In the past several years, members have been invited to create "Dream Collections": a selection of pieces each member would like to own if s/he were able to purchase each one without the competition of an auction -- or if, money being NO object, s/he could purchase each one on the first day -- the Diamond Day -- of the auction, at the highest firm price on offer.
This year, I've entitled my selection "Faith, Hope and Love" after this passage in 1 Corinthians, chapter 13, verse 13:
And now these three things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Because we could all use some of each of these things right now.
In my rationale for the selection, I wrote: "In these tough times I turn to these three tenets for solace and encouragement. Often, they are expressed through the hearts, minds and hands of artists like these."
And here are the pieces:
I'll leave each to your own interpretation as to why I chose them
-- some being more obvious than others.
The Auction begins online on from September 13 through October 6. Meanwhile, as it's SAQA's Thirtieth Anniversary, there is a special 30th Anniversary Exhibition of some of these works at the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, through August 4 in the Beavers Terrace Gallery.
Note the dates...and the online link. Bid early; bid often! You might find some great artwork for your home or office -- or to give to someone special.
And yes, I did contribute a piece. They'll be auctioned off in sections, but I don't know in which one mine is just yet. You'll just have to look through all 443 pieces -- listed alphabetically -- to find mine. 😉