Quilt National 2011 opened this past Friday. I am very proud to be a part of this most excellent show, and I was glad I had the opportunity to attend the opening reception and associated activities at the Dairy Barn Arts Center.
Along with 2 of the 3 jurors, an unprecedented 66 of 88 artists traveled to Athens, Ohio, for the opening. It was great to be able to meet so many artists whose work I’ve long admired, and to see others again whom I’d met before. There’s something really invigorating about being in the midst of so many creative minds all at once. I tried to get photos of as many of these artists with their work as I could. (A few of them escaped my efforts.)
If you haven’t already, you should get a copy of this year’s book, available directly from the Dairy Barn. (I know you can get it for less on Amazon, but it’s important to support the organizations who are so instrumental in providing exhibition venues for art quilts.)
Congratulations to all the exhibitors who participated in this exhibition, and especially to the award winners. I would like to extend my grateful thanks and appreciation to Quilt National Director Kathleen Dawson and to all the staff and volunteers at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, for all their incredibly hard work in making this exhibition a fantastic success and for planning the wonderful events for the artists. Thanks also to everyone who enters the show year after year, myself among them, making the exhibition a possibility!