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Ocean Waves, c. 1920
Purchased from Roman E. Miller, made by his mother
Photo Credit: Darwin D. Bearley

Striped Amish, 2014 Pamela Rocco

November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015
Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection

December 7: Member’s Walkthrough 1-2pm and Opening Reception 2-4pm

Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection includes over forty bed, crib and doll quilts, illustrating the breadth of the Ohio Amish quilt making tradition between 1880 and 1940. The strong graphics and vivid color combinations of these quilts have inspired artists and quilt makers since they were first seen outside the Amish community. Each quilt in the Bearley Collection also contains a story about its maker, recipient, or the dealer/collector who found these objects, brought them out of Amish homes and into the market place. Together, these stories reveal much about the culture that made the quilts and the one that collected them.

January 10, 2015 – March 1, 2015
Amish: The Modern Muse II

Come see what Amish made Modern looks like! Three Bay Area Modern Quilt Guilds--East Bay Modern, Bay Area Modern and South Bay Area Modern--present a juried exhibition of quilts made by MQG members who were inspired by Amish quilt makers.

Juror San Francisco artist Joe Cunningham has chosen almost twenty quilts that best represent a 21st century interpretation of late 19th and early 20th century Amish quilt making traditions.


Feathered Star, dated 1870
Gift of Ron Kaufman

November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015
Two Color Wonders

Who says using only two colors is boring? On view from November 15, 2014-March 1, 2015 is the exhibit Two Color Wonders, a selection from the permanent collection of 19th and early 20th century quilts and woven coverlets that graphically illustrate just how powerful a limited color palette can be. The stark contrast of red and white, dynamics of complementary colors placed side by side or the harmony of analogous colors will inspire you to create your own two-color wonder!


These exhibitions and related programs are supported in part by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Silicon Valley Creates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and California Arts Council; by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose; and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.

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