Except for the artists, who feel , well, cheated and somewhat humiliated. We can't deduct the price of our donation from our income taxes the way businesses can--only the cost of materials. It's not a fruitful market for innovative art, so a piece is likely to sell for a rather pitiful sum (usually to a friend)--pretty embarrassing. And it's clear that the sponsoring organization would prefer the donation of a beer cooler or a sentimental plaque made in China rather than a carefully composed and nicely finished wall hanging. Now, I acknowledge that this is small minded whining--"What's your problem, it's for charity!" And I do have the option of just donating a check in the first place (truly the most efficient way of raising money).
But I still have to consider: a lot of work goes into organizing these functions. They're an important part of life in a small town. My friends and neighbors notice what goes on. Last year I bought several items that I enjoy, and in fact I did purposely bid them up. So I've decided to reassess the market and make something that people will appreciate.
The dinner/auction next week benefits the Police Department and enables them to purchase extra equipment for the officers. In the past it has financed things like new bulletproof vests. So I hope that this chenille teddy bear with his/her gold badge will bring in some cash. The chenille was dyed with indigo and bois d'arc/osage orange a couple of years ago, while the stripey batik is a commercial remnant.
I like making bears, especially when they suddenly develop personality after the eyes, nose and mouth are completed. Patrick used to love this part; he really got a kick out of watching the bear evolve. It's a day's work, a lot less than a wall hanging.
I'll take this fellow over to the Police Department and see how it goes. If people bid on it, then I know what to make for the next auction.