On my return trip from the island I received a phone call that informed me of the fact that I had been chosen to be the recipient of the annual Cultural Award of my town, for my 'Art with its individual message, and the international recognition thereof'.
At first I was very surprised because I never thought about the possibility of receiving that award. But I did get used to the thought, came up with a guest list, asked Barbara Lange to give the laudatory speech, and last Thursday it all happened.
I put up a few quilts in the room where the ceremony took place.
Barbara gave a wonderful speech, and so did I. I received a medal, a certificate, and a check.
My son has claimed the medal because he says he had an important part in my artistic development, which is correct.
And this is the moment after the mayor awarded it all.
Now there is only one week of teaching the refugee class left, and then a lot of things will change. It will be interesting to see how things develop, how much time there will be left for art.