CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s annual exhibition, Quilts and Wall Hangings 2013, was unveiled in the Great Hall and the south wing of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston on Friday, May 24, 2013.
The crowd-pleasing juried exhibition features 62 exquisite quilts and wall hangings representing the talents of West Virginia quilters. Quiltmaking is one of West Virginia’s oldest and most treasured art forms, and this annual display is a favorite with visitors from all over the United States and abroad. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 2.
The exhibition includes work by 57 quilters from 23 counties. Winners were selected in four categories: pieced quilts, appliqued quilts, mixed/other quilts and wall hangings. Awards were presented at 7 p.m., May 24, during the Friday evening concert of the Vandalia Gathering. Quilt awards are $750 for first place, $400 for second place, and $300 for third place. The Wall Hanging awards are $400 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. The Division also made two purchase awards, one quilt and one wall hanging, and the judge designated a Best of Show prize of $100. In addition, eight non-monetary honorable mention distinctions and a Judge’s Choice award were made. A complete list of exhibitors and winners is attached. High resolution photographs are available at http://www.wvculture.org/museum/Quilts/quilt2013/2013quiltphotos.html
“The quilt exhibition in the Great Hall is one of our most popular and colorful exhibitions,” said Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith of the Division. “Visitors enjoy the fine handiwork of West Virginians whose creativity and appreciation of tradition are showcased in the quilts and wall hangings we feature.”
Beverly Fine, a National Quilting Association Certified Judge from Haymarket, Va., served as judge for this year’s exhibition. She made her first quilt for a friend when she was in high school, and became a dedicated quilter in 1996. Fine focuses her work on monoprinting, or using an etching press and/or fabric marbling, as well as dye-painting and shibori techniques. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows, including the Fitchburg Art Museum and the Johsonia Gallery in Fitchburg, Mass.; the Whistler House Museum of Art, the Brush Art Gallery and Studios and the New England Quilt Museum, all in Lowell, Mass. She recently co-authored the book Guide to Judged Quilt Shows, available through www.nqa.org or Amazon.
The Culture Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information about the Quilts and Wall Hangings 2013 exhibit, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner for the Division, at (304) 558-0220.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
QUILTS AND WALL HANGINGS 2013 EXHIBITORS
Phyliss “Toni” Asbury
Diana L. Beverage
Norma R. Blankenship
Mary L. Brown
Brenda Crosby Casto
Linda Diane Dolan
Mary “Jan” Dowell
Doris A. Frazier
Jennifer F. McCulty
Evelyn M. Miller
Dorothy J. Mills
Pam Tice Newman
Mary A. Parsons
Marguriette “Corky” Perry
Lynda J. Sago
Barbara J. Skidmore
Cathy L. Sowa
St. Andrew United Methodist Church
Nancy A. Swisher
Demmie Darlene Webb