Artsy About Town

Artsy About Town. La Jolla.

This past weekend we took a long overdue break.  Mr. F and I flew down to San Diego to spend time with our close friends, the James.  Our friends had a family funeral on Friday, so we were left to our own devices once we arrived in San Diego.  We decided to spend the day in one of the most beautiful spots in So Cal, La Jolla.

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Since we knew a lot of our time with the James’ would involve chasing and being chased by three adorable little boys, we wanted the first day of our little vacation to be as peaceful as possible.  So we wandered along the ocean shore, breathing in the salty air, drawn in by the turquoise water and blooming coastal wildflowers.

It was a day for slow wandering.  So of course, we found ourselves drifting through a few of La Jolla’s galleries.  Our favorite by far was Madison Gallery on Wall Street.  The current exhibition, Gods of Suburbia by Dina Goldstein was visually arresting and symbolically engaging.

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dina goldstein and shelley adler

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robert montgomery

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hunt slonem

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miya ando

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It was such a pleasure to finally experience the work of Hunt Slonem and Miya Ando in person.  There is so much more to them in real life than you will ever see online.

Our wandering also took us over the MOCA La Jolla to see the Ed Ruscha show, Then & Now: Paintings from the 1960s and 2000s.  While Ruscha’s work isn’t Mr. F’s thing, I loved seeing this collection of his past and present work.  Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in the area!

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ed ruscha at MOCA la jolla

But perhaps the best thing was simply the air and the inspiration.  After we paid a visit to the Oregon Coast a few weeks ago, I’ve been working on a series of coastal inspired paintings and this trip definitely added to my inspiration supply.

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How about you?  Any inspiration trips planned?  Any interesting gallery shows you’ve seen lately?

Images by me.

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  • Pippin Schupbach

    Ah the beauty of San Diego. I lived there for 13 years and then husband man landed a job at Washington University in St. Louis which up rooted us to a different place on so many levels. La Jolla is the jewel the pacific and never did I take for granted the beauty shared with the world. My most inspiring travels was to my home Colorado where I visited Mesa Verde and the southwest. I was inspired by the vast landscapes the and fresh mountain air.

    • Artsy Forager

      Love Colorado! We honeymooned in Crested Butte ( in January, -40 the first night! ) and stopped at Mesa Verde on our epic road trip from Florida to Washington.