Friday, May 8, 2009
Grand National opening reception
A reception was held this evening at Joseph Schneider haus in Kitchener, Ontario to celebrate The Grand National's transitional year with the opening of a wonderful show consisting of quilted Postcard greetings sent from across Canada. You can read more about the show in an previous post here, where you will also find a link to The Grand National quilt shows new and fabulous website.
If you have read the earlier post you know that the judges were to be selecting what was being called "the terrific twelve" to put into a souvenir booklet of postcards and tonight was the unveiling of those twelve.
I am so incredibly excited and honoured to tell you that not only were both of my cards part of that selection but that they are, in fact, the front and back cover. It is such a thrill for me to be part of this show and to have the opportunity to meet so many artists whose work I have admired for some time. There are more than 100 postcards to be seen and they are really quite amazing, you need to get up close and personal with them. I wanted to give you a sense of the show but not wanting to give anything away and I would not want to put up photos of others work without their permission so I'll just show you some of the neat things that was done with this display. A number of the cards were blown up to poster size and scattered amongst the 4 x 6 inch gems. There are cards dangling from the ceiling and spilling out of a mail box. It took several trips around the room for me to fully appreciate all of them.
I also wanted to note that Janome Canada is continuing to be a truly generous sponsor of GN and at the close of the show (end of August) the ballots will be counted with the "Viewer's Choice" winner receiving this Janome Memory Craft 6600 P sewing machine.
I think it is almost impossible to pick just one favourite. The organizing committee has done a fantastic job putting this show together and I want to say Thank you so very much to everyone involved.
The postcard booklets are available for sale at JSH. I hope that if you are in the area, you are able to take in this inspiring show.