Wednesday, August 05, 2009

blog this!

years and years and years ago, when i was in high school that is, i spent a LOT of time at the atheneum (and the library and the train station). i had enough credits to graduate (when i was a senior) but they wouldn't let me. they decided to torture me and make me take gym several times a day (something about me skipping gym in a prior life i think). anyway, i wasn't about to gym myself (and they made me do golfing shite during gym. that stopped right quick) to death. i used to grab some writing impliments and pads of paper and head off for the atheneum and the train station and the big hartford public library on main street. i'd sit and stare at the paintings or the people all day. i'd write and write and write. it helped to make me who i am today. it helped me appreciate art (although i would have anyway). i remember each and every painting and sculpture and artifact. i remember where they were and how they were set up. i remember the smells in each room (they were different). i rememeber being very happy indeed.

my favorite painting at the atheneum you ask? well i'll tell you: the vale of st. thomas, jamaica by frederic e church

the following is from the wadsworth atheneum:

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art invites you to join us at our inaugural Blog This! event, on August 6, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

Blog This! will provide a forum for social media writers from throughout the state to connect with each other, while connecting with great art! We also hope to gain insights into how we can better work together to position both Hartford, and Connecticut, as a premier cultural destination (and not just someplace between New York and Boston!)

The agenda includes an update from the Director, Susan Talbott, an overview of The Amistad Center for Art & Culture by Director, Olivia White and a Docent led highlights tour of the museum’s permanent collection.

Come for the formal part – but stay for the fun part - join us from 6:30 – 8 pm for our First Thursday festivities which will include temporary tattoos, the opening of Skin!, an exhibition of photographs created by teens in The Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s Neighborhood Studio summer youth program, and original hip-hop beats performed by Connectbeats. Food and cocktails will also be available.

• Date: August 6, 2009
• Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
• Location: Wadsworth Atheneum of ArtBlogger: the nutmeg grater - Create Post
600 Main St., Hartford, CT

For more information or to RSVP, please contact:
Kimberly Reynolds
(860) 838-4055

and here's a lil' somethin' somethin' from the nyt:

In an Untamed Wilderness, Finding the Serene


The upstairs galleries of the Beaux-Arts-style wing of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, completed in the early 20th century, have never been so appropriately adorned as they are now, with the paintings that make up "American Splendor: Hudson River School Masterworks" — a glorious, robust assemblage of 120 works by artists from a movement that defined 19th-century American landscape art. Those who follow American art will find few surprises here, but will be rewarded with excellent examples of every major artist's work, all drawn from the Wadsworth's permanent collection and recently returned to Hartford from a national tour, before heading to Germany next year. For others less well versed, the show offers a superb overview of the movement and includes wall labels that offer more than the usual information......

pic: Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826-1900), Vale of St. Thomas, Jamaica, 1867. Oil on canvas, 48-5/16 x 84-5/8 inches. Courtesy of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Conn. Bequest of Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your post and for sharing the info about Blog This! Hope you can make it!

~Kim Reynolds, Wadsworth Atheneum

a rose is a rose said...

i sure will try. at the very least, to see jamaica again