Friday, June 08, 2007
Night At The Art Gallery
Last night Noricum and I had a nice picnic in the cemetery (falafels in a pita), followed by a visit to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. We didn't take photos because the art we really wanted to take photos of we weren't allowed to. Oh well.
They had a neat craft exhibit. The commentary was interesting too. One thing mentioned was how craft used to be valued as income and providing necessary items for the family, but now tends to be looked down upon.
One interesting fact about the gallery is that an heir to the person that the gallery is named after and who donated much of the art to the gallery is claiming that the art was just "on loan" by the Beaverbrook Foundation, not gifts. He wants some of the art back so that he can sell it to raise funds to fix up a historical building in England... which he happens to live in. A friend of Noricum described this to her. We think it sounds a little self-serving. Especially since some of the paintings he wants are Salvidor Dali portraits of Lady Beaverbrook (from when she was Lady Dunn) and Lord Dunn, and this heir is by Lord Beaverbrook's prior wife.
When we were at the gallery there was a class being given on making an art doll. Looking at the gallery website, it seems that there are individual classes held (nearly) every Thursday night, and they only cost $10. Noricum is considering looking into taking one. (It looks like there isn't one next week, and there's only one Thursday left after that.)