Renwick Gallery

On the South side of the White House across the street is the most amazing art gallery featuring interactive and mixed media pieces. A lot of what is on display is just passing through, so what I saw there may be different than what you will see there. Regardless, it is spectacular!

The Burning Man was showcased in the gallery the day we visited. It was spectacular! As we entered the gallery we decided to start from the top floor and work our way downstairs. The first thing that caught our attention was amazing mushrooms that opened when you stood under them complete with beautiful lights.

 The next room was my son’s favorite of all. It was full of pillows that one lounged on and watched a digital light show above.

 He was mesmerized by it!

 The beauty of the gallery was not only the fabulous art, but also the presentation of it. One room lead to another and was part of the work. Every angle, shadow and light was considered not only in reference of the piece it was part of, but also the art around it.

 The play on lights through out the gallery was genius! In one room perfectly constructed metal pieces with delicate cuts used light to create a masterpiece.

 There was an entire room made up of intricate wood carvings. The walls and ceiling were part of it. Visitors were encouraged to write on the carvings and leave notes. 

Another room housed a  chalkboard wall encouraging visitors to write out their wish.

 Another  room featured  sculptures that were created with everyday objects. This dragon had a lot of kitchenware as his body.

 The costumes were magnificent and so creative.

 The artist of this sculpture did a wonderful job capturing the woman’s body in wire.

 My daughter was captivated with this piece. She actually got the best picture because she laid down on the floor to take it. No one in the gallery even gave her a second glance. Creative minds are welcome here!

 The final piece was a real stunner! It was made up of cardboard and had so many peep holes to look through. Here is just a sampling of this amazing piece a long with the peep holes.

Renwick Gallery is diffidently worth a day. I was only able to spend a few hours there, but hope to go back in the future.
Until next time ~ Happy Travels!
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The Holocaust Museum, Old Ebbitt Grill, and The White House

In the summer of 2018 we went on a family vacation to Washington DC. This was one of those things I had on my parenting bucket list. It is so important to me that my kids know about their country and have a grasp on what it means to be an American as well as the history of our great nation. I waited until they were all teenagers to do this trip because I don’t think they could have gained as much from it at a younger age. It ended up being the best vacation of my life.

Here is our vacation and my diary of the trip.

Day 1

Holocaust Museum

This was probably not the best first activity for us to do. It was heavy and left an impact on each of us. Though it was a not the ideal start to our trip it was amazing! Things I learned: Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany, known for his hate of the Jews. The leader did not like him, but the officials reassured him that Hitler could be reined in and controlled. I wonder how those that openly supported him could live with themselves after he was brought down. Did they ever come to realize they were wrong and cruel? We will either learn from history or repeat it. The art in the museum was impacting. It did a wonderful job of telling the story and putting emotion behind it. 
This hall was two stories tall with photographs of individuals who died in the Holocaust.

These gates were there!

 The most moving art piece that was both beautiful and heartbreaking. An all white exhibit that went through the process of the gas chamber.

 This is when I lost it. I could not control the tears. These are the shows of the people who died in concentration camps. The smell was still there.

 All that was left behind the cremated bodies were their shoes. Shoes had more value than the soul that used to walk in them to the Nazis.

 Memorial for the victims….

 The museum had a section for children to visit that explained it in a way they would understand. My son was so moved by this experience that he left a note. He just wrote “Why?’

 My oldest son was deep in thought the rest of the day. We will never forget.

Old Ebbitt Grill:

This was the first restaurant we ate at and our favorite! We went back several times. Not only was the food delicious it also has a rich history. It is the oldest saloon in the area. Teddy Roosevelt is rumored to have bagged the walrus over the bar. To this day politicians, celebrities and journalist dine here. 

The White House

This was not my first time to DC. I visited in 1989 and was able to go into the White House with my little brother and Mom. It is far more protected now than it was back in the 80’s. There were barricades in front of the gate and snipers in 4 spots that we could see on the roof. I expected lots of protesting, however the crowds were peaceful advocating for love and understanding. It was refreshing to say the least! 

Walking:

 I just have to take a moment to state how awesome DC is to walk in. My very favorite part of the trip was walking from place to place with a locally crafted iced coffee in my hand. These are some of the awesome buildings we saw today!

 This is the national church that always has a pew reserved for the president. Presidents have been known to worship here!

 Even our condo building was cool! I loved walking home to it every night.

Until next time ~ Happy travels! 

A Day in Prescott Arizona

One of my favorite places to go that is within an hour, but far enough away from the city is Prescott Arizona. I have been traveling to Prescott for over 20 years and today I want to share with you why this town has captured my heart. It really is a special place to most that call Arizona their home. It is not a typical Arizona town. In fact, places like Prescott are probably nothing like anyone would imagine could exist in this relatively dry and hot state. However, not all parts of Arizona are desert.

I like to start my day out at the capitol. it is surrounded by lush green grass and a statue on each side honoring the history of the town.

 Whiskey Row is iconic. It started off as a block of bars and night life and has evolved into additions of restaurants, ice cream parlors, vintage shops, art galleries, and antiques. It is directly across from the capitol.

 After walking around I stumbled upon the best antique store ever! It is at the end of the street and from the outside it does not look very impressive.

 Once I walked through the front door I was blown away!

 Not only is it an antique store it is a trading post. A lot of the antiques have been re-purposed and painted.

 The last weekend of every month there is an Arts and Craft Fair on the lawns of the capitol. It supports and showcases local artists as well as authentic street food. Before venturing through the craft fair I decided to eat and grab a coffee. The tamales were delicious!

 The majority of artists that participate in this fair do not have social media accounts, e-mail addresses or even a business card. I asked one gentleman if I could contact him to make me a piece and he said what he has on hand it all that is available. I then requested a business card and he told me he did not do any of that because this is just fun for him and not a business. I admire and respect that these artists are committed solely to their art, but disappointed I can not include any information on any of the artists in the park. This is just another reason you have got to spend a weekend here!

I am already planning my next visit to this little town!
Until next time ~ Happy Traveling!

"Boom Town" Downtown Fayetteville North Carolina!

I am happy to share with you a recent trip I took that was featured on Canvas Corp Brands blog! If you are not familiar with Canvas Corps you may know some of their brands: Tattered Angels and 7 Gypsies. I am super excited that my very first article I wrote for them went live yesterday. I had so much fun on my travel and writing it up. Please make sure you head over and read it because it is one of the most surprising places I have ever visited with fun shops, antique stores, dinning, breweries, a tea house and a coffee shop all within walking distance — not to mention that famous museum that gives a wonderful history of the US army.

I met with over a dozen owners of downtown shops and felt their passion. Please go check out the CCB blog and read their story, see the 60+ pictures and share the article with anyone planning to visit or that lives in North Carolina. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed! Please click here!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting (and traveling!)!!!!