Herb Alpert, Kwakiutl, & Sunnylands

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We made a stop at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California this morning to see an exhibition of Herb Alpert’s amazing art – from painting to sculpture – as part of  “Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration”.

The exhibition blends the art by three generations of the Hunt family, members of the Kwakiutl tribe of British Columbia, Canada — brightly-colored totem poles, ceremonial masks, and wall plaques — with Alpert’s contemporary paintings and vertical, abstract bronze sculptures.

For all you kids out there…. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass was a popular band in the 1960s that your parents (and grandparents) liked to listen to. Cameras weren’t allowed into the exhibition, so I snapped this vintage-style photo of the exterior of Sunnylands to help remember the experience.

The 200-acre property was owned by Walter and Leonore Annenberg as their private winter retreat beginning in 1966. Today, the estate is managed by the Annenberg Foundation.  It’s a cool place to visit when you’re in the neighborhood.