At Ceramic Break Sculpture Park the first day of spring was welcomed with the opening on Saturday 1st September. The day was sunny and the visitors cheery as they wended their way through The Parade of Heroes to see the Art Show, ‘Three Perspectives’ and the ‘Inaugural Travelling Quilts Challenge.’
Art, Quilts and visitors were magnificent and with lunch and refreshments under their belts everyone was keen to peruse the three Galleries. The exquisite works of Sydney artists, Robyne Berling, Suzanne Lane and Sylvia Davies drew the crowds and the artists’ generous donations to the local drought appeals won many hearts. Several homes in the district will be displaying art from this show.
The day saw also a number of quilters receive awards and prizes in the first of the Park’s Triennial Competitions, the ‘Inaugural Travelling Quilt Challenge’. The quilts travelled from Barraba to Inverell, Moree to Bingara and Stanthorpe to Ceramic Break Sculpture Park where everyone was delighted by the skill and creativity displayed. The quilts have one more trip and will be showing at Ray Walsh House in Tamworth from September 4 until October 5.
The winner of the Janome sewing machine was chosen by popular votes from the combined venues and Robyn Turner from St Clair NSW was the outright winner with her ‘Celebrating 2018 with our dog Dakota’. Dakota is a rescue dog and even in material form he made many fans.
‘The Lucky Dog’ Award was given to Ann Breakwell from Buff Point NSW for her quilt, ‘Lucky Dog’.
Sisters Embellished’ received the ‘Sisters Embellished Award’ for Anne Pike from Mermaid Waters Queensland and ‘Kerry’s Choice Award’ went to Nola Kite of Moree for ‘Year of The Dog’.
Robyn and Nola attended the opening, as did quilters Marion Benfield, Rosemary Orchard, Dulcie Ryan and Marjorie Urquhart.
Ceramic Break Sculpture Park would like to thank a number of people: Rotary for their generous financial support of the Quilting Challenge Awards; Apex in the form of Josh and Jamie for their tasty barbecue lunch and all the quilters who chose to be involved in the inaugural challenge. The next Quilting challenge will be in 2021 but packs for interested quilters will be available from March of next year.