Your total years on this Big Blue Marble may be a secret, but the beauty and inspiration you’ve given us for lo these many years are well-known — and equally immeasurable.

We wish you a most-splendid day… and please know that every one of us has been inspired by your and Anne’s beautiful lives. May the strength of Volcan be with you on this day and many years to come! And…if you care to…Help us surprise James with funds for THE HUBBELL ARCHIVE PROJECT. We know he’ll be very appreciative.   >> You can make your gift here

Leave a birthday message for James below. We’ll present them to him on October 23rd with a card containing all your birthday greetings. And don’t forget, shhhh…it’s a surprise!


The above photo was taken a year ago after the performance of “Queen Calafia’s Pilgrimage” when students from Spencer Valley School unfurled a “Happy Birthday” banner for James.

205 responses to “Happy Birthday James!”

  1. Ann F Hogen says:

    Happy Birthday,

    Thank you for all the beautiful contributions you are making to our world.
    We hope to come and visit during the next Open House.

    Sincerely,
    The Hogen Family

  2. Fr. Peter M. Escalante says:

    James,
    Congratulations and best wishes as you reach this milestone. Your contritions to Inspire and create beauty have been a blessing to so many. Mission San Diego will continue to be a jewel of our city thanks to your splendid works.
    God bless and keep you and Anne!🙏

    Fr. Peter M. Escalante
    Pastor, Mission San Diego

  3. Sharon Wade says:

    Happiest of Birthdays to you, James, who lives in the most beautiful place “Between Heaven and Earth”.
    Winston and Sharon Wade
    Rancho Bermardo
    Friends of the Julian Library

  4. Aileen and Richard Nowaczek says:

    The Pacific Rim Park of the Lower Rhine Valley. Surrounded by your sculptures and paintings, we immerse ourselves in music, which connects us all. Thank you for your creative devotion. Happy Birthday!
    Aileen and Richard Nowaczek
    Germany

  5. Molla Braunstein says:

    Happy Birthday to you, the most inspirational person and artist! I have been working with fractals for the last several years and because I watched a video about you I want to do so many other things. Thank you for your gifts of making this world a more beautiful place. Molla, brenmoreartstudio.com

  6. Teo says:

    Among the trees and sky, colors change with every step.
    The moment receives the wonder, humility, gratitude……….
    The expansiveness continues, life’s unfolding in front of us……. alongside us… around us, above us, below….
    This is too grand to make this, Nature, the Divine did it just right.

    Joyful, elated and in awe…… there lands a sense of peace and ease…….
    Sitting into the refrain of needing to make this encompassing beauty that surrounds us.
    It is here, we are here………..
    Resting, breathing……….
    Life is beautiful. The Divine is smiling with us.
    From this place, life’s song is sung
    And life’s dance begun.

  7. Sharon Wade says:

    Happy Birthday James, who lives at one of the most beautiful places “Between Heaven and Earth”!!
    Winston and Sharon Wade
    Rancho Bernardo, CA

  8. Karen Rohrbaugh says:

    Happy Birthday Dear James! I hope you have a fantastic day, week and year. May all the love, kindness, wonder and joy you put into the world, come back to you today. Have a blessed, blissful day!
    Love and gratitude,

    Karen & Janis

  9. Julie Hampton says:

    Almost late to the birthday party! Wishing you a very Happy Birthday James! Your art in my home inspires me everyday. The work you have created in the world brings so much peace and happiness to everyone who encounters it. My love and gratitude to you and your whole family!

  10. Kyle says:

    Hi Jim,

    In these crazy times, I guess this is how we have a party – online. Have a great birthday and I hope to get out there soon to see you and Anne.

    Love
    Kyle

  11. Asha says:

    Happy Birthday Jim. Your work is AMAZING. My family and I flipped through the 4 walls coloring book. It was super great and creative. Left me wondering what the inspiration was. I am currently coloring the one with the man sitting on the creature with the rain cloud. Have a great day🍀

  12. Loretta Brenner says:

    Happy Birthday James! Thank you for all the goodness and beauty you bring to the world!
    Much love from, Loretta, Jackson, and David (from Angie’s sister, Loretta in Oregon)

  13. leslie redick says:

    Happy Birthday to you from The Sea Ranch where your beautiful chapel continues to give, whether it is a lone flute player or a gang for a wedding….Thank you.

  14. Amy Wilhite says:

    Happy Birthday, James!
    Thank you for your commitment to creating beauty!
    You are an inspiration.

    Much love,

    Amy Wilhite
    Bandon, OR
    (formerly of San Diego, CA)

  15. Annie Dover says:

    Happy Birthday James: the collector of ideas, beauty, touch, empathy, sound and goodness; the giver of ideas, beauty, touch, empathy, sound and goodness. Another year; another giving and another receiving.
    Annie Dover

  16. Chris Gifford says:

    Happiest of Birthdays Jim!
    Thank you for all the beautiful memories.
    The sky is blue
    With a golden hue
    That surrounds you.
    Love, Chris and Mariko Gifford

  17. Robert Wenhardt says:

    Happy Birthday James!!!!!

  18. Cori and Tom Grunow says:

    Happy Birthday, Jim!
    Thank you for bringing more beauty into our lives!!
    Cori & Tom Grunow

  19. Marla Stevens says:

    Happy birthday dear James!
    What a blessing your presence has been in my life since the early 90’s. Sister Cities. Dostoevsky: Beauty will save the world. Amazing trip to Russia. Visits to your home with family and friends. I am so grateful for your spirit, your smile, your acceptance of everything that comes our way. Your limitless creativity, your gentle step on our planet. Many thanks to you and Anne for the extraordinary virtual visit in June. A treasure. I wish you a birthday filled with what I call “sparkle moments” to bring you joy. Much love to you.

  20. Martha and Larry Thum says:

    May your special day be filed with sunshine, rainbows and smiles.

  21. Sherry Krulle-Beaton says:

    I first met you Jim listening to jazz at the Triton on El Cajon Boulvard near SDSU. I was in awe of the magical intimate space you created. I needed to know more about you and your art and philosophy. Happily over these many years that has happened as you continue to influence me in my art.

    Happy Birthday and thank you for your creative spirit everyday.
    Love, Sherry

  22. Julian Duval says:

    Dear Jim

    It was a special lady by the name of Edna Pulver who introduced me to you back in 1996. I consider that connection and all that followed from our knowing you to be an important treasure for Leslie and I both. We wish you a very Happy Birthday.

    Julian Duval

  23. Susan Davison says:

    Here’s to a color-filled, music-filled, glorious Birthday!

    Happy Birthday !

  24. James Horecka, AIA, Architect says:

    Jim,

    The original creations of you and those who work alongside you have inspired me since a friend first turned me on to your vision, in the late Seventies. For over four decades, more and more as time rolls on.

    Happy birthday! Many happy returns!

    BTW: I very much enjoyed the ‘virtual’ Open House this year: Well done; kudos to all involved. Still, I look forward to 2021, when I hope to again take my spot in the Big Studio volunteering on Father’s Day. That always means a lot to me.

  25. Darren says:

    Keep on truckin’! Darren

  26. Anonymous says:

    You are a gift to all of us. Best wishes for a beautiful birthday. Carol and Peter

  27. Thamby and Loelia Kumaran says:

    Happy Birthday Jim! We think so fondly of you and Anne often. Love to you both!

  28. Ava Bhavsar says:

    Thank you for the gentleness, friendship, beauty and joy that you bring to the San Diego community. With deep respect, i wish you a wonderful birthday.

  29. Melanie Rocks says:

    Thank you for bringing so much love and beauty to the world. Happy Birthday!!

  30. Timothy Stiven says:

    🦛🐦🐑🐑 translatesates better on text) But Happy Birthday. Thank you for bringing so much beauty into the world. A world that needs it more than ever. When we look back, we will not be able to conclude it was all bad. We had you. Honored to be a small spect on your global canvas.

  31. Laurie Peters says:

    Happy Birthday James! A short time crossing paths with you & Ilan Lael many years ago continues to inspire a lifetime of inspiration. Thank you for so much beauty you’ve shared with so many. All best wishes to you, for your birthday, and Every Day. With much gratitude!

  32. Julia Fister says:

    Happy Birthday Jim!
    What undiluted joy to know you and Ann, what undiluted joy to have worked with you and what undiluted joy you bring the world! Thank you for always helping us find light in the darkness, for “the dark sky is full of light.” Wishing you the happiest of birthdays and much love, happiness and wild imaginings in the years to come! Julia

  33. Brooks Mason says:

    Happy Birthday to you and thank you for creating beautiful art, architecture, and Ilan-Lael for us to experience and enjoy! I’m grateful for your inspirational gifts to humanity. Cheers and best wishes for a great “new year!”

  34. Romel Hokanson` says:

    Happy Happy Day – celebrating this day of your birth! Thank you! for sharing your many many gifts of creativity and talent and so much more to/for all.

  35. Sue Adams (Snyder) says:

    Dear Jim,
    You have had such an impact on the world…just scrolling down through the Birthday wishes took 15 minutes!

    I am filled with joy when I think of the times I had the opportunity to work for your endeavors…and I loved every minute.
    I will never forget the impact the beauty of your home had on my daughter (9 at the time). She came out of the Boy’s house and leaned her head into me and said, “Mom, why do I feel like weeping?!”

    Joy lives in Beauty. And it can make us weep.

    Love you and have a lovely birthday.
    Sue Adams (Snyder)

  36. Mary Ann Wegelin says:

    Dear James,

    Happy, Happy Birthday!!!
    Thank you for sharing your artistic passions with a world that is far better off because of them! Thank you for touching so many hearts and souls with your imagination put to so many amazing artistic creations…I consider myself blessed to have crossed, albeit for a brief moment, the path of your creative life’s journey…you have taken one of my favorite quotes:

    “To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.” ― Anatole France.

    and transformed your imagination into tangible beauty for all to enjoy and admire…THANK YOU, BLESS YOU and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  37. Nancie Crowley says:

    Hi James, When Sim Bruce Richards designed our home in Los Altos Hills in 1971 he asked if he could introduce us to a, “wonderful, young artist (40)” to embellish our home with beauty. We were just 30 and had three little children. His introduction to you and Anne was such a glorious gift to us! Each day, to be surrounded by your marvelous spirit created in wood, metal, and colorful glass is such a joy. As a fellow artist, to have painted beside you at your Life Drawing/Painting Salon, or your Quiet Place Chapel, or on a sail boat in British Columbia, has been such a treat. When you created the gorgeous, huge 3D window for my studio you said you liked it so much it was just “on loan”. No way Jim! You and Anne must come and visit it, and us, lots more. Happy Birthday Dear One! Love, Nancie Crowley

  38. Carol Schloo-Wright and Ken Wright says:

    Happy Birthday, Jim!🎈🎊🎁🎉🎂🥳
    Thank you for being an inspiration to many and a guardian and champion for all things natural.
    Your friends and admirers,
    Carol Schloo-Wright and Ken Wright

  39. Jay Evarts says:

    You’ve been a wonderful inspiration ever since I got to know you while working on the Hubbell
    Gateway a lifetime ago!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    🎂🎉

  40. Barbara says:

    Thank you for the beauty you have given to our home and to the world.

  41. Tom Leech says:

    hmmm… warble… Happy Birthday Dear Jim … from a way-back fan and crony who has appreciated hugely all the good work you’ve created right here and around the Pacific Rim and even those Palace Doors over in Abu Dhabi. Hi Anne and stay healthy up there in your artist’s abode.

  42. Annie Fagan says:

    I have gratitude daily for our paths’ crossing and treasure the moments shared drawing together, building your beautiful glassworks, framing your paintings, gazing upon this beautiful planet and breathing in the mountain air as well as the sea breezes, your way of taking quiet pause and then moving forward with fresh perspective…Have a Happy Birthday Jim🎉 and remember to wear the crown in grand style 🎂
    🎨💕Annie

  43. Ron Elliott says:

    I am thankful for the people like you who move to the beat of a different drum, one who’s rhythm is in tune with Mother Earth and the beauty that surrounds us. Happy Birthday James Hubbell!

  44. JEANETTE R STEVENS says:

    May this, your special day, dear Jim, be filled with unparalleled joy, wonder and love. I’m surrounded in my home with your artistry from stain glass to watercolors, paintings, sculpture, folding screen, and chandelier/candelabra. Your works create an enduring sense of enchantment and mystery, enhancing my life immeasurably. HAPPY BIRTHDAY and THANK YOU!
    Love, light & awe, Jeanette

  45. JEANETTE R STEVENS says:

    May this, your special day, dear Jim, be filled with unparalleled joy, wonder and love. I’m surrounded in my home with your artistry from stain glass to watercolors, paintings, sculpture, folding screen, and chandelier/candelabra. Your works create an enduring sense of enchantment and mystery, enhancing my life immeasurably. HAPPY BIRTHDAY and THANK YOU!
    Love, light & awe, Jeanette

  46. Cathy Conheim says:

    Dear James.
    Donna and I have had the privilege of not only hosting the projects you have put out in the world, starting with Vladavostok and ending with the project here in San Diego,, but for 21 years we have had the privilege to have the wonderful building in our back yard and a house full of your glass, paintings and sculptures. The ever changing light in the building and throughout our home reminds us of the changing moods and cycles of the world and all of us. Being able to work in a building like that has produced truly transformational therapy. I feel blessed to have yours and Anne’s friendship and to daily be bathed in the colors that dance around our house. Your life on this planet has made a huge difference and your presence in my life has deeply impacted me .. I wish for you and the world more days of creativity , we need you more now than ever. Whatever the day, I am so glad you were born and that you have been in my life. Happy Birthday !!! Love Cathy

  47. Cathy Conheim says:

    Dear James.
    Donna and I have had the privilege of not only hosting the projects you have put out in the world, starting with Vladavostok and ending with the project here in San Diego,, but for 21 years we have had the privilege to have the wonderful building in our back yard and a house full of your glass, paintings and sculptures. The ever changing light in the building and throughout our home reminds us of the changing moods and cycles of the world and all of us. Being able to work in a building like that has produced truly transformational therapy. I feel blessed to have yours and Anne’s friendship and to daily be bathed in the colors that dance around our house. Your life on this planet has made a huge difference and your presence in my life has deeply impacted me .. I wish for you and the world more days of creativity , we need you more now than ever. Whatever the day, I am so glad you were born and that you have been in my life. Happy Birthday !!! Love Cathy

  48. Nadine spier says:

    Thank you for all the love and light you have brought to the world. Have a glorious birthday.

  49. Diddo Clark says:

    Dear Dear Jim, Best wishes for a happy birthday, and many more, with love from Diddo Clark

  50. Lilly Fluger says:

    Happiest joy filled wishes to you for a year that warms your heart and inspires your soul. Thanks for all you are and do.

  51. Marti Kranzberg says:

    ♥¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Happy Birthday to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸♥¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪
    Happy BirthWeek to you!! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥¸¸.•*¨*•♫
    ♪Happy BirthMonth ♥♥♥dear James
    ♪♫•*¨*•.¸♥Happy Birthday ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ to YOU! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸♥
    Let the celebration continue! Create something brilliant!
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    (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ ♥ ♥
    With love and gratitude for the beauty you have created that enriches so many lives!
    Stay safe & healthy and stay creative!
    Marti ♥

  52. Jeyon Kim says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Jim.
    Congratulations and greetings from Jeju Island.
    You are always part of Jeju as you breathed an inspiration into the Jeju PRP.
    Also, you are part of my everyday life as one of your stained glass art works is the locked screen image of my phone. Whenever I unlock the mobile, I see you through the wonderful work.
    Thank you for the thoughts you shared with us.
    Thank you for everything you did for all.
    I miss you!
    Again, Happy Birthday to you!!!

  53. Diane Jacky LeBlanc says:

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Hubbell! We used to live next to you just down the hill. Many, many moons ago, I babysat your youngsters a couple of times. Loved all the freeform art at your place, especially the big “mushroom”!

    Wishing you all the best and many more birthdays to come!

  54. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday James!
    Thanks for sharing your art with the world.
    Your sculpture at The Art Alley on Cedros has been enjoyed by thousands in the past year. Touring your
    Santa Isabel Work space and Studio and home was a highlight for my artist girlfriend Stacy and I (it was our second date!).
    May you have many more years of creating all things beautiful and wonderful.
    With appreciation and respect,
    Daniel Powell

  55. Jim and Barbara Hartung says:

    Jim, we send our heartiest happy birthday wishes to you. You have given so much to our world, our community and to us. We will never be able to convey how much we have gained by being your and Anne’s friend. Best to you.

  56. Jim and Barbara Hartung says:

    Jim, we send our heartiest happy birthday wishes to you. You have given so much to our world, our community and to us. We will never be able to convey how much we have gained by being your and Anne’s friend. Best to you.

  57. Drew says:

    Dad I am not sure why I was so blessed to be born into our family with you & mom as parents. The spirits were watching over me. From a young age you taught us that good things come from hard work & dedication to a craft that you love. For the last 25 years have enjoyed learning from & working with you on so many magical Projects. One of the biggest lessons I have gleamed from our time together is to always find the beauty in everything you do.
    Have a special birthday!
    Love Drew

  58. Carolyn, and Tom Owen-Towle says:

    Dear Jim,
    From our introduction by Joan Bigge many years ago to now, our friendship has been an odyssey of
    family connections, marriages, birthdays, memorials and more. I find our common commitment to beauty
    and its potential for good in the world to be a deep bond between us. My insight into your vision only deepened through my story written and shared about the Pacific Rim Parks. Your special birthday
    celebrated at the Church, where we could share with others your magnificent fountain and its story of collaboration, my participation in Ilan Lael, and friendship with you and Anne, fill me with gratitude and
    warm love on your birthday.
    Carolyn, and Tom

  59. Cristobal says:

    James, receive all our love today and ever. Genya, Sofia, and I wish you a very Happy Birthday!!!

  60. Vicki Bergstrom says:

    What a joy and inspiration it has been to know you for almost 50 years! I am so grateful to have shared many wonderful adventures with you in the Sierras and in the Sea of Cortez as well as here in Julian! Words really can’t express it all… Happy Birthday Jim!

  61. Katie Borton says:

    Many happy returns!

  62. Peggy and John Holl says:

    You art is an inspiration to all of us. The legacy that you will leave for San Diego County is immesurable.
    Thanks for what you have done. And Happy Birthday, Jim

  63. Joan L Murphy says:

    Dear James, How many of our lives have been enriched by your being here in this world, and by your work. How generous you’ve been with sharing. I have one of your gorgeous hanging stained glass creations in my psychotherapy office. It seems to bring a special kind of grace to the process of therapy. May you have many more years to enjoy. May you know how much you’re valued and appreciated. Thank you.

  64. Rip and Nancy says:

    Jim you have always been an inspiration to me. I take great pride in being a part of a few of your installations. Wishing you many more happy and healthy years. Happy Birthday, Rip
    Jim I’d like to add being exposed to you, your warmth, and your creations is such a joy for me and so many. Thank you for the gifts you give to us. Happy Birthday, Nancy

  65. Doug Humphrey says:

    I was a young architecture student when I first met you and although that is now 50 years in the rearview mirror, your influence has never stopped. The lesson of relaxing and enjoying the design experience and feeling free to follow ones imagination has never been lost. Over all these years your work has been the greatest example of that approach. After all you’ve given of yourself to the arts, I wish you the very best of all life’s gifts on your birthday. Happy Birthday and many more to come.

  66. Eloise Lau/Dan Kinnard says:

    Thank you Jim for creating our wonderful house.
    Dan and I love it here and so does everyone who comes to visit us.

    We wish you the very best on your birthday and may you have many more.

    Happy Birthday from Dan and Eloise

  67. Doug Humphrey says:

    I was a young architecture student when I first met you and although that is now 50 years in the rearview mirror, your influence has never stopped. The lesson of relaxing and enjoying the design experience and feeling free to follow ones imagination has never been lost. Over all these years your work has been the greatest example of that approach. After all you’ve given of yourself to the arts, I wish you the very best of all life’s gifts on your birthday. Enjoy this one and many more to come.

  68. Heidi/John Farkash says:

    James and Anne, the world is a much better place for you in it—thank you for the beauty and the love…
    John, Heidi and Gina Farkash

  69. Rewa Colette Soltan says:

    You are a precious gift to everyone whose pleasure it has been to be in your orbit, James. It has been a privilege to welcome you and your art to Saint James by-the-Sea. I have been in awe of your inspired works since the early 70s. Half a century later, my admiration and respect has increased exponentially. Abundant Blessings on your birthday – may it be as special as YOU are!

  70. Brandy Sacks says:

    Happy Anniversary – another trip around the sun! May the coming year bring you much peace and joy.

    A lotus for you.

  71. Gail Warner says:

    Introduced to your work some 35 years ago, I was fascinated with the buildings. In 1994 I began the journey of creating a retreat center and when we began building earthen buildings–Cob, Strawbale, and other methods– the magic of your inspiration was carried into our projects. We have 6 earthen structures and just celebrated our 26th birthday. Though we are closed due to covid, we have a small village of healers and artists continuing their work in various ways.

    I celebrate your Birthday and your life.

    Thanks to you and your wife and all who have collaborated with you over the years. Blessings!

  72. Nancy Young says:

    Happy Birthday, James!

    I will never forget meeting you on my visit to your creative awe-inspiring home in Julian with Dr Arne Starr! Thank you so much for being the distinguished speaker and artist for the 2018 UCI Starr Lecture – “The Space Between.” You are a marvel and an inspiration. May your day be extra special and filled with wonder and enchantment!
    Hugs (virtual) to you! 🤗

  73. Nancy Young says:

    Happy Birthday, James!

    I will never forget meeting you on my visit to your creative awe-inspiring home in Julian with Dr Arne Starr! Thank you so much for being the distinguished speaker and artist for the 2018 UCI Starr Lecture – “The Space Between.” You are a marvel and an inspiration. May your day be extra special and filled with wonder and enchantment!
    Hugs (virtual) to you! 🤗

  74. Marjorie Coburn says:

    Happy Birthday, Jim!

    I’m so glad we met at your open house several years ago and that you…..finally….agreed to do an Art Show at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla. It is a great gift to know your art better and be a witness to all you can do with your imagination and skill, but it is even more of a gift to know you. To be able to hear your thoughts regarding art and life and how the experience is of creating art is more precious than the art itself has enhanced my life. I thank you for that one gem of wisdom, among so many others. And it is wonderful to see how you and Anne and your family love each other and the world around you. I am honored and warmed by our friendship.

    You are such a gift to so many. Happy Birthday, Jim!
    Midge Coburn

  75. Necla Tschirgi says:

    James,
    After visiting your beautiful home/art center and meeting you and Anne almost two years ago, I have looked forward to the opportunity of returning there. Unfortunately, it did not happen and it is not likely happen soon. However, I live at the entrance of Shelter Island and I pass by your amazing creations in Shelter Island during my daily walks and say hello to you and Anne from the shores of the Pacific. On Friday, I will add a special “Happy Birthday” to my greeting. Wishing you all the goodness and happiness you have shared with the world.

  76. Nancie & Jerry Crowley says:

    Happy Birthday James! Sim Bruce Richards, while conceiving living space for humans said, “It is important when first waking up one sees beauty.” When he asked you to help us enhance his “Treehouse” creation, it resulted in beauty and nature totally surrounding us. Throughout Treehouse’s interior and exterior, beauty resides – in all places you’ve touched. When a full moon shines through our bedroom Hubbell skylight (you added Bruce’s ancient ship prism) God’s nature ingulfs us in light throughout the evening. Friends, relatives, and clients visiting Nancie’s Treehouse Studio marvel at the breath of the 100’s of your works where joy resides. You have blessed our children’s homes with many of your treasures. Our love affair with you and Anne spans 50 years. We love you!! Wishing continued good health, creativity and forever happiness.

  77. Sheri says:

    Happy Birthday to a man who has brought joy to so many through your expressions in art and architecture.

  78. Debb Solan says:

    Dear James, The lovely and talented Jan Beaton encouraged me to come and volunteer for your Father’s Day event, meeting you in person was a highlight in my life, your mastery of so many artistic mediums, your imagination and your indomitable spirit will stay with me forever. Happiest of birthdays to you beautiful spirit you have brought so much joy to the world!
    Age is only a number. Joy keeps you young.
    Much love to you and yours on this special day. <3

  79. Chuck Lang says:

    Have a Happy Birthday Jim! You are a very special person in Teri’s and my life and we very much appreciate all that you do for the smaller community of San Diego and the larger community of the world. You are a gem!
    Chuck and Teri Lang

  80. Wendy says:

    Happy birthday.. you are such an amazing
    Creative, gifted aRchitect, artist..
    Thank you for inspiring and loving wat you do and your mission and your family…
    And sharing with us your everything.
    With love and gratitude , always and
    Forever Wendy millstein

  81. Happy Scanlon Moore says:

    Happy Birthday, James! May this year bring you JOY.
    Many years ago at a class at SDSU you asked us the question: “If there were no flowers, how would you go about creating them?” It is a question that brings Art and Science together which I have never forgotten. Thank you for listening to your soul and sharing it with us through new and exciting creative channels. Love to you today and of course a ripple of laughter.

  82. Cristina c Garcia says:

    Dear Jim,
    Thank you for your friendship and for inspiring young people from across the continents to know & learn from each other and work cooperatively designing and building parks around the world. Your vision is golden and we wish you many more golden moments of inspiration in the years ahead!
    Happy Birthday from your Filipino friends in the US and the Philippines
    Cristina and Tom Garcia

  83. Christy Morse says:

    Happy Birthday! My visits to see you have always been magical for me, from your coming to Margaret’s house in La Jolla to our MACP Board meetings in your new building. 2020 has been crazy but I’m still lucky to think of you daily as I enjoy your glass creations in my kitchen, enclosed porch, entry and one of your watercolors in my living room.
    Your art works all remind me of you – a creative thoughtful and wonderful person I have been blessed to know. All my Best to you and Ann

  84. Suzie Wallen says:

    Your life … what you have created feeds my soul. I feel at peace while inspired and energized when visiting your property and surrounded by your art. Your essence radiates through every piece of glass, formed metal and iron, each stone and the earth as she opens her bouny as your muse. I am so blessed to have met you and been able to immerse myself in all the life/magic you draw out of the natural elements that often remain hidden beneath the false reality that many in this capitalistic society call life.
    Have a very Happy Birthday James!
    May your heART continue to be filled with creativity, joy, and peace.
    Suzie
    ~🌻🦋💚🦋🌻~

  85. Milford Wayne Donaldson says:

    Happy Birthday Jim! When I first met you, you were only 32 years young and left the most lasting and inspiring experience on a young 22 year old. Over the years you have brought love, peace and art throughout the world and continue to inspire all those you touch. Enjoy your special day and thanks to your parents and Anne for giving you to all humanity.
    Love, Wayne and Laurie

  86. Kat says:

    Jim – I wish you the happiest of birthdays. I feel so lucky to have met you and your wonderful family, truly an inspiration in my life! Happy Happy!!

  87. Jan Beaton says:

    Hubs!
    Wishing you a wonderful Friday with Anne and your family. I have always had an
    impulse to nickname persons I care about. You and Anne have lovely names, regal! Queen Anne, King James and living in a castle on a hill. Back I don’t know how long ago I began referring to Anne as Anathan and you as Hubs. Expanding Anne’s first name and shortening your last name. As your birthday approaches I begin to wonder if there was any symbolism in my choosing Hubs. It turns out there was. Hub by definition is the central part of a circular object. It is also defined as an airport or city through which an airline routes most of its traffic. With a simple change of airport to artport your home, work, dedicated assistances and inspiration qualifies as a hub for dissemination of and a depository for creativity. The spokes began in the east county, expanded to all over the globe. Like Maryushka in one of Hubs favorite fairytales James has left for future generations glowing rainbow feathers of creativity. The last line of Suzanne Massie’s version of the Fire Bird she writes. “The glowing rainbow feathers were magic and remain undimmed , but show their colors only to those who love beauty and seek to make beauty for others.
    Thank you Hubs! On your Birthday
    love Jan Beaton

  88. Victoria Lea says:

    Happy Birthday, dearest James Hubbell! What a surprise to learn that we share a libra/scorpio entry into this crazy lifetime. Through visiting and volunteering for 30 years, anxiously awaiting the Open House events, and a few Tj trips, I feel blessed with the opportunity to see a better, more beautiful, more kind, gentle and grateful world through your art and presence. Thank you for your many gifts to all of us. The brilliant twinkle in your eyes as you share your ideas is truly magical. May you continue to be blessed!

  89. Marshall Webb says:

    Lots and lots of love from Marshall and Katie!

  90. Carlos and Joanne Romero says:

    Happy Birthday James
    There are not enough words to show our appreciation for the privilege to know you, your amazing work, and visit your beautiful home on Father’s Day Open House. I will always remember the glass shop next to the pizza restaurant many years ago. You are a very special person and we are blessed to have you in our life. Looking to seeing you next Father’s Day at Open House. Enjoy your day and many more Birthdays.
    Carlos and Joanne Romero

  91. Enna Osborn says:

    Happy Birthday James! You have changed my whole concept of art and architecture. And I’ve met some truly amazing people who were connected to you in some wonderful way.

  92. The Elitharps says:

    Happiest of Birthday Wishes, sir! My Dad introduced me to your amazing talent many years ago. And I introduced your beautiful creations to my daughter. I look forward to sharing your talent with my grandbabies someday! Thank you for making the world more beautiful for so many to enjoy! Enjoy your special day doing what brings you the most joy with those you cherish.

  93. Patricia Frischer and Darwin Slindee says:

    A national treasure, a treasure among treasures. We hope you stay happy and healthy. To one of the wisest men we know we send love and Happy Birthday wishes.

  94. Juli Zerbe says:

    Happy Birthday Jim! Your gentle influence over the years has had a tremendous affect on our family in many, many ways. You are SO appreciated! Thank you.

  95. Juli Zerbe says:

    Happy Birthday Jim! Your gentle influence over the years has had a tremendous affect on our family in many, many ways. You are SO appreciated! Thank you.

  96. Bob and Madeleine Robenhymer says:

    Happy birthday Jim. One of your stained glass pieces has hung in our living room for many years, one of our most prized artistic possessions. We have had the privilege of a private tour of your home, arranged through Mike Stepner, and have been to several of your public open houses.

  97. Kathryn Stevens says:

    Happy happy birthday Jim!
    My life and outlook on the world around me has been forever changed since the summer I spent as your intern. Every day brings new joys and opportunities for found and manifested beauty. I am so thankful to you and your force for good in the world, you have brought so much joy and peace to so many. I hope your day on the hill is a beautiful one filled with loved ones, pie, and the changing colors of autumn!

  98. Jacquelyn Earnest says:

    Happy Happy Birthday dear James. We miss you & Anne & wish we could be there to celebrate you. Love, Jackee & Richard

  99. TOM + VICKIE LAMB says:

    Jim you are always above the rest — Happy Birthday
    You continue to be our friend and an inspiration after all these years.
    All the best always to you and Annie
    Tom & Vickie

  100. TOM + VICKIE LAMB says:

    Jim is always above the rest — Happy Birthday
    You continue to be our friend and an inspiration after all these years.
    All the best always to you and Annie
    Tom & Vickie

  101. Joyce [Musial] Carlson says:

    Happy birthday, James!

    You’ve been an inspiration to me in my art and my humanity since I met you. Hope you have many many more years filled with love and joy.

  102. Leslie Kuhn says:

    Dear James,
    You bring us to a higher and more beautiful place with your artwork and peace gardens.
    Wishing you a year full of great health and happiness!
    Cheers to you and Anne and all your family!

  103. Brian Matter says:

    Jim, thank you for being a bright light in this world, for finding beauty and potential in everything and for championing the cause of peace and love. Your work and views of the world are an inspiration to all who come to know you. Happy birthday!

  104. eddie jones says:

    THANK YOU James for putting the “HAPPY” in Birthday and for your families magical compound on that manzanita hill. Happy Birthday!

  105. Gwen and Gary Baldwin says:

    Happy Birthday, Jim. You are an inspiration to us all!

  106. Jessie A. Meacham says:

    Happy Birthday to a very special, and caring man. James, Chuck and I are so honored to have met you so long ago, and to still be involved in your life. You and Anne have made not only San Diego, but many parts of the world a far more beautiful place to visit. Thank you for your artistry which has touched so many lives. Thank you for your humility which is such an example to all of us.
    We so enjoy the annual visits to your open house in June. Hope we will be able to once again come and see you,
    Chuck & Jessie

  107. Jessie A. Meacham says:

    Happy Birthday to a very special, and caring man. James, Chuck and I are so honored to have met you so long ago, and to still be involved in your life. You and Anne have made not only San Diego, but many parts of the world a far more beautiful place to visit. Thank you for your artistry which has touched so many lives. Thank you for your humility which is such an example to all of us. With much love, Chuck & Jessie

  108. Angela Langham says:

    Happy birthday James~ We fell in love with your work after watching your documentary last year. As luck would have it, I work at the Loews and ran into you in the Lobby of the hotel when you were there for the Coronado Film Festival. It was a true highlight to meet you, however brief!
    Hoping your day is filled with lots of love and you are surrounded by your family. Cheers,
    Angela

  109. Ernest Walter Sullivan says:

    I am saving up to buy one of your houses!

  110. Sarah Livia Brightwood says:

    Happy Birthday Jim…Thank you for sharing your sight, your heart and your spirit so grandly with the world. My soul is lifted by your optimism, playfulness and devotion. It has been such a privilege to spread our wings together and bring offerings to Our Lady Beauty .
    Thank you for being a good friend and a light in my life,
    with much love,
    Sarah Livia (and Emily who watched over your shoulder)

  111. Nancy Day says:

    Happy Birthday, James.
    What a joy when I first learned about your marvelous creativity and peace work when I moved to San Diego in 1988. Since then, I have enjoyed visiting your home, taking tours, admiring your art work and architecture! You are truly an Angel of Peace!!
    With admiration and love, I wish you a very Happy Birthday and many more!
    Nancy Day

  112. Leslie says:

    Precious James,
    May you inhale and revel in gracious satisfaction and peace knowing that you have involved the larger community in widening our artistic experience and enriched & motivated so many during your productive lifetime. Lifelong friends, Mary, Les & Karin who have toured together both literally & on our recent on line version say big Thank you! & send you & A birthday love from afar 🙏❤️

  113. Linda Kallas says:

    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays as you continue to inspire the world with your gifts of art and poetry. You are a living legacy and the jewel of San Diego. Lovingly, Linda Kallas

  114. Belle Hazlehurst says:

    Oh, what an extraordinary mark you have made in this world! We are all blessed by your creativity, huge heart and philanthropic soul. We give thanks for your life and work!

  115. Cherrie La Porte says:

    Happy Birthday James, Thank you for being an extraordinary example of generosity, creativity and love. I wish you deep satisfaction and peace in the knowing that you have inspired and enriched many people within your lifetime. I treasure knowing you and viewing your art over the years. Thank you!

  116. Linda Higley says:

    Thank you so much for your priceless artistic contributions to our neighborhood. You are a treasure!
    Warm wishes for a wonderful birthday!

  117. Roslyn Line-Platzer says:

    Happy Birthday, James!
    Thank you for the beauty, loving kindness and compassion with which you bless this world.

  118. Dana Porteous says:

    James, from my first introduction to your work [Sea Ranch Chapel] to spending and working under your guidance at Rhinebeck, Tijuana, and then Vladivostock your light has touched and changed my life in the most amazing ways possible. If the world could look through your eyes and see your vision, we would be in Heaven. I Thank you.
    Happy Birthday.

  119. Angela Langham says:

    Happy birthday James~ We fell in love with your work after watching your documentary last year. As luck would have it, I work at the Loews and ran into you in the Lobby when you were there for the Coronado Film Festival. It was a true highlight for me! Hoping your day is filled with lots of love and you are surrounded by your family. Cheers,
    Angela

  120. Margot says:

    Mr. Hubbell, your creativity has inspired me to make my own backyard a little Hubble-village. What a great artist you are. Happy Birthday!

  121. Cindy Shamel says:

    Dear James, I am so thankful that Blair and I had the chance to hike the High Sierras with you, watch you paint, and take in your wisdom. You and Ann are a gift and a blessing. Wishing you many happy returns of the day!

  122. Carol and Robert Emerick says:

    Reading your words, looking at your drawings, perusing photographs of past visits to Ilan Lael make us see and believe the world is a beautiful place. Thank you for seeing the beauty. Thank you for sharing the beauty for so many years.

  123. Ed White says:

    Jim…Happy Birthday Dear Friend! You have enlightened my life with your friendship and your kind heart…I am so fortunate to have had you as my friend for many years…All my best wishes and love…Ed

  124. Gloria Merriam says:

    Wishing you peace and joy in all your days. You have brought inspiration and enjoyment to the world. I had the pleasure of meeting you and Ann just briefly on a tour a few years ago. I wish I could send these birthday greetings in person. As a newcomer to San Diego, I felt at home at Ilan Lael. Magical whimsy everywhere! I’m just a short distance away, in La Costa where the fog is lifting on this beautiful October day after my daughter’s 48th. Thank you for the wonder and wonders you create!

  125. Ms Chan says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. HUBBELL. I am Ms Chan of Veronese Studio from Paris and los Angeles, recently relocated in Borrego Springs. we look forward to work with Ilan Lael Foundation toward a Memorial Foundation for our friend and mentor , artist and soldier for Humanity Francisco Toledo, who passed away last year . we shall contact Ms Gedes in due time. your work and your family ‘s work is deeply appreciated and we look forward to contribute to your effort to make this world a better place.

  126. Debra Lee Baldwin says:

    My son Art and I share a love of all-things-Hubbell, which as you may imagine, is a very cool way to bond with a kid. When 7, Art went along with me to visit one of your houses near Julian (I was doing a SDH/G article). From then on, we need only say “Hubbell” to recall an interior both cavelike and sunlit. When he was a teen, you showed Art how to build a rock wall at Colonia Esperanza—a fond memory. Thank you for your contribution to our culture here in San Diego and beyond, the many ways you interpret beauty, and for continuing to bless both young and old with all-things-Hubbell. May the birthdays continue!

  127. Kim Groulx says:

    Happy Birthday Jim. We are all so fortunate to have such a talented and generous soul walking among us and sharing his gifts. Always inspired to be a better person when I experience the beauty you create. Happy day, week, month, year, life.

  128. Megan Bryan says:

    You changed my life immeasurably!
    Upon graduating in Interior Architecture,1979, from Arizona State with no particular plan, I picked up a copy of “From the Earth Up”. Your work was so joyous! I now had a plan. I would move to where ever you lived, as it was obviously a very inspiring place! It was with UHaul in tow that I found out it was not actually San Diego, per the book, but Julian. Well, problem is, I had to make a living! So, next best thing to living in Julian would be to work within one of your environments. So I applied as a waitress to each of the restaurants you had designed. But alas, a passion for architecture apparently does not translate to experience in the food industry.
    Luckily my landlord was an Architect who provided a temporary Interior Design position which then turned into a 15 year partnership. Decades later, I still “practice” design, with the goal of infusing joy into all of my work.

  129. Walter Redondo says:

    Happy Birthday James! I have always heard of your marvelous works, being an artist myself I thank you for being so inspiring and touching so many lives in the way you have through your gifted imagination and blessed hands!

  130. Cindy May says:

    Happy Birthday!
    Thank you for sharing your creativity with the world, and bringing so much beauty into being. Blessings 🙂

  131. TD says:

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Hubbell!

    I was briefly introduced to your home during a field trip probably 20 years ago with Professor Lugo at Palomar College. It was the most inspiring and creative place I had ever been. I absolutely love the way you see the world, and the life you and your wife have created together. Thanks for making the world a more beautiful space, inside and out.

    Enjoy your special day 🙂

  132. Toby Johnson says:

    Much love phenomenal man you’re a dear sweet Eric soul many blessings for the rest of your days on this planet. Much love TobyJohnson

  133. Sue Zinngrabe Gold, President, San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAMES, from all your friends at the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild.

  134. L Walker says:

    If only everyone was born with your imagination!

    We were privileged to visit at the Fall Open House this year and now our eyes are open wide trying to spot ‘James Hubbell’s’ on our travels. We have seen your work on Shelter Island, Coronado and at the Art Gallery in Santa Ysabel since then and hope to see more Pacific Rim Parks.

    Keep on keeping on. Have a wonderful birthday.

  135. patricia law says:

    happy birthday thank you for years of inspiration

  136. Steve Kwik says:

    Dear James,

    Thank you for all the beautiful gifts of art you have created for our world. Your vision and commitment to uniting people from everywhere is truly an inspiration for all. Best wishes for a Happy Birthday!

    Warm Regards,
    Steve Kwik

  137. Anita Carol Smith says:

    Happy Birthday James!! You have always been an inspiration to me. I’m an artist, too, so I know what it means to actualize in the world those beautiful images that we see first in our minds. Thank you for your courage and your vision. It’s a beautiful thing when artists use their skills to help others, as you have done in so many ways.
    Have a wonderful day…. Anita Carol Smith (art name: Anitra Carol Smith)

  138. Katie Rice says:

    Happy Birthday James, from your friends at EMI Specialty Papers.

    We love thinking of your beautiful creations enhancing spaces around the world,
    made with the help of our versatile Tile Tape.

  139. Christie says:

    Happy Birthday to a very bright light in the world! You are an inspiration in so many ways, to so many people. Thank you for being you.

  140. Stollar Family says:

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for creating and sharing your beauty with the world!!!

  141. Anita Feldman says:

    Warm wishes to you on your day dear James -you have given us so very much. Your stained glass seashell illuminates my new home and inspires me every day. Love to you xx Anita

  142. Susanne Sklar says:

    The beauty of your houses transformed my soul. I knew, when I first came to Ilan Lael in 1989, I knew that nothing was impossible. Beauty made manifest brings courage. Being with you and Anne, having the privilege of staying with you, propelled me to do improbable things in Russia, and with street kids in Chicago. They were transformed by the beauty you make – it changes and saves lives! I wish I could be with you. I send metaphysical roses, imbued with the beauty that saves the world. It’s in your eyes, in your work, in the love that is in and with you – and Anne.

  143. Diane Sadowski says:

    Thank you Mr. Hubbell for following your artistic vision and sharing your artistry with the people of San Diego over the years. You’ve brightened many a heart and brought countless smiles through your creativity.

  144. Mimi Labrucherie says:

    Happy birthday! I’m so glad that you were born. You have been such an inspiration to me, and I’m delighted to have had the pleasure to meet you and see your work up close. Best wishes for at least a few more years on this orb.

  145. Carol Huntsman says:

    You are inspiration. Blessings to you and your family

  146. Steffanie Dotson says:

    Dear Jim, you have a beautiful mind, and your mark on this planet is like a shooting star that leaves a forever path in the night sky. I feel lucky to have spent a tiny bit of time at your side on volunteer projects, and you will always serve as inspiration to me as an artist, builder, kind heart, and creative mind. Happy happy birthday!

  147. Deborah Szekely says:

    YOU ARE AND WILL BE FOREVER AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE SINEWS OF RANCHO LA PUERTA.

    YOUR ART, YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS CONNECT ONE BUILDING TO ANOTHER, AND KUCHUMAA PASSAGE GRACED BY THE BEAUTIFUL HORSES HEAD GUARANTEES THAT A PART OF YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US. DEBORAH SZEKELY

  148. Debbie G says:

    Wishing you a very happy day and a wonderful and healthy year. Birthday wishes to you and many thanks for sharing your gift, vision and spirit with the world!

  149. Lisa says:

    Maybe if everyone in the world was able to create and live in the way that you do the world would be a better place. I was introduced to your work around six months ago. What touches me is the community of family that you have created. Happiest of birthdays!

  150. Verna Fisher says:

    I still remember how excited and amazed I was to find out about Ilan-Lael a few short years ago, after moving to Escondido from the Long Beach area. Touring with all the others on Father’s Day weekend that first time and meeting you and Anne as you so graciously shared your home and lives with us is still one of the highlights of my life. Your work, your spirit, you and Anne are blessings times infinity! Happy Birthday and many many more.

  151. Jan (Helmantoler Morse) Bazdorf says:

    Happy birthday Jim! You have been such an inspiration to so many, including all the students at Spencer Valley that you have spent time instilling a love of the arts. We thank you for your generous gifts of time and energy to everyone that you have touch. Thank You. Jan (Helmantoler Morse) Bazdorf

  152. Jane Beck says:

    Happy Birthday to an inspirational soul! I remember seeing your sketchbook in your back pocket at our St James by the Sea opening. A humble reminder of the fleeting nature of ideas…we have to catch them when they strike! Thankful to have met you and seen your art compound
    ! Wishing you the happiest of birthdays!

  153. Barbara Holm says:

    Dear James Hubbell,
    The first piece of art I purchased was a watercolor painting from a private home show of a famous artist. Some time in the future my daughter asked me if I had heard of James Hubbell. My reply was “ the painting hanging over our living room couch is by James Hubbell.” She shared that she had met his son and they had a date planned. I now have memories of our connected families. We have shared Holiday feast together, birthdays of Grandchildren, numerous recitals, and great family gatherings on Hubbell Hill. John and I were married at the newly completed chapel. I treasure your art that is throughout our home. I am excited to say that we share three wonderful Grandchildren who are now entering adulthood. How do I explain the honor I feel to be a part of you and Anne‘s life. You two are models of what I dream our world could be.
    Happy Birthday James
    Love,
    Barbara

  154. Sabrina Zweifel says:

    🍰Happy Happy Birthday James!!! 🎈Congratulations on completing another orbit around the sun 🌞 on our beautiful space ship🌎”Planet Earth!” You are an inspiration 💡 to everyone you meet and/or anyone whose👀 eyes meet your amazing 🎨 artwork. Keep up the great works!💖

  155. Valli Thayer McDougle says:

    Happy Birthday, James!! You are such an extraordinary man and so very creative. You have brought such beauty and goodwill to the world. We are grateful for your generosity in sharing your talents with all of us. And personally, we have loved the maquette of the angel and the watercolor of Scotland acquired many years ago. Not only are they beautiful to behold, they remind us of your genius.

  156. Anne Rosser says:

    Happy Birthday James,
    Your art and poetry will be with me forever as well as the beauty you have left at Shelter Island, Pt. Loma.
    It is one of my favorite places to take out of town visitors and speak about San Diego’s Renaissance man.
    Anne Rosser

  157. Angie Babino says:

    Mr. Hubbell, you have been a wonderful gift to the world. Many thanks for sharing not only your artistic gifts, but your heart as well. This is your time to receive. Allow everyone’s gratitude to fill your heart. It’s the least we can do for you.

  158. Jane Beiser says:

    Happy Birthday, James. You have given the world and especially us here in San Diego are such beauty. And you keep us inspired with your art.

  159. Jane Schmitz says:

    Happy Birthday James,
    You have inspired me for so many years through your creative design and beautiful homes. I was lucky enough to stay in the one outside of Julian and it snowed the next day giving it a magical feel.
    I hope you know how much joy you have given us through the years!
    Enjoy another trip around the sun 🌞
    Jane Schmitz

  160. Robyn says:

    Jim,

    It has been a true honor to get to know you over the last seven years. I have been blessed to visit with Marianne, Anne, and you every year at your Ilan Lael with a literal and figurative view for miles upon miles. I wish you a very beautiful birthday my fellow Scorpio and look forward to a visit when we can in 2021.

    Big hug,
    Robyn

  161. Dick Miller says:

    Working for you has been most enjoyable. Thank you for allowing Cocoa and me to help make Ilan Lael so special.

  162. Richard Whittaker says:

    Dear James, warmest best wishes on your birthday. It’s been so many years since my visit with you and our conversation. I think it was in 2002. That visit remains one of those treasures that have come over the years. It’s also good to get newsletters and notices showing your continuing in your selfless work.

  163. Cathy Baron says:

    Happy birthday. I’ve been able to enjoy your ethereal artistry in your Alpine, CA home now owned by Chuck Samples

  164. Steve Farmer says:

    Happy Birthday James. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with you at Ilan Lael Center. You have been a inspiration to me for a very long time. May you have many more creative days.

    Steve Farmer, (pilgrim)

  165. Christine forster says:

    May you have a wonderful birthday. Thank you for the beauty you have brought to so many places both near and far. My sister from Chicago still marvels at your home . It is truly a magical place. Enjoyed the virtual tour this year also.
    I was born in October also, love the arts but unfortunately do not have your talent but it still brings me joy and that’s what it is all about.

  166. Betsy says:

    Your open heart and artist’s eye touch and inspire us.
    May you have a joyful birthday celebration!

  167. Marlene Rantanen says:

    Happy Birthday from the Fallbrook Art Center.

  168. Sonya Sparks says:

    Happy birthday from the Sparks Gallery team and Family! Wishing you a great day surrounded by love.

  169. Betty Ball says:

    JT, It has been such a pleasure to see your house grow over the the years… each part becoming more imaginative. Your art work is recognizable wherever it shows up in the community. I remember when we were both visiting at Merrill’s in the 60’s and you told her your dream was to involve the community it art. You have accomplished that in amazing ways. Wishing you a Happy Birthday!

  170. Penny Fedorchak says:

    Dear James,
    Back in the day we joined our family for dinner at the Triton. Everyone else was eager to dine, but I stood in awe at the fantastic stained glass art. The enormity of those panels, the ebb and flow of the design, and the marvelous colors left a lasting impression on me. Your watercolors continue to inspire me, and I love seeing your glass pieces on display around the county. You are truly an inspiration. I wish you a happy birthday and many more years of creativity. All the best.

  171. Mimi Findlay says:

    Dear Jim,

    My best wishes for you and hope this finds you well and really healthy!

    I hope you and Ann are safely quarantined and masked in public as I am.

    Lots of love to you both and have a Happy Birthday!!!

  172. Carolyn and Ed says:

    Best wishes for another year of spreading your artistic genious and hope for the entire world.
    You are true wonder and inspiration for us all. Happy birthday today and forever.

  173. Patty Howell says:

    Dear James,

    It remains a great pleasure to have co-founded with you the Pacific Rim Park organization many years ago and to have worked closely together to give birth and bring to reality the park on Shelter Island and others that followed. And it’s a source of enjoyment and pride for me that the parks are so beautiful, their message of caring and cooperation is so clear and compelling, and that they were created through a process by which everyone who participated overcame individual differences toward an inspirational goal.

    And I am proud and grateful that out of this process you and I became close and loving friends.

    I am so grateful to have you in my life, James.

    Patty

  174. Theresa says:

    Thank you for your Mosaic Life!!! The Beauty Ripples!!!🎂 Happy Birthday

  175. Sue Landtroop says:

    From one who discovered you at the entrance to the Vista Courthouse and became a lifelong follower, thanks for your lifelong beauty and inspiration. Now, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  176. Audrey and Matt Crowley says:

    Happy birthday, Jim!
    There was never a day that past when growing up in the Treehouse (Los Altos Hills, CA) I didn’t think about your work and how it enlightened my day from the iron work, to the stained glass, to the carved doors, and the stair spindles. Your joy emoted through the inatomit wood/metal/glass to life and letting it play with the Sun’s motion through the day, has continually put a positive emotion in me from a very early age.

    We wish you that same playful joyish emotional feeling on your birthday. 🙂

  177. SueLasbury says:

    Happy Birthday Mr. Hubbell, and many thanks for your important contributions to the world of art. Eat lots of cake and ice cream. Stay safe during this very unusual year.

    Sincerely,
    Sue Lasbury (aka a huge fan)

  178. Theresa Yuschok says:

    Beauty can save the world, nurturing our souls, connecting us to nature, and opening the cosmos…
    Blessings on your birthday and always,
    Theresa and Lee

  179. Larrilyn and Dick Love says:

    Happy Birthday, Jim!
    The bathroom you designed for our condo in La Playa overlooking Pearl of the Pacific remains a beautiful jewel in our life. We hope that you have a wonderful day.
    Larrilyn and Dick Love

  180. Jonathan Wiltshire says:

    I have such admiration for your art, James, as it colors our world with beauty and ignites our imagination, causing us to see the world with new eyes. It is a privilege to know you. May your new birth year infuse you with even greater insights and creations.

  181. Bennet and Karan Greenwald says:

    Happy birthday Jim! We think of you often as we look around our house and yard. We are so fortunate to have all of these beautiful pieces of your art that Dene Silva left to us and the pieces we got from you. They are all special, just like you! Have a great time on your birthday!

  182. Richard Louv says:

    Happy birthday, Jim! Thanks for years of teaching all who cross your path to trust life. Kathy and I hope this is one of your best celebrations!

  183. Carol Kerridge says:

    Very Happy Birthday, James. Your creativity, generosity, charm and resilience inspire each of us.

    Thank you so much for sharing your life with us,
    Carol Kerridge

  184. Marilyn Allen says:

    Happy Birthday, Jim!

    Yes, you are making San Diego County, Tijuana and the Pacific Rim especially beautiful! You touch all with whom you contact with a quiet gentleness. The vibrance of your stained glass, the playfulness of of your
    architecture and the steadiness of your mentoring is a gift to All. To you, everyday is your birthday!

    Marilyn (Harder) Allen

  185. Cheryl Pryatel says:

    Happy Birthday! I am so moved, as are so many others, with your thoughtful and creative works of art, artistic projects that brought so many people together in peace, and the mentoring of us all with your creative eye so that the pondering of nature and natural shapes lives on. I am so lucky to have one of your colorful stained glass pieces and a watercolor painting to enjoy everyday at home and to live in San Diego where your artful touch can be seen in so many places! Thank you for your wonderful gifts over the years to help us all find more peace and beauty in this world. Warmest Wishes, Cheryl

  186. Ron and Fran Chilcote says:

    Happy Birthday, Jim
    Your beautiful windows bring all sorts of light to our now rebuilt cabin and hope and joy as we look forward and continue to celebrate our memory of the wildfire destruction. We remain in Wyoming enjoying the wildlife and mountains, hesitant to move back to California. All that you do inspires us and all around who know you. We send love and best wishes
    Ron and Fran

  187. Lucy Wold says:

    Happy Birthday, James! The life you and Anne created together with your four sons and your way of Walking in Beauty in the world will live forever in the hearts of old and young alike, inspiring and uplifting us all. Your unique exampleship blesses not only the human world but all of nature and brings the two worlds together in ways not appreciated before. Thank you for your love and inspiration!

  188. Denise Bengtson says:

    “When you want to send an idea around the world, you wrap it in a man.” Not an original thought on my part, but it certainly applies to the contributions that you, James, continue to make in our world. Beauty stands all around you — as you have encouraged other humans to also create and enjoy what lies around them.
    Birthday blessings!

  189. Dan Richardson says:

    In 1990, I worked for an Architect who mentioned you built the doors for a home in San Diego County. He also mentioned a book, The Palace Doors of Abu-Dhabi. I ended up riding my moped from south Orange County to a La Jolla bookstore for a copy. At one point, I spoke to Otto Rigan regarding a copy of From The Earth Up, as it was out of print. He didn’t have a copy for sale. A month later, I was in a used bookstore, turned around and looked up; a copy was there. Some time later, you were kind enough to look at my student work and invite me to tour your workshop and son’s ‘apartment’. Your kindness and generosity will always be treasured. Happy 27th Birthday, Mr. Hubbell and keep on keepin’ on!!

  190. Julie Lively says:

    Happy Birthday!!! You are such a gift, and I’m so grateful for the times I’ve been blessed to visit your property. I have often spontaneously cried when arriving, and once I’m there my eyes soften with the natural beauty of your art…it feels like it has grown from the earth. I feel so nourished when I’m there. I’m so inspired by what you and your artists have created. Wishing you a wonderful and love filled birthday and year!!! Sending you all the best wishes!

  191. Patricia A Coffey says:

    Happy Birthday James
    I love your footprints all over San Diego county and appreciated your talent and creativity whenever I see one of your masterpieces.

  192. Julie Squires says:

    James, dear one.

    You and Anne are the gold standard of beauty, friendship and grace for Michael and me. You are the wing under our wings. I treasure our friendship of many years, and our times together. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” -John Keats Joyous Birthday!

    Loving you both.

  193. Jean Snow says:

    Dear Mr. Hubbell – thank you for sharing your beautiful spirit through your art and community living throughout your life. I used to share your story of being quiet and shy as a child but finding peace and beauty in nature with my elementary school students. All sorts of us are necessary to make a wonderful world and you have personally added so much to make it so! Happy Birthday to YOU!

  194. Kimberly W Findlay says:

    Happy Birthday Jim!!! You make the world a better place. Have a wonderful day. Lots of love from Kim Findlay (David’s daughter)

  195. Darlene S Boyd says:

    Happiest of birthdays for now and many years to come. Keep creating and inspiring. Thank you for the visual beauty and peaceful intentions. — Gratefully, Darlene Boyd

  196. Sandra Long says:

    Happy birthday to you, James, the man who never lets up on his mission to leave the world a better place by creating beauty with glass, metal, wood and words, just some of the ways you touch the hearts and souls of others. I have fond memories of meeting with you while we were each on a mission of citizen diplomacy with the then, Soviet Union. You exemplify the best in humanity with your generosity of spirit as well as the way you relate in person to those around you! Your legacy is an inspiration to us all!
    Again, happy birthday, James!

  197. Elizabeth Novy says:

    Happy Birthday James Hubbell!
    You continue to be an inspiration after all these years.
    I first discovered you in college in the 90’s, then had the pleasure to meet you in Cincinnati. My time at La Rosa Blanca still holds a special place in my heart.
    Thank you for teaching me to find and celebrate the beauty in nature!
    Elizabeth Novy

  198. Nancy and Brian Kramer says:

    You have made Julian, San Diego, Rancho La Puerta and the world a more beautiful place and your amazing work will live on for other generations to admire. Happy Birthday, James!

  199. Lisa says:

    Thank you for all you have given to the world with your art and artistry. Happy birthday.

  200. Gayle Bryant says:

    You are an inspiration to all people whether they are artists or not. You have such a pleasing approach to life and art. Have a wonderful birthday.

  201. Lori King says:

    Happy Birthday Mr. Hubbell! I recently saw some of your work. It is truly refreshing to see! It is wonderful and inspirational to know there is work like that out in this world! Thank you for the great work!

  202. Stephan Haggard says:

    Jim:

    Sharon and I were just down at Shelter Island taking in the park; it still shines. We wish you the best, with fondest memories of our collaboration on the Philippine, Chinese and particularly Korean park. We need to come up and see you!

    Steph and Sharon

  203. Dick Wayman says:

    Happy Birthday & many many more!

  204. Marisa DeLuca says:

    James, your masterpiece on the Palomar College campus was a sanctuary for me during stressful times between classes. Your exhibition at OMA gave me such inspiration and hope as an emerging artist. Thank you for sharing your vision and being true to yourself. Happy birthday!

  205. Peter T. Jensen says:

    To the bard of the backcountry … the painter of a thousand mountains, meadows, and waves … the sculptor of horses, men, and flights of fancy … the architect of dreams and curves and swoops galore … the practiced hand of glass and lead …
    But most important, to a grand friend to all, and a man who truly has changed the world, for the better! Happy Birthday James!

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