March 16, 2015 5:16 PM
“Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall in love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.” – Maya Angelou
Maya’s sentiment is a beautiful reminder of two things – We are all full of infinite potential and the opportunity to fall in love with a piece of art is a gift.
What an inspiring message for the young artists and art admirers in our lives. March is Youth Art Month – the perfect time of year to share the gift of art and appreciate the emotions and inspiration it stirs.
I’d argue that that the gift of art is no more fantastically wrapped and delivered than in a museum – so we are so fortunate to have access to a myriad of art museums throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia that feature the talents of our local treasures and beyond.
Choose the month of March to explore the beauty of art in your corner of our community – perhaps at one of the museums below.
Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennsylvania State University – University Park, PA
Opened in 1972 and features 11 galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden. Includes 6,000 pieces in its permanent collection including works by Albrecht Durer, Gilbert Stuart, and Alexander Calder. Through May 10th, work by Francisco Goya will be featured. OPEN Tue – Sat 10AM – 4:30PM, Sun Noon – 4PM Free Admission
The Demuth Museum – Lancaster, PA
Celebrates the work of American modernist Charles Demuth – a master watercolorist and pioneer of Precisionist style - in his original home on King Street in Lancaster. OPEN Tue – Sat 10 AM – 4PM, Sun 1PM – 4PM
Allentown Art Museum – Allentown, PA
Founded in 1934 and featuring American painting and sculpture from the mid 18th century to the present as its primary focus. Includes the works of Robert Henri, George Bellows and George Cope. OPEN Wed– Sat 11AM – 4PM, Thu 11AM – 8PM, Sun Noon – 4PM
Brandywine River Musuem – Chadds Ford, PA
Highlighting a collection of American Art by the Wyeth family of artists- N.C., Andrew and Jamie – in a 19th Century mill overlooking the Brandywine River bank. OPEN Everyday 9:30AM – 4:30PM
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center – Millville, NJ
See skilled artists at work and explore The Museum of American Glass, including 6,500 objects on display – from Early American art to today’s contemporary glass artists. OPEN April – December, Tue – Sun 10AM – 5PM
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD
More than 2,000 objects on display in the museum’s permanent collection – including the works of Battista Zelotti, Gustave Courbet and Auguste Rodin. OPEN Tue- Fri 9AM-5PM, Sat 9AM-4PM, Sun 1PM-5PM Free Admission
Baltimore Museum of Art
Featuring the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse and celebrating its 100th anniversary. View collections of 19th Century, modern and contemporary art. OPEN Wed- Fri 10AM-5PM, Sat – Sun 11AM-6PM
This is only the beginning of a list of local museums. Share your favorite spot to soak up creativity and inspiration.