Butterflies & Blooms at The Conservatory of Flowers

Butterflies and Blooms apines4The Conservatory of Flowers has brought back the exhibit, Butterflies & Blooms. One of the most requested exhibits since its last appearance three years ago; it’s the perfect weekend activity for you and the whole family. Enter the special exhibit gallery and experience its current transformation to a cottage garden filled with 20 species of vibrant and North American butterflies. You’ll even get a chance to get up close to monarchs surrounded by blossoms like zinnias, and daisies.

Butterflies and Blooms apines29You’ll learn about the important role Butterfly pollination plays in our environment. It’s important to the survival of many plants such as the firecracker plant, which is exclusively pollinated by them. They are not as efficient as the bee but with the slow extinction of bees, butterflies are becoming an even more important part of the process. Without the process many plants wouldn’t be able to produce fruit and/or reproduce.

Butterflies and Blooms apines10You’ll learn fun facts like how Butterflies taste with their feet using special receptors. This helps them determine if a flower is a good place to lay eggs or take a drink. You’ll also learn about the monarch and its approximate 3,000-mile migration journey, the longest migration of any insect.

A Butterfly Bungalow is located at the entrance of the gallery where you can observe the different stages of a butterfly’s life cycle. You may be Butterflies and Blooms apines12lucky enough to observe one during its final stage of transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. For $20, you can become a patrol member and release a newly emerged butterfly into the exhibit. You’ll also receive a complimentary people-sized antennae and a special Patrol badge to take home. The extra $20 donation benefits conservatory school programs.

The exhibit will run Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10am to close, until June 30, 2017. Admission is $6 for adult San Francisco residents, $2-3 for children, and $8 for non-residents. 

Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park – 100 John F. Kennedy Drive – San Francisco



The Art of the Brick

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If you’ve ever played with Legos you’ll remember the feeling of accomplishment when your imagination came to life in your hands. In time, you outgrew the brightly colored block toys unless you’re like Nathan Sawaya. After years of creating with Legos as a hobby, he quit his corporate lawyer job to become a full-time Lego artist. This fascination of creating with Legos on a bigger scale has made him renowned around the world. At his current traveling show, The Art of the Brick, you can get up close with his work.

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It’s the largest display of Lego work featuring over 120 creations and people are raving about it. You’ll experience famous works re-imagined, original work from Sawaya’s psyche and a collaboration with photographer Dean West, in which one focus in each photo is made of Legos. Can you tell which one from afar?

“The museum exhibition is accessible because it engages the child in all of us while simultaneously illuminating sophisticated and complex concepts.” 

It’s family friendly and you can touch two pieces at the end before entering the gift shop. There are also slight variations from city to city, “Be Different,” which represents fish swimming in the same direction except for one was created exclusively for the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA.

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The most impressive display is the dedicated gallery to a “dinosaur fossil” that took 80,020 pieces. He doesn’t altar the basic pieces to fit or change the colors that the blocks are originally offered in.

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The work up close is clunky and hard to decipher but once you take a step back the magic happens. It’s not so much about sophistication but rather creativity. It’ll teach you to look at things different like Sawaya did. You didn’t just have to follow the instructions on the box.

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It’s a great way to educate and inspire kids and adults alike. You realize that you don’t always have to outgrow the things you enjoyed in your youth. You never know what will happen. You could end up with your own exhibition.

Has it been to your city?

Check out the schedule at: http://www.brickartist.com


Chihuly Garden and Glass – Seattle, Washington

Visiting Seattle, Washington on limited time? You can easily visit two locations in one day in addition to the infamous Space Needle. One of those is the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition that opened in 2012. For frequent travelers the sculptures will immediately look familiar as Dale Chihuly’s artwork is dispersed throughout the world in small to large venues. This exhibit is exclusively dedicated to his work.

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There are eight galleries to go through and each one provides its own unique awe. You’ll learn the story of his development into an artist and the process of his work and collaborations. One room contains drawings that he created so others could produce the final pieces for him after a car accident left him blinded in his left eye in 1976. In 1979, a second incident left him with a dislocated right shoulder.

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“If I had not been a sculptor or an artist, I would love to have been a film director or an architect.” ~Dale Chihuly

Chihuly Garden and Glass anapines 41The centerpiece of the exhibition is a Glasshouse that takes up a 4,500 square foot space and is 40-ft tall. You get a unique view of the Space Needle as a backdrop to the 100-foot long sculpture in a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows and amber. The colors pop in front of the frequent gloomy skies.

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The exhibit provides photographers the opportunity to find new and interesting ways to present the work and make it their own. There are opportunities to work with close-ups, reflections, light and dark backgrounds, and juxtaposing the sky with the artwork and garden flowers.

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The Glasshouse contains an expansive installation made of several individual elements making it his largest collection of suspended sculptures. After, enter my favorite and the most peaceful area, the garden. The works are contrasted with trees, plants and flowers. The centerpiece is called, The Sun, providing an explosion of yellow and orange.

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Right before exiting to the gift shop where you can also purchase original work, you’ll find a theater with short videos showing Chihuly creating, interviewing, and setting up installations and exhibitions. If you bring your headphones you can also tune in to a self-guided tour on your phone. Unfortunately, portable audio guides are not available for those that don’t. The exhibit is mesmerizing nonetheless.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass is located at 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109. Tickets range from $14 to $22. Check their website for updates in schedule. https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com



The Legacy of Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the RiveterOver 2,100 participants gathered at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond on the 13th of August to break the Guinness World record for most ‘Rosie the Riveters’ in one place. Women, men and children participated in the event to honor the trailblazers who stepped up to the call of duty during WWII. Original Rosie’s were in attendance including Agnes Moore, Kay Morrison, Marian Wynn, Primetta Giacopini, and Priscilla Elder. Moore, 96, worked in the Richmond Shipyards as a welder for 4 years. Giacopini, 100, made ball bearings for bomb-sight equipment. The Richmond plant had approximately 40,000 workers from different regions who built more than 8,600 B-24 Liberator bomber aircrafts.

Rosie the RiveterThe call for women to work at the plant came out of need as these jobs were only held by men prior to enlisting and being drafted into combat. The women became known as “Rosie the Riveters” due to a marketing campaign that was made to attract more workers. They became welders, machinists, electricians, carpenters, mechanics, rail yard, farm, and gas station workers. There were also several clerical positions that were created increasing the number of women in the workforce by 50%.

Rosie the RiveterIt was the first time that minority women and disabled workers were given a choice in work. Older workers were also recruited. A quote by Fanny Christina Hill hangs in the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park that states, “Hitler was the one who got us out of the white folks’ kitchen.” The discrimination that many of these women faced adds to the strength and power of the Rosie the Riveter image when you learn the complicated layers of its history and what the different groups of women had to endure. President Roosevelt didn’t sign the Fair Employment Act of 1941 until African American leaders threatened to a protest march. Once hired, they were given entry level, low paying and the more dangerous jobs like ammunition production. They were also the first to be laid off when the war ended.

Rosie the RiveterOnce the war was over the women were then pushed back into the home so the men could take back “their” jobs. This sparked and influenced many civil rights movements. Women got a chance to show what they were capable of and after proving themselves had society turn their backs on them.

The significance of the event went beyond dressing up, it was a reminder that no matter how many times we have to prove ourselves, and how annoying that is, we will persevere! That’s what the Rosie’s did while they were changing history and probably didn’t even know it. We’ve come a long way but there’s still work to be done. Women still get paid less, promoted less and harassed in the work place. We have to channel the Rosie spirit and keep going. The spirit of the annual event and the smiles of the real Rosie’s makes this a “must do” for all women. You can also visit the museum for free throughout the year!

Rosie the Riveter WWII/ Home Front National Historical Park is free! To find out how to donate and how you too can celebrate the life of Rosie the Riveter go to: http://www.rosietheriveter.org.



Whales: Giants of the Deep at San Diego Natural History Museum

The traveling exhibition Whales: Giants of the Deep at theNat: San Diego Natural History Museum until September 5th gives San Diegans and San Diego tourists an up-close view into the environment and history of these stunning creatures. The display has already mesmerized audiences across the U.S. at the American Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum, and most recently the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Being located along the coast where you can get a glimpse of gray whales during their breeding season from December through April and currently Blue whales from June until September, it seems only logical that this exhibit would be a hit here.

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The interactive exhibition feeds your curiosity by providing highlights of their biology and diversity with displays of whale skeletons, multimedia displays, and rarely seen cultural artifacts. “Our fascination with and affinity for whales was one of the many reasons we decided to bring Whales: Giants of the Deep to San Diego,” said Dr. Michael Hager, president and CEO at the San Diego Natural History Museum. “The exhibition allows guests to explore these magnificent creatures with a series of informative and hands-on exhibits that allow you to take a deeper dive into our vast oceanic ecosystems. It also gives us the opportunity to highlight the whale research we’re doing here at the Museum.”

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Photo provided by: theNAT

The exhibit from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is approximately 7,000 square feet, one of the largest in the world. You will see life-size and scale models of whales common to the South Pacific areas as well as weapons and adornments made from their bones. Due to the sensitivity of some of the rare specimens visitors are prohibited from taking photographs.

Schedule in 20 minutes to catch Whales 3D across from the exhibit presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau. The film takes you from the coral reefs of the Bahamas to Kingdom of Tonga for closer encounters. You’ll learn about the different environments and species of Whales and sadly, the environmental threats humans have created in their home leaving them vulnerable to extinction. The film is shown twice daily and included with paid admission.

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Exhibition Hours and Admission:

Whales and Museum will be open from 10 AM to 5 PM daily. The exhibition will be included with paid general admission (no upcharge required) and located on the Lower Level of the Museum. Pricing: Adult ($19); Senior (62+), Military with ID, and Students ($17); Youth (7-17) $14; Child (3-6) $11; children 2 and under and Museum members are free.

The Museum is located at 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 in Balboa Park. For more information, call 877.946.7797 or visit sdnat.org. Follow theNAT on Twitter and Instagram and join the discussion on Facebook.



OMCA Exhibits Altered State: Marijuana in California

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) opened Altered State: Marijuana in California in its Great Hall, the first-ever museum exhibition to focus on the topic. You’re welcomed to the exhibit with popular quotes on the wall by artists, politicians and scientists. The exhibit is not meant to declare a position and juxtaposes polarizing opinions in some of the areas. There’s also a glove box set up so you can examine a live plant.

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This is a timely exhibit, as this year’s election will include initiatives hoping to make marijuana legal in more states. Right now it’s legal for recreational use in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. California is one of 23 states that allow it for medical use. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act is a legalization initiative that will be circulated for the November, 2016 California ballot and is backed by wealthy benefactors and drug reform advocates including former Facebook president, Sean Parker who donated $500,000 to back the initiative. It would allow recreational use for adults 21 years and older with restrictions on amount and growing your own among other things.

In the exhibit there are ten different areas of focus—Cannabis Science, Medical Marijuana, Profitable Pot, Sacred Ganja, Criminal Dope, Creative Grass, Evil Weed, Politically Loaded, Youth and Weed, and Recreational Reefer. Interactive areas range from boards that you can draw on, an anonymous confession booth, and a range of questions in which guests can answer yes or no by placing magnets on a board creating a visualization of what visitors think on “what if” questions that relate to their feelings if it were legalized in their community such as, “What are your deal breakers and deal makers?”. In medical marijuana, you can pick up a receiver and listen to stories from people who’ve utilized it in their treatment(s) including 66-year-old Rosalyn who was tired of taking several medications after surgery, “I decided to try cannabis as a treatment method because I was just tired of being sick”.

Altered State21 AnaPinesIn Profitable Pot, we’re introduced via photos to almost only white people who are referred to as “earnest entrepreneurs”. California produces and sells more marijuana than any other state and a lot of the owners shown, moved here from other states to get in on the business. “I think that if you look at who is generally making money right now in the industry it tends to be mostly white people” said Melissa Standee who was part of the team working on the exhibit.

The exhibit is somewhat interesting regardless of your position on Marijuana and can help open some discussions with others especially young people. However, I think it would’ve been more impactful to juxtapose the “entrepreneurs” with pictures of people who have family members incarcerated for being “drug dealers” rather than “entrepreneurs” before their time. When it comes to profit and the criminalization of pot race is a huge part of the story. In the Evil Weed section this is broken down into faceless infographics and we see the discrepancies in how people are treated differently when it comes to race. Let’s see their faces and hear their stories.

Altered State16 AnaPinesOMCA promoted this to be provocative, groundbreaking and diverse but the main staff involved is all white, and they see nothing wrong with that because the “outside” community was asked to participate, which is an interesting parallel to the exhibit itself. Why did these “drug-dealers” turn to selling? People of color are shut out of their own narratives delineated to faceless statistics while those “entrepreneurs” are provided happy photo collages hanging from the ceiling as if there is some kind of genius behind it. We heard from them why they got into the business. How is that groundbreaking when you excluded telling the stories of those that have been punished criminally? I was told by one of the organizers that in Oakland only one dispensary is owned by someone that is non-white, and his or her story was not represented. They made such an effort not to takes sides that they shut out powerful truths making it a weak effort at representing a complex subject.


The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. Regular Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum. museumca.org


Walt Disney: The Man Behind the Mouse

Disney7_AnaPinesThe Walt Disney Family Museum opened in the Presidio of San Francisco on October 1, 2009 and was founded by Walt Disney’s eldest daughter, Diane Disney Miller who passed away in 2013. There is no argument that Disney is one of the more recognized brands in the world today. However, his daughter found it disturbing that that’s all it had become in the eyes of many. Her children encountered people that didn’t realize that there was an intricate story behind the Disney name that belonged to a human being, her dad.

The 40,000 square foot Museum contains one of the most comprehensive collections and fluid layouts that will appeal to Disney fans, entrepreneurs, and aspiring artists. As you immerse yourself in each room you will learn about many of his ups and downs, motivations, and relentless determination. His first cartoon company Laugh-O-gram went bankrupt in 1923. With only $40 in his pocket, he hopped on a train and headed to California.

Disney30_AnaPinesHis body of work emerged from need, curiosity, talent, and a little bit of luck. He stumbled across opportunities that included mentorships, collaborators and risks that could’ve gone the wrong way. He took chances, valued his family, and continuously educated himself on what was and wasn’t happening in his field. Full length animated movies weren’t even a consideration prior to Disney.

Among the numerous family photos, personal treasures, first prints, video segments and collectibles are lessons in movie making magic from storyboard to screen. Several original animation cells and photos of staff and original cameras used in production are found throughout. In the middle of it all is a two story multiplane camera that brought animation to the next level. The interactive display includes audio received through a telephone receiver you pick up and a video across from you with footage from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Listen, watch and look down at the invention that brought pans and zoom ins and out to the animated screen. Disney thrived on improving the technology and when he dreamed up something, he’d find ways to make them come true. He was also the first to successfully synchronize sound and animation.

Disney35_AnaPinesAt times he wanted to call it quits and there were moments the business didn’t generate any money. One of those moments occurred during a worker strike that he persisted through. Although, it didn’t delve into whether or not he felt at fault for any of his worker’s grievances. In the end, they came upon an agreement and Disney continued to grow and expand the empire. He still holds the record for most Academy Award nominations (59) and wins (22).

Disney went from changing animation as we know it to creating the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. A tiny replica where you can look down at the entire parks layout as if you were in a plane (or a giant) takes up a room. You will also find many family mementos from the park on display. Seeing miniature Disney is a reminder that big dreams start small.

Disney45_AnaPinesThe self-paced tour ends in a room in remembrance of the day Walt Elias Disney passed away, December 15, 1966. It’s full of media, illustrations and quotes that exemplified the influence he had on the world and the sadness that many felt after hearing the news. The purpose of the museum is to let you get to know the “man behind the mouse” up until the very end. Once you visit, you will never see Disney as just a corporation again.

Tickets and prices: http://waltdisney.org


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Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

Oscar de la Renta: The RetrospectiveIt’s been a long wait for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and its finally here, the world premiere of Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective presented at the de Young Museum. It’s the first exhibit of its kind celebrating the life and career of the Dominican fashion designer, and took about a year to come to fruition. He is one of fashion’s most influential designers and has dressed many prominent figures since becoming internationally known in the late 1960’s. The exhibit includes a collection of over 100 garments spanning over fifty years.

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Exhibition Curator, Andre Leon Talley and Acting Director & Exhibition Organizer of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Richard Benefield.

Former Vogue editor-at-large and personal friend of the designer, André Leon Talley is the curator of the highly anticipated display. Each room represents a theme including different times in his career, cultures that influenced his design, nature, and Hollywood. When entering the exhibit you’ll first be introduced to his earlier work including daywear and evening wear. After that you’ll stroll through Spanish, Eastern, and Russian inspired garments. Each room is also adorned with art and vases to contribute to the ambiance.


The garden room incorporates a large video of one of his gardens surrounded by spring fashion pieces. The next room has a re-creation of a 2010 Vogue photo shoot with models from China, Japan, and South Korea wearing his ball gowns and sporting punk rock hairstyles. You’re then welcomed to the final room with a video loop of Hollywood stars the designer dressed for red carpet events. Ball gowns are placed in front of mirrors reflecting the glamour that he infused into Hollywood and socialites from all angles. The display right before exiting to the gift shop (also designed to represent the icon) include some dresses worn by Karlie Kloss, Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Penelope Cruz and Rihanna.

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The celebrated designer is described as being humble. He was someone who respected his clients and always had the intention of making them feel beautiful. It was never about how he would be perceived by outsiders; it was always about the woman he was dressing. “He wanted to make women look beautiful, that’s why he was a great designer, he loved women, and he saw no reason why every one of us regardless of shape, size, color, anything, shouldn’t be absolutely beautiful in one of his dresses” said Board President of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Diane B. Wilsey.

Board President of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Diane B. Wilsey

Board President of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Diane B. Wilsey

Andre also spoke about Oscar and got emotional remembering his dear friend and how he influenced him by just being himself and accepting people for who they are, “He saw something in me I didn’t see in myself”. We often hear about his red carpet creations but he also dressed many political women like Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush but, the most unique pieces were always reserved for his wife. “Each year he makes a special dress for her [Annette], no one else has the privilege or the luck to be able to own that dress because it’s designed just for her” shared Andre. “He was inspired by great women. He was inspired by his wives. He always said at the end of a fitting, if there was a question about a dress, he would always say out loud to himself, ‘Will my wife love it?’ ‘Would Annette wear it?’ And that meant, if she would wear it in his mind, the dress was a success.”

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Walking through each gallery and looking at each style one could imagine being in them. They were vibrant and accentuated the female form unlike some other designers. They’re not designed to fit a person like it would on a hanger. Some were beautifully simple and others more opulent. It’s an exhibit that the fashionista and non-fashionista can enjoy alike. Andre really captured his friend the way he remembers him in this exhibit “Oscar was all about feeling wonderful in life, he loved living in the sun, he loved nature, he loved his native land, and he just wanted everyone to be joyful in life” and that’s the feeling you get when experiencing each room.

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective runs May 12th through May 30th at the de Young Museum. Tickets range from $15 to $30.


IMG_0018 copyThere’s an engaging exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California located in the Gallery of California Art that juxtaposes contemporary sculpture with traditional Japanese Suiseki. Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture Christina Linden curated the exhibition, UNEARTHED: Found+Made. The intermixed pieces are creations of Oakland-born, LA-based contemporary artist Jedediah Caesar and two local amateur clubs—California Suiseki Society and San Francisco Suiseki Kai.

Suiseki is a traditional Japanese practice where natural stones are collected and displayed on carved wooden platforms. Most of the stones are metamorphic; they’ve been altered by heat and pressure at the bottom of the ocean within the last fifty million years. There are 21 pieces exhibited by the club members juxtaposed with Jedediah’s 6 latest works. In his work, natural geological processes are mimicked and used to produce sculptures. Visitors get to see what happens to material he takes from the urban environment when it’s cast in resin and sliced in half.



For some, it will have you questioning how you view art. Do you see more value in Jedediah’s work because it’s intended to be art? Would you appreciate the natural stones the same if you saw them in nature than in a protected case? There’s art all around us if you take the time to look, feel, appreciate or mold into something else you envision.



About Jedediah Caesar

Jedediah Caesar received his BFA from the Museum School, Boston/Tufts University, and his MFA from UCLA. He has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Bloomburg Space in London, UK, D’Amelio Terras Gallery in New York and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions including the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture, at the Saatchi Gallery, London, UK. Writing about his work has appeared in Mousse Magazine, Art in America, Frieze Magazine and Artforum. He is currently the director/curator of the Todd Madigan Gallery at California State University, Bakersfield.

About the San Francisco Suiseki Kai

The San Francisco Suiseki Kai’s primary activity is stone collecting, hosting several group collecting trips each year to various northern California locations. They also organize base-making workshops, meetings featuring lectures on suiseki and related topics, and group critique and lively discussion of stones collected by members. They hold regular meetings at the Lake Merritt Garden Center in Oakland, and an annual exhibit at the Japan Center in San Francisco. San Francisco Suiseki Kai was founded in 1981 by a group of issei (first-generation) Japanese-Americans. Their first teacher, Keiseki Hirotsu, helped to introduce suiseki to California in the 1960s. Several members of the original group of Japanese speakers continue to participate, but the membership also includes native speakers of a variety of languages including English, Mandarin, Russian, Tagalog, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese, and the club now conducts all activities in English. sfsuisekikai.wordpress.com

About the California Suiseki Society

The California Suiseki Society was founded in 1993 to bring together individuals who shared a passion for suiseki. Originally, the California Suiseki Society was the only local club to hold all meetings in the English language, playing an important role in helping to spread enthusiasm for suiseki to a diverse group of Californians, as did the book Suiseki: The Japanese Art of Miniature Landscape Stones, which was written by its founder and longtime instructor, Felix G. Rivera. Through group stone collecting trips and with monthly meetings and annual exhibits at the Lake Merritt Garden Center in Oakland, California, the Society seeks to educate those who are new to landscape stones and build camaraderie among longtime enthusiasts. facebook.com/CaliforniaSuisekiSociety

About The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history, and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA’s groundbreaking exhibits showcase multiple voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California’s cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic, and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in its history and future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic heritage.

Plan Your Visit

The exhibit ends on April 24, 2016.
Address: 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street.
Museum admission: $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under.
Getting there: OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum. museumca.org


Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition

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As we approach the end of the year we also approach the end of the special centennial exhibitions of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), the San Francisco world’s fair that celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal. It also celebrated the cities recovery from an earthquake in 1906. The deYoung Museum’s current display, “Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition” has several works from the historic event and will be ending on January 10, 2016.

The exhibition originally included 11,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs. Over 200 can be currently experienced at the museum, American and French Impressionism; works by members of the Ashcan School; paintings from the emerging modernist styles in Italy, Hungary, Austria, Finland, and Norway; and more. Highlights include an impressive survey of American art, with works by Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, John Sloan, Robert pl22.NEW_Fraser_Trail_Rockwell_printHenri, and other masters. There is also mural work by Arthur Mathews and William de Leftwich Dodge included, they were specifically made for the fair and haven’t been seen in nearly a century.

If you’re not an art expert, the audio tour provided by the museum for an additional charge of $8 general and $7 members will not disappoint. Learn the stories behind most of the artworks by inputting the assigned number into the audio phone. You can go at your own pace and repeat if necessary. The museums curators delve into details that are not included on the placards.

For instance, local bay area resident E. Charlton Fortune made the decision to only use her initial for her first name or else her paintings might not sell. Yet, there was a 7.Fortune_Court_Bonhams_66M_print room dedicated to woman artists and some of those are on display as well. It’s an interesting tidbit because it would seem they were being celebrated but knowing they wouldn’t sell as well as the men’s paintings makes one speculate that the allocation to one location allowed others to skip over them?

James Earle Fraser once said his bronze sculpture; “The End of the Trail” represented a defeated Native American from the weaker race. At the fair, his piece was juxtaposed with a sculpture of a victorious cowboy displaying the belief of “white supremacy”. With so many eyes on San Francisco and the event, many participated to prove their “cultural superiority”; (at least they thought that of themselves). You don’t want to miss this opportunity, as you can see everyone knew it was the place to be at the time. They sent their best artists and work to this turning point event in San Francisco history.

Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific Exposition: Saturday, Oct. 17, through Jan. 10. $15-$25 (free on Oct. 17, community day). De Young Museum, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Memberships are also available and provide access to the museum all year round. (415) 750-3600. www.famsf.org.