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While I can appreciate our nation’s larger museums, like the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, I’ve never been able to spend more than about three hours at a time looking at artifacts and paintings. I’m exhausted after just a short time; there’s too much to see.
I enjoy the smaller museums for two reasons. One, they usually don’t take an entire day to get through. And two, smaller museums typically feature a single artist, making it feel like you actually know them on a personal level by the time you leave.
The Chihuly Glass Museum in Seattle is one of those places, and it lures me back again and again. It’s like walking through someone’s imagination, being able to experience their ideas and visions through art. It’s fascinating.
I’ve never worked with glass personally, but it has become one of my favorite mediums. Walking around each piece to view it from a different angle shows what seems like a number of different personalities. As the lighting changes, it makes various aspects of each piece more visible, casting shadows and altering shapes as if each piece has multiple personalities.
For me, viewing art is a form of self-care. It has a way of calming my soul, and it’s something I should probably do more often.
What is your favorite museum?