Spotlight on Community

Pray for the Cure is the theme for this year’s Friendship Star Quilters Guild Salad Luncheon and Silent Auction benefitting Relay for Life.

Bergman plate

Posted on 4/23/16

By Melissa Anderson

The event is slated for Saturday, April 30 at noon at the Langdon Research Extension Center.

The Guild was start in 2001, and over the past 15 years, it’s members have made numerous donations of quilts, baby blankets, children’s pillow cases, and Christmas stockings made and filled to area organizations. The guild also has donated other non-quilting related items such as school supplies, food, and winter necessities such as caps and mittens.

For the past 12 years the guild has held an annual luncheon and silent auction, raising over $22,000 for the Relay for Life. This year, the guild hopes to continue their success as guild members make and donate items for the silent auction. The silent auction this year will have over 50 items including a very special donation from the keynote speaker.

“The guild is honored to have a very special hand-painted piece of art donated by John Bergman that will be available for the silent auction,” Pam Luhmann, a Guild member said.

Bergman’s donation will be an 8 by 10 inch framed tile of double roses, similar to that pictured. Bergman values the piece at $350.

Bergman is an internationally  known porcelain artist recognized for his unique style of porcelain painting that utilizes dark and bright colors in a style more of an impressiontic painter than a naturalistic.

“When I went to my first Porcelain exhibition I took it by storm,” Bergman said, “For I was doing things they said you could not do on porcelain.”

Bergman first learned to paint on porcelain from his mother when he had his first bout of issues with his liver in the 70’s.

“My liver was very enlarged, and I could only sit or stand, so my mother taught me to paint porcelain while I was recovering from that session with my liver,” Bergman stated.

With only the fundamentals of porcelain painting he learned from his mother to guide him, Bergman was on his own to perfect his craft. His skills and artistry would make him become internationally known and sought after to teach others what he had taught himself.

“I have been teaching and exhibiting world-wide. I have taught masters in the field and have shown my work in every state in the union and Canada plus many galleries including the San Francisco Art Museum. Bergman said.

Having traveled the world with his art and meeting many wonderful people that otherwise he would not have, Bergman has settled in back in his hometown of Hoople.

When the Friendship Star Quilters Guild asked Bergman to be their keynote speaker, he readily accepted the request as he himself is a cancer survivor.

“It has totally changed my way of thinking on life,” Bergman said of his experience with cancer.

Bergman’s keynote address for the luncheon is titled “Before and After” and will be about what Bergman was before cancer, what happened to  him during the procedure and how it has affected his life.

“The reason I said yes to speak is that I thought there might be someone out there that could hear a success story,” Bergman explained, “And that now a days that is a total possibility.”

Bergman stressed that yearly check-ups are a must as just ‘feeling well’ does not always mean you are healthy.

“Cancer is a quiet killer,” Bergman stated.

Be sure to pick up your tickets for the Friendship Star Quilters Guild Luncheon at one of the following locations: Sports and Shirts, Sew on & Sew North and Langdon Floral Shop. Tickets are $10 and available now.