previous winners in 2003
MADISON, Ind. (Sept. 28, 2003) Kathleen Green of Groveport,
Ohio, and Barry Black of Warsaw, Ind., were selected as repeat
winners Sept. 28 at the 33rd annual Madison Chautauqua Festival
Green won first place in the Fine Art category after having won
Best of Show last year. Black was a repeat winner with the Best
Presentation award for his museum-quality wooden carved,
by Don Ward
2003 Madison Chautauqua winners
pose in front of the Lanier
Mansion with Madison Mayor Al
Huntington (third from left).
This years Best of Show, the festivals
highest honor, went to Melanie Kimmel of Latrobe, Pa., for her
unusual Fabric Art, framed two-dimensional designs
made of small pieces of quilting fabric. The judges cited
Kimmels excellent craftmanship and detail. The
award was sponsored by Eckert, Alcorn, Goering & Sage Attorneys
First Place in Crafts went to Robert Nilsson of Pensacola, Fla.,
for his hand-forged jewelry.
Its an honor to have won the first time, much less
a second time here, said Green, who topped the judging with
her realistic oil paintings.
Other winners included Clifford Nevin of Marietta, Pa., second
place Craft; John and Sue Disney of Batavia, Ohio, third place,
Craft; Jamie Rehfeld of Richland, Mich., second place Fine Art;
Pat Gerlach of Bismarck, N.D., third place Fine Art. The Disneys
placed in the Craft category last year.
by Don Ward
Kimmel of Latrobe, Pa., won
Best of Show with her "Fabric Art," pieces
of quilt arranged into various designs.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to David Yeh for
his silk paintings, Mauro Possobon for his sculptures, Pat Little
for friendly presentation and Erin Timberlake for her creative
A special award was presented on Saturday to Everett Archer of
West Baden, Ind. for being the longest running exhibitor in the
show after a 30-year run. He is also the oldest exhibitor at age
85. Archer creates unique metal wall designs, wine bottle holders,
fountains and more.
Following Sundays award ceremony, the winning booths drew
a crowd during the two-day festival, which enjoyed cool but dry
weather after two stellar years of sunny, dry weather.
Were pleased with the weather and the turnout this
year. The exhibitors say they are selling, said festival
coordinator Georgie Kelly.
by Don Ward
Black's unique wood-carved
butterflies won Best Presentation
for the second straight year.
The festival goers enjoyed beautiful weather on
Saturday and most of Sunday. But a late afternoon shower put an
early ending on the weekend for many exhibitors and shoppers.
Many exhibitors travel to Louisville the following weekend to
take part in the St. James Art Fair, the city's oldest and one
of the largest in the state.
The Madison show, meanwhile, enjoyed its 33rd year. Many arrived
by boat on the Ohio River. The festival site is located along
the Ohio River and includes three blocks of exhibitor areas around
the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. The festival is highlighted
each year by live entertainment at two locations within the festival.
A Saturday night classical music performance is also part of the
The festival is Madison's largest and by far the most profitable,
with its beginnings dating back to 1970. An earlier Chautauqua,
featuring speakers and old-fashioned entertainment, once took
place in the early 1900s a few blocks west of the current festival