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Inspiration from Nature

All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez  Lake Tahoe, August 2017  There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar: I love not Man the less, but Nature more. Lord Byron  

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Cultural Cocktail Hour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” Pablo Picasso Cultural Cocktail Hour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 2017 All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Cultural Cocktail Hour visit New York!

  All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez “If London is a watercolor New York is an oil painting”- Peter Shaeffer Central Park, New York,  July 2016

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In the news: Jackson Pollock painting found in garage?!

A man apparently found a painting allegedly done by Jackson Pollock in his garage. When the Arizona man called an auctioneer to appraise a signed Laker poster valued at $300, the auctioneer stumbled upon a painting possibly worth 15 million. The tale and provenance involve a New York Socialite, a Scottsdale garage, and a tenacious art appraiser. It seems as though the Laker fan may have found himself a real slam dunk. For the news story, please read CNN’s coverage here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/12/us/lost-jackson-pollock-painting-garage-trnd/index.html

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Review: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Taking a Trip Figuratively Speaking! By Leticia Marie Sanchez Despite the Seismic retrofitting currently taking place at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, this gem of a museum is well worth a visit due to the strength of its permanent collection and its innovative, thought-provoking exhibitions. The master works in the vividly curated permanent collection include masters like Maillol, Monet, Degas, Chagall, and Picasso. Auguste Rodin’s “The Walking Man” greets visitors as they enter the museum through the Ludington Court. Aristide Maillol; Bather Putting Up Her Hair; 1930; Sculpture; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Bequest of Wright Ludington  One not-to-be missed work is Christian Marclay’s Video Installation “Telephones.” This riveting 7-minute work reveals the hopes, fears, and drama behind the incessant ring of a telephone. Drawn from more than a 100 films, this work, produced in 1995, includes images of actors ranging from Humphrey Bogart and

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Jeff Koons- Balloon Dog- a Sculpture that’s Grrreat!

  At LA’s Broad Museum, Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog (Blue)  

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Today at the Getty Center

  “I always start a painting with the sky.”- Alfred Sisley   Clouds swirling above Aristide Maillol’s “Air” at the Getty Center.   All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez            

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Maven with Moxie: Galka Scheyer at the Norton Simon

 A Maven with Moxie Galka Scheyer  By Leticia Marie Sanchez Imagine a world with no Lorenzo Medici, Sylvia Beach, or Joseph Duveen. Sylvia Beach published the work of James Joyce, encouraged Ernest Hemingway, and helped to advance the works of American expatriate writers living in Paris between World War I and World War II. Lorenzo Medici’s Renaissance court advanced the works of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Botticceli, and other premier artists.  The sales of savvy art dealer Joseph Duveen now line many collections including, the Frick Collection, the National Gallery of Art, the Huntington and the Norton Simon. In this coterie of prominent patrons and dealers belongs Galka Scheyer, a formidable art dealer who stopped at nothing to promote the works of “Blue Four”—German Expressionist artists Lyonel Feininger, Alexei Jawlensky, Paul Klee and Vasily Kandinsky. Their vivid works are currently on view

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Outside of the Broad Museum…

All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez  “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”- Rainer Maria Rilke  

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Massenet and the crossed phone line: Dial M for Murder

by Leticia Marie Sanchez French opera composer Jules Massenet once experienced an untimely mix-up in phone lines at the precise moment he was dashing off the finishing lines to an opera.  Stuck on the last scene of his opera Thérèse he called up his collaborator from a hotel phone to brainstorm together. Unfortunately, the lines got crossed, and a terrified eavesdropper listened in on their conversation. Katherine Bakeless related the anecdote in her book, Story-Lives of Great Composers: “The last scene didn’t come out right. He called up his collaborator who had written the words, and said: ‘Cut Therese’s throat and it will all be all right.” The wires had crossed, and some total stranger heard him. The strange voice said,  ”Oh, if I only knew who you were, you scoundrel, I would denounce you to the police.” The collaborator

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