*Donna Merchant-Crooks Wins Prestigious Arts Award
This article was in the “The Pagosa Springs Sun” Sept 12,2013.
By Michael McCoy
Special to The PREVIEW
“Pagosa Springs artist Donna Merchant-Crooks has won the Western Spirit award at the 21st annual Western Design Conference (WDC) in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The award includes a cash prize of $1,000, sponsored by Lora A. Sandroni.
The artist’s winning piece is a carved cherrywood chair embellished with bronze and upholstered in leather.
Chosen by a panel of six judges, the WDC winners were announced Friday, Sept. 6, at the Design Excellence Awards Ceremony and Celebratory Reception at the Snow King Center.
A signature event of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, the WDC takes place this year Sept. 5-8. Hosted by Teton Home and Living magazine, the event has brought in hundreds of crafts people, scholars, collectors, interior designers, architects and fashion designers with an interest in the West.
The WDC’s Exhibit and Sale is a one-of-a-kind showcase for museum-quality functional art. Many of the nation’s finest western-influenced designers and artists applied to be included among the nearly 100 exhibitors displaying their work.In all, more than $22,200 in cash will be awarded for handcrafted works in leather, metal, accents, woodworking, jewelry and fashion.
The WDC has become known as the world’s preeminent exhibition of western furniture, fashion, and accessories. Not only does it serve as a venue for the current state of western design, but also as a catalyst for the genre’s evolution. The event was established more than two decades ago to perpetuate the best traditions of western design and craft through education, economic opportunities, and the exchange of ideas.”
**Above I’ve attached a few pictures of the award and a few others of the event and family who came to Jackson Hole with me…
Saturday Sept 14th a slideshow of the Western Design Conference and other Jackson Hole highlights was released in the travel section of the national ABCNews.com, creatively linking it to Fashion Week in New York both in timing and its high-end designs.