The Vault Gallery in Cambria, California

The Vault Gallery in Cambria, California

Down on Main Street in Cambria, on the ground floor of the historic Bank of Cambria building is The Vault Gallery. It’s a really cool art gallery with lots of cool art!

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The Vault Gallery in Cambria, California

We wandered into the space, housed in the restored and historic brick building built in 1928, on an overcast Sunday afternoon while walking around downtown Cambria.

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The Vault Gallery in the Historic Bank of Cambria Building – Cambria, California

Vault Gallery sign

The Vault Gallery on Main Street in Cambria, California (not my pic)

The Vault Gallery is a large “U-Shaped” space partioned into smaller spaces by walls and art pieces on display. There are paintings and sculptures and other types of fine art exhibited and available for purchase.

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Laylon, the Owner of The Vault Gallery in Cambria, California

Enter through the front door and then left into the gallery. The paintings on the walls of the reception area, a front office work desk, a smaller room filled with art, and a shelf of handcrafted items (jewelry, small ceramic pieces, etc.) from local artists greet you along with the the owner, Laylon.

Walk farther into the gallery and you will see more beautiful paintings on the walls, fantastic glass art sculptures, the larger ceramic pottery pieces and other special works of art created by a community of artists that has called the Central Coast of California home since before the 1950’s.

CLICK ON ANY SMALL PIC TO SEE A LARGER PIC AND VIEW THE GALLERY!

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CLICK ON ANY SMALL PIC TO SEE A LARGER PIC AND VIEW THE GALLERY!

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CLICK ON ANY SMALL PIC TO SEE A LARGER PIC AND VIEW THE GALLERY!

Some of Michael Courville’s other work! Click on Pic to See Larger Pic!
Pics from The Vault Gallery’s fb page, these pieces have been sold:

NOTE: We took some good pictures of some of the art pieces. It was impossible to photograph everything and we were enjoying the work as well as “documenting” it. Pictures of art don’t do the art justice. We always recommend you experience the artwork first-hand in person to fully experience the artist’s creation and intent!

From The Vault Gallery’s facebook Page:

The Vault Gallery was Estab. in 1991. Celebrating 25 years representing 45 established artists in Plein Aire-Contemporary-Sculpture -Assembledge.

Gallerist Laylon’s career in the art business has transcended over 30 years. In 1991, after moving to Cambria from Carmel, CA, she saw a “For Rent” sign on the old Bank of Cambria building and established The Vault Gallery. After almost 22 years, the gallery has thrived with outstanding painters, photographers, and sculptors that reside on the Central Coast. The works of the over 30 artists represented reside in the two side by side locations and an outdoor sculpture garden completes the harmony.

The represented artists are some of the most recognized Plein Air painters in the country. They are members of Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club.
Photographer Arthur Tress, a resident of Cambria, just finished a three month retrospective at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. Artist Tracey Sylvester-Harris was selected as the feature artist in an upcoming film starring Ed Harris and Annette Bening. The luster glass creations of Carl Radke, a gallery exhibitor for 18 years, has found homes for his lamps in restaurants, homes, hotels, wineries, and corporate offices.

We hope you enjoy visiting our gallery and invite you to explore our newly launched website. 

The Vault Gallery – 2289 Main St., Cambria, California 93428
805-927-0300 http://www.vaultgallery.com http://www.facebook.com/thevaultgallery
Mon-Sat 10:30am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm

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Three Great Adventures in Los Angeles near UCLA!

Three great adventures in Los Angeles near UCLA!

“Can you recommend a 5-hour round trip from LA to see the most sites? My husband and I will be visiting our son and his wife at UCLA in October from Alabama. While they are busy during the day, we would like to venture either north or south, preferably on the PCH to see some of California. In addition, we would love to find an interesting boutique or historic hotel to stay in near the UCLA campus.” ~ Nancy M. from Birmingham, Alabama

UCLA is in Westwood. Stay at the W Hotel Los Angeles in Westwood!

Five hours (round trip) is not a lot of time and Los Angeles is a very big place. Here are three great adventures near UCLA:

1. Santa Monica and Venice Beach

Santa Monica Pier Sign at Ocean Blvd

Santa Monica Pier Sign at Ocean Blvd

I recommend you head to Santa Monica (you can take a drive down Wilshire to San Vicente through Brentwood and do some shopping on Montana Avenue). Walk the Third Street Promenade, Palisades Park, and the Santa Monica Pier. Do some shopping at Santa Monica Place and have lunch at one of the many restaurants down by Santa Monica State Beach or head south on Pacific Coast Hwy to Venice Beach. Have lunch at one of the many restaurants there and visit the Venice Beach Boardwalk, Main Street and Abbot Kinney Blvd. If you have time drive into Marina Del Rey and have a drink at the The Ritz-Carlton.

A Nice Day in Marina del Rey (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A Nice Day in Marina del Rey (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Take the 10 freeway or the Marina freeway back to the 405 freeway north, exit Wilshire Blvd east and you’ll be back in Westwood.

*One more quick note: You can also visit the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades-Malibu as a great side trip from Santa Monica. The Getty Villa houses a fantastic collection of ancient Greco-Roman art and sculpture! It’s FREE but you need to make reservations. http://www.getty.edu/visit/villa/ ___________________________________________________________________

2. Century City and Beverly Hills

Century Towers - Century City, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Century Towers – Century City, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Park at the Westfield Century City Mall in Century City, CA. There’s lots of shopping (including Bloomingdale’s), restaurants and the AMC Century City 15 movie theater. Take a walk into Century City (follow the people in suits going back to work) and visit the CAA building (aka “The Deathstar”), the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza (also a great place to stay), and the Century Towers and Plaza.

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel - Century City, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel – Century City, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

There’s more shopping and even better restaurants there (Craft is Tom Colicchio’s steak place). Be sure to visit the shops underground at the Twin Towers! Century City also has the The Annenberg Space for Photography (FREE!) and a few other art galleries. There are fantastic buildings and lots of hidden things to see if you just walk around during the day. Here’s a link to a list of museums and other info for the area (Westwood-Century City): http://centurycity.patch.com/directory/art-galleries

Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Rodeo Drive from the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

You can also drive to Beverly Hills and visit Rodeo Drive, there’s mega-shopping and wide variety of some of LA’s finest restaurants: Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen, Mastro’s Steakhouse, Spago Beverly Hills, Il Pastaio, Il Cielo, Fogo de Chao, Matsuhisa, Lawry’s the Prime Rib, The Farm of Beverly Hills, and many others! in addition to the The W Hotel Los Angeles – Westwood, the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills is a great boutique hotel and they have a wonderful restaurant, where you can dine indoors or outdoors in a poolside cabana at Oliverio at Avalon Beverly Hills restaurant.

Party at the InterContinental Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bathtub/Walk-in Shower & view at the InterContinental Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

and The InterContinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel, the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the Montage Beverly Hills, L’Ermitage Beverly Hills Hotel, Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive, Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, London West Hollywood Hotel, Mondrian Hotel- Hollywood and Chateau Marmont are a few of the finest luxury hotels in the city.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Each hotel has at least one amazing restaurant and/or bar: 24/7 Diner and the Cactus Lounge/Pool at the Standard, Scarpetta and the Scarpetta Bar (and the hidden whiskey lounge Ten Pound by The Macallan), On Sunset @ Luxe Hotel (amazing Sunday Brunch!), LIVELLO, Culina, Modern Italian @CulinaLA, Tres by José Andrés, Saam at The Bazaar by José Andrés, On Rodeo Bistro Lounge, The Rooftop Grill, the Parq Bar, and Cut (Wolfgang Puck’s steak house) to name just a few.

LUXE on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

On Sunset Restaurant Patio at the LUXE on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

You must try Stan’s Donuts and Diddy Riese ice cream in Westwood Village And for a quick and tasty Chinese lunch or takeout try Jin Jiang at Santa Monica and Sepulveda. ___________________________________________________________________

3. The Getty Center

405 Freeway and the Getty Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

405 Freeway and the Getty Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

One more great 5 hour trip from UCLA is a trip to the The Getty Center and it’s FREE! http://www.getty.edu/visit/center/plan/

Getty Center Central Garden (view from museum)

Getty Center Central Garden (view from museum)

From the Getty Center website: “The collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center includes pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; 19th- and 20th-century American, European, and Asian photographs; contemporary and modern sculpture; and Robert Irwin’s Central Garden, designed specifically for the Getty Center….Contemporary and modern sculpture is featured throughout the grounds, including 28 modern and contemporary outdoor sculptures installed at the Getty Center, donated by Fran and Ray Stark.” In addition to the absolutely incredible Permanent Collection, they also have changing exhibitions. Here is the exhibition schedule: http://www.getty.edu/visit/exhibitions/

You won’t be able to see everything in five hours!*

So, take your time and explore two of the four art pavilions, walk the gardens and enjoy the amazing view from above.

Panoramic View of West L.A. from the Getty Center

Panoramic View of West L.A. from the Getty Center

There is food available (but it’s not inexpensive), so you might want to bring a picnic lunch from one of the hotel restaurant I mentioned in my previous post, or from Whole Foods Market in Westwood, or if it’s Thursday the Westwood Village Farmer’s Market. There’s also the lovely Bel-Air Bar & Grill on Sepulveda or On Sunset @ Luxe Hotel for fine dining, either before or after. The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel is a beautiful property, and I recommend an upstairs room by the pool with a balcony if available.

LUXE on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

“Josh, these suggestions are fantastic—-can’t wait to show them to our kids before they move—-they will love them! I especially appreciate your recommending the Avalon Hotel. We love boutique hotels and this one is very reasonable! We may have to extend the trip and leave the kids behind! Thanks so much!” ~ Nancy M. from Birmingham, Alabama

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Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills

Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday at the Los Angeles Music Center

Los Angeles Music Center – Downtown Los Angeles – Sunday Afternoon

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – 3,197 seats:  Opened on December 6, 1964, with then twenty-eight-year-old Zubin Mehta conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

On Sunday, May 4, 1969, “Peace on Earth” by Jacques Lipchitz was dedicated in the plaza. His sculpture portrays a dove descending to earth with the spirit of peace, symbolized by the Madonna standing inside a tear shaped canopy, supported by a base of reclining lambs within the fountain. The architects of The Music Center, Welton Becket and Associates, opposed placing sculpture in the plaza between the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Mark Taper Forum. However after a two-year search, the Art Committee of The Music Center commissioned Lipchitz. Today, no work of public art in Los Angeles is more photographed.

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Mark Taper Forum Theatre – 739 seats:  Opened in 1967, and renovated in 2007, the perfectly circular Taper features a distinctive design of a decorated drum with its exterior wrapped in a beautiful precast relief by Jacques Overhoff.

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Downtown Los Angeles at night with City Hall in the background:

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ahmanson Theater – 1,600 to 2,007 seats based on configuration: Opened April 12, 1967 and renovated in 1994.

Walt Disney Concert Hall – 2,265 seats (photo from another day): Opened October 24, 2003, designed by Frank Gehry, Lillian Disney made an initial gift of $50 million in 1987 to build a performance venue as a gift to the people of Los Angeles and a tribute to Walt Disney’s devotion to the arts and to the city.

Disney Hall (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Walt Disney Concert Hall (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The L.A. Music Center (officially named the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County) is located in downtown Los Angeles. The Music Center is home to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Ahmanson Theater, the Mark Taper Forum Theatre, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Each year, The Music Center welcomes more than 1.3 million people to performances by its four internationally renowned resident companies: the L.A. Philharmonic, the L.A. Opera, the L.A. Master Chorale and the Center Theatre Group (CTG) as well as other performances, community events, arts festivals, outdoor concerts, participatory arts activities, workshops, and educational programs.

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Pic of the Day 13-MAY-13: Central Park, New York City, NY

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Central Park, New York City, NY

“This sculpture is for children and meant to be climbed on!”

Alice in Wonderland - Central Park, New York City, NY (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Alice in Wonderland – Central Park, New York City, NY (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Alice and her cast of storybook friends found their way to Central Park in 1959, when philanthropist George Delacorte commissioned this bronze statue as a gift to the children of New York City. Inspired by the zany characters of the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland, the sculpture was also meant as a tribute to his late wife, Margarita, who read Alice to their children. Engraved around the statue are lines from his nonsensical poem, The Jabberwocky.

The sculpture is a favorite among children, who love to climb atop it and explore its varied textures and hiding spaces. Through the years, thousands of tiny hands have literally polished parts of its patina surface smooth.

Created by the Spanish-born American sculptor José de Creeft, the piece depicts Alice holding court from her perch on the mushroom. The host of the story’s tea party is the Mad Hatter, a caricature of George Delacorte. The White Rabbit is depicted holding his pocket watch, and a timid dormouse nibbles a treat at Alice’s feet.

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Pic of the Day 29-APR-13: Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles

One of the coolest pieces I saw at the Art Walk:

“A Comfortable Skin” Avatars by Kristine Schomaker www.kristineschomaker.net

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Here are some more pictures:

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

“A Comfortable Skin” Avatars by Kristine Schomaker www.kristineschomaker.net

Watch a video about this work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqJmEwUentc