OLD FORGE - Over 300 visitors attended the 27th Annual Quilts Unlimited Exhibition opening Nov. 1-2 at View here to see 112 brightly hued and intricately designed quilts from across the country hung gallery style. Holy Mola! by ArtQuilt People and contemporary baskets from Flo Hoppe are also on exhibit, all through Jan. 5.
Best in Show went to Susan Mezera of Queensbury for "A Tall Walk In New York." Best Adirondack Theme went to Barbara Buckingham from Brantingham for "Brantingham Outhouses."
The Best Traditional quilt award went to Sandy Jones of Holland Patent for "Celestial Dream." The Silver Needle award quilt is "Hawaii Remembered" by Fran Fisher of Hockessin, Del.
"Renaissance" by Anne Kinnel of Clinton and "Sumac Leaf" by Beverly Kondolf of Victor won Judges' Choice awards.
The winner in the Art / Innovative category was Pat Pauly from Rochester with "Mummy Bag Influence." Sara Bailey from Liverpool took second place with "Hunter."
In the Bed category the first place ribbon was awarded to Susan Mezera from Queensbury with "A Tall Walk In New York." Second place went to Fran Fisher from Hockessin, Del. with "Hawaii Remembered."
In the Wall category the first place winner is "At Home in the Woods" by Rena Hryckewicz from Remsen and second place was awarded to Diane Evans from Schenectady with "Georgia On My Mind."
Art/Innovative: third place, "Autumn Candles" by Elaine Ross of Batavia; honorable mention, "Making Connections" by Jeanne Simpson of Rochester and an untitled entry from Nancy Mirman of Somers.
Bed: third place, "Grace and Glory" by Jeanette Edick from Middleville; honorable mention, "Rusty Road Relics" by Frances Sienkiewicz of Webster and "American Kitsch" by Zachary Goetz of Powell, Ohio.
Wall: third place, "Harlequin Melody" by Donna Hastings of North Bangor; honorable mention, "Noverlay" by Janet Root of Kendall.
The quilts were judged Eugenia Barnes and Jane Davila. Barnes is one of the first to be certified by American Quilt Society as an appraiser of quilts and quilted textiles and has been a professional quilt maker, teacher and international lecturer since 1978. She has contributed to a number of publications and has worked on state documentation projects.
Davila is the proprietor of Flourish!, a complete online resource for art quilting, surface design and mixed-media supplies and an editor for several publications as well as co-author of three quilting books.
Admission to the Quilts Unlimited Exhibition through Jan. 5 is $8 / $4 members. Groups of 10 or more are discounted $2 each. Children under age 12 are admitted free. To learn more visit www.ViewArts.org or call View at (315) 369-6411 x201.