Sunday, June 6, 2010

North Carolina Museum of Art

Hubby and I decided to take an trip to the newly renovated state art museum here in Raleigh. NCMA. It was fairly crowded, which we expected. I was so pleased that after all of the expansive construction that it under went, it remains free to the public, like most of the all the other Raleigh museums. They maintained and added to the sculpture garden/ park and the amphitheater that remember as a kid.
 My husband really wanted to go for our anniversary which is next week, however, we are working super opposite schedules. Today was prime because it is scorching hot here. The new gallery is stunning and inviting with a lovely restaurant.

 White roman shades plus white shears cover large walls of floor to ceiling tinted windows. There are lovely gardens  filled with water features and Japanese rock gardens behind all of the windows.

White domed skylights bathe the entire space. It was simply calming and peaceful even though there were many people.  They have permanent exhibitions that I also remembered, I was pleased to see Rodin castings.

The only draw back was the gift shop, the art items for sale were modern and not made by NC artist. We will be returning soon.

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