Two of my husband’s cousins are visiting from out of state this week, and while we’ve had a number of get-togethers with relatives in the evenings, we wanted to do something fun with them during the day. They live in Arkansas near several wonderful lakes, so when we visit there, we swim and tube behind their pontoon boats, and fish. Since we don’t have such a nice waterway, or a boat, we had to come up with something else to do! 🙂 And since it’s been ridiculously hot and humid and threatening rain, something indoors seemed like a good idea.
So we chose to visit our local art museum. While it was founded in 1878, we didn’t have many big benefactors until recent years, but in the past thirty or so years, it’s grown quite a bit. This month, there’s a Picasso exhibit, which we went to first. I wasn’t allowed to take photos of his work, but I like this quote of his that was on the wall. There are things I definitely don’t want to put off! (though housework isn’t one of them 🙂 )
After Picasso, we went into the new wing full of modern art. Frankly, some of it is a bit hard for me to enjoy – a little weird! 🙂 But I liked this wire sculpture hanging from the ceiling – can you see the upside-down man inside it? And I loved the horse made of branches.
We moved on to more traditional works in the original museum building. I adore the folk art work of a local man, Elijah Pierce (1892 – 1984) who was born the son of a slave in Mississippi and eventually moved here. He worked as a barber and a preacher, and began carving wood when he was just a child. His Book of Wood tells the story of Jesus in pictures, which he would take with him to show people as he preached. It is truly incredible! I got to meet him late in his life when our state fair exhibited his work and he was there – such a sweet, gentle man. Here’s just one of his pieces.
I love the face on this child. Isn’t she beautiful? I left the name of the artist in the car my husband is currently driving, so will have to add it when he comes home 🙂
Here’s an impressive glass sculpture made by Chihuly, and glass ‘boats’ hanging from the ceiling above a staircase. So pretty and amazing! I’d love to watch as they created them.
I could post lots more photos of the art we saw, but think I’ll close with the outside of the building. Here’s me in front of a huge sculpture I can’t say that I particularly like (though it is eye-catching) and the giant word ART over the street, next to the college of art and design which is close to the museum.
Do you enjoy art museums? Any particular kind of art you like or don’t like? Any favorite artists?
Oh, and by the way, I have a new release out this month, Reunited With His Runaway Bride. Please stop by this blog again next week on September 14, as I’ll be posting an excerpt and having a giveaway!