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'Power Sewn Quilts' closing reception Aug. 17

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A closing reception for Dillon, Mont. artist Michelle Milo Ryan’s “Pedal to the Metal: Power Sewn Quilts” will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Montana Western Art Gallery. A closing reception for Dillon, Mont. artist Michelle Milo Ryan’s “Pedal to the Metal: Power Sewn Quilts” will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Montana Western Art Gallery. Milo Ryan, who grew up in Montana’s Yaak River Valley, began sewing at an early age with her mother. Since receiving a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from the University of Montana in 1971, she has continued to study fabric and quilt history, experiment with traditional and contemporary quilt design, fabric dying, surface design and embellishment.
 
In 2000, Milo Ryan was a designer and pattern maker of the Lewis and Clark bicentennial quilt “From Canoes to Horses,” which is on display in the Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce building in Dillon. Her quilt depicting the 100-year history of the Forest Service was selected for the 2005 Forest Service Centennial Celebration and was featured in the 2006 issue of The Quilter magazine. The quilt has been on a U.S. tour for the last three years courtesy of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. 
 The Montana Western Art Gallery is located in the south wing of Main Hall on the UMW campus, 710 South Atlantic Street. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance is free to the public.