Finding a quiet spot to work and reflect at Crystal Bridges isn’t always easy. The sheer number of visitors on a daily basis is amazing. Depending on the day, you can find hundreds of elementary students grazing in the restaurant before marching to see a small selection of paintings. Or there are corporate meetings, large tours and lines for new exhibits. At first, I thought I would abandon my new idea of going to Crystal Bridges on a weekly basis to bask in the huge selection of art. Yet, after four weeks of regular visiting, this is what I have learned.
- I love grabbing a table in Eleven (the restaurant). The goal is to work on some administrative work while enjoying a healthy but slightly expensive lunch. On a sunny day, I need to migrate to new tables to escape the reflecting sunshine. Yet, working around other people has sparked my creative energy.
- I love that the lockers are free. I can put my computer, coat and purse in a free locker while I enjoy looking at the artwork. Whether I have 30 minutes or 2 hours, I can view the artwork, take a tour or explore the libraries on site.
- I love to use one piece that I see each visit as inspiration for a new piece of art. For this visit, I have gravitated to the Hollyhocks piece by John LaFarge. It uses one of my favorite compositions, but I want to interpret it in a new way. Can’t wait to share my painting with you in my next blog.
Next Blog, I will share my artwork inspired by my visit and spend some time thinking through how I can enjoy my visit even more. Hint: There are great opportunities to network and have a fun conversation about the artwork.