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Smoking Martinis

Crescent Jewell Smoking Martinis

Crescent Jewell Smoking Martinis

Though not part of the normal Riverside 365 blog, I thought I would share this photo with you.

Today I did a photo shoot at the Crescent Jewell Restaurant for an article in Inland Empire Magazine.

The subject: Smoking Margaritas!

Being a “fun” and colorful shot, I wanted to share!

Cheers!

Day105 365 Gallery is Here!!

Riverside 365 Gallery

Riverside 365 Gallery

It is finally a reality!!!!

After weeks of deciding, printing, stretching canvas, installing the electrical wiring and lights, building backlit suspended frames, the Riverside365 gallery will finally open to the public!

Yesterday we finished up the lighting and hung the two backlit images seen suspended in the windows.
Today was hanging the remainder of the canvas (well, except for the one that I forgot to print!!).

I am happy with how it has come out and will be rotating (and hopefully selling) some prints about every couple weeks.
So where is it at?

Riverside Medical Clinic
7117 Brockton Ave
Riverside, CA 92506

Located smack dab in the center of the main lobby!

Ideas or suggestions?  Please let me know!

(Thank you Marty, Linda, and D for all your help!)

Day99 Riverside Art Museum

Riverside Art Museum

Riverside Art Museum

The historic structure which houses the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) was built by the renowned architect Julia Morgan as Riverside’s original YWCA.

The Riverside YWCA was organized in 1906, but it was not until 1929, after years of developing membership, financial security, and considering three different sites that a location for Riverside’s first YWCA building was chosen. Selecting the corner of 7th (now Mission Inn Avenue) and Lime Streets, the directors of YWCA hired Morgan to draw formal plans for their new building. Pressure mounted from local business leaders, including Mission Inn owner Frank Miller. Miller’s preference was to hire an architect who would design in a similar style to that of the Mission Inn and Riverside’s Municipal Auditorium, both buildings in close proximity to the new YWCA site. However, the YWCA Directors held firm in their determination to have a place for women designed by a woman, and Morgan was ultimately hired. A ground-breaking ceremony was held on January 27, 1929. The building, based on Mediterranean and Classical architectural design elements, mingles beautifully, even now, with the Mission Revival and Spanish Revival styles of the Mission Inn and Municipal Auditorium.

The Riverside Art Museum

In the early 1950s, a loosely knit group of artists formed the Riverside Art Association to encourage the study and appreciation of the arts. Their first home, the Riverside Art Center, was a recently abandoned Municipal Dog Pound which City of Riverside officials leased to the Art Association for $1 a year.

By 1960, the growing Association clearly needed more space for its studio classes and numerous exhibitions. When Morgan’s YWCA building became available for sale, the Riverside Art Center purchased the building for $250,000. A successful fund drive followed and on July 5, 1967, YWCA officials formally turned over Morgan’s building to the Riverside Art Center. The transition from a YWCA building to the existing art museum was soon underway.

In 1982, Morgan’s building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a Historic Landmark by the City of Riverside.

The Riverside YWCA was organized in 1906, but it was not until 1929, after years of developing membership, financial security, and considering three different sites that a location for Riverside’s first YWCA building was chosen. Selecting the corner of 7th (now Mission Inn Avenue) and Lime Streets, the directors of YWCA hired Morgan to draw formal plans for their new building. Pressure mounted from local business leaders, including Mission Inn owner Frank Miller. Miller’s preference was to hire an architect who would design in a similar style to that of the Mission Inn and Riverside’s Municipal Auditorium, both buildings in close proximity to the new YWCA site. However, the YWCA Directors held firm in their determination to have a place for women designed by a woman, and Morgan was ultimately hired. A ground-breaking ceremony was held on January 27, 1929. The building, based on Mediterranean and Classical architectural design elements, mingles beautifully, even now, with the Mission Revival and Spanish Revival styles of the Mission Inn and Municipal Auditorium.

Day97 Human Art

Deviant Art

Deviant Art

Today Shutter Stories, a relatively new photo studio rental facility in Riverside, hosted the photography event of the year: “The Deviant Art Shootout”.

From tattoos to piercings, gymnasts to acrobats, there was more than enough photo opportunities for any photographer, new or seasoned. the event also featured free “breakout sessions” (or short classes) covering everything from posing techniques to use of lighting and advanced camera settings.

Seven diverse indoor sets as well as ongoing outdoor activities/vendors made up the venue. Sponsors from Canon, Samy’s Camera, and others were also on hand to help answer any questions and show all the latest “gear”.

This is sure to be one of the “must attend” photo events in southern California.

Day94 Life Arts Building

Life Arts Building

Life Arts Building

Here is a “new & improved” view of the Life Arts Building, taken with the new wide angle lens.

The day before Arts Walk, and the studios are already busy preparing for the next day’s events.

Though I was originally supposed to show at this event, my daughter’s International Baccalaureate Ceremony is the same day as the event.  Who can miss their own child’s graduation ceremonies?

Day93 My Porch

Glow

Glow

Okay, so maybe this isn’t really by front porch, but I do spend a lot of time here.

Today though, it wasn’t for business.
I just received a new wide angle lens, primarily to capture this shot.

Though this one is only a “test” picture, I am quite happy with how it came out!

The “real” image that I have is taken later in the evening when all the lights are on……..and taken with a tripod so that I can get better detail and color.

None the less, this is YOUR image for the day!

Mission Inn Rotunda
Riverside, CA

Day90 Gallery

Riverside365 Gallery

Riverside365 Gallery

It is official!

Today I “tagged” the windows for the new gallery.
I will start putting in pictures (or hanging installations as the art folks like to say) this next week.

Sorry for the redundancy, but when I hang the window pictures that I am having done, I will post more pictures. The presentation is going to be quite breathtaking!

Day88 UCR Art Center

UCR Art Center

UCR Art Center

Happy Birthday to Me!

In recognition of my birthday today, the city has given me this building. Okay, not really, bit it is my birthday!This is the site of the new Art Center for the University of California, Riverside.

I believe this building was the first department store to be located in Riverside. None the less, the inside of this place is beautiful! I can’t wait till it opens.

Day81 In the Good Ole Days

Good Ole Days

Good Ole Days

This was taken while I was supposed to be shooting view shots for a client of mine.
They own several properties with the most amazing views in the area.
Of course I was diverted by the old beat up looking area.

How could they blame me?
It has so much character.

And even though they did not pick this particular picture as a representative image of their property, I still think it has a lot of character.

Day79 Riverside Art Museum

Riverside Art Museum

Riverside Art Museum

In 1929, the Riverside Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) selected the corner of 7th (now Mission Inn Avenue) and Lime Streets as the site for its new building. The association’s directors hired architect Julia Morgan to design the building over the objections of Frank Miller of the Mission Inn, who wanted an architect who would design the building in the Mission Revival Style architecture.

In 1960, the Riverside Art Center began fundraising to purchase the YWCA building, which had recently come onto the market. On July 5, 1967, the YWCA officially sold the building to the Riverside Arts Center for $250,000.

In 1982, the building was designated a Registered Historic Place and a city historic landmark.

In 1992, a three-phase renovation of the building was undertaken with the financial assistance of the City of Riverside.