I am very (VERY!!!) happy to have my piece “Tangerine Dreams” juried into Quilt National ‘19 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens Ohio. And may I say, I am in great company! As I gaze at the list of exhibitors, I see so many friends and artists that I admire. There are at least five fellow students from workshops I took when I first started out. I feel this will be an outstanding and very graphic show, and I’m so honored to be a part of it! In addition, one of my mentors will be exhibiting, the legendary Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, who I absolutely adore.
The very first time I entered was in 2012, for QN13, and to my surprise, my work “From a Seed” was accepted. I have entered the past two shows, but didn’t get in for different reasons. In 2014, I realized that my entry was going to be in a SAQA publication, so I had to withdraw it. (yikes) The second, in 2016, was a painted piece, “Fire Kachina Dances”, and it was not accepted.
This piece, which I will share only detail shots of (because I do support the element of surprise) is not very large, but I love the palette. I had been so busy with other things that I didn’t think I’d have anything to enter. However, at the last minute, I decided to push myself and finish it! The last two days were brutal as I was working 18 hours each day to finish what would normally take me a week or two. I’m not someone who enjoys the “designing process” under pressure. Now, the quilting I can do, because it doesn’t require the the same level of creativity, but it requires absolute focus. My body paid the price but I managed to finish, photograph and enter 5 hours before the deadline.
Therefore, I am super grateful that my hard “last minute” work was appreciated and chosen. I thank the Jurors, Françoise Barnes, Carolyn Ducey and Judy Kirpich, for appreciating my work and selecting it to be part of QN19!
Final night push!
Detail: Tangerine Dreams, 24” x 25”, pieced using cotton hand dyed by the artist.
Congratulations to all of the artists!