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Sketchbook Project

June 13, 2011

The Sketchbook Project is a traveling exhibition of sketchbooks created by artists like us. Anyone, from anywhere in the world, can be part of the project. Participants receive a blank sketchbook to doodle in for about nine months before it’s due back to Art House, where it becomes part of the project. This means it will be […]

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Singapore for business and pleasure

May 3, 2011

Singapore is one of my favorite cities to visit. Though I generally visit on business, there is always time for pleasure… and Singapore is a fine place to enjoy dining, night life, lush tropical parks, beaches, and shopping. Singapore’s legendary efficiency is obvious from the first moments after arrival. You will breeze through customs in […]

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Art Exhibits throughout the US in 2011

April 18, 2011

“The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they’re always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.” This sentiment by Norman Rockwell relates to travel as well… and we often incorporate a visit to a museum […]

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Eugene, Oregon

March 10, 2011

After a few hours in the car, the crisp cool wind that greets us as we walk to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is welcome. Eugene, Oregon is home to the University of Oregon and the museum is on the sprawling 295 acre campus. Many of the University’s buildings are planned around several major […]

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Seattle’s First Thursday Art Walk

February 2, 2011

This morning as I glance through email news headlines, one catches my attention. This Thursday evening, for the first time, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission will open a gallery during  Seattle’s First Thursday art walk, an event drawing thousands each month to view art in galleries, studios, coffee shops and other venues. The mission’s display, “Art from […]

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Notes from our travels to Tokyo

June 23, 2010

April 2007 found us in Tokyo and Kyoto for 10 days… I tagged along on a business trip of Jay’s. Here are some notes and impressions I jotted down at the time… this blog covers Tokyo… Kyoto will follow. Arriving in a foreign land is surreal. We board a plane that climbs to 35,000 feet, […]

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Artsy, groovy downtown Twisp, WA

May 13, 2010

Driving into town of Twisp, I immediately see the bold blue, green and black sign for the Twist River Pub on the right. This seems to be the local favorite – all suggestions for a place to eat lead here. Located on the Twisp River, the Pub’s patio is the perfect spot on this warm […]

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What He Thought — A poem by Heather McHugh

April 29, 2010

I remember walking through Campo dei Fiori, a lovely piazza near Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy.  That was in 1976. And I remember Ettore Ferrari’s dramatic statue representing Giordano Bruno, facing the Vatican.  The statue placed in the spot where Bruno was burned at the stake by the church, for his heretical writings on Heliocentrism – […]

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Queenstown, NZ

April 17, 2010

We arrive in Queenstown in the evening about 7 hours after leaving Dunedin. The Taieri Gorge train takes us part of the way and then a bus completes the trip. Our niece, Jaime, is in Queenstown visiting from Maryland and we are very excited to see her, so we quickly settle in our hotel and […]

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Dunedin, NZ

March 28, 2010

Our first stop on the 226 mile drive from Christchurch to Dunedin is Oamaru. An historic seaport town nestled on the South Island’s east coast. While Oamaru’s early wealth was founded on gold, it was agriculture that provided the driving force for a thriving commercial port and harbor area. Although commercial usage has steadily declined over […]

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Akaroa, NZ

March 21, 2010

A scenic one hour drive from Christchurch, Akaroa is a quaint little fishing village located on the southern side of Bank Peninsula. Akaroa sits at the edge of a beautiful harbor inside the eroded crater of a huge extinct volcano. Originally a French settlement, the streets have French names and local restaurants focus on French cuisine. […]

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Wellington, NZ

February 23, 2010

Often the motels in NZ have laundry facilities and that is where I was a few hours before hitting the road for Wellington. The old washer/dryer were quite slow and a very friendly lady from Wellington stopped by with her wash. She was curious about our travels and when she heard that we were off […]

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Auckland Art Gallery

February 3, 2010

The excellent Auckland Art Gallery is located in the middle of downtown, just west of Albert Park.  A short walk from our hotel (Sky City Grand). My favorite exhibit was Picturing History: Goldie to Cotton – Gallery notes say: Stories of origin and arrival, significant events, and the transformation of the land of New Zealand are […]

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