Tacoma Washington’s Art Scene


Tacoma’s Glass Art Scene Tacoma Washington used to be known for its major railroad terminal and its huge, smelly copper smelter. It has always lived in Seattle Washington’s shadow. It has, however, largely cleaned up its act and is working to reinvent itself as an art town. Much of this art rests on the fame [Read more …]

Hudson Valley New York

Ward - Scapegoat

The Hudson Valley follows the Hudson River in New York State from Albany, down to Westchester. It is a beautiful area and has some interesting museum, sculpture parks and, of course, some wineries. Hudson Valley Art We recently visited three excellent places to view art in the Hudson Valley. Art Omi Art Omi in Ghent [Read more …]

The Unreal Garden

A Virtual Stroll through San Francisco’s Unreal Garden What happens when technology and creativity cross paths? Lots of interesting things. And one right in San Francisco. The Unreal Garden is an immersive, 3D Augmented Reality extravaganza that brings art to life. At first glance, you only see a rather pallid-looking physical representation [Read more …]

Western New York State


Hudson New York Hudson New York has a roughly mile-long main street, Warren Street, that is virtually lined with art galleries, studios, antique and other interesting stores. It was time to get out of the car and stroll down the street. The vast majority of the most interesting stores are only open on select days [Read more …]

St. Petersburg Florida as Art Capital

Dali Museum - Discovery of America

We recently spent a few days in St. Petersburg Florida. We last visited the city in 2011 and were pleasantly surprised by the concentration of arts venues in the downtown. We found the same this time, especially the: Dali Museum, with its large, highly representative collection which includes dozens of pictures representing his many styles, [Read more …]

Visiting the Taipei Treasures of Emperors in San Francisco

Pork Belly

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum for the Emperor’s Treasures exhibit was in town so we had to go explore it. This is a collection of masterpieces that were commissioned, owned by, and in some cases, even created by Chinese emperors and the royal families from the Song through the Qinq Dynasties. These treasures, which are [Read more …]

San Francisco’s Booming Contemporary Art Scene

Ca Funk. Allan-Half a Dam

Most of San Francisco’s art oxygen is rightly being consumed by the May 2016 reopening of the fabulous SFMOMA (see our blog on our visit). But, as spectacular as the museum and the addition of the huge Fisher Collection is, this is but the tip of the Bay Area modern and contemporary art scene. The [Read more …]

Catching Up with the New Boston


We finished up the trip to Nova Scotia via Boston. Although we have many friends and memories of the time we lived here, this time we had only a day and a half to catch up with the city. Our initial exposure to the city, from driving into and a brief walk through downtown and [Read more …]

Syracuse in Summer 2015: an Event-Filled Weekend


We recently made a short, but event-packed trip to Syracuse New York, mostly to see family, but also to get caught up on what was happening there. Events Hill Cumorah Pageant. We timed our visit specifically to go to this annual happening, a pageant that has been held [Read more …]

Washington, D.C. Art Museums—Spring 2015

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  As with our return trips to most of our favorite cities, this trip focused on museums, walking tours (both guided and independent) and of course, restaurants. We devoted so much time to museums and visitor centers that we have divided these stops into two posts: One focused on art museums and on history [Read more …]