The winning entries in the AWG Quilt Challenge were displayed at an international press conference last week during the Games
When Pat Reese of Robin Place Fabrics in Soldotna learned the Kenai Peninsula had won the bid to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, she thought it would be in keeping with the cultural spirit of the Games to issue a challenge to art quilters of the north to create a piece around the “Release the Spirit Within” theme of the Games. Last summer Reese issued the call and over twenty quilters from the circumpolar north responded with entries. “We had a wonderful response to the call, and some fabulous entries,” said Reese, who sponsored the prize money for the competition.
While the community was preparing for the Games to begin, a team of award winning quilters and artists comprised of Celia Anderson, Glenese Petty, and Laticia Hutchings, were busy judging the entries in the first ever AWG Quilt Challenge.
The winners were announced and prizes awarded at an international AWG press conference last week at the Challenger Learning Center with cameras present from more than 3 nations. All the entries were then displayed at various locations through out the community so visitors to the Games could have a chance to see them. The top three prizes went to local quilters. First place and a $700 prize was presented to Celline Larson, Soldotna, second place and $500 went to Lily Huebsch, of Kasilof, and third winning $300 was Pam Joslin, of Kasilof. The quilts will remain on display following the Games at various locations including the Aspen Hotel, Challenger Learning Center, Robin Place Fabrics, Hutchings Chevrolet, Kenai and Soldotna Visitors Centers, Kaladi Brothers, Mykels, Wells Fargo Bank, and the Raven’s Roost in Soldotna.
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