Interest Group – Art and Garden

Group Leaders:  Jacque Schubert & Bev Nidick

To join this group, please contact group leader(s).

Art and Garden is an eclectic group with varied interests. Past activities have included trips to art museums, walking tours of S.F., trips to Filoli Garden and the Berkeley Botanical Garden. We have fun, always learn something new, and always have lunch during our outings! We meet 6-8 times per year.

Here are some of our past excursions:

March 4, 2015, 10:15 AM – 3:30 PM – Fertile Ground: Art & Community in CA

Join us for an 11:15 AM Docent Tour of the Oakland Museum’s “Fertile Ground”.  This exhibit is a collaborative effort with major works by Diego Rivera, Jackson Pollock and more from the SFMOMA’s collection combined with OMCA’s historical archives of documents, letters, and photographs — all to create a fuller picture of how art happens in the first place.

The two museums, coming together with a sense of community, tell stories which wouldn’t be possible individually about how these artists influenced one another and how they were influenced by the world around them — wars, the Great Depression, labor issues, the ’60’s counterculture, and the dot-com boom. There’s a myth of the solitary artist toiling away alone. But the way these artists have come together at various points is a huge part of the creative process.

We meet at 10:15 AM at Sycamore Park n’ Ride and Alamo Safeway Plaza to carpool to the museum, with lunch after the tour at the museum’s Blue Oak Cafe. Admission is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors. Contact Jacque Schubert or fill in the form below to sign up

January 21, 2015  9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Yosemite:  A Storied Landscape

Join us for a 1:00 pm Docent Tour of the California Historical Society’s “Yosemite: A Storied Landscape” in San Francisco.  Celebrate the 150-year anniversary of the Yosemite Grant, establishing the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias as the nation’s first protected wilderness,

This exhibition brings surprising, poignant, revealing, and sometimes tragic human stories of this land to life through photographs, videos, artworks, historic objects, and words.

We meet at 9:30 AM at Sycamore Park n’ Ride and Alamo Safeway Plaza to carpool to the 10:05 AM Walnut Creek BART. We’ll lunch in San Francisco. Admission is $5.00/person. Contact Jacque Schubert for more info or to sign up.

Thursday, November 13, 2014. 9:30 pm
Asian Art Museum’s “Roads of Arabia: Archeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.

This exhibit is a rare first glimpse (never before seen in North America) into a largely unknown past. Over the last 40 years, archeologists working in Saudi Arabia have unearthed an astonishing level of artifacts from the peninsula’s ancient past, radically transforming our understanding of the region. More than 200 objects are featured ranging from excavated stone tools — some dating back more than a million years — to a 17th century set of gilded doors that once graced the entrance of the Ka’ba, Islam’s holiest sanctuary. ‘Roads of Arabia’ explores the historical and cultural development of Arabia. Tracing ancient incense trade routes and early Islamic pilgrimage roads that once spanned the peninsula — connecting Arabia to Iraq, Syria, Egypt, the Mediterranean and beyond. The exhibition offers firsthand insight into the remarkable cultural interactions between Arabia and its diverse neighbors.

Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors (65+). We’ll carpool at 9:30 am from either Sycamore Park n’ Ride or Alamo Plaza to the 10:05 am Walnut Creek BART. At noon, we’ll take the free docent tour of the exhibit and we’ll lunch afterward at the museum’s café.  Contact Jacque Schubert to sign up by using the form above.

April 24th, Docent-led tour of Filoli House and Garden

8:40 am to ~~~

10:00 am docent-led tour of Filoli House and Garden, led by member Marcia Steinhardt’s husband, Herb Steinhardt. We will tour both the house and garden, with emphasis on the garden. Afterwards, we’ll lunch at the Café at Filoli. Cost is $15.00/person to be paid when we get there. This tour will be limited to 15 persons.

Filoli, a 654 acre estate, is a California State Historic Landmark and a historic site on the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Filoli is an outstanding showcase of early 20th century architecture and garden design. Construction of the house began in 1915 and the extensive formal garden was built between 1917 and 1929. The estate is located in Woodside, CA, and more information is available at

We’ll meet at 8:40 am at Sycamore Park n’ Ride or Alamo Safeway Plaza to carpool to Filoli and plan on leaving Filoli no later than 2:00 pm to avoid rush hour traffic. Contact Jacque Schubert to sign up or for more information.

March 20, 2014 – Olivina and Wente Gardens

On Thursday, March 20, the Art & Garden Interest Group will travel to the Livermore Valley for a 10 am docent tour and tasting at Olivina, a large estate producing California olive oils. Afterwards, we’ll cross the street and have a short, docent led tour of the Wente Gardens and then lunch at Wente. We’ll meet at either Sycamore Park n’ Ride or Alamo Safeway Plaza at 9:15 AM to carpool to Olivina.

Olivina has an essential place in the history of California olive oil production. In 1881 Julius Paul Smith carved out 2,000 acres of the Livermore Valley to cultivate wine grapes, walnuts and olives. Mr. Smith’s ranch was aptly named “Olivina” and a stone gateway with “Olivina” in wrought iron still marks the entrance. In the mid-1990’s, a renewed interest in producing finer, high-quality California grown olive oils began to take hold, and California now produces 97% of all the olive oil made in the US. In 2007, Olivina received its first of many international gold medals for olive oil produced on the estate. Some of the olive trees are over 100 years old, and all of the olive oil is milled on site and unfiltered for highest quality, flavor and aroma.

For more information or to sign up, contact Jacque Schubert

February 20, 2014 – St. Mary’s College Museum of Art, Moraga

We will tour the following:

  • “From Swords to Plowshares: Metal Trench Art from World War I”.  During the Great War, soldiers and prisoners of war crafted pieces of art from artillery shells, bullets, aircraft parts, shrapnel, and other salvaged military detritus. The earliest works in the exhibition are brass, made between battles in France and Belgium. The works tell tales of bravery, grief, loneliness, boredom, fear, faith, hope, despair and patriotism in a time of destruction. The artists represent most of the countries engaged in the Great War.
  • “Songs of the Patriot: How Music Helped Win World War One”. Fifty original chromolithographs, cover sheets, and patriotic posters are on view.  Remastered original recordings of the music plays in the exhibition.
  • “Illuminating Divine Word Anew: Heritage Edition of the St. John’s Bible” in the Studio Gallery.  Commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey, this is the first hand-written, illuminated Bible manuscript in more than 500 years. Only 299 Heritage sets with hand-applied 24 carat gold illumination were produced.

Cost is $5/person. Meet and carpool from either Sycamore Park n’ Ride or Alamo Safeway Plaza at 10:15 AM. After the tour, we will lunch at Park Bistro Restaurant, Lafayette.

December 7, 2013 – Pleasanton’s Public Art

Nancy & Gary Harrington, Pleasanton’s premier art patrons (aka Harrington Gallery), will give us a personally-led guided tour of the northern end of Pleasanton’s Public Art. They have both donated and been instrumental in the acquisition of a portion of the public art in Pleasanton, including the Firehouse Arts Building. We will get an “insiders” view of the artists and their stories and learn how public art is acquired.

The walking tour will be from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a tour of “Remnants: Recent Works by California Fiber Artists” at the Harrington Gallery. The cost for this event is a $5.00/person donation to the Harrington Gallery. After the tour, we will lunch in Pleasanton and the Harringtons will join us to address any additional questions or comments we might have. We will meet to carpool at 9:30 a.m. from either the Danville Sycamore Park n’ Ride or Alamo Safeway Plaza.

Contact Jacque Schubert for questions or comments.

Friday, October 18th San Francisco City Guides Walking Tour titled “City Scapes & Public Places.”   Discover hidden parks and rooftop gardens while learning colorful history and distinctive architecture of San Francisco’s Financial District with a docent-led  tour.    The tour begins at 11:00 am and lasts 1-1/2 to 2 hours.    There is some stair climbing involved.   We have taken numerous walking tours from SF City Guides over the years and have never been disappointed with the friendly and knowledgeable docents and content of the tours.    After the tour, we’ll lunch in San Francisco.

We’ll carpool at 9:30 am from either the Sycamore Park n’ Ride or Alamo Safeway Plaza to the Walnut Creek BART and catch the 10:05 am BART to Montgomery Station.   Cost is $12.00 per person and is non-refundable.  I have already paid the $120.00 tour fee.   If we have 12 attendees, the cost will lower to $10.00 per person, with additional attendee funds going to SF City Guides.    This trip will be limited to 18 people so we can all easily hear our docent.

Please contact Jacque Schubert if you have questions or comments.   October is always a beautiful month in the city and should be perfect for a walking tour.   I hope to see you on October 18th.   Jacque Schubert