True blue lovers of quilts flock to museum for ‘Indigo Quilts Past and Present’

October 30, 2002
Santa Paula News
By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula TimesTrue blue lovers of quilts flocked to the California Oil Museum for the Oct. 6th opening of the new exhibit, “True Blue: Indigo Quilts Past and Present.”According to COM Executive Director Mike Nelson, over 120 people attended the opening reception, hosted by Hozy’s Santa Paula Grill.The exhibit has festooned the museum with a variety of quilts with an emphasis on blue indigo, a color that commands attention and a closer look at the fine detail of the quilters’ art.The opening featured a presentation by noted quilter Pam Lindsay, who presented a “Gallery Talk” about the new quilt show which she guest curated, assisted by John Nichols of the Sespe Group.Visitors came from as far as San Diego, Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara, and Valencia, and “had some calls from out of town as well,” said Nelson. “There is a lot of interest in this year’s quilt exhibit; I think Pam sent out publicity about it through the quilters’ network throughout the state. Quilters are a very dedicated group who want to turn out and see these quilts.”In all there are about two dozen quilts on display, and Nelson said during Lindsay’s “Gallery Talk” there were some fascinating facts offered.
“Pam spoke about indigo and how they’re done. . .I didn’t realize it came from a plant and it takes a lot of plants to make an ounce of indigo. That’s probably why it was so expensive then. And, when it’s mixed, the liquid is a yellow color. . .when you dip the fabric in and take it out it turns blue. It’s a very interesting process, and, of course, the design work is wonderful. Pam and John have done an outstanding job of developing and installing this exhibit.”Quilts on display include one from the 1860s, Nelson added, and with its more contemporary works exhibit, “they’re exquisite. The design work is wonderful, and it’s a great show. ““True Blue: Indigo Quilts Past and Present” will be on exhibit at the museum - located at the corner of 10th and Main streets - through Nov. 17th.Admission to the California Oil Museum is $2 for adults, $1 for children, museum members free. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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