Sunday, April 26, 2015

Brewery Art Walk

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A short distance from Downey, in the city of Los Angeles, there is an enclave dedicated to artists. The Brewery Art Colony is the largest art colony in the world.

IMG_4433 as Smart Object-1Over 100 resident artists have living quarters where they can work on and exhibit their art. It is a community of artists in lofts and ground floor residences that provide amazing amounts of both light and feedback from fellow artists.

IMG_4446 as Smart Object-1_1Twice a year there is a free open house called the Brewery Art Walk (the site used to be the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery). The Art Walk allows the local community an opportunity to experience the eclectic, artsy atmosphere.

We joined the crowds this afternoon and were not disappointed.  The artists opened their homes and studios to visitors and gave us a peek into their worlds. From sculptors to painters to metalworkers to clothing designers....it was all here.

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“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” 
~ Pablo Picasso

Saturday, April 25, 2015

How much is that puppy?

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Puppies tend to steal the show wherever they crop up, which happens to be all over the internet. The same thing is true in the real world, where these three 2-month-old miniature Australian puppies playing in their front yard stopped me in my tracks. Who could resist?

Tony and his niece were giving the three pups and their mom some play time in their front yard. Tony owns the mom and pop dog, and he's keeping one of the puppies. The other two are for sale, and they sure are cute!

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Street music

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At the weekly farmers market in downtown Downey, there is usually a street musician entertaining the crowd. I enjoyed this man's music very much. Unfortunately, I lost his card, so I can't tell you his name. Perhaps someone who knows can comment?

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Generosity

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I've seen much evidence in my tenure as a Downey Daily photographer that the people of Downey are generous people: with their time, with their talents, and with their money.

This is one example of all three types of giving. The Downey Symphony Guild raised $15,000 for the Downey Symphonic Society, which handles the business end of the Downey Symphony. These two organizations are staffed with volunteers who give of their time and talents to raise funds and spend them wisely to bring Downey and the surrounding communities the beauty of classical music.

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
~ Aesop

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Is it a boy or a girl?

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Recently, I was privileged to witness an interesting custom to tell loved ones the sex of an expected child. This couple had the typical doctor's visit, including the ultrasound to determine the sex of the child. But the doctor did not tell them, but instead, wrote the sex on a piece of paper and sealed it in an envelope. The couple then gave this envelope to a friend who then baked a cake with either blue or pink frosting inside.

With family and friends gathered for a revealing party, some wearing pink or blue t-shirts to state which sex they wanted the child to be, the couple cut the cake to reveal the frosting inside. I loved the sign on the table and found out that since they found out that she was pregnant, the couple had been praying this prayer with their two boys.

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Their dog, Lady, was biased.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Red, white and blue

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A couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of this Statue of Liberty getting a fresh coat of paint (on the right side of the yard). Here is a view of the entire front of the house.

I pass it daily on my morning walks. It always looks so perfectly maintained. As you can see, it is a very patriotic house. With the flags, the Statue of Liberty, and the color scheme, it is hard to walk by and not be reminded how lucky we are to live in the US.

“True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant and earnest striving toward the principles and ideals on which this country was founded.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, April 20, 2015

Just pull 'em up

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Firefighters must be able to respond to a call as quickly as possible, so being able to just step into your boots and pull up your pants can save critical seconds. Even when the firefighters are relaxing at the Downey Street Fair, as they were this day, they are ready for a call, just in case.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Downey landmarks

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Here's another example of the beautification of the electrical boxes around Downey. This one focuses on historic Downey scenes, and is located in downtown Downey. Sort of an electrical box version of Downey Doodle-icious?