OMG! Koi won Viewer’s Choice! Earlier this year, I was elated when I learned that two of my art quilts, Clothed in Color and Koi, had been juried in to the Out of the Blue art quilt exhibit at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, Massachusetts. I was even more tickled when I learned that Koi would be the publicity image for the show (blogpost Koi on the publicity card, Whistler). The Artists’ Reception was yesterday, August 15, and I was so happy to see the beautiful quilts and meet many of the artists and I was even more thrilled with the award. I’m honored to be in such elite company.
After winning Viewer’s Choice for Koi at the Out of the Blue exhibit, Whistler House Museum of Art
When I first moved to Maine, I visited a show at the Whistler and thought “if I can ever get in to this exhibit, I will know my skill level has reached where I want it to be.” So I feel grateful and rewarded that a decade of learning, working hard and creating art has raised the quality of my work to be worthy of being included here.
View of the exhibit
I took many photos of the Out of the Blue exhibit, but realize I totally forgot to get one of Clothed in Color and its neighbors. The photographer for the event got one, though, so I may be able to share that. Apparently there is a cash award that comes with the prize–my second cash award (other one, Fields of Gold, was in Houston a few years back), and my second Viewer’s Choice (the other was for Bijagos Warrior, many years ago at the San Juan County Fair). Needless to say, I’m thrilled and honored.
Betty Busby won two awards, The Whistler House Award and Juror’s Award. One was for this stunning southwest landscape (sorry I don’t have a non-blocked-by-person image!)
Then, there is Betty’s dramatic Willow Revisited:
Willow Revisited, 66 x51 inches. This large quilt by Betty Busby won the other award. It is quite large and very stunning.
Jill Kerttula also had two breathtaking pieces in the show. I kept going back to look at VA Beach.
I was absolutely enchanted by Jill Kerttula’s two quilts. She described how she loves photography, and makes works where the photo is enriched by the stitching, and the stitching is supported by the photography. This piece is VA Beach.
Blue Brush by Jill Kerttula also won a Whistler House award and was impeccably designed and created.
The level of excellence of the selected works was tops.
Viewers looking at Koi.
Here are a few other of the many good pieces, art quilts that struck me:
Volta #4: Confrontation, by Sandra Palmer Ciolino, has wonderful quilting.
Ovum Blocks #2 by Valerie Maser-Flanagan; lots of great surface design.
Two small works. Top: Circle the Block by Deborah Babin. Bottom: The Threaded Cat Blues By Rita Daley Hannifin
Zakim on the Charles and Blue Abstract by Lori Kay
Wen Redmond’s Trees Singing
Your view as you walked into the gallery, which was set with tables for the reception.