2018 Benefit Auction - Dream Collections
We invited our viewers 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?"
Below are some of the wonderful collections we received.
Oh Orange! - curated by Jeanne Marklin
I have about 14 auction quilts and about 5 years ago decided to focus on ones that included orange. My guest bedroom is orange and I want to hang them all together. Orange walls glow in the daytime and feel very womb like at night. The warmth of benefit auction quilts make the room feel cozy and visually intriguing!
Favourites - curated by Heidi Drahota
Inspired by my first view.
The Natural World - curated by Claire Passmore
We live in a beautiful place - if only we take the time to see.
The Value of Colour - curated by Lorraine Parker
Colour inspires me every single day. It can be soft or strong and can change so dramatically in nature. To capture the essence of colour in textile art is inspirational.
Line Dancing - curated by Gerrie Congdon
I selected pieces where the use of line is an important design element and creates movement in the piece.
Light in the Landscape - curated by Michelle Weatherson
How the artful use of light in the landscape enhances what the viewer sees and experiences.
Tell Me a Story - curated by Sarah Ann Smith
If a picture paints a thousand words, sometimes a title can write a story.
Pet Project - curated by Margaret Blank
I'm a Certified Cat Person -- and recently lost a scrawny stray despite my attempts to save him. I don't understand animal abuse any more than abuse of humans or the environment. I'm honouring "Mr. Man-cat" and my very lively Miss Pookie-cat -- as well as all other pets -- with my collection this year.
Circles in Motion - curated by Ann Moroz
In many quilts with circles there is a feeling of motion.
Rhythm-and-Blues of Nature - curated by Danka Kruszewska
These works all together emit my mood of last three years: from mourning thru calmness to hope for joy of life (not necessarily in this order).
Simple and Clean - curated by Sylvia Weir
As the title suggests, I like uncluttered representational pieces; these pieces appealed to me because the emotional connection was strong between the artist and the viewer was strong. I could feel the artist standing beside me. A feeling of place was transmitted through these pieces. And there was some red in each piece--they would look great together in my living room. (and not match the couch).
November Dreams - curated by Ellen November
I look for composition, color, and subject matter.
Lines, Shapes, Colors - curated by Martha Warshaw
The power of abstract work.
Through the Eyes of a Child - curated by Gwyned Trefethen
My six year old granddaughter and I spent a delightful time looking over the auction artworks and selecting her 15 favorites. She then had the difficult task of whittling them down to these delightful six.
Verticality - curated by Geneviève Attinger
Those representational or abstract works have a similarity: one direction.
Urban Dreams - curated by Heather Hager
Architecture and objects that might be found in urban settings, which have their own sort of aesthetic beauty.
Five Circles and a Grid - curated by Sarah Ann Smith
I love circles, so my first collection was Five Circles and a Line. Here are five more Circles, with a grid for contrast!
Silent Snow, Secret Snow - curated by Daiva Markelis
Perhaps because I was born in January in the Midwest, I've always loved winter. The first snow, the bare branches of trees, the stillness of a cold December night--these fill me with a sense of quiet wonder.
Rhapsody in Blue - curated by Iina Alho
Blue has always been "my color", and I love to see how other art quilters use it in their artwork.
Love of Nature - curated by Cheryl Lipari
I love how the artists have captured the beauty in nature.
Natural Resources - curated by Regula Affolter
Inspired by everyday life.
Hidden Narrative - curated by Deborah Boschert
Each of these quilts uses words or text or the suggestion of text as an intriguing pattern. What are the stories behind these quilts? Whose words are they?
Human Faces - curated by Lisa Jenni
The face is like a topographical map, if one can read it, it's full of stories to be told.
Let Me Tell You What's on my Mind - curated by Kris Sazaki
Whether they are looking to the right, to the left, or straight on, all these portraits invite you to see what they’re seeing. I was less interested in technique than I was in the overall emotion that each work evoked. I would love to have these women (yes, I purposely decided to limit the collection to portraits of women) adorn my wall and beg me to let them tell me their stories.
Taking a Hard Line - curated by Linda Syverson Guild
Abstract lines are frequesntly the basis for future development. I saw architectural influence in each of these pieces. As well a flow of color from one piece to the next.
Fish Stories - curated by Doris Hulse
Fish Stories have been told for centuries. They have a reputation for being somewhat realistic and colorful or wildly exaggerated to total abstractions of reality. It seemed there were more that a few pieces related to fish, and I was struck by the wide variety of techniques and images that fit into the idea and scope of fish stories.
Burst of Red - curated by Beth Smith
Red with a bold, geometric or abstract impact.
Earth Ochre - curated by Jennie Johnston
I was struck by the vivid oranges in these pieces. Whether orange is the main color or used as an accent, there is a rich boldness to the use of it in these six pieces.
Soft with a Splash of KaPow! - curated by Wen Redmond
Contrasts and softness, neutrals and color, awareness awakened as with a zen mediation bell.
Referencing the Form - curated by Chris Nielsen
I was struck by pieces which reference the traditional quilt form of repeated elements. These use innovative materials and construction techniques to bring the idea of a quilt forward, while honouring its origins.
Bold Landscape - curated by Nancy Turbitt
I am always drawn to strong color. Here I am also seeing how graphics, shape and boldness of color form amazing landscapes.
Psychedelics - curated by Mary Green
The bright, intense colors of psychedelic art.
Colour and Shape - curated by Connie Rohman
Clean, graphic shapes with a cohesive colour scheme.
Contemplative - curated by Cay Denise
I find the selected pieces to have a quietness, quieting aspect, or soft elegance to them that are very appealing. They all have nice lines and shapes, whether from fabrics or stitching, that the eye can restfully travel and appreciate.
The Blues - curated by Deb Cashatt
I love the combination of blue and brown. In hot, smoky California it reminded me of cooler days ahead.
On the Surface - curated by Judith Quinn Garnett
I am so inspired and driven by complex surface design.
Bathed in Moonlight - curated by Eileen Searcy
A luminescent disc and furtive shadows never cease to tantalize me.
A Pink World - curated by Susan Rienzo
The color Pink can be powerful. I have a new appreciation for pink.
Water, Water Everywhere - curated by Pat Gould
I grew up on the Atlantic Ocean, then lived on the Pacific Ocean for years then settled in New Mexico in 1993. Since leaving the moist climate of the east coast, I have been deeply affected by the lack of water, severe droughts, and wildfires. Water is so precious to those of us in the western states.
Mysteries of the Universe Plus a Chicken - curated by Wendy Hill
I started with the quilts and found the theme...
I love how these artists have used hues, shades, and tints of all the colors in the crayons box. Swoon!
Five Circles and a Line - curated by Sarah Ann Smith
I love circles, but a circle is simply a round line, so you need a line, too, perfection in complex minimalism.
The Ever Changing Beach - curated by Gwen Goepel
My love of the Ocean and Gratitude for Living on the Beach!
Nature Never Makes a Mistake - curated by Nancy Ryan
I love the natural landscapes that surround me daily in Northern Nevada. These landscapes are what inspires me in my art quilt journey and my selections from the 2018 Auction Donations.
Summertime - curated by Shannon Conley
Summer on the lake- the heat that overcomes you on a sailboat when a calm hits, and the refreshing feeling of the wind picking up- turning into it and moving across the surface of the water.
Look into my eyes - curated by Diane Howell
I like things that are direct. Looking someone in the eye gives a direct connection to their soul and what they are thinking.
A Touch of Blue and Some Circles Too - curated by Sonia Grasvik
A lovely collection of blues with our favorite symbol, the circle.
Visitors in my Garden - curated by Martha Sielman
I love watching butterflies and bees enjoying my garden's flowers.
Pet Parade - curated by Jennifer Solon
A celebration of all the pet companions that enrich our lives.