Thursday, September 5, 2013

SAQA Benefit Auction 2013 a From the Farmers' Market

The big news is that the 2013 SAQA Benefit Auction kicks of next Monday September 9 with an amazingly varied and beautiful group of 12"x12" art quilts available for purchase with prices that will range from $75 to $750. I hope you'll check out all of the wonderful pieces offered by these talented artists.

I spent a very happy hour lost in the quilts posted on the SAQA website at and was especially inspired by several that mirrored the bounty in our bountiful late summer Southern California farmers' markets. Saturday mornings I love to saunter down the aisles of our market enjoying the shapes, color, textures and smells..... Here are small works of art that embody all that... Well maybe not the smells.

The colors of Chiaroscuro by Carolyn McMillan seems to be the essence of approaching autumn. The bright red currants against the dark background with the sun tinged turning leaves....

I love the lacey-ness of the cabbage leaves and the detail in Marilyn Wall's A Study in Green

Suzan Engler  has totally captured the texture of the skin on this pear in Gilded Pear. She used paint and metal leaf to acheive the effect.

In Eat Your Peas by Sandy Gregg the message is in your face and in the text background. I love the abstraction.... (This quilt will be Auctioned at IQF Houston in November)

Onions Galore by Nancy Cook is a wonderful still life study - great color and dimension. 

And as for flowers which are always part of the market experience....
B.J. Adams' rose in Fractured Lyricism is so delicate against that hard edged background.  

Barbara Confer's Tulips  - so fresh and graceful....

And finally, my own contribution... Blue plate Special  A comnposition of juicy summer heirloom tomatoes pm a blue delft dish from my own high summer photo.