(Oct 2) An opening of a quilt art exhibit as well as a book signing by Ukiah historian Darline Bergere will both be featured at the First Friday evening on Oct. 2nd, from 5 to 8 pm at the Grace Hudson Museum.
Darline Bergere, a former Bay Area newspaper columnist who now volunteers as a family law advisor, says she has lived in Ukiah "only" 20 years. The reception from her first book, "Ukiah (Images of America)," published in 2009 by Arcadia Press, was so positive she was invited to write another one, focusing on the contemporary scene. The result, "Legendary Locals of Ukiah," highlights 100 "local heroes" -- actors, athletes, entrepreneurs, musicians and ministers -— who knit together the fabric of the Ukiah Valley community. As well as background information and anecdotes gleaned from research and personal meetings, the book features 147 black and white photographs, some from collections held at the Held-Poage Historical Museum, the Mendocino County Museum, and Grace Hudson Museum itself. What was hardest part of putting together the book for Bergere? Narrowing down the selection of Ukiah Valley's personable and productive "legendary locals" to only 100 people.
This evening will also be the opening for "Mendocino Quilt Artists: A Fiber Perspective," featuring contemporary quilt work by the 12 members of the Mendocino Quilt Artists group: Deanna Apfel, Holly Brackmann, Laura Fogg, Renee Gannon, Vicky Groom, Ann Horton, Leila Kazimi, Betty Lacy, Dede Ledford, Mary Ann Michelsen, Joyce Patterson and Marilyn Simpson. The award-winning members of this group take the traditional quilt of old into new and unexpected directions, uniting a solid grounding in craft with designs that reflect on contemporary themes, incorporate new material, and celebrate the beauty of the local landscape. The exhibit is part a county-wide celebration of American Craft Week and will be on display through Nov. 1st.
As on every First Friday, this event is free to all and is a wonderful opportunity to get to know one of Ukiah Valley's local gems, the Grace Hudson Museum, which has a permanent exhibit of Pomo Indian baskets and other cultural artifacts as well as paintings by and information about the Museum's namesake, artist Grace Hudson (1865-1937).
The Grace Hudson Museum is at 431 S. Main St. in Ukiah and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Sunday from noon to 4:30 pm. For more information please call 467-2836 or go to www.gracehudsonmuseum.org.