making the world a better place: my Rare Bear story

kinard_rare_bear3The cloth for this bear is very subtly dyed then screen printed with an image of the handwritten notation of a fiddle tune collected by a folklorist in the Appalachian mountains. This cloth was also used as the background for Bach Suite I, my favorite quilt creation so far. It features a hand painted cello with the same wings as my bear… beautifully patterned but tattered and worn. 
 
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There is something soaring and soulful about the imagery of tattered wings. Perhaps they still fly, perhaps not. If you are a musician you know that the appearance or age of the instrument does not determine the beauty of the music it produces. It is the soul and the struggle of the hand that touches it, joined with the skill of the craftsman who created the instrument that creates soaring beauty. It is the support of the teachers who taught the musician and the craftsman. It is all of these people coming together with their talent, their inordinate amounts of time and sacrifice, to share the music that uplifts us and soars.
 
Even a battered old instrument can produce soaring melodies with the touch of a master.
 
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The children who suffer from rare diseases have bodies who might feel broken and tattered like the wings of this bear, but their souls are touched by dedicated masters. Their parents, their doctors, the researchers and also those who contribute funds so that research can take place – they are all masters that struggle and labor and sacrifice so that these souls, the precious souls can have a chance to live and perhaps have the chance to share the song of their futures with a world that needs their beauty.
 
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I hope that you will participate in the

RARE BEAR AUCTION

You can see all the bears posted thus far at the link above.
The auction will be held both on-line and in person at the
International Quilt Festival in Houston TX
November 2 – 6, 2016

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If you will be in Houston you are invited to join us at the  Beary RARE Affair!  Stuff a RARE Bear for a RARE kid, Meet Celebrity Quilters and get a chance to win a Simply Red BERNINAand many other gifts!

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I’ve been invited to participate in a wonderful event to help raise funds for research into cures for rare childhood diseases. I’m honored. and excited. Auctions of these Rare Bears will occur in person and online during the International Quilt Festival in Houston this November.

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Ideas are churning and I think this bear might be pretty special.

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I’ve had helper this morning and we are gearing up to get to work.
I think she is going to make one too.

You can read more about this wonderful organization here.

The 100 Fundraiser to fight cancer

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were absolutely wonderful! I’m working on a post about mine and about the coming year – but it’s turning into something bigger than just one post so stay tuned. Before I started in on that whole series I want to show you the artwork I’ve chosen for Virginia Spiegel’s 

The 100 Fundraiser to Fight Cancer
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On February 4 (just four weeks from now!) the first 100 patrons to contact Virginia will have the opportunity to donate $100 and receive a randomly assigned artwork from one of the artists listed on her site.

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Even if you aren’t one of the lucky 100 patrons, you can help by sharing this blog post on Facebook or emailing it to those you think might help spread the word or become a patron. Those little buttons at the end of each blog post here make it easy for you to do so. You can see many of the other donated works on this pinterest board. Lots of beautiful works there!kinard_circle2

the 100 fundraiser to fight cancer

Virginia Spiegel is at it again! Fiberart For A Cause has already raised $240,000 through the generosity of fiber artists and patrons. In 2015, her goal is to bump that amount up to a nice, round quarter of a million dollars. 
 
I am humbled and honored to be one of the invited artists for “The 100” to be held on Wed., Feb. 4, 2015. The goal for this fiber fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is to raise $10,000 in one day.
 
100 patrons  will be randomly assigned artwork from an extraordinary line-up of international fiber artists. Are you one of the patrons?
 

for the love of libby lehman

At 9pm tonight Eastern Standard Time I’m going to bid on at least three quilts in the auction that will benefit Libby Lehman. I’m terribly excited that you have been generous enough to donate $3,000 so far. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we were able to get all the way to 5k!?!? Or even to 4K so I could bid on all four of the quilts that have yet to get a bid!?!?

Salsa Con Libby by Patt Blair

Salsa Con Libby by Patt Blair

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Thank You! A total of $70,324.00 was raised in this auction! $3,525.00 was your doing!

You can see all four (un-bidden) quilts in the benefit auction HERE.


If you have already donated could you share this post on FB and encourage your other quilting friends to donate? I’m betting we can do it!

Of course if you have $1-5k you can go bid on a quilt yourself. Or you can donate here and get your name in the hat. Every bid will count. The quilts will travel until the spring in exhibition then go to their new owners.

Every donation over $25 will be gifted an archival print of one of my artworks. (If you have a favorite – let me know! I haven’t even started thinking about which piece to have prints made of. And yes, I realize that was a grammatically terrible sentence.)

And you can scroll down to the previous several posts for even more details.

for the love of libby lehman

Now I have a conundrum. Someone bid on my quilt. I’m a little shocked as I was sure nobody would.

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spirals of Life by SarahVedeler

There are still nine beautiful quilts without bids. These are my favorites.

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Carnival for Libby by Margaret Miller

The way to raise the most money for Libby’s expenses would be to only bid on quilts that have no bids rather than to bid on and give away my own quilt.

Exuberance by Susan Stewart

Exuberance by Susan Stewart

Take a look at the other quilts still available and let me know what you think.
http://www.benefitbidding.com/auctions/listings/index.cfm?auction=173&category=nobids

Tangerine Triangle Tango by Wendy Butler Berns

Tangerine Triangle Tango by Wendy Butler Berns

You’ve donated $2,9575 so far. I STILL want to get to $5,000.
Would you be willing to donate if you haven’t yet? Would you share this post with your friends?
Libby is worth helping!

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Thank You! A total of $70,324.00 was raised in this auction! $3,525.00 was your doing!

For the Love of Libby Lehman

Do you have a story about Libby Lehman to share? I do. It is one of the many reasons I want to get raise a minimum of $5k to bid on, then raffle off my own quilt in the Inspired By Libby fundraiser. 30 quilts that were inspired by Libby are up for auction for the next 6 days. ALL funds will go directly towards Libby’s medical expenses as she recovers from a debilitating stroke. The quilts are currently on display at the International Quilt Festival in Houston and will also be displayed next April at the AQS show in Paduchah, KY.libby_looking_at_quilts

CHANGE OF PLANS! I will bid on and raffle off as many of the quilts as I can – only those that have no bids at the end of the auction. Right now there are 12 beautiful quilts that have no bids. The minimum bid is $1,000. Wouldn’t it be absolutely AMAZING if we were able to raise at least $12K? I’m betting we can do it!

$925 has been donated so far – there is still a long way to go! Share your story and donate here!

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Thank You! A total of $70,324.00 was raised in this auction! $3,525.00 was your doing!

Every donation gets a name in the bucket for a chance to win a quilt. I don’t care how big or small your donation is.

So here is my Libby story – and the beginning of why I want to do this for her.1805_libbytp

I was teaching at a large conference and she overheard me trying to figure out how on earth I was going to get packed down from my most intensive 6hr class, move 100lbs worth of supplies four blocks, get set up for another class, and find dinner, without transportation and in ONE HOUR. (Please never do this to a teacher you hire!) Guess who showed up at the end of my class with a car and with dinner! She didn’t know me, we hadn’t even formally met. But Libby has a huge heart! It didn’t occur to me until later that she must have left her own class earlier than usual to find dinner, drive over and help me. 

You know how you wish you could be like people? There are many situations where I think to myself – if I were Libby Lehman, what would I do? And then I do it because it’s always the right choice.

It would be wonderful if you could help spread the word by sharing this on you own face book page or blog! You can click any of the little buttons at the bottom of the post to easily share this with your “peeps!”

 

For Your Inspiration: SAQA Benefit Auction Artwork

SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) has a fundraising auction each year. Here are some of my favorites.

Erickson

Otte

Schulz

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Kick Off Your Heels! A Fundraiser for Women’s Heart Health

It’s finally here! Next week the auction begins for the Kick Off Your Heels campaign.

Let the Fundraiser Begin!

I’m excited to tell you about how you can own a pair of art-full high heels, that benefit the women’s heart wing of Cedar’s Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles!

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The sale of the shoes will begin at 8:00 a.m. EST  Monday May 20, 2013 and will be available for purchase over the course of the week as follows:

Shoes can be purchased for $300 on  May 20 and 21, 2013 beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST

Shoes can be purchased for $200 on May 22 and 23, 2013 beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST

Shoes can be purchased for $100 on May 24 and 25, 2013 beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST

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Click here to visit the website we set up so you can preview the shoes before the sale begins.

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Set your calendar alarms for Monday, May 20, 2013 and check out the website for your favorite pair of artisan made high heels!

You can see a couple more pictures of the process for the shoes I made here.

A YEAR OF ART to benefit the American Cancer Society

It starts tomorrow!
10 a.m. central time

There are two ways you can participate:

1.  Donate any amount and be entered in a drawing with one grand prize worth more than $1550   http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/AYearofArt2013InspirationDrawing.html

Airstream Dreaming by Jamie Fingal 10" x 15"

Airstream Dreaming by Jamie Fingal
10″ x 15″

2.  Bid on eleven artworks donated by Pamela Allen, Pokey Bolton, Linda Colsh, Jane Davila, Vivika DeNegre, Jane Dunnewold, Jamie Fingal, Laura Wasilowski, Yvonne Porcella, Karen Stiehl Osborn, and Virginia Spiegel  (who has organized this amazing fund-raiser)  http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/AYearofArtArtwork.html

The goal is $8000 in just 8 hours.  In the past over $220,000 has been donated to the American Cancer Society to fight cancer.  With your help, that total will surely grow to nearly $230,000 on February 12 and 13.

Good art, good cause.  It doesn’t get any better than that!!

Kick Off Your Heels: a fundraiser for Women’s Heart Disease

Listening to the sound of a heartbeat can be so comforting.

I lightly sanded these shoes and painted them with gesso.

You press your ear to your little one’s chest and hear the life force stolidly plugging away within those little bones.

Next – photoshop & a Leonardo DaVinci anatomical drawing.

The strong steady rhythm as you watch the slightest movement of a pulse where an artery runs close to the surface in his neck. The sound and rhythm of life. A heartbeat.

I painted these shoes white with acrylic paint, sketched my design, and drew it in with ink. It needed a little something so I rubbed in a little pink on the inside.

Except sometimes it isn’t right. I am troubled at times by an arrhythmia. My heart will loose it’s beat, skip and founder. It’s disconcerting and certainly uncomfortable but not life threatening by any means.

The DaVinci hearts were screen printed onto two layers of organza which were fused together to create some added stiffness. Fabric stiffener was also brushed on to give the cloth even more body and the edges were beaded by hand.

There are times when hearts stop beating and they don’t need to. WE can do something about it here. There is so much to learn. Cancer gets a ton of attention – and rightfully so. But I was shocked to hear how many more women die of heart disease than of cancer. I think we have a lot yet to learn.

E-6000 adhesive was used to adhere the wings to the shoes.

Join us at Kick Off Your Heels in helping to raise awareness and some funds to research the causes and cures for women’s heart disease. Keep hearts beating. Keep the rhythm going. Tell your friends.

Get your fancy on, let your creativity take flight, and makes some shoes of your own to donate to the cause!

 Let the fun begin!!!

 Our goal is to raise $5,000 to donate to The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital . A core group of talented artists has created art shoes to be auctioned off for the cause in May of 2013. Information about creating and donating your own art shoes can be found here.

American Cancer Society Fundraiser

Next week begins one of my favorite times of the year. I love nothing more than seeing people do great things to make the world a better place. Virginia Spiegel uses her vast stores of creativity and organizing know-how to put together a yearly fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. She is a powerhouse for good in the world.

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February 12th & 13th are two of the big days. Participants will have the opportunity to bid on 11 different artworks created by some of the biggest names in the art quilt world.
How This WorksMy favorite is this piece by Linda Cols

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And, of course, there is more to the event. Anyone can donate and enter to win a drawing for a grand prize worth $1550! (That’s a LOT of swag!)

http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/AYearofArt2013InspirationDrawing.html

I hope you will join us (and invite a friend) for some fun and fundraising
to benefit the American Cancer Society on February 12 and 13.

Warm regards,
V.

Virginia A. Spiegel
“A Year of Art” fundraiser for the American Cancer Society
February 12 and 13, 2013

Yes … I’m shamelessly begging.

(but it’s for a good cause)

(update: you all are absolutely amazing. I do mean AMAZING! Both kidlets have surpassed their goals and are very excited to send out some fun drawings. They’ve got their work cut out for them. Thank you, thank you, thank you! From the bottom of our healthy hearts – the the hearts of those you’ve helped to survive – we thank you.)

Could you do me a GREAT BIG favor? 
My little ones are doing a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. They are raising money through a jump-a-thon at school for children who need heart surgery.
If you have a minute could you click on each link and help them out? Even one dollar will help. Their deadline is coming up TOMORROW and the only one who has donated is me and one of you amazingly kind readers. They’ve been drawing valentine pictures to send out to their sponsors but they don’t have any (other than me) yet. If you donate then reply here with your address we’ll mail you a delightful piece of their original art.

I Love … My Little Ones!

My Little Ones!

They are funny and bright and creative.


They came home from school last week all excited about a jump rope event – a fundraiser for the American Heart Association

JUMPROPE FOR HEART

raising funds to help other kids with heart disease.





Instead of just sending an email to friends and family I thought of Virginia Spiegel’s wildly successful efforts for the American Cancer Society and had an idea. I’m constantly flooded with the art the kids produce. If I kept it all we’d be buried to our necks in it. (I take a picture of them holding it then quietly put it in the recycling while they are at school. If they miss it we can pull it out of the bag.)

So, dear friends. My kidlets have are willing to work for a cause. If you donate $5 they will draw a valentine picture just for you. 
(You’ll need to send me a quick note at lyric (at) pobox.com with your address so we can mail it off.)
I asked them to draw something with a heart on it. 
Kidlet #4 drew several.

That’s her operating a robot.




Kidlet #5 works a little more intently and drew this.


That’s him going over a jump on a motorcycle


So – want to encourage my little artists in their altruistic endeavor?





Would you like to help my kids help kids have healthy hearts?
Leave a comment here – it will come to my email and I’ll send you an email from their donation page.

(and thanks – from the bottom of my heart!)

Fiberart for a Cause

Some of us find small ways to make the world a better place.
Some of us do so in a BIG WAY!
Once again the lovely and talented Virginia Spiegel is raising funds for cancer research.
She is hoping to raise $7,000.00 to add to the $215,000.000 she has already raised for this cause.
You read that right. This woman knows how to make a big difference. She gathers people
we to her who also care deeply about fighting cancer and organizes them so that wonderful things happen. Here is how the fundraiser will work – and I’ll let you know how you can help down below.
Foto/Fiber 2012
90 Photos AND 90 Fiber BONUSES 
Gold Donor Day – February 15, 2012
Make a minimum donation of $100, choose a photo by
Virginia A. Spiegel, Karen Stiehl Osborn, or Cynthia Wenslow
and choose a Fiber BONUS by a specific artist
from the following list of fiber artists.


Regular Foto/Fiber – February 16, 2012
Make a minimum donation of $50 and choose a photo by
Virginia A. Spiegel, Karen Stiehl Osborn, or Cynthia Wenslow.
Your Fiber BONUS will be chosen at random for you
from the following list of generous fiber artists.
Artists donating Fiber BONUS include: 
Natalya Aikens,
Frances Holliday Alford, Pamela Allen, Liz Berg, Sue Bleiweiss, Nancy G. Cook, Jane Davila, Vivika DeNegre, Diane Rusin Doran, 
Jane Dunnewold, Jamie Fingal, Leonie Hartley Hoover, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Lyric Kinard, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Lynn Krawzcyk, Jane LaFazio, Susan Lenz, Jeanelle McCall
Linda Teddlie Minton, Karen Musgrave, Gail Myrhorodsky
Karen Stiehl Osborn, BJ Parady, Cate Coulacos Prato, Yvonne Porcella
Wen Redmond, Sue Reno, Lesley Riley, Cynthia St. Charles,
Susan Schrott, Suzanne Silk, Lura Schwarz Smith (with Kerby C. Smith),
Sarah Ann Smith, and Terri Stegmiller


Drawings for Fiber Art throughout the event.
All patrons of Foto/Fiber 2012 will also have multiple chances throughout Foto/Fiber to win fiber art donated by:
Leonie Hartley HooverLyric Kinard
Lynn Krawczyk
Yvonne Porcella
Susan Schrott
Mary Ann Van Soest
Crescent by Lyric Kinard
If you’d like to help out we’d love for you to help spread the word. There’s something in it for you too.
Win one of these great prizes:

Inside the Creative Studio,

donated by its author, Cate Coulacos Prato.

A $25 Gift Certificate from Fiber on a Whim
A pack each of TAP and ExtravOrganza donated by Fiber on a Whim

Just e-mail Virginia(at)VirginiaSpiegel.com each time you share the news about

Foto/Fiber 2012 by using a logo, adding a signature,

posting to FB, your blog, or your fav lists, tweeting, etc. Multiple entries encouraged.


here is a link to images and info for you to include!
http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/FotoFiber2012MediaRoom.html

Foto/Fiber 2012 and ACS fundraiser

Once again Virginia Spiegel is working her magic. 
She makes the world a better place. I’m so honored to be part of her project to raise funds for the American Cancer Sociery.
How Does Foto/Fiber 2012 Work?
90 Photos AND 90 BONUS Fiber Surprises
Beauty and Mystery Unite to Fight Cancer
1. Ninety beautiful and inspiring photos by Virginia A. Spiegel


Hope is the winged bird
(with apologies to Emily Dickinson)

All photos are 7×5″ and mounted to archival acid-free 1/8″ foam board. Each is matted with an archival mat to 10×8.” Each photo is titled/signed by me and packaged in a clear envelope. Only three of each photo will be available. I do not plan to offer my photos for sale online so this is a one-off opportunity. All photos will be available for preview no later than February 14, but I will be featuring photos on my blog and here periodically.

2. Ninety BONUS Fiber Surprises from an amazing team of fiber artistsAll BONUS Fiber Surprises will be mailed directly to you by their creators in a Size 0 (6×9″) bubble envelope mailer. This is the size in which a CD fits nicely. Each artist will be donating from one to three BONUS Fiber Surprises.

I asked the donors to make the BONUSES wonderfully wonderful, creative, and unique. You might receive a small work of art, handpainted or dyed fabric, screen printed Lutradur, vintage kimono scraps, a small original screen for printing, dyed embroidery thread, a small bundle of “magical” raw materials, etc., etc. Check out the list of generous artists (links are to their websites/blogs); you know your BONUS will be just that:

3. Drawings for Fiber Art
All patrons of Foto/Fiber 2012 will also have the opportunity throughout Foto/Fiber to win fiber art generously donated by:

Leonie Hartley HooverLyric Kinard
Lynn Krawczyk
and

Yvonne Porcella: Teal Flower for OV, 6×9″ mini-quilt .
The drawing for this artwork will be from the 90 patrons of Foto/Fiber 2012
whose lives or the lives of ones they love have been affected by cancer.
(I’m thinking it will be all 90, no?)

and


Mary Ann Van Soest: Yellow Barns II, 18×24″ quilt
The drawing for this artwork will be from all 90 patrons of Foto/Fiber 2012
once we meet our goal of $7000 raised for the ACS.

Gold Donor Day: Wednesday, February 15
10 a.m. Central – 3:00 p.m. Central

Make a 
minimum donation of $100, choose a photo
and choose a BONUS Fiber Surprise by a specific artist from the list above.

Thursday, February 16
10 a.m. Central – 3:00 Central (or until SOLD OUT)Make a minumum donation of $50 and choose a photo;
your BONUS Fiber Surprise will be chosen for you at random.

More specifics on how to donate directly to the American Cancer Society
through Fiberart For A Cause will be available no later than Monday, February 12.

Help us spread the word about Foto/Fiber 2012

Questions? E-mail me at Virginia(at)VirginiaSpiegel.comFiberart For A Cause

ONE Fundraiser – Tomorrow!

TOMORROW is the big day!
TODAY you can preview the 
http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/ONEFundraiserPreview.html





Would you like to help promote ONE and be entered in a drawing for great prizes?

Zip over here for ready-to-use blog and Facebook posts, Tweets, logos, and more.

One Cause – The Fight Against Cancer
One Wednesday – February 16, 2011

One Hundred Collages – Created by an all-star team of artists:
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Pamela Allen
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Laura Ann Beehler –
Interview
Liz Berg
Pokey Bolton –
Interview
Laura Cater-Woods –
Interview
Jette Clover –
Interview
Jane Davila
Jane Dunnewold –
Interview
Jamie Fingal –
Interview
Gloria Hansen
Leslie Tucker Jenison – Interview
Lyric Kinard –
Interview
Jeanelle McCall –
Interview
Linda Teddlie Minton –
Interview
Karen Stiehl Osborn –
Interview
BJ Parady –
Interview
Judy Coates Perez –
Interview
Wen Redmond –
Interview
Cynthia St. Charles
Virginia A. Spiegel





Our goal – Raise $8,000 in one day to add to the $205,000 already donated to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.

On Wednesday, February 16, ONE hundred collages will be offered with a minimum donation for each collage of:




$160 for two hours (10 a.m. – Noon CST)
$80 for two hours (Noon – 2:00 p.m. CST)

$40 for two hours (2:00 – 4:00 p.m. CST)
There will be a direct link from this page to all the collages at least one day prior to Wednesday, February 16 for a preview and all the details about how to acquire your favorite collages. Collages will be featured periodically on my blog and Facebook Fan Page prior to February 16.

Collages for ONE Fundraiser

I am so honored to have been invited to participate in Virginia Spiegel’s
fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. She is someone who has most certainly made the world a better place and has made it easier for many people to serve in some small way as well.
One Cause – The Fight Against Cancer
One Wednesday – February 16, 2011
One Hundred Collages
FLY: DAUNTLESS

FLY: FEARLESS

FLY: VENTURE
These are three of the collages that I’m donating for the auction.
The other two can be seen here.
They are collaged sheet music and layered paint and screen printing.
Headlong has a little bit of organza thrown in as well.
Each will be mounted onto a 10″ x 8″ sheet of 140lb watercolor paper ready to frame.

Collages for ONE Fundraiser

I am so honored to have been invited to participate in Virginia Spiegel’s
fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. She is someone who has most certainly made the world a better place and has made it easier for many people to serve in some small way as well.
FLY: BRAZEN

One Cause – The Fight Against Cancer
One Wednesday – February 16, 2011
One Hundred Collages
FLY: HEADLONG
These are two of the collages that I’m donating for the auction.
They are collaged sheet music and layered paint and screen printing.
Headlong has a little bit of organza thrown in as well.
Each will be mounted onto a 10″ x 8″ sheet of 140lb watercolor paper ready to frame.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF “ONE” FUNDRAISER

I try to keep my business goals very simple.
One thing I know I want to do – is to make the world a better place.

by Felix on Flickr
Simple right?
While I can’t end war (I dreamed about trying last night) I can do small things.
“…by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” -the Book of Mormon
I can use the talents I’ve been blessed with (and worked hard to develop) 
to do some good in the world.

Here is ONE way I can make a difference.

One Cause, One Wednesday, One Hundred Collages
One Cause – The Fight Against Cancer
One Wednesday – February 16, 2011

One Hundred Collages

artists
Natalya Aikens
Pamela Allen
Laura Ann Beehler
Liz Berg
Pokey Bolton
Laura Cater-Woods
Jette Clover
Jane Davila
Jamie Fingal
Gloria Hansen
Leslie Tucker Jenison
Lyric Kinard
Jeanelle McCall
Linda Teddlie Minton
Karen Stiehl Osborn
BJ Parady
Judy Perez
Cynthia St. Charles
Virginia A. Spiegel

The goal – Raise $8,000 for the American Cancer Society in just one day.
More details and a preview of artwork here:
Fiberart For A Cause has already donated over $205,000 to the American
Cancer Society through the generosity of fiber artists and their patrons:
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