Summer Adventures Close to Home


I’ve been wanting to visit TAM (Torrance Art Museum), but it’s a drive across Los Angeles. The show “Studio System” seemed the perfect time to visit. Select artists set up studios in the museum and created art for a month. I enjoyed seeing friends and making new ones. The artists were happy to share their techniques and concepts. In the photo above I am wearing a hat by Don Porcella. I’ve only known him online and it was great to meet him and see his work in person. The artist below, Hung Viet Nguyen, I already knew, but I learned about his process.


Then on to the Manhattan Beach! Salt is in the air, as was coolness.


Santa Ana was adventure #2. I visited the Old Santa Ana Courthouse to see the show, “Vietnamese Focus: Generation of Stories.” The courthouse itself is a work of art from the early 1900’s. A friend said her daughter got married here.


Seeing the Vietnamese show was timely. I had just finished preparing my manuscript for “Quiet Lantern, a Novel in Verse” that is based in Hue, Vietnam. Here I was surrounded by real stories of the war and leaving the country. Stories of split families and dangerous escapes. And these people ending up in Southern California. Trinh Mai did an installation on funeral-type cloths.


Next I visited The Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana to see “Bang Bang” by Eva Malhotra. Her textural pieces full of color capture the galaxies and the mapping of earth. Here I am in front of one of her wonderful art works that went from floor to ceiling.


Trip #3 took me to Exhibition Park in LA to the California Science Center to see the “Dead Sea Scrolls.” This was a “must-do” on my list this summer. I’ve never seen them. I write about ancient cultures. This needed to happen. I got there early enough to view the scrolls with a small crowd. A highlight was hearing a fragment read out loud in Hebrew. Hard to put the experience of this show into words.


Exploration of the center was in order since this was my first visit. There’s a lot to discover here. I liked the small aquarium.


Three weeks of adventures in new places and not too far from home.


~ by fiberverse on September 8, 2015.

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