Many containers

Here at the David Alan Collection, we receive many containers of antiques, art and table slabs every year. Recently, we shipped a container from Thailand, and this post shares what “container day” is like at DAC. Teams from DAC in Thailand, Japan, and Bali pack and load our shipments; our team in Solana Beach empties the truck in less than a day. When you work at the David Alan Collection, “container day” is like Christmas, seven times a year! Continue reading “Many containers”

Balancing the Universe

From November 10th to December 3rd, 2017, Balancing The Universe: Shamanic Amulets, Instruments and Costumes, a collection of shaman pieces from across South East Asia, exhibited at David Alan Collection. We celebrated the opening of our exhibition with a party on November 9th, gathering friends and artists together at the Collection. The exhibition included a wide range of amulets, instruments and costumes personally collected by David from Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and across the Indonesian Islands. Join us as we share glimpses into the universal healing and spirit world of the Shamanic traditions. Continue reading “Balancing the Universe”

Art San Diego

On November 5th, 2015, the David Alan Collection presented a selection of art and culture drawn from the warehouse in Solana Beach, and from around the world, at the Art San Diego exhibition, in Balboa Park. Artists, craftspeople, and the curious gathered in our booth to share the beauty and authenticity of these unique treasures.

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Summer Party, 2015

The David Alan Collection gathered together art from twelve unique Indonesian artists, featuring Lindu Prasekti. To prepare for the party, David completely repainted the Collection’s gallery on Cedros Avenue, in Solana Beach. This makeover involved more than just a simple paint, as you will see below. The remodel took place in two phases, which we captured in the following videos. We hope you enjoy them. Continue reading “Summer Party, 2015”

Osher Institute, Part II

On March 12, 2015, David shared his travels and life in a presentation at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, UCSD, in La Jolla, CA. His compelling stories and vivid images transported his audience to the Far East and Southeast Asia. This post is the second in a two-part series of videos of David’s presentation. To view the first set of twenty five videos, please click here.

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Osher Institute

On March 12, 2015, David shared his travels and life in a presentation at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, UCSD, in La Jolla, CA. His compelling stories and vivid images transported his audience to the Far East and Southeast Asia. Together, they sought treasures in the people, places, and cultures that David calls home. We hope you enjoy these videos, which are presented below. Continue reading “Osher Institute”

Writing Every Day, Pre -Post Trek

I have been writing every day since I reached Kathmandu before the trek, May 7th. I didn’t want to lose those fleeting thoughts that occur when the mind is free like it was during this trek.  I’ve felt an undercurrent of internal change for the past year. Becoming is a vague, invisible process. I’ve been quietly hungry to end the strange stupidity that has me be anything I’m not.  Simply Me.  Haha. Great title to a book set surprisingly in the land of Zero Ego. Ha! That’s the best I can do: be who I am. Simple it sounds, but there are no manuals worth a shit written on the subject. There’s lots of writing, noble, beautiful, honest writing, but nothing works the same way twice. I am the one to discover what’s to be. The line between banal and profound is a tenuous, wiggly thing.

I’ve lived too long, trying to not give offense to others. I’m probably still a nice guy who will be happy to open the door for you and smile, but I don’t have time to always be nice or to worry if you will think bad things about me. I’m not in a hurry for anything right now. I just spent two days sitting on the deck looking at the gardens and hills, listening to the hawks screech, and writing. I’m happy. I have a lot to be happy about, but this happiness is groundless.

David

 

 

Dad

I have spent my few weeks at the Folk’s house as Dad was dying and finding photos, keepsakes, papers, and awards in the file drawers and boxes in the garage, as Dad was completing his life in preparation for the day.  I was driven to pull albums down from the highest shelves to look at the photos and records.  I didn’t understand the compulsion, but went with it.  That urge is over since last night.  There are many things untouched, but no pull to open them now. Continue reading “Dad”