Saturday, August 31, 2013
Getting Out of the House
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I wanted to see. Sadly, they did not allow photography in the exhibit, so I can't share the wonderments with you.
I've always had a particular love for old schoolgirl samplers. At one point I had a pretty good collection of Scarlet Letter kits for making reproductions, and fully intended to work them. Well, we know how that goes.
It was a great experience to view this exhibit today. Not only was it a cool and pleasant oasis on a particularly steamy day, I was apparently the only person who wanted to see it. I had the whole (small) room to myself. Well, except for the guard, who looked pretty bored but might have gotten unhappy if I'd taken my camera out. Only a few samplers, but really nice ones, and I was able to get right up to the glass on their frames to examine the stitching. Extremely fine work, mostly silk on linen, and not a nice evenweave linen of the kind we can get nowadays.
This one's a Remington, and even though it's smaller than many I've seen, it's got that wonderful energy and movement that comes to life while you gaze at it.
I could have read the little information card, but I decided I liked my own interpretation of it.
Every so often I get in this mood: don't confuse me with facts, my mind is made up. Luckily it's usually about something relatively unimportant, like whether this is meant to be a tree or if it has some deeper, more existential meaning.
Doing my best ostrich imitation.
There are a couple of paintings in the wing of the gallery that seem to echo this same pairing of hound and antelope, dog and deer. Maybe a little research for another day.
By the way, these photos were all taken at the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery at The Huntington.
Their newest exhibit examines the legacy and history of the mission era in California history. Included with the maps, artifacts, photos and displays, are some contemporary pieces and some "rewriting" of the old idyllic visions of the time. Built around the iconic form of Junipero Serra, the exhibit examines the man and his works and legacies. I will probably go back to see this again, as there was much food for thought in the presentation.
I should add that a lot of it feels very personal to me, since I've had a San Gabriel mailing address for most of my years in California. The San Gabriel Mission has been our parish church, it's where my children were baptized and confirmed and some of them even married there. The old Mission Playhouse was the first job for most of them, too. It's been over 50 years for me, living here, and I am fascinated by the history of this place.
There's an entire room dedicated to the Gamble House. I was reminded once again that I need to pay another visit to that spectacular place.
So many wonderments, so little time to see and experience them all!
Reminds me that I have a FLW window quilt in progress in one of those tubs that's either in the garage or in the storage unit. I need to get it out and finish it.
I did finish one piece that I had started in that Asilomar class so many years ago--in fact, I finished it in about 3 days of the session, and then started the more ambitious piece. I'm thinking that might become a blog post all its own, once I get settled in and can start quilting again!
But they do make for a pretty sky.
This is the view looking south from the portico of the Scott gallery. On a clear day, you could probably see Catalina from here. Back in the days when the Huntingtons lived here, they had a view to the south of rolling hills and a lake.
The lake has long since disappeared, but there are traces of it if you know where to look. It's how Lake Avenue got its name (Lake Ave. is the premier shopping section of Pasadena, home of posh shops and proper ladies back in the day). The old lake bed is now Lacy Park, in San Marino.
Diana the huntress--and her hound. Hmmm, there were a few hounds in today's visit.
The last couple of pictures were both taken facing north toward the mountains, though the greenery hides them. One of my firends commented on Facebook today that the sky was showing every possible variation of cloud--and I believe her.
The only thing we didn't have was rain clouds...