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Rust and Rhinestone Fortune Icon by theresa mARTin

The Curator’s Choice prize was awarded by Diane Herbort to theresa mARTin for her entry Rust and Rhinestone Fortune Icon (above, image courtesy of the artist’s website).

Mixed Media Metallics Challenge Exhibit & Silent Auction a Success!

$1,844 Raised for Charity!

We’d like to extend a big thank you to our Mixed Media Metallics Challenge artists, auction bidders, food drive contributors and visitors to our exhibit. Our Closing Reception on Saturday, February 22 was a fun way to say goodbye to these beautiful pieces of art — many of which now have happy new owners! Everyone involved can share in the good feeling of knowing that more than $1,800, and more than 60 lbs. of collected non-perishable food, are going to benefit Food for Others!

Our congratulations to theresa mARTin, who was awarded the Curator’s Choice prize for her entry Rust and Rhinestone Fortune Icon. Diane Herbort, a nationally-known quilter/fiber artist and teacher, (more on Diane below) served as guest curator of the challenge and praised theresa’s entry:

“theresa has created a piece that has the precious feel of a Russian icon, but she has done this with imagery and materials that feel very much her own. Her embroidered surface that resembled worn metal as well as the mix of stitchery and embellishments add to richness of this artwork.”

All visitors to the exhibit had the opportunity to vote for their favorite entries, with the Viewer’s Choice Award going to Etta Stewart for her Metallic Doodles I.

This wonderful exhibit of the latest art challenge issued by Artistic Artifacts, Mixed Media Metallics, opened on January 18 and were on display during Artistic Artifacts’ regular business hours through February 22.

Metallic Doodles I by Etta Stewart

Etta Stewart’s Metallic Doodles I (above) was voted the Viewer’s Choice award winner.

More than 100 art quilts, collages, assemblages and pieces of jewelry were received, all celebrating the shine and patina of metallics and created using a wide variety of creative techniques and products! Visit Judy’s blog or the Artistic Artifacts Facebook page to view photographs of many of the entries.

Many of the entries were generously donated by the artists to our silent auction benefitting Food for Others, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization that distributes free food to the hungry of Northern Virginia. This was a wonderful opportunity to own a one of a kind piece of art while doing good for the community!

Artwork could be whatever else the artist could dream up, in the medium of their choice — we encouraged the use of multiple techniques in this mixed media challenge. All entries were accepted, and each entry from participants has entered them into our random prize drawings.

The exhibit opened at Artistic Artifacts on Saturday, January 18 with an Artists Reception. The exhibit ended, with the silent auction finalized, during a Closing Reception, on Saturday, February 22. Thank you to the many people who were able to join us for the receptions and who made a point of visiting the exhibit!

Challenge Requirements:

The following rules governed the entries:


About Diane Herbort
Guest curator of our Mixed Media Metallics Challenge is Diane Herbort, a nationally-known quilter/fiber artist and teacher (standing, photo right, as she teaches a hand-stitching class at Artistic Artifacts). Diane is known for inventing her Trash Bag Quilting technique as well as Crazy Quilting, ribbon embroidery, quilted garments, and more. Old postcards, buttons and bits of lace often become a part of her work. ”I think of my quilts and collages as being sister artworks. They are all assembled from the same things: textiles, paper, embellishments and memories,” says Diane. Visit her website to learn more and view her work.

Directions to Artistic Artifacts

Washington Beltway to exit 174, Eisenhower Avenue Connector. After exiting onto the ramp and merging onto the Connector, you will come to the intersection, and take a left onto Eisenhower Avenue. 4750 Eisenhower Avenue is a red brick building approximately ¼ mile on the left, after the Fedex sign and before the condos — look for the Electrodyne sign. Store entrance is at the front of the Electrodyne building. View Mapquest »
The Van Dorn Street station, on the Blue Line, is located at 5690 Eisenhower Avenue, approximately 10 blocks (.720 miles) from Artistic Artifacts. A number of bus lines service Eisenhower Avenue: visit the WMATA website to learn more.

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