Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Father's Day Open House

For Father's Day we went to Santa Ysabel to tour the Hubbell house, studios and grounds for their annual open house. It was tucked away in the mountains... Too tucked away and we drove in circles with queasy kids for far too long.  Then we found it....

We didn't expect a crowd after twisting through mountain roads, but 700 other people also showed up to tour this unique place created by artist James Hubbell and his wife Anne.



Every building is a work of art.  This is outside the Kiva Gallery.  It's designed after a Native American sweat lodge. 


Naomi in the garden, and on a garden wall....


The grounds were pretty big...


Full of many little buildings....


Like this little chapel.


...And this shed....


Here we are by the garden shed...


Inside the Kiva Gallery was quite amazing...




But the little"house they built for their four sons was really the place to see...



Naomi going in...


Every window was stained glass.


This is a picture of the loft.


A wall inside the bathroom.


The bathroom was oddly enough the most popular place!


Not for the usual reason either, but because it was gorgeous!


Like everywhere else, inside the boy's house was crowded.


Even the roof was something to behold!


I was worried a visit to an artists house might be a bit dull for the girls, but they were as amazed as we were!


After the house we walked over to the pool.


Which was again beautiful....


...And functional.


There were many studios to visit as they are a foundation and run workshops and various programs...


Everywhere we walked there was more to see...




What could be missing?  If you were thinking a fireplace full of tiny people ....


You'd be wrong.... As the open house continued we stopped in for the refreshments of strawberries and tortilla chips and more (like with any art opening the food was free, however they skipped the wine).


Then we did a final walk about before heading to the shuttle....


A few more sculptures...



A walkway to the roof...


Peering out of the stained glass studio.


Naomi peering in...


A beautiful place, but it was time to go.  The way home was easier, but Phoebe still got sick. So much for all those strawberries.

2 comments:

Fiducia said...

Nice pictures..Seems a gr8 place...Lots to learn from those art views..each was unique and speaking a thousand words..nice!

Carolyn Watson-Dubisch said...

Thanks Fiducia. :) We had a nice time at the Hubbell house.

"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut

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