Thursday, December 22, 2011

Artists Helping Artists...

Once again, several artists from the blog community have decided to band together to help a fellow artist in need.  This time, the proceeds go to Penny of SparrowSalvage.  She was recently in a terrible car accident; she was injured and her mother passed away.  My heart and prayers go out to her in this dark time.

For me, the holiday season has always been about giving.  And in this spirit I created a necklace to auction off here on my blog.  BUT... as I stared at the piece, I wasn't really satisfied.  It was pretty and all that... but it didn't really mean anything to me.  So, I decided to go BIGGER.  Not so much in size, but in emotional value.

The piece that I'm auctioning off contains a focal lampwork glass bead made by the late, Shannon Hill.  He was a talented artist who added beauty to the world and was always friendly.  He faced his illness bravely and embraced life right up until the end.

I've held on to this bead for years, wanting to use it in some special way.  It has seen many incarnations, but finally found its way into this piece.  I've set the bead in a unique fine silver prong and basket-weave setting.  The pod-shaped form dangles from handmade, fine silver rings.  The focal is paired with ceramic beads from Keith O'Connor, Swarovski crystals, faceted amazonite, Thai silver, and faceted pearls.

I definitely don't have a lot of extra cash laying around, especially this time of year and with the store, but I wanted to contribute to Penny's recovery and to help ease a painful time.  I wanted to donate something that really meant something to me.

The starting bid for this piece is $20.

Would you like to add this piece to your collection?

Please leave a comment on this post for this necklace with your bid.  If you are the winning bidder, you will receive an invoice after the close of the auction.  The auction closes at midnight EST Wednesday, December 28th.  There must be a way to contact you.  If you have email preferences turned off in your profile, please leave your email address as well.

But wait... that's not all!  Many other artist are auctioning off items to help out as well!

Maria Richmond and Nan Emmett have both generously offered up pieces for auction.  CLICK HERE to visit Maria's auction and CLICK HERE to visit Nan's auction on this blog.

Other artists have decided to help out as well!  Please visit these other artists listed below and place your bids today:

Thank you for bidding and happy holidays!


Lesley said...

Andrew that necklace is beautiful - it has a lovely aura of serenity ad grace. I'll happily up the bidding to $50.

Lorelei Eurto said...

I will bid $60

The Last Day One said...

I will bid $75

Michelle Mach said...

Gorgeous! I'm posting this on Twitter. Good luck!

Lesley said...

I'll bid $80.