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Spring 2007

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Courtyard Garden Project
The Chinese Courtyard Garden at Pacific Asia Museum is a beloved and unique space in Southern California – a splendidly serene oasis of 3,300 square feet providing museum visitors an environment for quiet reflection.

The Courtyard was considered an integral element to the building when it was constructed by Grace Nicholson who regularly organized open-air events in the garden and sales of antiques from around the world.

However, the museum’s recent need to waterproof the north foundation wall provided an opportunity to rethink the garden. The museum is especially thankful for the advice of landscape designer Thomas B. Cox who made significant contributions to the hardscaping and lighting design, and also to architect Bob Ray Offenhauser, and June Li, Curator of the Chinese Garden and Jim Folsom, Director of the Botanical Gardens, both of The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens.

While the renovations and landscaping continue, the results are already revealing the tranquility of the garden and the wonderful beauty of the building’s architecture. In the garden, you will find the traditional Three Friends – bamboo representing resilience, pine signifying heartiness and the plum tree symbolizing rectitude.

Seasonal flowering plants will also be introduced into the garden and may include camellias, chrysanthemums, narcissus, orchids, and peonies. As we celebrate springtime in Pasadena, the Chinese Courtyard Garden has become “the jewel in the lotus” for all to contemplate and use.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Garden Project, please call David Spiro, Director of Development at 626-449-2742, ext. 28, or use the enclosed envelope.

Garden After

Donor Profile: Patricia Ayers Gallucci
Patricia Ayers Gallucci’s dedication to the arts and culture of Asia comes from her studies as a young artist in the United States and her unique experiences in post-war Japan.

Imari Dish  
Imari Dish, Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912), porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze polychrome enamels, Gift of Patricia Ayers Gallucci in honor of David Kamansky  

At the end of World War II, her father, a key member of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s staff, began the critical work of rebuilding Japan. The family joined her father in Tokyo in 1949. Patricia took this opportunity to study Japanese art with the Curator of the Imperial Household Museum, and took private lessons from a renowned Japanese artist.

During the family’s stay in Japan, Patricia began collecting many fine Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese jades, and Qianlong porcelains.

Pacific Asia Museum wishes to thank Patricia and her husband Michael for their countless contributions over the years. Patricia has chaired the museum’s Exhibitions and Collections Committees and continues to be an active member of the Asso-ciates and the Collectors’ Circle.