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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Lazy Xmas Morning

From Fine Cooking Magazine
What better than to wake up Christmas morning and sit down for breakfast!
Fine Cooking Magazine shares several recipes which can all be prepared the night before. So, get out of bed, sit down and start your day.

Thursday, December 5, 2013


Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Foundation:
5th December 2013
It is with the deepest regret that we have learned of the passing of our founder, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Madiba. The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa will shortly make further official announcements.
We want to express our sadness at this time. No words can adequately describe this enormous loss to our nation and to the world.
We give thanks for his life, his leadership, his devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes. We salute our friend, colleague and comrade and thank him for his sacrifices for our freedom. The three charitable organisations that he created dedicate ourselves to continue promoting his extraordinary legacy.
Hamba Kahle Madiba

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Georgia O'Keefe + Lake George

through January 26, 2013
If you have not seen this exhibition - and if you live in Santa Fe or will be visiting before January 26 - please do. It is a beautifully presented show!
Georgia O’Keeffe, Lake George, 1922.
Oil on canvas, 16 1/4 x 22 in.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California.
Gift of Charlotte Mack, 52.6714
From the museum website:
The Hyde Collection, in association with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, is organizing a first‑of‑its kind exhibition that will closely examine the extraordinary body of work created by O’Keeffe of and at Lake George. The exhibition will explore the full range of work by the artist from magnified botanical compositions of the flowers and vegetables that O’Keeffe grew in her garden, to a group of remarkable still lifes of the apples and pears that she picked on the property. O’Keeffe became fascinated with the variety of trees – cedars, maples, poplars, and birches – that grew in abundance at Lake George, and they were the subject of at least twenty‑five compositions. Telescopic views of a single leaf or pairs of overlapping leaves were another recurring motif during O’Keeffe’s Lake George years, resulting in some twenty‑nine canvases. Architectural subjects, including paintings of the weathered barns and buildings on the Stieglitz property that blend the descriptive and the abstract, emerged as a theme, as did a number of panoramic landscape paintings and bold, color‑filled abstractions that often visually related to the subjects she was working on at the time. All of these themes will be explored through a selection of approximately fifty‑five works from public and private collections.
Like many artists of her generation and earlier ones as well, O’Keeffe painted throughout the summer and fall and transported canvases back to her New York studio for completion and exhibition in the spring. During this highly productive decade, O’Keeffe created more than two hundred paintings on canvas and paper in addition to sketches and pastels, making the Lake George years among the most prolific and transformative of her seven‑decade career. This period also coincided with O’Keeffe’s first critical success and professionalization as an artist; yet, Lake George is often portrayed as an annoyance from which she tried to escape. As this exhibition will demonstrate, Lake George served as a rural retreat for the artist, providing the basic material for her art, while evoking the spirit of place that was essential to O’Keeffe’s modern approach to the natural world.
In 1923, Georgia O’Keeffe enthusiastically wrote to her friend Sherwood Anderson, “I wish you could see the place here – there is something so perfect about the mountains and the lake and the trees – Sometimes I want to tear it all to pieces – it seems so perfect – but it is really lovely – And when the household is in good running order – and I feel free to work it is very nice.”'
Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George was organized by the Hyde Collection in association with the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The national presentations of the exhibition and catalogue have been made possible in part with support from The Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support and related programming were made possible in part by a generous grant from The Burnett Foundation, and partially funded by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers’ Tax, and Century Bank. Additional support for the catalogue has been provided by Furthermore: a program of the J. M Kaplan Fund.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Zuni Cafe

Many years ago, I lived in San Francisco and from time to time dined at the Zuni Café. It was not easy getting into the Zuni. The food was, from the beginning, legendary. Among the menu items, was a Roast Chicken - a whole roasted chicken, which took time to prepare - but, was worth the wait.
When Judy Rogers passed away recently, she left us with an exceptional place to dine, a special cookbook (The Zuni Café Cookbook: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons from San Francisco's Beloved Restaurant) and all that goes with the art of fine food.

Learn more about Ms. Rogers:

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