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Our Monthly Meeting is at

Marie Callender's

16390 Beach Blvd.

Westminster, CA 92683

Phone: 714-847-6600

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Our next Meeting will be on 

February 6, 2018 


OC / LB Chapter Monthly Meeting on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

 We have a social hour at 7 PM, and dinner service will begin at about 7:30 PM.  Each person is responsible for their own food and beverage bill. We have a $50 minimum for our group.  

During the Social Hour, the Core Group will be meeting briefly. You are welcome to attend the Core Group Meeting and give input. Only Core Group Members can vote. The general meeting will start at 8:00 PM.

Gamble House and Pasadena Museum

January 19, 2018

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From the Pasadena Museum of History Website: “Fenyes Mansion Tours Fri, Sat, & Sun, 12:15 pm With its original furnishings and art collection, the Fenyes Mansion - a Pasadena Cultural Heritage landmark - offers a unique glimpse into life on Pasadena’s Millionaire’s Row. Royals of Pasadena: Rose Queen® and Royal Court September 2 - February 11 Wed - Sun, Noon to 5:00 pm In honor of the inauguration of the 100th Rose Queen®, PMH presents an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Royal Court. Fenyes Mansion Studio.”

From the Gamble House Website: “The Gamble House in Pasadena, California, is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company. The house, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978, is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California. One-hour docent-led tours are available to the public Thursday-Sunday. Tours begin at 11:30am Thurs-Fri and 12noon Sat-Sun. A picnic opportunity awaits every week on Brown-Bag Tuesdays. Enjoy your lunch on the terrace and take a docent-led 20-minute tour at 12:15 or 12:45.

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Norton Simon Museum

February 17, 2018, 11:00 AM

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Norton Simon’s activity as a collector spanned more than 30 years and encompassed the purchase of more than 8,000 works of art during his lifetime. He began this pursuit in the mid 1950s with purchases of works by 19th-century painters such as Daumier, Degas, Renoir and Gauguin. The one lasting exception to his focus on French Impressionists and Post Impressionists in these early years was his abiding love of works by Rembrandt. By the end of the 1960s, his pace in buying accelerated, as his tastes expanded to embrace Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, as well as 20th-century paintings, sculpture and works on paper by Maillol, Picasso, Henry Moore, Braque and Giacometti, among others.

The velocity of his purchasing reached its height in the 1970s, and Simon’s appetite expanded to include ancient stone and bronze sculpture from India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia. During this decade he also worked in earnest to collect thousands of master prints by painter/printmakers such as Rembrandt, Goya and Picasso. And his collection grew exponentially by 1974 when Norton Simon assumed managerial and financial responsibility for the Pasadena Art Museum, its 1969 Ladd and Kelsey building, and the collections it housed. As he had demonstrated time and time again in his formation of a remarkable group of successful business enterprises, in one skillful move of appropriating the museum at the corner of Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevards he managed to assemble not only the important Blue Four collection of German Expressionist works amassed by Galka Scheyer, but also stellar mid-twentieth-century paintings, sculpture, prints & photographs that dovetailed perfectly with Simon’s existing collection. After some remodeling of the 1969 two-story structure, the Museum was opened in October 1975 as The Norton Simon Museum, and for the first time since he undertook his journey as a collector of art, Simon was able to witness his success with this venture by seeing it installed together, as a splendid whole.

Today, the collection is comprised of about 12,000 objects that showcase—amongst other superlative works— the only painting by Raphael on the west coast, three portraits by Rembrandt, six superb paintings by Van Gogh, over one-hundred works by Degas, and an important collection of Indian and Southeast Asian sculpture that spans over 2500 years of the world’s finest cultural creations. With his final purchase on December 22, 1989 of Gustave Courbet’s poetic Peasant Girl with a Scarf from ca. 1849, Norton Simon concluded his remarkable career as an art collector, and deeded his priceless collection to all who pass through the doors of his Museum.

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Hollyhock House

February 23, 2018, 11:00 AM

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From the website: “ABOUT HOLLYHOCK HOUSE

Hollyhock House is Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Los Angeles project. Built between 1919 and 1921, it represents his earliest efforts to develop a regionally appropriate style of architecture for Southern California. Wright himself referred to it as California Romanza, using a musical term meaning “freedom to make one’s own form.”

Taking advantage of Los Angeles’ dry, temperate climate, Hollyhock House is a remarkable combination of house and gardens. In addition to the central garden court, each major interior space adjoins an equivalent exterior space, connected either by glass doors, a porch, pergola or colonnade. A series of rooftop terraces further extend the living space and provide magnificent views of the Los Angeles basin and the Hollywood Hills.Selecting a thirty-­six acre site known as Olive Hill, Wright and Barnsdall worked together to develop a plan that included a home for Barnsdall and her young daughter, two secondary residences, a theater, a director’s house, a dormitory for actors, studios for artists, shops and a motion picture theater.

But because of financial and artistic differences, only the main home and two secondary residences were built. The secondary structures include Residence A (extant) and Residence B (demolished to make way for apartments in 1948).

Hollyhock House takes its name from Aline Barnsdall’s favorite flower. At her request, hollyhocks were incorporated into the decorative program of the house, and stylized representations of the flower are found on the roofline, walls, columns planters and furnishings.

In 1927, Aline Barnsdall gave Hollyhock House and eleven surrounding acres to the City of Los Angeles for use as a public art park in memory of her father, Theodore Barnsdall.”

Today, surrounded by a modern theater and art galleries, Hollyhock House comes closer to realizing its original purpose as the centerpiece of a functioning arts complex.

Project Restore oversaw a major restoration of Hollyhock House that was completed in February 2015, when the house reopened after several years, with significant contributions from the City of Los Angeles and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. The house’s original garage was outfitted as a brand new visitors center and museum store and archive.

Now the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is planning and fundraising to restore the Motor Court and Pet Pergola as the next major capital project for this historic structure.”

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Upcoming Events for 2017 and 2018

Gamble House and Pasadena Historical Society
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(Date Changed from 01/26/2018)
Frederick Brown
Norton Simon Museum
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Frederick Brown
Hollyhock House
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Gary Spake
Limestone Canyon Day Hike03/03/2018
Dennis Vinopal
Los Angeles County Arboretum
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Doug Cable
Whiting Ranch Day Hike
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Dennis Vinopal
Fullerton Arboretum
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Doug Cable
Aliso and Woods Canyon Regional Park Day Hike05/05/2018
Dennis Vinopal
Mount Baldy Day Hike
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Frederick Brown
Dogwood Car Camp06/02/2018 to 06/04/2018
Dennis Vinopal
Beginner Backpack
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06/10/2018 to 06/12/2018
Frederick Brown
Mount San Jacinto Day Hike
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Doug Cable
Intermediate Backpack
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07/09/2018 to 07/14/2108
Frederick Brown
Abalone and Sacred Coves Day Hike
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Frederick Brown
Advanced Backpack08/05/2018 to
Rob Talbert
Advanced / Intermediate Backpack08/26/2018 to
Doug Cable
Automotive Driving Museum09/16/2018
Gary Spake
San Bernardino Peak Day Hike
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Doug Cable
Great Outdoors Annual Conference10/12/2018 to
Santa Ana Zoo10/25/2018
Gary Spake

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