Saturday, January 25, 2020

South Carolina State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum is a place perfect for both locals and tourists to visit.
Located in a renovated old mill building makes for a vast museum to display its history, art, natural history, science and technology exhibits.

My favorite aspect of the museum is the connection to South Carolina.
Included are prehistoric creatures that walked the land here.
 Artifacts found.
Gems mined here.
Petrified wood.
Also included are day to day items from the past like this device.
What the heck is that, you may wonder.  That was what a woman would sit under, completely attached to, when having her hair done in the beauty salon. This one had been used at the Brookland Beauty Shop on State Street in West Columbia.
How we listen to music keeps changing.
At the point we are at now with internet radio, homes don't have much more than a tiny speaker these days.
I am thankful for how televisions have evolved.
It must have been a little painful when finger missed the keys on the typewriters from the 1800s.
I would love to have see more photos like this one blown up at the museum. It is such a great way to imagine a moment in time!
One got some exercise back in the day when making a phone call since hand cranking was involved.
There is a fantastic display of transportation options.

There is a great display of what the earth here provides such as shale that is used in various products.
The beautiful woods nature has to offer.
Being an old cotton mill, there is a bit on this industry's history.
A disturbing display of factory photos are here filled with children working.
Here is a train that visitors can sit in.
A hand carved canoe.
U.S. War history buffs would really enjoy the extensive displays from the Revolutionary War and Civil War.
Even the astronomy lover would be happy here with the wide display of telescopes including an 1849 Henry Fitz.
This is just a sampling but there is so much more to see!

General admission is only $8.95. 

For an added fee, there is also a 4-D theater and planetarium experience.

In addition, there is the Boeing Observatory open Tuesday evenings. Take a look at the amazing night sky through a 1926 Alvan Clark 12 3/8 inch refracting telescope.

Hours are:
Monday  10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 8pm
Wednesday thru Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday noon - 5pm

Located at:
301 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC



I hope you enjoyed our visit!


Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, January 18, 2020

A Little Rust

Rust seen out and about.


Some things just become more appealing with age.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, January 11, 2020

En Plain Air

Outside the Van Gogh exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art was another exhibit titled En Plain Air.

Local artists' artwork was displayed showcasing the landscape of South Carolina.

These paintings by Mickey Williams are of Ghost Island off the coast. October Bonfire is on top and Twilight Below. Ghost Island (aka Cemetery Island) used to bury the dead and is now haunted (so they say).


One of my favorite things in the region are the great big, old oaks. This piece titled Majestic Oak by Noelle Breault is a favorite. The oaks take on so many marvelous shapes. In this one I see a confident woman strutting her stuff.

Bruce Nellsmith is one of my favorite local painters after seeing some of his larger pieces of work at City Art Gallery in Columbia. He painted this piece below titled Artist's Wife on her Deck in Edisto.


Glen Miller painted the charmers below titled Ice Cream in Traveler's Rest and From Richardson Street Parking Garage in Greenville. These bring back memories of Jim and I house hunting in South Carolina since we started our search in these upstate towns.

I particularly loved this quote from Miller in regards to painting en plain air "Things move. Light bounces. The heat and wind dry the palette, the shadows shorten and the work evolves, sometimes in unplanned ways. Unlike a camera, the eyes move and are distracted, the mind selects and omits, the hand exaggerates, and the brush records."


Scotty Peak painted Small White House. It does remind me of many landscape scenes I have observed when out for a drive.
Congaree, Twilight, Cypress was painted by Stephen Chesley. This brings back memories of our walks through Congaree National Park.
May Minson painted Afternoon on Da Creek. Its subject is St. Pierre Creek on Edisto Island.
Morning in Winnsboro was painted by Noelle Brault.
These 2 works are by Mary Gilkerson titled Late Summer and Summer Rice Fields

Gilkserson's quote about Edisto Island does entice me to visit as she said "Edisto is the captivating odor of salty air, hot sun on warm cedars and pines, and the fecund rich tang of pluff mud...a land full of water, creeks, and rivers that mark the time by the rise and fall of the tides."

When Googling "pluff mud" I learned this is indigenous to the South Carolina low country. The mixture of dirt and water has an odor that is enjoyed by locals, but not so much by outsiders. Now I am extra curious to discover this scent!

I hope you enjoyed these local works.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Van Gogh and His Inspirations

During a recent visit to the Columbia Museum of Art in SC, we enjoyed the Van Gogh and His Inspirations exhibit.
Self Portrait, 1887
While his works are not among my favorite, I do enjoy his more colorful pieces.
Edge of Wheat Field with Poppies, 1887

Flower Beds in Holland, c. 1883
I am fond of beautiful scenes drawn with pen and ink over graphite like this below.
Marsh with Water Lilies, 1881
Portrait of a Man with Pipe, 1890
That was just a sampling of the 12 Van Gogh works on display. 

Throughout the exhibit were other works tied to Van Gogh as they were inspirations. Here are some of my favorites.

Self Portrait as a Faun, Louis Anquetin, year unknown
Since I do like dark pieces, this was a favorite.
Ophelie (Suicide), Constantin Meunier c. 1860 - 1870

Portrait of a Lady, Ary Scheffer, 1841

The Sunken Path, James Dupre, 1850-1855

Preparing for the Soiree, Adolphe Joseph Thomas Monticelli, c 1870s
Then I felt inspired to go home and paint a mural on our wall.

Just kidding, this is the fun selfie wall with props put together by the museum.

I hope you enjoyed this museum visit!

Thank you for stopping by.  ~Val