@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:


The Buffalo are the largest cast single pieces of bronze!

The Landscape….A lovely look around…….


Georgetown…..The Urban Garden

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If someone didn’t take you here, would you ever find it?  It’s a best kept secret of many sorts, not only in location but state of mind.  This is sacred space!

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Leave it to Elizabeth!  Our family Master Gardener!  Thank you Elizabeth!

This may not look like much now but just you wait!




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Seamy Museum is named after Soumaya Domit, the late wife of Carlos Slim, the founder of the museum and one of the richest men in the world.  This museum is a non profit cultural institution with one of the most complete collections of its kind.  it includes over 66,000 works from 30 centuries of art.

Museum Wise… The Cleveland Museum of Art — What to See, Where to Go, Eat and Stay

Why is CMA so Special?

Nathaniel Olds by Jeptha Homer Wade

Nathaniel Olds by Jeptha Homer Wade

Because the first pair of snazzy sunglasses were made in Cleveland? ……Not quite.

In 1920 there were 80 millionaires in this country and 60 of them were in Cleveland (that’s why we have so many churches!) We were an industrial giant because of our location on the Erie Canal and the Great Lake’s Lake Erie. Cleveland was the Car Capital before Detroit.

Cleveland’s rich history is legendary. This portrait was painted by Jeptha Homer Wade. An aspiring young artist that needed a day job, he contracted the implementation of telegraph poles. Fascinated by the technology, he bought up the regional carriers to found Western Union.

In this portrait of Nathaniel Olds, these eye-catching green glasses are a gallery focal point. The first oil lamps invented were called Argand lamps burning whale oil. With the light they produced being 6 to 10 times brighter than candles, the concern was for potential damage to sight. (In 1929, they became Foster Grant’s and the rest is history….)

In the meantime, when the lamps were adapted to use kerosene, they became very affordable and popular…and who was in the fuel business? The Rockefellers…

The story of generations of Rockefellers and Wades, are only a few of many favorites of the founding fathers of Cleveland and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Armor for Man and Horse with Völs-Colonna Arms, c. 1575 North Italy, 16th century

Armor for Man and Horse with Völs-Colonna Arms, c. 1575
North Italy, 16th century

The first Director of the Cleveland Museum or Art, Fred Whiting, needed to open the museum in 1916 with a collection. How would one begin to choose? With Cleveland being an industrial giant, he collaborated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and decided on Arms and Armor, to be a source of insipiration and education with iron and steel being so near and dear to the hearts of this community. With all of the renovation, and the gallery itself  being updated through the years, the arms and armor collection has always remained in the same spot in the museum, considered to be sacred space.


The Holy Family on the Steps, 1648 Nicolas Poussin (French, 1594-1665)

The Holy Family on the Steps, 1648
Nicolas Poussin (French, 1594-1665)


World renown art critic with a story of her own, Sr. Wendy, chose CMA as one of the 5 museums she visited on her trip to the US. She considered this painting to be our “most important and the most important of her trip”. There is so much to see in the symbolism as well as color and design of this piece. It also has a very interesting story behind it’s Provenence……



Nataraja, Shiva as the Lord of Dance, 1000s South India, Tamil Nadu, Chola period (900-13th Century)




CMA has an internationally reknown Asian collection due to the dilligence of long time legendary Director Sherman Lee.


Table Fountain, c. 1320-1340 France, Paris, 14th century

Table Fountain, c. 1320-1340
France, Paris, 14th century


This object receives international attention because it is the most complete of its kind from the Middle Ages. When the conservation lab demonstrated how it would work using alcohol, the results were described as magical. It was used to circulate rose scented water for the amusement of the ultra wealthy Royals as they entertained in the early 1300’s!


Mourner from the Tomb of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1364-1404), 1404-1410 Claus de Werve (Netherlandish, 1380-1439)

Mourner from the Tomb of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1364-1404), 1404-1410
Claus de Werve (Netherlandish, 1380-1439)



These stunningly beautiful alabaster carvings have the most minute of fine detail in thier faces, expressions, clothing and posture. each is so totally unique and such a fine piece all by itself. together they inspire awe, mystery, curiosity and admiration. You can see them here or all of the rest of the 41 can be viewed at the tomb of Phillip the Bold in Lyon, Fance.



Portrait of Lisa Colt Curtis, 1898 John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925) oil on canvas, Framed - h:249.00 w:134.00 d canvas, Framed - h:249.00 w:134.00 d:9.50 cm (h:98 w:52 3/4 d:3 11/16 inches) Unframed - h:219.30 w:104.80 cm (h:86 5/16 w:41 1/4 inches). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1998.168

Portrait of Lisa Colt Curtis, 1898
John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925)
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Visitors stop me in the museum to ask if we have a John Singer Sargent? Here it is, a gift by JSS to his cousin Ralph Curtis, of the East Coast Curtis family and foundation, on the occasion of his marriage to Lisa Colt Curtis of Colt firearms fame. The setting is the Palazzo Barbaro in Venice, owned by the Curtis family and enjoyed by such famous guests as Isabella Stewart Gardner, Henry James, Vernon Lee and Monet.



The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16 October 1834, 1835 Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775-1851)

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16 October 1834, 1835
Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775-1851)



Do we have a Turner?  We have THE Turner…..JMW Turner was watching the Burning of the House of Lords and Commons from one of the boats in the bottom right hand corner of this picture!



The Thinker, 1880-1881 Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917) bronze, Overall - h:182.90 w:98.40 d:142.20 cm (h:72 w:38 11/16 d:55 15/16 inches) Wt: 1,650 pounds - weighed by crane on 5/31/2006.

The Thinker, 1880-1881
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917)
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Museums have copies of Rodin’s Thinker, with the stipulation that they be displayed high above the heads of the viewer suggesting Dante looking down on the chaos of his ‘Inferno’. Ironically CMA’s Thinker became part of the chaos when it was bombed in 1970 by an anti war demonstator. After much consideration and debate, Conservation decided to keep our Thinker as it is.





Giant Toothpaste Tube, 1964 Claes Thure Oldenburg (American, b. 1929) vinyl over canvas filled with kapok; wood, metal and cast plastic,

We have some great Claus Oldenburg stories in Cleveland, not the least of which is about the symbolism behind this piece. Our program with Case Western Reserve university allows us tour the museum with them regularly. I love to visit this piece with dental students. How could a tube of toothpaste have meaning? How about as a symbol of transition? Think about it!

Don’t miss a visit to GalleyOne while you are in the new atrium.  It includes an interactive, state of the art, 40 foot wall, with every object in the museum on a loop that allows you to select the objects of your choice, plug in your iPad or iPhone and download your personal custom tour…..or choose from the many options…..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV5X_WlEQho

You will find CMA to be one of the most beautiful, inviting, impressive museums of your travels!


Home to the Cleveland Museum of Art is a charming area called University Circle.  It includes, within sight and walking distance, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals and Severance Center, the home of the Internationally renown Cleveland Orchestra.

      The Cleveland Botanical Garden, located in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States, was founded in 1930 as the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland. It was the first such organization in an American city.   ……..The centerpiece of the $50 million 2003 expansion is The Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse, an 18,000 square foot (1,700 m²) conservatory home to plant and animal life from two separate biomes, the spiny desert of Madagascar and the cloud forest of Costa Rica.     http://www.cbgarden.org

       Cleveland Museum of Natural History   Collection features over four million specimens in the fields of anthropology, archeology, astronomy, botany, geology, paleontology, zoology, and wildlife biology …https://www.cmnh.org/

        SEVERANCE HALL     America’s Most Beautiful Concert Hall

Regarded by many music-lovers as one of the world’s most beautiful concert halls, Severance Hall opened in 1931 as the home of The Cleveland Orchestra…..A $36-million restoration and expansion of Severance Hall was completed in January 2000. The two-year Renovation Project was undertaken to restore the hall’s original detailing, http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/plan-your-visit/severance-hall/

Up (East) Euclid Avenue is MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art.


Through approximately eight exhibitions a year, all accompanied by public and education programs,     http://www.mocacleveland.org/about

Because MOCA is a non-collecting institution – one of the relatively few such contemporary art museums in the country

Taking a right at MOCA onto Mayfield Road and going up the hill will take you into Murray Hill, Cleveland’s Little Italy, with lots of charming food and gallery choices

Up the hill from Little Italy is Lakeview Cemetery with the spirit  of Cleveland Founders including the Rockefellers, Wades, Huntingtons, Mathers, Severances, Eliot Ness,  as well as James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, in the James A. Garfield Monument.

      Lakeview Cemetery  

As a tourist destination, The Lake View Cemetery offers a variety of walking, bus, and self-guided tours. Among the tour topics are geology, architecture, horticulture, nature, animals, and history. In addition, there are picnic sites and hiking trails…...

Don’t miss the The Wade Chapel, designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany,  commissioned by the Wade family in honor of Jeptha Homer Wade, founder of Western Union.  http://www.lakeviewcemetery.com/pointsofinterest.php

North from the museum will take you to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park, former backyard of the John D. Rockefeller family.

Hidden in Plain Sight is a short documentary about discovering the world
that’s right in front of you. It follows Luke Frazier as he reflects on the
Cleveland Cultural Gardens, the journey that led him there, and his discovery
of its beauty, history and wonder.  http://www.hipsdoc.com

Favorite Places to Eat–

  • CMA docents like to walk over to the Glidden House for a glass of wine their very cozy wine bar.  We always run into someone interesting, on a visit to Cleveland for an interesting appointment or interview at Cleveland Institute of Music, or CASE or Cleveland Clinic, and the like.
  • L’Albatros located up the alley from Glidden House at 11401 Bellflower, is rated in the top 10 restaurants in the country.  We especially enjoy it when we can dine outside.  You will again be surrounded by the delightful, charming University Circle crowd.
  • Little Italy – Take a stroll and take your choice.  I don’t think you can lose!  Pasta and outdoor dining in the Summer!  What a wonderful treat!
  • Only 4 miles to Downtown on Euclid Avenue for all kinds of dining.  The Old Arcade is an historical landmark, 5th St Arcade is new and bubbling with activity.  On of my favorites is the Blue Point Grille for seafood at 7th and St. Clair.  You will be hard pressed to choose when you see the neighbor options.  Another favorite of ours is Mallorca for paella a few blocks away on West 9th.
  • Tremont – Lots of options here!  Tremont is one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods listed on the National Register of Historic Places;  You will feel the neighborhood atmosphere in the air.  Lolita (900 Literary Road) – Iron Chef Winner, Michael Symon‘s bistro is one of a number of standout neighborhood eateries.

Where to Stay…..

  • Glidden House –In 1909, Francis K. Glidden, the son of the founder and president of Glidden Paint Co., built a dream home for his family in the University Circle http://www.gliddenhouse.com
  •  Within walking distance with a flavor for the neighborhood, check out

      • University Circle Bed and Breakfast -#5 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Clevelandlocated  at 1575 E. 108th St., University Circle, Cleveland, OH 44106

      • DoubleTree by Hilton The Tudor Arms Hotel #8 of 35 Hotels in Cleveland Certificate of Excellence,10660 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 441

Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM) is the Princeton University‘s gallery of art, located in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 1882, it now houses over 72,000 works of art that range from antiquity to the contemporary period. The Princeton University Art Museum dedicates itself to supporting and enhancing the university’s goals of teaching, research, and service in fields of art and culture, as well as to serving regional communities and visitors from around the world.


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If you are familiar with the Cleveland Museum of Art collection,  the Princeton collection includes several similar, and not so similar pieces by the same artists.

This version of the Charles Wilson Peale’s George Washington at Battle of Princeton, similar but very different…

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Hermes at CMA

DSC09764Hermes uses 75,000 uniquely ‘Hermes’ custom colors to create their legendary, heirloom quality, silk scarves, one of fashion’s most coveted accessories.

In their demonstrations at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the experts from Lyon, France talked the enthusiastic audience, of men and women alike, through the actual making of a scarf from start to the fine finish.  DSC09662 DSC09663 DSC09707 DSC09729Henri meticulously places and paints with a separate screen for each and every color in every scarf.  Each and every shade of every color couldn’t be more perfect and matching the screen to the print exactly… every time ..is a talent.  The spectacular colors take your breath away!


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2013 Carnegie International


The Carnegie Museum of Art hosts it’s annual International exhibit as a collection from 35 artist participants from 19 different countries.  It captures your eye and attention from afar upon approach as well as sprinkling the work throughout the entire collection.

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The Carnegie International is the oldest North American exhibition of contemporary art from around the globe. It was first organized at the behest of industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie on November 5, 1896 in Pittsburgh. Carnegie established the International to educate and inspire the public as well as to promote international understanding and peace. He intended the International to provide a periodic sample of contemporary art from which Carnegie Museum of Art could enrich its permanent collection. The work of thousands of artists has been exhibited in the Carnegie International, including that of Winslow HomerJames Abbott McNeill WhistlerMary CassattCamille PissarroAuguste RodinWillem de KooningHenry MooreJackson PollockRené MagritteJoan MiróAlberto GiacomettiAndy WarholJoseph BeuysSigmar Polke, and William Kentridge.


Phyllida Barlow, installation view of Tip, 2013, timber, steel, spray paint, paint, steel mesh, scrim, cement, fabric, and varnish 


Phyllida Barlow is known for her use of scrappy materials and rough construction techniques that contradict and undermine the grand scale of her works, resulting in an ambitiously “anti-monumental” aesthetic.

Notice anything..?

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…the people in these photographs are walking with us down this hallway of photos….

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My favorite is the Hall of Architecture where Andrew Carnegie’s mission in 1907 was to:

“bring likenesses of European masterworks to the people of Western Pennsylvania. “If they cannot go to the objects, which allure people abroad,” he stated in 1895, ”we shall do our best to bring the rarest of those objects to them at home.” Containing over 150 individual plaster casts of sculptures and monuments from all over the world..”

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Artist Gabriel Sierra, as part of the exhibit repainted the walls a rich purple:

..  and adding discrete sculptural elements-is a conceptual and witty approach to the history of the storied space

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NYC … Museum Mile and More….

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New York Walking Tour: Moseying Down Museum Mile


It’s not as if Manhattan needs a marketing maven to designate it the cultural capital of the world. But in 1978 some clever curators came up with the moniker Museum Mile for the stretch of Fifth Avenue from 105th Street to 82nd Street that houses no fewer than nine world-class museums, most with shops and cafés.


The Frick Collection

The Frick mansion was designed by Carrere and Hastings, the same architects who worked on the New York Public Library, and was built to “make Carnegie’s place look like a miner’s shack.” Preserved on Millionaire’s Row, the mansion is a grand setting for an incredible collection of European painting and decorative arts. The enclosed inner courtyard is a perfect place for weary art lovers to take a rest.

1 E. 70th St. (btw Madison & 5th Ave)


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Ahhhh…the Met!


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Look at this cute couple resting?….They found just the place to take 5 (and maybe a little people watching while they’re at it?) ?  Looks easy enough except in reality you walk until your legs won’t take you another step only to realize there is no relief in site…one more step, one more block, one more place…..



The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in New York City, is the largest art museum in the United States, and one of the ten largest in the world, with the most significant art collections.[6] Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments.[7] The main building, located on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan’s Museum Mile, is by area one of the world’s largest art galleries. There is also a much smaller second location at “The Cloisters” in Upper Manhattan that featuresmedieval art.[8]

82nd & Fifth: A web series       

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82nd & Fifth is the Met’s address in New York City. It is also the intersection of art and ideas. We’ve invited 100 curators from across the Museum to talk about 100 works of art that changed the way they see the world. Eleven Museum photographers interpret their vision: one work, one curator, two minutes at a time.82nd & Fifth is a year-long series of 100 episodes. Throughout 2013, new releases will appear every Wednesday. Sign up for email announcements so you never miss
The Museum of the City of New York was founded in 1923 by Henry Collins Brown, a Scottish-born writer with a vision for a populist approach to the city. The Museum was originally housed in Gracie Mansion, the future residence of the Mayor of New York. Hardinge Scholle succeeded Henry Brown in 1926 and began planning a new home for the Museum. The City offered land on Fifth Avenue on 103rd-104th Streets and construction for Joseph H. Freedlander’s Georgian Colonial-Revival design for the building started in 1929 and was completed in 1932. During the next few decades, the Museum amassed a considerable collection of exceptional items, including several of Eugene O’Neill’s handwritten manuscripts, a complete room of Duncan Phyfe furniture, 412 glass negatives taken by Jacob Riis and donated by his son, a man’s suit worn to George Washington’s Inaugural Ball, and the Carrie Walter Stettheimer dollhouse, which contains a miniature work by Marcel Duchamp. Today the Museum’s collection contains approximately 750,000 objects, including prints, photographs, decorative arts, costumes, paintings, sculpture, toys, and theatrical memorabilia.
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The James Turrell exhibit was the most amazing installataion experience between the size of the space and the overwhelming color shock!  Picture taking was not allowed, not that a camera could capture it.  If you get the chance, check out the link.
James Turrell’s exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum will probably be the bliss-out environmental art hit of the summer. This is primarily because of the ravishing “Aten Reign,” an immense, elliptical, nearly hallucinatory play of light and color that makes brilliant use of the museum’s famed rotunda and ocular skylight. The latest site-specific effort from Mr. Turrell, “Aten Reign” is close to oxymoronic: a meditative spectacle.DSC04085
The story behind the The New York Public Library is a great read all by itself!
The New York Public Library (NYPL) is a public library system in New York City. With nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States (and third largest in the world), behind only the Library of Congress. It is an independently managed, nonprofit corporation operating with both private and public financing.
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On my last visit to NY, an gentleman from France that I chatted with over lunch, told me that the Sabarsky cafe has one of the best cappuccinos in town.  Can’t wait to try one for myself!  The cafe is so comfortable and cozy, and with it’s large windows’ view of the bustle of street traffic, it would make a great movie set.
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The Toledo Museum of Art

In appreciation for their staff, donors, volunteers and guests, the Toledo Museum of Art installed a floor to ceiling (salon style) portrait gallery.  What a tribute!

From their website:

“Museum People: Faces of TMA is a collective portrait of nearly 700 individuals—visitors, supporters, volunteers and staff—who are not just the faces but also the heart of the Museum. The images were shot over a period of weeks in the spring by local award-winning photographer Jim Rohman and his assistant Giles Cooper for possible inclusion in the exhibition.

“We wanted to highlight the incredible community of people who support the Museum—people from our local area and from around the world,” said Amy Gilman, associate director and curator of contemporary art.”

Museum People: Faces of TMA

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The Toledo Museum of Art is an internationally known art museum located in the Old West End neighborhood of Toledo, Ohio, United States. The museum was founded by Toledo glassmaker Edward Drummond Libbey in 1901, and moved to its current location, a Greek revival building designed by Edward B. Green and Harry W. Wachter on January 17, 1912.[1] The building was expanded twice in the 1920s and 1930s.[2] Brian Kennedy serves as the museum’s director.

The museum contains major collections of glass art of the 19th and 20th century European and American art, as well as small but distinguished Renaissance, Greek and Roman, and Japanese collections. Notable individual works include Peter Paul Rubens‘s The Crowning of Saint Catherine, significant minor works by Rembrandt and El Greco, and modern works by Willem de Kooning, Henry Moore, and Sol LeWitt, as well as Fragonard’s Blind man’s bluff.

The Toledo Museum of Art

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