As you know if you have been following me for the last month, I'm out and about in Sacramento, CA. I'm here housesitting and I'm taking advantage of all the things this city and surrounding areas have to offer while I'm here. Everyone that I stop and chat with asks me what brings me here and the company that I work with to get these amazing housesits, Trusted Housesitters has allowed me not only to travel but stay for extended lengths of time in international locations.
As an artist, one of my favourite things I like to enjoy while visiting other destinations, is to see what they have to offer culturally. Art Museums, galleries big and small are always a treasure trove of old and new brilliant artists. The Crocker Art Museum is one of the oldest art galleries on the U.S. western seaboard and has much to boast about.
The Art Museum completed in 1872 by Edwin Crocker, a wealthy banker, landowner and philanthropist, with the design abilities of Seth Babson. If you would like to learn more about the buildings themselves, click the link: About the Crocker.
The Museum is super easy to get to, even as a newbie driver in the city, but I find navigating the city is a breeze. (I'm even used to the freeways now!) It is located at 216 O St. in downtown Sacramento and there is plenty of parking right beside it. Download the ParkMobile app while you are in town as all the meters that I've run into are this company.
One of the most captIvating exhibits was the Chiura Obata collection, which encapsulated the magnificence of Japanese artistry. Born in Japan in 1885, he emigrated to the United States in 1903. The Crocker has over a 100 of his artworks including many that have never been on public display. If you click on the picture link it will take you directly to the Oculus, the blog written by the folks at the Crocker Museum that talk extensively about Obata. It's worth the read.
PHOTO CREDIT: THE CROCKER MUSEUM WEBSITE
PHOTO CREDIT: CHARIS JOHANNSON
The architecture of the building itself is quite remarkable as well as the sculptures placed strategically around the property. No matter where I am, I love to take in the finer details of the design of the buildings, the finishes and the extraordinary craftsmanship. The interior decorator/designer is always looking for new concepts born from other sources, what better place that an art museum.
PHOTO CREDIT: CHARIS JOHANNSON
One of the things that I have decided to do on my extended vacations, is to take up classes while I'm living briefly in these cities. Learning from different artists all over the world? a dream. I did my research before coming to Sacramento and signed up for classes in a variety of my interests, art being one of them. Many of the local artists and art centres also offer a variety of art classes that you can find on these links: The Verge Center of the Arts , Sacramento365, and Sacramento Fine Arts. The Crocker does offer a series of art classes that would be a dream for any artist to partake in, peruse their offerings by hitting the button.
PHOTO CREDIT: CHARIS JOHANNSON
I would take my time and would advise that you allow about three hours to tour the museum and a relaxed pace, so you are able to see everything that they have to offer. Also go, when you aren't in any time restraints and stay away from the front or back end of rush hour. Here is a quick run down of what you will see on each floor:
First Floor: Education Center
Second Floor: African and Oceanic Art, Works on Paper, International Ceramics
Third Floor: Asian Art, American Art, European Art
If you would like to purchase tickets for The Crocker Art Museum, please hit the button!
While you are downtown, check out Old Sacramento at the same time, head there for cocktails and dinner once you're done at the museum. Check out Viator and look up Sacramento for events listings online!
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