Monday, April 5, 2010

SAQA One Foot Squares

One Foot Squares - Calling for your "Best" work!
SAQA's Benefit Auction is our biggest fundraiser. Last year we had donations from and 235 members raised $47,325!!!
piece by Desiree Dianne Habicht

We are again asking for your donation - an art quilt approximately 12" square (but we accept slightly smaller, slightly larger, and non-square pieces as well). Your artwork will have both a thumbnail and full-screen version, with a description and a link to your website. We can accept only ONE donation per artist. It's a great way to support SAQA's programs and exhibitions and promote your work at the same time!

QUILT PREPARATIONS:
Please put a label on the back of your quilt with at least your name and the title. It is also helpful if you include contact information or your web site on your label so the collector can contact you in the future. We encourage everyone to sign their work on the front or at the very least, place a label on the back. It would be most helpful to attach a small (2 or 3") sleeve or some other way to accommodate hanging/displaying your work.

DONATION SHIPPING:
Pat Gould (patriciacgould@gmail.com) will be organizing this year's Benefit Auction. Auction donations need to be shipped to:
Pat Gould
12620 Towner Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112

Please ship your quilt using some kind of tracking system such as FedEx, UPS, or USPS Delivery confirmation. With 250 - 300 quilts expected to arrive at Pat's home, it takes much valuable time for Pat to email each of you when the quilt arrives. If you use a tracking number, your work is easier to trace if it doesn't arrive in Albuquerque.

If you are in the US, the fastest (generally only 2-3 days) and cheapest way to send your donation is by USPS Priority Mail. You can send it cheaper by using Click n Ship, a free online service of USPS at
https://sss-web.usps.com/cns/landing.do. You sign up for a free account which has an address book of 500 contacts, it stores your credit card if you like (just like eBay and Amazon) and you automatically get a discount on shipping by using Click n Ship; a minimum of $.10 off postage plus FREE delivery confirmation - total of $.80 but the discount goes up to 14% off what you pay at the counter. You print the label on plain paper or an Avery label made for that purpose. The packages usually travel faster since they have the large bar code on them. Once your package is ready to go, you can skip waiting in line at the PO and place it on the counter or in a mailbox if it is less than 13 oz. You can also order FREE Priority Mail boxes, envelopes and other supplies on the web site that are delivered to your home or business for free.

If you have an account with FedEx (free), you can use the SAQA discount that has been negotiated "Make Mine a Million".
http://www.saqa.com/members/shippingdiscountoffers.aspx

Please send the following information with your donation AND send as an email to: patriciacgould@gmail.com.
Title of piece
Your Name
Full Address
Email Address
Website URL
1-2 sentence description of the piece

DEADLINES:
Final Deadline: July 1st

IMAGES:
Pat will arrange to take a photo of your work. If you would like to have it appear on SAQA's website right away, email a good quality jpg (no larger than 800 x 800 pixels, with the background edited to pure white or cropped completely to the edges of the square - a white wall is not the same thing!), with your name, the title and your website's URL directly to:
Eileen Doughty, ef.doughty@verizon.net
If you would like your website/blog linked to your name, send its link also.

AUCTION CALENDAR AND PRICES:
This year's Auction will begin on Monday, September 20th at 2:00 Eastern and conclude on Saturday, October 9 at 2:00 Eastern. Price points will again be: $750, $550, $350, $250, $150 and $75. Unsold work will be placed on the SAQA website for a month and then returned to the artist.

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