Not unlike Beacon, NY, we rolled into Lambertville, yesterday, at a time when much of the town was closed due to the winter storm. Having said this, however, our good fortune placed us in front of the Hrefna Jonsdottir Gallery, where our own artist Clare Barrett is also represented. Hrefna was kind enough to unlock her door and invte us in for a chat.
|A. Paul & Hrefna|
Over the past years, many of the galleries once located across the bridge in New Hope, PA have relocated to Lambertville, joining the already established art venues, such as Hrefna's gallery which has been in existence for over 20 years. The result of this relocation is the transformation of Lambertville into a quaint town filled with antique shops, galleries, small alleyways, cafes and endless charm. After thanking Hrefna for her time, A. Paul and I strolled the streets peeking in the windows and taking in what few shops that were open, noting that we would need to return to Lambertville in the future. For anyone that is traveling here or looking for a winter activity, Lambertville and New Hope join together to celebrate their Winter Festival, January 22-30, 2011. Once back in the car, we passed through New Hope, PA on our way to Philadelphia, an hour's drive away.
|City Hall, Broad Street|
Top of our list during our first day in Philadelphia was the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Though the cold weather persisted, the sun forced its way through the morning clouds, offering us a fine day to explore the city. Located at the end of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Philadelphia Museum of Art dominates the landscape. One can hardly look away but if you can, along the right side of the parkway you will see the construction of the soon to be new home for the Barnes Collection, slated to move 2012. Just past that, the Rodin Museum offers one of the most comprehensive collections of Rodin sculpture dotting the outside landscape.
|Philadelphia Museum of Art|
Once inside the PMA, A. Paul and I chose to start in the European Art wing to take in the Impressionists. It was impossible to not feel inspired and moved by being surrounded by Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and their contemporaries. We each had our favorites of the collections.
Tomorrow , we head out to see the Barnes Collection very early in the morning, trying to beat yet another approaching storm.
Later in the afternoon, we are fortunate, thanks to Lorraine, the owner director of the Artists' House Gallery below, to visit artist studios housed in a converted warehouse on Spring Garden in Philly.