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Annual Cultural Center quilt exhibition to open Friday


(photos of award winners available for download below)

Art and utility combine in Quilts and Wall Hangings 2003, which will open Friday in the Great Hall and the Art Gallery of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The crowd-pleasing annual juried exhibition features 58 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 has become a tradition with visitors from all over the United States and abroad. The exhibition will remain on display through Sept. 1.

Prizes were awarded in four categories: pieced quilts, appliqued quilts, mixed/other quilts, and wall hangings. A complete list of exhibitors and winners is attached.

Priscilla Godfrey of Philomont, Va., was the judge for this year’s exhibition. Editor of the National Quilting Association’s (NQA) Certified Quilt Judges Quarterly, Godfrey also has been chairman of the NQA Judges Certification Program and served as moderator of the group’s annual retreat. Her quilts have been exhibited in NQA shows around the country, and in 1995, her quilt collection was featured in the galleries of the organization’s headquarters in Ellicott City, Md.

Quilts and Wall Hangings 2003 will be on display during the 27th annual Vandalia Gathering festival, which will be held May 23-25 at the Cultural Center and on the State Capitol grounds. The exhibition awards will be presented to the winning quiltmakers in a ceremony preceding the Vandalia Gathering concert in the West Virginia State Theater of the Cultural Center at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24.

The Cultural Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The Archives Library is closed on Sunday. For more information about Quilts and Wall Hangings 2003, call (304) 558-0162.

(the links below open publication-quality images of the quilts, in the 250-400K file size range)

Quilts and Wall Hangings 2003 Exhibitors

Jeanette Albaugh, Lewisburg
Falling Leaf

Jo Anderson, South Charleston

Linda Bailey, Beaver
Friendship Dahlia
3rd Place Applique
Nasturtium Block

Carolyn Sue Baker, Waverly
Leafy Sampler

Louise Barton, Charleston

Havonda Shaver Bowers, Charles Town
Boston Commons

Jane E. Bowers, Norton
Gracie’s Garden Sampler
5th Place Wall Hangings

Frances Fischer Braden, Wheeling
Old Fashion Charm

Mary L. Brown, Hurricane
Dresden Garden

Betty Chandler, Charleston
Old Rabbits
When You Believe
Best Use of Color

Gail Childress, Hurricane
2nd Place Pieced

Catherine DeMarco, Elkview
Hidden Wells
Double Wedding Ring
3rd Place Pieced

Carolyn Demopoulos, Bluefield
Garden Glories

Roberta Farmer, Hurricane
Boston Common

Carolyn Gibson, Westover
Echos of Bittersweet

Dilla J. Given, Milton
Bursting Star
Honorable Mention

Jean Gladwell, Charleston
Glorified Nine-Patch

Phyllis Griffith, South Charleston
Flying Geese in the Log Cabin

Terry Lee Harper, Charleston
Celebrating West Virginia Statehood:
A Civil War Sampler
Honorable Mention/Purchase Award

Helen Henegar, St. Marys
Flowers in My World

Chris A. Hoke, Middlebourne
Sara’s Morning Glories

Helen Jackson, Harrisville
Beyond the Galaxy

Norma Jeffers, Belle
Choice Magnolias
Purchase Award

Rexine Johnson, Cross Lanes
PS I Love You
Double Wedding Ring

Nellie Jones, Charleston
Dots and Dashes

Fran Kordek, Elkins
Chimneys, Cornerstones, Strings and Star

Barbara R. Lantz, Charleston
All Things Bright and Beautiful
1st Place Wall Hangings
White Magic
3rd Place Mixed/Other

Judy Lilly, Winfield
Technicolor Spiral
4th Place Wall Hangings

Nancy L. Martin, St. Marys
$200,000 Celtic Tulips

Kathleen Matherly, Flat Top
2000 Album Quilt

Janet Jo McIntosh, Morgantown
Autumn’s Dance of Leaves
1st Place Pieced

Evelyn M. Miller, Charleston
My Walk on the Wild Side
2nd Place Applique
Promise of a Lifetime
3rd Place Wall Hangings

Simone Montfort, Charleston
Strips and Curves
Honorable Mention

Irene Murrock, Rand
Breakfast in Bed

Cynthia Myerberg, Morgantown
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

Linda Osborne, Culloden

Juanita Reed, Charleston
Flower Garden
1st Place Applique/Purchase Award
Best of Show

Linda C. Ross, Morgantown
Calendar Charm
2nd Place Mixed/Other

Elsie Lou Templeton Sell, Wheeling
Victorian Wheeling Butterflies
Honorable Mention

Patsy Smith, Martinsburg
Pretty Pansies

Mary R. Sparks, St. Albans
Summer Dreams
2nd Place Wall Hangings

Marcia Stille, Charleston
Noel Star

Judith Tenney, Buckhannon
Morning Glory
1st Place Mixed/Other

Joyce N. Timson, Princeton
Four Red Hearts

Serena L. Toppins, Branchland
Summer Scene

Janet Veltri, Charleston
Feathered Star

Sharon L. Waggy, Charleston
Aye, Calypso!

June Waters, Martinsburg
(with Ruth Wright)
Railroad Nostalgia

Darene Webb, Cross Lanes

Tanya M. West, Beckley


Ginny Painter
Director of Public Information
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
Phone (304) 558-0220
Fax (304) 558-2779