The Best Bathroom of All

October 23, 2005Journeys

Saturday it was raining, so we didn’t go to Storm King as we had originally planned. Instead Russ and I went to Chelsea to the New Museum and then gallery hopping. I’d never been to these galleries, and we had a great time walking around in the rain, dodging into the ground level galleries along … Read More

Chelsea Art Museums

October 22, 2005Journeys

On Saturday we went to Chelsea, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art had a exhibition of Canadian artist Brian Jungen. He makes pretty amazing skeletons of dinosaurs out of plastic chairs and aboriginal masks from Nike shoes. Also in the Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, I loved a series of drawings by San Antonio artist … Read More

Noguchi Museum

October 21, 2005Journeys

On Friday my friend True and I went to Long Island to see the Noguchi museum which had been closed for a long time to remodel. Once there it was worth the long trek. The museum used to be a factory that Noguchi made his studio when he lived in Manhattan, and the industrial space … Read More

Arkansas Arts Center

October 1, 2005Journeys

After a four-hour drive through Buffalo River landscape which was beautiful on an clear autumn afternoon, the AAC was kind of a surprise. I didn’t expect it to be so big or so nice, and the staff was very friendly. After many additions, the architecture of the building is modern on the outside, reminiscent of … Read More

A Tisket, a Tasket…

August 27, 2005Journeys

So where have I been for the last couple of weeks? One place is Lincoln, Nebraska. We visited our friends Karen and Robert Duncan and got to see their new house and the most fabulous personal art collection I’ve ever seen. I hope they won’t mind me putting these photos that Russ took on the … Read More

The Crucible

August 12, 2005Journeys

Just down the street from Bruce’s studio in Oakland is The Crucible. It’s a huge building with an amazing array of community art classes including metal, glass, neon and jewelry. Some of the more interesting offerings include fire dancing and fire eating. Someday I’d like to see some of these fire art performances at a … Read More

Cosmos at Legion of Honor

August 11, 2005Journeys

Thanks to Gerrie’s tip, we went to see the ArtWear: Fashion and Anti-Fashion exhibit at the Legion of Honor while in San Francisco. It was a super exhibition and will be there until October. I have no photos of the exhibit inside, but you can buy the catalog which is well done.

The Rose Nursery

July 31, 2005Journeys

Looking back at my last entry, it seems a little Six-Feet-Under-ish but that was certainly not the intent (although I do like the show). The reason there are always a lot of roses at our family events is because of the Ninomiya’s nursery. For many years, my cousins have run a huge rose nursery business … Read More

Sunnyview in El Cerrito

July 30, 2005Journeys

The day after our family renuion, there was a memorial service for my grandmother who passed away this spring. Her ashes now rest by my grandfather in their joint plot in Sunnyview at El Cerrito, just outside of San Francisco. After the service, we climbed the hill to look out at the ocean. We left … Read More

A Crafty Bunch

July 29, 2005Journeys

No family reunion is complete without everyone showing up and sharing their talent, right? My family has always been a crafty bunch. Gary and Greg brought their guitars, and Tara sang. There were homemade jams, jellies, and pot scrubbies galore. Mari was wearing a very cute yellow tshirt with appliqued fish in Japanese fabrics. Karen … Read More