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Carol Lewis

FAU’s Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts Names Four Winners in First Quilted Books Competition

             BOCA RATON, FL (September 27, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University Libraries’ Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts has announced the winners for Quilted Books? Gold Coast Quilters Guild Book Arts Competition,” the center’s first celebration of quilted fabric artist books.

            The winning entry, Jane Gavlick’s “In Touch With American Quilters,” a movable book that is a 110-inch scroll of quilt squares with text tucked inside a wind-up quilt-covered box, has been purchased by the center and has become part of the Jaffe collection.

            “I was thrilled about winning,’’ said Gavlick, whose entry was her first attempt at a quilted book. “We all quilt, but to put it into a different shape was challenging.”

            Elizabeth Locke’s “Department Store,” a quilt in the shape of a purse and fold out vintage photos and text of her perspective of department stores, won second place.

            “It was a good experience,” said Locke, who considers herself more as a traditional quilter than a book artist. “I think it is good to expand your horizons.”

            Pamela Kepchar won third prize for “Arabia and Beyond,” an appliquéd book commemorating her family’s travels during her husband’s 25-year career as a Foreign Service officer. Donna Organ won honorable mention for “Conditions of the Heart,” a box and album embellished with embroidery, beading and various heart shaped expressions, such as heartbreak and whole-hearted.

            An exhibition of all the entries will run through Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at the S.E. Wimberly Library, 777 Glades Road, on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

            Arthur Jaffe, curator and founder of the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection: Books as Aesthetic Objects, which is housed in the center for book arts, visited members of the guild in 2006 and introduced them to artist books. He then challenged them to create artist books in fabric, the medium they know best.

            Jaffe, John Cutrone, programs coordinator for the Jaffe center, and Jane Hill, an accomplished quilter and a past president of the guild, judged the quilting competition.

            The Boca Raton-based guild, founded in 1985, has more than 200 members who produce hundreds of quilts that are distributed throughout the year to more than 20 agencies and community organizations, including hospice, foster care and children with cancer. The Gold Coast Quilters Guild recently adopted a new program, Quilts of Valor, which makes quilts for wounded service members recovering in Veterans hospitals.

           Also on display as part of the Quilted Books exhibition is “Entering the Garden: A Spiritual Tent,” which was created by Louise Silk of Pittsburgh, Pa., and donated to the Jaffe center. The tent, which is 8 feet wide, 8 feet deep and 7 feet high, features machined-pieced and quilted rag strips on the outside. The inside of the tent features machine-pieced and quilted cottons and voiles. The words compassion, awareness, loving kindness, forgiveness and gratitude are written on detachable ribbons.

           The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed at the Jaffe Atrium Gallery at the entrance of the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts, third floor east of the library, during regular library hours, which can be found at or by calling 561- 297-3770. For more information, contact the Jaffe center at 561-297-0226 or e-mail


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