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Posts Tagged ‘Ontario Museum of History and Art’

Special Exhibit: Modern Quilts Redesigning Traditions

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Ontario Museum of History and Art to present a special exhibit that explores the modern evolution of traditional quilt patterns. The idea for the exhibit came from Carolyn Reese (owner of Road to California) and Pam Overton (President of Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds). They thought a Modern exhibit would interest not only Road to California patrons but Ontario Museum of History and Art patrons also. The exhibit was curated by Georganna Hawley, immediate Past President of the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild. She began calling for entries after Road 2016 and resulted in over 80 quilts from talented quilters from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The Modern Quilt Movement is nearly 10 years old. It started in the early 2000’s with an online community of like-minded quilters. These artists were inspired by modern design, bold colors, extensive use of negative space and innovative piecing. Today, Modern quilters continue to embrace a style usually not seen in traditional quilts. Most traditional pieced blocks are based on geometric shapes: squares, triangles, and circles. Early patchwork quilters used geometric blocks because they were easily fitted and sewn together, and could be arranged into hundreds of patterns. As individual quilters gained skill and confidence, the shapes and combinations became more challenging. Today’s modern Traditionalist quilters choose original quilt patterns from the 1920’s – 1950’s and shrink them, enlarge them, move them off-grid, or simply improvise the piecing to redesign the block. The exhibit opened to the public December 1, 2016 and will stay open until Road to California closes on January 22, 2017. The museum is opened limited hours and the exhibit is free. Modern Quilts Redesigning Traditions will also serve as a backdrop for a Lecture and Trunk Show hosted by modern quilter, Latifah Saafir on Tuesday night, January 17, 2017 and a Meet and Greet for Modern Quilters on Friday, January 20, 2017. both events are from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and are free to the public. Reservations however must be made by calling the museum at (909) 395-2510.]]>

What Exactly Is The Marie White Masterpiece Award?

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

2016 Marie White Masterpiece Award made and quilted  by Janet Stone 2016 Marie White Masterpiece Award made and quilted by Janet Stone[/caption] A couple of years ago, a “very nice lady” came to Carolyn Reese, owner of Road to California, and offered to sponsor the first runner up award on two conditions: One, that she remained anonymous and Two, that Road to California call the award The Marie White Masterpiece Award.  Road gladly agreed to her terms. [caption id="attachment_3411" align="aligncenter" width="448"]2015 Marie White Masterpiece Award made and quilted by Nancy Prince 2015 Marie White Masterpiece Award made and quilted by Nancy Prince[/caption] Marie White is Carolyn Reese’s mother and a woman who was very active in the quilting and doll making world until she passed away five years ago, six weeks shy of her 93rd birthday. Marie was born in Oklahoma. One day when she was walking home from high school, a busload of young men working at a CCC depression-era camp, passed her on the road.  One of the fellows threw a Prince Albert Tobacco Can out the window with a note inside asking her for a date. That fellow was Glenn White and Marie accepted the date. Marie and Glenn were married for 57 years and had two daughters, Carolyn and Glenda. Carolyn and Marie established The Fabric Patch fabric store in 1981. Their store was featured in the third issue of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, making it one of the top thirty stores in the United States. Marie’s specialty was doll making. She also loved working with ribbon embroidery and crazy quilting. Two of Marie’s dolls are currently on display in a special Cloth Dolls Tell Their Story Exhibit at the Ontario Museum of History and Art.  One is a doll she created from a photograph of her mother, Oda Anderson, taken in 1934. The second doll, “Blanche” is one that Marie designed, taught classes and also sold patterns. Blanche was created in honor of Blanche Young, a well-known quilter and author, who was the teacher that started Carolyn in the quilting world. As they say, now you know “the rest of the story” regarding the first runner up award given at Road to California, The Marie White Masterpiece Award.]]>

While At The Show, Visit The Ontario Museum Of History And Art

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

There’s a lot to see and do at Road to California 2016:

View over 1,000 quilts on display

Shop at 220 retailers in over 700 merchant booths

Take one of the 173 Classes

Attend a Lecture or Special Event

If you still have time left over from your Road visit, we invite you to go just down the road to the Ontario Museum of History and Art download and see their current exhibit,12353443_670975049712078_240636162_n

 Cloth Dolls Tell Their Stories

This exhibit showcases artists exploring remembrance, heritage and celebration through cloth dolls. Traditionally, dolls were created to represent a miniature human form, often used as children’s toys. These artists have transformed the meaning of the plaything by pouring tales and imagination into each doll while emphasizing the fun and whimsical. Carolyn Reese, owner of Road to California, has a special interest in this exhibit because two of the dolls in the collection were made by her mother, Marie White. One is a doll Marie created from a photograph of her mother, Oda Anderson, taken in 1934. The second doll, “Blanche” is one that Marie designed, taught classes and also sold patterns. Blanche was created in honor of Blanche Young, a well-known quilter and author, who was the teacher that started Carolyn in the quilting world. A free to the public Artist Reception is being held Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 5:00 –7:00 PM. The Ontario Museum of History & Art is located at 225 S. Euclid Ave. Ontario, CA 91762.  Gallery Hours are Noon to 4 PM, Thursday through Sunday.  Admission is free. For more information call (909) 395-2510.    ]]>

Road 2016 Feature: Take A Quilter’s Bus Tour

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Road to California 2016 has arranged to conduct two all day bus tours:  9300C On the Road Again FCB (Fabrics, Curators & Bargains) on Wednesday, January 20th  and  9800C  On The Road Again SCIE (Exploring Southern California’s Inland Empire) on Monday, January 25th.

For the past three years, the Traveling Quilters have been leading bus tours during Road to California. These tours are designed to give both visitors and native Southern Californians the chance to see more of the area from a quilter’s point of view. The Traveling Quilters’ experienced guides, Pam Overton and Lynn Crawford, have been in business for 25 years and have conducted over 200 quilt related tours. Experienced quilters since the 1980’s, Pam and Lynn have been familiar with Road to California every year since it started. Pam is also the current President of the Southern California Quilt Guild Association, which Carolyn Reese is a member.   Pam and Lynn handpick the locations they visit which include historical sites, delicious restaurants, and of course, quilt related shopping.480 Ann Keelan, from Pear Blossom, California, has gone on Road bus trips the past two years. She likes the tours because she “doesn’t have to drive and because it gives her access to well-known manufacturers and she can see behind the scenes.”485 Even though Marie McCaulley has spent 18 years as a volunteer at Road, last year was the first time she took a road bus tour. Her favorite stop was at Hoffman Fabrics.502 This year’s bus trips both start at the Ontario Convention Center. On Wednesday, the first stop is to Hoffman Fabrics where guests will learn about the latest designing and distribution of their famous batiks and other lines of fabric as well as get a complete tour of their facility. This opportunity is especially significant as Hoffman does not allow individuals to come on their own to their site.486 Wednesday’s trip also includes stops to the historic Bembridge Heritage House in Long Beach,  M & L Fabrics discount store in Anaheim, and the Ontario Museum of History and Art. A great way to prolong your Road to California 2016 experience is to take the bus tour on the Monday following the show. This tour stays local to the show’s location, exploring such gems as the Maloof House in Rancho Cucamonga, Old Town Temecula, and shopping at two quilt stores, Primitive Gatherings and The Quilt Loft. Taking a bus tour during Road to California 2016 is a great way to expand your participation with the show.  To sign up for both of these unique quilt themed bus tours, visit Road’s online registration page.]]>