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March 17, 2014 / Linda Hartong

THE STORY OF “TALES FROM CARMEL”

I started writing “Tales From Carmel” in January  2011.  I wanted to know the history and stories of this place I have come to love. 

I wrote of  Carmel’s curious customs,

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its unique courtyards, 

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shops 

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and restaurants. 

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I wrote about its stunning cottage gardens,

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architecture

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and exquisite setting. 

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But what I loved the most was that I had an excuse to engage Carmelites in conversation. They were enormously generous with stories and tours of what they had created and held dear .

238 posts later, I find myself with little to add that is of significance. I am ready to take on a new challenge, one discovered by my experiences while writing this blog and while growing older. 

We are all aware, to some degree, that our lives are a story, parts of which we wish we could put in writing to live on after we die. As we experience the dying process of someone we love, we may hear stories that we have not heard before. We see sides of them we have not seen before. Their stories become a precious gift.

As Gail Lumet Buckley says “Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future.”

Hospice helped both my Mother and Father die in the way they wished. I have looked for something I can give back and finally found something. 

Crossroads Hospice in Kansas City 

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has started using volunteers to help patients create life journals to leave as legacies for family members . The Journals focus on heritage, special memories and  life treasures. They contain family photos, favorite recipes, memories , bits of advice and a place for the family to write their own memories. 

I have just started on this project, but you know how  I like to tell a story.

Thanks for reading and commenting on the blog. It has really been a joy.  

If you are new to the blog please take a look at the post of which I am most proud

Hugh Comstock’s Fairytale Cottages By The Sea

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https://talesfromcarmel.com/2011/04/06/hugh-comstocks-fairytale-cottages-by-the-sea/

Carmel’s First Courtyard- The Court of the Golden Bough

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https://talesfromcarmel.com/2011/06/12/carmels-first-courtyard-the-court-of-the-golden-bough/

What The Heck Is a Fairytale Cottage, Anyway?

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https://talesfromcarmel.com/2011/07/06/what-the-heck-is-a-fairytale-cottage-anyway/

I  Am Invited To Tour Biddlestone Cottage and Garden

https://talesfromcarmel.com/2011/09/09/i-am-invited-to-tour-biddlestone-cottage-and-garden/

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Maintaining The Essence Of Carmel

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https://talesfromcarmel.com/2012/06/30/maintaining-the-essence-of-carmel/

Carmel-By-the Sea’s Best-Kept Secret

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https://talesfromcarmel.com/2012/07/26/carmel-by-the-seas-best-kept-secret%e2%80%a8/

Carmel’s Golden Hour

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https://talesfromcarmel.com/2013/01/04/carmels-golden-hour/

“On Little Cat Feet”

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https://talesfromcarmel.com/2013/08/07/on-little-cat-feet/

HOW DOES CARMEL MEASURE ON THE “LIVABILITY 

SCALE”?

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https://talesfromcarmel.com/2014/01/14/how-does-carmel-measure-on-the-livability-scale/

I will not be posting every week as I have been but will post from time to time as I find things I want to share. Until then, be well, be happy.

March 12, 2014 / Linda Hartong

THE JORDAN CENTER – ANOTHER OF CARMEL’S HIDDEN COURTYARDS.

The Jordan Center is located on the corner of 6th ave and Mission near Devendorf Park.

It is currently home to Grasings Restaurant, Cayen Jewelry and Forget Me Nots.

I stand across the street and catch a photo of one of the entrances. Then pan down to Grasing’s Restaurant.

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Grasing’s Coastal Cuisine Restaurant

At Grasing’s, chefs Kurt Grasing 

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and Narsai David offer creative coastal cuisine paired with Central Coast wines. The Carmel restaurant won a 2003 Wine Spectator Award for Excellence.

This is always a busy place but I am here mid afternoon and it is quiet enough to take photos without interrupting diners. 

The bar is very welcoming and has a huge “Happy Hour” crowd but at this hour is empty. 

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The staff are decorating for Christmas.

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I like the way the dining spaces are divided. Three spaces but on different levels to create a feeling of intimacy .

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These photos from their website show how beautifully the food is presented.

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Bill and I celebrated New Year’s Eve here and it was delightful.

There is also an area for outside dining.

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Next up is Forget Me Nots and Forget Me Nots Too.

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I have blogged about this delightful shop before.

 https://talesfromcarmel.com/2011/11/17/forget-me-nots-a-unique-shop-in-carmel-by-the-sea/

Owner Shirley Jensen  provides design services, incorporating antique and new linens, rugs, paintings, furniture and other items from her ample collection. I tour once again snapping a few shots. Tres elegant. 

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On down the lane is the Cayen Collection   

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Designer jewelry salon. Showcasing the works of over 20 artists and one of the best gemstone collections in California.

Products Showcased: Diamonds, Gemstones, Designer Jewelry, Custom Jewelry Design & Re-Design. 

I peer in the window

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and then through the dutch door.

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They are just opening.

I visit their website where I see exquisite jewelry.

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This courtyard is just one block north of Ocean Ave. and well worth exploration

March 6, 2014 / Linda Hartong

THE FRIVOLOUS FROG

Bill and I have watched the owners of this home settle in and lavish it with attention and personal details. It is obviously loved. 

Paul Hollingsworth of Coldwell Banker Realty sends me a “heads up” that it is for sale. 

The listing sheet information is courtesy of Peter Butler at Carmel Reality Company.

So lets tour The Frivolous Frog.

Originally built in 1924 and remodeled in 2007, this Cape Cod sits on 2 lots at the NE corner of Carmelo and 13th. I have often admired the name tiles and wonder how it got its name. This guy looks like he knows how to have a good time.

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The flag is always flying its welcoming banner on the front porch. 

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The owners have created multiple spots to enjoy the temperate Carmel climate. A stone patio on the corner,

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an intimate spot for two by the front door.

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You would be able to find me in the rocking chairs on the front porch.

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The living room is large enough to allow for two sitting areas.

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One in front of the fireplace and

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One that opens to a stone patio

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with a beautiful water feature.

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There is a formal dining room

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and kitchen with emerald-green quartzite slab countertops

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and another fireplace.

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The master bedroom ,

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walk in closet,

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sitting room

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and bath

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with steam shower 

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are also on the first floor.

Upstairs 

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is the family media room

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From the deck outside one can enjoy ocean views while sitting by a cozy fireplace.

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The guest wing is private with two en-suite bathrooms 

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and its own kitchenette. 

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The lower level boasts a wine cellar.

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The asking price for this luxurious home is $6,950,000.

Click the link below for the site.

http://www.carmeloand13th.com/

February 28, 2014 / Linda Hartong

ROBERTSON’S ANTIQUES

It is a pleasure just to window-shop at Robertson’s, especially at night. Lighting is their specialty and night or day the shop glows from all 7 windows.

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It takes up most of the corner of Delores and 7th. 2,000 sq. ft. of treasures. They have been in business since 1972 under this striped awning. 

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The staff are friendly and laid back. They let me wander and photograph to my heart’s content.

Various levels help define the shop.

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I start at the front door  and admire this handsome desk.

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I weave between treasures

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and spot this Sextant from The National Physical Laboratory. 

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Then down an aisle. Cabinets of silver, china and jewelry sparkle on both sides. 

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I spot this Tiffany “Zodiac” Bronze Desk Set c.1910. Everything in the shop is meticulously identified and priced.

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There are nooks 

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and crannies deep in the back of the shop. 

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I begin to make my way back to the front.

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Nick Robertson loves lighting. These two gentlemen are a recent acquisition. Made of specter, a zinc alloy, and then painted bronze. The shades are leaded caramel flag glass. C.1920.

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Such unusual pieces as this Pierpont lamp with its reverse painted shade and candlestick base. C. 1926-1930. $2,750

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and this obverse painted glass shade with specter base C.1910. $2900

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This specter panel lamp C.1915 is my favorite.

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These outstanding Meissen Candelabra 39” tall have a fascinating story.

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They were in the Meissen collection of Gustav von Klemperer before the Nazis seized it from his descendants in 1936. 

Silver English tea kettles

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and  tea sets are polished to perfection. 

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I came into the shop looking for antique children’s books. But they have sold but other leather bound volumes wait for purchase.

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The shop also carries an impressive collection of walking sticks

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swords such as this British Naval Sword Nursing Corps C. 1915.

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I am “antiqued out” and thank the salespeople for letting me take photos.

Mr. Robertson also does Estate liquidation and gives free appraisals.

February 22, 2014 / Linda Hartong

CARMEL’S GOLDEN RECTANGLE

Perhaps you have read about Carmel’s Golden Rectangle and wondered “what the heck is that?”.

Courtney Jones of Carmel Realty informs us

“it is literally a rectangular area outlined by Ocean Avenue, Scenic Avenue along Carmel Beach, Santa Lucia and San Carlos Street.

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What you’ll find in this highly desirable area is typically a 1,600 sf, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on a 4,000 sf lot. 

40-60% of these properties are vacation homes.  The average price per square foot runs about $1,100 these days, down from about $1,500 in the hey day.”

We bought in this area many years ago so that we could walk to all that Carmel offers. Real Estate values tended to be more predictable here than in other areas and we needed that as second home owners.

Our bungalow is 900 sq ft with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.

Monte Verde 5 SW of 12th is a newer home in the Golden Rectangle. It was built in 2005.

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The landscaping and the stained glass window always catch my eye.

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Today a “For Sale” sign is up so I go to its website. It is listed by Mike Canning of Carmel Realty for $2,2500.00.

Courtesy of the web site, I slip in the gate and 

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admire the stone patio. 

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I love the open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, pecan floors and arched doorways.

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The patio is built around this tree because trees “trump”  floor plans in Carmel. I see many homes with this configuration.

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The fireplace is welcoming. Carmel’s temperate climate encourages the use of patios and decks every day.

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The kitchen has Viking appliances, granite counter tops, and a walk-in pantry.

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The master bedroom and bath are on the main level. 

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The master has a fireplace.

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Love that porthole window in the shower. That used to be a trademark sign of a Don McBride built home.

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and the sink configuration.

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There is one half- bath.

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Upstairs two bedrooms

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share a bath.

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Such a pretty home. It was a treat to tour courtesy of Carmel Realty.

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February 16, 2014 / Linda Hartong

“B BY THE SEA” AND HOW IT GOT IT’S NAME

The one square mile of Carmel-by-the-Sea does not have home addresses. Owners give their home a name. 

Sometimes it is its geographical location like the 5th house north of 13th  on the west side of Casanova St. 

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Sometimes descriptive

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and sometimes just delightfully  whimsical.

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I often admire “B BY THE SEA” and its guest house “Nothing Happened Here in 1936”. Although I do not give much thought to the names, I am intrigued by the gargoyle atop the chimney. 

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This is a handsome home and I would love to see the owner’s garden, so I march up to the front door 

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and tap the knocker.

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While I wait ,I photograph this wonderful jar. 

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No one answers so around the house I go 

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Into the formal boxwood garden this gardener has created.

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Such tasteful ornamentation.

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I read the sign on the side door, but it is not so… she is not in the garden.

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So off I go again admiring the vine espalier on the fence. 

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I am tickled to find that Jerry Gervase, columnist for the Pine Cone, has written about the house in one of his clever articles.

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He enlightens me on the gargoyle and the name.

The gargoyle caused a bit of a flap when it was added to the chimney. So much so, it had to go before the planning committee who voted to allow it.

The home was named by the Brieholz’s daughter . The “B” stands for their name. 

An enterprising fellow has mapped all Carmel’s named homes on a google map. I think you will enjoy looking it over. Below is the link.

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&t=h&vps=2&jsv=336c&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=213616720187771726786.0004a200f030f7318b959

I would be remiss if I neglected to tell you that you can enjoy more of Jerry’s articles in Carmel’s weekly paper, THE CARMEL PINE CONE. I receive my free weekly paper by e-mail. Click below to subscribe.

http://pineconearchive.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=422e88fa64bd38ff3aa40ae0a&id=5995a7fdcf

February 11, 2014 / Linda Hartong

THE CARL CHERRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS

When Carmel was just a small community of artists and Bohemians, formal performance venues were few,so artists created informal salons in their homes where they explored and shared new ideas, creations, and perspectives of life on the western American edge of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. 

The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts carries on this old Carmel tradition. This artistic hideaway provides an environment for contemporary theater, art exhibits, concerts, solo dramatic performances, and poetry readings.

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I am off to find the Center. I know it is at 4th and Guadalupe but even when I arrive I am in doubt that this is the place.

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I feel I have traveled back in time to Old Carmel.

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I park in front and get out of my car, only to find I have just missed a lecture on Joseph Campbell. My Psychology professors would be so disappointed in me.

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The front door is closed and locked so I make my way around the building.

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Once the building looked like this. A Victorian with a lot of gingerbread trim.

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Very similar to the Abbie Jane Hunter house across the street.

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It was known as the Augusta Robertson cottage when it was built in 1890, the original house was acquired by Carl Cherry’s mother in the 1920s. Today, rooms that were once living and lounging areas serve as exhibit space for local and national painters, sculptors, and photographers. 

Very little of the original house remains. Carl Cherry 

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bought it from his mother, Mrs C.E. Thatcher, in the 1930’s. When he moved into the house with his lover Lena Burton,

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wife of Dr. Albert Burton, former Dean of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lena was 24 years older than Carl and even in Bohemian Carmel the two raised eyebrows.

The two removed the second story and added a large work room and studio. It is said that “she climbed a ladder, drew a chalk mark around the upper story and told a carpenter to cut it off there.” John Woolfended -Herald Special Writer.

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Carl invented the blind rivet which revolutionized the aircraft industry. He died in 1949 at the age of 46.

Lena changed her name to Jeanne d’Orge and established the Cherry Center in Carl’s honor.

I see a path leading west of the Center and explore. This is the Houston Memorial Sculpture Garden.

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Once a tire, this has become an exotic plant. 

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I circle the garden and enjoy the “Balance Series”.

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The door is still locked so I come back another day to find it open.

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The docent watering the garden tells me an show by Jim Casteel and Peter Partch is just being installed and allows me to sneak a few photos.

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What a beautiful space.

The Center also has an intimate 50 seat theater.

For performers, the Cherry’s small theater space enhances storytelling and helps draw in the audience. Actors and directors also connect with the audience after performances, mingling in the Cherry Center gallery where discussion is welcomed and encouraged.

The Cherry also produces concerts, recitals, and multi-media performances, as well as a regular series of stimulating lectures, workshops, classes, and panel discussions, entertaining and informing theater audiences throughout the year.

Jeanne d’Orge was a fascinating and complicated artist. For further reading I suggest “Better Than Beauty- the Life and Work of Jeanne d’Orge by Jane Wilgress. 

http://www.amazon.com/Better-Than-Beauty-Jeanne-Paperback/dp/1877809187

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