Friday, July 26, 2013

Artsy In Massachusetts

As much I love to travel and explore new places, I also love the arts. Having grown up with a professional artist as a mother, I have learned to appreciate art in an entirely differently way. One of my first jobs was working in a fine art gallery downtown, and I've almost never missed one of my mom's art exhibits across Canada. When we traveled to Boston, we made sure to pop into any art gallery we stumbled upon while exploring the city. 

Massachusetts is very artsy, and is home to some of the world's finest museums, like the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. Although Norman Rockwell was born in New York City, he moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1953 with his family. I love the art of Norman Rockwell—I love how he so perfectly depicts the time period, and the real, every day, American life. 

The museum features original artwork of Rockwell, the most you'll find anywhere in the world. It also includes his personal memorabilia, supplies, and reference materials.

And did you know that the Emily Dickinson Museum is in Amherst, Massachusetts? I'd love to visit. 

There is also the great Cape Cod Museum of Art, and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, which is an adorable place to bring young children who are fans of his books. The museum has a great mission: "... to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books." I can certainly appreciate that! 

Of course, during the spring and summer months, there is so much more of the arts to take in while you're in Massachusetts, and so many places to visit like:

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: This museum was built by arts patron Isabella Stewart Gardner to look like a Venetian palace. This museum is home to a great collection of paintings and sculptures from many different regions and time periods. 

Museum of Fine Art (MFA): The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, and carries over 45,000 works of art—pretty impressive!

Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM): This museum hosts workshops on painting, drawing, photography, and more during the summer months. 

Fall for the Arts on the Cape and on Martha's Vineyard: Martha's Vineyard has a lot of fine galleries, and from September 29 to October 28, the festival Fall for the Arts on the Cape and on Martha's Vineyard takes place. This is a family-friendly festival showcasing local arts and culture, and includes performances by local musicians, and open houses at theatres. 

If you love the arts as much as I do, then Massachusetts should be in your travel plans—there's so much to see and do for the art lover in you!

Disclosure: I am working with Visit Massachusetts, and I am being compensated to write blog posts about vacationing in Massachusetts. All opinions and views are my own.

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