Monday, September 19, 2005

A Weekend of Contrasts

Early Saturday morning Larry and I drove out to Pomona to visit the L.A. County Fair. There's nothin' like a deep-fried Twinkie for a mid-morning pick-me-up! The food at the Fair is old-fashioned very-bad-for-you food. Yum. The only vegie items we saw were also battered and deep-fried. After trudging around for awhile we ended up having lunch at the Pink's Hot Dog Stand. It was the first time in ages that we didn't see a huge line in front of the stand. The Pink's in Hollywood is always jam-packed, 24/7.

I was
most interested in viewing the entries for the crochet and knit area. It was a disappointing display this year. They moved the exhibition space to a smaller location and the entries were limited. The crocheted items went from the ridiculous to OK. You decide for yourself after seeing a few of my photos. I'll bet if we organized a group of local Stitch 'n Bitchers, we could really clean up on Blue Ribbons at next year's Fair!
One of our favorite places to visit at the historic Fairgrounds is the Millard Sheets Art Gallery. Millard Sheets was a native California artist and teacher, known for his spectacular watercolors of the area and for his public art works. This year, the gallery highlighted Latin artists from Los Angeles. There were some very innovative and colorful paintings. My personal favorites were portraits of Frida Kahlo and Pancho Villa on tortillas. We also viewed some artisans at work...a potter, some spinners. The Table Setting competition is always enlightening. I just can't figure out how someone would actually eat at these tables....there's so much darn stuff on them. My fave was "A Picnic At The Beach"....yeah, right.
Later, we went over to the Atrium at the Home and Garden Center. The theme this year was TIKI. There were tons of great carved tikis, exotic flowers and birds. It was really beautiful. We got a few ideas for our backyard. All in all, our visit was fun. As soon as the sun started beating down on us, we left...around 2pm. Pomona during the heat of the day is not a happy place to be.
We drove home and rested up for the evening. There was an opening at Copro Nason Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Interesting show featuring Ron English, Mark Mothersbaugh and Daniel Johnston. Many of the galleries were open on Saturday night. We walked over to the Patricia Correia Gallery and saw some friends. It was a lively night.
I'm still recuperating from our busy weekend, however I just can't seem to get those County Fair images out of my head!
Oh, I almost forgot!!! What about those Emmy Awards! Always fun to watch those pre-shows of stars arriving in their finery. I think I have couch-potato-itis. Must go to gym and get rid of upholstery marks on thighs.



At 11:25 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deep Fried Twinkies- that must be in the "so bad it's good" category, right?

I have a soft spot in my heart for crocheted Barbie doll toilet seat covers. (Don't. Ask.) Never thought of entering one into a competition, though!

At 3:28 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

M-H...Why don't you bring one of your Barbie doll toilet seat covers into the Knit Cafe? Suzan just might think it's kitschy enough to put in the window!!! We could re-start a trend!


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