Category Archives: Art Experience

My Summer of Love Experience

Light Show, Summer of Love Exhibit

New York  in the Summer of Love I was only nine years old and living in New York City during San Francisco’s Summer of Love. What filtered through to me was the wildness and freedom of the 1960s. Central Park in New York during the sixties was a frequent destination for my family. Suddenly the […]

Cool Carvings in Sausalito

ool carvings, Sybrian's Sausalito Sea Lion, Susan Sternau photo

One of my favorite cool carvings in Sausalito is one I see almost every day. It is the Miner Forty-Niner panning for gold outside our local hardware store, Waterstreet Hardware,  at the corner of Caledonia and Litho Streets. Albert, who has worked at Waterstreet since 1964, told me that Barney West carved the Miner. Barney […]

Floating Art Colony of Sausalito

Ferry Vallejo Houseboat, floating art colony

Where is the floating art colony of Sausalito? With its almost three miles of waterfront on Richardson Bay, Sausalito has been always been a great place to anchor a boat. This little town has a history as a safe harbor for ships restocking water and supplies. More recently, it has welcomed a number of retired […]

The Gingerbread House Tour: Sausalito’s Annual Tradition

Gingerbread Casa Madrona Hote & Spa

The Gingerbread House Tour and Competition: The Gingerbread House Tour and Competition is one of the reasons I love December in Sausalito. Some other reasons are the lighted boat parade, houses with Christmas lights marching up the hills, the smell of Christmas Trees from the lot in Dumphy Park. Fishing boats appear in Richardson Bay, […]

Nicholas Coley Abstract Landscapes

Edge of the Wood by Nicholas Coley

Nicholas Coley Art Exhibit: Many artists fall in love with painting because of the sensual qualities of paint. Thickly brushed on oil paint is satisfying to use precisely because it is luxurious. Thick yet malleable, it can be moved around the surface of a canvas easily. The buttery quality of the paint and the richness […]

Red Bathroom Blues at SFMOMA

Red Bathroom Sinks, new SFMOMA

Two Lobbies The red bathroom is what made the strongest impression on me last week when I finally had time to visit the newly reopened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The expansive new building was designed by the acclaimed firm Snøhetta. The new building joins to the old familiar Mario Botta-designed building which faces […]

Unfinished at the Met Breuer

View from the Met Breuer, Photo by Susan Sternau

I was in New York recently, and had the opportunity to visit the new modern art collection of the Metropolitan Museum which is now housed in the familiar landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer. Once home to the Whitney Museum, the new Met Breuer  at 75th Street and Madison Avenue is a great addition to […]

Marin Open Studios: The ICB Experience

Marin Open Studios ICB

Marin Open Studios is always a fun event. I love the experience of visiting other artist’s studios and getting a glimpse into their creative process. I enjoy looking at their art and I always marvel at the tremendous variety of creative expression. I also really like talking to artists about their methods of working. I […]

Bonnard and Animals

Bonnard, Demanding Cat

Bonnard: Painting Arcadia, a special exhibit at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor Museum is a trove of wonderful paintings. While I have seen some of this art exhibited or reproduced before, many images were new to me. Or perhaps I was just seeing them through fresh eyes. What I noticed most were the way so […]