My selected bag - BEFORE! The AFTER version will be posted later (once it's begun/done!)
She has succeeded in gathering 17 local artists and a score of gently-used purses to be uniquely decorated in an array of mediums by the artists for a silent auction. We met at Alane's home on Wednesday night to be apprised of the details of the event, meet the Y's leadership, meet one another, and choose a purse to design. What fun to meet all these gifted and creative women! I knew most of the artists present (and even helped Alane find them), and there were others previously unknown to me. Now I feel connected to this wonderfully rich artistic community with opportunities I never expected - what a thrill! I am so sorry my mother didn't live to see me experience and fulfill my creative side!
Anyway.....the artists in attendance represented all manner of media: Barbara Bear Jamison, Jan Wutkowski, Kristen Gibson, Barbara Scalia, Dianne Masi, Dory Maier, Clair Hartmann. Others who couldn't make the meeting include: Lorna Boa, Linda Hartman, Carol Langer, Pauline Perdum, Gayle Tustin, Sybil West, Niki Hildebrand, and Teresa Rogers. Of this group, Dianne, Dory, Linda, Carol, Pauline, and Sybil are members - with me - of Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts!
So....I selected a black summery bag shaped like a feed-bag! There were others - vinyl, leather, colors, fabric, and more! I decided on this one so I could consider creating a freeform knit and crochet piece in multi-media to be affixed to the fabric of the bag with my signature crocheted chains. Well, that's my first idea - we'll see what happens. I'll be posting my results and photos of others later.
I believe in the Y's mission, and I always support Alane who has so willingly and graciously supported me in my artwork. This should be a fun event, and of course, I hope the Y benefits hugely from it and particularly from the efforts of theses local women artists.