For many of us, winter often means more time spent indoors. Now that it is spring in most places, soon to be followed by summer, we can begin to plan for time in our favorite parks--whether national parks with extraordinary vistas, city parks which encourage community, our own private gardens, or even ballparks and theme parks! Almost 100 readers submitted an art quilt with the theme of enjoying a park. As always, it was hard to choose but here are the finalists:
Terry Aske, "Kids in the Park"
Nora Bebee, "Season's End"
Susan Bianchi, "I'm Flying ..."
Linda Moon Daughtry, "Art at Parc du Champ de Mars"
Lisa Dodson, "Bark in the Park"
Judi Gunter, "There's More to Yellowstone Than Old Faithful"
Melanie Johnston, "My Art in the Park"
Christina Lindsay, "Memories of Trees from the Dead of Winter"
Sally Maxwell, "Summer Evening on the Champ de Mars"
Jenny Messer, "Crevasse"
Judith Panson, "My First Quilt Show"
Laurie Russman, "Central Park, Transformed"
Lauren Snyder, "En Plein Air"
Sylvia and Mike Snyder, "Evening in the Park"
All finalists' quilts will be published, either on our website or in the August/September 2014 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.
Next steps for finalists:
Please ship your artwork to us; it must be in our offices no later than April 25, 2014. Include a shipping and handling fee of $15 (U.S. and Canada) or $25 (all other international). This fee, which must be paid in U.S. dollars, covers the shipping costs, packing materials, and handling for the return of your entry. Only cash, checks, or money orders can be accepted. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Interweave.
Be sure your quilt is labeled on the reverse with your name, email address, and title of the quilt. Also on the reverse, label the top of the quilt (a temporary label is sufficient) so we orient it properly. Include your return address inside the package.
If you did not do so in your original submission, please include a statement (around 50 words) about your quilt--the "story" of it, not the materials used (unless they are intertwined).
The entire piece and all of its packaging must weigh less than 3 lbs. and fit inside a standard shipping/mailing box or padded envelope for return shipment.
Finalists should mail their entries to:
Quilting Arts Magazine/Interweave
Attn: ‘Art in the Park' Reader Challenge
490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15
Sudbury, MA 01776
Note: By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing F&W Media, Inc. to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our websites and in our other e-media, as well as to possibly display it at shows. F&W Media, Inc. will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.
We reserve the right to keep and display your "Art in the Park" quilt until the week of July 21, 2014.
If you have concerns or questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing your work and congratulations to the finalists!