After a poor night's sleep and feeling like a rumpled rug, I agreed to keep to our plans for the day which were to visit Crystal Bridges, the art museum built by Wal-mart money in Bentonville, Arkansas. The day was brisk but warmed to over 50. However, the skies remained gunmetal gray and pressed close to the earth. Late in the afternoon, it felt three hours later than it was due to the fading light and low clouds.
This American Art Museum is named after a local Crystal Spring and sits on 120 acres. There are walking trails...five linked buildings of period art...and includes a lovely dining area under the copper roof with glass walls. DH and I agreed on the loveliness of design, but I felt the concrete walls could have used some color. He felt that in the greenery of spring the building would show off more style. He was right that today the building walls and sky were the same color.
I do have to apologize for the poor quality of the pictures. I did not realized that I was taking pictures with a great deal of reflection from the glass walls. This is the dining room cafe from the outside and then from the inside.
The lunch was quite lovely. I had the Autumn Harvest salad with blueberries, pecans and a tangy dressing. DH had a open-faced beef sandwich. Ice tea was delicious.
The art inside was wonderfully thought provoking. Some of it will follow later.