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Annual quilt exhibition to open Friday at the Cultural Center

Art and utility will unite when the West Virginia Division of Culture and History opens its annual exhibition, Quilts and Wall Hangings 2004, on Friday in the Great Hall and Art Gallery of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The crowd-pleasing juried exhibition features 49 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. 6.

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.

Lois Smith of Rockville, Md., was the judge for this year’s exhibition. She is a nationally known teacher and judge, certified by the National Quilting Association. In addition to teaching throughout the United States, Smith has taught in Africa, Brazil, Canada and Scotland. She is well known for her distinctive sampler quilts, outstanding use of color, and subtle textural effects. One quilt, Golden Memories of Christmas, was Best of Show in the Houston Quilt Festival in 1988 and another one, Summertime Sampler, is part of the permanent collection of the American Quilters’ Museum in Paducah, Ky. Smith has written Fun and Fancy: Machine Quilting and Lois Smith’s Machine Quiltmaking.

Quilts and Wall Hangings 2004 will be on display during the 28th annual Vandalia Gathering festival, which will be held May 28-30 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 29.

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 2004, call (304) 558-0162.


Jo Anderson, South Charleston
Ariana’s Flowers
4th Place Wall Hangings

Geneal Bailey, Ripley
Cleopatra’s Puzzle
Cubes ’R Us

Linda Bailey, Beaver
Maltese Circles

Jane E. Bowers, Norton
Sue Nickels (machine applique)
A Sampler of Techniques

Frances Braden, Wheeling
Garden Stroll

Mary L. Brown, Hurricane
Out of the Darkness

Cabin Creek Quilts, Malden, Thomas
Sharon Ford, Dolly Cummins, Quilters
Dorothy Demboski, Designer
Log Cabin, Sunshine and Shadow
1st Place Pieced, Purchase Award

Betty Jane Chandler, Charleston
Times and Seasons
3rd Place Mixed Other

Mary Lenhart Core, Huntington
Through Grandmother’s Window
2nd Place Applique

Catherine DeMarco, Elkview
Snails’ Trails

Elwanda Dennison, Mt. Clare
Feathered Floral Medallion
Honorable Mention Pieced

Charli Fulton, Charleston
Wheel of Light
3rd Place Wall Hangings

Helen Jackson, Harrisville
Tulip Patch

Norma Jeffers, Belle
Full Circle
Mimi’s Garden

Linda Jones, Morgantown
Safe in Thy Breast
1st Place Wall Hangings

Fran Kordek, Elkins
String Stars in Vintage Fabrics

Barbara R. Lantz, Charleston
Honorable Mention Wall Hangings
Piece of Cake with Grapes on the Side
1st Place Applique, Best of Show

Judy Lilly, Winfield
Brown Sugar Sampler
2nd Place Mixed Other

Charlene Linville, Morgantown
Log Cabin and Fans
2nd Place Pieced

Evelyn M. Miller, Charleston
A-Tisket, A-Tasket
Evelyn’s Vineyard
3rd Place Applique

Cynthia Myerberg, Morgantown
Happy Hour
5th Place Wall Hangings

Linda L. Osborne, Culloden
Sunshine Star

Mary A. Parsons, Charleston
Winding Ways
Roses ’N Ivy
Honorable Mention Applique

Hazeline Price, Spencer
Sun Bonnet Sue All Through the Year

Denise L. Roberts, Morgantown
Pearfection 2

Linda C. Ross, Morgantown
Courthouse Steps

Elsie Lou Templeton Sell, Wheeling
Crystal Blue Elegant Nosegay
West Virginia Stars

Janet Simpson, Morgantown
Stack ’N Whack
3rd Place Pieced

Patsy A. Smith, Martinsburg
Blooming Nine Patch

Mary Sparks, St. Albans
Garden Delight
2nd Place Wall Hangings

Judith Tenney, Buckhannon
Grandmother’s Flower Garden
Scarborough Fair
1st Place Mixed Other

Serena L. Toppins, Branchland
Country Roads
Purchase Award
Broken Star

Pam Tice, Charleston
Moon and Stars Quilters
Ann Jenkins (long arm quilting professional)
If the Shoe Fits

Gail Vaillancourt, Newton
Jewelled Bear Paw

Louella Jarrell Vance, Barboursville
Sweetheart Rose

Marge Wade, Moorefield
Moon Over the Mountain

Florence Webber, New Martinsville

Janet Webber, New Martinsville
Edna Dennison

Tanya M. West, Beckley
A Wedding in the Garden

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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