Chihuly installation at the De Young Museum
I love the Bay Area and it seems I don't get up there as much as I would like, so it was great to have four days
to explore and reconnect with San Francisco and Berkeley. I lived in San Francisco for a brief time in the early seventy's and then moved to the East Bay and lived in northern Oakland while attending the California College of Arts and Crafts, CCAC, now known as CCA , (they dropped Crafts from their name a few years back).
Sidewalk shrub off Telegraph.
I love the residential small yard landscaping in the Berkeley area.
We were well organized with a list of things to do and places to visit, including two SF museum shows, the giant Alameda Flea Market, Leslie's Ceramics and ClayPeople for some supply shopping, a walk on the SF beach, lunch in Golden Gate Park, Flora Grubb nursery, and the UC Botanical Gardens.
We strolled the College Ave. business district in Berkeley, where I finally make it into a store I have long been curious about— Tale of the Yak, as well as hitting some bookstores on Telegraph (Moe's)
Without question, viewing Chihuly's large installation projects in person, gave me new respect for his work and provided an exhilarating and colorful experience. It was great to view the film that introduces the team of master glass blowers, (Team Chihuly) who's skills contribute to making these installations possible. I think the basket series was my favorite. The glass baskets were displayed next to Chihuly's collection of northwest Indian baskets, which served as the inspiration for this series. The glass baskets are exquisite with delicate detailed patterned shards, blown extremely thin in a tobacco colored glass that transitions to almost clear. I was not able to get a good photo in the dimly lit room.
Chihuly ceiling installation detail
Mexican artist Freda Kahlo's work is at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) through the end of this month. This is a chance to see many of her well known famous works as well as many I was unaware of.
It was a bit crowded for my liking, but I was so glad I went. For all the hardships she endured in her life, her body of work is impressive and moving.