'Museums'

Friday Art & News: Renoir Home/Museum

June 2, 2017

By Tab Byrum

When I first started the blog, almost three years ago, I tried to do posts every Friday on the subject of Art and the people who create it. I really enjoyed doing those posts and everyone seemed to enjoy reading them, so I’m heading down that road again with posts of Friday about what’s new from the Art world. Today we are looking at the opening of a new museum in the home of an amazing French painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Renoir’s former family home is in Essoyes, France and it opens tomorrow, June 3, after undergoing major renovations over the last four years. $1.2 million dollars has been spent on Renoir’s home, the renovations were done to add elevator access for those unable to climb stairs, climate control to preserve artwork, reinforcement of the home’s walls, as well as restoring the home’s interior and the gardens. Renoir’s workshop, which is on the home’s grounds, has been open for twenty years and receives about 10,000 visitors a year. For the opening of the house, three French museums have loaned artworks by Renoir to be displayed in the house/museum. Renoir and his wife purchased the home in 1896 and spent Summers there with their family. Renoir, his wife and three of their children are buried in the local cemetery, Renoir’s great-granddaughter sold the house to the Essoyes, France City Council in 20112. Today we’re taking a peek at the house as well as some of Renoir’s works, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Diana Vreeland

March 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

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During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are remembering fashion maven Diana Vreeland. Vreeland was known for her distinct way of dressing which got her a column in Harper’s Bazaar and eventually led to her being Editor-In-Chief of Vogue magazine. Today Vreeland is remembered for her straightforward approach and the amazing exhibits she curated while she headed up the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2015. 

Los Angeles 2017: Griffith Observatory

March 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This recent trip to Los Angeles was the fourth time I’ve been there, every time we’ve been I always think we’ll make it up to Griffith Observatory but we never have, until now. We went up into the hills above LA to Mt. Hollywood on Saturday, it’s really pretty up there right now because with all the rain they’ve had this winter everything is very green. We parked along the road to the observatory and walked up to it, it’s all up hill so if you have someone that can’t do hills then leave them at home, Lol, no you can drop them off then park and walk up. The Griffith Observatory was founded on land donated to the city of Los Angeles by Griffith J. Griffith, he donated the land and left funds with the express wish for an observatory to be built and help make astronomy available to the public. The Griffith Observatory opened in 1935 with free admission which remains to this day. The observatory closed in 2002 for a major redesign project, the building was literally lifted up on jacks in one piece and a whole new “building” was built under the original observatory and reopened in 2006. Today that new area houses new exhibits, a cafe, gift shop, and the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater. The theater plays a wonderful 23 minute documentary on the history of the Griffith, as well as information on the recent, remodel and how it was done. I strongly urge you to visit the Griffith Observatory if you’re in LA, it’s well worth the trip to see the wonderful architecture and the view from Mount Hollywood of all of Los Angeles. Enjoy!!! 

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Los Angeles 2017: Touring Paramount And Universal

March 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One thing you may have picked up about me from the blog is how much I love the movies, I always have. Michael and I go to the movies quite a bit here in Oklahoma City to see all the new releases, but one of the things I truly love are old movies, so whenever the opportunity arises to get a behind the scenes look at where the movies are made and how they’re made I embrace it. Before when we’ve been to LA we’ve toured the Warner Brothers studio so on this recent trip I decided to book a guided tour of Paramount Studios and of course, Universal Studios is very popular, especially with the amusement park attached to it so we did that tour as well. We had a great time on both of these tours, the Paramount tour was more intimate as there were only 6 tourists and our guide and we were escorted around the Paramount lot on a golf cart. The Universal tour was fun but less intimate with 60 to 75 people on a big tram touring the Universal Studios lot seeing where the magic happens. I wanted to share some pics of our two days and two tours with you today and encourage you to do these tours when you have a chance, the only one we haven’t done is the MGM/Sony tour, but it’s on the list. Enjoy!!!

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Tabulous Tomes ~ Janelle McCulloch’s Paris

February 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I recently purchased a few books from one of the popular sale websites and the first one I’ve had a chance to flip through is Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, and it’s glorious. The book is written and put together by journalist and photographer Janelle McCulloch. McCulloch specializes in design, architecture, and style and has written for numerous design magazines, including Vogue Living and Elle.  McCulloch’s Paris takes you on a tour of the City of Light and is divided up into the different arrondissements or neighborhoods that make up the city. She goes in-depth in each arrondissement telling you what to see, where to stop and rest, where to stop for a bite to eat or a cup of hot chocolate. The first half of the book is all about the 18 arrondissements, the second half is about where to specifically find things, there’s a whole section of the best books stores in Paris and gets specific such as where to buy books for gardeners and cooks. There are sections on where to buy tableware and linens, homewares, decorating stores and on and on. The book is filled with gorgeous photographs taken by Janelle McCulloch and is a wonderful addition to any personal collection for a Francophile or as a gift. Check out Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, you won’t be sorry. Until you do here are some images from the book, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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White House Christmas 2016

December 14, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I have to make a confession, I sent in my application this year to apply to be one of the volunteers who decorates the White House for Christmas. Obviously, I wasn’t chosen but I’ll try again and we’ll see what happens. I always love seeing what the creative minds come up with who are in charge of decorating the home of the President and First Family for Christmas, they always come up with wonderful themes and work in great ways to pay homage and respect to certain groups, especially our women and men in uniform. This year’s decorations don’t disappoint at all, they are dramatic, bright and beautiful, just looking at the pictures I got a lot of ideas for not only Christmas decorating but other creative projects. I hope you’ll join me today for a tour of the White House all decked out for Christmas and check back with me later this week as we check out some of the rooms in more detail and take a closer look at just how all this beauty was accomplished. Enjoy!!!

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Loving Vincent

October 25, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I had read an article a while back about a unique movie being done on the life of Vincent Van Gogh but then didn’t hear more about it until now. Last week I ran across an article on Huffington Post and now I’m very excited about this film called Loving Vincent, it will be the first ever “fully painted” feature film. Van Gogh lived from 1853 to 1890 and is known by all as a tortured soul, never finding success in love or art until after his death when his artwork gained fame worldwide. The plot for the film was constructed using more than 800 letters that Van Gogh had written himself and of course one of the main challenges of this film is to capture the unique style of painting Van Gogh had and transfer that style to moving figures on a movie screen. Of course, Van Gogh’s works automatically make beautiful backdrops for this film, and animators have the major task of taking the movements of live action actors and covering them with brush strokes. The movie is due out in 2017 and stars actors Aidan Turner and Saoirse Ronan just to name a couple, you can check out the Loving Vincent website here, the trailer for the film is first thing below and I’ve included photos from the film to whet your appetite, I’m so looking forward to this in theaters next year. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Colorful Russia

September 16, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I’ve always been intrigued by Russia and its history, part of that is because some of my mother’s family were Russian immigrants in the 1800’s, and of course I’m fascinated by royalty and the lives they lived and still do. So I was very interested in a recent article on the website Russia Beyond The Headlines, the article is entitled “The Winter Palace As The Tsars Saw It” and it focuses on a series of paintings of interiors of the Winter Palace by artist Eduard Gau. The paintings are all watercolors and were ordered by Tsar Nikolai I, the thing that’s so enthralling is the colors of the rooms and their decorations, we are so used to only seeing old black and white photographs from the late 19th and early 20th century that it’s easy to forget they lived in a world of color just as we do. Of course being the home of the Imperial family of Russia the Winter Palace was full of color and it seems everything was gilded in gold. Interior paintings are one of my favorite forms of art, I love when an artist can capture a beautiful and well-appointed room in all its glory. Here’s a look at life in the Russian court and the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg more than a century ago, Enjoy!!!

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A Day In The Hague & Mauritshuis

August 18, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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All my life I have heard of The Hague in the Netherlands and to be very honest I thought it was a building but it’s a city, I guess it’s just the only city I know of with the word “the” in it besides The Vatican. Anyway, we decided to visit The Hague as it’s the center of not only the Dutch government but also the home of the U.N.’s International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. We traveled by train to The Hague which was about an hour outside of Amsterdam, The Hague sits on the western coast of the Netherlands next to the North Sea. My friend Maartje had told me about a wonderful museum in The Hague called Mauritshuis (it was originally a private home) which houses over 800 artistic objects with most of them being paintings by Dutch artists such as Rembrandt, Ver Meer, and Holbein, so we set that as our destination in Google Maps and walked over. Mauritshuis is a wonderful museum, it feels much more intimate than a lot of museums since it’s in a former home and it also allows you get very closely to the works of art and see detail. After a couple of hours at Mauritshuis we explored the city of The Hague, walking through the Dutch Parliament building, we found the Dutch Royal Palace, explored several shops and had a wonderful lunch of salads at ‘t Goude Hooft (The Gold Head) and of course took lots and lots of pictures. Here’s a peek at our day in The Hague, Enjoy!!!

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Exploring The Rijksmuseum

August 16, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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In getting to know the city of Amsterdam I knew we needed to visit the Rijksmuseum on Museum Square in the Dutch capital. The Rijksmuseum is the National Museum of Art and History for the Netherlands and holds some wonderful treasures including paintings by such artists as Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Van Dyck. The building that houses the museum was first built in 1876 with the completion of the building in 1885, over the years there have been changes made to the building with additions being added on and the hall that houses Rembrandts famous The Nights Watch being remodeled in 1906. In 2003 the main hall of the Rijksmuseum was closed for a major renovation and was reopened to the public by Queen Beatrix in 2013. Today the museum has huge spaces filled with natural light as well as rooms with gray painted walls that evoke a more somber mood, we thoroughly enjoyed the Rijksmuseum and definitely will have to go back as it was impossible to see it all on our first trip as well as fit in everything else we wanted to do. Here’s some pics from our morning jaunt through this beautiful museum, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Enjoy!!!

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