This week Robin and I traveled to another “magical forest”—the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. This amazing treasure trove, open every day of the week but Tuesday, is free to the public, and it contains hundreds of original pieces produced by American artists—everything from huge canvasses of portraiture to three-dimensional, life-like “realism” sculpture.
Greeting us at the entrance was this stately stainless steel sculpture of a tree.
The museum’s modern achitecture was, in itself, a thing of beauty, using sweeping curves of concrete, wood, and glass.
This view of the complex was taken from a porch outside one of the galleries.
Here’s a view from one of the walking trails on the grounds.
The spacious galleries contained oils, watercolors, pen and ink drawings, sculpture, and photography, arranged in order from the 17th through the 20th centuries. In the gallery of 20th Century art, we enjoyed seeing Norman Rockwell’s original “Rosie, the Riviter” (1943), celebrating the new, important role of women during World War II. The painting traveled on a nationwide tour during the 1940s to generate publicity for the United States Treasury Department’s War Loan Drives.
Finally, I will share a view of the dining room at the museum where we enjoyed a cup of coffee after our tour.
If you haven’t yet visited Crystal Bridges, I hope each of you will have a chance to explore this “magical forest” very soon.