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Quilts of art thrown across southwest Riverside County

Patchwork is an art of juxtaposition. Patterns fit together varying sizes, shapes and colors which play on the texture of fabrics.

The American patchwork quilt doesn’t start from scratch but rather creates instead new relationships out of material gathered from all origins. Fabric choices, construction techniques, dyes, patterns and stitching styles can tell us much about quilts and their makers’ values and intentions.

Quilting as an art form has been gaining increasing attention by the wider art community, as quilts have begun to be fully recognized for their historical and artistic depth in addition to their role as a vehicle for highly personal expression.

A significant part of this renewed interest comes from the experimentation of contemporary art quilters, who are pushing the boundaries and associations tied to the traditional quilt.

Contemporary quilt making does not completely turn its back on the origins and conventions of this centuries-old art form.

The pieces still work fundamentally with layers of fabric, they still are a juxtaposition of diverse color and patterns, texture is still achieved through creative stitching techniques, and many still retain a narrative component that is often seen with more traditional quilts.

Community college art gallery

MSJC Art Gallery will display local contemporary art quilts.

The college’s art gallery exhibit hopes to provide the community with a surprising and unexpected look at the artistic advancements of quilt making in recent years.

Through Feb. 18, the Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) Art Gallery will be hosting “Textures: Fiber Arts,” an exhibit featuring contemporary art quilts made by a regional group of fiber artists.

As the exhibit will show, contemporary art quilts are no longer restricted to two-dimensional compositions of fabric made for display on a bed. Many have now become more three-dimensional; some even incorporate found objects to give the quilts a sculptural quality.

Many of the quilts are no longer relying solely on non-representational geometric patterning; instead they feature figurative representation or abstraction.

For more information, call (951) 487-3585 or visit

Annual quilt show

An upcoming quilt event will showcase about 100 quilts.

The 30th annual Valley Quilters Show will be held at the Valley Wide Recreational Center in San Jacinto on Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Friday, there will be a quilt appraiser on hand.

This year’s theme is “Floral Fantasy.”

Along with the displays, there will be vendors showing their new products and wares, prize drawing opportunities as well as several other unique art boutiques.

The drawing is held each year for a quilt that is appliqued, pieced and quilted by the hands of area quilt guild members.

Drawing tickets are available for a donation. All proceeds will be used for scholarships for local students.

In past years, $1,000 scholarships have been awarded.

Many guilds from the southwest Riverside County get involved in this yearly event.

This is a chance for quilt guilds to share their collections with a larger audience.

The event could be a great educational opportunity at the local level. Many participants are professional artists versed in history and the heritage of quilt making, including the diversity of quilts and their makers.

Some guilds exhibit contemporary and antique quilts.

Admission to the annual quilters event is $6. No children under age 6 will be allowed.

The event is at 901 West Esplanade in San Jacinto. For additional information, call (951) 927-4348.

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