The Clinton County Arts Council ask a couple of us how we enjoyed our last trip (to Washington D.C.). Below are mine and Maggie's responses:
Mickey Mapstone's impressions of the D.C. trip.......
A trip worth taking with Mickey Mapstone
By LAKESHIA KNARR
The Clinton County Arts Council organized a trip to Washington D.C. and The National Gallery of Art on April 12, during the height of the Cherry Blossom Festival, where members of the CCAC, Bald Eagle Art League and community members joined together to enjoy art as a group.
One of those attendees, Mickey Mapstone —a CCAC member, president of BEAL, and an artist in her own right – has decided to share her experience.
Attendees for the trip were picked up in both Mill Hall and Williamsport in the morning, traveled to New York City, and spent the day at museums of their choice or enjoying the sights, before returning to the comfort of their own homes that same night.
Mickey, who taught art for 27 years and has been painting for 50, said there’s not a day that goes by that she doesn’t think about art in one way or another.
She said her favorite aspect of the trip was being with other artists and being able to view and discuss the various artworks with her art friends, who she finds to be knowledgeable in the art field.
“We went to the Hirshhorn Museum (modern art) which I loved but my two ‘art mates’ did not enjoy, which really surprised me. That is not bad; it was wonderful to discuss what each of us took away from various exhibits,” Mickey said.
She has taken several other bus trips in the past, but she was just as excited as ever to see most of the artists’ work in D.C.
“I am always surprised to see work that I read about or taught to students, in person,” Mickey said.
After taking the trip, she said she’d be ready to go on another bus trip again, “Tomorrow!”
And the trip has her thinking a little differently about her own work and local norms when it comes to art.
“I like the fact that ‘this’ area (Lycoming & Clinton County) is starting to warm up to newer forms of art such as video, photoshopped work and more ‘conceptual’ work. I personally have seen enough barns and mountain-scapes, and I have done my share, too, because that is what people want to buy. But at my age now, I want to paint what I want to paint, from my heart and I had fun seeing that artists even back years ago had the same idea,” Mickey said.
The CCAC board is always interested in learning where the membership would like to go, and Mickey had a few ideas to share.
She said she would be interested in taking a trip to the Baltimore Art Museum to see the Cone Sister’s Matisse Collection. “I was there before and would love to go again,” she said.
Mickey also said she’d enjoy going to the Andy Warhol museum and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburg, “and if we are lucky enough to go there, we would have to stop in at one of the subway stations where a salvaged Romare Bearden Mural so proudly stands.”
Maggie Kemmerer's impressions of the D.C. trip.....
A Trip Worth Taking with Margaret Kemmerer
By LAKESHIA KNARR
The Clinton County Arts Council organized a trip to Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City last November, where members of the CCAC, Bald Eagle Art League and community members joined together to enjoy art as a group.
One of those attendees, Margaret Kemmerer — both a CCAC and Beal member, and an artist in her own right – has decided to share her experience.
Attendees for the trip were picked up in both Mill Hall and Williamsport in the morning, traveled to New York City, and spent the day at museums of their choice, before returning to the comfort of their own homes that same night.
Kemmerer, who is new to Pennsylvania, said she had taken the trip to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia with the two art organizations previously, but the trip to New York City was perhaps the best day of her life.
Kemmerer said she was most excited to see Vincent van Gogh’s paintings in person. “Oh my heavens … His cypress paintings were literally three dimensional,” she remembers.
“I was so wowed by the scope of amazing art. I was shocked by the tremendous size of ‘The Horse Fair,’ one of my long time loves; and by the diminutive scale of (Edgar) Dega's ballet paintings,” Kemmerer said, noting that those are just a few of the many “Aha!” moments she had on the trip.
Even with so much to see at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she and her pals made a point of finding Winslow Homers’ section.
“I'll never forget walking around the corner and having the sense the ocean waves were going to wash over me!” she said.
Kemmerer said being able to spend the day with her friends Mickey and Gretchen made the trip especially enjoyable for her, as they were able to turn the experience into “a fun girlfriend/art-friend day.”
She has enjoyed both of her CCAC-BEAL trips so much that she said she would absolutely go on another bus trip to an art museum. In fact, she’ll be joining us on April 12 to attend the trip to Washington D.C. while the cherry blossom trees are in bloom.