FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2006
March 13, 2006:
The rocky terrain of Lone Ranger Canyon in the Alabama Hills Recreation Area in Lone Pine, California, has been compared to many things. In certain light, the lines and curves of the rocks suggests a quilted pattern.
Master quilter, Valerie Bahl, saw this likeness and took on the challenge of capturing it in a "real" quilt. She worked from a picture taken after dark during the June 2005 "Under Western Stars" concert featuring western musical group, True West. Her design captures the patterns and textures of the rocks perfectly. Her quilt, Concert in the Rocks, was juried into the 2006 Road to California Quilt Show held in January of this year. The quilt may be viewed by visiting www.quartermoonquilts.com.
Ms. Bahl has donated her work to the Lone Pine Film History Museum to be used as a fundraiser through a drawing. Tickets are available at $1 donation for one, or six for $5. The drawing will be held at the June 17 dinner/concert.
The area depicted in the quilt is famous as a movie location site. Here is where the Lone Ranger was first ambushed on film in 1938. Such notables as Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Randolph Scott and Roy Rogers have filmed there as well.
Valerie lives in Sparks, Nevada but has a close contact with the Alabama Hills because her mother-in-law, Barbara Bahl, lives in Lone Pine and is co-chairman of the ticket and tour office for the Film Festival. Barb also happens to be an Audie Murphy enthusiast, who has located many sites used in the three films Murphy made in Lone Pine. Quilter Valerie Bahl, a graduate of Sacramento City College, is the owner of Quartermoon Quilts and has won two blue ribbons at the Nevada State Fair for her work. She is a Washoe County employee and a member of the Washoe Express Toastmasters.
The Lone Ranger Canyon site is where the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History holds an annual benefit gala out under the western stars. This year, "A Celebration With The Chaparral" will be held June 17, featuring a gourmet menu and western concert with The Chaparral to celebrate the completion of the Museum.
For information on the quilt and dinner/concert tickets, call (760) 876-9909 or check back here at the website.