Monday, September 26, 2011
The Silk Rainforest by Sheila Hicks
This is displayed at the Renwick Gallery in DC and it's a really cool piece to see in person. When reading the history of the art you will see that it was originally commissioned for AT&T headquarters in 1975 and that's where it stayed until 2002. After being restored by Hicks, the SAAM acquired it in 2009.
Great job AT&T for appreciating contemporary textiles.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
In addition to teaching Art, I found the perfect thing to do to fill up my week. I'm interning at the Smithsonian American Art's Luce Foundation Center (pictured above in hipster instagram editing) and it has been ridiculously cool so far. There is always an artist talk to listen to, or an exhibit ready to view....the Luce Center is especially unique in that it displays over 3000 art objects and hosts events such as "Art and Coffee," "Luce Unplugged," and "Draw and Discover," to name a few.
One bonus is that I'll be able to share with you things I experience and events you could potentially go to (if you're in the area). If you're not in the area, you'll at least be able to learn about exhibiting artists, performing musicians, and news from the museum. I'm hoping that interests you as much as it does me :).
Saturday, September 24, 2011
We discovered a small town in Virginia that is home to a string of family owned wineries. Ever been wine hopping? We attempted to wine hop from one winery to the next but had such a great time at the first vineyard that we ran out of time for the others- we need to remember how to pace ourselves.
The winery we went to on a Sunday afternoon was called Casanel Vineyards in Leesburg, VA. They have a friendly staff and a large patio where you can sit and enjoy a bottle. If you're hungry -which we were- you can order a homemade, wood-oven pizza from their resident chef (yum).
I can't wait to go again, and if you visit us, we're totally going.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Anyone in the northern Va. and/or DC area looking for a cool day trip? Check out Mount Vernon, George Washington's birthplace. It's not only a beautiful park with loads to do, but you will get goosebumps as you tour his home and see his actual bed, chair, desk.....it's crazy what the historians were able to gather and restore. One of our favorite parts of the trip was watching a Washington invention come to life. Did you know he invented a system to separate grain from straw using horses? The last two images show the 16 sided barn where the horses would trot and the grain falling down the cracks of the barn floor.
Sweep up that grain,
Sweep up that grain,