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Friday, July 26, 2013

A visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

When we were in New York last week for my workshop at the New York Open Centerhttp://www.opencenter.org we took the train to Brooklyn. We wanted to see an exhibit of John Singer Sargent's watercolors and the monumental wall hangings by El Anatsui made from bits of reclaimed metal at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. I was teaching that evening so we left early and were able to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden first. The location for the Garden started as an ash dump in the late 1800s, and today it has come to represent the very best in urban gardening and horticultural display. It was founded in 1897 and you can click here for a link to a timeline with photos about it's early days.
Here is a brief photo essay of our visit:














Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Brooklyn Museum of Art Visit

We spent a few days in New York City this past week. I was teaching a workshop in Watercolor Journaling at the New York Open Center Friday evening and all day Saturday. We arrived in the city on Wednesday and had a nice visit with my brother and sister-in-law who live there and then moved into our very comfortable digs in Greenwich Village, compliments of the Open Center. What fun!

We had a great time exploring the area (photos to come) and on my friend and artist Marcia (Gallery 37) Reed's suggestion we visited the Brooklyn Museum of Art to see the exhibit "Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui." We were totally impressed with this amazing work and were also surprised to learn that we could photograph the work - not something you are usually allowed to do with works that are not part of a museum's permanent collection. For the complete description of these works - much better than I could provide, please click on the link above and visit the site. Better yet, if you are within driving, walking, taxi-cab, bus, train etc. distance from the Brooklyn Museum and haven't yet been there, I urge you to go. This exhibition was scheduled to come down on August 4 but I understand they have extended it - for how long I'm not sure, so don't wait. Here are a few of the photos we took - with some close up so you can see what they are made of. It will surprise you!