I wrote yesterday about the best in show winner at Schweinfurth; today I'll talk about the three next important prizes. First prize (confusingly named; it's actually the second best award) went to Judith Martin; second prize (actually the third best) to Bonnie Bucknam; and the Schweinfurth Award for Design (fourth best) to Karen Schultz.
Judy describes it as a metaphor for transcending the effects of time and its ravages, by painstaking effort. I suspect she had a very good time making this quilt, serenely stitching and stitching and stitching. It made me happy, exhilarated and calm at the same time.
Bonnie has been on a roll this year, taking best in show at the Carnegie this summer and getting accepted to Quilt National. In recent years she's been working in a series of similar compositions in which zigzaggy lines depict geologic or topographic forms. This piece has an unusual subdued color palette that you wouldn't expect in work about underwater forms. Strong, spiky geometric arches convey a sense of space receding into the far distance and make me think of the famous rocks at Etretat that the impressionists so loved to paint.
More winners tomorrow.