Beautiful Day

Art brings people closer, compelling them to think and to consider ideas and perspectives unlike any they had considered before. “What was the artist thinking?” “What does it mean?” “How does this piece of art fit into my view of the world?”

We spent a few hours yesterday with our friends, taking in some extraordinary art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art In Bentonville,AR, north and east of their home in Fort Smith. An exceptional collection of art by a wildly diverse group of artists was on display, artists including:

  • Mary Cassat
  • Diego Rivera
  • John Singer Sargent
  • Frank Wesson Benson
  • Charles Ulrich
  • Joseph Decker
  • John James Audubon
  • Elizabeth Alexander

There were many, many more. I’ll include a sampling of the few photos I took, below.  It wasn’t just the art, it was the architecture.  The building and the grounds are beautiful, works of art in themselves.

And then, a late lunch/early dinner at the Tusk & Trotter, where we had duck and patė and chic harmonies and bison and boar and…too much fabulous food to remember.

Then, home to talk about art and politics and religion and food and life. And where did all this lead, this day of magic and color, draped in a cloak of brisk weather? As I said, “Art brings people closer, compelling them to think and to consider ideas and perspectives unlike any they had considered before.”

I love days like yesterday. They are the stuff of memories.

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About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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3 Responses to Beautiful Day

  1. John Swinburn says:

    Thanks, Trish and Robin. By the way, my iPad auto correct decided on chic harmonies instead of chicharonies, which was my intent!

  2. Trisha says:

    Ah, Diego Rivera is amongst a wonderful display of fellow artists! He is one of my favorites, by far.

    Sounds like you had a very well rounded day with your friends, John! Terrific way to spend the day!

  3. robin andrea says:

    Wonderful photos. What a grand museum you have to visit. How lovely to have friends already to break bread and talk about the things of life.

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