Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fabulous Art Auction in Edwardsville April 12

Confluence Over Ogallala Reservoir c2009 jacquard textile by Laura Strand

For all who live in the St. Louis metro area and Madison and St. Clair Counties and beyond in Illinois, the 33rd Annual Friends of Art auction will be held Thursday April 12 in Edwardsville.  Proceeds fund the visiting artist program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and benefit several other concerns for the art department.  All kinds of art will be auctioned from every department--paintings, drawings, prints, graphics, photography, sculpture, glass, ceramics and several fiber pieces.  Donations have come from current students, faculty, alumni and friends in the community. 

The fabulous weaving above was donated by Professor Laura Strand, head of textiles at SIUE.  The work was originally woven for her solo show at Jacoby Arts Center in Alton for the 2009 Innovations in Textiles event.  It is nearly 50 inches wide and absolutely gorgeous!

I have donated a length of shibori rusted silk in partnership with a friend who has pledged to make a custom garment for the lucky winner of the bid.  You can read about and see pictures of my donation as well as some of the other textile donations for the auction in my latest post at Sentimental Pentimento, my blog.

I got my MFA at SIUE in 2003 and have been involved with the auction for about 6 years.  For the last 2 years I've been in charge of photographing every item donated so that we can create a visual catalog for our website and facebook page.  That's turned into quite a lot of work this year as we've had over 270 works of art donated!  195 of them will be in the live auction, 75 in the silent auction.  Wow that's a lot of Photoshopping!

Consider yourself invited!
When:  Thursday, April 12--preview starts 6pm, live auction begins 7 pm
Where: satellite campus of Lewis and Clark Community College, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville, IL
(This location has sentimental value for many alumni as it was the former home of the SIUE art department for over 25 years-known as the Wagner Complex.)
Admission:  $5
Cash bar, free snacks, tons of fun.

LIKE us on Facebook where you can see the entire catalog online
Visit our website (ditto for the catalog, filed by medium)

Hope you can make it!

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