Road Trip to Riverside to See Women of the New Contemporary

Hot Nerd Girl as "Sabe Sprocket" from Star Wars - Steampunk Universe in front of the Riverside CourthouseHot Nerd Girl as "Sabe Sprocket" from Star Wars - Steampunk Universe in front of the Riverside Courthouse

This Sunday we decided to mosey on out to Riverside to see the opening of “Women of the New Contemporary” at Brandstater Art Gallery, La Sierra University. On the way we stopped by downtown Riverside and explore some of the many, historic and funky architectural curiosities.

Number one on our list was the Historic Riverside Mission Inn. Construction began in 1876 by civil engineer Christopher Columbus Miller and was continued by his son Frank Augustus Miller until 1935. Today, it is a vast and intricate complex, occupying an entire city block.
We then encountered a street festival, the Riverside Dickens Festival, which had taken over downtown with colorful characters and cool booths. 
After a stop at the large fountain/clock outside City Hall, complete with Abraham Lincoln, for one weekend only we were granted access with camera to the interior of the Riverside Courthouse. Constructed in 1904, the county's first courthouse was designed by Franklin P. Burnam in beaux arts classical style to duplicate the facade of the 1900 Paris Exposition's Grand Palace of Fine Arts.
Then we were hungry and, sadly, we were in a hurry, so off to Carl's Jr. and a quick couple of photos of the Fox Theater, De Anza Theater, and Riverside's Metropolitan Museum before we drove the 10 miles over to La Sierra University's Brandstater Art Gallery to attend the opening reception for “Women of the New Contemporary.” Curated by Torrey Cook, founder/owner of Artists Republic Gallery, this exhibition is an exploration of women in the New Contemporary Art movement. Many of the artists who are exhibiting participated in an artist talk before the opening reception.
While we couldn't make it to the catacombs or Tio's Tacos, we grabbed some blast-from-the-past images to show these great spaces. 

Photos by Star Foreman

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