December 2017 Happenings


The Fellows Visit Kusama Exhibit at The Broad

Spend the day surrounded by art, friendship, delicious food, and the result is pure merriment.  The Fellows of Robinson Gardens were welcomed by the VSA (Visitor Services Associate) at The Broad on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017. The Broad is a contemporary art museum, founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.  Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the museum offers free general admission to its permanent collection.  The Broad is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad Collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide which includes works by Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman and Roy Lichtenstein.  The 120,000 square-foot building features two floors of gallery space and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library.  Since opening in September 2015, The Broad has welcomed more than 1.5 million…

Our Gene Kelly: Lecture by Patricia Ward Kelly

Patricia Ward Kelly gave a very moving and heartfelt presentation of her life with her husband, famed dancer, actor, choreographer and director Gene Kelly at the Virginia Robinson Gardens on November 17, 2017. Charming, delightful and very engaging, Patricia captivated the audience at this sold-out lecture with her life story. Patricia grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. At Colorado College, she majored in English, and her specialty was Herman Melville. After graduate work at the University of Virginia, she was hired by PBS to do a documentary on Melville. She was then brought on as a writer for a 90 minute television special on the Smithsonian. The host/narrator was Gene Kelly, and “I had no idea who that was… and the irony was Gene hadn’t met a lot of people who didn’t know who he was,” Patricia related.  Although her father was a professor, and she grew up in an…

Spotlight on Patty Elias

Each month we will spotlight a volunteer, staff member, donor or sponsor of Virginia Robinson Gardens (VRG)—those that have made an impact on the organization. We want to let you, the reader, know a little bit about these wonderful people and corporations that give so much to the Virginia Robinson Gardens and community, and what they do that is so impactful.

This month, we spotlight Patty Elias, a dedicated Friend of Robinson Gardens and Board Member. This year, Patty was one of three recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award, given by the Friends of Robinson Gardens. We asked her these three questions:… Read More