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Vermont Outstanding Traditional Artist Honored

Stephanie Ashworth Krauss, Montpelier, VT was honored as the recipient of the 2010 Governor’s Heritage Award. The award established by the Vermont Folk Life Center and Vermont Life Magazine annually goes to a traditional artist who must have the craft handed down through the generations. Stephanie learned how to hook at age 5 taught to herby her mother Anne Ashworth.

Stephanie learned of the award on April 28, the day we in Vermont awoke to no electricity and up to two feet of snow. She was expecting to spend the day hooking and dyeing on her gas stove when her one phone that worked rang. She says that she was surprised, pleased and certainly speechless. Stephanie was unable to attend her own ceremony due to her daughter’s college graduation, but on her behalf family members accepted the award presented by Governor Douglass on May 13.

In reference to the fact that she could not be there to accept the award Stephanie says, “The good news is that my sister, and possibly my dad, will attend the ceremony at the State House and accept the award for me. And perhaps that’s really ok anyway, as one major criteria of this award is to recognize artists with a long family history of involvement and support in their craft or medium. My family meets that criteria well – from my great grandmother to my mom and dad to me and now to my daughters.”

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