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Saturday, March 17, 2012



TRAVEL Matisse’s Blue Nudes, Fishbowls charm at Pompidou (Paris) BY JORG VON UTHMANN Bloomberg News

PARIS — “If I met a woman in the street who looked like my paintings, I’d faint.” It’s not clear which of his pictures Matisse had in mind with that remark. There are plenty of candidates in the show at the Centre Pompidou, so you can take your pick. The exhibition is far smaller than the 1992 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It includes barely 70 works and confines itself to a particular aspect of Matisse’s output — pairs and series. That painters vary the same theme again and again isn’t unusual. Monet’s haystacks, poplars and cathedrals are famous examples: His aim was to explore the change of light at different times of the day. Matisse wasn’t interested in the effects of light. The two versions of the Pont Saint-Michel in Paris that open the show mark the moment when he emancipated himself from the Impressionists and PostImpressionists: The forms were simplified, and the colors became independent from nature. When his father, a grain merchant, discovered the stylistic turnaround at the 1901 Salon des Independants he cut off his son’s


allowance. At the 1905 Salon d’Automne, a dismayed critic dubbed Matisse (1869-1954) and his soul mates “fauves,” wild beasts. Fortunately, in the same year Matisse found more open- minded sponsors: the U.S. expatriates Leo, Gertrude and Michael Stein and the Russian collectors Ivan Morozov and Sergei Shchukin. Later, Philadelphia drug manufacturer Alfred Barnes became an important backer. There are 16 items in the show, which will later travel to New York, that come from U.S. collections. Some of Matisse’s most celebrated pairs, such as “Le Luxe,” were painted in his Fauvist years. The second version was done after a trip to Italy where he admired Giotto’s frescoes in Padua: Its colors are even more vivid than those in the first. The difference between the two interiors with a goldfish bowl, both from 1914, is that the second version is a close-up of the first with the palette and the thumb of the artist appearing on the canvas. By then, the Fauvists had drifted apart, and Matisse had developed his own, unmistakable style, not necessarily to the delight of the critics: Many were repelled by his bold distortions; others dismissed his pictures as easy on the eye and superficial. Not all of Matisse’s pairs were

planned: In 1931, Barnes commissioned “Dance,” a mural for his foundation in Merion, Penn. Because of an error in the measurements, it turned out to be unusable, and Matisse had to do it again. The murals aren’t in the exhibition, nor are the wonderful reclining nudes from the mid1930s. When the ailing Madame Matisse found out that the model, her hired companion Lydia Delectorskaya, had become her husband’s mistress she got up from her sickbed and walked out on him. After a cancer operation, in 1941, Matisse himself was confined to bed and a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Finding painting increasingly difficult, he embarked on a new, original kind of expression: paper cutouts, arranged into almost abstract forms. The show ends with four of those cutouts: “Blue Nudes,” from 1952, are a worthy conclusion to a glorious career. “Matisse — Paires et Series,” through June 18 at the Pompidou Center; July 14-Oct. 28 at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, and Dec. 4-March 17, 2013, at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Information:,,

Image courtesy of Centre Pompidou

“Le Luxe I” (1907) by Henri Matisse, on view at the Centre Pompidou in the exhibit “Matisse — Paires et Series,” which will travel to Copenhagen and New York. Some of Matisse’s most celebrated pairs, such as “Le Luxe,” were painted in his Fauvist years.


Happy Trails Travelers Trips to Reno Silver Legacy on April 13, May 8 and June 8. We play bingo on the way. We serve coffee and fresh pastries. We're a fun group. For more information and reservations, call Laura at (530) 273-9641.

The GraNeva A's There are lots of swap meets and road trips coming up. Check out the club, join us for a road trip, or come to our next meeting at 7 p.m. at Penny's Diner on March 22. For more information check our web site at

Nevada County Travel Club (NCTC) Call ahead to join us on featured tours: 1) Walk in the footsteps of famous

CLUBS: Continued from C6

Hope Bearers Our Christian cancer support group meets at Foothill Church. Those with serious chronic illnesses, including cancer and their care givers are encouraged to come and share in a safe environment concerning this difficult time in their lives. Receive understanding, compassion and love from folks who have had encounters with or presently are fighting these diseases. We meet at 6 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of the month at Foothill Church, 14600 State Hwy. 49 in Grass Valley. For information, call Edda (530) 530-432-2862, click on INEED and go to Hope Bearers or visit

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society Join us for our April general meeting at 7:30 p.m. Apr. 5 in the Community Room at Helling Library in Nevada City, when Linda Pittman will give a presentation on the two pelagic field trips sponsored annually by Sacramento Audubon Society, the Farallon Island trip in July and the Monterey trip in late September/early October. Pelagic birding is very different from land birding and affords an opportunity to see species that are unlikely to be seen from shore. The primary target bird for the Farallon Islands trip is Tufted Puffin but you never know what will show up. In 2008, a

Californians: Lassen, Stanford, Hearst and Morgan from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. Visit the Vina, Calif. home to New Clairvaux Abbey, Vineyards, Winery, Gift and Book Store. Tour includes the film and docent history of the Abbey and grounds, the Chapter House of "sacred stones", noon Service by monks, tasting room and/or gift and book store. Hosted lunch of award-winning ribs or wings at Lassen Steakhouse and ice cream dessert at Brock's of Yuba City. 2) April Showers bring May flowers to Blackhawk Plaza. Visit 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 10. Enjoy this unique multi-million dollar open air center in Danville, Calif. Pricing includes round-trip coach from Grass Valley, docent tour of the famed Ken Behring Automobile Collection Museum and a movie matinee of your choice (TBA), and gratuities. On your own: Explore the auto museum longer that the

docent tour, visit the UC Berkeley Museum of Art, Science and Culture, the 43,000+ sq. ft. Draeger's Market & Home Stores in addition to an exclusive mixture of local, regional and national shops in a setting unlike any other shopping experience. No host lunch at any one of 10 on-site restaurants. 3) Bodie and Between, July 11 at 2 p.m. to July 12 at 9:30 p.m., will include round-trip from Grass Valley, one night hotel, two dinners, one lunch, one breakfast, Virginia City train, tour of Bodie Historical Area, free time to discover both towns and gratuities. Phone our tour director, Brenda Shilling at (530) 432-5301 to save space on these tours.

Apr. 17: DiRosa Preserve: A 200+ acre wildlife sanctuary located in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. This former winery has landscaped gardens and open spaces with sculptures scattered throughout. Docent-led tour of the indoor art galleries which house an eclectic collection of artwork by over 800 San Francisco Bay Area artists. There is plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors, and some of the outdoor paths are wheelchair accessible. Picnic lunch included. 7:30 a.m. Park & Ride; 8 a.m. SPD. June 1: Silver Legacy in Reno. Slot credit. 8 a.m., Park & Ride; 8:30 a.m. SPD.

June 12: BBQ at Condon Park. Our annual barbecue at Condon Park is Roadrunners of Nevada County the first of two fundraisers held at the park. Since we are a non-profit Trips not listed are filled. club, we need the revenue generatApr. 6: Colusa Casino, $20. 8 a.m., ed at the fund raisers to pay for SPD; 8:30 a.m., Park & Ride. park rental, liability insurance, office

juvenile Brown Booby was observed on one of the islands! Despite being very susceptible to motion sickness, Linda has enjoyed pelagic trips from several different ports along the coast of California. In addition to sharing photos of species likely to be found on the Sacramento Audubon Society sponsored pelagic trips, Linda will also discuss what to wear, tips to avoid sea sickness, and preparation get the most enjoyment out of a pelagic trip. A second generation native of Pasadena and California, Linda Pittman grew up in southern California, camping, hiking and fishing and exploring the outdoors on foot and later on the back of a horse or mule. She has traveled extensively throughout the state of California and continues to explore new places, including the coastal waters. Linda retired from Sacramento County in January 2010 and essentially became a full-time birder. She is also an amateur photographer and competed with several others on the Yahoo group listserve, Calbirds, to see who could photograph the most species of birds in California in 2010. Linda is a Sacramento Audubon Society director and the pelagic trip coordinator for the annual Farallon Islands field trip.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County We have an exciting presenter from Seattle for the March 28 luncheon at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Brent Nixon, naturalist, humorist and guest speaker on Alaska


Toastmaster Harris Weinberg invites last Tuesday's guests Tracy Deliman, left, and Theresa Juarez Lyon, right, to a special Early Risers Toastmasters Open House March 27. Cruises has a powerful message to tell through his documentary film “Coral Reef Dreaming.” Brent has filmed around the world and these amazing images will captivate you, as they tell the story of the need to protect and preserve our Coral Reefs. He’s comedian at heart, so don’t miss this educational, dynamic, hilarious presentation. Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Menu choices are: oven fried chicken with lemon yogurt cream and warm bacon potato salad or Swedish meatballs with Orzo pasta and a nutmeg cream sauce or Chef’s choice vegetarian selection. All entrees include a salad of mixed greens, bread, coffee and tea, with strawberry daiquiri mousse pie for dessert. Luncheon cost is $18 per person. Reservations must be received by Monday, March 19. For luncheon information please call (530) 478-1114 or (530) 470-9191.

Sierra Foothills Iris Society Meeting will be at 7 p.m. on March 27 at 7 p.m .in the Rose Room of the Auburn Civic/Community Center, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Everyone is welcome to attend. The program for this meeting will be on the Pacific Coast Native Iris. Presented by our President Kathy Braaten, there will be a slide show of some beautiful PCI's and also information on growing, planting and more. By planting more than one species of iris you can extend your love of the iris. Mark your calendars to attend our annual Iris Show this May 5 and 6.

Bear Yuba Land Trust Join Nevada City and Bear Yuba Land Trust for guided hikes along the Hirschman Trail. The trail leads to Hirschman Pond, which was formed by the effects of hydraulic mining. The forest has reclaimed the area allowing for a variety of scenic walks, ranging from an easy

supplies, paper goods etc. We will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings, potato salad, baked beans, and dessert. Also included are hot and cold beverages. We are asking for a donation of $13 per person payable at the park. No reservations are required. Club will furnish plates, cups, paper goods, and utensils. All you need to bring is your appetite and donation. Parking is pretty tight so we highly recommend car pooling. Food served at 12:30 p.m.

The show features a tribute to Michael Jackson’s greatest hits. . 9 a.m. Park & Ride; 9:30 a.m. SPD.

June 14: “Wicked,” 2 p.m. matinee at the Sacramento Community Theater. No host dinner in Old Town Sacramento after the performance. Noon, Park & Ride; 12:15 p.m. SPD.

Sept. 25 and 26: “Oh What A Night,” music of the Four Seasons. Overnight at the Eldorado.

June 19 and 20: “Man in the Mirror.” Overnight at the Eldorado in Reno. Package deal includes motorcoach transportation and driver gratuity, hotel room, dinner coupon, show ticket, and breakfast coupon.

For information and/or reservation contact Ronnie at (530) 272-1830 or (530) 205-6157. For information and/or payments contact Hallie at (530) 272-5467 or (916)2148746.

quarter-mile ADA accessible section to a more vigorous 5+ mile loop. The trail is open to bikes and hikes only, no motorized vehicles are allowed.

Bear Yuba Land Trust will be collecting donations for an entrance sign to the trail. Also, information about adopting the trail will be available.

On March 24 the City of Nevada City will officially open the Hirschman Trail. The trail has been completed for approximately four months and many people have been taking advantage of this wonderful amenity. The City would like to recognize the many people who have contributed to this project and provide guided hikes. A ceremony and ribbon cutting will begin at 9 a.m. After the ceremony (approximately 9:30 a.m.) the guided bike ride and hikes will begin. Several hikes of varying lengths will be offered. Bike riders will ride the entire length of the trail and return to the Rood Center parking lot via Indian Flat Rd. The more ambitious hikers can hike the entire trail, which will take at least four hours to complete. A second hike will go as far as Woods Ravine. This hike will take approximately 1.5 hours round trip. A third hike will just go the pond, following the accessible part of the trail. This hike will take approximately a half hour. Hike leaders will be able to answer questions about the trail and history of the area.

For more information call Dawn Zydonis, Parks and Recreation Supervisor, Nevada City at (530) 265-2496 x 129 or BYLT at (530) 272-5994 or visit

Participants are encouraged to bike or walk to the property or park at the Rood Center. There will be signs directing you where to go. There are 6 Handicap parking spaces available at the entrance to Hirschman Trial off of Indian Flat Road. The ceremony will take place near the entrance of the ADA Accessible trail.

Upcoming Trips: Aug. 8 and 9: Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival – The Two Gentlemen of Verona. August 22 : Tour inside AT&T Park and ride the Ducks. Sept. 10 through 13: Ashland and Crater Lake.

October 6: View Fleet Week from a boat on the bay.

Early Risers Toastmasters We like to make guests feel welcome, and this week Tracy Deliman and Theresa Juarez Lyon joined us. We hope they'll be back for the Open House we'll have on Tuesday, March 27. Everyone is welcome. It's a great chance to see how inspirational just one meeting can be! You'll hear three speeches, three evaluations, as well as offthe-cuff speaking opportunities during our table topics part of the meeting. No pressure to speak just the chance to see how Toastmasters can help improve your speaking-and-leadership skills. “Outstanding' awards at our last meeting went to Connie Suddath for Table Topics, Paula Gleicher for Evaluator and Courtney Ferguson for Speaker. Want to find out more? Phone 265-2114, and plan to join us on March 27. Early Risers Toastmasters meets every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast at Trolley Junction. Since the meeting finishes by 8 a.m., you'll arrive at work on time, as well as inspired.