Reverse Auction Starts Today!

I'm one of the honored invitees to participate in the 2009 FIber Arts for a Cause Reverse Auction.

My donation is the Pomegranate Cross shown above, one of a series that celebrates the abundance in our lives, the fertility of ideas and imagination and hope. This piece is pieced, machine quilted from original dyed and screen-printed fabrics that surround a small original photographic print on cotton. All the leaves and the pomegranate images are from the native plants and familiar vegetation of our Texas Hill Country.

The Fifth and Final Reverse Auction opens today, March 24, at 10 a.m. CST
with 100% of the proceeds donated directly to the American Cancer Society:

The minimum donation will drop each day through Thursday, March 26. Today is
Gold Donor Day for those who wish to acquire an artwork at a premium
donation before the regular Reverse Auction opens.

The generous artists who have donated their fiber artwork include:

Natalya Aikens
Gerrie Congdon
Marjorie DeQuincy
Rayna Gillman
Carol Larson
Linda Teddlie Minton
Susie Monday
Judy Coates Perez
Leandra Spangler
Roxane Stoner

For several days, Virginia Speigel has been featuring the guest artists on her blog and on the Auction Site -- today Gerrie Congdon is the featured artist -- her story is an inspiration to us all! Read more about Gerrie’s artwork on her website and blog.

Here's how it works:

The Invitational Reverse Auction of Fabulous Fiberart opens today at 10 a.m. CST.

Virginia explains:

Gold Donor Day
Opens 10 a.m. CST Tuesday, March 24
Closes 9:59 a.m. CST Wednesday, March 25
Artwork offered for a premium donation.

Regular Reverse Auction
Opens 10 a.m. CST Wednesday, March 25
Closes 5 p.m. CST Thurday, March 26

How does a reverse auction work?
All artwork will begin at a fixed minimum donation. This minimum donation is reduced by a fixed (and very generous) percentage of the original minimum donation each day until the artwork is chosen by a generous patron. The minimum donation required for each day of the auction is shown beneath each artwork. The minimum donation for the current day will be highlighted in red, beginning March 24.

But if you wait too long, your favorite artwork will be gone.

What is Gold Donor Day?
Artwork is available for a premium donation one day before the regular Reverse Auction opens.

How does the American Cancer Society receive the money?
E-mail me at Virginia(at) during the Reverse Auction that you wish to choose an artwork for at least the minimum donation listed for that day.