I'm crazy for basketry, it's a practical artistic tradition I love; all the more so with the jaunty tassels and tufts shown above! Considering African arts, I can't help but think of the incredible inspiration the sculptural arts, in particular were, for many European artists early in the 20th century. Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, on and on, found awesome expression and freshness in the arts of non-western cultures. They filled their studios with art from around the world. Shown here, at the Pompidou Center, is a display of objet from Andre Breton's studio, which included oceanic art. Outside the Pompidou, is Atelier Brancusi, given to the State of France with the condition the studio be re-created as found the day the artist died. Look at his magnificent work and you'll see the influence of African art as well
The rose garden at the Santa Barbara Mission, pictured above, is a beautiful, beloved place for picnics, weddings and walks. Another glorious rose garden of sorts, is that at La Sumida Nursery on Patterson. La Sumida is a Santa Barbara tradition, and I've known the business my entire life yet somehow I wasn't aware of their spectacular rose assortment. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of roses there; bushes, arbors, standards, espalier. Reds, pinks, whites, yellows, oranges, etc.etc. Two tones, full bodied, flat, fragrant and not. It is a such a visual treat and the best part is you can take these roses home with you! We are blessed with the Santa Barbara Rose Society and of course the gardens at Rose Story Farm as well!