Monday, November 8, 2010

An Art Filled Weekend

On Saturday, Judy Chan and I attended the talk and workshop (see earlier posts for more details) given by Amy Uyeki and Aiko Uyeki at the Japanese American National Museum on the Senryu poet, Shizue Harada. The event was terrific and Judy and I were both inspired to write Senryu on a regular basis. Here is the poem I wrote during the workshop:

                                         Possum family
                                         We discover in our house
                                         All nine through cat door.

(I confess I exaggerated the facts - there were only two possums in the house - for dramatic effect. But in my defense, at no time during the workshop did anyone address the issue of poetic truthfulness.)

Not Welcome There, 1996
oil on paper
Judy Chan

Two of Judy's large drawings are part of the Museum's collection. One of them is in the current exhibit. What a thrill to see the piece and to be with the artist while viewing it.

Wood Landscape, 2010
carved wood
Fred Rose

On Saturday night, Joe and I went to the opening of Fred Rose's excellent wood sculpture exhibition at Chez Shaw Gallery in Long Beach. We got to chat with Fred and a lot of other friends there.

Driven Into Paradise (detail), 2010
oil on canvas on panel
Siobhan McClure

We are looking forward to another great art show opening from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, November 20th at the Richard Heller Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Siobhan McClure's beautiful narrative paintings will fill the gallery. You are invited! 


  1. I think all animal stories should be embellished. Especially those with wild animals in your house.

  2. Fascinated by that wood and feeling as if I can't fully "see" it in a photo.

  3. Thanks, Renee! I'm glad you agree.

    Cathy, you are right: In person, the wonderful dimensionality of the wood piece comes into play.