Hope Johnson of Shelburne won a Judge’s Choice Award at the 37th annual Vermont Quilt Festival contest and show held recently at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vt. Her quilt, “Hive in Summer,” is her original honeycomb design. She is showcasing the winning design at The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery during Art Hop on September 6-8 and at the Eastern Apicultural Society Conference in West Chester, Pa. from August 7-9. Johnson’s other stunning work, “6 Bees” and “Honeybee and Honeysuckle,” is currently on exhibit through Aug. 17 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery’s “Artistic Insights” in Burlington.
Beginning on Thursday, Johnson joined over 250 others in the annual contest that also included a category specifically for young quilters. Four national quilting authorities judged the quilts prior to the opening of the show. Entries were from the US, Canada, and abroad.
Festivities began at the Champagne and Chocolate Preview with the Awards Ceremony honoring quilt contest winners. Contest Chairman Joanne Lattrell and Festival Vice-Chairman Sharon Crowley presented the Best of Show Award to Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham, Maine and the Governor’s Award for Best Vermont Quilt to Elizabeth Schmidt of Williston. The Audrey LaValley Best Young Quilter award went to Kyla Perry, age 13, of Montgomery Center, and the Best Quilt Outside the United States Award to Melissa Bieman of Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
The festival, New England’s oldest and largest quilt event, attracts thousands of quilt enthusiasts from around the world. It displays hundreds of new and antique quilts in a variety of exhibits. Some 80 classes and lectures with nationally known quilt artists, and a colorful display of wares in the merchants’ mall add to the excitement. The festival also offers appraisals of new and antique quilts, free gallery talks, and vendor demonstrations and more. For more information, visit www.vqf.org.