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Trip to Upstate New York

Friday, August 12th, 2016

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Last week, we flew to Syracuse, NY so that I could attend my 60th high school reunion and touch base with my family. This photo was taken on our first night there. My sister lives on Little York Lake and we took their pontoon boat out for a sunset cruise.

The next day, I met up with 6 of my bff’s from high school for a cruise on the mail boat on Skaneatlas Lake. It was a small boat with tables and chairs so that we could have our lunch. It was fun to watch the delivery of mail to cottages along the lake. The girls at this camp come out and do a dance for their mail.

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After the boat cruise, my sister and I headed to Auburn so that I could check out the SDA exhibit, Transgressing Traditions, at the Schweinfurth Art Center. I took photos of some of my favorite pieces. The exhibit consisted of very avant garde art pieces. I loved looking at each one and marveling at the creativity that went into the making of them.

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This piece was not so innovative as it was beautiful, layers of printing by Elizabeth Odiorne. Here is a detail:

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This piece by Diane Siebels was copiously hand stitched. I forgot to write down the title.

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Here is a detail:

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This wonderful piece is by Amy Meisner, called Inheritance. She used abandoned needlepoint, vintage doilies, cotton velvet, silk organza, wool. Click any image to see larger.

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I have no idea who did this whimsical piece with pins, needles and safety pins.

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I am a huge fan of Judith Content’s shibori kimonos so I had to have my photo taken with it.

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This piece by Georgia Roswell is made from strips of discarded textiles. See the detail for a better idea of the construction.

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I loved the graphic quality of this piece. It is all computer generated and printed on polyester and quilted!! By Russ Little.

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This piece is so lovely and so organic. It is by Andrea Huffman and consists of  variety of textiles and is hand stitched.

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There is so much more to see in this exhibit. Click Here for a link to a video of the show.

Continuing with my trip! On Saturday, my little high school class had a picnic. There were 36 in my class in a very rural town in upstate New York. Here are the 17 of us who attended.

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On Sunday, my sister and brother-in-law hosted a family gathering. Jim made us a fantastic feast of clams, lobster tail, shrimp, kielbasa,  potatoes and corn. So delicious.

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We got home on Monday but I have been busy catching up.

SFMOMA Part 2

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

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I  took a break to attend a 3 day workshop and I did well, but I was exhausted every night. I have always been a people person, but I spent so much of my recovery holed up with Mr C here in the condo, that I am finding spending a lot of time stimulated by the presence of other people is exhausting for me! Who knew that would every happen to me! I will share some stuff from the workshop later, but I wanted to finish my SFMOMA posting.

Our next stop was at the Calder exhibit which was inside and out. I love his mobiles.

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In the outdoor area, there was a beautiful garden wall of ferns and other plants.

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Then we were off to Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture since 1900.  A couple of Matisse portraits caught my eye. The first is The Girl with the Green Eyes.

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This one is Woman With a Hat. This one was done a little earlier than the one above. I thought it was interesting that it had a more impressionistic quality to it. I really like it better, I think.

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I love color and the beauty of juxtaposing colors as Josef Albers does in these 4 pieces.

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Mr C and I both have an affection for Robert Motherwell’s works. His work is so bold and graphic. We own a signed print of his work.

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See how exciting this place is. You walk into a room and on every wall is a piece by one of your favorite artists. This being work by Mark Rothko.

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And what is not to love about this Diebenkorn, Berkeley #7?

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There were several pieces by Clyfford Still. His color use is extraordinary.

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This  is one of Robert Rauschenberg’s gritty pieces.

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I was happy to see this collage by Romare Bearden, one of my favorite artists. I was introduced to his work when I lived in North Carolina and was a docent at an art museum that owned a few of his pieces.

By now, I was beginning to feel as if a truck had run over me but I was determined to find the small works by Klee, another favorite artist.

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I was happy to find this in the gift shop: Art Inc. by my daughter, Lisa.

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There was so much more. I hope to go back again, soon.

SFMOMA- Part 1

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

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One thing I really wanted to do while we were in California was to visit the renovated SFMOMA. It was closed for a long time as they expanded their exhibition space. Mr C used to say the SFMOMA was great architecture and bad art. The main problem was the lack of exhibition space. Well, that has been remedied. It is 5 floors of wondrous art. I had to stop and sit quite often as my stamina was minimal, but I kept going, feeling enriched by the creativity around me. By evening, I could barely get to my hotel room to crash!

We started on the fifth floor with an exhibition of outdoor sculpture. The wire man up there was quite delightful. This work was by an Englishman who created sculptures from natural materials on his solo treks around the world.

 

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Next was this wall covering created by Jongstra, a Dutch fiber artist. She used raw and crafted felt, hand-spun silk, and dried flora. It was huge and in a hallway and difficult to photograph.

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In another gallery, we saw these pieces by Andy Warhol and Chuck Close.

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This was a different version of his Marilyn work – Reverse Marilyns.

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Chuck Close created this portrait using circles in various shades of gray to black. Mesmerizing to look at.

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I loved this piece by Frank Stella, so different from his other work, below.

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So, I could not wait to get into this gallery! These pieces were in one room.

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This very abstracted work always looks so simple, but believe me, it is not easy to do. Wish I had the ability.

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These are two pieces by Ellsworth Kelly that could be art quilts – actually, I think I have seen them made into quilts – don’t you agree.

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I will continue this on another day. I need to get my beauty sleep. I am taking a Radical Embroidery workshop at Oregon College of Art and Craft for the next 3 days. This has been my week to enter back into my Portland life. It has been great, but very tiring. I seem to be better each day. In San Francisco, we stayed at the Sofitel in Redwood City. It was really lovely. This was the view from our room. I enjoyed living in the lap of luxury for a few days.

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On the Road to CA

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

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Here we are in California for the night. We really enjoyed the trip in the new Mercedes, such a difference from the Prius which we did not like for long trips. I made it to the Grants Pass Art Museum and even walked up the stairs which went on forever. I took the elevator down. Photography was not allowed but I snuck in a couple of long shots.

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I had to get a close up of Terry Grants Camas Prairie, which I love. The quilt next to it is by Cynthia St. Charles. It has lots of wonderful surface design.

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I got to see two views of my new knee when I checked in with my Surgeon this morning.

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Ok, it has been a long and busy day for me. Time to crash

Day 30

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

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We left California yesterday, stayed over in Grants Pass and arrived home today. We cashed in our free night at the La Quinta Inn. Scooter is a tired boy because he went to Mt Hood and played in the snow with Lisa and Clay!

It was hard to say good-bye to Paige, but I think she was ready for calmer days, following the excitement of the holidays.

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We attended her swimming lesson at the Y. She is resistant to putting her face in the water, but I am sure she will get over it. She was having 4 days of lessons in a row. My son was responsible for taking her as Jayme was doing her pediatrician residency work. She looks so cure in her goggles!

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Here is a collage that she made while we were there.

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I want to say a few things about my knee. I was in excruciating pain most of the time we were there. It became difficult for me to stand from a sitting position and I had pain during the night while in bed. I had to use my cane all the time.

Then, miraculously, yesterday morning, I woke up without much pain and had slept well all night. I thought the pain I had been having was from sitting in the car for two days in a row, but I have arrived home feeling pretty good. I think the hustle and bustle of the holidays did me in, plus on Sunday, we went to the mall and I had a hard time keeping up with my long legged companions.

Anyway, I am going to try to pace myself. It was very difficult to feel so helpless and I had a several melt downs.

The drive home was very nice – cold, but no difficult road conditions. We did see lots of snow in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Here is Mt. Shasta:

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And, Southern Oregon looked like a winter wonderland.

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We always enjoy seeing what I call the crayon trucks in Northern California.

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It was a mostly enjoyable trip and visit with the very busy Mark and Jayme and their whirling dervish, Paige.