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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Saturday Trail Art at NC Museum

Impawtant news on Terry, Cat Dad at Brian's Home

I received the below in an email Saturday at 1:30 pm from Terry.
As I know more I will let you know.

Below is description by the artist

 Below is description by the artist

 Below is description by the artist

Friday, April 24, 2020

Nature and Final Fiction Friday

Fine Art of Bees

The Museum Park is collaborating with community partners, such as Bee Downtown and Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, to create pollinator-friendly habitats for pollinators in the Park. These partnerships are another way in which the Museum Park is engaging the public with pollinators in an interactive way and fulfilling an important piece of the Park’s sustainability program.

Above is the opening paragraph to the NC MA link about their Apiary.

I'm not getting lots of photos these days but lucky for you I am NEVER out of 

On Saturday, March 28, Mad Snapper (who by the way is hilarious) had a most amusing
post about the conservation of toilet paper... she wrote this sentence 
"I insert apology here, for the word Pee, but urinate sounds just as bad and I can't think of another way to say it. 

Mad Snapper I have suggestion for a better word for pee.
This might be way too much TMI.  In 1972, when it was time to start potty training
the first Diva of the family, aka Favorite Sissy of Angel Madi, 
we bought a child size potty to sit in the bathroom.  Easy access w/o needing a stool or one of those seats that fit on it so that she wouldn't fall in the big potty.

This potty was special, it  offered much encouragement.  (I won't go into all the details); however, it had a music box in it. When one was successful with, it played

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. SERIOUSLY IT DID!!
Favorite Sissy of Angel Madi coined the word Twinkle for pp.
The entire family started using it.

Here is another jewel from favorite Sissy of Angel Madi
When she was just learning to talk, she hit her forehead on something in her room.
She came in the kitchen for sympathy,
 I said oh I am so sorry.  You do have a bump.  
Alas bump what she called her forehead for several years.  

These next two photos were taken with my iPad at about 7:00 am Sunday, April 19, 2020
The pansies in this pot were from Fall 2019.  
Lo and behold they had a rebirth Spring 2020
Less than a minute apart...look at the sunbeams on the left
No enhancements made.  

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday #17

Today we join Two  SPOILED CATS 
Angel Sammy and Teddy for their poetic pictorial poem.

If I could fly high,
Over this village I would soar
and soar some more.
Where I'd land I have no clue!
Each house has a roof of Blue!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Standing Tall at NC Museum of Art

Park of the campus of the NC Museum of Art was built on 
acreage where the Polk Youth center was located years ago.
Thankfully the powers that be decided this beautiful piece of masonry/art
should remain on the property.

North Carolina Museum of Art
"A masonry smokestack rising on the outskirts of Raleigh, 130 feet tall and 60 years old, is about to be symbolically reincarnated. It's to become a beacon of progress – for the North Carolina Museum of Art, for the City of Raleigh and for a regional system of parks and greenways."

Vollis Simpson, North Carolina’s most famous visionary artist, created our Wind Machine in 2002. Typical of his work, ours was made from various recycled metal parts including fan blades, bicycle rims, and industrial truck parts, and painted in bright patriotic colors. Unfortunately, they quickly deteriorated in the outdoor environment. Over the years the hardware-store-quality paint faded and peeled, parts fell off, and many of the fans stopped spinning.

The photo below was borrowed from the NC Museum of Art website
This shows the Whirlygig installation

May 2019 we visited Mr. Simpson's beautiful Whirly gig Park
in Wilson, NC.  Click here if you would like to see more.

Next set of standing tall
Small cities sit below each tall sculpture

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Happy Tuesday Trail Tale: NC Museum of Art Park

hosted by Comedy Plus

If you would like to read more about the NCMA,  click here
The NCMA sits on 164 well cared for acres beautiful are and landscaping.

The collage below shows a bit of the quite unique and unusual outside.

Description of the building from the NCAM website
A unique glass-walled architectural structure with striking roof lines, a dramatic exterior, and state-of-the-art environmental elements, West Building has arisen adjacent to the original building on the Museum site. With the exterior 50 percent glass, the 127,000-square-foot gallery space allows for filtered natural light and viewing of the collection in a whole new way. Landscaped sculpture gardens and reflecting pools complement the existing Museum Park and strengthen the connection of art and nature.

Yes that is a steel tree in front.  Roxy Paine, the artist  named it

Askew is part of a series of works by Roxy Paine that he describes as “dendroids”—arboreal or treelike forms with elaborate branching structures. Paine’s sculptures are hybrids in more than one sense of the word—inspired by “real” trees but never truthful depictions of actual species. His manmade versions of natural elements blur the boundaries between nature and culture, the natural and the artificial, machine-made and handmade. Paine has described his work as a “collision of the industrial world with the natural world” and an exploration of the human desire to order and control nature. The stainless steel surfaces of the work change dramatically with the light—mirroring, absorbing, and reflecting the tree’s environment, and turning the colors of the natural world into a brilliant metallic light show.

The silver tree and this next sculpture were two of the first pieces of 
out door art.  Needless to say they both were conversation pieces.
We saw these before the building was completed.  

This gorgeous painting is on the side of the entrance of the newer section of the NCMA
which is brick. After the architect who designed the original building passed,
the new buildings were constructed of brick.
We've been inside many times for different exhibits and to have lunch at the cafe.
But not this time all buildings are closed, but we did so enjoy all of the art outside 

There will be many more photos to come from our first visit and from 
at least 2 more that will be required to see everything.
Some photos might be incorporated into other posts, I will mention they are part of the NCMA

Monday, April 20, 2020

Sparks and Awww Monday

Our favorite flavor is Asiago Cheese Bagels

Speaking of eating...have you seen Berko the King of balancing on his nose? There was an article about
him in our Sunday newspaper.

If not,click below.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sorry no Selfie Sunday

Chewy is one of the many pups I've seen on my 'hood walkies