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Annual quilt exhibition opens at the Cultural Center

Art and utility will unite as the West Virginia Division of Culture and History opens its annual exhibition, Quilts and Wall Hangings 2005, in the Great Hall of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The crowd-pleasing juried exhibition features 50 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 is on display through Sept. 5.

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.

Jane Brown of Winchester, Ky., was the judge for this year’s exhibition. She has been certified with the National Quilting Association since 1988 and has judged shows and exhibits in Kentucky, California, North Carolina and Tennessee. She holds a master’s degree in weaving and design from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and has been quilting for more than 25 years.

Quilts and Wall Hangings 2005 will be on display during the 29th annual Vandalia Gathering festival, which will be held this weekend 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 Norman L. Fagan West Virginia State Theater of the Cultural Center at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.

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 2005, call (304) 558-0162.

QUILTS AND WALL HANGINGS 2005 EXHIBITORS

Drema Beverley, Charleston
Sue’s Row Quilt

Betty Bond, Lost Creek
Nantucket Basket

Mary Brown, Hurricane
In the Beginning

Brenda Crosby Casto, Buckhannon
Bloomer Girls
1st Place Wall Hanging

Betty Chandler, Charleston
Beginning Again

Mary Lenhart Core, Huntington
Freda’s Tray
1st Place Mixed/Other
Best of Show

Lou Eva Dadyburjor, Morgantown
Take a Little Trip Around the World

Carolyn Demopoulos, Bluefield
Appalachian Wildflowers

Elwanda Dennison, Mt. Claire
Star Gazing

Jean Gladwell, Charleston
Wild Raspberry

Shelly Hardy, Charleston
Moon Glow
and
Bargello American Flag

Norma Jeffers, Belle
Glory Be

Pamela Johnson, Marlinton
Crazy Patch
Honorable Mention Mixed/Other

Fran Kordek, Elkins
Navigating Points

Barbara Lantz, Charleston
Coxcomb
2nd Place Applique
Purchase Award
and
Hollyhock Girls

Carol M. Lucas, Barboursville
West Virginia Hills
Honorable Mention Wall Hanging

Dessie Martin, South Charleston
Dutch Families

Janet McIntosh, Morgantown
Scheherazade

Shirley McKown, Charleston
Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Jo Mellert, Huntington
Through Grandmother’s Window
1st Place Applique

Jean Mercer, South Charleston
Grandmother’s Album with Pages Added
3rd Place Mixed/Other

Evelyn M. Miller, Charleston
Strolling Through the Meadow

Kay Miller, Bruceton Mills
Greenbrier Over October Pond

Cynthia Myerberg, Morgantown
True Colors

Alma Nichols, Quilter
Christine Kingery, Huntington
Dogwood

Linda Osborne, Culloden
Eureka

Martha Osborn, Charleston
Sunrise Bridge

Mary A. Parsons, Charleston
Spring Tulips

Juanita Reed, Charleston
Houses and Wreaths
and
Susan’s Flowers

Denise Roberts, Morgantown
Kaleidoscope Pinwheel
3rd Place Pieced

Linda Ross, Morgantown
Strips and Curves

Leslie Sabol, Charleston
Storm Warning

Deborah Simpson, Morgantown
Broken Star
2nd Place Pieced

Eva Siebold, Quilter
Anne M. Myers, Huntington
Birthday Symphony
1st Place Pieced

Sharon Snoddy, Huntington
The Blue Collection
2nd Place Wall Hanging

Pauline V. Stewart, Philippi
Double Wedding Ring

Marcia Stille, Charleston
In Full Bloom

Brenda Tate, Charleston
Of Cloth and Thread

Judith Tenney, Buckhannon
Winter Stars
Honorable Mention Pieced

Serena Toppins, Branchland
Peonies Over the Sun
and
The Red Barn

Mary E. Utt, Elkins
Mariner’s Compass

Gail Vaillancourt, Newton
Starry, Starry Night, Feathered Star

Deborah Wallace, Charleston
Chesapeake Rose
3rd Place Applique

Mary Lee Welliver, Buckhannon
Celtic Treasure
2nd Place Mixed/Other

Tanya West, Beckley
Fall Fusion
3rd Place Wall Hanging

Tamara Wines, Sissonville
Star Struck