2013-07-30 Trip to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta to see the exhibit of “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.

2013-07-30 Trip to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta to see the exhibit of “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.
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——————————————————————————————————————–From the Neighbor Newspapers of our community, by Caroline Young:
For the first time in the Southeast, the famous masterpiece, “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is now on display at the High Museum of Art in Midtown.
The painting, by Johannes Vermeer, is usually on display at the Mauritshuis, in The Hague, Neitherlands, but is on a “World Tour”, said Kristen Delaney, the High’s director of marketing and museum advancement.
Prior to coming to Atlanta, the exhibit, “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis”, visited Tokyo, San Francisco, and will be traveling to New York after Atlanta.
“It’s so exciting on a couple of levels. The painting has not traveled to the U.S. in 17 years, and another 15 years before that,” she said. “It’s such an honor to house her and 34 of her best friends.”
The “best friends” include other paintings from Dutch Golden Age painters in the 17th century, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals and Jan Steen.
Delaney said four of the paintings are by Rembrandt.
“Everyone can relate to that specialness of that. We’ve only hd one Rembrant here in the past”, she said.
The exhibit is on tour only because its home museum is currently under renovation, Delaney said.
“They may never travel again, given the size and scope of the project.”
She said the captivation from the “Girl with the Pearl Earring” comes from its timelessness and mystery.
“The luminosity of her skin and the technique is so remarkable”, she said. “She’s trying to tell you something. It looks like she’s leaping out of the painting.”
David Brenneman, director of collections and exhibitions, and managing curator for the exhibit, said he has been hoping to have “Girl with the Pearl Earring” at the High since he started working there 18 years ago.
“Unlike many old master paintints that can seem distant and aloof, this is a painting that is very engaging”, he said. “You don’t need to know art history to stand in front of the painting and be captivated by her and engaged by her an her presence. The way she’s looking out really brings you in to her world.”
The exhibit was the number one art exhibit visited in the world while it was in Tokyo, Delaney said, with more than 10,000 visitors a day.
“My hope is that our community will be as welcoming as her”, she said. “This is truly one of the five most famous paintings in the world and it’s right here.”
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A friend and I visited the exhibit and had a wonderful time seeing the first floor of the museum and the traveling exhibit of Dutch Master Painters. I took many pictures of the first floor of the museum. When we went to the traveling exhibit in the annex building, picture taking was not allowed – so, I refrained from taking pictures until I reached the exhibit store exit.

 

((My Dad has a nickname for me and it is “Puddin”. He started calling me that when I was very young. I named my van, “Vanna White”. When I decided to start a blog, I wanted a unique name for my travels and the names “Puddin” and “Vanna White” came to mind.))

2013-07-12 to 2013-07-21 from Atlanta, GA to Red Top Mountain State Park, Cartersville, GA

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I am a member of a meetup group called SOA = Singles Outdoor Adventures. The president and other officers of the group arranged to rent the pioneer camping area of the state park for a week. The annual picnic was scheduled for Saturday after arrival. Each member was asked to contribute $7 (early registration) & $10 (day-of-event) toward the rental of the shelter and bring an item to share for the picnic. We had about 50 people visit the area for the picnic and many to stay overnight in tents near the lake afterward. Another van camper shared a shaded parking spot near me. I had a wonderful week and just enjoyed hanging-out with others. 
The tent campers shared the responsibility of cooking and cleaning food, but the other van camper and I brought our own food. The meetup group owns a 2-burner propane stove, coolers, cookware, etc. Breakfast for the group was ‘heavy’ meaning there were eggs/omlets, bacon and sausage, and pancakes cooked on various mornings. Lunch was a light sandwich and supper was grilled vegetbles, fruit, and various meats. The last camping night, Barbara brought pre-cooked pork and warmed it over charcoal. We had a birthday party celebrating her upcoming big day.
The group had a trail hike on the day of the picnic and on the following weekend. During the week, there was a kayak trip on the Etowah River that ended in Euharlee. We ate at a local BBQ restaurant and walked to a nearby historical area and covered bridge. Another day was a trip to Carter’s Lake – (about 45 miles drive) to another state park and kayaking on the lake. Friday, a group of us travelled to Cloudland Canyon State Park and walked on many stairs to the bottom of a mountain (and, of course, back up the stairs). We stopped in Chattanooga for supper after the hike.
Red Top Mountain sponsors a band on Saturday nights in July. Many in the group paddled across the cove in kayaks to listen to the bands. After one concert, there were nearby fireworks that could be seen from the campground. The attached pictures show the lake and the major events.
(Note: On Wednesday, the group drove to Blue Ridge and went tubing. I decided not to go as I don’t like being cold and wet and I was sure that the water would be too cool for me. When the others returned, they said that the water was 54 degrees Farenheit. Also, the water was high because of all the rain and that the trip on the tubes was ‘fast’.)

2013-06-15 From Atlanta,GA to Bamberg,SC for 9 days.

2013-06-15 From Atlanta,GA to Bamberg,SC for 9 days.
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I went to visit Dad and Kenny for a few days. I had missed seeing Dad on his birthday, since he was traveling to Maryland with Kenny, so I wanted to be with them on Father’s Day. Also, the following Sunday was the Hughes Reunion, and I wanted to attend the reunion before returning to Atlanta. I really enjoyed my time in Bamberg. While visiting Dad, I usually catch up on the local town activities by reading the local newspaper. Also I visit a neighbor who attended High School when I did. On this trip, my younger brother and his family came for the reunion.

Included in this post are pictures from the trip:
Kenny has restored a 1947 Willis Jeep and gave me a ride around the town. He has also purchased another Jeep for restoration and a parts Jeep. In addition, he has restored an old trailer and made it into a portable ‘outdoor kitchen’. He volunteered to cook “Chicken Bog” (chicken and rice) for the reunion and he had some help with the effort.
There is a local BBQ restaurant and everyone in the family enjoys eating there.
While visiting, I took some more pictures of the downtown buildings and included them. I went inside the ‘old’ bank which is now an office that has been renovated. The current owner said that the roof was falling into the inside and had to be replaced. In particular, I was interested in taking a picture of the old bank vault. It was open and held documents for the business.
Before my visit, Kenny had bought two cardboard boxes (containing 12 meals) of “Meals Ready to Eat” (MRE’s) from the South Carolina Surplus Property sale in Columbia. While I visited, he decided to open one and see what it was like. I was really surprised at the food that is used by soldiers in the field. Each meal is packed in VERY strong plastic. The wrapping reqires a sharp knife to open it. The outer plastic is clear, and each item is wrapped in grey plastic with the name of the item clearly marked. Dad ate a main meal of spaghetti and a pineapple side dish. In addition, there were 2 fig bars (like what you buy in a grocery store – only the bar was longer) and a serving of peanut butter and a bread-like cake for it. Also, each meal had a package of ‘kool-aid’ like flavoring for water. The spaghetti looked and tasted much like what you would eat if you bought a can of cooked spaghetti in a can from a grocery store. The meal also included some instant coffee, a package of sugar and creamer, and individual packages of salt and pepper. Kenny ate the chili meal.
Last Christmas and New Year’s Holidays, Kenny and Clark fished off the coast of Savannah for sea trout. They caught and cleaned a bunch of them for later consumption. They put ‘dinner sized’ meals into shrink-wrapped freezer plastic. While visiting Dad, Kenny thawed a pack of trout for supper. I like to ‘remember’ things by taking pictures and posting them.
The last picture is the “Hughes Brothers picture” taken in Atlanta. Ths one is a favorite of mine. We don’t get together as often as we used to because everyone has “gone-different-directions” in life.

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