Art & Architecture Interest Group


Leader: Lois Widom, 423-0184, lowidom@yahoo.com.


Events are listed on the Events Calendar.


OLLI members at Pajaro Art Gallery For over eighteeen years, our group has been visiting places of architectural and artistic interest all over the bay area and locally. We have been to museums, galleries, homes, public buildings, and tours. Take a look at the list of our past activities near the bottom of this page to get an idea of the possibilities. Suggestions for new or repeat activities are always welcomed. We generally have at least one activity a month throughout the year. The days vary depending on the venue. If we are going some distance, we meet at a central place and carpool. Riders are expected to share the driving expenses. We often go out for lunch. Some recent trips:
  • The Sikh Gurdwara, a Sikh Temple in the hills above San Jose. This was like a visit to India. The architecture is Indo-Persian, a fusion of Hindu and Islamic elements. We also learned about the philosophy and history of the Sikhs, and, in true Sikh tradition, shared a meal.
The Sikh Gurdwara
Picaso self portrait
  • Two Museums, Two Men. Howard Ikemoto, a well known Santa Cruz artist and teacher, accompanied us to the Triton Museum in Santa Clara to see and hear about his one-man exhibit there. Then we went to the San Jose Museum to see the exhibit "Wayne Thiebaud, Seventy Years of Painting." It was intriguing for us that Wayne had been one of Howard's earliest teachers in Sacramento.
  • And, we have recently been to San Francisco to see the Impressionist exhibits at the de Young and the Fisher Collection at the SFMOMA.

Leader: Lois Widom, 423-0184, lowidom@yahoo.com.

Membership Status: Unlimited, but some events are size-limited and the leader will request an RSVP. Reply only if you plan to participate.

Meets as announced by email, on webpage, in the newsletter, and on the Institute calendar. If you do not have email, please find another member of the group who will inform you of the details of the activities.





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Activities History


June-11 Sierra Azul Outdoor Sculpture Show. Fifty-six artists and 135 sculptures are exhibited in the sixth annual show in the beautiful two-acre Mediterranean garden.
June-11 straw bale house of Kristin and Mark Sullivan, Capitola, CA1. Straw bale house of Kristin and Mark Sullivan, Capitola.

2. Capitola Historical Museum.

May-11 Big Creek Pottery “Big Creek Pottery, A Social History of a Visual Idea, 1967-1983,” curated by Karen Thuesen Massaro, The Museum of Art and History. The school is profiled with 70 vessels made by visiting masters, the founders, and students along with photographs primarily from the McDougal collection. Writings by those who came to Big Creek, filmed portraits of Al Johnsen, Bruce and Marcia McDougal, as well as a recorded audio interview of Michael Cardew enhance the exhibition. 
Apr-11 “How Wine Became Modern” exhibit at the SFMOMA. “How Wine Became Modern explores the visual culture of wine and its stunning transformation over the last three decades. Designed in collaboration with renowned architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibition combines historical artifacts, architectural models, design objects, newly commissioned artworks, and enticing installations, including a "smell wall," to probe many aspects of wine culture....”
Jan-11 Art by Pegatha HughesArt of Pegatha Hughes at Linda's Seabright Cafe
Jan-11

Art of Mary Alice CoppMuseum of Art and History — “Looking At Recovery.” Work of Mary Alice Copp.

Dec-10 Christmas in the Adobes, Monterey.
Nov-10 Museum of Art & History — Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
Oct-10 de Young Museum:  “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond”
Aug-10 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — Fisher Collection
June-10 de Young Museum: Birth of Impressionism — Masterpieces from the Musee D'Orsay
May-10 Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History: scientific illustration; walking tour of Pacific Grove.
Apr-10 Stanford House Tour
Apr-10 Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Art of Nature exhibit, a collection of works created by members of the Northern California Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
Mar-10 Cantor Art Museum at Stanford:, Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future; Master Ink Painters in 20th-Century China. Calligraphy and paintings from artists known in China as the “Four Great Masters of Ink Painting.”
Feb-10 Two museums, two men: Howard Ikemoto at the Triton and Wayne Thiebaud at the San Jose hills Museum of Art.
Jan-10
Sikh Temple in San JoseSikh Temple in San Jose hills
Dec-09
Stanford Medical CenterNew Guinea Sculpure Garden, Stanford
Architecture of the Stanford Medical Center and tour of the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden, created by ten master New Guinea carvers in 1994.
Nov-09
11/2009 “Visual Conversations with Women in the Arts,” Smith Gallery, and John Dizikes Concert, Stevenson Event Center, UCSC Campus.
Oct-09
San Jose Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph
San Jose Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph; The San Jose Museum of Art for the Alexander Calder, Ansel Adams, and Chuck Close Prints.
Jun-09
Martin Luther King Library
“Schultz's Beethoven, Schroeder's Muse” at Martin Luther King Library in San Jose.
May-09
Pajaro Valley Gallery 25th Anniversary exhibit with works of three of our members.
Apr-09
Filoli House
Mar-09
“Assemblage + Collage + Construction. A Collective View of Art from Multiple Santa Cruz County Venues.”
Feb-09
California Academy of Sciences
Jan-09
Hanna House
Dec-08
Nov-08
Oct-08
Sunset Idea House, Monterey
Sep-08
Sep-08
Aug-08
Jul-08
The Audacity of Stripes, the Encaustic Works of Daniella Woolf
Jul-08
Jun-08
Pajaro Valley Gallery, Sierra Azul Nursery and Sculpture Show
May-08
Architects Association of Santa Cruz County Open Architecture Tour, Watsonville.
Apr-08
Mar-08
Feb-08
Jan-08
San Jose Museum of Art: Joan Miro's Fantastic Universe; Goya's Caprichos: Dreams of Reason and Madness; and Picasso's Etchings of Love and Desire
Dec-07
Christmas at the Adobes in Monterey
Dec-07
IRAQ:REFRAME. Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga; Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose
Nov-07
de Young Museum: The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson; Chim: The Photography of David Seymour
Nov-07
Work of Anne Smith Easley, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery
Oct-07
Sep-07
Revisit home of group member Margaret Ogle to see, admire, and hear about her remarkable worldwide photographs  and the beautiful items she has created for her home.
Aug-07
The Art of Being Tuarg. Sahara Nomads in a Modern World. At the Stanford Museum.
Jul-07
Boardwalk exhibit and Fiber Art Exhibit at the Museum of Art and History
Jun-07
Sanchez Art Center for Susan Hillyard's gallery show celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Boardwalk. Fiber Art Exhibit at the Santa Cruz Art League.
May-07
Architecture tour by the Architects Association of Santa Cruz County to benefit Habitat for Humanity
May-07
Apr-07
Oakland Museum adventure
Mar-07
Susan Else's studio
Feb-07
Maybeck Church, Berkeley
Feb-07
Straw bale house, Capitola
Feb-07
UCSC Campus architecture – Frank Zwart
Dec-06
MAH Public Art Tour
Nov-06
San Jose Museum
Oct-06
Sunset House, O'Neill home
Sep-06
DeYoung + Legion of Honor
Jul-06
Pajaro Sculpture show – Sierra Azul
Jun-06
three Palo Alto houses
Jun-06
San Jose City Hall & Library tours
May-06
Stanford Museum – childhood exhibit
Apr-06
Pajaro gallery fiber show
Mar-06
Ellen Kimmel's victorian home
Feb-06
talk by FLW apprentice
Feb-06
Smith Gallery
Jan-06
DeYoung Museum, SF
Dec-05
San Jose city Hal
Nov-05
DeRosa Show, MAH
Nov-05
Symphony Home Tour
Oct-05
Allied Arts, Menlo Park
Sep-05
Pajaro Gallery
Aug-05
Mannie Santana + artists
Jul-05
Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival
May-05
Garden Tour, Los Altos Hills, Woodside
May-05
Santa Cruz Architecture tour
Apr-05
Modern Design – SJMA
Mar-05
Sikh Temple, San Jose
Feb-05
Pacific Grove Tour
Jan-05
Triton Museum, Santa Clara – Tea
Dec-04
Marine exhibit – MAH
Nov-04
San Jose Architecture – Frank Wolfe
Oct-04
San Jose Quilt Museum
Sep-04
Monterey Marine Museum + adobe tour
Aug-04
San Jose Library + outdoor art tour
Jul-04
Ansel Adams, MAH
Jun-04
Domestic Odyssey, SJMA
May-04
Exemplary Contemporary, Smith gallery
Apr-04
Four gardens, Woodside, Atherton
Mar-04
Guatemala Exhibit, Pajaro
Feb-04
Victoria May, Smith Gallery
Feb-04
Doyle Forman, Porter Gallery
Jan-04
Straw Bale House, Capitola
Dec-03
Clark Center & Museum, Stanford
Nov-03
Margaret Ogle's home
Nov-03
Native American Glass – MAH
Oct-03
Surf Culture – SFMA
Sep-03
Sunset Idea Houses, Los Gatos
Aug-03
Stanford Memorial Church, Museum
Jul-03
Nido Gallery,
Jun-03
Jerry Lomax, architect, Carmel
May-03
Exemplary Contemporary, Smith Gallery
Apr-03
MAH, River Reflections
Mar-03
Santana Row
Feb-03
Carother and Zscheile homes
Jan-03
McLelland – art & poetry
Dec-02
Monterey Aquarium – Chihuly glass
Nov-02
Heimer Struck – MAH
Oct-02
Glass Gallery – Larry Silman
Sep-02
Wm. Morris Glass Works – MAH
Jul-02
SJMA – Art in Public Places
Jun-02
Carolyn Fitz – Japanes brush painting
May-02
Filoli House and Gardens
Apr-02
Mary Warshaw – Smith Gallery
Mar-02
Steinbeck Center – Dorothea Lange
Feb-02
MAH – Rfichard Deutsch
Jan-02
Mexican Heritage Plaza – San Jose
Dec-01
Two Eichlers – Palo Alto
Oct-01
Bronze Works – sculpture casting
Sep-01
SJMA – Art in Public Places
Aug-01
Stanford – sculpture walk +
Jul-01
Pajaro Gallery – self portaits
Jun-01
Tor House – Carmel
Apr-01
Cabrillo Gallery – Alan Couerhone
Mar-01
Cabrillo Gallery – Displacements
Mar-01
Palace of Legion of Honor – Tolouse Latrec
Feb-01
Hanna House
Jan-01
Space Odyssey – Smith Gallery
Dec-00
Anderson Collection – SFMOMA
Nov-00
Chihuly – SJMA
Oct-00
Craig & Dusty Miller Victorian
Sep-00
Carmel Walk
Aug-00
Stanford Museum
Jun-00
Fran Raboff's home
May-00
Santa Cruz Architecture Tour
Apr-00
Georgia O'Keefe show, SF
Feb-00
FLW Hanna House, Stanford
Feb-00
Print Lab, UCSC
Jan-00
Monterey Museums
Dec-99
Margaret Ogle's home
Nov-99
SF City Hall & Library
Oct-99
Whitney exhibit at SJMA
Sep-99
Pajaro Dunes, Bartelts home +
Aug-99
Stanford Architecture
Jul-99
Sa Jose Museum Art Walk
Jun-99
San Jose Museum Art Walk
May-99
Paramount Theater, Oakland
Mar-99
Villa Montalvo
Feb-99
Stanford Museum
Jan-99
Tech Museum – San Jose
Dec-98
DeSaisset Museum – Santa Clara
Nov-98
Weygandt Show – UCSC
Nov-98
FLW house – Los Banos
Oct-98
Calder – SFMOMA
Sep-98
Capitola tour
Jun-98
Rich Deutsch Studio
Apr-98
Stanford sculpture tour
Mar-98
Victorian tour – Darling House +
Feb-98
Asilomar Tour


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