St. John’s Abbey & University: Art & Travel, Collegeville, MN USA

Continuing our Skip & Cher’s Backyard Travel Dates, we ventured “Farther Afield” this week to St. John’s University in central MN, USA. World famous for its Bible, architecture, pottery, bread and Benedictine philosophy, it was a delightful day trip out of St. Paul/Minneapolis. My blog shares our journey and the wonderful people we met in story and photos.

Cathedral of St. Paul, Art & Travel – St. Paul, MN USA

Unable to travel abroad due to the pandemic restrictions, my husband and I are embarking on a summer of Travel Dates to the world-class-cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, out our back door. This blog shares our visit to the majestic Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota, definitely a must-see for any visitor to this great city!

Minneapolis Institute of Art: Mia (MN) Art & Travel

Museums are slowly re-opening after COVID forced closures. Anxious to get back to some normalcy and explore the world once again, a good first step is to starting in our own backyard. The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MN) re-opens January 28. My Top Picks to not miss on your Mia visit are in my latest blog.

Film Discussion: Tea with Mussolini (Italy)

I love Italy! The opportunity to travel to Italy, absorb its art, architecture, history, culture, and landscape has been a highlight of my life. This movie set in WWII and its star-studded cast, provides something for the lover of art, the lover of history, the traveler, and is a great intro to the intoxicating culture of Italy. Enjoy my discussion of the film on my blog.

Art for The Annunciation: Mary’s Miracle (Campin)

The Annunciation is an integral part of the Christmas Advent season. One of my favorite renditions of this scene is the Merode Altarpiece. It is a treasure of the Met Cloisters, atop a hill hidden in the far north end of New York City’s Manhattan Island. It is a true blend of medieval and modern in our own country.

Time – and the Calendar – in Art & Life (Limbourgh Bros’ Book of Hours)

The “Book of Hours of the Duke of Berry…” by the Limbourgh brothers, Gothic France (1400s) was selected because it represents TIME. This week 26 (01 September 2020) of the COVID-19 pandemic marks 1/2 of a 52 week year. A Book of Hours was a popular type of devotional pray book with text for each liturgical hour of the day, plus calendar, prayers psalms and masses. It also included the astrological signs appropriate for each of the 12 months.