Friday, November 24, 2017

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November 2017 - Boca Raton FL

Boca Raton  - November 2017

Last Week Recap
Day 4 - Pooler GA to Boca Raton FL
One Word Saturday

We drove from Pooler (Savannah) GA to Boca Raton in about seven hours.
Temperature was 28 C or 82 F when we checked in and went for groceries.

Some billboards along the way.

Our condo
This is an inner courtyard with the living room on one side, the kitchen on the opposite and the hallway. I think it is my favourite "room".

This is looking up through the courtyard, there is a balcony off a bedroom upstairs.

Barbecues are just outside our unit.

Dinner was very simple, spaghetti and meat sauce.


inSPIREd Sunday Wytheville VA
Shadow Shot Sunday

A lovely lazy day lounging by the pool reading.


Foto Tunes
Monday Mural Wytheville VA

Was warm again but with a lot of cloud activity.
John went golfing in Pompano Beach at Palm Aire played an 88. Country Club.

I enjoyed sitting in the sun with a book.

Tuesday Treasures
Weekly Travel Theme Boca Raton FL

There was quite a thunder storm overnight!
We just lazed around in the morning.

Then we headed out to downtown Boca Raton to look around and have lunch.

Mizner Park is a lifestyle center in downtown Boca Raton. The center is home to rated eateries Max's Grille, Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern, Yard House, Villagio's, and Uncle Julio's. The Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park is located on the north end of the development, which includes an amphitheater, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and Carré d'artistes, part of an international network featuring over 600 emerging artists. Cooper Carry designed Mizner as a classical Mediterranean revival town center.

We decided to visit the Museum of Art which was a delight.
Click here to visit the sculpture garden.
And here for more of the museum.

Geometry is the basis for nearly all of Rosenthal’s sculptures, with cubes or leaning discs as the dominate forms. Marty’s Cube is one of numerous variations of his signature monumental, balanced cube. Other versions installed in public places include: Alamo (1967) in New York City at Astor Place and Cube ’72 at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Unlike all other works on view at the Museum, you are encouraged to touch, and more precisely spin, this seemingly precariously perched, soaring 14-foot, 2,000-pound box. Tony Rosenthal (born 1914 in Highland Park, Illinois; died 2009 in Southampton, New York) 

A Chihuly! Click here to follow my passion for his works!

We decided to eat at Max's Grille.
 MEIN BOWL SPICY LO garlic / ginger, wok greens, broccoli & snap peas, korean bbq, chili paste, chopped peanuts scallions with an add on of chicken.

SEARED AHI TUNA asian vegetable slaw, yuzu ponzu, sesame seared, ginger & wasabi


Another day of golf and reading/relaxing with some laundry thrown in.
Other than golf and beach/pool there is not a lot to do in Boca Raton.

Thursday Doors

American Thanksgiving so everything is closed, we had thought to go out to lunch but most were closed as well.

John made scrambled eggs for breakfast, the best and then ham and tomato sandwiches for lunch.

The sky, in the morning as I lay reading/listening.

Thunder started rumbling around us as forecasted around 1PM.

And then...

But it cleared in time for John to barbecue steaks for dinner.


Weekend Reflections
Friday Finds

Another golfing and lounging day.
Packing also got done as we are heading to Daytona Beach tomorrow for the night.


I finally got a lot of reading in.

I finished Sound of Gravel and can only say what an amazing young woman she was to have coped with some much and still go on to become such a pillar for your younger siblings.

Good As Gone I finished in one sitting by the pool.  A good suspense but the writing was very disjointed, jumping here and there. It was hard to feel any connection to any of the characters.

What She Knew had me totally drawn in. A good read.

Also finished Her, I hate open-ended endings! And the motive???? Really?

I started listening to The Interestings.

The Third Wife there were so many truisms in this book that reminds me of so many people/families that I know.

The Girls certainly speaks about a teenager in the crazy times of the late 60s. You can easily identify with Evie's insecurities.
It basically took the real events of the Manson murders and renamed the characters.
I get the behaviour as a teen of Evie but the middle-aged Evie recounting the story and the sad listless life she lead after these events made me want to throttle her!

Odd that Manson died this week when I was reading this book.

The Residence:Inside the White House was an interesting read about the staff at the White House. But I felt like she repeated herself constantly and spent an inordinate amount of time reminding us that the staff is always discreet.

I started Commonwealth and love that it is a multi-generational story.


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Boca Raton Museum of Art

November 2017 - Boca Raton FL

We had gone to the Boca Raton Museum of Art on impulse when we were in town for lunch.

Count and Countess Adolph and Henrietta de Hoernle received their titles from Prince Alexis d'Anjou in 1981 for their years of charity work. Regardless of the authenticity of the title, their generosity and philanthropy is definite and real. More than 40 buildings in and around Boca Raton were associated with the De Hoernle's donations. Count Adolph de Hoernle was born in Pforzheim, Black Forest, Germany on May 10, 1903. Countess Henrietta de Hoernle was also born in the Karlsruhe, Black Forest, Germany as well. However, they met in the US after they had both immigrated in 1926 and were married in 1950. Count de Hoernle made his millions as owner of the Stewart Stamping Corporation in New York state. In 1965 he sold his company and retired. The Count and Countess have been very involved in supporting the arts and health care around Florida, especially around Boca Raton.
The sculptures of Count Adolph and Countess Henrietta de Hoernle are located at the proper right of the stage of the amphitheater, where the edge of the art museum and the amphitheater come together. The statues are bronze with a brown patina. The Count has his hair combed back and has a trimmed moustache. He is wearing a business suit with a bow tie and has a medallion around his neck which hangs below his bow tie. The Countess is wearing a full length outfit made of a floor-length skirt and matching jacket, both heavily embellished with brocade. She wears a tiara in her hair, has a sash draped across her proper right shoulder that settles on her proper left hip where a large medallion is attached. Around her neck, she too wears a long ribbon with a smaller form of the medallion her husband wears. She wears bejeweled ear rings and her proper left arm has a jeweled bracelet and a large ring on her finger. The Countess stands with her proper left arm against the Counts proper right side. Both have their arms relaxed by their sides. The face of the bronze base has embossed in bronze the title and names of the figures: Count Adolph and Countess Henrietta de Hoernle. Inscribed on the top edge of the granite plinth is their saying of "Give while you live and know where it goes."

I looked at more of her sculptures online and really like her work.

Vivian Wang - Padded Jacket

Mickalene Thomas (born 1971 in Camden, New Jersey), "As If you Read My Mind", 2005.

Vik Muniz has created editions of his enlargements of the vintage Matchbox cars that speak to childhood memories and popular culture. Produced by British toymaker Lesney Products beginning in the 1950s, these miniature cars and trucks came with their own matchbook size box and are now valued by collectors including Muniz himself. Instead of a brand new toy, his versions show the wear and tear of play, including missing paint and carefully reproduced distressed cardboard.

You can step outside in this link to the Boca Raton Museum of Art Sculpture Garden.

This was my absolute favourite piece.

In 2016 we visited the Don Quixote Museum in Guanajuato Mexico so I am now drawn to any displays of or about him.

The piece is by artist Izhar Patkin. It is a stunning, brightly colored anodized aluminum sculpture of Don Quixote saddled on his horse in a curious position whilst reading a book. Don Quixote is reading the second part of the book series that bears his name. 

Besides a book, he holds a mirror in his hand which is aimed at his face, seemingly as if to allow Quixote to see how he reacts to reading his own life story. He seems to be making a very grotesque or disgusted face. Perhaps he is worried about how he appears to people who have read about him and wants to know how he himself would react to his adventures in order to gauge how others react? Perhaps the piece is a comment upon the viewer of the piece themselves, telling them to observe how they appear to others and to themselves in comparison. 

The exhibit is called “Alex Katz: Small Paintings” because, other than the two huge works, the rest of the show consists of 37 petite canvases Katz, known as the father of American contemporary art, completed between 1990 and 2015.

Alex Katz, Yellow Flags, 2011

Charles McGill (1964–2017)

Sculptor and educator Charles McGill is best known for repurposing vintage golf bags by creating assemblages with their tempered plastic, steel, leather, vinyl, and hardware.
“I find the golf bag to be a very political object due to its historical associations with class . . . and racial injustice . . . It is both an object and subject that lends itself well to found object abstractions and assemblages that address these well-chronicled complexities,” McGill said.