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The Contact features 30 of Ann Johnston’s large-scale quilts inspired by the California Sierra Nevada mountain range. The Sierra Nevadas are a place of power and fascination for many people who have experienced it. The term “contact” is used to describe the place where geologic units touch, and it’s an inescapable theme in Johnston’s quilts. Through this body of work, Johnston explores the sunlit white granite peaks, and the dark mines and machinery of the California Gold Rush. Her connection to the Sierra Nevada is strong—her family has held a mining claim near Tioga Pass since the 1800s—and it comes to life in the exhibition.