A lovely afternoon spent wandering around the grounds of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Just a short drive from Boston to the woodsy town of Lincoln, Massachusetts. The deCordova was established in 1950 and is set on 30 acres of rolling hills. At any given time there about 60 works of art on display. You can meander about at your own pace. Such a treat to have this museum in my backyard. A nice reminder to explore what is around you.
Be sure to check out the website for updates on new installations and fun activities. The park is open everyday from 10-5. There is cafe to grab a light bite and a well curated gift shop to find a souvenir. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is certainly a highlight of this area but there are also other lovely historical towns and places to explore within a short drive of the park. Walden Pond certainly comes to mind.
Spring in the city is the best. All the trees and flowers are blooming. There is renewed energy that is contagious with the city dwellers and the tourists. Everyone is always looking for places to experience. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has been on my list. The recent April showers presented the perfect time to enjoy the Gardner Museum. I had one goal, the Courtyard.
To me, the Courtyard is a year round city oasis. The space is peaceful. The sound of trickling water and soft floral scents combine to create a tranquil and beautiful environment. To just sit is enough. The Courtyard is a gem that is accessible for all to enjoy.
I found myself pausing at patterns, textiles, bold colors, and wall coverings. The interior design world and the fashion world are extensions of each other. I immediately start thinking of Dries Van Noten, the Belgian genius who is delivering wearable art through his exquisite taste in fabrics and patterns. Walking through the Gardner had me thinking about the current trending floral and bold prints.
The Gardner is stunning. One must look up or you will miss beauty.
I really enjoyed Bharti Kher’s Sketchbooks and Diaries. Kher spent a month as an Artist -in-Residence at the Gardner Museum. Her contemporary point view is delivered through her use of sketches and drawings. Kher has a playful perspective while incorporating her focus on motherhood and gender.
My favorite piece, John Singer Sargent, El Jaleo. The setting that Isabella curated especially for this piece of art makes it come alive.
The Gardner was founded by Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1903. Her love of travel inspired her to collect art and untimely share that love with Boston. Her passion, commitment, vision, and spirit is still very much present. The Gardner has an amazing and impressive art collection. It is also offers music, dance, and special performances. So spend as little or as much time as you wish. I highly recommend making a lunch reservation ahead of time at Cafe G.