Tuesday, April 27


"A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings, while incense is ever flowing from the balsam bells and leaves. No wonder the hills and groves were God's first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself."
John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914)

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(I had a good video to put right here, but blogger had other ideas and wouldn't let it upload. Maybe later.)

The visit of our neighborhood women's group to the new North Carolina Museum of Art, which had its grand opening this weekend, ended with a view of a 'virtual' tree, which is projected on a large wall near the cafe. The tree is in motion, with branches "in glorious enthusiasm", just like the quote above. A dancer in front of it was part of the performance art which was taking place all over the museum and the grounds outside. I took 47 photos there on Sunday, and I will be sharing them with you over the next few weeks. We in North Carolina (and especially the Triangle area) are very proud of our art museum; considered the finest between Washington, DC and Atlanta. The new building was designed to show off our art to the best advantage and it is agreed that was fully accomplished. (The painting above is not from our museum.)

13 comments:

Gilly said...

Looking forward to seeing your pics of the museum. The Performance Art sounded fun!

LL Cool Joe said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the photos, it sounds very interesting.

srp said...

Our trees here were bending and waving in the wind last night. Mom and I were at a local church for our BSF group and the thunder and rain made it hard to hear each other in our groups. Dad said that at the house it was "hailing lightening". Not sure exactly what he meant by that but obviously this was a little more than a typical quick thunderstorm.

I am leaving for Mississippi on Thursday morning.... going down 95 to 20 and across. I am so looking forward to that 15 hour drive and the ex-in-laws.... detect a little sarcasm there?

Bob-kat said...

The museum sounds wonderful. I love art galleries and museums so I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures!

tiff said...

I'm making plans to go this weekend. Can't wait!

Arkansas Patti said...

I LOVE that painting and John Muir is someone I would love to spend the day with. He is on my living or dead list.

Grannymar said...

I love that quote! I too am in line to see your photos, it sounds like a great day.

Olga said...

A nice post. Too bad about the video, though. What is up with blogger lately? It's driving me crazy to load pictures.

oklhdan said...

Cant's wait to see your photos!

Joy Des Jardins said...

I love John Muir's words....I'm looking at some trees that are blowing in the wind outside my window right now.

I love museums....looking forward to your pics Judy. Have a good week sweetie... ~Joy

Ginnie said...

I love the John Muir quote.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Can't wait for photos. You know me...always in some museum!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I LOVE that quotation, Judy....So wonderfully inciteful and touching, too.
How fabulous that you have this BEAUTIFUL Museum now....I look forward to all the pictures, my dear ....!