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Date: 7/31/06 7:29 PM

For you quilters and history buffs in the Houston area, I went to this exhibit yesterday. I found it very interesting! Gee's Bend is a little "town" at the bend of a river in Alabama where a lot of the women quilted. They used any fabric available to them. These quilts were made to be used and be very functional. One room had quilts made from worn out work clothes - jeans, workshirts, etc. Another room had quilts made from scraps J.C. Penny's gave them after it hired them to make pillows and decorative items. That was in the 70s so there was lots of avocado green and harvest gold. There was a very interesting video on the women and their quilts. The quilts dated from about the 1930s to present.

The exhibit will be in Houston until the first part of September.

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Date: 7/31/06 7:40 PM

Those are some of the most beautiful and inventive quilts I have ever seen- and I say that as someone who is not a huge fan of patchwork. Anyone who has a chance should go see them. Amazing use of materials & colors.

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Date: 7/31/06 8:30 PM

Gee's Bend postage stamps (39 cents) are due out on 8/24. They are beautiful.

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Date: 7/31/06 9:39 PM

That's right! They said that at the exhibition. They really had some neat scarves, coasters, etc. using several of the designs.

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Date: 7/31/06 9:54 PM

I went when they were here the first time a few years ago. Incredible! I'm so glad it's back - I heard it is better than before. Something to do with DD before school starts. Thursdays are free admission days...is the exhibit extra this time?

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Date: 7/31/06 11:29 PM

Yes, Thursdays are free (but sometimes are very crowded because of this); Gees Bend is also free on Thursday. Parking in the lot on the north side of Bissonet across from the old building is free also (don't have to use the garage $). After 1:00 (I think) they also have some little art stations for the kids set up--quilt designing using foam-core base with strips of colored adhesive tape was one activity available. I saw the first exhibit, too. This one is nice, too. They had a continuous video playing of the Gees women; I think it's the same program played (in Houston area, at least) on PBS. They were sold out of the postcards, but they're available through Amazon. The Modern art museum is directly across the street next to the sculpture garden, and both are free, too. Enjoy--we did! I think maybe the children's museum (about 2 blocks away ) is free on Thursdays, also, but not positive...

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Date: 7/31/06 11:58 PM

I don't know if it was extra - we paid $6. We rode Metrorail so didn't pay parking. Might be a fun day to come downtown for lunch and then go to the museum. The film played continuously - but a church group came in to sing so I couldn't hear all of it.

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Date: 8/1/06 0:10 AM

If you go on a regular admission day, the Gees exhibit is included (free) with the regular ticket price. Also, if you have an "Entertainment book" (often school kids sell these for fund-raisers) for the Houston area, there's a "2 for one" coupon for Houston art museum admission. Lots of good restaurants in the area, also a Cafe Express in the museum basement.

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