Every Sunday, the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio has free admission during their hours of 10 am-5 pm. This past weekend, the husband drove me to the state capital where we were surprised to find not an empty museum, but a loud and busy building filled with children and noise. Unbeknownst to us, the Columbus Museum of Art was hosting a Family Day!
Although the experience was far less calming than I anticipated, the artwork was just as awe-inspiring as expected! Notable artists, such as Claude Monet and Diego Rivera hang on the walls of the CMOA. It also houses ancient pottery, an array of sculptures, and an interactive area for children. Multiple lawns lined with statues surround the building, so before guests even enter they are welcomed with the product of great imagination.
The huge rooms were a pleasure to wander through. The CMOA has both permanent exhibits, as well as traveling ones. This time around, one of the exhibits that filled their temporary rooms was an amazing setup of barbed wire. One piece hung from the ceiling and was wrapped in chains, another attached to the corners of the room in a pyramid shape, and a third swung from the walls like a (terribly uncomfortable) hammock.
While the barbwire exhibit was interesting, I would like to share a few of the things that inspired me and held my attention. The photo below shows a sign that is painted across the street from the museum. I’ve been thinking about it everyday while creating; the phrase “Think. Do.” is forcing me to stop overthinking while making art. When I pause while painting and think, “Should I or shouldn’t I?” I’ve said to myself, You thought it, so do it! Because really: what is the worst that could happen? This photo also shows a huge cloth blow-up Buddha, and a particularly stunning Monet.
As silly as it sounds, I was also pretty excited to see my favorite pens being used at the museum. The CMOA was inviting the participants of Family Day to comment on the art with black post-it notes and white pens—Sakura Gelly Roll pens, to be exact! The interactive boards were art in themselves, as a living piece containing the thoughts from budding minds. Not to mention, the white-on-black effect was pretty cool.
So guys, if you live near enough to make a trip to Columbus, Ohio, try to get to the Columbus Museum of Art. You won’t regret it…especially if it’s a Sunday, when it’s FREE!