Aberdonian Treasure – Part 1

Aberdonian Treasure – Part 1

Mary Queen of Scots She stopped me dead in my tracks. Mary Queen of Scots, that is. Her stirring monumental painting hung before me at Blairs Museum and my guide, Danielle Jones, dressed comfortably in an off-white V-neck sweater, with her long brown hair tied back,...
Aberdonian Treasure – Part 2

Aberdonian Treasure – Part 2

Exiled and hidden before returning home So having no idea what the collections of Blairs Museum included, I was experiencing a wave of culture shock when I understood all the many layers of significance embedded in this work of art. The canvas, painted by an unknown...
Aberdonian Treasure – Part 3

Aberdonian Treasure – Part 3

The Stuart menWhile a diminutive painting of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) at age 12, presented a cheerful and exuberant youth, the pièce de résistance of this other grouping was the sizable portrait of a man with a powdered wig, wearing a blue...
Hollywood Comes to Waterville

Hollywood Comes to Waterville

Waterville has it all Beauty, history, character, charm, quirk – Waterville has it all. Both the town and the world-class golf course, that is. I am more familiar with the course than I am with town, but on one visit during the month of July, it was my good...
Yeats & Henry, Titans of Irish Art

Yeats & Henry, Titans of Irish Art

The Hunt Museum The Hunt Museum is a jewel. Situated at the confluence of the River Shannon and Abbey River in the former Customs House in Limerick City, it is the repository of John and Gertrude Hunt’s collection of approximately 2,000 works of art and antiquities....
Proper Aim of Art

Proper Aim of Art

Dublin – a city of tradition and many contemporary surprises Dublin is a big city with lots of big city sights and sounds. Tall, decorative street lamps, double-decker bus noise, bicycle stands—the kind where you can rent a bike here and return it elsewhere, a...