@Home in Georgetown-Grief

MY Dear Friend Dale Hilton of the Cleveland Museum of Art, first introduced me to sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens, with his larger than life statue of Michael the Archangel at Lakeview Cemetery.  

After chance meetings again and again, the Shaw Memorial at the National Gallery of Art, in my reading of The Five of Hearts by Patricia O’Toole and The Greater Journey-Americans in Paris by David McCullough, I was in Awe.

Henry Adams commissioned this heart felt wonder in homage to his deceased wife Clover.  Eleanor Roosevelt visited this sacred space repeatedly in time of need.  It is located in Rock Creek Cemetery behind St. Paul’s Church.  The journey is a pilgrimage.

 

@Home in Georgetown…Baselitz at the Hirshhorn

 Georg Baselitz German, 1938

Baselitz’s signature is his painting of subjects upside down.  He, not unlike other Eastern European artists of this era, i.e Anselm Kiefer, reflect the dark time and place that they lived and the view can be haunting.  He painted his subjects upside down as a gesture toward irritating thew viewer and sharing the pain.

  • credits Willem de Kooning as a lasting source of inspiration
  • currently lives and works in Munich, Germany
  • Baseltiz’s works are included in the collections of the Guggenheim Bilbao, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Berlinsche Galerie, among others.

@Home in Georgetown..Bradford at the Hirshhorn

Mark Bradford–California, 1961

MarkBradfordPortrait4.jpgBradford’s signature is grid-like abstract paintingcombining collage with paint.

Bradford combined the old with the new in his unique style, creating an outstanding installation experience.  As you walk the amazing circle of the third floor of the museum, you are surrounded by floor to ceiling art in endless detail. 

Bradford took colored paper and reproductions from French artist Paul Philippoteaux’s nineteenth-century cyclorama, currently on view in Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania and created 8 panels, each over 45 feet long, to totally surround the entire 3rd level of the museum.

The result is a installation piece blending the past with the present, and illusion with abstraction.

 

@home in Georgetown ~ Georgetown’s East Village…herring hill

On the very East end of the East Village of Georgetown, is a neighborhood with its own personal charm.  Long ago referred to as Herring Hill, the name comes from its border to Rock Creek and for the fish that were caught here.

Long before Washington was the capital, with tobacco crops plentiful in Maryland and Virginia, and with easy access to the Potomac, Georgetown grew.   The less fortunate laborers lived in housing along Rock Creek.  The stories of African American slaves, free African Americans and professionals living together, side by side,  are legendary. Anyone who lives, or has lived here is eternally grateful for the privilege of experiencing this charming charming neighborhood.

Stop to shop or just for a visit and exchange Bonjours. We have a delightful French Ambassador to Georgetown…..Jean Pierre! Everyone in this neighborhood has a treasure with a story from Jean Pierre Antiques!

Rice from Spain, beans from France, the best compact collection of premium ingredients available anywhere!  Home and hand made charcuterie is the signature specialty.  Two daily, always perfectly delicious, dinner specials have the neighborhood totally spoiled. Duck, bouillabaisse, prime rib…😍

Georgetown Wine and Spirits.…Whether you need the perfect hostess gift like a craft bottle of Kentucky Bourbon or just garlic stuffed olives for your martini…this is the place….

We love Rose Park…..a little green paradise with  famous tennis courts, 2 toddler parks, picnic table gatherings, farmers market, and a cut through to M street!

And, of course…Julia Child lived here…Julia Child met her husband Paul when they worked together internationally for the O.S.S.  When they moved to Washington,  they bought this house on Olive Street.  Julia started a Sunday supper club that included Pamela Harriman and Catherine Graham.  They didn’t know much about cooking and needed the practice.  It worked, they actually got to be quit good cooks.  When Paul’s diplomatic duties took them to Paris, Julia attended the most prestigious Le Cordon Bleu.  The rest is history…..you can read all  about it or Meryl Streep will take you there in the movie Julia and Julie.  You can also visit Julia’s Cambridge, Massachusetts kitchen at the Smithsonian.

@home in Georgetown ~ November Project

Lincoln stairs….  Crack of Dawn!  Energy level…..Full Throttle!

The Army…..

The Navy…

And November Project…

The November Project is a free, open-to-the-public exercise group founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2011.[1] The name “November Project” comes from the Google Doc that the founders shared with each other to track their progress in November 2011. While sessions occur year-round, the name stuck.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_Project

https://november-project.com/about/

@home in Georgetown ~ The Dumbarton Bridge

Welcome to Georgetown….The legend behind the Dumbarton Bridge….

Georgetown was formed in the mid 1700’s, way before Washington D.C, was the capitol. The Tudor House and the surrounding Georgetown Heights are famous for the view for Georgetown Residents, of the early activity coming up the Potomac toward Washington City.

The charming story of Georgetown’s merge with Washington and the construction of the Dumbarton Bridge is a great read:

https://the-interesting-story-of-the-dumbarton-bridge

The Buffalo are the largest cast single pieces of bronze!

The Landscape….A lovely look around…….

 

@home in Georgetown ~ Forest Bathing at Thomas Roosevelt Island!

Priceless little urban get away…President Teddy Roosevelt was known as the conservation president.  Roosevelt Island is such a great tribute and such an easily accessible reminder of how legendary the story and how valuable the asset, our National Park System!

Did you know that forest bathing is a staple of preventive healthcare and healing in Japan? I first heard of forest bathing on NPR on one of my drives out of Cleveland to Washington. How convenient!   A forest bath is not a bath or a hike, but an immersion of the senses.  The guest, therapy guide, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, leads forest bathing retreats at Roosevelt Island.

http://www.npr.org/forest-bathing-a-retreat-to-nature-can-boost-immunity-and-mood

So treat yourself to a forest bath!  The bike ride there alone,  is worth the price of admission!