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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Sandy Snowdon’s Ramshackle Hillage

Clairan Ferrono interviewed Sandy Snowdon about her SAQA auction donation piece, Ramshackle Hillage: Snowdon: During the last two years I have been developing my Ramshackle series. The first one started with a Benefit Auction piece. The sort of happening that feels like the work falls out of the sky and…

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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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Heidi Field-Alvarez and the Ephemeral

Heidi Field-Alvarez let Clairan Ferrono into the secrets of her auction piece: Field-Alvarez: Hard to Breathe is the first in a new series of work for me.  Over the years I have been working with transparent materials and using lots of layering. In this series, in contrast to a traditional quilt,…

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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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