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It was cold. We couldn’t last long but what we did see this New Year’s Day was quite worth the frigid quick roundtrip.

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https://www.mass.gov/locations/belle-isle-marsh-reservation

 

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I know that the formation of this ice on the inside of the windows is indicative of how cold this lovely old house can get at night, but I don’t mind peeking out from beneath the pile of covers to see what the morning sun reveals on the glass.

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… viewed through a screen door.

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bird’s nest

… all sorts of things become visible.

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a spider’s web by lamplight

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… the McMullen Musem of Art has three concurrent displays on exhibit this fall through December 10th. Detailed information can be found in this museum press release. What I especially appreciated about the museum itself is its overall architecture that bridges old and new architectural styles and which takes into account the natural landscape as being part of the visitor experience. The floor to ceiling glass walls on each floor present an airy feeling … and that’s before you even realize that there is an amazing roof top deck.

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Given that two of the three exhibits focus on nature, landscape, realism and symbolism, it inspired childish delight to walk up the stairs with clear glass all around, seeing the landscape outside, and then to walk into beautifully curated exhibits like that of Alston Conley’s New England Sky …

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… and that of Nature’s Mirror: Reality and Symbol in Belgian Landscape.

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And in the midst of so much landscape there was the unexpected appearance of man, in this case, The Old Man Blessing, by Belgian painter Leon Frederic.

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The area accessed by the public to view art is actually not that large but comes across as quite spacious. Technology, whether a video showing the Belgian landscape of today on the wall, or a tablet with additional stories about the artists of the period, accentuate the visitor experience.

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Again, I thank Anulfo Baez for introducing me to this new phase of the McMullen Museum and I look forward to future visits.

Sources and Additional Reading (and Viewing!)

http://www.bc.edu/sites/artmuseum/press/fall-2017.html

http://www.bc.edu/sites/artmuseum/exhibitions/conley/

http://bcheights.com/2017/09/10/mcmullen-hones-natures-mirror-belgian-landscapes/

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