Category Archives: people

stories about people in the park, historic and contemporary

another take on eucalyptus

I made this quick water color sketch of a very old eucalyptus in the panhandle of Golden Gate Park a couple of years ago.  The bark is amazing;  so hard to capture all the nuances of color and pattern.  And those twisting branches. … Continue reading

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I Heart Eucalpytus

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There, I’ve said it. Perhaps, indeed, they do not belong in this part of the world. Perhaps, indeed, they will be tinder one day in some terrible conflagration. But I love the eucalyptus trees, their…

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Painter tells stories behind Golden Gate Park statues – SFGate

Artist Robert Minervini at a bus stop displaying his artwork “La Poeme de la Vigne (with wine grapes)” on Market Street. The artist has done six posters about six different monuments in Golden Gate Park, as part of the Art on Market … Continue reading

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take a walk in the park to ease brain fatigue

It always amazes me how reliably a walk or a bicycle ride through Golden Gate Park can improve my mood, clear my mind, banish fatigue and increase my sense of well-being.  I don’t think I’m the only one who experiences … Continue reading

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Tai Chi at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park

Last Saturday morning at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park I was mesmerized watching a Tai Chi class performing a graceful series of moves on a sandy peninsula that juts into the water.  The synchronized movements, reflected in the slightly wind-rufflled water, seemed to flow … Continue reading

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Artists in Golden Gate Park (talk)

On Wednesday night (Sept. 24), I will be talking about “Artists in Golden Gate Park” at the Canessa Gallery (708 Montgomery St., San Francisco).  The talk begins at 7 pm and the gallery will be open before and after to view … Continue reading

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the apple press sculpture in golden gate park

For some reason I always assumed this sculpture was about wine.  That muscled, bare-footed figure evokes for me a beautiful Greek god (Dionysus, Greek god of wine?).  Even on a typical foggy day in the park, he conjures a warm day in late … Continue reading

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Stephen Kane’s new photo exhibit

Steve Kane has a new photo exhibit opening tonight at Canessa Gallery.  Included are many beautiful photographs of Golden Gate Park.  I will be giving a talk on “Artists in Golden Gate Park” in conjunction with this exhibit on September 24 at 7 pm. … Continue reading

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How tall was John McLaren?

The statue of John McLaren in Golden Gate Park is a little bit shorter than I am  (I’m just under 5’7″).  Is it life-sized, I wonder?  Somehow I always imagined John McLaren as a major physical presence, given the stories about the fear and trembling that he … Continue reading

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the bowling lawns in golden gate park

The bowling lawns in Golden Gate Park are vivid green and very flat, a striking backdrop to the traditional white that lawn bowlers wear on tournament days.  To me these lawns are beautiful, but they also look almost unreal, more like carpeting than grass. … Continue reading

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