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.











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.


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.



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!


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.


a little trip (part 1)

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If you follow along on IG than you're familiar with this image of the Ticonderoga from the Shelburne Museum - well, wait a minute I might be getting ahead of myself. I love history of any kind and I especially love museums. So, this lovely spot outside of Burlington VT with all it's historic buildings has always remained a favorite memory from my childhood The visit when I was 6 made a lasting impression on me.

I speak of my love of treasures often and the image below is a treasure from that childhood visit. I showed it to my sister saying how I'd love to take Liam there and bam she immediately set to work planning everything.

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Shelburne Museum has a world renown collection of art - including a selection of antique architectural structures, decorative arts, folk art, carriages, circus collectibles, textiles, toys and more - plus beautiful French Impressionist art all encapsulated in 39 buildings over 45 acres.

All tickets are good for a 2 day visit. On our first day we completely walked the grounds visiting 18 buildings in about 4 hours.


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We took the car ferry across Lake Champlain into Burlington, VT.


It was a ton of fun and I highly recommend  - especially with children.


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This sight greeted us as we walked up to the entrance on Day 1. It wasn't a sunny day but, we were so fortunate it didn't start to rain until we were leaving. The Round Barn above houses a collection of horse powered carriages. Look at the pretty hand painted details on this sled.

Next stop was the Ticonderoga a 220 ft. side-wheel passenger steamboat. Built in 1906 it operated until 1953. The ships interior and decks are set up as if it were 1923.

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We enjoyed a walk through an 1890 Train and it was super fun finding our town on the map.


the backroom of the General Store houses the Apothecary Shop. All the antique bottles and drug containers were fun to see.

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the Meeting House is in a lovely spot.

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I love the image of Liam in the Horseshoe Barn Annex which features more amazing carriages.


Shelburne runs a print making shop on premises. I tried to buy a print of the Letter K (of course) but, they were sold out - I'll be giving them a jingle at the end of the month to check on stock.


Here we are taking a peek in the Jail.


The Textile Gallery was marvelous ... screens, hat boxes, some of the finest quilts I have ever viewed and loomed coverlets. Although an antique this navy and white spread feels very fresh.

The Model Train was delightful as were the collection of toys.

I really like Pewter and these molds from the Variety Unit building were so neat. This building holds collections of Pewter, Glass and Porcelains.

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This diorama was eye level built into the wall.

friends I'm going to pick this up next week but, I didn't want to close without sharing the visionary behind the Museum - the late Electra Havemeyer Webb. I always try and pick up a publication about anywhere I visit and this volume while slim tells in great detail Mrs. Webb's passion for the arts, collecting and the history of Shelburne.

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til next time.


metropolitan museum of art 2.20.2018 (part 2)

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two weeks ago we visited one of the best places on earth the Metropolitan Museum of Art we had a list of exhibitions to view but, the top not to be missed was the David Hockney. 

  so after a yummy lunch at the Petrie Court Cafe we took in the retrospective of his life's work.


A Bigger Splash, 1967.

this painting was the exhibition cover image.

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The Third Love Painting, 1960

Liam was taken with this work - what he thought was a robot really spoke to his 6 year old self.

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Pool and Steps, Le Nid du Duc, 1971

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Savings and Loan Building, 1967

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A Lawn Being Sprinkled, 1967.

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Medical Building, 1967

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Contre-Jour in the French Style-Against the day Dans Le Style-Francais, 1974.

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Nichols Canyon, 1980

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The Road Across the Wolds, 1997

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The Road to Thwing, 2006

the piece is made up of 6 panels. Liam really enjoyed the colors.

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Elderberry Blossoms, Kilham, 2008

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Hawthorne Blossom near Rudston, 2008

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i circled back to this installation three times.






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i could have stood there for hours watching the images morph into new - as they traced his drawing process from piece to piece.









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the images were amazing... and it led my son to inquire -


" could i do that on my iPad?"










i hope you will follow the link and look at more of Mr. Hockney's works.

i'm blessed to live close to NYC and be able to visit the Met anytime - I know there are museums everywhere - find one and treat yourself!

here's a list with links for some museums in New Jersey.

til next time.