Art Exhibits

West Greets East: A Week That Changed The World

written by Robyn Wyman-dill

How fast time travels as it heads into the final days of the month. Before we begin a new chapter, let’s reflect and be enriched by occasions worth remembering again. Among those bookmarked is the ‘Wedding of the Century’ on July 29, 1981. On that day, the lovely Lady Diana Spencer wed Prince Charles – bringing a fresh persona to the Royal Family. In turn, the Princess spoke to the hearts of the public around the world. Everyone seemed to agree for once. Diana was love. Four years after the Princess stepped into the public eye, she crossed the pond on her first official visit to America with her husband, Prince Charles. That’s when royal fever broke out in Washington DC.

The ‘Diana’ appeal was so highly infectious, everyone wanted an invitation to dinner. Meaning the White House dinner. The not-so-lucky ones? They traveled abroad. Henry Kissinger, Oscar de la Renta and Ahmet Ertegun, Co-Founder and President of Altanic Records, took their wives to China. In case you didn’t know it, Henry Kissinger is a really big deal in China. Really big.

What prompted me to go to China at exactly the same time was a photography book, Eve Arnold: In China, that I kept on my coffee table. An American photojournalist, Arnold’s images of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits (1961) and photograph of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy arranging flowers with Caroline(1961) had already cemented her reputation as a superb shooter. But, when she turned her lens on China, defining its beauty with pictures that spoke to your soul, I felt compelled to buy a camera(my first) and booked a tour to China. Read the rest of this entry »

I Turn to Page One and Read…

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

 

June slides into view, bringing a suitcase of troubles – like crazy tornadoes, 800 baby skeletons found in a septic tank and a rise in student shootings. I hit a nail with my head, requiring six stitches.  While the moon in June beams brightly. Just like it’s done so many times before.

Like a domino effect, the pain spreads.  From the top of my head on down. Headaches, tooth aches and a sore shoulder muscle don’t make good bedfellows. So my muses beeline it. Bound for Antonio Banderas.  Right in the middle of our great creative stretch. Days are getting longer.

I sleep a lot. Waking, more rested.

But, I am entirely void of curious thought. Suspended in a state of lackluster.  I crack open the cover of Carrie White’s autobiography, Upper Cut.                                                                                                                                    

 

It’s been sitting on my shelf for almost a year.   Read the rest of this entry »

In Celebration of Dogs

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

There is no greater gift than unconditional love. For it remains steadfast in its devotion to another.  Without boundaries or expectations.

As you might expect, this state of mind is as pure from conceit as fresh, fallen snow.  For unconditional love is infinite, measureless and completely genuine.  Like the everlasting affection,unfaltering loyalty and benevolent concern a dog has for its master. For the sole goal of a dog’s life – after survival – is increasing the welfare of another.  Without retribution.

In celebration of puppy love, we’d like to share some of the countless examples of dogs who love with all their heart – to please their masters.

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Art Attacks

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

Coming back from pleasurable Palm Springs into the high-wired pockets of Orange and Los Angeles countries has put me in a funk – as I struggle with my soulless surroundings.  Here territories of monotonous tract housing cast shadows of malaise – dulling the breathtaking beauty of the terrain. And native plants – like California Chalk Dudleya – are readily uprooted to make room for non-native English gardens and Cape Cod mansions. Turning landscapes – ripe with character – into manicured perfection.  Maintained by a monopoly of Mexican gardeners.

A marine layer of conservative thinking now hugs the shoreline.  Erasing signs of individualism with Botox injections.

My unsettled senses remain vulnerable to my discontent.  Especially with the people.  Here rudeness is the new polite. Embraced by a stronghold of self-centered, clipped to perfection residents.  And, I ponder…  am I one of them – rude, rushed, self-absorbed and superficial – or is my parachute a completely different color?  

To lighten my funk, I turn my focus away from this republic of rude people to seek the greener pastures of artistic expression here – starting with the Along the Coast Artists Studio Tour.

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On Point In Orange County

blog and photos by Robyn Wyman-Dill

While I am waiting for my friend’s recipe for chunky guacamole with cilantro, chopped red onions and lime juice(It is also made with green onions.)a plane with 239 passengers ‘went missing’ over the Indian Ocean. Bringing lots of tears and fears and uncertainty to everyone. To temper the terror of the unknown, I step into a darkened room full of strangers. My movie of choice is Gravity in 3D.

Suddenly, I am at one with the stars looking down on earth.  In awe of my new perspective. As I leave the theatre, I feel authentically high on the universe.

There is still no sign of the missing plane with 239 passengers on earth. There is also no email in my inbox with a recipe for guacamole.  There is an invitation to OC FASHION WEEK, however, and it looks inviting.

I’m just in time to catch the last three show events of the five days. So, beam me up Scotty, ‘cause I’m headed for Prowl, House of Style and Couture.   Read the rest of this entry »

That Which Sparkles Deep in the Heart

blog and photos by Robyn Wyman-Dill

Like diamonds deep within the Earth, Nelson Mandela sparkled deep within his heart.  Bringing a sense of beauty to a higher ground.  In many ways, these two inspiring phenomenons are very closely tied.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Fourth Thursday in November

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

As the clock ticks into the fourth Thursday in November,  Americans are gearing their appetites for Thanksgiving.  Roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and fall vegetables(the holiday’s traditional fixings) will be served. Followed by pumpkin or pecan pie.   Read the rest of this entry »

Where the Elephants Roam

Photo and blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

An emerald bluff overlooks a cornflower blue ocean.  With a sweeping view of the harbor below.   Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point is like a free and easy California beauty, frooging to summer fun.  There are ghosts of concerts past surfing the sound waves.  And the presence of happy occasions creating a sense of good expectations. Which makes it the optimum spot for concerts on Sunday afternoons, weddings and family barbecues. It is also the setting for the final viewing of those gentle giants who graced us with their poise in the Elephant Parade. That’s right, folks. The U.S. debut of the International Art Exhibition of colorfully decorated life-size baby elephants by acclaimed artists, celebrities and designers is about to culminate in an auction and banquet dinner at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa.  Select members of herd of 30+ will be up for sales before the modern day mastodons move on.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Difference A Plate Makes

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

We’ve all been there before.  Be it at a backyard barbecue or the event of the century. You’ve got a drink in one hand.  A plate of food in the other.  And you’re trying to figure out how to eat with both of your hands already occupied when suddenly your boss appears and introduces his wife. Awkward.

You search for somewhere to set your drink down but the nearest high top is across the room.  You vacillate between downing your drink or whipping out a few dusty waiter skills. Sensing a dilemma, she smiles and tries to make it better, shaking your pinky finger.  It’s humiliating.

A stay-home-mom with no business experience decided to fix that problem.  She was so determined to find the right solution, Homemaker Nancy Kerr set out to research the entire world. While balancing a remodel and a family. Read the rest of this entry »

It All Goes Well With Chocolate

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

It’s October – when the blooms of spring and summer turn into autumn colors. Our days are shorter now – and invigorating – with cooler blasts of crisp, fresh air.  Nighttime is the right time to get cozy under a warm blanket, duvet or wrapping of your choice. Park your ‘to do’ list in the garage, grab a bar of decadent chocolate and order a movie.  Big love on the widescreen??…I’m happy you’ve decided to join me. Read the rest of this entry »