Icing On The Cake

Last Friday night my husband and I attended the opening reception for a landscape art show called Against The Sky because my “Sunset On Main” was juried into the show. I was glad my piece overcame the attitude that a quilt can’t be art, though my piece was indeed the only fiber art in the show.

After I checked out all the other work in the show and had some lively conversations about my work, the show awards were announced by the show’s juror. He began with the honorable mentions, which I thought maybe I had a shot at. No joy there. Then third and second place works were announced and I thought it was enough to get into the show.

My jaw hit the floor when the juror awarded first place to “Sunset On Main.”  There was some talk about how a craft can become art, but I was too stupified to take in all the speech.

Here are the few photos I took at the show. The crowd didn’t seem to be taking pictures, so I snuck in just a bit of smart phone photography.

As you can see, there was lots of photography in the show; I’d say about half of the 69 works.

And what do I get as first place winner? – a certificate and a little sticker by my work. It’s a start.

Linking to Off The Wall Friday.


Filed under Art quilts, Completed Projects, Exhibits

42 responses to “Icing On The Cake

  1. Debbie

    Hey!! Congratulations!! You deserve the accolades. Nice pic….and a nice surprise for you.

  2. Susan E Greenberg

    Very happy for you and glad the jurors were able to think outside the box…..kind of like you, my friend

  3. This is so fabulous. I am SO happy for you. 😀

  4. This news is awesome. Congratulations. And as I said before thank you for taking the quilt in the fine art world!

  5. Look at that! You thought you were just making a quilt but you also made a huge inroad for all art quilters! Congratulations!

  6. Congratulations! It’s huge for textile artists everywhere. You should be very proud of this accomplishment.

  7. 46eileen

    Congratulations to you & your work. It is truly beautiful although I know that the picture doesn’t do it justice. Kudos to you.
    I was wondering if there was any mention of not taking photographs of the art at the show. I also wondered if there was any mention in your contract about you giving permission for photographs. A few of the shows that I have been to explicitly state that photos are not welcome.

    • Thanks for the congrats. My contract for the show says that the public is permitted to take photographs, and the organization may take some to use for publicity. So, by signing the contract I guess I’ve given permission. SAQA shows often specify no photos, though I’ve never been given a reason why when I’ve staffed their shows. My cynical opinion is they’d prefer to sell the catalog.

  8. Congratulations, a well deserved winner.

  9. Cathy R

    Congratulations on your well deserved win!

  10. All the work in the show is so beautiful, I am glad I was not a juror because I could never decide! Thank you for giving those of us that couldn’t be there a virtual tour.
    Congratulations, and I love how your jacket echoed the colors in your quilt!
    I also love Rosemaryflower’s comment about keeping your snarkiness undercover. 🙂

    • I only wish I could have photographed all the work in the show, but I was feeling a bit conspicuous as the only one wielding a camera. Funny how I unconsciously matched my piece with my jacket. And I guess I’m a stealth snark in disguise.

  11. Mary


  12. Congratulations, well done!

  13. Judith K Campbell

    Here is a second giant hug for you. I am so proud of you!

  14. WOOHOO, Joanna!! That is so awesome and well-deserved! And I can see the competition was stiff–many beautiful works. And PS–love seeing a photo of you!

    • The show had lots of photography, and the second place winner was indeed a photograph. And I guess I’ve outed myself now. I always see myself as 30 years younger, so reality is always a shock.

  15. Barbara

    Congratulations you barrier-breaker!

  16. jennyklyon

    Wow that’s huuuuge! Congratulations!! You’re an Ambassador for Fiber Art.

  17. Jane

    Congratulations, Joanna! Well done! It’s good to see fiber & textile works recognized as art. This is truly a “giant stitch forward” for quilters! I’m hoping to see the exhibit while it’s up.

  18. Rosemaryflower

    Your quilt looks amazing on the wall next to you. You do not look snarky in this picture. That is good. Sometimes it is good to keep it under cover.
    What a cool show. I am so glad for you. Well deserved congratulations

  19. Congratulations, Joanna! Well deserved, and opening doors of acceptance into the art world! WOW. You rock, girlfriend!

  20. Congratulations, wonderful news, a big step forward for the textiles artists

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