Recently I took the plunge and joined a local art guild, the Kingwood Art Society. I decided to join when our hooking guild was extended an invitation to show some of our rugs as guests at the KAS fall art show. Since I wanted to be part of the actual art judging, the president Betsy Barry, recommended that I join the art guild and become a full-fledged member. So I did.
The artist guilds have terrific categories, so I was able to enter the professional level in Studio Fine Crafts, which is exactly what rug hooking is. Granted I have to compete with potters and jewelers, but the diversity makes it even more fun.
Today was the judging and I am thrilled. My portrait of Alexander took First Place, my small rug Lady Red Jack took Third Place, and my mask Red Jack on Masquerade took Honorable Mention. All three pieces now go on to the state level and will compete in the Lone Star Art Guild Convention Competition that will be held in May.
Looking forward to it!