The Arts

Experience 47 of 52: The Walter’s Art Museum

The Walter’s Art Museum is one of our favorite local places to visit. Although we’d visited many times, this was the first during our 52 week journey. As it was near Easter, we made our way to visit the icons and religious symbols exhibit.

We learned that a “miter” is a headdress worn by bishops during the liturgy. An example one we say was made in 1724 and depicts the story of Jesus’ resurrection.

We also reviewed the “Icon with the Crucifixion” and discussed the meaning of Easter in Christianity.

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Experience 44 of 52: PEEP Show

The 6th Annual PEEPshow at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, MD presented sweet displays of whimsical, unique and humorous creations by local artists, families, businesses and community groups. Although crowded with hundreds of PEEPle admiring the creations, we admired the creativity and effort put into many of the masterpeeps which ran the gamut from simple and fun to political oriented messages. These photos are just a sampling of the many, many works of PEEP that we admired.

My personal favorites were the “Evolution of the PEEP” and the “Election of a new PEEP” 🙂


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Experience 38 of 52: ICE

ICE at the Gaylord National Resort – National Harbor, Maryland is created from over 5,000 blocks of ice weighing over 2 million pounds.  As quoted from this website, the artisans are from “Harbin, China – a city in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province that is world-famous for its annual Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival. Every winter, more than 2,000 sculpture artists carve a massive, 100-acre walk-through Ice Park and a full-size Ice City from blocks of ice taken from the nearby Songhua River.”

The display at National Harbor is a quite “cool” 9 degrees and requires you to bundle up while you ooh and ah over the sculptors artistry.  The highlights were the ice slide and a huge ice angel!

We followed the ICE show with dinner at “Grace’s Mandarin” Chinese restaurant with impressive views of the harbor.

In addition to the ICE show, we walked through the Gaylord National Resort Hotel which is an adventure in and of itself!  The indoor atrium features a 60 foot tall Christmas tree and includes a nightly tree lighting ceremony complete with indoor snowfall.

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Experience 20 of 52: Cirque du Soleil, Drailion

Instead of even trying to do it justice, Cirque du Soleil, Dralion is best described by its website description:

“Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.

In Dralion, the four elements that govern the natural order take on a human form. Thus embodied, each element is represented by its own evocative colour: air is blue; water is green; fire is red; earth is ochre. In the world of Dralion, cultures blend, Man and Nature are one, and balance is achieved.”

The show was incredible – if you’ve never been to a Cirque du Soleil show it is as impressive a display of human acrobatics that I could ever imagine seeing.  We loved the fusion of east and west and the dragon representing the east melded well with Grace’s Chinese Culture camp she attended earlier this summer.  Grace even recognized a few of the Chinese symbols emblazoned on the curtains during the show.  The girls were engaged during the entire show and they were enthralled by the beauty and the artistry.

What did we learn?  We learned that Cirque du Soleil means “Circus of the Sun” and, even though it seems eastern to us, it is actually a production of a Canadian company.  We also learned about balance and harmony and we talked about the implementation of these concepts, along with color, as they apply to art to tell us a story.  Finally, we discussed what it takes to perform in such a show: opportunity, hard work, dedication, determination and focus.

Our favorite acts were the trampoline and the juggling because the trampoline looked awesomely fun and the juggling was just simply amazing.

Time Spent: ~4 hours, including dinner
Cost: ~$250, including dinner in downtown Baltimore (and we even purchased the “cheap seats”)

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