Sunday, September 11, 2011

Surprise: an award!

Torrie and I went to the artists' reception for Salem Art Association's show, Bits & Pieces: Intuitive Quilts from the NW and Beyond this past Fri. night, since we both had quilts juried into this show.  It was a really fun time -- people were friendly, the energy was high.  Several times I overheard comments such as "finally, quilts are being accepted as fine art."
We were there for about an hour and a half when someone pointed out to me that the tag on my quilt said "Merit Award."    I don't know how I missed that, but it was true!  When the awards were announced, my name was the first one called.  It was a huge thrill, happily shared with several friends and family members.  (Thanks to those who came out that night!)  We had planned to go out for dinner afterward to celebrate my first juried show.  As it turned out,  there was even more to celebrate!
Merit Award:  my "Natural Symphony"quilt.
 There were three other Merit Awards presented.  Two went to Jean Wells for her two quilts below:
Merit Award:  "Coffee Country" by Jean Wells.

Merit Award: "Steppin Out" by Jean Wells

 In my excitement, I've forgotten the recipient of the 4th Merit Award.  (That, plus other details, I'll add later after I've returned from seeing the show again.)

The award for Best of Show went to Salem's Kay Worthington, whom I met for the first time that night.  (I'll add a photo of her award-winning quilt later . . . my camera's batteries died early in the show!)

LOVED this one!  (title/maker to be added)

Another entry by Kay Worthington.

The color RED was well-represented at this show.  (Title/maker to be added)
 The show will be up until Oct. 15 at Salem's Bush Barn Art Center.


  1. Your quilt is exquisite! And it is definitely my favorite of all that you have shared here (I'll get in to see the show soon). Definitely deserves an award of merit - bright vibrant colors, beautiful design -- really touches my artistic fancy!

  2. I came to your site because Jo Burley commented on your FB post and she is a friend of mine. I came to your site to see the quilts. They are just lovely. Congratulations on your award. You deserve it. Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed seeing this beautiful work.

  3. Thanks to both of you for your kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed this quilt (and the few photos of the show -- I still need to return with my camera to photograph more). This project did have me stumped for a bit, but I'm happy that I persevered and finished it. Being in this show made it all worthwhile!

  4. Joanna, just found your blog! And Congratulations! The quilt was deserving of the award, and it looks like you are in terrific company!