Friday, April 8, 2011

Portland: Part 2

On our second day in Portland, Anna wanted to go to the zoo, probably to see the big cats.  That's where the handy light rail came in and took us to Washington Park. 

It was somewhat rainy and cool.  We stayed there for a couple of hours.  We decided to just have lunch at the zoo eatery.  It was pretty good.  I wanted to go to the Japanese gardens as well but we were kind of cold from being outside for a while.  The shuttles within the park weren't running and we didn't feel like walking to the gardens.  Plus, we still had the Portland Art Museum to do.  So we headed back into downtown.

We were fortunate enough to find a 2-for-1 admission coupon for the museum at our hotel.  That was our next stop.  The admission guy asked if we had been there before and I told him about 15 years ago.  He said that since then they had acquired the building next door which use to be a Masonic temple.

Here are some of the things I liked for found interesting. 

Native American piece made from porcupine quills.

C.C. Wang, Calligraphy, c. 2000

Cris Bruch, Politics of Time, 2000, wood, epoxy, graphite

Anna liked this one.

This is a chartreuse one for the gals at the Twelve by Twelve blog.  Ludwig Sander, Chicksaw I, 1970.

Mel Katz, Garden Gate, 2002, painted aluminum

Frank and Anna are usually very patient with me when I drag them through an art museum.  They were again, but Anna was getting tired by the end.  You know, when the first thing she looks for when entering a gallery is a bench.

After the museum, we went to Nordstrom's Rack, but didn't buy anything.  (I hear Nordstrom's is coming to Boise).  We didn't do much shopping, but did stop in a few places when we were walking around.  Dinner out and more swimming at the hotel rounded out the day.

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