Friday, October 9, 2015

Ringling Museum Day 2

Yesterday we had so much fun at the John and Mable Ringling Museum, that we decided to return to see the art museum, which is Florida's state museum of art.

The weather was again lovely and we passed The Dwarf Garden on the way to the Art Museum. It features statues of little people that ring a circular garden full of banyan trees and dark corners for the fey folk to hide.  We found the thrones of the king and queen, hidden amongst the shadows.
A short walk later we had arrived at the Art Museum, which features European and American Art and antiquities from the 16th to the 20th century. We were fortunate to arrive on the day that the Ming exhibit opened, and saw beautiful 15th century gold jewelry, paintings on paper, sculptures, clothing, and dishes which are being displayed in the US for the first time.

Another exhibit featured the works of Mark Messersmith, which feature three dimensional works with vibrant colors and interesting iconography.
Bob and I enjoyed the formal gardens that are surrounded by the museum.

The Ringling Museum is set on 62 acres of land, and has so much to offer visitors.  We will be back to see it again (but probably not this week!)

I finished my double-hole heddle pickup band yesterday, and am pleased with the way it came out.  What do you think?


  1. It's beautiful!! So many fun colors and designs! What is you next project for weaving down the road?

    1. Thank you April! Next I am knitting baby gifts for soon-to-be-born babies in the family :)