2018 Benefit Auction – Week 2 Update

Section 2 is open for bidding After just one week of bidding, the 2018 SAQA Benefit Auction has raised almost $28,000 for our exhibition and outreach programs! All the remaining Section 1 quilts are available for sale in the SAQA Store. Section 2 quilts will be available for bidding this…

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Ann Loveless wins ArtPrize – again!

ArtPrize, the radically open international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury, Oct. 9th held the Seventh Annual ArtPrize awards, revealing the winners of $500,000 in prizes. The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Grand Rapids, Michigan was filled with event supporters and collaborators, to honor the artists who shared…

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ArtPrize shows more fiber art

Since one of our own won ArtPrize a couple years ago, fiber has been making tremendous inroads in higher profile venues and events. At this years ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan there is a venue and curated exhibition devoted to fiber: Processing Fiber. This is a high energy showing within…

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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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Lorna Morck’s Magic

SAQA writer Clarian Ferrono had another chance to interview an artist who donated a piece to this year’s Benefit Auction: Morck: The Magic of Crows was one of those serendipitous happenings that I especially enjoy when working creatively.  I belong to Fibervision, a small fiber art group.  At a meeting…

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Shades of Barbara Sferra

Clairan Ferrono interviewed Barbara Sferra about her SAQA auction donation: Sferra: I am a member of the local Weavers Guild of Cincinnati (all fiber artists, not just weavers) and each year we have a members’ challenge.  This spring the Challenge was “50 Shades of Gray.”  I created a five panel quilt in…

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Donna Deaver and Visual Drama

Donna Deaver shared her thoughts on her auction donation piece with Clairan Ferrono: Deaver: Because of my deep love of the sea, I began a new series in early 2014 defined as the edge of the ocean. ‘Surf Dance’ is a variation of another larger work and the first that…

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Judith Plotner’s Urban Vocabulary

Judth Plotner is an award winning artist from New York City who now lives in the Adirondack Mountains. She recently told Clairan Ferrono about her journey as an artist. Ferrono: Tell me about your journey to becoming an artist. Your education. Finding your voice. Plotner: I was always interested in art.…

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