Explore and Eat


Chairman: Ron Woods

Tour of the Asian Arts Museum 

On Wednesday, January 27, twelve SIRS and their guests enjoyed a guided tour of the Looking East exhibit at the Asian Art Museum.  The show explored the craze for all things Japanese that changed the course of Western art following the forced opening of that country by Commodore Perry in the 1850’s after centuries of self-imposed isolation from the rest of the world.

 Looking East demonstrated the many movements and artists affected by Japanese art, including the great impressionist and post-impressionist painters Vincent van Gough, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin and Claude Monet.  The exhibit juxtaposed masterpieces of Western art and design with rare works by prominent Japanese artists revealing the interplay of new styles and themes inspired by Japan.

Following lunch in the Museum’s excellent restaurant attendees were free to roam the extensive regular collections of Asian art.


Tour of the Palace of the Legion of Honor

On Tuesday, March 22, Explore & Eat will be featuring a docent-led tour of the Pierre Bonnard exhibit: Painting Arcadia.  This is the first major international presentation of the painter’s work on the West Coast in half a century.  The exhibition will feature more than 70 works that span the artist’s complete career, from his early Nabi masterpieces, through his experimental photography, to the late interior scenes for which he is best known.  Painting Arcadia offers a fresh interpretation of Bonnard’s repertoire, and a reconsideration of the artist as one of the foremost practitioners of modernism.

Also at the museum at this time is a masterpiece by Raphael entitled Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn which is presented for the first time in the United States.  The exhibition further highlights the stylistic relationships between this masterpiece and that of his contemporary, Leonardo de Vinci’s, Mona Lisa.

Day at the Races

On February 19, forty-one SIRs and their guests spent a delightful day at Golden Gate Fields, complete with parking, admission and a sumptuous buffet, all for only $33.  Let’s hope that they didn’t lose their life savings betting on the ponies.


Chairman Ron Woods 930-9194 shepwood@comcast.net


Explore and Eat is an activity that is open to all Branch 8 SIRs and their significant others whereby we search out those hidden gems and unique places in the Bay Area to investigate in more detail as to just what makes them so special.

There are several criteria that go into the selection of a site:

  • First of all, it must be accessible by private car or public transportation.
  • Second, it should fall within the geography of Santa Rosa to the north, Fairfield to the east, and San Jose to the south.
  • Third, it must be able to handle a group of 30 to 40 and provide a docent or tour leader to add more insight.
  • Fourth, the activity should not be too strenuous and should be of 60 to 90 minutes in duration.
  • Finally, there must be a restaurant or eating establishment nearby where the group can enjoy a quality lunch at a reasonable price.

Depending on availability, Explore and Eat will usually take place on the fourth Friday of the month.

2015 History Report

updated 2/19/2016 ds

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