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Mother Road Revisited: Route Sixty-Six Then and Now

Thursday, July 28, 2016 to Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mother Road Revisited: Route Sixty-Six Then and Now

Thursday, July 28, 2016 through Sunday, September 18, 2016

U.S. Route 66 was one of the first official highways. Established in 1926, the highway connected Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. Explore the idea of travel and American culture through interactive photography. Photographs taken in the 1950s and 1960s along Route 66 are paired with contemporary photographs by Natalie Slater, from the exact same location and vantage point. Free Admission.

©Natalie Slater. Exhibition is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.  Photo is courtesy of art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

Mother Road Revisited


Thursday, December 1, 2016 to Sunday, January 22, 2017


Thursday, December 1, 2016 through Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Modern quilt movement is nearly a decade old and its proponents are a fast growing segment of the quilting population*. Modern quilting began as an online community in the early 2000s and quickly grew into an international movement of like-minded sewists who make quilts that are primarily functional (as opposed to quilts made primarily as “art”). Inspired by modern design, the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive use of negative space, and alternate grid work are key elements of this style. Most of these characteristics are not found in “Traditional” quilt design, the formal, pattern-based repetitive blocks of printed fabric set in rows, with an emphasis on construction precision, practiced by most quilters in the 20th Century. This tension between classic, traditional and modern quilt design has lessened in recent years as modern quilters consider traditional patterns in new and exciting ways. This "Modern Traditionalism", the redesign of classic quilt designs, is what we will explore in an exhibit of 40 + juried quilts from U.S. and International quilters.  Photo courtesy of Georganna Hawley.

For more information on how to submit your quilt for consideration, contact Guest Curator, Georganna Hawley at  The deadline for entries is 3 PM PST August 15, 2016.  For more information call (909) 395-2510.

*According to a 2014 Quilting in America™ survey, there were 16 million active quilters in the U.S., 35% which enjoyed making quilts with Modern aesthetics.


Faces of the Community

Thursday, April 7, 2016 to Sunday, August 7, 2016

Explore the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and its neighborhood in Ontario at the Ontario Museum of History & Art, Carlson Gallery. Through individual interviews and drawings, artist Andrea Benitez documented the personal histories, experiences and memories of twenty individuals associated with the church in one of the oldest Hispanic neighborhoods. 

The exhibit is part of Ontario’s 125th Anniversary in 2016, in conjunction with “Heritage at the Square” Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Ontario Town Square, from 3 PM to 7 PM. 

This project was produced with grant support from the Community Foundation Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, in collaboration with the Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates, Chaffey Community Museum of Art, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.              

Founded as a model colony in 1882 by George and William Chaffey, brothers from Brockville, Ontario, Canada, the City of Ontario was created as a model colony. As the Chaffey brothers purchased and developed the land, their continuous efforts to lure new settlers worked and the colony quickly grew. Today, the City of Ontario continues its commitment to creating opportunity and building value in the community. 2016 marks Ontario’s 125th Anniversary since its incorporation on December 10, 1891. Join us as we celebrate a rich history and heritage of community, culture, and commerce, with a year-long celebration of exciting events and programs.

Photo courtesy of Andrea Benitez.

Eighth Biennial Ontario Invitational Art Exhibition

Thursday, April 7, 2016 to Sunday, June 5, 2016

A community favorite, the Eighth Biennial Ontario Invitational Art Exhibition features unique artworks by local and regional artists. The award winners from the 2015 Ontario Open Art Exhibition will debut their most recent work in painting, mixed media, photography, drawing, and sculpture.

Yellow Dog by Blue Pool, 2015. Photo courtesy of Linda Garcia-Dahl.

Gem of the Foothills

Permanent Exhibit

This exhibit explores the unique history of Ontario—it’s founding, transitions, people and organizations.

Explore Ontario from its roots beginning with the Native Peoples and Californio Rancheros to its founding by George Chaffey. Discover why it has been called both a “Model Colony” and the “Gem of the Foothills.”

The book, Ontario The Gem of the Foothills by Michael L. Rounds, traces Ontario history from the Native American era to the present day. Many historic images from the museum’s collections are published here for the first time.

This interpretive history about our community is for sale in the museum store.

Road Ways

Permanent Exhibit

This is an interpretive, humanities-based exhibition that examines the impact of the road on American life and culture.

Start by learning about America’s fascination with traveling the open road. Or discover the roots of the road, how people have traveled “roads” long before cars did. Highlights include Ontario’s Euclid Avenue, Holt Boulevard and historic Route 66. Be sure to pick up a road map and travel through the “roadscape” of Ontario and beyond. You’ll find out why Road Ways is the world’s largest exhibit.

Road Ways was developed by the museum with the assistance of humanities scholars, contracted curators and exhibit designers and local advisors. Exhibition development, installation and associated publications were made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, expanding our understanding of the world.

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