Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art
a repeat winner
in Chautauqua judging
by Don Ward
Mayor Al Huntington (far left) poses with some of the 2004
Madison Chautauqua winners from judging that took place Saturday,
Sept. 25, during the two-day festival. They are (from left)
Melanie Kimmel (1st-Art), Latrobe, Pa.; Jennifer Mingione
(Best Presentation), Lexington, Ind.; Stephanie Hutson (3rd-Craft),
Fishers, Ind.; Amber Poole (2nd-Craft), Tecumseh, Okla.; Sharon
Stolzenberger (2nd-Art), Kettering, Ohio; Tom Chapman (Best
of Show), Dayton, Ohio. Kimmel is pictured below.
MADISON, Ind. (October 2004) Melanie Kimmel
on Sunday, Sept. 26, became a two-time winner at the 2004 Madison
Chautauqua Festival of Art after being selected by judges during
the 34th annual show in downtown Madison.
Kimmel, of Latrobe, Pa., won first place in the Fine Art category
for her realistic two-dimensional fabric art. She won Best of Show
at last years show. Her Fabric Art by Melanie booth earned
these comments from the judges this year: Unique, layered,
dimensional. The award was sponsored by Mundts Candies-JWI
First place in Crafts went to first-time show entrant Mary Mundy
of Dallas for her Lunacy Designs booth. She makes purses and other
decorative items. The judges said this about her work: Clever,
creative, nicely finished. The award was sponsored by The
This years Best of Show award was given to Thomas Chapman
of Dayton, Ohio, for his Shiloh Hotglass creations. The judges said:
Original pieces, each piece is unique in design, nicely presented.
The award was sponsored by Eckert, Alcorn, Goering & Sage Attorneys
by Don Ward
Mayor Al Huntington
(left) poses with Art category
winner Melanie Kimmel.
Best Presentation was awarded to a local entrant,
Jennifer Mingione, who has participated for several years in the
event as Mingiones Primitive Gardens. She makes all sort of
artful creations out of sticks and wood and other materials at her
shop in nearby Lexington, Ind. She wholesales her items all over
the country. The judges said of her booth: Well done, high
quality product, beautifully packaged, marketable. This award
was sponsored by the Madison Bank & Trust/National City Bank.
Madison Mayor Al Huntington presented the awards on the north lawn
of the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site on Sunday morning. He
praised the work of the volunteers, the staff of the Madison Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau and show coordinator Georgie Kelly.
Its been a great show, and the success is attributed
to many things, especially all the great exhibitors who come to
town, because we know they are the best of the best, Huntington
said. The whole community points to this as the major event
of the year.
For the third consecutive year, the Madison Chautauqua enjoyed beautiful
weather, contributing to another large crowd. Although no official
estimate is provided, tourism officials say about 70,000 people
visit the town over the two-day period. The Pilot Club of Madisons
Old Court Days also enjoyed a large crowd during its three-day run,
Friday through Sunday.
finalists in the Madison Chautauqua judging were:
Second place: Sharon Stolzenberger, Kettering, Ohio.
Third place: Bob Parks, sculpture, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Second place. Amber and Don Poole, pottery, Tecumseh, Okla.
Third place: Stephanie and Jeff Hutson, Pond Scum, Fishers,
For more information, call (812) 265-2956
or visit: www.MadisonChautauqua.com.