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Annual quilt exhibition opens at the Cultural Center

Art and utility unite with the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s annual exhibition, Quilts and Wall Hangings 2006, in the Great Hall and Art Gallery of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The crowd-pleasing juried exhibition features 61 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 wall hangings will be on display through Aug. 20 while the quilts can be seen until Sept. 4.

Prizes were awarded in four categories: pieced quilts, appliqued quilts, mixed/other quilts and wall hangings. First- ($500), second- ($400), and third-place ($300) awards were made in all four categories. In addition, fourth- ($200) and fifth-place awards ($100) were made in the wall hanging category. The Division also made two purchase awards, one quilt and one wall hanging, and the judge designated a Best of Show prize of $100. A complete list of exhibitors and winners in attached.

Anita Shackelford of Bucyrus, Ohio, was the judge for this year’s exhibition. She has been certified with the National Quilting Association (NQA) since 1982, and has been involved in judging shows at local, regional and national levels. She currently is the program coordinator and serves on the faculty for the NQA’s Quilt Judging Seminar. Her quilts have been exhibited in shows across the United States and in Australia, winning many awards including 12 Best of Shows and others for workmanship.

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 2006, call (304) 558-0162.

The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, 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 Department of Arts, Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

MEDIA NOTE: Publicity photos may be downloaded from the Division’s website at

quilts and wall hangings 2006 exhibitors

Jo Anderson, South Charleston

Sun Worshipers

Linda Bailey, Beckley

Grandmother’s Window Garden

Second Place, Pieced

Daisy Bennett, Ripley

Amish Sampler

Billie Bennington, South Charleston

Cecil’s Turkeybird

Jean Bertozzi, Paden City


Bernice Boddy, Dunbar

The Rose Sampler

Ella Boggess, Sherman

Grandma’s Flower Garden

Betty Bond, Lost Creek

King’s X


Strip Mine

Mary Brown, Hurricane

Log Cabin Twist

Maralyn Campbell, Burlington

West Virginia Blessings

First Place, Mixed/Other

Norma Carpenter, Huntington

Spring Flowers

First Place, Wall Hanging

Brenda Casto, Buckhannon

Baltimore Beauty

Fifth Place, Wall Hanging

Betty Chandler, Charleston

Manor House

Second Place, Mixed/Other

Gerry Chapman, Ripley

Basket of Flowers


Country Cottage

Ferrol Cotton, Huntington

Nine Patch

Third Place, Pieced

Mary Core, Huntington


Honorable Mention, Wall Hanging

Myrtle Cox, Hurricane

Dresden Plate

Jean Cronin, Harrisville

Morning Glory Bow Tie

Marian Crowe, Huntington

Woodland Creatures

Third Place, Applique

Catherine DeMarco, Elkview

Mariner’s Compass

Thomasene Everly, Morgantown

Broken Star

Lisa Fiorini-Ahmad, Morgantown

Ocean Treasures

Linda Fredrick, Morgantown

Broken Star

Jane Frenke, Berkeley Springs

Dancing Log Cabin


Dancing Log Cabin

Heather Fox, Rainelle


Purchase Award

Pat Habenschuss, South Charleston

Ribbons and Roses


Stained Glass Iris

Sara Hoblitzell, Charleston

Rosewood Cottage

Irene Humphreys, Elkview

Stack and Whack

Connie Huston, Charleston

Little Latte

Norma Jeffers, Belle

168 Circle Square



Annette Jennings, Beckley

Home Together

Regina Kelley, Elk Garden


Fran Kordek, Elkins

West Virginia Memories


Baskets and Buds

Third Place, Wall Hanging

Barbara Lantz, Charleston

Visions of Christmas

Cathy McDiarmid, Barboursville

My Lady’s Fans

Jo Mellert, Huntington

Road to Bethlehem

Evelyn Miller, Charleston

Spring Trellis


Ring Around the Posies

Fourth Place, Wall Hanging

Pamela Miller, Albright


Mary Parsons, Charleston

Bird’s Delight

Second Place, Applique


Poppy Vase

Second Place, Wall Hanging

Juanita Reed, Charleston


Third Place, Mixed/Other

Roane County Committee on Aging


Missouri Puzzle

Denise Roberts, Morgantown

Kaleidoscope Pinwheel

Honorable Mention, Pieced


Twisted Bargello

Linda Ross, Morgantown

Inspired by Words

Janet Simpson, Morgantown


First Place, Pieced

Marcia Stille, Charleston

Spring Garden

Lucy Stewart, Clarksburg

Friendly Village of West Virginia

Judith Tenney, Buckhannon

Winding Rose

First Place, Applique

Best of Show

Purchase Award


Stars and Stars

Serena Toppins, Branchland

The Lighthouse

Gail Vaillancourt, Newton

Cloisonne Kaleidoscope

Janet Veltri, Charleston

Leather and Suede

Tanya West, Beckley

Mariner’s Compass