It's the Museum of Art and History. It's not new to the area but they just built a new museum to house their art...
We picked the right day to visit...Sundays are free! We didn't know that when we went so it was a pleasant surprise. It's a very bright, open and airy building.
When you enter this is the display along the wall...
Do you know Dorothy Lamour...If you aren't as old as me you probably won't know who she is! That's her in the top right painting. Doesn't she just look like old Hollywood when it was glamorous!
The painting you see just before you enter the first gallery was very interesting for me. It has a lot of texture and just spoke to me...
Frozen by Dan McCaw is oil on canvas and very large.
The first gallery was showing The Contemporary Figure: Past Presence. It's a collection of paintings by Southern California artists and we loved it.
And this view is from the second floor walkway.
I'll show you a few of the paintings that we liked...
Sparkle Party At Black and White by Natalia Fabia
...this one really has details!
Here you can see how big it is. It just caught your eye and didn't let you go.
There were several of these pieces in one room each one showcased by lighting. I enjoyed seeing these and learning about her process.
There was quite a bit more but I won't bore you with any more pictures. The roof of the museum has a place to display large sculptures but there were only a couple up there yesterday. I think they probably use the rooftop terrace for parties as there were a couple of glassed in rooms up there. It would be pretty at night. At the middle of the day with temperatures nearing 100º it wasn't a place I wanted to spend much time!!
We thoroughly enjoyed the museum and will go back for future exhibits. Now I'm waiting to see if all of this has inspired my mojo to come back to me...nothing so far!