gainesville’s harn museum of art

If Florida is home or Gainesville is within drive, I would get to the Harn Museum of Art right quick, as some Southerners say. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I visited yesterday. What I found was room after room of exceptional art.

Joseph Konopka’s 1986 acrylic on canvas painting, View from 6th Avenue Between 38th and 39th Streets.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art

Deborah Butterfield’s Rory sculpture from 1992. Butterfield fashioned this mare using steel, scrap metal and other industrial materials.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Deborah Butterfield

Patrick Grigsby creates a photo-like image by puncturing cotton paper sheets painted black.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Patrick Grigsby

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Patrick Grigsby

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Patrick Grigsby

Like Maurice Prendergast? The Harn Museum offers this 1914 oil painting, Idyllic Landscape.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Maurice Prendergast

Photography? This museum has that too.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Photography

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Photography

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Photography

A tapestry that unravels, forming fiber-based drawings? The Harn has got you.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art

Pre-WWII art–this 1935 painting is by Francis Criss.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art

Even works by internationally renown artists like Kehinde Wiley.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Kehinde Wiley

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Kehinde Wiley

Admission is free (yes, free). Happy museuming, all.

trailside museum of natural history

Chicago’s suburbs–there is Park Forest, Forest Park, Oak Forest, Lake Forest. (So many forests.) And on the western edge of River Forest sits the Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum of Natural History. A smallish museum in a grand building.

You can read about native birds and trees. Free admission for those looking for an complimentary place to learn.

oak park river forest museum

A few blocks from my apartment building is Cicero Fire House No. 2, built in 1898 and reborn in 2017 as the Oak Park River Forest Museum.

If you’re curious about local history and those who built the cities of Oak Park and River Forest, this is a fun visit.

There is a parade of Boy Scout figures fashioned by folk artist John Hagensick.

And a painting by Edwin Reed Hemingway that was found crumpled under a house porch.

rainy monday

Had today off–a rainy Monday–so plunked myself on a Blue Line train and exited at Adams and Wabash. The Art Institute (and specifically the Manet exhibit) was my destination. But the permanent collections are such gems.

The Chagall windows. Blue has never looked so pretty.

A 1912 painting by John Sloan–one of the founders of the Ashcan School of American art.

Or this 1905 beauty by William James Glackens–you could get lost admiring it.

the elmhurst art museum

You might not guess that a western suburb of Chicago has a cool contemporary art collection, but Elmhurst does.

A large cube that reflects the sky.

Susan Frankel creates energy and patterns in her works.

Various artists contributed their napkin sketches. So ephemeral.

And then a plexiglass installation in Mies Van der Rohe’s McCormick House.

Adult admission for the Elmhurst Art Museum is $15. Enjoy.

trooping the colour

Posters from the 1920s and 30s–it’s hard to get enough of them. The mother of Chicago museums (the Art Institute of Chicago) currently has an exhibit titled “Everyone’s Art Gallery: Posters of the London Underground.” Good stuff and plenty to admire.

This 1939 lithograph by Charles Mozley is a patriotic announcement.

Other posters feature pastoral destinations.

And this one promises summer sales by the umbrella full. Happy summer.

the precise artistry of stained glass windows

As a full-time job searcher, I stopped buying non-essential things many months ago. But experiences? I budget for those. Hiked my way north and east to #Evanston to visit the Halim Museum of Time and Glass yesterday. More than 70 pieces of stained glass window art and 1,100+ time pieces.

Stained glass window making is a precise art, from what I gathered. Colors are accomplished with different types of glass, silver stains, acid etching, intricate cutting, and plating. For example, striated glass is sometimes plated with nodular glass.

Some window colors sparkle so brightly.

Evanston Illinois Halim Museum of Time and Glass Stained glass window

In some windows, as in this one, the artist hand carved a heavy slab of orange glass to create a jewel-adorned appearance.

Evanston Illinois Halim Museum of Time and Glass Stained glass window

And types of glass–how many can there be? Bunches. This stained glass window, Spirit of the Revolution by Frederick Lamb (1863-1928), incorporates the following glass types: opalescent, drapery, herringbone, striated, mottled, nodular, hammered, fractured, and acid-etched flash glass.

Evanston Illinois Halim Museum of Time and Glass Stained glass window Frederick Lamb

Admission for this museum is $19 and some change. Marvel and enjoy.