Posts Tagged ‘Invitational Reverse Auction of Fiberart’

Over $190,000 to the American Cancer Society

My niece, Jenny, and my Dad three years ago at our Relay For Life.  My Dad, a colon cancer survivor, is STILL HERE!

Yesterday closed out Collage Mania, our three-day art extravaganza.  Thanks to generous fiber artists and their patrons, we raised over $18,000 in just three days. All of the acquired collages will remain up as a resource for the artistic community.

Our grand total for just over four years of fundraising is now MORE THAN $190,000 donated to the American Cancer Society.  We have proven the ability of fiber artists and their patrons to really make a difference and raise significant amounts for a good cause.  

We have made a very effective and creative fundraising team; I thank each of you for your generosity and support. Special thanks go to our Honorary Chair, Karey Bresenhan, a mentor for life and fundraising. And Collage Mania wouldn’t have happened this year without Karen Stiehl Osborn stepping forward and donating her time and effort. 

This was the last of the big Fiberart For A Cause fundraisers as I return to my studio after more than four years of fundraising.  FFAC will still be quietly raising funds for the ACS with my eBook, the FFAC store, and smaller fundraising events organized by supporters of FFAC.

I will be taking a little break from fundraising and the computer this summer  Time to enjoy the great outdoors and, yes, my studio. I hope you do the same!


05 2009

A Special Photo; Reverse Auction Success!


I submitted this photo to be considered for the perpetual 365 Pictures daily prompt on Creativity Portal and today is my featured day.  The purpose of 365 Pictures is to provide an intentional focus on one new image/prompt pair per day to inspire your creativity, in whatever form that may be. I can support that.

I know that all I have to do is look at this photo and I am somewhere else, beginning a journey of discovery.

I also wanted to share today the mind-boggling success of the Fifth and Final Invitational Reverse Auction of Fabulous Fiberarts. Just eight fiber artworks raised $6250 in three days for the American Cancer Society:

Gerrie Congdon raised $300.  Patron:  The Brummett FiberArt Collection
Marjorie DeQuincy raised $800. Patron: The Fent Art Quilt Collection
Rayna Gillman raised $1600.  Patron: Teri D. Springer
Linda Teddlie Minton raised $1800  Patron and Gold Donor:  A Friend of FFAC
Susie Monday raised $350 Patron:  Mary Ann Littlejohn
Judy Coates Perez raised $450  Patron and Gold Donor: Michele Hardman.
Leandra Spangler raised $200  Patron:  Mary Wise
Roxane Stoner raised $750.  Patron: Christine Bell

I also want to thank two hardworking and talented artists:  Natalya Aikens and Carol Larson. I was unable to find the perfect patrons for their donated artwork, but salute them both as p.r. goddesses and generous souls. 

I hope you will visit the website and blogs of all the donating artists who gave so freely of their time and talent.

A sincere and heartfelt thanks to the generous artists and their patrons as well as the many Friends of FFAC who supported and encouraged this effort. Onward to Collage Mania!


03 2009

Opens Today! Invitational Reverse Auction to raise funds for the American Cancer Society

Pomegranate Cross (detail) by Susie Monday

Beginning today at 10 a.m. CST, you can add a great piece of fiberart to your collection and contribute to the fight against cancer.  All the details about The Invitational Reverse Auction of Fabulous Fiberart are here.

Our generous artists this year are: Natalya Aikens, Gerrie Congdon, Marjorie DeQuincy, Rayna Gillman, Carol Larson, Linda Teddlie Minton, Susie Monday, Judy Coates Perez, Leandra Spangler, and Roxanne Stoner.  

Whose Woods? (Detail) by Rayna Gillman

How does the Reverse Auction work?  Choose an artwork at the minimum donation for that day.  The current minimum will always be highlighted in red.  E-mail me at Virginia(at) and I will let you know if the artwork is still available.  You will then proceed to the Fiberart For A Cause donation page and make a donation to the American Cancer Society.  You will receive an immediate electronic receipt from the ACS.  
Wait too long and your favorite artwork might be gone!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.  

Some have questioned whether this is a good time to be offering high-end fiber art in a fundraiser.  My thoughts are that we are successful because we are giving it a try! And don’t forget that we still have Collage Mania coming up on May 5 -7.

Thank you for your support of Fiberart For A Cause, fundraising for the American Cancer Society.  We have already donated over $165,000.


03 2009

Opens Tomorrow – Invitational Reverse Auction to benefit American Cancer Society

Noshi Ribbons by Gerrie Congdon

The Invitational Reverse Auction of Fabulous Fiberart opens tomorrow at 10 a.m. CST. All the information about the artwork and how to participate is here.

A  lineup of great artists have generously donated their artwork to benefit the American Cancer Society.  Today’s featured artwork is by Gerrie Congdon.  Noshi Ribbons is an art quilt created with vintage Japanese fabrics.

According to Gerrie,
I love collecting vintage Japanese fabrics. The colors, textures and patterns are inspirations for the collage. I was compelled to cut and fuse the small linear pieces, just because. A friend said they looked like Noshi Ribbons. I went off to Google and discovered with great delight that I had indeed created Noshi Ribbons. In Japan, Noshi is a cluster of ribbons representing a special gift.

Gerrie is a three-time breast cancer survivor and has supported Fiberart for a Cause from the very beginning.

Her art quilts have been juried into several local and national textile art  shows. She has done commissions for churches and private collections. Her work has been published in the book Creative Quilting: The Journal Quilt  Project, edited by Karey Bresenhan, and in several magazines. This past January, she had her first solo show based on a trip she took to Israel last year.

Read more about Gerrie’s artwork on her website and blog.


03 2009

Preview Opens Today – Invitational Reverse Auction to benefit American Cancer Society

Detail from A Good Time For Change by Marjorie DeQuincy.

Great Art for a Great Cause!  That’s the Invitational Reverse Auction of Fabulous Fiberart with 100% of the proceeds donated directly to the American Cancer Society.  

The Preview opens today here with the minimum donations listed for each day for each artwork.

The Reverse Auction will be held March 24 – 26.  

Artist Marjorie DeQuincy and the other artists also share their materials, techniques and inspirations for their donated artwork on the Reverse Auction webpages.  The other invited artists are:  Natalya Aikens, Gerrie Congdon, Rayna Gillman, Carol Larson, Linda Teddlie Minton, Susie Monday, Judy Coates Perez, Leandra Spangler, and Roxanne Stoner.

Marjorie’s art quilt includes surface treatment of crayon rubbings on the artist’s hand-painted cotton cloth, newspaper text on inkjet printed cotton cloth, fusing, free motion machine threadwork with cotton, polyester and rayon threads and machine quilting throughout.

As with many of the other artists Marjorie created this artwork specifically for the Reverse Auction, “I am honored to be invited to participate and let my art do good with your help. There is no best time to do good …there is only NOW.”


03 2009