Friday, May 25, 2012

Frye Art Museum Courtyard

Frye Art Museum April 2011

Frye Art Museum Courtyard Garden May 2011

Frye Art Museum Courtyard Garden May 2011

Frye Art Museum Entrance May 2011

Frye Art Museum Reflecting Pool May 2011

I love the Frye.  The museum is always free.  The exhibits are interesting.  The permanent collection has many beautiful paintings of a type seldom seen in US museums: romantic, 19th century & mostly German.  The Fryes collected paintings from the Munich Secession.  

The museum's Mission Statement: The Frye Art Museum is a living legacy of visionary patronage and civic responsibility, committed to artistic inquiry and a rich visitor experience. A catalyst for our engagement with contemporary art and artists is the Founding Collection of Charles and Emma Frye, access to which shall always be free.

The architecture is modern & impressive, but not overwhelming.  I particularly like the tall cylinder that is the foyer.  It gives me feelings of awe & tranquility.  For me, the best part of the Frye is the courtyard garden, an amazing work of modern, living, landscape art.  The garden can be seen from inside & outside the museum, particularly well from the museum cafe.  The courtyard also has a small amount of cafe seating.

Friday, May 11, 2012

April Garden Pictures

Bellis perennis & Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver' April 2012

Narcissus jonquilla April 2012

Paeonia mascula April 2012

Rhododendron campylogynum 'Celsum' April 2012

Tulipa 'Little Princess' April 2012

April 2012 was a normal month.  The mean temperature was 50.8F/10.4C.  The normal mean temperature is 50.3F/10.2C.  The highest temperature was 74F/23.3C, the lowest was 35F/1.7C.  Total precipitation was 2.68 inches.  Normal precipitation is 2.71 inches.   There was 1 day with heavy rain, 7 days with rain, 21 days with light rain, 1 day with hail, 15 days with fog, 2 days with haze, 21 cloudy days, 8 partly cloudy days & 1 fair day.