If you check my Shows & Publication link https://catherinewhallsmith.com/portfolio/juried-shows-and-publications/ you will see that I have been in a lot of Art shows since 1983 when I started to record my journey in Fiber Art. BUT, I have to say that Quilt National is a venue that I must thank as they are doing an amazing job of getting the word out there. A recent Newsletter post by Meg Cox “Quilt Journalist Tells ALL June 2021” shared a little more about this prestigious show.
“Quilts are only eligible for entry into the prestigious biannual Quilt National show if they have not been previously exhibited, which means that when the show opens, there is always a genuine sense of excitement. In addition, work must be recently done. As a result, the 2021 show feels not only new but also current, with many of the pieces directly or indirectly inspired by the past year of Covid and chaos. (You’ll find photos in this list of winners for the show, HERE: https://dairybarn.org/quilt-national-21-prize-winners/ . There were 747 quilts submitted for the 2021 show by 388 artists from 6 continents. The 84 chosen quilts were made by quilters from 25 states and 13 foreign countries. Nearly a third of the artists were voted by jurors into the QN show for the first time, another way to keep the show feeling fresh. (So grab that special drink), relax and check out link to a slideshow from the Quilt National website that takes you through the entire exhibition, so you can see each piece as it is displayed.” Meg Cox
In addition, this Summer the folks at the Dairy Barn are also offering virtual artist talks every Friday from 11 am to 12:30 pm EST, with 4 artists spotlighted for each session and plenty of time for questions. Go here to see the line-up and register for the free talks. which will run through August. This is definitely one of the silver linings of the pandemic, having fresh opportunities to see art and interact with makers. Join me, Diane Melms, Pat Pauly, and Kit Vincent on FRIDAY, August 6th at 11:00 a.m.