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Winter Wonderland Scenes in the Galleries

The weather outside is getting frightful! But the galleries at Crystal Bridges are so delightful.

The winter season is approaching fast. While waiting for the snow to fall outside, come inside to the Crystal Bridges galleries! There are several artworks in the permanent collection that conjure images of a winter wonderland – a perfect way to get you in the holiday mood and ready for snow.

Scroll down to find a selection of winter wonderland scenes currently on view in the galleries, and spend some time with them next time you visit Crystal Bridges:

 

Snow on Alden Brook, Neil Welliver

Neil Welliver, Snow on Alden Brook, 1983, oil on canvas.

This massive work can currently be seen in A Walk in the Woods, a free focus exhibition in the Early American Art Gallery. When you look at it from a distance, this painting provides a lovely, peaceful scene of snow falling in the woods. As you get closer, however, each snowflake turns into a deliberately placed dot. Welliver wanted to immerse viewers in a likeness of the natural world that he came to love while living in Maine. Take some time to slow down and appreciate this winter scene the next time you visit the galleries.

 

Winter Scene in Brooklyn, Francis Guy

Winter Scene in Brooklyn, Francis Guy (1760 – 1820), 1820, Oil on canvas.

This is one of my favorite paintings in the gallery. There is so much to look at in this early American neighborhood that can now be found underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Francis Guy himself was a member of this neighborhood and found artistic inspiration by observing the daily activities of his community. For me, this painting looks like one of those villages you find in a snowglobe or under a Christmas tree. See what new things you can find in this painting the next time you visit.

 

A Tight Fix–Bear Hunting, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait

[Left] A Tight Fix–Bear Hunting, Early Winter, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, 1856, oil on canvas. [Right] Photo credit: Brooke Bailey.

This scene of an early pioneer encountering a terrifying black bear might not be described as a winter “wonderland,” but our guests still like to have fun with it, especially our little ones! A Tight Fix is on view in the Early American Art Gallery.

 

Winter in the Country, Jervis McEntee

Winter in the Country, Jervis McEntee (1828 – 1891), 1890, Oil on canvas.

Did anyone grow up in a place where you could go ice skating on a pond like this? I never did, but it’s fun to look at this painting and imagine a time when kids got together and spent the day skating and ice fishing. Artist Jervis McEntee wrote in his journal: “Some people call my landscapes gloomy and disagreeable. . . . They say I paint the sorrowful side of nature. . . . But this is a mistake. . . . Nature is not sad to me but quiet, pensive, restful.”

 

Antarctica, Richard Estes

Antarctica, Richard Estes (born 1932), 2007, Oil on canvas.

This image might look like a photograph, but it’s actually a painting! Contemporary artist Richard Estes paints in a style that mimics the precision and light effects of photography. This style, known as Photorealism or Hyperrealism, often focuses on mundane, commonplace subjects—the type of subjects documented by everyday people with point-and-shoot cameras. While he was known for painting New York City buildings and streetscapes, Estes recently turned to subjects from nature, often based on his travels to remote locations. Come marvel at the beauty of this artwork, found in the Contemporary Art Gallery.

 

Sculptures in the Snow!

It’s not snowing in Northwest Arkansas yet, but when it does, consider taking a walk through one of the nature trails surrounding the museum. All of the outside sculptures such as Deer, Tortoise and Hare, and others, will be covered in snow, making the grounds feel like you’re walking through a winter wonderland.

 

See you at the museum!

 

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