snipping tool to copy only these six and two others to add to my picture file. Later I thought it would be fun to make a Dream Collection from them but didn't have a title. I had to see if there was a connecting theme from them or why I was drawn to these few. It seemed they all had a story to tell, as Wen Redmond wrote, a mystery.
I'm drawn to people/portraits in quilts and always techniques - how did they do that? These all seemed to have that also.
Growing Up Midwestern- curated by Emily Sandelin
I'm a westerner at heart, but I grew up in Indiana. In the fall I often feel nostalgic for the best of my childhood: fishing with Dad, riding my bike by farms; family get-togethers; summer thunderstorms; and the unique beauty of the woods and fields of my youth.
red green - curated by Heidi Drahota
The most expressive contrast of colour
Face Forward - curated by Nysha Oren Nelson
I love figurative art; drawing, painting, sculpture and seeing the figure rendered in fabric and stitch is exciting!
Red Things - curated by Mary Ann Van Soest
The color red. Striking and a stand out. All of these quilts could come to my house I love them all.
A Certain Longing to Roam - curated by Marika Pineda
When I was a kid a certain restlessness would build up in the household, until someone cried, "Let's go somewhere!" We'd hop in the car and go exploring, just to see a landscape moving. I still get that way from time to time.
Critters I'd like to meet - curated by Kristin Shields
These are some of my favorite animal pieces. I wish I could choose more than 6!
Keep Our Trees Green! - curated by Heidi Zielinski
Living with lots of forest fire smoke and home evacuations in our valley this summer, I am thinking about how black our hillsides will be come next summer! Makes you appreciate green trees!!
Nature's Glory - curated by Willa McClain
Inspired by nature and the quilter's rendering of a natural scene.
HandStitcheryLoveEmbroidery - curated by Cristina Robbiani
I love hand embroidery, hand quilting, and hand embellishments....
For Those without Voices - curated by Chris Guarnieri
Over the years, my husband and I have been privileged to rescue many animals (dogs, cats, birds, horses), flowers, plants, trees. I believe we have a responsibility to be stewards wherever we are, to ensure we pass what we have on to the next seven generations.
These quilts remind me of the joys of that stewardship, especially when things go wrong.
Layer and Line - curated by Margaret Blank
For the past several months I've been exploring abstraction and dabbling in surface design -- ideas and techniques that took me by surprise. This collection is composed of pieces that have drawn me to them by their creators' use of layering (or the appearance thereof) and line in abstract images. More Details »
Orange is Energy! - curated by Daniela Dancelli
Journey - curated by Jane Haworth
I'm drawn to the feeling of distance and travel in these quilts. The colours offer the tranquility of a restful place without having to leave home.
Endless Horizons - curated by Dorothy Raymond
These abstract landscapes share a sense of depth, of going on forever to the horizon.
Tranquility Base - curated by Judy Warner
In these troubled times, it is good to have art in our homes that can help us to re-center and get in touch with our vision and purpose. These pieces spoke of tranquility to me. More Details »
Landscapes - curated by Lisa Jenni
Artist's see line, shape, color, hue and perspective in what makes up what we want to see: valleys, mountains, water, fields and nature.
Gentle on my mind - curated by Ann Moroz
As I looked through the quilts I realized that some had a calming effect on me.
Fowl Play- curated by Brigitte Red
Inspiration sometimes comes like flight, spreading it's creativity like the outspread wings of the birds, sometimes settling softly on the branch of an idea. Let your inspiration take flight.
Perspectives in color - curated by Candace Hackett Shively
Some of my strongest memories are of colors. These pieces create memorable scenes through their colors, scenes I could recall with my eyes closed, perhaps even in a dream.
The Mystery - curated by Wen Redmond
Who is that? Where is that? How did they do that? Why did they do that?
The 21st century art quilt explores the surface, makes marks and pushes the limits. It is an expression, a creation and a shared perception!
The Grays Have It - curated by Chris Nielsen
Gray makes a powerful statement wherever it appears.
Math - curated by Lynellen Perry
Images that remind me of mathematical concepts.
Stark Reality - curated by Diane Howell
Deep loss and sadness have predominated my life the last six months. My sense of gray is compromised.
Red Dot Series - curated by Kathleen McCabe
I like dots and my favorite color is red.
In Spirit - curated by Nancy Morgen
These quilts reflect the human spirit, it's joys and it's sorrows, but always it's hope.
Orange You Glad--and a Little Blue - curated by Roslyn DeBoer
These orange and blue pieces make me feel bright and happy.
Summertime, and water on my mind... - curated by Bethany Garner
I love to work with water themes in my own artwork, but the artists here are sharing their special relationships with lakes, rivers, waterways and the ocean. Please join me in celebrating the artists, their creativity and their willingness to give away their special art in support of our Association that means so much in their professional arts practice.
Aviary - curated by Connie Griner
Birds are a never-ending source of visual delight.
Blue and yellow - curated by Jaynie Himsl
Most of the Benefit quilts I've purchased seem to have a blue and yellow theme. These would fit with my collection quite comfortably.
Contemporary Expressions - curated by Susan Rienzo
Inspirational color and lines for me!
Unknown Adventures - curated by Sheilana Massey
These creations draw me into unknown places hinting of adventurous creativity.
Color Play - curated by Lisa Ellis
Experiencing all the colors of the rainbow creates a spirit of whimsy and joy.
Beautiful Movement - curated by Donna Deaver
Beautiful rhythm that draws me in and keeps me there. Each one is a delightful dance!
Abstractions - curated by Wendy Hill
The collection formed as I jotted down the ones that spoke to me this morning, in this moment.
Round and Round - curated by Denise Schmidt
Circles -- energy, motion, balance.
Soul Shadows - curated by Jennie Johnson
Each of these pieces draws the viewer in and gives space to move around between mark making and layers. Art work that is compelling to me always offers up more complexity with each encounter.
Handwork Makes the Dream Work - curated by Mary T. Green
I'm inspired by the abundance of handwork in many of this year's pieces including hand embroidery, hand quilting, and hand embellishments. So many to choose from!
Memories and good advice - curated by Suzanne Ramsay
I'm on the second to last day of a journey that required me to bring my mother's ashes to her home village. It has been a bittersweet experience. I have found some freedom in fulfilling her wish and I am now ready to move on. My mother's name was Gratia which is Latin for grace. I made thank you cards with little birds printed from the map of her village, embroidered with a heart-she embroidered. Sweet Pea looks like her last dog. She loved the song ´The lion sleeps tonight', and I hope she is reunited with her husband my father. She was born on a farm, and she collected cows - Moving on, I think are her advice to me.
The Strength of Trees - curated by Cynthia Wenslow
This oak tree and me, we’re made of the same stuff. ~ Carl Sagan
Beach Life - curated by Gwen Goepel
Inspired by the ocean of course!
Views Muse - curated by Elena Stokes
Solitude, memory and reflection
Let's Dance - curated by Gunnel Hag
A Celebration of Dance and Movement in Quilts
Moving Beyond Loss - curated by Margaret Dunsmore
After facing a loss, and suffering through its effects, the healing and recovery begins.
Loss Take Many Forms - curated by Margaret Dunsmore
Scrolling through the benefit auction quilts, many of them seemed to deal with forms of loss, suffering from a loss, and moving beyond loss. These quilts speak to different forms of loss.
Houston Diversity - curated by Susan Hilsenbeck
Houston is the most ethnically diverse city in the country, and members of our SAQA circle have equally diverse artistic vision.
Eve - curated by Martha Sielman
Celebrating all the wonderful girls and women in our lives
Animal Attraction - curated by Jennifer Solon