Winers were selected in the Nissequogue River State Park Foundation's 1st Annual Community Quilt contest, held last month during a reception at the park administration building as it opened a month-long display.
Participants were asked to create unique artworks on things that inspired them. Tyra Porinchak, 14, earned first place for her mixed media Night Scene with a Raccoon. Terry Pelkowski, a proud grandmother and quilter, earned second place with her fabric appliqué Seascape by Day. Daniel Preisler, 9, was the third place honoree with his painted Hamburger, inspired by winning a hamburger-eating challenge held by American Roadside Burger restaurant in Smithtown.
The non-traditional quilt display features tied-together 8 x 8 fabric squares individually decorated by local residents and community groups in a variety of ways, ranging from hodge-podges of memorabilia and found items, to painted pieces, mixed media, and blocks of color sewn together in traditional quilt patterns.
Long Island Region State Parks Deputy Director, Brian Foley, and the NRSP Foundation’s Community Quilt Coordinator, Karin Vanderveer, greeted visitors and congratulated award recipients who received prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3d place entries.
The Community Quilt is on display in the Nissequogue River State Park Administration Building, 799 St. Johnland Road, Kings Park until the end of April. Proceeds will be used to enhance and beautify the park.