Animal Party at City Hall

Some interesting creatures have emerged in front of San Francisco City Hall, bringing bold colors and playfulness to the plaza. These vibrant large-scale animal sculptures are created by Taiwanese artist, Hung Yi (洪易). The art installation is entitled “Fancy Animal Carnival” featuring 19 baked enamel on steel plate sculptures, which includes the Sharing Elephant, Auspicious Triple Sheep, and Money Frog.

Yip, mom, and I had a fun excursion viewing the artwork. It appeared others did as well as they posed and took pictures with the animal sculptures. Afterwards, we walked along Hayes Valley to my favorite sweet shop to enjoy the beautiful day.











The art installation is free and open to public at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza from April 19 to May 7, 2015.

Chinese New Year Parade

Last weekend was the first time I attended the Chinese New Year Parade. I’ve always watched it on TV for many years, so it was especially exciting to see it person to enjoy the festivities. The Parade along with the Community Street Fair wrapped up a 2-week celebration of Chinese New Year. While Chinatown is always crowded, it was especially packed due to visitors for the Chinese New Year events. So getting there a few hours before the parade is a definite must. In doing so, you’ll also get to enjoy the street fair as well.

The parade started in Downtown at 5:15pm and makes its way to Chinatown, ending around 8pm. I viewed it at the end of the route and waited an hour for the first group to come our way.  This year is the Year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat. There are sightings of our local politicians, school marching bands, floats, dragons, lions dancers, and lots of sheep. It is good idea to protect young kids’ ears from the noise of firecrackers and drums. Overall, the spectacles were a blast! My favorite parts were seeing the kids dressed in sheep costumes and grand finale. At the end of the parade, all the loin dancers came out, performing stunt on vertical poles, and a 201 feet long Golden Dragon wrapped around the street with smoke, firecrackers, and confetti!























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Art Show + Ice Cream on Top

Last weekend, I went to the Meridian Interns Program (MIP) reunion show’s opening reception at Meridian Gallery. When I was in high school, I worked at this non-profit art gallery, located in downtown San Francisco. For this year’s reunion show, alumni interns were asked to submit their artwork, so I was really happy for the opportunity to display my work.  I submitted a painting, drawing, and a collaborative video with Yip about our business Ipomoea Films. And of course cat inspirations in all three pieces:) I got to see some friends, wonderful art work and even made a little speech! The show will up til August 20th. So check it out, if you’re in the area.

Also on our way back home that day, we stopped by Berkeley and got some ice cream at Ici! Wonderful creamy ice cream with quality ingredients you can taste. They have some creative flavors and hand rolled cones. Their shop is just cute and pretty and I love their logo.

Got the Candied Cacao Nibs! Perfect end to a great day in the city:)

(Yea I’m wearing a sweater because summer in the bay is cold.)

Book Surprise

Two weeks ago, I stopped by Meridian Gallery to drop off my art work for an upcoming intern’s reunion art show. To my surprise, the gallery was having a book workshop at that time. It was the “Gertrude Stein and her Contemporaries” book workshop, a collection from Dickran Tashjian, Professor Emeritus of Art History, UC Irvine. I work at the library and have a background in book conservation, therefore I am always thrill to view rare and special book collection. Prof. Tashjian showed me some wonderful children’s illustrated books, circus pop-ups, and many fascinating art books. The books were definitely eye candy for me! I was able to touch them and examine them up close. What’s more of a surprise is I meet his daughter, who is also a book conservator! I never meet anyone outside the library with the same unique skilled profession. And yep she knows my teacher too! What a small world!

Yip took some pictures of the workshop:

Meridian Gallery is located in Downtown San Francisco. Check out their Facebook page: for upcoming events. They have lots of wonderful exhibits and shows. I’ll be back there in two weeks! Come and see a few of my personal artwork.