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Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Pink Flower

My plate is so full I needed a day of respite at the Japanese Garden in Portland.

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Today was their ‘Free Day’, so I picked up a friend and we headed into the city.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden.  Tree

Alas, so did everyone else.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Edgeworthia

We found a place to park but it was a good hike from the garden entrance.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Waterfall

Once inside the garden we decided to venture the opposite way as everyone else.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Koi

Not exactly what I pictured for a day of respite, but you know me … captivated by the surrounding beauty, everything but the garden and emergence of spring faded from my thoughts.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Tree 2

Until the troop of boy scouts going the wrong way in the one way zone, but even that made me laugh.  Three tall men leading a dozen or more little scouts across a narrow path with clearly marked arrows, maneuvered their way around the rest of us.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Waterfall 3

A quick trip, big crowds, but well worth it.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Pink Flowers 4

As my friend said with longing “The blossoms let me know that our spring is really just around the corner”.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Pink Flowers 3

I’m back in the studio this evening, working on a few things for a mini solo show at ‘The Nook’, inside Columbia Art Gallery.  My show will open the First Friday in March, I hope to see some of you there!

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As Promised….

May 27, 2010

…from my September ’09 “Progression-of-a-project” post, here is the finished project, finally installed this month in the Japanese Garden, located at the OSU Extension office in Hood River.  It’s a small portion of the Master Gardener’s Learning Garden which sits above the Experiment Station orchard.  My glass insert plays a supporting role in Tom Herrera’s sculpture and I’m honored to have it there.  A lovely setting, wouldn’t you say?

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