I note with sadness the death of a talented West Virginia artist, Dorothy Demboski Weatherford, on Dec. 5.
From the early '70s to the present, Dorothy's remarkable artistic ability brought noted acclaim to her and to all of West Virginia.
As chief designer for Mountain Artisans (a quilt cooperative employing hundreds of quilters throughout the state), Dorothy wowed New York fashion and design critics with her creativity and bold use of color.
In 1972, she received the coveted COTY Award presented by the American Fashion Critics' for her patchwork designs and quality of product. In 1975, she received the TOMMY Award presented by the American Textile industry for creative use of fabric: and in 1976 she received the National Society of Interior Decorators Award for creative use of patchwork in the home.
The Mountain Artisans Quilting Book, authored by Alfred Allan Lewis, honors Dorothy and all that participated in the success of Mountain Artisans.
In the late 1990s, she used her Mountain Artisan experience to aide and promote the arts throughout the state. She was a member of the W.Va. Commission on the Arts Rural Arts Initiative to implement the process of distributing grants to Tucker County.
She was a founder of the Art Company, Davis, West Virginia and served as a consultant for craft co-ops in Thomas, Martinsburg, Pineville and Flatwoods, West Virginia; and Marietta, Ohio and the Virginia Business Development Association.
Dorothy's award-winning paintings and photographs may be found in many public and private collections throughout the country.
Thank you Dorothy, your commitment to the arts has been and continues to be an inspiration.