#SpringFinally

Spring has finally arrived in Cleveland. I have gone to wade oval the past two days during lunch and it is beautiful.
Weeping willow
Group of trees pruned flat on top in the french style… what’s that called?
beautiful old cherry trees and blue skies
perfect
magnolia

Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection

After a wonderful meal at L’Albatros, Courtney and I walked over to the Cleveland Museum of Art as we bought tickets to their First Friday of the month party which also coincided with the opening of a new exhibit.

a slate installation in the new Gallery One space.

It was wonderful to head over and see that it was packed at 8:30 PM.  The parking garage was completely full.  The museum was full of all sorts of people – all ages and all mixes.  We quickly walked through the new area called Gallery One that used to be the traveling exhibition space.  It now highlights distinct works of the permanent exhibit and uses technology to explore in more detail.  Also in this area is the really cool huge touch screen where you can touch the different works and it zooms in and gives you more details and if you have an ipad you can sync everything and create a custom itinerary to travel through the museum.  Pretty cool.

creaper shot of someone checking out the huge touchscreen

We then wandered into the new atrium where there were several bars set up, music playing and some weird performance art going on.  Again – lots of different kinds of people – really great.  It’s a huge space.  We had a beer and walked around looking at everyone and then went to the new exhibit: “The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection”.  It was not at all what we were expecting.  It wasn’t a bunch of dusty old stuff but lots of different pieces from old and new looking at the theme.  It is great.  So refreshing for our typically conservative art museum.  I tried to take some photos but quickly was told I wasn’t allowed.  Neat stuff around every corner.  I really liked the last gallery full of Mark Rothko.  We didn’t hang out long but will definitely be coming back to check it out in more detail.

the new atrium where you can fit several hundred easily
weird performance art in a great setting
there was also a new, smaller exhibition space that just opened up on the first floor that was showing some medieval christian stuff.
creapy monks
the only photo I took in the pompeii exhbit.

Wade Oval Wednesday

We went to our second Wade Oval Wednesday this week.  It was an Irish band that was good: better than last week’s Commodore’s tribute band.  It was a perfect night: not too hot, but a great night for a picnic.

claire and sophia
the chef talk going on at the botanical gardens. not sure who the chef was?
love these stepping stones
it took a little bit of talking to get sophie in the tub….but she did 🙂
the beautiful herb garden looking good as always
hmmmmm
we forget Sophie is only 10 sometimes!
beautiful purple basil
sophie getting her snow cone on
study: cleveland museum of art
made it home JUST in time to see the very end of the sunset on a beautiful night