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Thursday, 6 September 2012

Supporting The Arts, Supporting the Crafts

Approximately 2 years ago, I became a member of our provincial craft council.  In only 2 years, they have expanded in so many ways.  I just got this letter in the mail.  It is a request for cash donations to upgrade their space.  The Saskatchewan Craft Council / Affinity Gallery are in a very old building and are in the process of giving it a facelift and fixing thing up.  Here's a part of the letter:

They have done SO much for me and I want to give back.  I've been juried with them, interviewed for their blog, had A Prairie Dress in their 'Seeds' exhibit earlier this year, and now this fall they are using my art for their ad in Studio magazine.  (!!! WOW !!!)  They've given me great advice on so many things.  The SCC has a members' lending library that I use, and they also host web pages for their members.  Oh!  And they chose my suggest for the 'name that store' contest!  My point is... I support the Saskatchewan Craft Council wholeheartedly.  I want to give back.

So here's my plan:

I have one piece of art for sale at this time.  It's the one that was awarded a red ribbon at Showcase of the Arts this year.  It's a scene from Wanuskewin, south of Saskatoon in winter.  I would like to sell it, and give half of the proceeds to the SCC.  The donation can be in the name of the buyer.  If you aren't from here, I can ship the piece.

Tipi & Roships, 2012

This is hand painted fabric and thread, stitched free-motion by machine and embellished by hand.  The art is approximately 7x9".  The matting is double thick to keep the glass off the fibres.  It's in quite a heavy frame, but it's one that I chose because of the rich crimson in it - I think it goes so nice with the rosehips.

If you are interested in purchasing, you may email me privately at mysweetprairie @ gmail dot com.  I'll see if anything rolls in over the next few days.  I will reserve the right to have a baseline amount met before this sells (you know... so it doesn't go for too cheap.)

It's for a GREAT cause.  I will most likely use my half for more frames and mats.  I'm so excited about this!  I will post again on this soon to update you all.  : )


HollyM said...

Good luck, Monica! How wonderful of you to donate such a special piece! I only wish I could afford it!

Monika Kinner-Whalen (MySweetPrairie) said...

Thanks Holly : ) My low end price on this isn't too high. I just really want to donate. : )


JennyPennyPoppy said...

What a beautiful piece of art! Hope you've found a buyer for it already.

Louise in SW Saskatchewan said...

Monica you've inspired me to think about how I could do something similar to make a donation to help upgrade the SCC premises. Thanks fir your effirts.

Monika Kinner Whalen, Fibre / Embroidery Artist said...

UPDATE - this piece is still for sale. : )

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