artist earns Best of Show
with his silk needle art
one of largest crowds ever, officials say
(October 2007) Exhibitors and visitors to the
2007 Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art enjoyed two stellar days of ideal
fall weather, resulting in one of the largest ever crowds ever, according
to festival coordinator Georgie Kelly. Although the committee does not
record attendance at the free event, most agreed that the crowds were
noticeably large this year.
The event was held Sept. 29-30 in downtown Madison, Ind., and was highlighted
by a Sunday visit by the Delta Queen steamboat.
More than 270 exhibitors filled the streets between Broadway and Vine
Street and reported strong sales throughout the weekend, Kelly said. Meanwhile,
the festival jurors selected several winners to receive awards at a Sunday
morning ceremony on the North Lawn of the Lanier Mansion State Historic
Verne Jidong Yan, a new exhibitor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada earned
the Best of Show honors with his unique silk needle art. The judges comments
said his work showed incredible detailing.
Jeri Landers of Rutledge, Tenn., won the Best Presentation award. She
makes colorful papercuttings, greeting cards, and illustrates childrens
books. The judges said her booth showed whimsy.
by Don Ward
years Madison Chautauqua
Festival of Art award winners and
some committee members posed for a
photo Sept. 30 at the Lanier Mansion
State Historic Site. Pictured with them
are (front row from left) festival
coordinator Georgie Kelly; Jeri
Landers of Rutledge, Tenn.; Best of
Show winner Verne Jidong Yan of
Toronto; Duan Zhen Zhong of
Indianapolis; Jerry Rymarquis of
Taylor Mill, Ky.; Cathy Hillegas of Floyds
Knobs, Ind.; and Madison Mayor Al
Huntington. (Back row from left) Randy
Reed, Chautauqua entertainment
director; Molly Strader of Perrysburg,
Ohio; Trudi Cooper of Manchester,
Mich.; Kathleen Green of Groveport,
Ohio; Julie and Mickey Swartz of
the Chautauqua committee.
Chinese exhibitor Duan Zhen Zhong of Indianapolis won First
Place in Fine Art with his oils and watercolors. He was a first-time Chautauqua
Nine-year exhibitor Cathy Hillegas of Floyds Knobs, Ind., won Second Place
in Fine Art. She paints watercolors. Third Place in Fine Art was awarded
to Kathleen Green of Groveport, Ohio. She is a two-time past award winner
at the Chautauqua.
On the Craft division, first-time exhibitor Molly Strader of Perrysburg,
Ohio took First Place honors with her handformed, sculpted jewelry. She
recently moved to Bloomington, where she is working toward a masters
degree in education while also traveling the art fair circuit.
Second Place in Craft went to Trudi and Eric Cooper, new exhibitors from
Manchester, Mich. They create fused glass items.
Third Place went to Jerry Rymarquis, a 19-year exhibitor from Taylor Mill,
Ky. He makes wooden accessories.
Madison Mayor Al Huntington presented the awards and called this years
crop of talented exhibitors one of the best ever. He was also
pleased to see the new Madison boat docks open just a day before the festival
opened, allowing boaters to dock overnight for Madisons largest
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