Olympic Sculpture Park Photos — Cool Art, Really Cool Park

"Seattle Cloud Cover," by Teresita Fernandez, 2006, a pedestrian bridge with photographic material between layers of glass. To the left "Echo" "Echo" by James Plensa. 46 feet tall. Resin, steel, marble dust. 13,118 pounds. May, .Photo by Barbara Newhall

Jon and I started our stroll with this glimpse of the homely 2014 sculpture, “Echo,” made of resin, steel and marble dust by James Plensa. Up the stairs we were in for a treat — a pedestrian bridge with “Seattle Cloud Cover,” by Teresita Fernandez. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Can’t decide whether to take in a modern art museum or go for a walk in the city? In Seattle, you can have it both ways — at a seven-year-old sculpture park along the city’s waterfront. For those who can’t get to Seattle, maybe these Olympic Sculpture Park photos will suffice.

When the park was completed in 2007, some locals protested that [Read more...]

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To the Himalayas and Back — In a Day and Duty Free

An array of wood carvings of gods and goddesses including buddha and ganesh on display table at Himalayan Fair Berkeley, May 2014. Photo by BF Newhall

An array of wood carvings of gods and goddesses, including contemplative Buddhas, a laughing Buddha and a Ganesh, were for sale at the 2014 Himalayan Fair. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Bay Area residents — it’s not too late to catch this year’s Himalayan Fair at Live Oak Park in Berkeley. Today’s the second and last day of the annual celebration of the cultures of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and North India — and a terrific shopping opportunity. [Read more...]

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Photo Op: When the Sun Shines Sideways

Writer and photographer Barbara Falconer Newhall casts a long shadow on the trail during a walk in a California woods. Photo by BF Newhall

Six in the afternoon on the first day of May. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I took a late afternoon walk in the woods with my point-and-shoot camera the other day. The sun had dropped low in the sky, so the light was soft and it was coming at everything sideways. [Read more...]

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The de Young This Week: Bursting With Art — And Flowers

At the de Young Bouquets to Art show, Kren P. Rasmussen of Bloomster's interprets Diebenkorn's, Berkeley No. 3, 1953. Photo by BF Newhall

At the de Young Bouquets to Art show — Kren P. Rasmussen of Bloomster’s playful comment on Richard Diebenkorn’s, “Berkeley No. 3, 1953.” I like the way this arrangements lets you see the painting through it, while elaborating on the painting. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Art. Bouquets. More art. More bouquets. And crowds and crowds of people. My idea of a good time. I spent the day yesterday at the annual Bouquets to Art show at the de Young Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park — joined by two friends who enjoy flowers and art as much as I do. [Read more...]

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The Funky Charms of East Austin, Texas

The sign over a gayly painted convenience store in East Austin, Texas, reads, "Beer, Wine, Smokes, Peace." Photo by bf newhall

The sign over the driveway reads, “Beer, Wine, Smokes, Peace.” Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

East Austin has everything it takes to be a first-rate hipster neighborhood — street art, food trucks, farmers markets, coffee shops, affordable (so far) housing, parks, artists’ studios, walkability — and, most important, a carefree, offbeat vibe.

Brooklyn has its Williamsburg neighborhood. Los Angeles has Silver Lake. Portland, [Read more...]

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