Sponsored by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Always down for a little staycation with my man! We were so exited to be working with Crystal Bridges a few weeks ago to kickoff their summer series Color Field in the North Forest, Nature's Nation in the indoor, travel exhibit area, and their Forest Concert Series. The Color Field will be open through September 30th, 2019 and Nature's Nation will be open through September 9th, so hit them at the same time so you don't miss a thing! The Forest concert series will be over on July 27th, somehow that is already creeping up.
The first night we enjoyed happy hour with the artists and listened to the artist panel for the Color Field. Our favorite pieces in this exhibit are the bright metal sculptures by Typoe, so fun and they just bring out the kid in you! It's crazy how much color can psychologically effect you and your mood.
Claire Helen Ashley’s large, inflatable sculptures are touchable!!! They are all representation's of the women's body and how they can be beautiful no matter how different they are. Feminism in all the right ways :))))
The indoor exhibit, Nature's Nation, features art from Frank Lloyd Wright, Valerie Hegarty ("burned" painting on the right), and James Audubon (bird drawing in the middle - probably one of my favorites). Many of the works encourage you to think about how the human race effects nature and to embrace the beauty outside around you. Their promotion of creating a healthy lifestyle that embraces nature is brought to life with so many beautiful pieces!
Overall, Crystal Bridge's mission is “to welcome ALL in a setting that unites art and nature.” Doesn't matter if you are an outdoor or indoor person because they have a spot for all! The Museum offers a wide range of temporary exhibitions each year, and the artwork in our permanent collection galleries changes often. Some of their signature American works include Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, Kerry James Marshall’s Our Town, and Jimson Weed by Georgia O’Keeffe.
Don't miss lunch or coffee at the Eleven Cafe at the heart of the museum (literally under the hanging gold heart sculpture). Austin and I love to come walk around the grounds, hit up any new exhibit, visit my FAVORITE Along the Shore by William Trost Richards and sip on a latte. It's my favorite weekend or weeknight activity :)
To end the day at the Summer Series, be sure to drop by the Forrest Concert series!! A great place to bring your kids or enjoy a date night under the trees and enjoy a glass of wine, or a popsicle if that's more your style.
Crystal Bridges holds such a special place in my heart here in Bentonville and if you haven't been I highly encourage you to visit, whether you are out of town or live in NWA, trust me you will be super impressed!
A huge & special thank you to Soapbox Influence, Visit Bentonville, Crystal Bridges Museum, Tavola Trattoria for sponsoring us for an amazing weekend!! We love you!! XX Haley