1st Place $500
2nd Place $300
3rd Place $150
Award of Merit $50
About the Judge
Exhibit dates: July 9 - August 17, 2019
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 11am-4pm
Gallery admission is always free
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Juror/Judge: Jill Jensen
About the Juror/Judge
Friday, July 12, 5-8pm
Presentations & comments at 6pm
The Story behind the “Margraten” Quilt by Marga de Bruijn (Durham NC)
Inspired by the WWII Cemetery in the Netherlands
When we were little, my sister (oldest), brother (middle) and me (the youngest) were often taken for a leisurely Sunday afternoon ride.
My dad behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Impala (unusually large for Dutch standards), and my mother next to him as she never learned to drive nor wanted to; all 3 kids in the back seat - fighting was unheard of… we were well-behaved kids and we'd better stay that way! Snacks and little sandwich bags with wet washcloths to clean sticky little fingers were on board as to not to overextend the budget on frivolous expenses during the trip - very Dutch indeed.
They (my parents) had met for the first time at the end of WWII on April 24, 1945. My Dad loved to tell stories in general but in particular the ones about the war and how he met my Mom, whom he adored! He was in the (comparable) National Guard at the time when his boss (a captain) asked him to drive from Eindhoven to Amsterdam to pick up the sister in law (my Mom) of his sister, All the bridges over the rivers that cross the middle of the Netherlands had been blown (have you seen the movie “A Bridge too Far”?), so the trip took much longer due to ferry rides and detours. This also divided the country into a liberated Southern part and a still by the Germans occupied Northern part (Look up Eindhoven and Amsterdam on the map and you’ll understand what I am talking about).
A few days later, May 5th, 1945 all of my country was liberated by The Allied Forces, including American soldiers. So even far before I went to the States myself, my Dad would always praise The Americans. It is no surprise then that he loved to drive to “Margraten” in the far south of the Netherlands (province Limburg, not too far from Brabant where we lived as a family) to teach us the significance of the offer of so many young American lives for the Freedom of our country: The Netherlands. It’s a fairly small town with a huge WW II Cemetery honoring American soldiers.
Judge and Juror Jill Jensen is an artist, lecturer, curator and teacher and has been an artist in residence at over 20 educational institutions and art centers throughout Virginia. In addition, she was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (in both Virginia and France) and has served as a juror for a variety of juried shows. She is a juried artist member of Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Artisan Center of Virginia. Her work has been included in over 100 juried and invitational exhibitions and 21 solo exhibitions in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Jensen’s work is included in many public and private collections including: San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA; Pennsylvania State University; Roanoke Arts Commission Public Art Collection; James Madison University and Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA. Jensen has a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Science in Metallurgy from Columbia University, and has received art training at a variety of art centers, including the Pittsburgh Center for Art, Art Student League of New York, and Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts