November 16, 2011

I was in Walmartville, um I mean Bentonville, Arkansas..It was wonderful

Some may be wondering, why on earth would I be in Bentonville (Rogers), Arkansas.  Well to visit a quilt shop of course...smiles.  No seriously, I was selected to be in the class of 2012 America's Leaders of Change and our first session was in Bentonville/Rogers, AR because the fellowship is sponsored by Walmart.  To begin I must simply say wow, I did not realize how large they are and how long they have been around.  Anyway, while learning and touring I had the wonderful pleasure of visiting the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. It was incorporated into our agenda, I did not know anything about it, and it had just opened on 11/11/11.

Needless, to stay I was amazed at the collection of works that is on display at this amazing structure.  It is a beautiful museum with stunning grounds, not to mention the artwork included in its collection. Of course a highlight for me was the "After the Last Supper" 2005 by Devorah Sperber.  It is formed and suspended upside and when you look through the globe it is turned rightside up and is comprised of 20,736 thread spools.

And I would not be a true lover of fiber if I did not stake out the local quilt shop.  The Rabbits Lair in Rogers, AR was AWESOMMMMMEEEE.  One of their lovely associates is from the good ol boogie down Bronx, New York accent and all.  It is an incredible space, with an incredible array of fabric and options.  The best wool selection I have ever seen.  What was cool is that they had lots of brights and kafe's etc. and lots of others that I had not seen.  I was truly pleased.  I also had the opportunity to introduce two of my ALOC Cohorts to the lovely world of quilting.

So enjoy some of the images and if you are ever in Bentonville, you should be sure to stop at the The Rabbit's Lair and Crystal Bridges Museum.

Side of one of the building in historic Rogers

Inside the Rabbit's Lair

From upstairs classroom

The Museum from above

Sculpture outside on the grounds

Cool pic from one side of the pond with the reflection of the architecture (from where i was) on the glass

Mosa-Mohave 1903 by Edward Sheriff Curtis. Photgravure

Rosie the Riveter, 1943 Norman Rockwell

After the Last Supper, 2005 Devorah Sperber

20,736 thread spools

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a great trip! That "thread painting" is amazing and kinda kitchy all at once! oxo