If you subscribe to my monthly newsletter you man know I was headed out to LA last week. (If you would like to, you can by clicking here.) I used to live here when I worked for Walt Disney Imagineering in California and moved to Florida about fifteen years ago. Wow, has time flown! It’s been great visiting places I used to go often and seeing old friends and meeting new friends, more on that in a future post!
Every trip I take, if I can help it, involves art! I always check out what shows and exhibitions are at the museums in the area. I am a museum junkie! I also like to make time for sketching or painting. This trip has been no exception. I started off my week at the Gene Autry Museum or as it is referred to now as the Museum of the American West, to see a current exhibition, Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork. I am a descendent from the Miami Nation and was pleasantly surprised to see a vest by Katrina Mitten also from the Miami Nation. The Miamis are not as well-known as other Native American Nations so it was nice to see them represented.
At the Pasadena Museum of California Art there is a wonderful exhibition on painter Armin Hansen. I was not that familiar with his work prior to seeing the show and now I am big a fan! His color sense and brushwork are incredible. More on this show in a future post.
As luck would have it the California Art Club Gold Medal Show opened last Sunday at the Fishers Museum of Art on the USC campus. What an amazing show. If you are in the area I would highly recommend seeing it.
Last weekend my husband and I hit the road to Laguna and plein air painted in Crystal Cove and then visited the Red Fern and De Ru’s galleries that represent the classic and some contemporary California Plein Air Painters and Impressionists.
Monday, I spent the afternoon plein air painting in the lovely Japanese Garden at the Huntington Gardens and Library. I adore this place and used to go often when I lived here.
I’m winding up my trip and have a few more art happenings planned before I go home. Stay tuned. I will expand on a few things in more detailed posts in the next few weeks.