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Mosaic birdhouse donated to The Food Bank and Neighbor to Neighbor April fundraising event.

In our community, artists are some of the most generous folks around. I’m certain that’s true in other parts of the country as well.

Here in northern Colorado, like everywhere else, the needs are great and the money is short.

There are so many worthwhile causes.

People are hurting.

Organizations need multiple fundraising events every year simply to keep their doors open.

Enter the Silent Auction

A popular event around town is the silent auction. It must be successful because everybody seems to be adding auctions to their fundraising arsenal.

As I attend these various events, I see generous contributions from local artists. Time and time again, these talented people donate gorgeous artwork to raise money.

If a person wanted to add to their art collection, the silent auction is a great way to do it. You can snag something from one of our local art superstars or give a boost to some of the amazing up and comers. And at the same time, help your favorite organization raise money.

Seems like one of those win-win situations.

I’m proud to say that over the years, Two Sisters Mosaics has participated in many silent auctions. It’s our way of lending our support to our community.

Many years ago I was talking with a lovely woman who’d graduated from Colorado State University in the 1930’s. She was an active donor to the University and involved in many alumnae events. She said, “Service to something we believe in is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on this planet.” Her words have followed me, inspired me, and definitely encouraged me to do what I can to pay my own rent.

Shameless Self Promotion Coming Up

Thought Bubbles by Two Sisters Mosaics

If you’re local, there are two events this week where you can “pay a little rent” and add to your art collection. You could even get something from two up and coming mosaic artists.

Cough. Cough.

No pressure of course!

The Museum of Art is winding up the Mask Exhibit on Friday. If you see something you like, get in there just before 9 PM to place your last bid.

Our donation, Thought Bubbles might be just the piece you need for that special place in your home.

And tonight, the Mathews House is holding their annual event called Cultivate Hope.  You can find more details on their website.

You’ll find a wide variety of artwork with a garden/growing theme.

We partnered with a friend at Garden Thyme to put together this planted mosaic garden pot. She did the plants and we did the mosaic.  Wouldn’t it be great on your deck this summer?

If you’re not local, please enjoy this little peek at our artwork!

Each of us is creative and energetic. What do you do to help “pay your rent?”  Leave a comment below. I’d love to  hear.

Thought Bubbles by Two Sisters Mosaics

Among the many things that draw my interest and keep me busy these days, is the ancient art form of mosaic. Five years ago my sister and I began making contemporary glass mosaic under the name Two Sisters Mosaics.

It has been one of the most gratifying endeavors I’ve ever undertaken. This may sound somewhat melodramatic, and I apologize in advance, but I believe I’ve been preparing to do mosaic my entire life.

I’ve dabbled in needlework, quilt making, collage, mixed media assemblage, and scrapbooking. And each has come in quite handy, as I’ve learned to cut pieces of glass and glue them into a beautiful design.

The Masks at the Museum of Art

For the last four years, Two Sisters Mosaics has participated in a fundraising event for the Fort Collins Museum of Art. Artists and community members are given a blank mask and invited to decorate it.

You Could Have One!

The finished masks are put on display at the museum and auctioned to the highest bidder. Most are done in a silent auction format, and a few are selected for a live auction and gala event hosted by the museum.

This year, the show opens the first of April with the masks on display for the whole month.

The gala event and auction is on April 30th. If you live in the area, you really should treat yourself to see this exhibit. It’s always amazing to see the depth and breadth of creativity from the participants.

My sister and I have worked out a system where we alternate years conceptualizing the mask design and doing the bulk of the work. It is simply too small a canvas for both of us to work at the same time. This happened to be my year.

Thought Bubbles

I wanted this year’s mask to represent the thousands of thoughts that exist in a person’s mind every day. The deep, connected thoughts as well as the random ones that flit through one’s head without ever sticking.

The piece is entitled “Thought Bubbles.”  It’s gorgeous in person (if I do say so myself!) The mask looks like melted chocolate and each turquoise stone and bead represents a thought.

I hope you’ll take a trip to the museum to see it.

And the others.

Of course, I’d love it if you place a bid.

P. S. Leave a comment and tell me what you think 🙂

 

 

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