Magical Museums Part 2

In December we were lucky enough to get into the City twice (of course I mean New York City) . We visited the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here’s a peek at our day by Rock Center and the Met.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is every bit as majestic in person as it is in this image!

Well we did it… On December 27th we went by Rockefeller Center to see the Tree and went to the Met! I can’t say I will ever venture into Manhattan that week ever again - it was crazy crowded everywhere!

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My second favorite place on the planet. 1. Being the Chalet 2. Is most definitely the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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In all my years of visiting the Met I have never seen so many people there! Here my sis and Liam by the Temple of Dendur.

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When you miss your neighbors by 45 minutes… The young lady on the left is Liam’s babysitter!

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Even Liam likes the Frank Lloyd Wright room. The design and all the contents are lovely. We also go through the American Wing when we visit the Met.

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The Jewelry exhibit was beautiful - the exhibit showcased jewels over the centuries. The Galleries were set in low light to allow the cases to be showcased. I only took a few images: the Louis Comfort Tiffany exquisite necklace, these bracelets - because I am all about bracelets! I am naked without mine. And on our way out Liam looked up and said “Mom look at the gold in the hair piece - that’s Egyptian and we’ve seen it before.” He was right on all counts.

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In between a Manet and a Degas we have Boy In The Corner! Ha… Liam is a big fan of the Met it is the museum he has visited most and ever his mother’s son… he loves a trip to the gift shop! (Insert Hand over Face Emoji!)

I was especially happy to walk through the Impressionist Gallery and take in these masters - having just watched a wonderful two part documentary about the Impressionists. - I have linked the programs here - I can’t recommend viewing them enough!

I have more than one post card of this painting and every time I visit I take another image. It reminds me of my sister - she’s the first person who ever brought me to the Met - and I love this glorious painting. I love the subject - the seaside and a happy sunny day!

This painting has caught my eye before - but, this time I remarked how it reminded me of a painting by our family friend Helen Flemming (you may remember the Barn painting on the porch is by her) my sister agreed so I grabbed this image.

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I love to admire the view of Manhattan from Weehawken, NJ when we leave the Ferry terminal.

Til next time!

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a little trip (part 2)

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This week I'm sharing part 2 of my trip to Shelburne Museum and beyond. If you missed the first part you can click here. You can see the steamboat Ticonderoga just over the knoll - I loved visiting this boat as much today as I did when I was a child.

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This painting by Anna Mary Robertson Moses: The Mailman has Gone is housed in the Stagecoach Inn.

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The Webb Gallery has beautiful paintings including this Carl Rungius: Bow River, Alberta.

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Liam loved the lip bench.

I adore this old image of the Colchester Reef, Lighthouse built in 1871. Its so cool to be able to see it's original location.

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The Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building (Mrs. Webb the founder of Shelburne Museum) was completed posthumously and contains whole rooms of the Webb's Fifth Avenue Apartment - the walls, the furnishings, the fabulous art - Monet, Degas, Cassatt, Rembrandt and more.

The rooms are luxurious.

The circular staircase in the hall is breathtaking.

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Mrs. Webb's Mother was a lifelong friend of artist Mary Cassatt and was one of her most ardent patrons.

This painting in the hall by Cassatt is of Electra Havemeyer Webb and her mother Louisine Elder Havemeyer.

 

 

Day 2 was beautiful and sunny! Yay! Our first stop was the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education. We were eager to view the two exhibits In the Garden and Playing Cowboy.

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Splendid! This image is currently my screen saver. The history - The vista! I love it!

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The In the Garden exhibit features actual insects made into art. My son really loved the locusts on the wall. It also offers additional art, textiles, jewelry and garden accessories.

The Playing Cowboy exhibition shares how the Cowboy image was manipulated and marketed to the public - most cowboys were actually Native Americans or Mexicans not Caucasians. The exhibit includes archival footage of Buffalo Bills Wild West Show from 1910 which is incredible.

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The three oil cloth paintings of Powhatan, Tecumseh and Osceola from the 1850's are extraordinary.  At the time these paintings would have been placed inside a tent and back-light by candles - then stories of each of these Native American leaders would have been told.

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The Carousel was closed for maintenance; I think my sister and I were more bummed about it than Liam! So we made our way to the Circus Building which houses two hand carved Circus Models.

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The first thing you view upon entering is The Kirk Brothers Circus - a complete miniature three-ring circus made up of more than 3,500 pieces. Edgar Kirk fashioned the figures over a period of forty years using only a treadle jigsaw and penknife. It's nothing short of astounding.

Here is an aerial of the building - a large horseshoe shape with an incline to the center apex.

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What stopped my sister and I in our tracks... we both had very clear memories of it.

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The Arnold Circus Parade was crafted between 1925 and 1955, the parade is more than 500 feet long, with 4,000 one inch to one foot scale figurines ranging from acrobats, animals, clowns and circus wagons. The collection also includes circus memorabilia and animals too fragile to use on the carousel.

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This page is from my childhood coloring book showing the museum campus.

It was such a wonderful visit.


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Before we made our way out of VT. we stopped at the Champlain Valley Antiques Center. I'm happy to report we all brought home some treasures. I picked up a great pocket photo album of Vermont, along with a set of lovely vintage colonial street scene prints, and a sweet small hand painted wooden plate. Liam found a toy boat with wheels and an airplane. My sister bought a beautiful print.

some of these treasures are shown along with a few more I picked up on a stop our last day traveling. 


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We took another car ferry over to New York State - two in two days Liam was in Heaven!

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Our next stop was Fort Ticonderoga, NY. The Fort is a large 18th century star fort built by the French at the south end of Lake Champlain.  The stonework and the views were both amazing!

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One of my favorite images of our week-long trip. 

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Next week I'll share the final installment - our time in Lake George, NY.

til next time.

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arresting art

i had the greatest night - i went to the gallery opening of Studio Montclair's exhibit "Discovery in the Detail". the 34 participating artists had a "close up" version of their work. so each presented two pieces of art. i was captivated by all the art but, one artist really caught my eye.

Josephine Barreiro

there is a graphic raw element to her work - here is my interview with her.

Cat Devouring A Bird  -acrylic spray paint and oil stick on canvas

Cat Devouring A Bird -acrylic spray paint and oil stick on canvas

Chaletmomma (CM): What was your inspiration for your piece Cat Devouring A Bird?

Josephine Barreiro (JB): i’m influenced by my environment my memories and by my Spanish culture. the bold colors and dramatic brush work of such artists as Picasso, Goya, Miro and Dali. Picasso’s bold confident palette, fluid lines and cubist style have always caught my attention. his style has always inspired me. Picasso has a painting entitled, Cat Devouring a Bird 1939, this is another one of Picasso’s obsession with the Spanish Civil war. i’ve always wanted to paint my own version of Cat Devouring A Bird. i actually have two versions of this piece one is a full body painting of the cat and this newer version draws even more attention to the killing of the bird. in my piece, i wanted to represent the true nature of cats

Woman - -acrylic spray paint and oil stick on canvas

Woman - -acrylic spray paint and oil stick on canvas

Hello There --acrylic spray paint and oil stick on canvas

Hello There --acrylic spray paint and oil stick on canvas

(CM): can you tell me anything behind these works... your original idea. something that triggered these pieces?

(JB): i created a series of expressive portraits - this is one of them. this piece is a portrait of a person's reaction to spotting another person they are attracted to and celebrating it with a happy greeting.

(CM): i see a graphic element throughout your work – was this always your aesthetic / or did it come to you? i'm thinking of your artistic self in your younger years - what was your vision and how has it changed and grown?

 (JB): I was a graphic arts /advertising design major at The School of Visual Arts where I received my BFA, later getting my MFA in painting at New Jersey City University. 

i’ve been painting for as long as i can remember...as a child i drew on my bedroom walls - my parents got so tired of painting it over they just gave in to it and just let it be and at the age of 4, i was very happy about this!

i was always involved in the arts, i always had the support of my parents and knew i wanted to be an artist. my style is urban expressionism, my form of expression was always there as a young artist, but has evolved and matured and developed into a style that can be identified as my own.


The exhibit runs from April 6 through May 19, 2018.

the Studio Montclair Gallery 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ

the show features work in a variety of visual mediums in which the artist discovered a detail that they found compelling enough to be expanded.


these works from Ms. Barreiro's Black and White series explore emotion through gesture. the artist shows how important it is to hear our non-verbal communication. 

All You Need Is Love - acrylic paint and paper on wood panel

All You Need Is Love - acrylic paint and paper on wood panel

(JB): i approach both of these pieces by painting multiple sheets of paper white then let them dry. once dry i fill each sheet with patterns and repetitive lines using acrylic black paint and black spray paint. once the patterns are dry on the sheet i tear and rip them into interesting shapes, working on my composition and gluing them into place on the wood panel.

it’s a very meditative process. when i have all the patterned papers glued in place on the wood panel, i create the central figure using white acrylic paint and a gestural fluid black outline. i place and glue my gestural figure front and center on the panel. the figure then takes center stage; expressive, exposed and vulnerable for all to see.

my figures are painted as animal and human form and they are always faceless unlike my color paintings that have faces. In my black and white pieces i want the gestural lines to express the emotion in the piece. the figures are drawn out on sheets of white acrylic painted paper. the black fluid gestural lines that outline the figure give it, its expressive qualities.

 

 

 

(JB): with all that's going on in the world today a little love, empathy and respect toward one another goes a long way.

The Artist in her element     " the true essence of existence is important in my work, representing unique ways of “living and being.” emotions are felt and present in all living things, consisting of pain, love, sorrow, joy, anxiety and anger. consequently, i believe painting is a means of feeling an awareness of existence of living and of being. we all live, breathe, feel, suffer, and love. through my paintings, i am able to bring front and center these moments in gestural images that examine and/or focus on universal life in the here and now."

The Artist in her element

"the true essence of existence is important in my work, representing unique ways of “living and being.” emotions are felt and present in all living things, consisting of pain, love, sorrow, joy, anxiety and anger. consequently, i believe painting is a means of feeling an awareness of existence of living and of being. we all live, breathe, feel, suffer, and love. through my paintings, i am able to bring front and center these moments in gestural images that examine and/or focus on universal life in the here and now."

The Hunter - acrylic paint and paper on wood panel

The Hunter - acrylic paint and paper on wood panel

(JB): this is a portrait of my childhood cat Midnight she was a tough tiny black street cat we took in and loved to the day she died. she would bring us “gifts” - birds, worms, butterflies, bugs and stand by them ever so proudly as to say " Look what I got for you!"  i miss her.


for more information on the artist check out her website: www.josehinebarreiro.com and give her a follow on Instagram @j131


when was the last time you viewed art unknown to you?

was inspired by new art?

I encourage you - seek out a venue - a gallery opening - a new museum.

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til next time.

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