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April 2022

Chattanooga's Hunter Museum of American Art Favorites, pt 1

The 1904 Faxton-Thomas mansion, designed by President Garfield's son, has housed the Hunter Museum since it opened in 1952; the Museum is named after George Hunter, who inherited the Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling empire from his uncle, Benjamin Thomas

The 1904 Faxton-Thomas mansion, designed by President Garfield's son, has housed the Hunter Museum since it opened in 1952; the Museum is named after George Hunter, who inherited the Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling empire from his uncle, Benjamin Thomas

Couple on Two Benches, George Segal, 1985; overlooking the Tennessee River, this sculpture captures art collectors Dave and Sandy Bakalar in an intimate and pensive moment; with his work, Segal tries to convey a celebration of American life

Couple on Two Benches, George Segal, 1985; overlooking the Tennessee River, this sculpture captures art collectors Dave and Sandy Bakalar in an intimate and pensive moment; with his work, Segal tries to convey a celebration of American life

The Croquet Game, William Merritt Chase, 1889; Chase is considered one of the leading figures in American art in the late 19th century; while croquet had been reserved for outdoors among the upper-class, here Chase depicts the new game of parlor croquet

The Croquet Game, William Merritt Chase, 1889; Chase is considered one of the leading figures in American art in the late 19th century; while croquet had been reserved for outdoors among the upper-class, here Chase depicts the new game of parlor croquet

Reading, Childe Hassam, 1888; Hassam's garden paintings, while seeming to depict scenes of everyday suburban life for Victorian era Americans, also conveyed the feminine ideals of passivity, ornamentality and moral purity

Reading, Childe Hassam, 1888; Hassam's garden paintings, while seeming to depict scenes of everyday suburban life for Victorian era Americans, also conveyed the feminine ideals of passivity, ornamentality and moral purity

These pieces are all from Rookwood Pottery dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s; the Museum recognized Rookwood, founded by Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, for its early efforts to pioneer the professional artistic accomplishments of women

These pieces are all from Rookwood Pottery dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s; the Museum recognized Rookwood, founded by Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, for its early efforts to pioneer the professional artistic accomplishments of women

Form and Light, Motif in West New Jersey, Oscar Bluemner, 1914; this German-immigrant met Alfred Stieglitz (Georgia O'Keefee's husband) in 1908 who introduced him to the artistic innovations of the European and American avant-garde

Form and Light, Motif in West New Jersey, Oscar Bluemner, 1914; this German-immigrant met Alfred Stieglitz (Georgia O'Keefee's husband) in 1908 who introduced him to the artistic innovations of the European and American avant-garde

Shopper in Red Hat, Guy Pene du Bois, 1939; famous people from Chattanooga: Samuel L. Jackson, Pat Robertson, Roscoe Tanner, Ted Turner, Bessie Smith, Jon Meacham,  Adolph S. Ochs, Jim Nabors, Terrell Owens, Bob Corker, Estes Kefauver, and Reggie White

Shopper in Red Hat, Guy Pene du Bois, 1939; famous people from Chattanooga: Samuel L. Jackson, Pat Robertson, Roscoe Tanner, Ted Turner, Bessie Smith, Jon Meacham, Adolph S. Ochs, Jim Nabors, Terrell Owens, Bob Corker, Estes Kefauver, and Reggie White

Main Street Mansion, Grant Wood, ca. 1936-37; this is an illustration for Main Street, a satirical novel by Sinclair Lewis (the Jungle is a great read!); Main Street examines the lives of the narrow-minded inhabitants of a fictional Minnesota town

Main Street Mansion, Grant Wood, ca. 1936-37; this is an illustration for Main Street, a satirical novel by Sinclair Lewis (the Jungle is a great read!); Main Street examines the lives of the narrow-minded inhabitants of a fictional Minnesota town

Gray and Gold - The Golden Bay, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1900; Chattanooga is home to UNUM, a Fortune 500 insurance company; UNUM was Compaq's disability insurer when I was injured and the experience dealing with them for decades has been horrendous

Gray and Gold - The Golden Bay, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1900; Chattanooga is home to UNUM, a Fortune 500 insurance company; UNUM was Compaq's disability insurer when I was injured and the experience dealing with them for decades has been horrendous

Dutch Still Life with Art Books and Field Guide to Western Birds, Paul J. Wonner, 1982; Volkswagon opened an assembly plant in Chattanooga in 2011 adding thousands of jobs and recently announced an expansion to produce their electric vehicles here too

Dutch Still Life with Art Books and Field Guide to Western Birds, Paul J. Wonner, 1982; Volkswagon opened an assembly plant in Chattanooga in 2011 adding thousands of jobs and recently announced an expansion to produce their electric vehicles here too

Torrid Lascivious Gasp, Stephen Rolfe Powell, 2001; what a title!; Powell's colorfully patterned vessels draw upon ancient Venetian glass blowing techniques, but the scale and the innovations required to achieve it are uniquely American

Torrid Lascivious Gasp, Stephen Rolfe Powell, 2001; what a title!; Powell's colorfully patterned vessels draw upon ancient Venetian glass blowing techniques, but the scale and the innovations required to achieve it are uniquely American

Whopper Vase, Dante Marioni, 1996; Chattanooga is best known from the 1941 song 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' by Glenn Miller and his orchestra; Terminal Station was one of the city's first historic preservation projects and now anchors an entertainment district

Whopper Vase, Dante Marioni, 1996; Chattanooga is best known from the 1941 song 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' by Glenn Miller and his orchestra; Terminal Station was one of the city's first historic preservation projects and now anchors an entertainment district

Actress in Red Before Mirror, Everett Shinn, ca. 1910; this pastel portrays an intimate behind-the-scenes view whereas most of his works show performers on stage; Shinn was also an actor, playwright, art film director and illustrator of circus posters

Actress in Red Before Mirror, Everett Shinn, ca. 1910; this pastel portrays an intimate behind-the-scenes view whereas most of his works show performers on stage; Shinn was also an actor, playwright, art film director and illustrator of circus posters

The Symbol of Spring, Edmund C. Tarbell, ca. 1900; in this  pastel drawing, the young woman who personifies Spring embodies certain abstract ideals, a theme very popular in the late 19th century

The Symbol of Spring, Edmund C. Tarbell, ca. 1900; in this pastel drawing, the young woman who personifies Spring embodies certain abstract ideals, a theme very popular in the late 19th century

Venetian Scene, A. Bolpini, ca. 1860-80; during the 19th century, Venice was one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, attracting up to 30,000 tourists a day; many of the American visitors wanted to buy works like this as a souvenir

Venetian Scene, A. Bolpini, ca. 1860-80; during the 19th century, Venice was one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, attracting up to 30,000 tourists a day; many of the American visitors wanted to buy works like this as a souvenir

Stone Vessel, Curtiss R. Brock, 1990; this piece is impressive because it looks like pottery but is actually blown glass; Chattanooga had a 2020 population of 181,099 making it Tennessee's fourth largest city

Stone Vessel, Curtiss R. Brock, 1990; this piece is impressive because it looks like pottery but is actually blown glass; Chattanooga had a 2020 population of 181,099 making it Tennessee's fourth largest city

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Everyone loves Mexico's charming San Miguel de Allende

The 17th century Parish Church of Saint Michael the Archangel is the town's symbol and can be seen from virtually everywhere; 100  acres of the historic center was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008

The 17th century Parish Church of Saint Michael the Archangel is the town's symbol and can be seen from virtually everywhere; 100+ acres of the historic center was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008

At the beginning of the 20th century, the city was in danger of becoming a ghost town after an influenza pandemic; instead it was discovered by artists and expats who preserved the historic buildings, largely of Baroque and Neoclassical-styles

At the beginning of the 20th century, the city was in danger of becoming a ghost town after an influenza pandemic; instead it was discovered by artists and expats who preserved the historic buildings, largely of Baroque and Neoclassical-styles

El Jardin, the main plaza, is the heart of SMA with a bandstand and beautifully manicured trees; following a 500 year old Spanish tradition, this plaza is the social center of town where locals gather to visit and catch up with one another

El Jardin, the main plaza, is the heart of SMA with a bandstand and beautifully manicured trees; following a 500 year old Spanish tradition, this plaza is the social center of town where locals gather to visit and catch up with one another

The government of Mexico declared San Miguel de Allende to be a national monument in 1926 which help protect its colonial center and limited development; the result is a charming, easily walkable town that seems a throwback in time

The government of Mexico declared San Miguel de Allende to be a national monument in 1926 which help protect its colonial center and limited development; the result is a charming, easily walkable town that seems a throwback in time

The 18th century Sanctuary of Atotonilco shares UNESCO World Heritage status with the historic core of San Miguel de Allende; it's only 20 minutes by car/Uber in a tiny town of the same name

The 18th century Sanctuary of Atotonilco shares UNESCO World Heritage status with the historic core of San Miguel de Allende; it's only 20 minutes by car/Uber in a tiny town of the same name

The main feature of the Sanctuary of Atotonilco is the rich Mexican Baroque mural work that adorns the main nave and chapels; dubbed the Sistine Chapel of Mexico, Antonio Martínez de Pocasangre spent 30 years working on the murals

The main feature of the Sanctuary of Atotonilco is the rich Mexican Baroque mural work that adorns the main nave and chapels; dubbed the Sistine Chapel of Mexico, Antonio Martínez de Pocasangre spent 30 years working on the murals

Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was a Catholic priest, leader of the Mexican War of Independence and is recognized as the Father of the Nation; he attached an image of the Virgin to his lance at the Sanctuary of Atotonilco so it remains an important pilgrimmage site

Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was a Catholic priest, leader of the Mexican War of Independence and is recognized as the Father of the Nation; he attached an image of the Virgin to his lance at the Sanctuary of Atotonilco so it remains an important pilgrimmage site

Jim and I went to UCLA together and I hadn't seen him since his 40th birthday party in 1992; he has lived in San Miguel de Allende since 2005 and has a lucrative business selling and renting homes here (despite still not being very fluent in Spanish)

Jim and I went to UCLA together and I hadn't seen him since his 40th birthday party in 1992; he has lived in San Miguel de Allende since 2005 and has a lucrative business selling and renting homes here (despite still not being very fluent in Spanish)

It took 3 trips to the Temple of the Immaculate Conception before I found it open but it was my favorite of the churches I saw in San Miguel de Allende; the religious artwork inside was nicely interspersed with contemporary works

It took 3 trips to the Temple of the Immaculate Conception before I found it open but it was my favorite of the churches I saw in San Miguel de Allende; the religious artwork inside was nicely interspersed with contemporary works

Built in 1873, the Teatro Angela Peralta was opened by and named for the reigning queen of opera in Mexico; it hosts the Chamber Music Festival in August, jazz during the Cervantino Festival in October, and the International Jazz Festival in November

Built in 1873, the Teatro Angela Peralta was opened by and named for the reigning queen of opera in Mexico; it hosts the Chamber Music Festival in August, jazz during the Cervantino Festival in October, and the International Jazz Festival in November

The 173-acre El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden includes the remains of an aqueduct that used to supply water to the old textile mill as well as a fulling mill, a stone building from the viceregal period that was used to grind or to wash wool

The 173-acre El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden includes the remains of an aqueduct that used to supply water to the old textile mill as well as a fulling mill, a stone building from the viceregal period that was used to grind or to wash wool

Construction on the Templo de San Francisco began in 1778 and took 20  years with different architectural changes according to the period and fashion; the bell tower, built in 1799, is in the neoclassical style, which was fashionable at the time

Construction on the Templo de San Francisco began in 1778 and took 20+ years with different architectural changes according to the period and fashion; the bell tower, built in 1799, is in the neoclassical style, which was fashionable at the time

General Ignacio Allende, a Mexican independence hero, dominates Solitude Square which was the main town square in the 16th and 17th centuries; the city was founded in 1542 as San Miguel (originally named for the founder) and later modified to pay tribute to Allende

General Ignacio Allende, a Mexican independence hero, dominates Solitude Square which was the main town square in the 16th and 17th centuries; the city was founded in 1542 as San Miguel (originally named for the founder) and later modified to pay tribute to Allende

The 18th century Iglesia Nuestra Señora de La Salud has an unusual entrance crowned by a gigantic carved seashell with a single eye enclosed in a triangle, an ancient symbol for God’s omnipresence

The 18th century Iglesia Nuestra Señora de La Salud has an unusual entrance crowned by a gigantic carved seashell with a single eye enclosed in a triangle, an ancient symbol for God’s omnipresence

Almost 20% of San Miguel de Allende's residents are expats with English widely spoken; pastel-colored residences lined the cobblestone streets easy fooling visitors into thinking they were in Spain or Italy

Almost 20% of San Miguel de Allende's residents are expats with English widely spoken; pastel-colored residences lined the cobblestone streets easy fooling visitors into thinking they were in Spain or Italy

San Miguel de Allende was revived by artists and there remains a strong artist presence with great galleries, handicrafts and boutiques; I was disappointed the city didn't really have any noteworthy museums (nearby Guanajuato has many good ones)

San Miguel de Allende was revived by artists and there remains a strong artist presence with great galleries, handicrafts and boutiques; I was disappointed the city didn't really have any noteworthy museums (nearby Guanajuato has many good ones)

The Temple of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, completed in 1712, is San Miguel de Allende's most active house of worship; the statue is of Saint Philip Romolo Neri who lived ascetically through 80 years of 16th century Italy

The Temple of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, completed in 1712, is San Miguel de Allende's most active house of worship; the statue is of Saint Philip Romolo Neri who lived ascetically through 80 years of 16th century Italy

This was the incredible view from my friend Jim's rooftop; there was one downside to being so close to the main church - the bells are rung by hand virtually  every 15 minutes from 4am-10pm although there was often no rhyme or reason to their schedule

This was the incredible view from my friend Jim's rooftop; there was one downside to being so close to the main church - the bells are rung by hand virtually every 15 minutes from 4am-10pm although there was often no rhyme or reason to their schedule

The Iglesia de San Rafael, adjacent to the city's main church, was built in the 18th century; the city is just 170 miles north of Mexico City but, with traffic, was a pleasant and inexpensive 4 hour journey on a modern bus

The Iglesia de San Rafael, adjacent to the city's main church, was built in the 18th century; the city is just 170 miles north of Mexico City but, with traffic, was a pleasant and inexpensive 4 hour journey on a modern bus

These gorgeous doors grace the late 18th century home of the de la Canal family; the doors are flanked by two sturdy Corinthian columns, which support strong and linear cornices, where a circular pediment is erected

These gorgeous doors grace the late 18th century home of the de la Canal family; the doors are flanked by two sturdy Corinthian columns, which support strong and linear cornices, where a circular pediment is erected

The city is so atmospheric but many of the most charming scenes are hidden, like the gorgeous courtyards; the expats here are generally quite affluent with new developments on the outskirts of town and mini-mansion, palazzos/villas in town

The city is so atmospheric but many of the most charming scenes are hidden, like the gorgeous courtyards; the expats here are generally quite affluent with new developments on the outskirts of town and mini-mansion, palazzos/villas in town

The garambullo cactus is native to northern and central Mexico and was one of the many interesting species at El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden; it was a pleasant one mile uphill walk from the center of town with lots of expensive homes along the way

The garambullo cactus is native to northern and central Mexico and was one of the many interesting species at El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden; it was a pleasant one mile uphill walk from the center of town with lots of expensive homes along the way

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Favorites from outstanding Indianapolis Museum of Art, pt 1

Happy World on a Cloud, FriendsWithYou, 2021; visitors are welcomed to Newfields with a message of hope and admiration for nature's wonders; this pair of artists formed with the intention of inspiring kindness, joy and love through acts of culture creation

Happy World on a Cloud, FriendsWithYou, 2021; visitors are welcomed to Newfields with a message of hope and admiration for nature's wonders; this pair of artists formed with the intention of inspiring kindness, joy and love through acts of culture creation

Jimson Weed, Georgia O'Keefee, 1936; cosmetic entrepreneur Elizabeth Arden commissioned O'Keefee to paint Jimson Weed for the exercise room of her Fifth Avenue Salon in NYC; I wonder what the artist thought of her work going in a glorified gym

Jimson Weed, Georgia O'Keefee, 1936; cosmetic entrepreneur Elizabeth Arden commissioned O'Keefee to paint Jimson Weed for the exercise room of her Fifth Avenue Salon in NYC; I wonder what the artist thought of her work going in a glorified gym

Self-Portrait, Rembrandt van Rijn, ca. 1629; Rembrandt produced no fewer than 75 self-portraits over the course of his career, capturing every phase of his life with an unflinching eye

Self-Portrait, Rembrandt van Rijn, ca. 1629; Rembrandt produced no fewer than 75 self-portraits over the course of his career, capturing every phase of his life with an unflinching eye

Untitled, Frantisek Vizner, 1993; the Museum's glass collection was a bequest from Gene and Marilyn Glick; Mariilyn became a fan of contemporary studio art glass after a visit to the Toledo Museum of Art

Untitled, Frantisek Vizner, 1993; the Museum's glass collection was a bequest from Gene and Marilyn Glick; Mariilyn became a fan of contemporary studio art glass after a visit to the Toledo Museum of Art

New York, New Haven and Hartford, Edward Hopper, 1931; painted during the Depression and named for an East Coast railroad line, Hopper's rural landscapes have an abandoned atmosphere that echoes the loneliness and isolation of his urban scenes

New York, New Haven and Hartford, Edward Hopper, 1931; painted during the Depression and named for an East Coast railroad line, Hopper's rural landscapes have an abandoned atmosphere that echoes the loneliness and isolation of his urban scenes

Portrait of Monsieur Pool, Albert Dubois-Pillet, 1887; the sober likeness of this French officer is one of the earliest examples of Neo-Impressionist portraiture; Pool wears his cross of the Legion of Honor which likely was the inspiration for the portrait

Portrait of Monsieur Pool, Albert Dubois-Pillet, 1887; the sober likeness of this French officer is one of the earliest examples of Neo-Impressionist portraiture; Pool wears his cross of the Legion of Honor which likely was the inspiration for the portrait

The Clowes Pavilion features an 11,500 lb, 47 by 31-ft LED ceiling at the center of the medieval cloister-inspired courtyard surrounded by some of the Museum's most famous European paintings; I visited while a popular concert series was taking place

The Clowes Pavilion features an 11,500 lb, 47 by 31-ft LED ceiling at the center of the medieval cloister-inspired courtyard surrounded by some of the Museum's most famous European paintings; I visited while a popular concert series was taking place

Longcase Regulator Clock, Andre-Charles Boulle, ca. 1673; this clock's opulent veneer of ebony, tortoiseshell, pewter, and brass includes a gilt bronze figure of Chronos, the ancient Greek personification of time, who is shown holding up its dial

Longcase Regulator Clock, Andre-Charles Boulle, ca. 1673; this clock's opulent veneer of ebony, tortoiseshell, pewter, and brass includes a gilt bronze figure of Chronos, the ancient Greek personification of time, who is shown holding up its dial

Bubble Boy #194, Richard Marquis, 1988; with a glass technique called murrine, multicolored rods of glass are sliced into discs and arranged in a pattern; the discs are then fused together into sheets which can be shaped and manipulated into various forms

Bubble Boy #194, Richard Marquis, 1988; with a glass technique called murrine, multicolored rods of glass are sliced into discs and arranged in a pattern; the discs are then fused together into sheets which can be shaped and manipulated into various forms

The Young Artist, Thomas Mickell Burnham, 1840; this painting was intended to appeal to Boston abolitionists, with its depiction of the nation's children - symbolic of the nation's future - setting aside racial issues to play together

The Young Artist, Thomas Mickell Burnham, 1840; this painting was intended to appeal to Boston abolitionists, with its depiction of the nation's children - symbolic of the nation's future - setting aside racial issues to play together

Folded Circle Dynamics Red Phase III, Fletcher Benton, 1976; Benton was a central figure in the kinetic art movement of the 1960s and 70s, with this being his second largest sculpture; there's a small motor that moves plexiglass pieces back and forth

Folded Circle Dynamics Red Phase III, Fletcher Benton, 1976; Benton was a central figure in the kinetic art movement of the 1960s and 70s, with this being his second largest sculpture; there's a small motor that moves plexiglass pieces back and forth

Wide-Mouthed Flower Basket, Tanabe Chikuunsai I, 1919; bamboo basket weaving has been a Japanese tradition for centuries and can take decades to master; this artist cut and gathered his own bamboo and could tell its pliability based on if it was growing in sun or shade

Wide-Mouthed Flower Basket, Tanabe Chikuunsai I, 1919; bamboo basket weaving has been a Japanese tradition for centuries and can take decades to master; this artist cut and gathered his own bamboo and could tell its pliability based on if it was growing in sun or shade

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s impressive 11,000-square-foot Design Gallery is the largest collection gallery devoted to modern and contemporary design of any museum in the country

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s impressive 11,000-square-foot Design Gallery is the largest collection gallery devoted to modern and contemporary design of any museum in the country

LOVE, 1970, Robert Indiana; first produced in 1964, this was the artist's first monumental LOVE sculpture; born Robert Clark, he changed his name (in tribute to his home state) to avoid confusion with two other artists with the same name

LOVE, 1970, Robert Indiana; first produced in 1964, this was the artist's first monumental LOVE sculpture; born Robert Clark, he changed his name (in tribute to his home state) to avoid confusion with two other artists with the same name

The Park at Mortefontaine, Jean Joseph Xavier Bidauld, 1806; this park was owned by Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's older brother; after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, the younger Bonaparte fled France with his art collection and built an estate in NJ

The Park at Mortefontaine, Jean Joseph Xavier Bidauld, 1806; this park was owned by Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's older brother; after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, the younger Bonaparte fled France with his art collection and built an estate in NJ

Cup, Jean-Valentin Morel, 1854-55; this stunning piece is made from bloodstone (jasper), gold, enamels, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and cameos; Indianapolis is the fourth-most populous state capital after Phoenix, Austin, and Columbus

Cup, Jean-Valentin Morel, 1854-55; this stunning piece is made from bloodstone (jasper), gold, enamels, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and cameos; Indianapolis is the fourth-most populous state capital after Phoenix, Austin, and Columbus

Beech Trees, William McKendree Snyder, undated; the artist's favorite subject was the beech forests near his home along the Ohio River in Madison, IN; he painted with great attention to accuracy rather than in the Impressionist style popular at the time

Beech Trees, William McKendree Snyder, undated; the artist's favorite subject was the beech forests near his home along the Ohio River in Madison, IN; he painted with great attention to accuracy rather than in the Impressionist style popular at the time

Buildings in Winter, Cecil F. Head, 1935; this Indiana native was more interested in strong compositions and rich color schemes rather than social statements; this work was exhibited at the 1939 New York World's Fair

Buildings in Winter, Cecil F. Head, 1935; this Indiana native was more interested in strong compositions and rich color schemes rather than social statements; this work was exhibited at the 1939 New York World's Fair

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World's largest azalea garden is GA's Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens opened on May 21, 1952, as the Ida Cason Gardens, with 13,000 acres, a number of lakes, a golf course, and scenic drives; admission to the Gardens today is $24.95 per adult (not per car)

Callaway Gardens opened on May 21, 1952, as the Ida Cason Gardens, with 13,000 acres, a number of lakes, a golf course, and scenic drives; admission to the Gardens today is $24.95 per adult (not per car)

Callaway Gardens was originally conceived in 1930 after a rare azalea was discovered growing in the area; the Calloways dammed streams creating 13 lakes and 20,000  trees, shrubs and native flowers were planted in the barren landscape

Callaway Gardens was originally conceived in 1930 after a rare azalea was discovered growing in the area; the Calloways dammed streams creating 13 lakes and 20,000+ trees, shrubs and native flowers were planted in the barren landscape

This unique azalea is the Big Sepal variety from Japan; azaleas made their way to Europe from the Orient during the early 1800s with the first exotic azaleas in the South planted in 1848 at Magnolia Gardens near Charleston

This unique azalea is the Big Sepal variety from Japan; azaleas made their way to Europe from the Orient during the early 1800s with the first exotic azaleas in the South planted in 1848 at Magnolia Gardens near Charleston

The Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl is a 40-acre garden featuring 3,000  native and hybrid azaleas; Ely Callaway Jr., founder of Callaway Golf, funded the Azalea Bowl garden with a $3 million donation, and it opened in 1999

The Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl is a 40-acre garden featuring 3,000+ native and hybrid azaleas; Ely Callaway Jr., founder of Callaway Golf, funded the Azalea Bowl garden with a $3 million donation, and it opened in 1999

Brilliant Camellia; when the Great Depression struck, much of Harris County was former cotton fields that were worn out; former Callaway Mills Chairman Cason Callaway acquired vast tracts in stages, eventually reaching 40,000 acres

Brilliant Camellia; when the Great Depression struck, much of Harris County was former cotton fields that were worn out; former Callaway Mills Chairman Cason Callaway acquired vast tracts in stages, eventually reaching 40,000 acres

Inspired by 16th-century Gothic chapels, the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel honors the mother of the Garden's founder; today, the serene chapel is used for small weddings as well as weekend organ concerts

Inspired by 16th-century Gothic chapels, the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel honors the mother of the Garden's founder; today, the serene chapel is used for small weddings as well as weekend organ concerts

Callaway Gardens had debt problems during the 2007-08 financial crisis which resulted in  large tracts being sold which reduced the Gardens from 13,000 to just 2500 acres; there are 10  miles of nature paths to explore at the Gardens

Callaway Gardens had debt problems during the 2007-08 financial crisis which resulted in large tracts being sold which reduced the Gardens from 13,000 to just 2500 acres; there are 10+ miles of nature paths to explore at the Gardens

The area around Falls Creek Lake was just starting to show its color when I visited in early March; in 2022, the Gardens were purchased by Herschend Family Entertainment  (they run Dollywood and it's where Jonathan Karron once worked)

The area around Falls Creek Lake was just starting to show its color when I visited in early March; in 2022, the Gardens were purchased by Herschend Family Entertainment (they run Dollywood and it's where Jonathan Karron once worked)

Northern Cardinal and Pine, Athos Menaboni, ca. 1948; Italian-born artist Menaboni arrived in Georgia in the late 1920s and remained active until his death at the age of 94; he's best known for his numerous paintings of 150  different species of birds

Northern Cardinal and Pine, Athos Menaboni, ca. 1948; Italian-born artist Menaboni arrived in Georgia in the late 1920s and remained active until his death at the age of 94; he's best known for his numerous paintings of 150+ different species of birds

The Pioneer Log Cabin, with only 2 rooms, was constructed of longleaf pine in the 1830s and occupied for a century, with the last family to live there filling it to overflowing with 15 people; it was moved here from neighboring Troup County in 1959

The Pioneer Log Cabin, with only 2 rooms, was constructed of longleaf pine in the 1830s and occupied for a century, with the last family to live there filling it to overflowing with 15 people; it was moved here from neighboring Troup County in 1959

The Chisholm-Merritt hybrid azalea dates from 1947; Callaway Gardens, 18 miles from LaGrange GA, is considered the world's largest azalea garden and draws 750,000  visitors annually

The Chisholm-Merritt hybrid azalea dates from 1947; Callaway Gardens, 18 miles from LaGrange GA, is considered the world's largest azalea garden and draws 750,000+ visitors annually

Azaleas were found to be hardy in the US South and quickly spread throughout the coastal region, breeding programs were undertaken that increased the cold hardiness of azaleas and extended the bloom time of evergreen exotic azaleas

Azaleas were found to be hardy in the US South and quickly spread throughout the coastal region, breeding programs were undertaken that increased the cold hardiness of azaleas and extended the bloom time of evergreen exotic azaleas

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Assorted Highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Silver collection from the Royal Hanoverian Court, early 1700s; Hanover had been a minor duchy in the German republic but had lucrative silver mines; in 1714, Hanoverian Georg Ludwig ascended to the throne of Great Britain as King George I

Silver collection from the Royal Hanoverian Court, early 1700s; Hanover had been a minor duchy in the German republic but had lucrative silver mines; in 1714, Hanoverian Georg Ludwig ascended to the throne of Great Britain as King George I

Tapir-shaped Zun Wine Container, China, 475-222BC; first formed more than 2000 years ago for ritual offerings, this flamboyant bronze vessel's function changed over time becoming more of a collector's item and showpiece

Tapir-shaped Zun Wine Container, China, 475-222BC; first formed more than 2000 years ago for ritual offerings, this flamboyant bronze vessel's function changed over time becoming more of a collector's item and showpiece

Aztec Bowl, Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1905; the Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, opened in 2010, contains 53 galleries and more than 121,000 square feet of exhibit space

Aztec Bowl, Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1905; the Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, opened in 2010, contains 53 galleries and more than 121,000 square feet of exhibit space

Dos Mujeres, Frida Kahlo, 1928; these 2 working-class women were painted with the dignity usually afforded to elite portrait sitters yet Kahlo originally painted them with aprons (later eliminated since they would mark the women as domestic workers)

Dos Mujeres, Frida Kahlo, 1928; these 2 working-class women were painted with the dignity usually afforded to elite portrait sitters yet Kahlo originally painted them with aprons (later eliminated since they would mark the women as domestic workers)

Hanging Head Dragonfly Table Lamp, Louis Comfort Tiffany, c. 1905-10; Tiffany's patented favrile glass, known for subtle variations in color and texture, would be carefully selected to form an image or a picture

Hanging Head Dragonfly Table Lamp, Louis Comfort Tiffany, c. 1905-10; Tiffany's patented favrile glass, known for subtle variations in color and texture, would be carefully selected to form an image or a picture

Hall Clock, Tiffany   Co., c. 1900-01; commissioned for the NY mansion of a banking mogul, the mechanism was made locally by Tiffany while the elaborate case, carved in relief on all sides, was imported from Japan

Hall Clock, Tiffany + Co., c. 1900-01; commissioned for the NY mansion of a banking mogul, the mechanism was made locally by Tiffany while the elaborate case, carved in relief on all sides, was imported from Japan

The Master and His Pupils, John Singer Sargent, 1914; this painting was done while Sargent was stranded in the Austrian Tyrol region following the outbreak of World War 1

The Master and His Pupils, John Singer Sargent, 1914; this painting was done while Sargent was stranded in the Austrian Tyrol region following the outbreak of World War 1

Long Branch, New Jersey, Winslow Homer, 1869; as the nation recovered from the Civil War, painting often turned to leisure scenes such as this depicting the country's new mobility and prosperity

Long Branch, New Jersey, Winslow Homer, 1869; as the nation recovered from the Civil War, painting often turned to leisure scenes such as this depicting the country's new mobility and prosperity

Magnolia Grandiflora, Martin Johnson Heade, c. 1885-95; this work belongs to the larger series of tabletop floral still life that Heade pursued starting with local apple blossoms before moving on to magnolias after he moved to St. Augustine, FL

Magnolia Grandiflora, Martin Johnson Heade, c. 1885-95; this work belongs to the larger series of tabletop floral still life that Heade pursued starting with local apple blossoms before moving on to magnolias after he moved to St. Augustine, FL

Zinnias and Marigolds, Hermann Dudley Murphy, 1933; most members of the Boston School trained in Paris and later taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts; criticized at the time for their daring technique, today they are viewed as traditionalists

Zinnias and Marigolds, Hermann Dudley Murphy, 1933; most members of the Boston School trained in Paris and later taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts; criticized at the time for their daring technique, today they are viewed as traditionalists

Lime Green Icicle Tower, Dale Chihuly, 2011; measuring 40  feet high, this work contains 2342 individual glass pieces mounted on a steel armature and weighs 10,000  pounds; it resides in a courtyard with the Museum's popular restaurant

Lime Green Icicle Tower, Dale Chihuly, 2011; measuring 40+ feet high, this work contains 2342 individual glass pieces mounted on a steel armature and weighs 10,000+ pounds; it resides in a courtyard with the Museum's popular restaurant

The Puritan, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1899; this piece was originally commissioned as a monumental sculpture for Springfield, MA to commemorate one of that city's founders; the popular monument was also cast in a tabletop version, suitable for the home

The Puritan, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1899; this piece was originally commissioned as a monumental sculpture for Springfield, MA to commemorate one of that city's founders; the popular monument was also cast in a tabletop version, suitable for the home

Marion Hiller Fenno at Nine as Mandolinata, Edmund Tarbell, c. 1887-88; tableau vivant scenes - in which participants remained silent and motionless, as if posed for a picture - were popular parlor entertainments in the 19th century

Marion Hiller Fenno at Nine as Mandolinata, Edmund Tarbell, c. 1887-88; tableau vivant scenes - in which participants remained silent and motionless, as if posed for a picture - were popular parlor entertainments in the 19th century

Godfrey Lowell Cabot, Lilla Cabot Perry, 1916; Perry was Claude Monet's friend and summer neighbor from 1889 until 1909; in Boston, she championed Monet's brand of Impressionism

Godfrey Lowell Cabot, Lilla Cabot Perry, 1916; Perry was Claude Monet's friend and summer neighbor from 1889 until 1909; in Boston, she championed Monet's brand of Impressionism

Still Life, Gretchen Woodman Rogers, c. 1923; the combination of local and exotic objects (characteristic of the Boston School), reflects the contemporary vogue for Asian aesthetics while also speaking to the artist's Boston roots

Still Life, Gretchen Woodman Rogers, c. 1923; the combination of local and exotic objects (characteristic of the Boston School), reflects the contemporary vogue for Asian aesthetics while also speaking to the artist's Boston roots

This dining room is one of three rooms from Oak Hill (built around 1800), the country house of Nathaniel West, that have been installed at the museum since the 1920s showing the tastes at that time

This dining room is one of three rooms from Oak Hill (built around 1800), the country house of Nathaniel West, that have been installed at the museum since the 1920s showing the tastes at that time

Popular among wealthy residents of viceregal Peru in the 17th and 18th centuries, enconchado cabinets combine sumptuous mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell veneers in elaborate Asian-inspired designs

Popular among wealthy residents of viceregal Peru in the 17th and 18th centuries, enconchado cabinets combine sumptuous mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell veneers in elaborate Asian-inspired designs

Girandole Clock, Lemuel Curtis, c. 1816-21; this clock (named for its use of convex glass in the base section) was patented by Curtis in 1816 in his attempt to make a more technologically advanced and aesthetically pleasing model than was currently available

Girandole Clock, Lemuel Curtis, c. 1816-21; this clock (named for its use of convex glass in the base section) was patented by Curtis in 1816 in his attempt to make a more technologically advanced and aesthetically pleasing model than was currently available

This monumental dressing cabinet, from about 1720, bears the coat of arms of one of Spain's most wealthy families, the Mendozas; probably made in the Middle East, it's comprised of mother-of-pearl, bone, cypress and silver

This monumental dressing cabinet, from about 1720, bears the coat of arms of one of Spain's most wealthy families, the Mendozas; probably made in the Middle East, it's comprised of mother-of-pearl, bone, cypress and silver

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