Monday, November 1, 2010
The Lafayette Gallery and the deYoung Museum
Several of my days in San Francisco were spent with friend Nancy Hartley. I met Nancy in September 2008 in Santa Fe in a Carol Marine workshop. I saw her again in September 2009 when I was in California. In January of 2010 we had a workshop reunion in Austin where most of us were able to get together and take a workshop from Laurel Daniel. And, here we are again! I went to the Lafayette Gallery to see Nancy's show: "Southwest Inspirations", drivebys of Highway 25 between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Nancy's pieces are bold, geometric and colorful. Check out her blog if you're not familiar with her work: Nancy Hartleys Art Adventures.
The next day I met Nancy at the deYoung Museum to see the Post Impressionist show: "Van Gogh Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond". It was a huge show with works from the Musee d'orsay, which is being remodeled. How great that instead of storing the paintings they sent them to San Francisco. There were a lot of Gauguins, Cezannes Seurats, Nabis (which I didn't know much about), Lautrecs. One of my favorite pieces was Van Gogh's "Bedroom at Arles". I had a puzzle of that as well as a poster on the wall in my classroom when I taught.