Not just folk art. But fine art, the museum quality art of people such as Arthur Dove, Gilbert Stuart, John Singleton Copley, Asher Durand, Thomas Cole, and others. And, it is FREE.
In the Northwest Arkansas city of Bentonville, where the giant chain Wal-Mart got its start, the family of the late Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton opened a world class art museum called Crystal Bridges a couple of years ago. It is sponsored by the Walton family - so, when you shop at Wal-Mart, think of this place as your reward.
It is worth seeing. You can get right up close, and sketch if you want. It is a dream for those who love to study art. I am not any kind of art expert, but I enjoyed the little bit of the exhibit I saw.
We visited briefly this evening, but were just slightly overwhelmed. Yes, a blogger who grew up in New York City, overwhelmed by an art museum.
Can you imagine retiring in this area, and having something like this in your backyard?
This is one of the art works I enjoyed. It is called "Winter Scene in Brooklyn" by Francis Guy. Photography (without flash) is permitted and I hope it is OK to post this. This scene is from the early 1800's and I loved the scene.
There are even two George Washington paintings by Gilbert Stuart, the man who created the portrait that is on the American one dollar bill.
Arkansas - land of surprises. The rural Benton County I remembered from 27years ago has grown up.
Tomorrow is my last day in Arkansas. I will return with a lot of memories.