One of the highlights of the 25th anniversary conference for Studio Art Quilt Associates was the 2nd annual Spotlight Auction. Artists donated a small piece 4.5 x 6.5 inches, and they were displayed after the banquet. Three tables were set up with all the pieces beautifully matted and placed with silent bidding sheets. It was very exciting to watch, as bidders vied with one another for their favourite pieces. I was elated when a bidding war started on my piece and it ended up in the collection of one of SAQA's most ardent supporters, Maureen Hendricks. I am thrilled to have a piece in her extensive collection of art quilts and am delighted she and I were able to support this very important arts organization.
Avo's story is a poignant one. I corresponded with the photographer because I was so drawn to this man's face and was interested to know the back story. Rosalind Amorin wrote:
His name was Emanuel Amorim and he was my father-in-law. He was from the Azores and immigrated, along with many of his family, to Canada in the 50's and worked on the tobacco farms of Southern Ontario. He was not an educated man but he knew how to grow everything in the garden and taught me a thing or two. He liked to grow his own grapes and make wine too. I wish I had taken more pictures of him in typical moments. We took him back to his island about four years before he passed away hoping it would stir some good memories but he was a little lost and had a hard time understanding that he was back home. So much had changed. Some of the old landmarks gone. Many of his friends passed on. The photo you painted was one I took as we sat in an old friend's house listening to stories of times past.