Fuse #8

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Egg Auction

And while I'm on the topic of art you can purchase, let's talk poultry. Not all the news I hand you is up-to-date, I admit. Take, for example, the Open Fields School Great Goose Egg Auction. Thacher Hurd, Gail Gibbons, Marla Frazee, Leo and Diane Dillon, Susan Jeffers, Eric Rohmann, Emily Arnold, McCully, Ed Young, Paul Zelinsky (it moves!), and even Grace Lin (amongst many many other) earlier this year all contributed their own unique paintings... on eggs.

The press release about the auction of these puppies had this to say:
Perennially popular, and always eggciting, this event is the largest fundraiser for Open Fields, a small, independent elementary school founded in 1971 in Thetford Hill, Vermont. Rolled out every two years, the Great Goose Eggstravaganza has earned as much as $18,000 in just three hours of spirited bidding, with eggs going for as little as $25 and as much as, yes, $1,000. It is a tribute to the excellence and creativity (and sense of humor) of Open Fields that it can attract such a gaggle of locally and nationally famous artists to regularly cook up an egg for this auction.
Every two years, eh? A pity. I wouldn't mind seeing a flurry of different artists every year. In lieu of that, I'll simply leave you with my favorite of the lot. It's by D.B. Johnson.


At 10:30 AM , Blogger Elaine Magliaro said...

Well, you WILL be able to see a flurry of new snowflake art in 2007 at the Robert's Snow website.


Go to the site and read about the 2004 and 2005 Robert's Snow auctions that raised over $200,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Look at all the beautiful snowflakes created for the auctions--many by some of the most renowned picture book illustrators.

And...after that check out my post at Blue Rose Girls for an idea for a lovely holiday gift book. (All of the book's royalties will be donated to Dana-Farber for cancer research.)

At 12:06 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Elaine, you read my mind. Late last night I thought about linking to the snowflake page alongside this egg one. But I was tired and it seemed like too much work so I decided to post it the next night. I'll definitely still do so, but I commend you for thinking along the same lines. The two projects go hand in hand.

At 5:28 PM , Blogger Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks a million, Fuse! I have no doubt that a mention on your blog with a link to our "snowflake page" will bring a lot of visitors to Blue Rose Girls.

ROBERT'S SNOWFLAKES, sad to say, didn't get much press last year. We had been hoping that the book would raise a good amount of money for Dana-Farber and cancer research. Maybe with the help of children's literature bloggers like you, the book will sell thousands more this year.


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