Finding the beauty in region’s history

New exhibit features quilts, paintings inspired by past
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal features editor
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The Bernhard Museum Winery is home to quite the artistic history lesson. Textures of History, a new exhibit on display on the Bernhard’s upper floor Aug. 6 through Aug. 31, features quilts and watercolor paintings created by local artists. “They’ve taken it to a new level and it’s a change but it allows us to interpret the artifacts in a different way,” said Karen Mattson, curator of educational programs for Placer County Museums. The watercolor side of this show comes from Sonja Hamilton’s Placer School for Adults students, who have spent the past couple months painting their depictions of historical buildings. “We ended up with 35 paintings, from Lincoln to Truckee,” Hamilton said. “Everybody’s had such fun doing this.” The hope is to inspire viewers to seek out the structures and learn more about regional history, Hamilton said. Members of the Foothill Quilters Guild also contributed to this exhibit in the form of about a dozen quilts. “They’re not traditional at all,” Mattson said. For example, one quilter used a flower basket pattern, which is pretty traditional, and turned it into something that looks more watercolor in nature, Mattson said. “I think what’s interesting is seeing the contrast,” Mattson said of the new exhibit. “Both watercolor and quilting are pretty traditional. The texture and the color are just phenomenal.” Interested in seeing Textures of History? The exhibit opens Saturday, just in time for the fourth annual Heritage Festival, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7 and features 18 museums from Roseville to North Lake Tahoe. Admission is free for this event; call (530) 889-6500 for information. Can’t make the Heritage Trail? The exhibit is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through Aug. 31. You can also view the exhibit during the Auburn Art Walk, which takes place 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. The Bernhard Museum Winery is located at 291 Auburn Folsom Road in Auburn. Call (530) 889-6500 for further information. Reach Loryll Nicolaisen at