April 19th, 2005

Ferris Beuller - Art Pose

Wednesday

This past Wednesday, we got up early and headed out onto the road and managed to get to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in time to grab one of the last parking spaces in the back (possibly THE last parking space).

We went inside, sat for a while and waited for Kris, Becky and Jarvis to catch up to us (they ended up parking on the other side of the building). While we waited, I pulled out my cellphone and played some backgammon.

We met up with them at about 10:30...so, Becky and I ran to the modern art wing first before queing up for the Dali exhibit.

She wanted to show me the "painting with balls".

We got in line for Dali and were surprised, pleasantly, to discover that the exhibit came with complimentary audio tours (!). We all got headphones and these little mp3 players with number pads. We simply had to key in a corresponding number from a painting in any room to listen to the audio recording. It really made the exhibit come to life...

I saw so many paintings that I'd never seen before and some that I'd only seen in books. Nothing compares to seeing them in person. Also, I was glad for the historical information that we were given to help put the various pieces into their proper context.

We ended up spending three hours in the exhibit. It was so HUGE! To explore a Dali exhibit from where you are, try: Virtual Dali.com and Dali Painting Gallery. I've even changed my desktop wallpaper. The painting I chose to loook at on my desktop is: The Endless Enigma (1938).

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After the museum, we went to lunch at the Black Horse Diner...they've redone their interior. It all looked nice, but they GOT RID OF THE MEGATOUCH!!! NO!

When I got home, I just napped and read a little.
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Friday night...

This past Friday night was "Third Friday", so Becky and I went to downtown Millville as usual.

When I got to the Forge, I looked around at Dennis Tawes' stuff which was on display. Well, the polite thing to say would be that I simply wasn't impressed because I'd just been to the Dali exhibit...

I met up with Becky and we trecked down to the rest of the galleries. I liked this month's exhibit in High Street Designs. It was canvases created with wax (called "encaustic"). Some of it was very interesting looking and I also appreciated how fragile the pieces were and how delicate this work must be.

I wasn't as impressed with the work in the clay college this time (just kind of blah).

Becky was quite taken by the landscapes in the RRCA this month and some of the wine themed stuff in the smaller room was very good. We also saw/heard the band members that we'd met up at Rita's a couple of months ago (they were playing in the smaller room there).

We got to visit with Terri Garvey and Myra Cubero at T&A Designs (which is making it's grand opening next month)! Yay ladies! Becky got to meet Russ, Terri's husband, for the first time.

After returning for a while to the Forge, Becky and I left to meet up with Marni, Bob, Paul, Shelly, Michael (Shelly's husband), Allen and Allen's friend whose name escapes me at the Golden Palace. While there, Marni loaned a coffee table book of Dali to Becky (she had coincidentally somehow just ended up with the huge book this week or so). We also bumped into various people from CP who were all there after the performance of "How To Eat Like a Child". It was nice to see Michael Mills, who I hadn't seen since "Much Ado" (wherein I played, depending on how you read the subtext, his best friend, his manservant or his lover).
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