We are closed today for Christmas Eve and tomorrow for Christmas. But we’re back open on Wednesday—and with special extended holiday hours (10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) through Friday, Jan. 4. Remember, though, that we’re closed for New Year’s Day, and reservations will still be required for the Jan. 3 Free Day.
Thursday marks the start of the week-long Viewing Stones Show in Friends’ Hall. The California Aiseki Kai presents its 23rd annual show featuring more than 100 outstanding examples of suiseki and other viewing stones. Long a popular art form in Asia, viewing stones invite contemplation of their subtle, fanciful forms, shaped by nature, the elements, and time. The show is free and on view from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 2 (except for Jan. 1, as we’re closed that day).
Also starting Thursday and running concurrently with the Viewing Stones Show is “Bob Watson’s ‘Suiseki,’” a special historical presentation of over 70 stones collected by Robert T. Watson, former head of the Japanese Garden and an early American proponent of suiseki. This show takes place in the Ikebana House behind the Japanese Garden and is free with general admission.
More stones! “Steel and Stone: Forms from the Desert” is a third week-long show that kicks off Thursday. Taking place in the Flora-Legium at the Botanical Center, the show will feature 10 steel sculptures of desert flora by Khachik Khachatouryan and 28 desert stones from the American Viewing Stone Resource Center. This event is also free with general admission.
For information on events that require registration and/or additional fees, please check out the calendar on The Huntington’s website.
Kate Lain is the new media developer in the office of communications at The Huntington.