TRAVEL HERE: THINGS I ENJOYED IN THE METROPLEX WHILE OTHERWISE OCCUPIED PART 2
Here’s the rest of the stuff I did when I was too busy to blog about it.
The Kimbell Art Museum (Faces of Impressionism) – I mentioned the Musee d’Orsay while describing the DMA’s current exhibit, but the portraits over at the Kimbell right now are actually from that famous depository of Impressionism.
Confession, portraits are not my favorite thing. I like paintings with people in them, but I prefer almost every other subject matter over portraiture. Confession number two: I had no idea what special exhibition the Kimball had going on. I’d just been meaning to get over there and see the new Piano Pavilion ever since it opened last fall. (Even more proof of how overwhelmed I’ve been lately!)
So, when my little sister suggested a play date, this was at the top of my list. I also hadn’t had a Joe T. Garcia’s Tex-Mex fix since my birthday in March, so I added lunch to our itinerary. The ever-amiable Susan was agreeable.
Confession number three. I loved this exhibit. I loved it so much that I bought the catalog – and believe me, I’m not exactly hurting for art books. Perhaps the reason I loved it so much was the fact that when it came to portraiture, the Impressionists shook the art world up with it, as much as they did with everything else they painted. This show will be there through January 25th. You need to get over there and see it.
I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Piano Pavilion, also. The Kimbell has an amazing collection of art, but at any given time, most of it was under wraps to make way for the spectacular special exhibitions they have hosted. With the Piano Pavilion, they’ve created a wonderful place for special shows and made more room for their own extraordinary collection.
All in all, it was a great day in Ft. Worth, in spite of the fact that my little sister balked at sitting out on the Fiesta Patio. So what if it was a chilly November day. I sat inside munching on my family style dinner looking through the window at the patio wishing I was there. It was almost perfect.
Dallas Arboretum ( Autumn at the Arboretum) – When we finally got to this year’s Autumn at the Arboretum it was in it’s last days. You could tell, because workers were already assembling the holiday exhibits. Still there were plenty of beautiful flowers and about a zillion pumpkins of every imaginable shape, size and color. As you can see from this photo borrowed from the front of the DABS fall program, the garden is beautiful whatever the season.
I was glad to see that the water features of the Magnolia Glade were finally flowing. They’d proven to be a sticky wicket for a while, but none of the previous frustrations are apparent nowadays. One of my favorite parts of the garden is currently under renovation. It used to be the Lay Ornamental Garden and it is being transformed into the Lay Family Garden. I’m excited to see what they’ll do, but I did miss seeing it.
The Dallas Arboretum is always treat – whatever time of year it is and regardless of whether there is currently any special event going on. right now, it’s all decked out for the holidays, so do plan on seeing it. However, you should see it often, so you don’t miss a thing.
NorthPark Center (Arhaus Grand Opening Party Nov 14) – How could I leave NorthPark out of this cavalcade of my favorite places – the ones I go to even when I don’t really have time to go anywhere? I am on NorthPark’s weekly email list. That doesn’t mean I’m any cooler than someone who’s not, except that I did take time to go on their website and click the button.
As a part of this list, I get frequent updates as to what’s happening at this mall which I consider to be the center of the universe. Seriously! When we first discussed building the house in Heath, one of my first considerations was how long it would take me to get to NorthPark from there.
Anyway, some weeks all they tell me about are sales or the latest addition to the food court, but I also get some awesome invitations. That’s what happened on the week in question. In fact, that NorthPark Noteworthy was chockful of good stuff. They were inaugurating something called Watch Week and I was invited to the Arhaus Grand Opening.
First allow me to rave about Arhaus. If you are interested in furniture and furnishings, it’s in there. They have gorgeous stuff and they have lots of it. You shouldn’t have to be bribed to visit with free champagne. However, it certainly was nice to see all their beautiful merchandise while munching exquisite goodies and quaffing cold champagne. (In real flutes I might add. No plastic or paper cups for this crowd.) Make your way to Arhaus! It’s worth a special trip.
As the Arhaus party wound down, we wandered back into the mall and happened onto a place called Pirch. We seriously couldn’t figure out what it was. Was it a coffee shop? Were they selling plumbing fixtures? Was it an appliance showroom? Believe it or not, the answer to all three questions in YES!!
Unfortunately, I was a little late in requesting an invitation to the Watch Week events. We did go back to the mall on Saturday and visit several of the watch and jewelry boutiques, but all we heard over and over and over was that we SHOULD have been there Thursday night. See if I ever wait to ask Bill whether he’s interested or not. I’ll just request the invitation and then figure out who will go with me!
So, we had a great time at NorthPark and now you have three assignments. Visit Arhaus. Visit Pirch. It’s right next door to Arhaus. Sign up for the NorthPark Noteworthy email list. Then I’ll be seeing you at some of their fabulous events.