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Dollmakers III

Dollmakers III

Dolls. Everywhere dolls. Dolls that are cute and whimsical. Dolls that are mystical and seem imparted with soul. Dolls that are odd and quirky. Dolls that are peculiar and disturbing. Dozens of artists—local, national, and some of our Canadian neighbors—will show and sell individually-crafted, handmade art dolls and sculptures at Cactus Gallery’s “Dollmakers III” exhibit, along with “Día de [...]

Green Beans in Tarragon Dressing

Green Beans in Tarragon Dressing

This is one of my favorite ways to eat green beans. So simple. It is a good idea to make the dressing a few hours or even the day before, so the tarragon flavor has time to seep in. And sorry, I never write down exact amounts, so these are guesses. Taste and adjust. TARRAGON DRESSING: 2-3 tablespoons [...]

Ginger Corner Market

Ginger Corner Market

“You just need the guts to do it,” says Ginger Corner Market, owner Liz Hollingsworth. After having spent a decade in corporate catering she wanted a change, she wanted to “do” something. So taking the plunge, at a spot a couple of blocks south of Colorado and a handful of streets east of Lake, Liz took [...]

Pierre Odier: From Mangolia to U.S.A. Via Siberia

Pierre Odier: From Mangolia to U.S.A. Via Siberia

Pierre Odier was born in Lausanne Switzerland. From this idyll location, Odier moved in 1959 to America, joining the United States Army. Once he’d completed his obligation found himself in Tacoma, Washington. In the small city, 35 miles from Seattle, he opened a restaurant/nightclub combo, as well as an art gallery. He eventually received his [...]

The Art of Honoring the Dead

The Art of Honoring the Dead

El Día de Los Muertos, the tradition of honoring loved ones, which can be traced back thousands of years to the pre-Columbian era, has inspired innumerable creative expressions. The building of ofrendas, making detailed sugar skulls and tissue paper flowers, masks, and calacas (skeletons) are symbols of lasting love and a desire to honor a particular individual. The [...]

Here & There

Here & There

Random pictures as we drove around doing errands, went to and returned from meetings; after drop offs and before pick-ups…             The end of the day, along West Montecito Avenue, Sierra Madre…   Mood swing…   Expressing gratitude along W. Sierra Madre Boulevard…   …and on Blanche Street near S. Michigan [...]

Out Stealing Horses

Out Stealing Horses

Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses shimmers with blue: the bright blue of a Norwegian summer sky, the dark blue of a moonless night, the blue-black of a flowing river, even the faded blue flowers on the cloth of a woman’s dress. From his perspectives as a 67-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy, Trond Sander tells [...]

Scenes of the Region

Scenes of the Region

This isn’t a “proper” history article. Rather we’re advocating an event that illustrates representations of our immediate, current world, which are recordings for history. The Pasadena Museum of History invited hundreds of representational artists to create works “featuring scenes of the greater San Gabriel Valley.” The creative results of this invitation may be viewed at the [...]

Gooden’s Chalk For Peace

Gooden’s Chalk For Peace

On September 25th, one hundred-twenty Gooden School students became “artful ambassadors for peace.” The students used chalk as their medium and pavement as their canvas as they created artworks reflecting their visions of peace for themselves, others and the world. “Peace feels like a warm hug,” said a third-grader. “Peace sounds like sizzling bacon,” said [...]

A Garden of Jack O’Lanterns

A Garden of Jack O’Lanterns

Linus is waiting for the rise of the Great Pumpkin, Max is causing a ruckus with his Wild Things, Spidey is on the prowl, and even Disney princesses make an appearance at Descanso Gardens during the Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns. Enough said. Happy Halloween.                   Rise [...]

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