Friday, April 29, 2011

Serene

Taken in March in the Sculpture Park at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Lion

Another fine piece from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Walk and Wag

I was at the Walk and Wag event at Happy Rock Park last weekend.  This event benefits the Gladstone Animal Shelter.  Here you see anxious dogs ready to start the walk.  Notice the trees in the background still have redbuds in bloom.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Benefit from Trees


While walking at Happy Rock Park this weekend, I found many several trees with signs attached to them.  It was interesting to see a number attached to the benefit we see from this tree.  Each tree had a different number.  This benefit can be seen in stormwater reduction, improved air quality, higher real estate values (and property tax receipts), carbon storage, and energy savings.  Visit www.heartlandtreealliance.org for more information.  


Yes it did rain a bit during my walk, thank goodness for hoodies.

Monday, April 25, 2011

TLC

With an older building there is always a need of repair.  In my own home, it seemed the list keeps growing, I can't imagine trying to keep up with a building over 100 years old, let alone the buildings elsewhere in the world that date centuries.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter

In honor of Easter, I bring you another photo from Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis that I showed in several February post.  For those who celebrate today, have a wonderful Easter.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lofts

Much of the River Market area has been turned into lofts.

Friday, April 22, 2011

River Market

I was in River Market last weekend on Delaware St and found some of the old buildings like this one nicely maintained while others were in need of some TLC (which I will show in coming days).  River Market is one of the oldest and most historic areas of Kansas City.  The name River Market came from its dock on the Missouri River and the open air market (City Market).  This has been a vibrant area since the early 1800's.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dogwood is in Bloom




Spring in Kansas City is beautiful.  The flowers are all in bloom, redbuds, dogwoods, lilacs, snowballs, crabapple, tulips and many others.  Here is my favorite the dogwood.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kauffman Center of Performing Arts Update III


This is my last photo of the Kauffman Center for a while, but I will bring you more : )  The Kauffman Center website provides information about the building and Community Day on September 18, 2011  when the center will host an open house to the public, including short performances and opportunities to see backstage area.  Jazz recording artist Diana Krall will be performing the opening weekend on Sept 17th.  Legends Placido Domingo and Itzhak Perlman as well as the Kansas City Symphony will also be performing opening weekend.  

I already have my calendar saved for these events.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kauffman Center of Performing Arts Update


KC Photog took this absolutely fabulous photo of the Kauffman Center and Downtown Art.  Last week I was working later than my usual hours and wanted to find where KC Photog found that polka dot vase.   Usually I have taken photos of the front of the Kauffman Center but since I was on different sides of this amazing building I had to capture more.  This building is huge, and the amount of workers employeed in the building is a bonus.  The Kauffman Center is set to open in September.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pioneer Mother Memorial



The Pioneer Mother Memorial, created in 1927 is place in Penn Valley Park near where the Santa Fe Trail passed in honor of the many pioneer women who traveled through the area. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Old Pershing Road Post Office

Just down hill from the Liberty Memorial and across the street from Union Station sits the old main Post Office.  The building was built for 4 million dollars and was occupied in September 1933.  Today the postal facilities have moved to a much smaller space within Union Station.  The IRS built a huge modern building just on the other side of this building and also now occupies this historic building.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Warm weather reflection

I showed this fountain as my February Theme Day here, taken from a different angle.  It looks quite different in warmer weather with students on a field trip.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Penn Valley Park and Liberty Memorial

I took this photo while walking on one of the many trails in Penn Valley Park.  Yesterday's photo showed flower buds on the tree up closer to the memorial, but most trees in the park were bare.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Blooms on the way

I took this last week and need to get back this week to get a photo in bloom.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ceiling

There is art everywhere including the ceilings at the Nelson

Monday, April 11, 2011

Columns and Art


Across the street from the Kemper Museum is the Kansas City Art Institute.  It seems there is nothing untouched by art.  I love to visit this area.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Another shot of the Crying Giant

I showed this sculpture by Tom Otterness back in January.  Here it is from a different angle.  This is still one of my favorites.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Architect's Handkerchief

By Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen now sits on the site where Miss Mao Trying to Balancing on top of Lenin's Head  This is a permanent piece of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.  This piece is 12 feet high and weighs 1,200+ pounds.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Weekend Reflection

After visiting the Art District a couple of weeks ago, I captured this photo while sitting at a stop light.  Guess I better use before those trees become green.  I liked the clouds in the glass.  I drove by the tree in yesterdays photo today and all the blooms were on the ground.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring is in the Air

This magnolia was in glorious bloom Saturday.  Today I saw the first redbud blooms.  Hopefully it will not get hot too fast so all the trees stay in bloom for a month.  Spring in Kansas City is beautiful!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Rozzelle Court

This is always a fun place to enjoy a meal at the Nelson. There is live music on Friday evenings in the courtyard.  This photo was taken at an early lunch time last Saturday, there was a line already forming where I was standing.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Armor

I love to look at the details on suits of armor.  These pieces are from Italy around 1575.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Water Lilies


Monet's Water Lilies exhibit opens to the public next weekend, April 9th.  A special event was this weekends preview of the Water Lilies.  The three panels from the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Saint Louis Art Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art are brought together for the event.   They were absolutely beautiful, huge, and calming.  In addition there was film and history of Claude Monet.  I hope to visit the great art museums of Europe someday.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Contemporary Art

I was at the Nelson today to see the Original Rules of Basketball.  Even though I had tickets (free but timed) the exhibit was closed due to a member event the night before.  So the museum personnel allowed us into Monet's Water Lilies exhibit.  No photo's were allowed in the water lilies.  But walking back thru the Block Gallery of Contemporary Art, I was able to take photo's.  I liked this one so much I forgot to find out the name and who created.  But there it is on the plaque next to the artwork.....