At the Root of Jo Drueke’s Art

Jo Drueke recently shared the origins of her donation piece Going Deep: Drueke: My inspiration for this piece actually came from a weed I pulled out of my garden!  The root system of this small plant fascinated me.  I  am experimenting with various paints on various fabrics and I selected canvas…

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View the 2015 Benefit Auction Art Works

Just want to let the art flow over you? We have the answer – the 2015 SAQA Benefit Auction video! Start it, fill the screen and let these 358 fabulous small works of art provide a gentle background for your day-or at least 12 or so minutes of it.

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Mary Felder: Naturally Inspired

Mary Felder shared her inspiration for her donation quilt with Clairan Ferrono: Felder: “Silver Sea” was inspired by my love of the seas and the ocean.   We were unable to travel when I was a child, so I never saw the ocean till I was 16. I was mesmerized!…

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Keeping Up with Carol Larson

Carol Larson recently told Clairan Ferrono about her auction donation piece Keeping Up Appearances #8: Larson: The series of Keeping Up Appearances tackles some of the thornier social issues of mid-20th century America, inspired by text from a 1954 book on etiquette. Imagine women chain smoking in offices, tipping 25 cents for good…

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Debo Hysack’s Urban Elements

Clairan caught up with Debo Hysack to speak with her about her auction donation art work “The Fire Escape”. Hysack: After growing up in Northern Minnesota, I became fascinated with the pace, colors and complex textures of big cities like New York, Denver and Chicago.  I spent nearly 20 years…

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Benefit Auction Dream Collections

What a wonderful event the Benefit Auction is! We have the opportunity to look at and consider purchasing, hundreds of artworks created by artists at varying levels of their careers. By now many of you have heard about the “Dream Collections” created by SAQA members from the Auction Donations. A…

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Lynn Koolish’s Theory

Recently Lynn Koolish shared her artistic process with Clairan Ferrono: Koolish: String Theory was made with acrylic paint on fabric. I was experimenting with the lines and shapes that could be made using paint in a squeeze bottle. I’m fascinated by the quality of the lines and the energy produced…

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Ruan Robertson Improvises

Ruan Robertson told Clairan Ferrono about her auction donation piece, Orchard in Spring: Robertson: Much of my work is non-representational, but sometimes it reflects landscape influences. That is the case with “Orchard in Spring.” This is the second SAQA Auction quilt I have made using the same format; last year’s…

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Wil Opio Oguta’s Big Stash

Wil Opio Oguta recently told Clairan Ferrono about her auction donation piece: Oguta: This year I am taking Elizabeth Barton’s masterclass. The theme for March was ‘lines’ and I made a small sample piece with a wavy black line between orange/red fabrics. The final quilt for this theme was about…

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