I took a little trip recently. While many of my friends were going to Far Away places, I did not. My husband and traveled 70 miles
to Chico, CA. I decided to take my camera and see what there was in this town of 88,077 people. We stayed at the Goodman House in downtown Chico. It was lovely and we had the BEST home cooked breakfast ever. Tom and Margo Goodman were excellent hosts. And Margo introduced us to Cara Cara oranges. You have to try them. Sooooo sweet.
The home was built in 1906 with many Art Deco touches. This is the original wall paper going up the stairs. File this one away for a quilting idea perhaps.
The main street.
The Presbyterian church on Chico State University property. It felt English somehow. And I loved hearing the bell chime on the hour.
A lovely river that runs right by the church and into Bidwell Park. Bidwell is ranked 14th largest municipal park in all of the United States. Those higher up are in cities like Los Angeles, and Houston. It really is a pretty park. Almost 4000 acres.
Right over that bridge and next to the river on the other side is Bidwell Mansion. Beautiful, and the ginormous tree next to it. Bidwell mansion was home to one of the founders of Chico.
This cool sign is across the street from the mansion. I like the clarity of this sign. How could I use the shapes? Also, you wont want to miss the Sierra Nevada Brewery. The tour is fantastic. They are a hugely “green” company. Their beer is so popular that they opened a second brewery in North Carolina to service the East coast and Europe! I left my camera in the car. Oh well, we’ll just have to go back and take another tour so I can get some pics.
What a great tower in this “high rise” (four story) hotel. It reminds me of the coast with the clouds behind it.
I turned around and had a most wonderful, A HA moment. This HUGE mural and its’ twin were on the wall of a parking garage. How did he do this?Each one is maybe 15 feet high x 20 ft. long. I could not get the whole thing in my view finder (I would have been in the middle of the street). THIS is what I wanted to see. Something unusual and fraught with ideas for future projects.
We must give Dayton Claudio credit.
Local objects (fabulous obsidian arrowheads) and scenes of the area abound. I loved the colors he used, the found objects, the movement of line. How I will translate this into an”Art on the Wall, Art to Wear” project is anyone’s guess. I have many more pics to share with you another time. Wherever you go, keep your phone or camera at the ready. You just never know what treasures you will see. Enjoy your creative time. Hugs, Heidi