Dance and culture at the House of Spain.

Flamenco dancing during the House of Spain lawn program in Balboa Park.
Flamenco dancing during the House of Spain’s lawn program in Balboa Park.

Today the House of Spain in Balboa Park hosted the lawn program at the International Cottages. The cultural event featured music, folk dancing, tasty food and many welcoming smiles. Flamenco dancers strutted and whirled on the stage, adding life to an already wonderful day in the park.

Here are some photos…

Getting a big pan of tasty paella ready. I had some and it was really good.
A big pan of tasty paella. I had some and it was really good.
Many flowers and interesting exhibits can be seen inside the House of Spain's cottage.
Many flowers and interesting exhibits can be seen inside the House of Spain’s cottage.
A model of a Spanish galleon, very much like the one Cabrillo sailed in when he discovered San Diego Bay in 1542.
A model of a Spanish galleon, much like the one Cabrillo sailed in when he discovered San Diego Bay in 1542.
Art on the wall shows a bird's-eye view of Fort Guijarros. The old Spanish fort was built in 1797 on Ballast Point where it guarded San Diego Bay.
Art on the wall shows a bird’s-eye view of Fort Guijarros. The old Spanish fort was built in 1797 on Ballast Point where it guarded San Diego Bay.
Beautiful ceramic artwork on display inside the House of Spain's cottage in Balboa Park.
Beautiful ceramic artwork on display inside the House of Spain’s cottage in Balboa Park.
The featured entertainment during the cultural event was Spanish folk dancing.
The featured entertainment during the cultural event was Spanish folk dancing.
A dance of fuego--fire. This powerful, very expressive dance mesmerized those watching in the audience.
A dance of fuego–fire. This powerful, very expressive dance mesmerized those watching in the audience.
Fluidity and passion.
Fluidity and passion.
A colorful whirl of life.
A colorful whirl of life.

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Four amazing paintings outside Studio 18.

Art outside Studio 18 in Spanish Village Art Center attracts the eye.
Art outside Studio 18 in Spanish Village Art Center attracts the eye.

During my Sunday walk through Balboa Park, I noticed some truly amazing paintings near the front door of Studio 18 in Spanish Village. A sign nearby indicated the artist was RD Riccoboni and invited photos. So I thought I’d share some beautiful works of art!

Two amazing paintings by RD Riccoboni. One shows colorful bicycles, the other a sunny beach.
Two amazing paintings by RD Riccoboni. One shows colorful bicycles, the other a sunny beach.
RD Riccoboni is just one of several talented artists who work in Studio 18.
RD Riccoboni is just one of several talented artists who work in Studio 18.
Fantastic painting by RD Riccoboni of La Jolla Cove.
Fantastic painting by RD Riccoboni of La Jolla Cove.
RD Riccoboni painted Mexican folklorico dancers in Spanish Village!
RD Riccoboni painted Mexican folklorico dancers in Spanish Village!

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Watercolor Society paints in Balboa Park.

A member of the San Diego Watercolor Society paints a beautiful scene in Balboa Park.
A member of the San Diego Watercolor Society paints a beautiful scene in Balboa Park.

During my long walk today I noticed painters here, there, and all around Balboa Park working at their easels.

It turns out members of the dynamic San Diego Watercolor Society had converged on the park to capture the surrounding beauty! It appeared to me that they were succeeding!

Many painters had grouped near the park's huge Moreton Bay Fig, with excellent views of the Casa del Prado and the entrance to Spanish Village.
Many painters were near the park’s huge Moreton Bay Fig, enjoying excellent views of the Casa del Prado and the entrance to Spanish Village.
A friendly artist uses watercolors to interpret the entrance to Spanish Village Art Center.
A friendly artist uses watercolors to interpret the entrance to Spanish Village Art Center.
A spied a couple of painters in Spanish Village, trying to capture the colorful atmosphere.
A spied a couple of painters in Spanish Village, trying to capture the colorful atmosphere.
A nice lady painting near the center of Spanish Village allowed me to take a close photo of her work. I love the bold patches of color!
A nice lady painting near the center of Spanish Village allowed me to take a close photo of her work. I love the bold patches of color!
More San Diego Watercolor Society members were inside an arch looking out at the Plaza de Panama. I see the California Tower in one painting.
More San Diego Watercolor Society members were inside an arch looking out at the Plaza de Panama. I see the California Tower in one painting.
Creativity in Balboa Park, where sunlit beauty stretches in every direction.
Creativity in Balboa Park, where sunlit beauty stretches in every direction.

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How seniors can display their art in Balboa Park!

A magical painting of trees and flowers exhibited in the Senior Lounge in Balboa Park.
A magical painting of trees and flowers exhibited in the Senior Lounge in Balboa Park.

Yesterday I stepped into the Senior Lounge in Balboa Park and was immediately drawn to a wall covered with colorful art!

I learned that the City of San Diego has a special Art Program for Seniors right here in the park! And that participants can have their artwork publicly displayed in the Senior Lounge! That’s pretty cool!

The Senior Lounge, located in the Case del Prado, is open to anyone age 55 or over. I’m not quite there yet, but the friendly folks welcomed me in anyway! The lounge looks like a great place to kick back, get a cup of coffee, read, have a bite to eat and just relax. And perhaps even meet some new or old friends!

Would you like to have your art exhibited in Balboa Park? I took a photo of the flyer that provides details about the art program. Check it out if this interests you! And if you know someone who might be interested, feel free to share!

Fun artwork depicts people enjoying the Balboa Park Senior Lounge.
Fun artwork depicts people enjoying the Balboa Park Senior Lounge.
The City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department has a notice in the Balboa Park Senior Lounge. Join the Senior Art Program on Tuesdays from 1 pm to 3:30 pm.
The City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department has a notice in the Balboa Park Senior Lounge. Join the Senior Art Program on Tuesdays from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. Bring your own supplies!
A fiery sunset over water. It appears to me Ray painted this just north of the old Anthony's Fish Grotto on San Diego Bay.
A fiery sunset over the water. It appears to me Ray painted this just north of the old Anthony’s Fish Grotto on San Diego Bay.
Participants in the Senior Art Program have the opportunity to display their art in Balboa Park, right here in the Senior Lounge!
Participants in the Senior Art Program have the opportunity to display their art in Balboa Park, right here in the Senior Lounge!
A tall ship sails under clouds, over the sea.
A tall ship sails under clouds, proudly crossing the sea.

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Painted wisdom in creative Spanish Village.

Every Child is an Artist. The Problem is How to Remain an Artist Once He Grows Up.
Every Child is an Artist. The Problem is How to Remain an Artist Once He Grows Up.

The unique wisdom of artists can be absorbed during any walk through Spanish Village. Outside the entrance to Studio 26, simply look down at your feet. Painted tiles contain many quotes concerning creativity.

Time might fade art, but the truths represented are eternal.

Colored tiles contain painted wisdom near the entrance to Studio 26 in Spanish Village Art Center.
Colored tiles contain painted wisdom near the entrance to Studio 26 in Spanish Village Art Center.
Creativity Takes Courage.
Creativity Takes Courage.
When we destroy Nature We diminish our selves. A Line is a Dot that went for a Walk.
When we destroy Nature We diminish our selves. A Line is a Dot that went for a Walk.
Blessed Are the Weird People--the poets, misfits, writers, mystics, heretics, painters and troubadours--for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.
Blessed Are the Weird People–the poets, misfits, writers, mystics, heretics, painters and troubadours–for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.
The Chief Enemy of Creativity is Good Sense.
The Chief Enemy of Creativity is Good Sense.
Irrepressible human creativity is visible during a walk through Spanish Village in Balboa Park.
The sun’s light and human creativity illuminate a walk through Spanish Village in Balboa Park.
Art belongs to Everyone.
Art belongs to Everyone.

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Images of summer’s magic in Balboa Park.

Visitors to beautiful Balboa Park gaze down from atop the California Tower.
Visitors to beautiful Balboa Park gaze down from atop the California Tower.

I have the day off from work today. So I took a long walk through Balboa Park.

Summer is a special time in the park. So many happy people and lively, sunlit scenes; so much beauty and unexpected wonder. I couldn’t stop taking pictures.

These bright summer days shimmer with magic.

Time to hang banners for the Old Globe Theatre's summer season!
Time to hang banners for the Old Globe Theatre’s summer season!
Pink begonias in splashes of sunlight.
Pink begonias in splashes of sunlight.
A vivid reflection in a rear window of the San Diego Museum of Art.
A vivid reflection in a rear window of the San Diego Museum of Art.
A white dandelion puff almost ready to launch!
A white dandelion puff almost ready to launch!
Folks head to and from the Plaza de Panama on a magical summer's day.
Folks head to and from the Plaza de Panama on a magical summer’s day.
Photo taken near the Timken Museum.
Photo taken near the Timken Museum of Art.
Original staff plaster grotesque mask, from the 1914 Varied Industries Building. One piece of historical Balboa Park decorative art now located in the Casa del Prado's Panama-California Sculpture Court.
Original staff plaster grotesque mask, from the 1914 Varied Industries Building. Art now located in the Casa del Prado’s Panama-California Sculpture Court.
Photo of Fleet Science Center building from grass near Park Boulevard.
Photo of Fleet Science Center building from grass near Park Boulevard.
Someone plays sax under a shady tree, by the parking lot beside the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Someone plays sax under a shady tree, by the parking lot beside the San Diego Natural History Museum.
I just happened to see this small miracle as I walked along in the park.
I just happened to see this small miracle as I walked along in the park.
Getting ready to start the Balboa Park Carousel.
Getting ready to start the Balboa Park Carousel.
Face painted on patio tile in Spanish Village Art Center.
Face painted on patio tile in Spanish Village Art Center.
A beautiful arrangement of flowers inside one of the small artist studios.
A beautiful arrangement of flowers inside one of the small artist studios.
A fun bench in Spanish Village shows a painter in action.
A fun bench in Spanish Village shows a painter in action.
Lunchtime at the Village Grill.
Lunchtime at the Village Grill.
Colorful sign near an entrance to the House of Hospitality shows what Prado Perk offers today--in addition to sunshine and happiness.
Colorful sign near an entrance to the House of Hospitality shows what Prado Perk offers today–in addition to sunshine and happiness.
Arches and bougainvillea.
Looking up at arches and bougainvillea.
As I departed the Plaza de Panama, I swung my camera quickly around for a quick pic.
As I departed the Plaza de Panama, I swung my camera around for a quick pic.
Detail of one of several wedding kimonos on display at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Detail of one of several wedding kimonos on display at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Detail of another very beautiful wedding kimono.
Detail of another very beautiful wedding kimono.
Gardener at work in Balboa Park's serene Japanese Friendship Garden.
Gardener at work in Balboa Park’s serene Japanese Friendship Garden.
Close look in the garden at a magnolia's exquisite beauty.
Close look in the garden at a magnolia’s exquisite beauty.
Lively art near the entrance to the Centro Cultural de la Raza.
Lively art near the entrance to the Centro Cultural de la Raza.
A winged face takes flight across the colorful WorldBeat Cultural Center mural.
A winged face takes flight across the colorful WorldBeat Cultural Center mural.

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Nature photos: MOPA’s Genesis in Balboa Park.

Genesis, an exhibition of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado's work, contains many stunning images.
Genesis, an exhibition of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado’s work, contains many stunning images.

The Museum of Photographic Art’s current exhibition titled Genesis contains dozens of magnificent photographs. I enjoyed this exhibition in May. MOPA was one of several Balboa Park museums that I visited during that month’s Big Exchange promotion.

Some signs have appeared in the Plaza de Panama which show a few of these visually stunning photographs. Genesis contains the work of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, who captures the raw, wild beauty of unspoiled nature and the simplicity of people untouched by modernity. The photographs take one’s breath away. They make one yearn for a simpler, more primal, more natural existence.

Of course, the funny thing is that the exquisite photographs themselves were created with a modern instrument, and their exhibition and transmission to thousands or millions of people relies on technology–the product of accumulated human knowledge and aspiration.

A photograph from the Museum of Photographic Arts in the Plaza de Panama.
A photograph from the Museum of Photographic Arts in the Plaza de Panama.
One of my favorite images by Sebastião Salgado shows penguins leaping into the ocean.
One of my favorite images by Sebastião Salgado shows penguins leaping into the ocean.
Photograph of the Grand Canyon, one of many stunning images in the Genesis exhibition at MOPA.
Photograph of the Grand Canyon, one of many stunning images in the Genesis exhibition at MOPA.
I try with my pictures to raise a question, to provoke a debate, so that we can discuss problems together and come up with solutions. Sebastião Salgado
I try with my pictures to raise a question, to provoke a debate, so that we can discuss problems together and come up with solutions. Sebastião Salgado

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