Archive for April, 2009

Big Opening Receptions!

April 27, 2009

Ribbon-cutting at Kala Art Institute's new gallery on San Pablo Ave.

Ribbon-cutting at Kala Art Institute's new gallery on San Pablo Ave.

Kala has expanded! And into the grand entrance way at the Berkeley Business (and Art) Center on San Pablo, no less, in the fantasticly huge Neo-Moorish Heinz Ketchup factory. Now the gallery, the archives, and some administrative offices will be separate from the art making facilities. Since I’ve been associated with Kala since the early 1980s, I decided to become a donor. The space, the two exhibitions, the special ribbon-cutting and reception, with excellent wine and a delicious vodka tasting sponsored by Hangar One (the Citron “Buddha’s Hand” is delicious) was a real treat!

We couldn’t stay for all the festivities, because we had another BIG event to attend. But I’ll be going back on May 1 for the artists’ reception. Please join me!

Squeak Carnwath exhibit at Oakland Museum of California. The day after...

Squeak Carnwath exhibit at Oakland Museum of California. The day after...

The exhibit hall pictured above most certainly did NOT look like this on Friday night. It was mobbed with artists and friends and museum members. Squeak Carnwath’s show at the Oakland Museum of California is not a retrospective, just (!) 15 years of her paintings. Wow! I went back on Sunday and took this probably-not-permitted photograph. I’ve always admired her work. Seeing this many, large paintings was fantastic, if not a bit ovewhelming!

Afterwards, Squeak and Gary hosted a buffet party at their wonderful Oakland Egghouse for about 100 visual arts friends. Squeak wore a great outfit (wish I’d photographed her!) and made a really gracious and generous welcome, thanking everyone for helping make the show happen, because we’re all part of her art community. I’m still relishing the fact that I was invited. I just hope her fabulous work doesn’t influence too much the direction my return to painting will take this June 14, the day after East Bay Open Studio, but I could learn a lot from her.

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To Indianapolis for Art Librarians Society

April 23, 2009
I like to photograph airports and airplanes. Don't know why exactly

I like to photograph airports and airplanes. Don't know why exactly

 I flew to Indianapolis for the ARLIS/NA (Art Librarians Society of North America) annual conference. Now that I’m retired, I guess I’m an art librarian without portfolio, but I still love my colleagues, the receptions at museums, and a chance to visit another American city.

At the Indianapolis Speedway Museum.

At the Indianapolis Speedway Museum.

 I took a half day Auto Design Tour, which took us to the site of the famed Indy 500 (no races in progress) where we toured the museum, and then the former site of the Stutz Bear Cat factory, where there is now a car collection and lots of artist and creative studios. 

Annual Stutz artists open studios postcard books

Annual Stutz artists open studios postcard books

I especially like the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art.

An Indian dress at the Eiteljorg A Native American dress at the Eiteljorg
Yep, John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn

Yep, John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn

Early April – Singing and Studio

April 16, 2009

First rehearsal with the BCCO Orchestra went REALLY well! Arlene Sagan, director, at the front in pink.

First rehearsal with the BCCO Orchestra went REALLY well! Arlene Sagan, director, at the front in pink.

The chorus part of the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra has been learning Dvorak’s Stabat Mater since early January. Last Monday evening April 13, 2009, was our first rehearsal with the orchestra, and it sounded GREAT! This is a STUNNING piece of music, composed in honor of the deaths of his children. The music is wonderful to sing and wonderful to hear with a wide range of emotional tones. We’re dedicating the three free concerts to any parent who has lost a child.

My WRECK of a studio, the messiest it's EVER been!

My WRECK of a studio, the messiest it's EVER been!

Layers of projects, one on top of the other!

Layers of projects, one on top of the other!

I'm both oppressed and delighted with the mess I made, but I must clean it up before Open Studio!

I'm both oppressed and delighted with the mess I made, but I have to clean it up before Open Studio!

Instead of cleaning up my studio, I’m headed to Indianapolis for the annual Art Libraries Society of North America conference. Now that I’m retired, I’m an art librarian without an art library, without portfolio. But I have friends that I’ve known since 1976 when I first started attending, and Indianapolis has some unique architecture and one of the best art librarianship programs in the country.

Not My Art

April 4, 2009
I thought it was a romantic dinner, but maybe it was just the light. I  I thought it was a romantic dinner, but maybe it was just the light.

                                                    Mom continues to be the all-time domino champ!

Mom continues to be the all-time domino champ!
Linda at the brilliant, funny, and political John Jasperse performance, "Misuse liable to prosecution"

Linda at the brilliant, funny, and political John Jasperse performance, "Misuse liable to prosecution"

The markings on the copper table remind me of my bubble chamber etchings

The markings on the copper table remind me of my bubble chamber etchings