The recent 2012 Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival marked its 44th consecutive year and so did Wintersville artist Virginia Price as an exhibitor there.
The two-day festival was held Aug. 10 and 11 at the Cambridge City Park and is one of the premier summer events in historic Cambridge and the greater Appalachian area.
Aug. 11 brought special surprise recognition to the Jefferson County artist as it was hailed "Virginia Price Day" in honor of Price having exhibited at the festival all 44 years. That morning, there was a 2-by-8-foot "Virginia Price Day" banner on her tent.
Price also received the "Best of Show in Fine Art" award and was presented flowers and a Mossor vase bearing the inscription: "Virginia Price, faithful exhibitor for 44 years, 2012 Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival."
The "Best of Show" award was sponsored by the Eikenberry family.
"I was really honored to receive the award and the recognition of 'Virginia Price Day,'" said Price, who was one of 90 exhibitors at the festival.
Price is an accomplished watercolorist whose interests vary from florals with their intricate abstract patterns to Victorian houses and aged objects with a sense of mystery. She has conducted many water color workshops for Oglebay Institute and the Steubenville Art Association.
The winner of many awards, she has been accepted and won awards in national, state and regional exhibits, including Ohio Watercolor Society (Grumbacher Gold Medal); Bethany College (merit awards); All Ohio Fine Arts (first award); By Women's Hands (Marietta College, merit); Petersburg, Va., Festival (Best of Show); Lynchburg, Va., Festival (merit awards); Westerville Art Exhibit (two Best of Shows and firsts); Steubenville Art Association exhibit (Best of Show and merits); Upper Ohio Valley (merit awards); and Salt Fork Festival (Governor's Award, Best Ohio Scene Award, Sen. John Glenn Award, first in fine art).
Price's work appears in many collections, both private and commercial. As a former artist for a West Virginia glass factory, specializing in one-of-a-kind hand-painted lamps, Price painted special orders for former Gov. Arch Moore, Sen. William Hubbard and former President Richard M. Nixon.
Price is a signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society since 1979 and the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and also is a member of the Steubenville Art Association, Ohio Arts & Crafts Guild, Oglebay Institute and a charter member of the National Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.