Tuesday, April 15, 2014


We took a DayTripper excursion to  Los Angeles starting with lunch at the Farmer’s Market with numerous outdoor restaurants with cuisines from around the world and interesting groups of small grocers selling fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry and fish, baked goods, ice cream  etc.

The highlight of the day was a visit to L.A.’s Natural History Museum  to see a current exhibit “Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World”  that featured the spices and ancient Asian instruments along with silk making, ancient scrolls and early astronomy tools. The Silk Road was a network of trade routes established during the Han Dynasty of China that stretched from Damascus to Xian

Museum entrance
Jars were used to ship the trade items

We had time to visit some of the other points of interest in the museum including the dinosaurs and mammals.

Balloon vendor outside the museum
 The rose garden is next to the museum in Exposition Park


 Art Alive has been a tradition for 33 years at the San Diego Art Museum to pair floral interpretations with famous works of art.  In addition the rotunda is decorated with flowers and greenery.
Some designers emphasize shapes and others select a color to accent a painting.

 Spring is the one of the best times to visit the Japanese Friendship Garden with so many trees and shrubs in bloom. The cherry trees were in full bloom and were the highlight of this visit. 

It has been interesting to watch the development of the  canyon below expanding with new plantings, a dry river bed and new structures for future exhibits. 
 There is also an excellent display of ming planters.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


We joined a Mingei Museum excursion to Los Angeles beginning with a visit to the Craft and Folk Art Museum with current exhibits of abstract African sculpture, crafts of two Iranian American artists and patterns of decoration using postage stamps.
Then it was on to the LA County Museum of Art for a lunch break at a museum cafĂ© with a salad bar and sandwiches before going on to see a new exhibit of Calder’s abstract mobiles and “stabiles”  which are unmoving forms on three or more legs.  These were impressive large forms in black, white and red.  The other new exhibit was about the on-going career of James Turrell using light and space as a creative medium.

 We had ample time to visit several of the museum buildings starting with the Japanese pavilion with beautiful shoji screens, ceramics paintings and netsukes(miniature sculptures).   Later we went on to the Chinese art exhibit in the Hammer building and then spent the rest of the  time in the Ahmanson building featuring European art as well as south and Southeast Asian art