I am so excited and proud to announce that on 6 October 2016 I won Best of Show AND the People's Choice Awards at the 2nd Annual Out of the Box Jewelry Challenge sponsored by the Bellingham Metal Arts Guild and the Jansen Art Center. The reception was held at the lovely Jansen Art Center in Lynden Washington.
I really did not expect to win the show after I saw the pieces I was up against. The other artists had stunning pieces, so much talent, beautiful execution and creativity, I was sure I was out of the running. As they announced the winners in the various categories I contented myself with the fact that I'd won last year and that, although not a winner this year, I was happy with the work I'd done. I was stunned when they announced the People's Choice Award and called my name! What an honor to be chosen by my peers, Thank You all! I was sure that was it so when they called my name again for Best in Show I couldn't believe it. I was so close to tears, incredulous that I'd won. What a thrill and again, an honor to be chosen! Thanks to the Judges and all those responsible for making the event come together so beautifully. A special Thanks to Judi Gauthier for the challenge inception and her tireless work making the event a huge success.