It is not often that I venture away from the Ocean Beach/Pt. Loma and write an article about it. But my widow support group, me included, had such a wonderful experience at the Maritime Museum yesterday morning that I have to share it with you.
Once a week my group gets together and does something “for us.” It may be going out to lunch, either at someone’s home or to a restaurant. We have been to movies; shopping; walks, etc. and today we did something new. We went to the BERKELEY to see the art exhibit of Cook, Melville and Gauguin courtest of the Kelton Foundation.
One of our group – Diane – owned an art gallery, and we knew she would enjoy the trip, – besides, it was her idea – but we try to go along with most of the suggestions of our small group. (Of course, some are more fun than others – Chippendale’s later this month!)
None of us, Diane included, were prepared for the “guided tour” we received by the security guard, Roy Peery. After all, even if he is an employee of the museum, he isn’t a docent and is there to protect the museum pieces. But man-oh-man! Has he done his homework! He could tell us something about every single piece on display, be it paintings, artifacts, sculptures, carvings, etc.
And….he was so entertaining. Even someone that does not like going to museums would find enjoyment in this exhibit, as long as Roy was doing the guiding.
Just a brief summary of Roy’s background. He was born in Utah; his wife is a native San Diegan; he settled in Santee when first coming here and is now a home owner in North Park. Before he retired the first time he was in the printing business. He said when this exhibit is over – in July of this year – he would retire again, this time to Barona, where he will donate his time and money.
The exhibit has been extended to July 12, but the hours have been shortened to 11:00am to 3:00pm so that there is not as much light focused on the paintings. It is truly a marvelous selection of work by these three artists and very worthy of the $11 fee. (That is the Senior’s price; it is not much more for you youngsters. And, the fee gets you into the 7 museums all day.)
Want a great experience – go see Roy!