Lomita resident Anne Copeland was bestowed with the Gloria Molina Special Achievement Award in Quilting at the L.A. County Fair. Award namesake Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina presented Copeland with the crystal trophy during a special ceremony Sept. 11.
Copeland is a member of the American Quilter’s Society and Professional Association of Appraisers of Quilted Textiles (PAAQT). She is cofounder of the Repiecers of the Past, a quilt history/quilt restoration study group, and founder of Fiber Arts Connection of Southern California, an organization to promote and support fiber artists in Southern California. She is also a member of several local art associations. Copeland has also judged a number of major quilt shows including Pacific International and the National Quilting Association show in Riverside, Calif., as well as many local shows. She received her certification as a quilt appraiser in 1993, and has continued her studies to maintain her knowledge of the contemporary and antique quilt market and market for wearable art.
Copeland performs appraisals at quilt shows, antique malls, and special appraisal events, as well as for private clients and serves as a creativity coach for fiber artists and other artists. Her workshop “Self Promotion for Fiber Artists” offers good information for gaining confidence into getting out there, searching out markets, dealing with contracts and agreements, and other business aspects. Her web sites are: http://www.artquiltconsultant.com and http://www.fiberartsconnsocal.org.
This is the third year the Fair has presented the Gloria Molina Special Achievement Award, named after the Los Angeles County Supervisor who enjoys quilting. Fairplex is in Molina’s district.
The Fair runs through Oct. 2, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Live thoroughbred horse racing runs through Sept. 26, closed on Tuesdays only. For more information, visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com or call (909) 623-3111. chinabnr.c