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Winter Break

March 7, 2014

Bangor High School art teacher, Susan Bryand’s trip to MFA

While not sandy or tropical, I took a fun day trip with my Mom to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The MFA is one of my favorite places in the world ( I will confess that I am not terribly worldly, but it’s a favorite none the less).  My first visit was as a young girl (along with the Ice Capades)  and I credit this visit with igniting my love of art.

My mom and I took the Downeaster from Portland and took advantage of a relaxing ride to look over the map and plan our attack. My secret to enjoying a museum day trip is to enter with no intention of seeing everything.  We stuck mostly to the Art of the Americas wing.  We both really enjoy the decorative arts and I like to check in on the paintings that lit a fire in me when I was little.

We had a bit of a laugh in the contemporary art section when my mother was admiring a metal screen.  When I took a second look and declared that it was a giant cheese grater, we had to check the gallery tag to be sure.  After reading a bit about the artist’s intent, we agreed that Mom “got it”, as she appreciated it as a beautiful object because of the change in scale.  (Although, we didn’t find it “sinister” as the museum suggested we might.)

We spent some time ( and money) in the bookstore before grabbing a taxi back to the station.  I found a few postcards (and temporary tattoos!) featuring work from the collection that was created by some of the artists my students just researched.  I also posed for a few photos, standing next to masterpieces to give my students a sense of scale (and maybe a laugh, too).

When we slumped back into our seats on the train, my mother and I were exhausted, but cheerful.  It’s nice to take a day sharing one of my favorite places with one of my favorite people.

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