The annual Red Ribbon Art Auction raises about 6.5 percent of Douglas County AIDS Project's annual budget.
Sue Ashline believes the Douglas County AIDS Project is serious about its work, so when its staff calls each year to ask her to donate one of her artworks to the Red Ribbon Art Auction, she gladly agrees.
"It's a really heartfelt cause," the Lawrence artist said. "They do such good work, I want to support them."
Ashline is a veteran of the DCAP auction, having donated her work for four or five years. Typically she hands over paintings -- acrylic and guache on paper -- but this year bidders can put their money down for one of her broken-pottery vases.
Ashline, who owns and operates The Right Angle Framers at 803 1/2 Mass., finds she has less and less time to paint.
"I don't get enough done in a year to donate. ... It's hard for me to give up the paintings," she said, adding that she also donates her work to the annual Douglas County Humane Society art auction. "So I began doing this."
The colorful works begin with a glass vase on which she applies grout and pieces of broken china and dishes found at thrift stores and antique shops.
Ashline, who has a degree in painting from Kansas University, has been showing her works for about 30 years. While her style of painting has basically remained the same, she has varied her media from oil on canvas to oil on paper to acrylics and guache on paper.
Other artists donating to the Red Ribbon Art Auction are Alan Brummell, ceramics; Jan Gaumnitz, ceramic angel; Charles Jones, copper and metal floor lamp; Colette Bangert, colored pencil and ink drawing; Tim Carpenter, handcrafted wood chair; Jane Fortun, oil painting; Patrick Haskett, pencil and tempera portrait; Aeralyn Holmes, ceramics; Ron Hinton, sterling silver with bronze brooch.
Fred Pawlicki, photography; Carol Gilham Jones, quilted wall hanging; Rollin Karg, glasswork; Holly Green, acrylic and sculpture; Nate Fors, laminated color Xerox collage; Mary Garvin, photo/photogram; Michael Florian Jilg, hand-colored lithograph; Stan Herd, photo of earthwork; Debbie Howe, sterling silver napkin pin; Lane Czaplinski, oil painting; Mary Kuehl, acrylic painting; Nancy Marshall, oil on canvas.
Helen Martin, ceramics; Jack Ozegovic, watercolor and colored pencil; Karl Ramberg, pencil on paper; Celia Smith, limited-edition offset print; Dave Van Hee, mixed media; Cathy Mowery, fiberwork; Zigmunds Priede, digital imaging and collage; Joan Silver, sumi ink, Oriental brush on rice paper; Glenda Taylor, stoneware; and Allan Wilkinson, sterling silver, 14-karat gold, morenci turquoise jewelry.
Other works that will be auctioned include a Zuni multicolored silver bracelet and a lithograph by the late Dennis Helm.
Robert Stephan, former Kansas attorney general, will serve as auctioneer. Steve Orcutt, an auctioneer from Iola, will assist him.
Pam Casagrande, DCAP director, said the auction will bring in about 6.5 percent of the agency's annual budget of $150,000. The agency has 36 clients, up seven from last year. Half of the clients have been diagnosed with AIDS; the other half are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
In addition to helping its clients with their needs, DCAP has a goal of educating the community about HIV and AIDS.
Casagrande said DCAP is grateful to the artists who donate to the auction.
"The artists in this community," she said, "have been supporting us for the past five years and have enabled us to continue our services."
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