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Artsy friends at art show

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Yesterday I took the Metro #733 rapid bus to Ocean Park (south Santa Monica) to attend the Venice Art Forum Group Show artist talk at the invitation of my friend Barbara Golbin.

I took several art classes with Linda Jacobson, the founder of the forum, centuries ago at UCLA when after years of doing no art I felt the need to get started again. She was instrumental in getting my creative juices flowing and I haven’t stopped since.

When I met Barbara the day of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and discovered she was an artist in hiding, I introduced her to the art forum. I dropped out but Barbara kept going.

I really love her artwork and I don’t say that lightly. She has her own definitive style and is not afraid to try new things.

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Each artist was given the opportunity to talk about their art and what inspired them.

I love art and I never cease to be amazed by how each artist expresses themselves so uniquely.

Barbara likes flowers. How she interprets them is her own vision. I can spot one of her paintings a mile away in a crowd of thousands!

Below is the video I made of Barbara’s section of the talk:

I made this video with my point and shoot Canon G16 and at times I forgot I was shooting a video, therefore a few erratic moves!

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Another artist I greatly admire is Carole Garland. She said not everybody enjoys realistic painting. I had to comment that her paintings are not realistic. They are HER impressions of a scene. I happen to love the Santa Monica Pier myself, which is depicted in these paintings.

She also has a series of paintings of downtown Los Angeles at the TAG Gallery which I plan to visit this coming Thursday.

So much art to see, so little time!

 

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The New Frontiers of George Takei and a dash of black velvet

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I have been a Star Trek fan since Season One, Episode One of the original show. That show broke a lot of boundaries, not the least of which was the character of Lieutenant Sulu. The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles, is currently paying tribute to the actor and activist, George Takei with an exhibit of his personal memorabilia from the many facets of his life.

FROM WIKIPEDIA:

George Hosato Takei (武井 穂郷 Takei Hosato, /təˈk/; born April 20, 1937) is an American actor, director, author, and activist of Japanese descent. Takei is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. He also portrayed the character in six Star Trek feature films and one episode of Star Trek: Voyager.

Takei’s involvement in social media has brought him fresh attention. As of February 2017, his Facebook page has over 10 million likes since he joined in 2011, and he frequently shares photos with original humorous commentary.

Takei is a proponent of LGBT rights and is active in state and local politics. He has won several awards and accolades in his work on human rights and Japan–United States relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum.

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The poster reads: Like his most famous character, helmsman Hikaru Sulu of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise, George Takei has voyaged through many worlds.

He has not only experienced some of the most critical moments in our nation’s history, from politics and pop culture to activism and the arts, he has also become a driving force behind some its most transformative changes.

This exhibition will take you through events that shaped 20th and 21st-century America, allowing you to experience them through Takei’s eyes, voice, and memories.

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I have visited the JANM on a previous occasion. So I didn’t linger in the other areas of the museum which speak to the experience of Japanese people in America, including their internment during World War II… both Japanese and American citizens… which was a part of Takei’s young life.

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As I was there with a group of friends we had a time limit before heading off to lunch in Little Tokyo and I decided to focus on George!

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Helmsman Sulu’s chair. I am in need of a new office chair and this does look pretty comfy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try it out.

Although on a tour of Paramount Studios many years ago I had the great privilege of sitting in Captain Picard’s chair on a Star Trek set. No matter what amazing things happen (or indeed have happened) in my life, those few moments will always be a highlight!!!!!

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Sulu’s uniform and a photo of him wearing it. Who knew way back then, in 1965, before most people were even born (!) this show would become such a phenomenon with far-reaching influences.

Viewing this exhibit was a fascinating look at an interesting man who has lived, and is living, quite an adventurous life.

After lunch four of us decided to hop on the Gold Line to Chinatown just two stops away. On a previous walk through the area we had stumbled upon the Velveteria, The Museum of Velvet Paintings. We didn’t go inside but vowed to come back, so as we were so close by this was the opportunity.

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The owners, Caren Anderson and Carl Baldwin (click on the website link above to see their photos), own a 3,000 piece collection, with about 450 paintings displayed.

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These are not your typical Tijuana tourist velvet paintings. Most of the ones we saw on display are portraits of celebrities like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

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Didn’t see any images of George Takei in this museum but no worries, Star Trek is still well represented with Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) and the USS Enterprise!

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And you’ve got to have a glow-in-the-dark velvet painting for your bedroom! Well, maybe not…

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A velvet museum would not be complete without a portrait of Liberace. I don’t know, but it just seems appropriate.

By then we were ready to jump on the Red Line to the Expo Line and home. Just another day exploring downtown Los Angeles…

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Twenty one years old and still going strong – Culver City Art Group Annual Holiday Art Show

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For the three of my followers who have been wondering what happened to my blog posts recently, this is part of the reason. I’ve been getting ready for the 21st Annual Culver City Holiday Art Show. One of my jobs with the art group is to design all the invitations/flyers and registration forms for the show plus manage and update the website at www.culvercityartgroup.com and generally oversee the “look” that we present to the public.

Plus, of course, I’ve been busy choosing. processing, printing and framing the photos that I want to exhibit. I’m also putting together (and printing) a portfolio of past work and making greeting cards.

And after procrastinating for two years (did I ever mention procrastination is my middle name?) I finally decided I needed to spend some serious time on a website to showcase my photography. That has been a daunting experience. With years of experience as a web designer and manager, you would think this would be the easy part. But just the opposite.

I chose a content management system specifically geared towards photographers as I thought this would be the easier road. But I am so used to making a website act and think the way I want it to that I had a terrible time getting my brain wrapped around somebody else’s thought processes. I am sure if I was inexperienced with building websites I would have had an easier time… you know what they say about the dangers of a little knowledge…

The domino effect of that situation was that I couldn’t make professional-looking business cards because I had no URL address to put on the cards.

My website is not ready for prime time at this point but I am making a major effort to be ready by the time of the show. I already ordered my business cards with the URL so that is a big incentive too.

As soon as I have all my ducks in a row, or at least some of the ducks, I will publish the website address on my blog. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be getting close to having a website and to be able to hand out business cards. I have no idea what, if anything, will come of all this but I do know that if I hide in the closet absolutely nothing at all will happen! So please stay tuned…

Ah, one of the other reasons I haven’t posted that much on this blog is because I have been working on my recent travel photos and posting to my other blog, www.onegoodlifetravels.com.

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Hauser Wirth & Schimmel and The Pho Shop

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Hauser Wirth & Schimmel is a new art gallery that recently opened in the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles, close to Little Tokyo. Two friends and I rode the Expo Line from Culver City to the Red Line, then walked a mile from the Grand Park/Civic Center station. We met up with another friend who drove.

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The building was a former flour mill. The architects left some of the old building showing off its industrial roots. I am always excited to see an older building repurposed rather than torn down.

The current exhibit is Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016.

We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the galleries. This is always disappointing to me. But if you click on this link you will see some of the artwork in the main gallery.

The pieces on the right hand wall (if you clicked on the aforementioned link) are by Lee Bontecou, an artist I very much admire. In 2003 I visited her exhibit at the Hammer Museum in Westwood with my friend TL. Neither of us had heard of her before but we were both in awe of the work we saw. I bought the catalog of the exhibit and still look at it from time to time.

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When I saw Bontecou’s artwork at this gallery it brought back poignant memories. My friend TL passed away last year. I felt her presence very strongly walking with me through the exhibit. I wanted to turn to her and ask her for her perspective on this display. We always enjoyed going to art shows together. She had very definite opinions which I appreciated!

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The photo above is the freight elevator and the previous photo is of a stairway.

The exhibit itself, in several galleries throughout the complex, was very enjoyable. Darn it, I wish I could have taken photos… very annoying!

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But the building is an artwork in itself. Just love this sliding door… well, I imagine it was a sliding door. Look at all the textures and patterns.

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And who knows what was going on here…

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This is the courtyard. There are tables on both sides with succulents in planters.

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In the summer a restaurant is supposed to be opening.

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In another area next to the courtyard are some murals. The first one incorporates the iconic rose. You will find roses depicted throughout Los Angeles in hispanic art. I’ve never been able to discover a definitive meaning but I believe it symbolizes or has something to do with the Virgin Mary (Queen of the Angels, or la Reina de Los Angeles). Somebody enlighten me if I am wrong!

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Frontage of the building, a nice drought tolerant cactus garden.

It was way past lunch time and on the walk in we had passed a newish shopping center in Little Tokyo so we went to investigate.

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We walked past most of the Japanese shops but I will have to go back on my own to investigate.

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The well-stocked Japanese supermarket.

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Got rice???????

The Pho Shop

We decided to eat lunch at The Pho Shop, a Vietnamese restaurant. I ordered the shrimp salad with sliced and grated vegetables and rice noodles. The jug at the top held a rice vinegar dressing. I ate every scrap on the plate. I want to go back and order this same lunch again.

On the way back to the train station we decided to walk through Grand Park. They were setting up for a concert or festival that night. Downtown LA is a happening place!

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Laguna Beach “week-long” one-day trip

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Laguna Beach, located in Orange County, is about 60 miles and two hours from Culver City. My friend Maria Kurtz has some of her beautiful paintings hanging at the Quorum Art Gallery on the historic gallery row. She needed to check in on Wednesday so I went along for the ride. Her husband did the driving so that was perfect for me!
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As we walked back to the car we passed this store with colorful pots.

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After visiting the gallery we ate lunch in the outdoor patio at GG’s Bistro. As I enjoyed my seafood salad (calamari, salmon, shrimp) I was reminded of my trip to Italy some years previously. I was so relaxed I was feeling like I was on vacation in some exotic location instead of a short drive on the 405 freeway.

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Like every other area in Southern California, Laguna Beach is getting to the point where there are too many houses, too many people and too much traffic.

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After lunch we went for a walk along the beachside park.

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Of course I couldn’t stop taking photos.

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The prickly pear cactus were enjoying the ocean view. And their flowers were showing off too.

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It was a spectacular April day in Southern California.

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As we were walking along I kept using the word “amazing.”

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Laguna Beach is known for its artist community. You can understand the attraction when you see the marvelous views.

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Some of the views reminded of my visit to the Oregon Coast last year.

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I love the ocean and can’t enough of it. For the most part I’ve always lived a short distance from the sea. I just need to know I can get there quickly when I need an ocean fix!

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Tourism is the primary industry with approximately three million people visiting annually.

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Laguna is famous for the Pageant of the Masters, Festival of the Arts, Sawdust Art Festival, Art-A-Fair, all of which I have attended over the years.

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According to Wikipedia “The scenic beauty of the isolated coastline and hills attracted plein-air painters in the early 1900s. William Wendt, Frank Cuprien, and Edgar Payne among others settled there and formed the Laguna Beach Art Association.”

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Laguna’s coastline is 7 mi (11 km) long and includes 27 beaches and coves.

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I could imagine sitting here for a few hours absorbing the view. Well, not really as I can’t sit still for very long!

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If I was on a longer visit I wouldn’t mind joining that couple out on the rocks feeling the surf breaking.

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How lucky am I to have the opportunity to visit all these beautiful places!
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Laguna Beach was the southern California epicenter of ‘alternative’ culture in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Timothy Leary lived here.

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A reminder that what we do inland goes into the storm drains and affects the ocean.

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Laguna Beach has a mild Mediterranean climate with abundant sunshine all year. Succulents love living here!

Laguna Beach has a mild Mediterranean climate with abundant sunshine all year.

Laguna Beach has a history of environmental stewardship and historic preservation. Laguna Beach is the only Orange County city protected by a dedicated greenbelt inland and bluebelt seaward.

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Click on one of the photos below for a slide show of way too many photos!!!

I wish there was a Magic Carpet that would take me back here some day soon. But unfortunately as far as I can figure out I will have to drive the 405 freeway. I’ve done the drive before. The last time another driver took out my rear bumper. But I don’t hold that against Laguna Beach!

Although we had only been there a few hours on one day, on the way home I felt like I had been on a week-long cruise through the Mediterranean.

A big thank you to Wikipedia for the information.

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LA Art Show and Los Angeles Fine Art Show 2016 – my favorites

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It’s no secret that I love art. And as I’ve said many times before, I even appreciate art I don’t like. It all opens up my brain to creative ideas and that can’t be a bad thing.

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So I was able to snag a complimentary ticket to the LA Art Show 2016 combined with the Los Angeles Fine Art Show.

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Thursday morning I took the Expo Line train to the Pico Station which is just a couple of blocks walk from the LA Convention Center in downtown LA.

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Some of the art seemed to be very commercial, some was just plain puzzling. Just my opinion.

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But there were many pieces I found inspirational and enjoyable.

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I am a big fan of kippers. I grew up in England eating these delectable smoked herrings. Now it is a great treat for me to eat lunch at Langers Deli and order the kippers with onions and scrambled eggs. Oh heaven! So, naturally, I enjoyed this photo. Not sure these are herrings but close enough!

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I enjoy abstract art. I can’t explain why certain works appeals to me and others don’t. It’s an emotional reaction.

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I’ve attended this show several times over the years. As always, there was plenty of variety.

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LA Art Show 2016

Everything from the fantastical to the very simple.

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Everything I am showing you here are the pieces I related to in some way.

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LA Art Show 2016

I was really trying to limit this post to my to ten favorites. But obviously that was not possible! I’m sure if this was your blog post you would have a totally different list of images… that is what is so wonderful about art… different people have different reactions.

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I couldn’t pick which ones to leave out. Each one is so different and all equally interesting.

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This one is really clever. A map of the Greater Los Angeles area.

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People were going nuts over this sculpture of Frida Kahlo. There seemed to be no middle ground. The opinion was either that it was fabulous on the one hand or really creepy on the other. I thought it was great, like she was there in person.

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All the detail in this fascinated me.

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New York City at night.

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Just the opposite of the big city. This landscape is of Avalon Bay, Santa Catalina Island. I don’t know the exact date this was painted but had to be the early 1900s. If you know Avalon, today you would be looking at the Casino building and a harbor filled with boats. And houses and hotels everywhere. If I had a few extra dollars I would love to have this painting of one of my favorite places before “civilization” arrived!

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The show started the evening before and several pieces already had the red dot indicating they were sold. So that’s a good sign that art is alive and well in LA.

I was happy to be able to spend a couple of hours wandering around with my point & shoot camera taking it all in. Until next year.

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FIDM: Fashion exhibit at the Gallery

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Last weekend I visited the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles for an exhibit. I was early so as I waiting for the other ladies in our group I wandered around with my camera.

FIDM is located in the south part of downtown now known as South Park. As you probably know, the city of LA is a sprawling mass and our downtown is appropriately spread out. I had never spent much time in this section of downtown. In recent years it has gained popularity as a residential area after being mostly occupied for decades by industrial buildings and residential hotels.

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FIDM is adjacent to Grand Hope Park which I believe was created in the mid 90s. The park makes a nice campus area for the institute and includes a clock tower, kids’ playground area and a fountain. A small corner of green to relax in.

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You can see the buildings of downtown in the background behind the bougainvillea.

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One of the older 1920s office buildings amidst newer residential apartment buildings.

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Nice to see water running in the fountain area. In the drought some places seem to be trying to make a politically correct statement by keeping the fountains dry, but it doesn’t make sense for various reasons. Anyway, this makes a very attractive area to sit and contemplate the world.

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Grand Hope is such a lovely name for a park, not to be confused with Grand Park which is much larger and further north in downtown. This park is bounded on the west by Hope Street and on the east by Grand Avenue.

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With the conversion of so many 1920s office buildings to residential lofts, which in turn spurred the development of new apartments and condos, thousands of people now call downtown home. This necessitated facilities for families such as this jungle gym play area.

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The women I was waiting for showed up and it was time to venture into the Fashion Institute Gallery to see the exhibit.

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But first a couple of shots of this angel sculpture on the Grand Avenue side:

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We see a lot of different kinds of angels around our “City of Angels,” but I’ve never seen one with a cat mask before… especially one with Donald Trump hair. If I had an angel outside my house it would have to be a cat!

FIDMThe first exhibit we saw was Fleurs: Botanicals in Dress. From the Gallery websiteRoses…Tulips…Orchids…Lilacs…Botanicals have grown around the human body for centuries through trompe l’oeil woven petals, shade-embroidered leaves, and dimensional silk bouquet applications. Fleursexamines these sartorial techniques that allow springtime to be eternal and the flowers to never fade.

I could certainly see myself walking into a room wearing this coat of chrysanthemums… hmm, maybe not. In 1967 this dress cost $3,000, a small fortune at the time.

I’m really not a dress or dress-up kind of gal but some of these are quite striking.

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This straw hat I was sure was from the 1960s so I was shocked to see it was actually from the 1820s.

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If I had to wear a dress I could enjoy wearing this black number

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And I’m sure if my beau showed up at my house wearing this jerkin I would swoon. But only if I was living in the 1600s!

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This piece is from the student gallery. Quite clever in its own way… the shirt folds up flat to fit in your suitcase!

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This wedding gown is from 1978 although some of us thought it looked more like a nightie… perhaps she was anticipating the next event. The groom’s suit behind was very natty… I liked the bell bottom pants.

We also saw the Donald and Joan Damask Design Collection, including art books, high fashion photography and a section devoted to Cecil Beaton, who among other things, was an Academy Award–winning stage and costume designer for the movie industry.

I am not generally that interested in fashion but I never turn down an opportunity to look at anything related to art and design. There is always something new to learn.

And now I think my camera and I will have to come back to this part of town and wander around some more.

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LACMA: blink before it’s gone

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As I’ve mentioned before, my annual membership at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) enables me to stop by whenever I feel like it. I love wandering around the campus both inside the galleries and outside looking at the buildings and outdoor art.

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The museum opened at the Wilshire location in 1965. Behind Chris Burden’s lampposts you can see one of the original buildings.

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Like many buildings in Los Angeles that are deemed “out of date” the original buildings are in imminent danger of being demolished to make way for a more contemporary design.

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This part of the museum which now fronts Wilshire Boulevard, was added in the 1980s.

I’ve always enjoyed this glass block structure. I think of it as being some kind of Assyrian fortress. Some critics say it pushes people away rather than welcoming in them. It’s all a matter of perception. I feel like it’s safeguarding the treasures within so people can enjoy them once they are inside.

The three photos above form the walkway to the original museum entrance and box office.

The Calder sculpture fountain with reflections.

I’m the first to admit that the architecture of the museum is a mish mash of styles. But the buildings reflect the times in which they were built. Click on an image below to start slide show.

Even the Los Angeles Conservancy, which has at the top of their website banner “Preserving the historic places that make L.A. County unique” seems to be standing back while plans for demolishing the older buildings and replacing them with a shiny new one go ahead. I don’t understand.

If you are interested in seeing the design (commonly referred to as “the blob”) proposed to replace all this, click on the link here. Does that mean in another fifty years, when the powers that be at the museum are tired of the architecture from the 2020s, they will be tearing it down and building something more suited to 2070s tastes? At least by then I won’t be around to see it.

But if the current plan goes through, I probably will be around to see these existing buildings, sadly, bite the dust.

You can visit some of my other posts related to LACMA at:

https://onegoodlife.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/it-pays-to-belong/

https://onegoodlife.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/an-eclectic-day-at-the-museum/

https://onegoodlife.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/los-angeles-county-museum-of-art-between-bcam-and-the-reznick/

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My much anticipated first impression of the Broad

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I’ve been watching The Broad (pronounced Brode) being constructed next door to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles with great anticipation. I love architecture and I love art so I have been salivating for a long time!

The new contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue, founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, is free to the public but tickets have been flying out the door. So when my friends and I planned to go we had to make our reservations a couple of months in advance. Currently, tickets are no longer available for 2015.

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The Broad collection ranges from the 1950s to current day. It’s no secret I am not a fan of most contemporary art. But as I have expressed a million times before, and will again I am sure, I enjoy art for its own sake and can even appreciate art I don’t like! Sometimes it’s hard to stand in front of a piece I really hate and find something admirable about it but I keep trying… attempting to figure out what the artist wanted to express.

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Visitors start out at the top of the escalator (or elevator shaft) on the third floor where the main gallery is located.

I was immediately attracted to the ceiling.

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Natural daylight and artificial light is combined (much like the Reznick Pavilion at LACMA) to create a soft ambience in the galleries.

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I probably spent half the time looking up. But I did look carefully at each piece of artwork presented.

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I am attracted to the medium of collage and liked the “3Dness” of this piece by Julian Schnabel.

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The name of this artist is on the tip of my tongue. But I’m not an art critic so I ‘m not going to worry about the names of artists, that is not what this post is about. I just want to share my impression of my first visit… so you can pretend you are wandering along with me through the museum.

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Sliver of daylight in ceiling meets light fixtures. To me this is just as much a work of art as any piece in the collection!

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Photos of water towers… how beautiful these are… I love it!

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The Broad

At first glance this looks like a wonderful photo portrait but it’s an immense 100 x 90 in. (254 x 228.6 cm) photorealistic painting by Chuck Close.

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A glimpse of the Walt Disney Concert Hall next door through an opening in the wall. As I was bending around in strange positions to get this shot, people drifted over with their iPhones to capture the same view… trendsetter I am!

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The second floor has mostly meeting rooms, a theater, etc. And windows into the vaults where the rest of the 2,000 piece collection is housed.

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I’m not ashamed to admit that I love reflections and there are some great opportunities to capture them at the Broad!

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The stairway looking down to the first floor and the bookstore/gift shop to the right.

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The first floor lobby area is very organic… I expected to see hobbits walking along at any second!

I am sure this was just the first of many visits and it’s impossible to cover all the aspects of this museum in one blog post.

Just a few more photos and I’ll let you go… Click on an image to start the slideshow.

Overall my first impression of the museum is much as I had expected: a lovely architectural space to present an art collection in the best possible way. As for the collection itself, no surprises there either… much of it not to my taste but some very interesting pieces I enjoyed seeing. I’m looking forward to returning as other works of art are brought out of the storage vaults.

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California Heritage Museum – One Man’s Passion

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This was my second visit to the Watercolors: One Man’s Passion, Selections from the E. Gene Crain Collectionexhibit at the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica.

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The museum, as its name suggests, celebrates the history and culture of California.

california heritage museum

This Victorian house was moved from another location in Santa Monica for a second life as a museum. Otherwise it would have been demolished. Don’t you love stories like this?

california heritage museum

A friend suggested a visit to the watercolor exhibit a few weeks ago and I thought, why not? I love all kinds of art. I was totally blown away by the paintings.

So I proposed the exhibit as the September activity for the Culver City Art Group.

We were not allowed to photograph in the art gallery upstairs. So these photos are of the downstairs which is furnished in the Monterey style.

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I am a big fan of ceramic tiles. This table is decorated with California Poppies, the official state flower, Eschscholzia Californica.

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The downstairs is decorated with Monterey style furniture and ceramics from various California factories.

california heritage museum

I salivate over ceramic tiles. I don’t know why. But when I see decorative tiles I make a beeline for them.

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Meyers Pottery: Rainbow Pottery. I think this was from the 50s… not sure… but it’s worth a fortune today.

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California Mission.

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The founders of Santa Monica. Colonel Robert S. Baker and U.S. Senator John P. Jones. In the middle, the house that became the museum.

We were not allowed to photograph the watercolors in the upstairs gallery. You’ll just have to take my word for it that they are spectacular. Artists included Rex Brandt, Phil Dike, Phil Paradise, Millard Sheets, Robert E. Wood and Milford Zornes.

We were told it is possible (but not certain) that some more paintings from the collection might be on view later in the year. If so, you can be sure I will be there!

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