Tuesday, February 03, 2009


(Click on image above: Behind in the Mortgage. One of the portraits in the Decision Portrait Series. AWARD from Materials Hard and Soft, 2009 in Denton, Texas! Click on image to enlarge.)

Several months ago I filled out the entry forms, wrote checks for the entry fees, and mailed off my CD of images to two important, national juried fine craft exhibitions. One show is called Materials Hard and Soft in Denton, Texas. The other is Handcrafted in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Wonderfully, I had TWO pieces accepted into both. This is nothing short of miraculous. These are shows that accept between 9% to 15% of the entries. To be rejected is very, very common....one is always in good company. To have one accepted is fantastic. To have TWO in the show is....well...MIRACULOUS.

Yesterday, however, something beyond MIRACULOUS happened. I don't think there is a word for this...just a loud, gleeful scream of pure delight! Behind in the Mortgage received a $500 award!

Here's what my email from Denton, Texas read:

Leslie Laine Lewis

Arachne Teapot


Maya Schonenberger

Anemone II


Magi Calhoun

Morning Encounter


Danielle Embry



James Obermeier

Aviary Series 1


Susan Lenz

Behind in the Mortgage


Roberta Elliot

Dysfunctional Spoon: Bird Nest


Catherine Winkler Rayroud

Come On


Delores Fortuna

Containment & Containment B


Gina Westergard



Honorable Mentions

Cody S. Bush

Direct Intent I

Elise Ridenour

In Reference to Ritual

Jim Connell

Green Sandblasted Carved Lidded Jar

(Above: Bessie's Quilt. Currently on view at Handcrafted in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Click on image to enlarge.)

(Above: Wrapped Nails in Boxes. Currently on view at Handcrafted in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.)

(Above: Wrapped Nails in Vintage Ice Scoop. Currently on view at Materials Hard and Soft in Denton, Texas. Click on image to enlarge.)


Nellie's Needles said...

Doing a happy dance for you!
Congratulations for just getting into the shows, let alone being awarded $$$.

arlee said...

AWESOME BLOSSOM!!!!!!! Congrats on shows and awards and coin :}

Maya Sara Matthew said...

How wonderful. Congratulations! you must be over the moon.

Guzzisue said...

wwaaaayyy to go girl. Well done, congrat:-)

Doreen G said...

Congratulations Susan what a great achievement.
Now tell me who said you needed a degree to be an artist :-]
There will be no stopping you now.

Nikki said...


Julie said...

Wow! Fantastic! Well done you! A just reward! :o))

Anonymous said...

Congrats Susan!!!
You are and will always be a true artist! I always knew that...

jonio said...

Congrats!!!!!! That is just too cool! I love the Decision Series! Keep your beautiful art coming!

Anonymous said...

I just happened on your blog and I rejoice in your success(es) with you! Just wondering, if you are "Behind in the Mortgage" are the winnings going to the next mortgage payment? :)