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Posts Tagged ‘Ontario’

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.    ]]>

Honoring the Armed Forces

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Everyone loves a parade.

So why not have a parade not only kick off Road 2014, but also provide the backdrop for a Veterans Presentation? Ten drummers from the Colony High School Titan Regiment led the way for Carolyn and Matt Reese and invited dignitaries that included Ontario, California Mayor, Paul Leon; San Bernardino County Supervisor, Gary Ovitt; and his wife, Sue Ovitt, a Chaffey High School District Board Trustee; as well as representatives from Operation Home Front and Island Batik._i4c2887[1] The parade began in the hallway of the Ballroom Pre-function area and turned south into the main Exhibit Hall, ending up right smack dab in the center of the huge hall. Attendees were treated to a drum roll exhibition before the Veterans Presentation started._i4c2916[1] Matt Reese handled the Master of Ceremony duties. He introduced the singer for the National Anthem, quilter and musician, Jerry Granata, who offered a rousing acapella rendition of the famed song._i4c2914[1] Comments in support of Road to California and the veteran event were offered by Mr. Leon, Mr. Ovitt, and Mr. Kyler Olejnik of Operation Homefront. Carolyn Reese presented a beautiful patriotic quilt, made from Island Batik fabrics, to recipient Ron Baker, a Vietnam Veteran and volunteer for Operation Homefront._i4c2941[1] When the program was completed, the drummers led the party out of the Convention Center. It was a huge honor for the Colony High School Regiment to be included in the ceremony. Said Tatiana, Co-Drum Captain, “We don’t usually perform for this type of audience. Usually we only perform for teenagers. They (the quilters) were really cool; cheering and dancing.” Eli, the other Co-Drum Captain, remarked, “It was great to be here, out in the community and get our name out.” Ninth grader Sergio said, “It was great to make everyone smile.” The Regiment especially enjoyed meeting the mayor. And because they got all caught up in the “quilt fever” of the show, they offered to make the mayor a quilt out of all their band show tee-shirts!!! What a festive way to start off this year’s 19th Annual Conference and Showcase!!! What did you think about all the festivities?]]>

Quilt Stories From the Inland Empire

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

The City of Ontario, California is the location for Road to California. This city really likes quilts and quilting because from December 6, 2012 through January 27, 2013, it’s Ontario Museum of History and Art will be sponsoring a quilt exhibit, Quilt Stories From the Inland Empire. 


Just going to the museum is a real treat. This historic location is a public-private museum operated by the City of Ontario with support from the non-profit Museum of History and Art, Ontario Association. The museum is known for the outstanding exhibits it promotes, including this upcoming quilt themed event.    

Visitors to the Quilt Stories From the Inland Empire will be treated to personal expressions, stories, traditional techniques and contemporary themes when they come to view the quilts on exhibit. Not only are the artists representative of the Inland Empire, but so are stories of their quilts. Quilts will range in size, color and shape
along with embellishment, appliqué, style and theme. The quilts feature broad themes including the geography and history of the inland area as well as personal stories and traditional geometric and star patterns.  This multi-layered exhibit is guest curated by artist and quilter Theresa Polley-Shellcroft. Polley-Shellcroft has a long history with the museum; she led quilt works in previous years and the “Fan Faire” workshop in 2005. She teaches Art History and Art Education for Victor Valley College, Brandman University and University of Phoenix. Her artwork, quilts and paintings have been exhibited across the country at New York City SoHo and Chelsea galleries’; The American Folk Art Museum, NYC; The Historical Society of Washington, DC; the National Museum of African History, Ohio; and the Anacostia Museum of African American Culture, Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC.

The museum will be hosting a couple of special events in conjunction with the exhibit. An Artist Reception is planned for Friday, December 7, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Visitors can meet and chat with the artists whose work was accepted for the display. A Quilt Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, January 12th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.. Attendees will receive instruction on quilt patterns and techniques from the guest curator, Theresa Polley-Shellcroft. And on Wednesday, January 23, a Tour and Tea will be presented. Reservations are required for each of these additional free events and can be arranged by contacting the museum.

We love all things quilting so a special exhibit devoted to our favorite pastime is certainly worth checking out.