Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia’

20180716_095949.jpgYesterday we went to the National Constitution Center.  It wasn’t anything we really planned to do.  We were waiting for the Christ Church Burial Grounds to open as we wanted to pay our respects to Ben Franklin but we were early so we went over to the National Constitution Center to check it out.  I’m glad we did.  I love history and especially old documents like the Declaration and the Constitution.  Those who know me well know that I have carried a copy of the Constitution in my purse since I was 16 years old.  (The 4th iteration of the little Constitution booklet I carried was stolen along with my wallet recently so I picked up a new copy here.) 20180716_211442.jpg20180716_095912.jpgThe displays were informative and timely-they were playing on the current popularity of Hamilton.  But the surprise I found here was in the Signer’s Hall.  It featured 42 life size statues of signer’s of the Constitution.


You could walk though; touch them; compare their sizes.  It was fascinating.  And once again proves you can find art everywhere  you go.  Worth a visit.

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We’re in Philadelphia for a few days for a little Birthday Vacation.  Yesterday we explored Independence Hall area where we saw the Hall as well as the Liberty Bell.

We also so some interesting sites along our walk there.


Next it was off to see City Hall and sites along the way including Reading Terminal market.  I always get great reference photos there.  Today it’s off to the Barnes Foundation…my favorite art museum!

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Diamond Shoal, 1905, Winslow Homer (1836-1910)

An email from a cousin got me to looking at what is happening in Philadelphia in early April.  I was delighted when I ran across an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring American Watercolors.  Take a look here.  Looks like a field trip is needed.


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2015-03-09 06 26 05_resizedOne of the most fascinating art museums anywhere is The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.  You MUST go see it.  We took a group there yesterday and I think everyone was amazed by the sheer magnitude of Dr. Barnes collection.

Photo from WSJ, May 23,2012  Michael Moran/Otto

Photo from WSJ, May 23,2012 Michael Moran/Otto

Read more about the Barnes here  and  here.

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Dr BarnesA couple of years ago I posted about a trip to Philadelphia where a group of us went to see the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Barnes Foundation.  (You can read about it here and here.)  Dr. Barnes was a fascinating person and his art collection is amazing.  You need to see it if you haven’t already.  I can’t wait to see it again.

We are going to Philly on a day trip on Sunday, March 8th.  We will leave Front Royal via Motor Coach at 8:30 and return late Sunday evening.  You have two options on this trip.  You can spend the afternoon at The Barnes or you can go see the Philadelphia Flower Show.  If you are interested in going you can get all the contact information here ( FINAL Barnes Foundation) .  Consider making a day trip with us.  It will be worth it.

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Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia Phillies

Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia Phillies

Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, is the 21st ball park that I have painted in the Painted Diamonds series.

It features a giant Liberty Bell that lights up, rings and swings back and forth!

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I love Philadelphia.  I am just back from a quick trip there with some lovely ladies.  We did a tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday and then saw the Barnes Collection on Monday.  I have so much to say about the Barnes that I will do that in another post very soon.

But Philly, now there’s a city!  If you haven’t been you must make the effort to go.  So much to see and do. 

Not your typical tourist attraction is the Reading Terminal Market.  See more here.

Aisles of wonderful fresh foods, flowers, and vendors with all types of foods, baked goods, etc.  It’s fun stop.  I couldn’t resist the photo of the flowers.  Maybe an upcoming painting.

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