I have always been in love with art and museums, as long as I remember. One of my favorite activities is to head to my own local art museum and just take in the beautiful different works of art.
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, then you know I love to travel. Specifically, I love to travel throughout the south. I
I recently had a chance to add one state to my list that I have yet to visit, Arkansas. Having friends from that area, I had always heard how beautiful it is and that I would always feel like (and be treated) I was right at home.
And it did not disappoint! From the moment I arrived at the airport I was greeted with smiles and told exactly which places I should check out ( and as promised, I did!)
#ArtisLife at Crystal Bridges
A few weeks ago I had the chance to check out the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. The museum was founded by the Walton Family Foundation and was spearheaded by Alice Walton and designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie.
Being a huge museum and art buff, this was the highlight of my trip. One thing that I have always enjoyed ever since I was a kid was studying art. One of the things I most admire about Crystal Bridges and the Walton Family Foundation is how they have made art accessible to everyone; no matter your class or demographic! As much as I am a STEM girl, arts were my first love, and its inspiring to know that a new generation of kids will be able to experience this at no cost to them or their families.
The museum sits on 120 acres and offers four beautiful miles of trails on its grounds. The outside area also features a variety of native plants and artwork.
Men of Steel, Women of Wonder
This amazing exhibit features over 70 paintings and photographs. The exhibit, developed by Crystal Bridges Assistant Curator Alejo Benedetti, examines art-world responses to Superman and Wonder Woman ranging from their Depression-era origins to today’s contemporary artist interpretations.
While we were there, we were also able to experience art being launched into space! How awesome is that. This piece was launched and contains a little surprise in the brief case. I don’t know what it is, but I am anticipating it’s return!
The exhibit opens February 18 and is open to the public until March 22nd.
I absolutely loved being able to tour the various galleries, however, my favorite was the Modern Art gallery.
While in Bentonville, I highly encourage you to explore this wonderful town! Having grown up in a small southern town in South Carolina, the downtown portion is everything I remember (and then some), with a few added extras!
Check out a few spots that I loved while in town.
- The Walmart Museum
- Downtown Square
- The Hive (I am
obssessedwith this place. I promise if it was in driving distance I would be there everyday!).
- Scotch & Soda
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.