Thursday, March 14, 2013

STASH visit to the Japanese Garden

Our STASH group went to the Portland Japanese Garden today to see the exhibit of prints by Japanese printmaker, Toko Shinoda, who is 100 years old this year. We all loved the work. While it is not what one thinks of as traditional Japanese printmaking, it has a very Japanese spirit and sensibility. My photos are not great, with reflected light and distortions, but these will give you a sense of it.

Serene. Beautiful.

It was an overcast, but almost balmy day and the view from the Garden's pavillion, of Portland and Mt. Hood, was especially lovely today. The ethereal, snowy mountain seemed to hover over the city.

After viewing the art we wandered through the garden. I have taken so many photos at the Japanese Garden that I'm sure I take the same ones over and over. Such a beautiful place. I decided to focus in on some details today.

We had lunch at Serratto in NW Portland, a restaurant I had never been to. It was beautiful and very, very good and we had a fun, chatty meal and discussed the art and what we'd been up to and had a few laughs. We decided that these occasional "field trips" are pretty great and we need to do more of them. We live in such a wonderful city for it.  I love an art date and lunch out with the STASH ladies!

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