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To complement the nasturtium’s vibrant orange color, these lollipop plants add a touch of sunny glow to our lush Courtyard. 🧡 What’s your favorite plant at the Gardner Museum?
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On April 28, join us for “From Saints to Celebrities,” a conversation exploring relic collecting from the Renaissance to the Gilded Age. Buy tickets: http://bit.ly/2EMBomY
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"The BCA Ball & Disco Under the Dome brings us together to celebrate, support and experience the vibrant arts & culture community that the Boston Center for the Arts supports. The Cyclorama is transformed into a place for your imagination to run where it wants to, and to share in it with a great group of people." —Disco Under the Dome Co-Chair Grant Simpson, Founder, Doors Residential Brokerage & Advisory Sophisticated. Innovative. Kinetic. The BCA Ball is unlike any fundraiser you've attended before. Learn more: http://www.bcaonline.org/bcaball.html
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The Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway extends a special invitation to Celebrate Public Art! during ArtWeek Boston on Saturday, May 5, 2018.
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Friday, May 4 – Sunday, July 22, Opening Reception Saturday, May 19, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – The Spirit Books
Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord’s Spirit Books will be displayed in the Arnold Arboretum’s Hunnewell Building’s Visitor Center May 4 – July 22. These art books reveal Gaylord’s connection between the inherent spirituality and mystery of nature with the long-standing tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief. She gathers twigs, branches, vines, and roots, then uses them to cradle her stitched, wordless books. Incorporating beads and seeds with handmade papers from around the world, she constructs sculptural altars; the supports of natural materials as integral to the art as the beautiful books they cradle. From a distance, these books do evoke sculptures; however, their essential “bookness” becomes apparent upon closer observation. Gaylord encourages “reading” the books as a contemplative experience, one that will take the viewer out of the everyday world. Gaylord is best known for her Spirit Books. Since she created her first one in 1992 and coined the name, the Spirit Books have been exhibited throughout the US, Canada, and in Korea. She has exhibited at the Center for Book Arts in New York City, the University of Indiana Art Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and the Seungnam Book Fair in Seungnam, Korea. Spirit Books are in the book arts collections at Bowdoin College and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton county, and many private collections. They are also well-represented in print.
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Relics in the Renaissance had a morbid twist (ie bits of deceased saints 😱), but the relics of today can come in several forms. We want to know #WhatsYourRelic. Let us know in the comment section what items you hold dear and be sure to visit our Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition to see the reliquaries that inspired the hashtag: http://bit.ly/2sfXnBE
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Thank you to Dance Informa Magazine for the wonderful review of Conference of the Birds! Anikaya Dance Theater will be bringing this stunning production on tour, so please keep an eye on the flock!
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#TBT This photo of the Courtyard dates back to 1900. #NoFilter In keeping with Isabella’s vision, we strive to keep the Courtyard as she intended, which includes using cuttings and seedlings that date back to Isabella herself!
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Did you know members get in for free to ALL Third Thursdays? Now through May 17, get two free guest passes and savings on a year-long membership when you use Promo Code FUN2018! Join now: http://bit.ly/2qjPO8C
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Getting antsy for the weekend? We can’t blame you—our Saturday Open Studio: Objects of Power makes for an amazing day! Drop by this Saturday for an afternoon of art-making. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2EJHUut
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The High Line in Manhattan was born of a city that is constantly reinventing itself. Built on a mile-and-a-half long elevated railroad, this dynamic landscape was inspired by the tenacity of plants in its industrial setting, and it uses a matrix of perennial and woody plants to evoke a natural landscape. Wildly successful and overwhelmingly popular, caring for this garden in the sky poses unique challenges. Andi will describe how her team uses traditional and innovative horticultural techniques, how they work to promote the park’s biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and how they foster an emotional connection to nature in this challenging urban environment.
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There’s an increasing interest among homeowners, property managers, and others in utilizing more native species in their landscaping to attract and sustain beneficial insects and pollinators as well as to provide food and shelter for birds and other animals. Yet, for some people, these reasons alone may be insufficient motivation to “go native.” Perhaps knowing that many native species can be eaten by people will provide the additional incentive you need to add native species to your yard. Join Russ Cohen on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 pm at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, Massachusetts for a 90-minute slide show featuring at least two dozen species of native edible wild plants suitable for your own landscape, or for nibbling as you encounter them in other locales. Russ will supply helpful handouts and bring along samples of goodies made from foraged edible native species for participants to taste. Cosponsored by New England Wild Life Society and the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the lecture is $20 for members of sponsoring organizations, $24 for nonmembers. Register at http://www.newfs.org/learn/our-programs/nibbling-on-natives-in-your-backyard-and-beyond
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It’s a yellow kind of day! 💛 The artist, Dewing, created a striking contrast between the precisely modeled face and arms, and the feathery brushstrokes of the dress. Isabella hung the painting in the Yellow Room, a setting perfectly attuned to the hue of the woman’s dress. Image: Thomas Wilmer Dewing, A Lady in Yellow, 1888, oil on panel.
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Join us April 26 in Calderwood Hall for RISE featuring award winning jazz and world music vocalist and Grammy award nominee, Gretchen Parlato! Score tickets to this inspiring event: http://bit.ly/2GIYxbG
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Experience the awesome beauty of Fra Angelico’s masterpieces. For the first time in over 200 years, all four of Fra Angelico’s reliquaries are reunited. Don’t miss out on this heavenly experience! Learn more: http://bit.ly/2sfXnBE
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April Vacation Week is finally here! 🌷 Join us today from 11 - 4:30 pm for a day full of art making and musical performances. Bring the fam: http://bit.ly/2EH2z2d
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Dr. Robert Bertin, Anthony and Renee Marlon Professor in the Sciences, Biology Department, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, will speak to the New England Botanical Club on Friday May 4 at 6:45 pm on Patterns and Changes in the Flora of Franklin County, Massachusetts. In a departure from the usual venue, the meeting will take place at Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Street, Framingham. For complete information visit http://rhodora.org.
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Mondays, April 23, May 7, May 21, and June 4, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Native Herbaceous Plant Materials: Early Season
Discover numerous native perennials suitable for New England gardens in this four session New England Wild Flower Society course on Mondays, April 23, May 7, May 21, and June 4 from 1 – 3:30 at Garden in the Woods, taught by Leslie Duthie. We’ll look at native herbaceous plants that bloom in spring and early summer, focusing on their characteristics and environmental preferences as well as their uses in landscapes and gardens. Be prepared to walk in the Garden each day. This class is appropriate for landscape professionals and avid home gardeners. It is a companion to Native Herbaceous Plant Materials: Late Season, but can be taken separately. NEWFS members $154, nonmembers $182. Register online at http://www.newfs.org/learn/our-programs/native-herbaceous-plant-materials-early-season
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#TransformationTuesday Our conservation technician, Sarah Towers, painstakingly restores the guilded frame for Joseph London Smith’s painting “Adoration of the Kings.” A project like this can take as long as 100 hours to complete!
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Treat yourself on April 18 to a day full of activities during April School Vacation Week! From an electric violin performance to designing your own origami power gem, there’s loads to experience and create. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2EH2z2d
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Rowan Jacobsen, author and Knight Science Journalism Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak in the Geological Lecture Hall of the Harvard Museum of Natural History on Thursday, May 3 at 6 pm on Apples: A New England History.
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Tuesday, April 24 – Wednesday, April 25, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Spring Blooms in Graphite and Watercolor
Join botanical artist Helen Byers in this two-day workshop at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 and 25 from 10 – 4, to draw and/or paint anemones, daffodils, early tulips, or another spring blossom of your choice. Helen’s demos and personalized instruction will cover step-by-step processes of detailed botanical art techniques using graphite in combination with watercolor. (Returning students may substitute colored pencil for graphite, if they wish.) To see examples of Helen’s work and slideshows from her courses, go to http://helenbyers.com
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Isabella thought the painting on the right (Juana of Austria and a Young Girl) was a Titian, and therefore hung it in the Titian room opposite his Europa painting. Although not by Titian, it was painted at the same time that the Europa painting arrived at the Spanish court. Image: Sofonisba Anguissola, Juana of Austria and a Young Girl, 1561-1562, oil on canvas.
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Friday, April 27, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and Saturday, April 28, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon – Middlesex Conservation District Spring Plant Sale
The Middlesex Conservation District will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale on Friday 4/27 (3-6pm) and Saturday 4/28 (8am-noon) at Kimball Farm, 400 Littleton Rd, Westford, MA. The sale includes tree/shrub seedlings, perennials, fruits, groundcovers and garden supplies. All sale proceeds benefit our environmental programs, protecting soils and waters in Middlesex County. Free admission. Visit http://www.middlesexconservation.org for more information.
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The flavor and fragrance of fresh herbs dress up even the simplest meals. Herb plants are beautiful and useful additions to the home landscape. This Tower Hill Botanic Garden workshop on Sunday, April 22 from 1 – 4 will focus on ten common culinary herbs: basil, dill, parsley, oregano, chives, sage, savory, mint, garlic and rosemary. Skills taught will include growing herbs from seeds, transplants, division and cuttings; overwintering rosemary indoors, and tips for preserving herbs. Participants will take home a seed flat of assorted basil varieties.
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#HeadsUp The Gardner Museum is closed today for Patriot’s Day! Since we are regularly closed on Tuesdays, please plan on visiting us this Wednesday when we re-open. See you soon!
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#FunFact Rembrandt's Self Portrait, Age 23 was the first piece Isabella bought with the intention of developing a real museum collection. Image: Rembrandt Van Rijn, Self Portrait, Age 23, 1629, oil on oak panel.
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Today, on #OneBostonDay, we offer the Gardner Museum as a place for the Boston community to come and reflect on the spirit and resilience of the people of Boston that was exemplified in response to the loss and tragedies of April 15, 2013. #BeBoston
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Annual meeting of representatives from national plant societies to share strategies for growth and communication. This year the meeting on May 16 and 17 is hosted by Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Please join the Coalition of American Horticultural Societies’ Facebook group for more information.
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Tower Hill’s field of over 25,000 daffodils is a must see for anyone eager to bridge the gap from winter to summer. Discover the inspiration these flowers provide by sketching, writing poetry, or taking photos for our contest. Children will love the daffodil parade, sing-along, and story walk. Enjoy fun activities throughout the day and learn about the enormous diversity of daffodil types and the best ways to grow them at home. Daffodil Day takes place this year on Saturday, April 21 from 10 – 4, and is free with admission to the Garden, located at 11 French Drive in Boylston. We hope the cold spring doesn’t delay the bloom, but the day will happen rain or shine. For more information visit http://towerhillbg.org.
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Take us away to the bay! This dreamy watercolor painting by Dodge Macknight is setting the mood for spring. What’s your favorite season? ☀️ Image: Dodge Macknight, The Bay, Belle Île, 1890, watercolor on paper.
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Distinguished young cellist Edgar Moreau and expressive pianist Jessica Osborne team up for a Young Artist Showcase in the Gardner’s Calderwood Hall. This duo won’t be one to miss; buy your tickets now! http://bit.ly/2Ho7WGs
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Happy Birthday, Isabella! 🎉 Dodge Macknight wrote to her: “Here's to the day… on which a most beautiful and brilliant star blazed forth for the first time—I shan't tell you the name, you must guess.Yours as ever, D M” Image: Ander Zorn, Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice, 1894, oil on canvas.
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On Saturday, April 28, from 9:30 – 11 at Hollister House Garden in Washington, Connecticut, learn how to create a landscape for your table that goes far beyond the usual cut flower arrangement. Well know designer and artist Chris Zaima will demonstrate the art of using miniature potted plants and succulents to make unique, sophisticated centerpieces. Following his talk and demonstration Chris will work with participants to create table landscapes to take home. Please bring your own container, suitable for a table centerpiece. All other materials will be provided. HHG Members $75; Non-Members $85. Register online at https://hollisterhousegarden.org/events/creating-landscape-table/
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The New England Dahlia Society’s expert growers return to Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, on Sunday, April 15 from 10 – 4 to sell tubers and answer all of your dahlia questions. Learn how to plant dahlias, watch them grow over the summer, and bring your blooms back to Tower Hill for the annual Dahlia Show, September 29-30. Free with admission to the Garden. For more information visit http://towerhillbg.org.
How does our conservation team maintain Isabella’s extensive art collection? Join us for our Collection Conservation Talk: Illuminating Angels, to learn more about the art and science of conservation. Read on: http://bit.ly/2Hl11Oy
Pack your bags for a cosmic journey to an Interstellar Sanctuary. Eight artists imagine a healing and visionary site for contemplating earth’s challenges—particularly climate change—in this immersive multi-disciplinary experience. Some of these artists explore the profundity and darkness of this theme, while others have a more whimsical touch. Some artists focus on the concept of a journey away from earth, while others emphasize what is left here or what may await us elsewhere. Run of the Mills is Saturday, April 21, from 4–10 in the Mills Gallery. Tickets are only $5! Purchase here: http://www.bcaonline.org/performance/run-of-the-mills.html
We often hear that the Gardner Museum is rejuvenating, but nothing quite says relaxation like an aloe vera plant! You can find this succulent in your favorite cosmetics and lotions, or better yet see the real thing in our on-site Greenhouse. 💚
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street in Cambridge, will host Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe on Monday, April 23 at 7 pm for a talk and book signing. This is the essential gardener’s guide to growing native in New England. Plants native to New England evolved to thrive in local conditions and survive harsh seasons. Native Plants for New England Gardens culls the expertise of the New England Wild Flower Society to help anyone create lovely, hardy gardens that will tolerate drought, resist disease and encourage biodiversity. This handy guide to 100 great native flowers, ground covers, shrubs, ferns, and grasses that will thrive in New England gardens features practical information accompanied by beautiful color photography. Find and nurture the native plants that your garden is missing–the planet will thank you.
This Earth Day, the Northfield Bird Club will welcome and hear from longtime activist, writer and publisher Iris Morales, who spent many months after the devastating hurricanes hit Puerto Rico working to support communities there. “This critical situation is a defining and turning point in Puerto Rican history. Hurricanes Irma and Maria have laid bare the result of centuries of colonial control, austerity, and exploitation. But people in Puerto Rico are organizing themselves, creating communities of support.” Join them for an evening of exchange and discussion, about our eco-history and the situation in Puerto Rico. The event takes place Sunday, April 22 beginning at 5 pm at the Wendell Town Hall, 6 Center Street in Wendell, Massachusetts, followed by a potluck community supper at 7 pm.
#TBT to last week when we opened Conference of the Birds, Anikaya Dance Theater's ambitious work that brought together a flock of international dance masters to perform a collaborative work based on the medieval Sufi poem. All photos (c) Liza Voll. Conference of the Birds is supported by a generous Building Bridges 2016–2017 grant for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA).
#TBT Made in satin and silk, these purple slippers were made by Chapelle, a Parisian maker of fine women's shoes. Isabella later gifted them to her goddaughter, Katharine Foote (the perfect name to be given a pair of shoes!) Object: Maison Chapelle Cordonnier, Pair of Purple Slippers, about 1900, satin, silk, grosgrain silk, and leather (lined with white kid and linen).
Happy Thursday! Treat yourself to a night at the palace during today’s extended hours. We’re open until 9 tonight (and every Thursday!) so you can take in the splendor of the Museum as the sun begins to set. 🌇
This spring, Boston Center for the Arts has set an ambitious goal—to secure 100 donors in 100 days! If just 100 donors give $150 each we will reach our goal of an additional $15,000 for the BCA Annual Fund before June 30. Join us and make your tax-deductible gift to BCA today. All new and increased gifts count towards the challenge! #100donors100days Make your gift today: https://bcaonline.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0n41000002K88WAAS
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Our Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition is a visual reminder of how we choose to cherish and display relics. Do you own anything you’d consider a relic? Let us know down in the comment section and leave a 👼 if you’ve already seen the exhibition!