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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
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
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
www.library.fau.edu/geninfo/hours.htm?boca or by calling 561- 297-3770. For more information,
contact the Jaffe center at 561-297- 0226 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo # 1 Left to right, Jane Hill, juror; Jane T. Gavlick, first place award winner; Arthur Jaffe,
founder and curator Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection; Marianne Haycook, co-chair of the
competition and president-elect, Gold Coast Quilters Guild; John Cutrone, juror and programs
coordinator, Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts.
Photo # 2 Left to right, Elizabeth Locke, second place award winner; Pamela Kepchar, third place
award winner; Arthur Jaffe, founder and curator Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection; Jane T.
Gavlick, first place award winner and Donna Organ, honorable mention winner.
Photo # 3 “In Touch With American Quilters,” Jane Gavlick’s winning entry
Photo #4 Elizabeth Locke’s “Department Store,” second place