The West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s annual exhibition, Quilts and Wall Hangings 2011, is on display in the Great Hall of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The crowd-pleasing juried exhibition features 52 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. 6.

The exhibition includes work by 47 quilters from 22 counties. Winners were selected in four categories: pieced quilts, appliqued quilts, mixed/other quilts and wall hangings. First- ($750), second- ($400), and third-place ($300) awards were presented at 7 p.m., May 27, during the Friday evening concert of the Vandalia Gathering. 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, seven non-monetary honorable mention distinctions were made. A complete list of exhibitors and winners is attached.

Linda Luggen of Cincinnati, Ohio served as judge for this year’s exhibition. She is a nationally recognized quiltmaker, quilt teacher, lecturer and designer. She designs many of her own applique patterns. Her color sense and multi-layer techniques have led her to a new world of freedom in creative applique designs that she loves to share.

For more information about the Quilts and Wall Hangings 2011 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 The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Media Note: Contact Caryn Gresham at (304) 558-0220 for quilt photographs.


Barbour County

Mary Ellen Sparks, Philippi
Maple Leaf
3rd Place, Wall Hanging

Berkeley County

Akiko Pentony, Martinsburg
Ladies of the Sea
First Place, Applique
Best of Show

Patsy Smith, Martinsburg
Delight of the Iris

Boone County

Deborah Kinder, Orgas
Violetta Garden

Braxton County

Rosemary Fisher, Little Birch
Kaleidoscope of Kolor
2nd Place, Pieced

Donald Fritz, Sutton
Hearts and Roses
Honorable Mention, Wall Hanging

Joy Fritz, Sutton
Quilt Quest in Blue
Honorable Mention, Wall Hanging
Purchase Award

Cathy L. Sowa, Frametown
Dogwood Blossoms

Cabell County

Marian F. Crowe, Huntington
Circle of Hearts

Edna M. Meisel, Huntington
Stars and Stripes Forever!

Hancock County

Janie Bull, Weirton
Log Cabin Stars

Harrison County

Betty Bond, Lost Creek
Grandmother’s Garden Quilt
3rd Place, Mixed/Other

Brennice Cole, Salem
West Virginia Quilt

Elwanda Dennison, Mt. Clare
Ramblin’ Rose Meets Jamestown

Jackson County

Geneal Bailey, LeRoy
Dutch Tiles

Daisy Bennett, Ripley
Visions of West Virginia
Friendship Signature

Kanawha County

Betty Chandler, Charleston
Manor House

Catherine DeMarco, Elkview
Baltimore Album
Honorable Mention, Applique
Amish Pinwheel

Phyllis Griffith, Charleston
Log Cabin

Connie Huston, Charleston
1st Place, Pieced
Purchase Award

Barbara R. Lantz, Charleston
Christmas is Here
1st Place, Wall Hanging

Cindy Lilly, Elkview

Evelyn M. Miller, Charleston
Hummingbirds and Butterflies
2nd Place, Applique
Four Seasons
2nd Place, Wall Hanging

Janet C. Strickland, Charleston
Lover’s Knot

Lincoln County

Norma Blankenship, Alum Creek
Nine Patch Star

Logan County

Doris Ann Frazier, Man
Baltimore Album

Marion County

Karen Brown, Fairmont
Watercolor Bargello
Honorable Mention, Pieced

Lynda Sago, Fairmont
Summer Dance
Double Star Duo

Nancy A. Swisher, Fairmont
Pink and Black Dazzled

Mercer County

Carolyn Demopoulos, Bluefield
Chickadees in Blueberries

Monongalia County

Carolyn R. Gibson, Westover
Swing on a Star
3rd Place, Applique

Lou Dadyburjor, Morgantown
Summer Storm on Pike’s Peak

Preston County

Carol Miller, Bruceton Mills
Cupid’s Bow
Honorable Mention, Applique

Putnam County

Jerry Adkins, Hurricane
Art Deco at South Beach
3rd Place, Pieced

Judy Bell, Hurricane
Chicken Scratch Star

Mary L. Brown, Hurricane
Out of the Box

Gail Childress, Hurricane
Snake River
Honorable Mention, Pieced

Roberta Farmer, Hurricane
Mexican Rose

Cookie Ranson, Poca
Katie’s Pumpkin Patch

Raleigh County

Margaret McNeely, Beckley

Sharon Price, Beckley
Solar II
Honorable Mention, Mixed/Other

Randolph County

Fran Kordek, Elkins
Mariner’s Compass

Roane County

Hazeline Price, Spencer
Ladies of Leisure
2nd Place, Mixed Other

Gail Vaillancourt, Newton
Burgoyne Surrounded

Tyler County

Doris Lea Gatnell, Alma
Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Wayne County

Marguriette Perry, Huntington
Tulip Time
1st Place, Mixed/Other

Wetzel County

Mary M. Price, New Martinsville
Life is Good