Wanderin' about town


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March 17th 2012
Published: October 1st 2017
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A warmish but windy day. We wandered into town for the usual morning coffee, then visited the Chapel San Miguel, that of the "miraculous" staircase. The wooden staircase was constructed by a stranger, in response to a prayer, who worked for several months then left without requesting payment. The original staircase had no railings, but the sisters were terrified climbing to the choir, so they hired a different (local) carpenter to add railings. It's a beautiful staircase.

We returned to condo for brekkies, then went to the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. I had been warned it was "small and disappointing" by a friend but had forgotten her warning until after I arrived at the same judgement. You got little of her sense of development as an artist, and I think most of her best paintings must hang in other museums. My favorite stuff were the photos of her taken by Ansel Adams. (As a side note, she appeared to age about 40 years between 1918 and 1924.)

Then we wandered through a few shops that had caught our eyes in the past: the mineral/fossil shop, the collection of doors, rugs, and table tops from Asia; the Russian art gallery. We spent about 20 minutes chatting with the gallery owner, particularly about the Siberian artist Anatoy Kostovsky (whose daughter Olga Kostovskaya teaches at the linguistic university in Irkutsk where Keegan studied).

Pizza for lunch, then a return to the condo for dessert.

After a brief rest, we walked up Canyon Road, pausing at only a few galleries. Returning, we watched the people enter the cathedral for evening mass. Had Thai food for dinner.





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