Thursday, October 24, 2013

Phoenix Reunion

My sister, Letty, and I spent the weekend in Phoenix (10-18/20-13) for a college sorority reunion and to catch up; It had been almost a year since our last visit.  Letty drove to Phoenix from Flagstaff and picked me up at the airport Friday morning.  

As soon as I got off the plane, Letty said, "You have to see this exhibit!":  "The Friends of Mexican Art (FOMA) exhibition is featured in three locations in Terminal 4: The art in this exhibition comes from the private collections of FOMA members, as well as artworks that FOMA gifted to the Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona State University Art Museum and The Heard Museum. 

This was the beginning of a wonderful weekend!

Leticia Tarrago

We checked into our hotel, The Point at Squaw Peak, freshened up, and then decided to spend the afternoon at the Phoenix Museum of Art:  We enjoyed a delicious lunch on the outside patio of the museum's Palette Restaurant.

Louise Nevelson 

Hans Hoffman
Willem de Kooning

One of the most moving installations I've seen:
article on the artist:
October 7th 2010)
"Seer Bonnets: A Continuing Offense, incorporated 12 handmade fabric bonnets — each of which represented one of her great-great-grandfather's wives — encrusted with thousands of old-time pearl-headed corsage pins and embellished with mysterious monochromatic patterns. Each bonnet was mounted on a custom-made, unfinished white oak pedestal that references the carts of the artist's Mormon pioneer ancestors."
After a long day at the Phoenix Museum of Art, we went back to the hotel and put our swim suits on - the jacuzzi felt so good! Neither of us was very hungry so we went to Sprouts for a few snacks to take back to the room. We talked until we couldn't keep our eyes open any longer.

Saturday morning we woke at 5:30 AM, ready for a hike around Squaw Peak.
After breakfast, we decided to go ro the Heard Museum.  They were having a Georgia O'Keefe exhibit - Landscapes and Kachinas. 

"Paul's Kachina," 8" x 8,"oil on board

Letty looking at the Glass Fence at the heard Museum. "Located at the entrance of HOME: Native People in the Southwest, this stunning glass and clay sculptural installation inspired by an ocotillo fence combines tradition and the contemporary to represent borders and the idea of living in two worlds. Art poles like those in the exhibit have been a top seller in the Berlin Gallery of the Heard Museum Shop, where artists Tony Jojola (Isleta) and Rosemary Lonewolf (Santa Clara) are represented."

"Remembering Our Indian School Days:The Boarding School Experience" - a powerful exhibit that chronicles a sad and shameful chapter of American history:
 "No exhibit at the Heard has received such emotional comment as America’s untold story, Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School ExperienceMost people are shocked that the U.S. government forcibly removed Indian children from their homes and transferred them to cold, militaristic boarding schools, often for years at a time. Experiencing this exhibit reveals moving stories."

Fritz Scholder

Letty's friends recommended Aunt Chiladas Mexican food restaurant which was right across the street from our hotel.

Sunday morning - another early morning walk around Squaw Peak, a Starbucks coffee, more sister talk, and then time to pack and get ready for our Gamma Phi reunion.  The reunion was organized by Andrea Wisniewski with the help of other Gamma Phi's who live in the area. It was so wonderful seeing friends from 48 years ago.  We hugged, laughed, reminisced - for a short time, it was almost like turning the clock back to those precious college days.

 (Lto R)Ann Burnett, Judy Ray, Petey Lloyd, Karen Howard, Pat Nagle, and Judy Dehart (maiden names)
Barbie Dirst, Andrea W., and sister, Letty

Luella Johnson, Pat Nagle in front, and Jane Ford & Kathy Fahrendorf, in back.