While many forms of visual art function as a tool for communicating ideas and emotions, none can eclipse the practicality of a quilt.
Quilting has been an American tradition for centuries. It is unique for its blend of beauty, function and ability to tell the story of the quilter and his or her culture.
Artist Allyson Allen specializes in quilting and fabric art. With each stitch and applique, she shows the aesthetic and storytelling power of the quilt.
“A quilter made a comment that once you are born, you are wrapped in a piece of cloth. So from that moment on, you are always connected to cloth,” said Allen.
Quilting today has assumed a whole new identity. It has branched into a field known as art quilting, in which the artist treats the fabric as a blank canvas that can be manipulated and added to.
Allen uses the inherently graphic quality of quilting and couples it with powerful social and cultural messages. Her approach has helped elevate quilting into the realm of art and has earned her many accolades. She was nominated twice for the NEA National Heritage Fellowship for artistic excellence. She has a piece of artwork touring with the three year, multi-museum instillation title “And Still We Rise…” as a part of an exhibit for the National Underground Railroad Center in Cincinnati. That is the largest assemblage of African American-made quilts to ever tour the country.
One of her quilts will go to South Africa for the Nelson Mandela exhibit, which opens in Johannesburg. This exhibit will tour all over Africa and then in the United States in 2016.
Allen wrote about her art and the medium is her 2013 book “Quilted Pages- Story Art Quilts”. It features her quilts and other art pieces from three nationally exhibited collections.
“The type of art that I do is a genre called Information Art because I put photographs and words on the quilt. Even though I can do traditional bed quilts and bed design, the majority of my work in the last 10 years or so has really been the art quilt that you would hang on the wall, “ said Allen. “It’s not just squares and triangles on the bed.”
MSJC Offers Middle and High School students a look at Engineering & Surveying Careers
More than 100 students from local middle and high schools participated in the Engineering/Surveying Day at Mt. San Jacinto College on Dec. 4.The annual event gives students the opportunity of exploring careers in engineering and land surveying.
The following business partners and four-year universities gave presentations at the event: Riverside County Transportation Department; Spectra Precision; Cal Poly Pomona and California Baptist University. Riverside County Flood Control & Water Control District's Zully Smith spoke about women in engineering. The following business partners provided industry equipment for hands-on experience: Riverside County Flood Control & Water Control District and Lewis & Lewis Enterprises, a local firm that provides sales and service of land surveying equipment.
“Thanks to all of our dedicated business partners, many of the students were inspired and motivated to further explore engineering and surveying as career options,” said Lori Benson, MSJC’s Project Coordinator in Career Technical Education.
Menifee Valley Taekwondo Academy hosted the State Championships for Tiger Rock International Alliance this past November. Studio owners, Mr. David Sanchez and Mrs. Jennifer Sanchez were excited to bring the tournament back to Menifee. The tournament brought studios from all over California to compete for the title of State Champion. Students compete in several areas; traditional forms, free design forms, sparring, and board breaking; while studios are competing for the highest medal count which awards them the California State Championship trophy.
Saliva enhances our quality of life and is often taken for granted until it is diminished. Those with a decreased ability to produce saliva experience xerostomia, commonly known as dry mouth.Studies show that 30 percent of those 65 years and older, experience dry mouth. Although complaints of xerostomia are common in older populations, it is not a normal part of the ageing process. In the older population, it is typically caused as a side effect to various systemic diseases and medications.
Causes of Dry Mouth
Xerostomia is caused when the glands in the mouth that produce saliva have decreased production. The most common cause of dry mouth is the use of medications. More than 400 medications are associated with dry mouth. Medications for high blood pressure, depression, insomnia, allergies, Alzheimer’s, and lung diseases all may have xerostomia as a side effect.Some conditions such as: menopause, diabetes, and Sjogren's Syndrome are associated with dry mouth. Treatments for cancer may cause temporary or even permanent damage to the salivary glands.
It's soon going to be a tough time for a lot of people, as Microsoft is pulling support for Windows XP on 8th April 2014. With no more security updates after that date, the security implications are huge, particularly as this aged OS still commands almost 30 per cent of the desktop market.Only Windows 7, with around 47 per cent of the market, sits above Windows XP, with the much maligned Windows 8 taking just shy of seven per cent of the OS cake.
If you're one of the many Windows XP users out there, the big question is, what happens when support stops? There are plenty of articles warning of an incoming hacker storm, as cyber-criminals run riot through unpatched security holes in Windows XP, but how true is this scenario? In this article, we're going to show you how to keep your Windows XP computer safe.
WINDOWS XP NO MORE SECURITY PATCHES.
Mike Castillejos is the Sun City U.S. Bank Manager and the husband of Darci. Both were presented with Ipads by U.S. Bank Executives: John Giddism District Manager, Karen Racusin, Senior Vice President - Regional Manager Southern CA Southeast, Chris Moulder Vice President District Manager South Inland Empire and L. Brian Butler APR head of the banks Military Initiative Program.
U.S. Bank has a fantastic Proud To Serve Program and currently U.S. Bank has approximately 2,000 employee veterans who work at U.S. Bank including National Guard and Reserve Members and they have hired more than 1100 veterans between 2012 and 2013. Also Karen Racusin, Senior Vice President Regional Manager Southern CA Southeast is in charge of a program that hires Military Officers, the program fast tracks these individuals into Branch Manager positions. John Giddis, District Manager said "Supporting the U.S. Military Vets is the right thing to do, and U.S. Bank is proud of the support that they have been able to do with their Proud To Serve program.."
Nearly 16 months without a manager, Menifee City has finally appointed Rob Johnson to take his roles as a full-time manager. This is a great mile to have arrived at by the management of the City. For Rob, he has been serving as a manager on interim basis since November 12th last year until February 19th when the Council reached at that decision. According to Scott Mann, Menifee City’s Mayor highlighted great achievements by Johnson which include bringing order and morale in the City Hall alongside setting the pace in leadership.
For the last 16 months in office as interim manager, Rob Johnson managed to work on every strategy as instructed by the Council. As a Menifee resident, you will be happy to note that there are several strides made as far as economic stimulus projects are concerned. The Council successfully adopted a General Plan for the first time alongside Economic Development and Business Incentives Plans. All these were achieved under Johnson’s watch where more is expected including revenues for increased general fund.
Sometimes you have to take a moment to relax and enjoy…wait, what was that?
Distractions play a role in day to day life and most are unimportant, yet we focus on them instantly. Email bings, text alerts, phone rings, bathroom breaks and water cooler gossip cut into our important life activities because we let them.
In sports, coaches always yell at the players to focus; focus on the ball, focus on the offensive player, and focus on the game itself. In business, you need a coach to tell (or yell at) you to focus on your work and finish what you started.