Gauguin at the S.A.M.

When my wife Susan learned that the Seattle Art Museum was featuring an exhibit of Paul Gauguin’s work from his Polynesian period she decided that we were going and taking our eldest grandchild, Cadence, with us.  “Cool”, I said.

If you have been following my writing here in the Adventure Journal you might have noticed that there is a specific lack of posts related to famous painters from the last couple of centuries…  An oversight?  Maybe.  But I was excited to take five year old Cadence because I knew he, as a budding artist himself, would be excited to go.  He loves everything about crafts, painting, coloring, photography and all things creative.  And I absolutely love everything about watching him be “creative”.  Here is a link to an earlier post: Creative Inspiration  A word of caution though, it might just bring a tear to your eye.

Cadence rockin' the booster seat

Cadence rockin' the booster seat

Grandma Suzie and I picked up Cadence from school and we were off for downtown Seattle.  Susan had picked out a parking lot a few blocks away that gave a special deal to SAM visitors so we had a little “urban rambling” to get a feel for the buzz of the city.  We arrived about noon so the streets were hoppin’, making it difficult to do 1-2-3 Jump!

Still there lots of sights (and smells) along the walk.

Urban Rambling

Urban Rambling

Gauguin Sign

Gauguin Sign

We found Hammering Man pounding away right in front of the museum…That guy never gets a day off 😦

Hammering Man

Hammering Man

Once inside I think Cadence and I were both a little surprised by some of the items people consider “Art”.  White Ford Taurus cars hanging from the ceiling?

What ????

What ????

One Man's Treasure, is.....

One Man's Treasure, is.....

Well, Cadence’s dad is a plumber so we all kind of liked this one.

The Gauguin exhibit prohibited photographs so sorry, nothing to show from there.  In all honesty Cadence was pretty underwhelmed by that portion of the day’s adventure.  We did have some fun photographing some of the other pieces in the museum.

Masks

Stained Glass

Stained Glass

The real fun started when we began to create our own photographic art from some of the pieces.  We used this stained glass window to make the colorful image below.

Suzie and Cadence

And this textured background became the image below and was the source of some precious giggles and a renewed excitement about the whole art museum experience in general.

Cadence and I kicked back in the kids reading room and let Susan spend some quality time with the works of art.  After a bit we linked back up and wandered around a few more interesting items.

Fish

Fish

Shadows

Shadows

More Shadows

More Shadows

We got scolded for this one.

We got scolded for this one.

Mouse on a Man

Mouse on a Man

Finally it was time to head out the door, but since it was a class revolving door with 4 sections…Well we had to go around a couple of times… Dude, Cadence is five and I’m.. (not five).

Round and Round We Go!

Round and Round We Go!

The Best Part of the Day?

The Best Part of the Day?

Well that about wraps it up for this little journey.  We had lots of fun with our biggest little dude, and Cadence had a wonderful time with us.

What do you think was the best part of his day?  Well he didn’t say specifically, but if you have a look at the photo on the left you might see a clue.  We Love you Cadence.

Kat

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About Jeff Katzer

Welcome friends. I'm a cyclist, hiker, motorbike rider, kayaker, photographer, videographer, ukulele player, snowshoer, XC skier, and BEST of all - a grandpa. Somewhere in that list above you'll find the theme of the Adventure Journal.
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