View From the Edge - July 2018

Two cool ways to enjoy art and history this Summer.

This month I visited the California Science Center in Exposition Park and the Ronald Regan Presidential Library in Simi Valley for a full dose of historical art and artifacts. 

The California Science Center is hosting King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh.  This exhibit is quite extensive although it does not include the "death mask" which remains in Egypt.  Nonetheless, there are many amazing artifacts on exhibit and quite a few that have never been shown outside of Egypt.  The skill and knowledge needed to create the works of art on display speak to the technical advancement of the Egyptians.  As you may know, King Tut was a young pharaoh who lived some 3,000 years ago.  He was just 9 years old when he began his reign which oddly lasted only 9 years.  Quite a number of artifacts created for the "boy king" were tailored to his small size.  His tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922.  There are many videos and narratives that explain why and how Carter located the tomb.

The Ronald Regan Presidential Library is hosting Genghis Khan the Exhibition, a rather uninspiring title for a very interesting exhibit.  It is also quite extensive with educational videos, narratives and many, many artifacts.  There is even an actual yurt (traditional circular tent) that gives us an idea of how the Mongols lived.  Genghis Khan founded and ruled the Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous empire in history.  He lived from 1162 - 1227, was a fierce and brutal conqueror and left the world many things still in use: paper currency, pants, and the pony express (insert USPS or FedEx) just to name a few.  I was so inspired by this exhibit that I have since purchased two historical accounts of Genghis Khan and the Mongols: William of Rubruck's Account of the Mongols written from 1253 - 1255 and Marco Polo's Il Milione published c. 1300.

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
on exhibit through the end of the year
Tickets: general admission $29.95  
Parking: $12
Purchase tickets at

Genghis Khan the Exhibition
on exhibit through August 19th
Tickets: general admission $25.00
Parking is free
Purchase tickets at


King Tut the Boy King

Genghis Khan ruler of the Mongol Empire

Where you can find me:
October 2 - 20, 2018 - Pasadena Society of Artists presents
                                    By Hand, Printmaking & Drawing
                                    McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World
                                    869 E. Mariposa St., Altadena
                                    Opening reception Sat. Oct. 6 from 5 - 7 PM
November 2 - 4, 2018 - Creative Arts Group annual Fall Art Fair
                                    108 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre
                                    Opening reception Fri. Nov 2 from 7 - 9 PM
December 1 - 2, 2018 - 7th Annual Open Studio and Artist Marketplace
                                     3061 Ridgeview Dr., Altadena
                                     10 AM - 4 PM both days
December 8, 2018 - Art On Palm at Arlington Garden
                                 corner of Pasadena Ave and Arlington St.
                                  10 AM - 4 PM




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