Seattle Art Museum {Seattle, WA}

The Seattle Art Museum offers free admission to its general galleries every first Thursday of each month which is a really awesome way to view their artwork without paying the regular student admission price of $12.50 or adult ticket price of $19.50.  Miró is currently the featured gallery but I didn’t have enough time to check that one out but for future reference, featured gallery ticket prices are also discounted on free gallery Thursdays. It looked like they were about half the price of a regular ticket. I highly suggest going down and checking it out if art appeals to you. Even if you don’t consider yourself an art person, free admission days to the SAM is a great way to explore some different mediums of art!

The following photograph was taken from a film installation in one of the exhibits.

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“William Kentridge asks us to live for a few minutes in a world where tension is rampant, but no one speaks out…such shadows suggest the conditions of laborers in South Africa and defiant marches against apartheid”.

Shadow Procession (1999)
35mm film transferred to video and DVD
Direction, animation, photography by William Kentridge (South African, born 1955″
“What a Friend I have in Jesus” music score

These next to images were two of my favorite pieces of art at the museum and were painted by an artist couple. The first (painted by the wife)  almost seems like a smaller, unfinished work of the second one (painted by the husband). Reminded immediately of music through the round, disc shapes and the vibrant colors used, a wave of emotion came over me as I studied the pieces. It’s amazing how art is a medium that can be do versatile, general, and yet so personally reflective.

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Soapault (1961)
Artist: Sonia Delaunay

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Rhythm No. 2  (1938)
Artist: Robert Delaunay

A few more snapshots from my visit:

If you have the time to visit the SAM, definitely do so! I had such a fun afternoon wandering through exhibits and just enjoying it. It’s hard to find time to slow down in the busy lives we live nowadays but taking time to appreciate art is sure to help.

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Castle Hill Graffiti: Austin, TX

On Sunday afternoon, we decided to pay a visit to the famous graffiti park. I hadn’t been sure what to expect and definitely did not realize it was on such a massive hill. Maxi skirts and sandals were not the smartest attire choice I could have made and I definitely recommend wearing pants with shoes that have some grip. You’ll be climbing over some walls and going up/down a dirt hill that can be slippery in parts. The wall itself was really cool with a lot of very vibrant colors in its artwork. There were some artists working on parts of the wall while we were there and its walls are open to the public to contribute their own art to.  Some of the artwork stood for political reasons, some told person stories, and some were just for fun. Certain ones were simple while others were more intricately done but both were really interesting to look at. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and if there isn’t, you can create it yourself! Here are just a few snapshots from my visit, the wall art is constantly changing so if you see one you really like, be sure to take a photo: