earns third award
in as many years at Chautauqua
MADISON, Ind. (Sept. 25, 2005) Melanie Kimmel only began making
her unique fabric art four years ago, but the result is obviously
impressive enough to catch the attention of Madison Chautauqua Festival
of Art judges. Kimmel has won an award all three years she has been
by Don Ward
Kimmel, right, accepts her
Best of show award from Chautauqua representative Stacey Fitzpatrick.
Kimmel, of Latrobe, Pa., won Best of Show on Sunday,
Sept. 25, at the 2005 Madison Chautauqua. She won that prestigious
award two years ago in her first appearance at the show. Last year,
she collected the First Place award in the Fine Art Category.
I started out quilting in 1998 and went to more crafty type
shows, Kimmel said. But Im a degreed mathematician,
and I couldnt get the detail in a quilt that I wanted. So this
gives me more satisfaction than what I was doing before.
The 2-dimensional fabric art is similar to painting with a fabric-only
palette. But no painting is used in the process. Each piece of artwork
is a layered composition of small fabric segments that are cut individually,
arranged and web fused to a background fabric, which serves as her
canvas. She then frames her artwork using acid and lignin-free
materials and non-glare conservation glass. She also makes the rustic
wood frames for each piece.
Two other former Chautauqua winners also repeated as winners this
year. Kathleen Green, an oil painter from Groveport, Ohio, won First
Place in Fine Art. Barry and Sandi Black repeated as First Place winners
in the Craft Category with their impressive hand-carved and painted
Green won that same award in 2003 and earned Best of Show in 2002.
Her realistic paintings are made with a glazing technique by applying
many layers of oils. This results in work rich in color and detail.
2005 Madison Chautauqua winners:
Second Place in Fine Art: Marla Helton of Greencastle, Ind.,
with her gourd art.
Third Place in Fine Art: Charity G. Gichina of
Greenwood, Ind., with
Second Place in Crafts: Janice Harrell of North
Vernon, Ind., with her
Third Place in Crafts:
Marla Dawson and Joan Haab of Ellettesville, Ind., with their
woven and knit wearables.
The Chautauqua enjoyed
a large crowd on Saturday
this year, but a light rain slowed traffic on Sunday afternoon.
Nevertheless, exhibitors reported steady sales over the weekend.
View more photos from
the 2005 Madison
Chautauqua festival at: www.RoundAboutMadison.com.
Many of her subjects are country settings, including
porches, rooms and doors. I used to do a lot of Amish paintings,
but I dont do that any more, said Green. who was participating
in her fifth Madison Chautauqua show. Ive recently gotten
more into shadows and light, and capturing how light strikes across
a room or onto subjects.
Barry Blacks butterflies look like the real thing and many are
even mounted in 3-D box frames. On first glance, you would think they
are real butterflies. But on closer inspection, you realize they are
intricately carved wooden pieces of art.
Black, from Warsaw, Ind., is a three-time Chautauqua winner, having
captured Best Presentation in 2003 and 2002.
Best Presentation this year went to a Chautauqua newcomer, Jasen W.
Goslin, a nature photographer from Indianapolis whose style resembles
that of famed photographer Ansel Adams. In fact, Goslin studied under
one of Adams assistants.
Although he has been exhibiting his nature photos at shows for six
years now, this is the first year he has attended shows outside of
Indianapolis. Previously he was a studio photographer. His booth earned
high marks from the judges because of its unique design. Goslin bought
striped material off E-bay and created a patterned background against
which he hangs his black-and-white only framed photos.
The contrast is what makes the photos stand out, said
Goslin, who came up with the idea himself.
by Don Ward
2005 Madison Chautauqua winners are pictured above with coordinator
Georgie Kelly (far left). They are Charity G. Gichina, Greenwood,
Ind. (Third Place-Fine Art); Joan Habb and Marla Dawson, Ellettsville,
Ind. (Third Place-Craft); Harlan Harrell accepting for his wife,
Janice Harrell, North Vernon, Ind. (Second Place-Craft); Melanie
Kimmel, Latrobe, Pa. (Best of Show); Jasen Goslin, Indianapolis
(Best Presentation); Marla Helton, Greencastle, Ind. (Second
Place-Fine Art); Kathleen Green, Groveport, Ohio (First place-Fine
Art); Barry Black, Warsaw, Ind. (First Place-Craft); and Chautauqua
awards presenter Stacey Fitzpatrick.
For more information, call (812) 265-2956
or visit: www.MadisonChautauqua.com.