Baltimore Bound

By: Kathy Kelsey Foley, director on October 3rd, 2018

Woodson Art Museum members are on the road again – this time, bound for Baltimore and beyond.

It was wheels-up at 6:30 this morning. With Central Wisconsin Airport and an early-morning thunderstorm in the rearview mirror, then a quick plane change in Detroit, we hit the ground running with an 11:30 arrival at Baltimore Washington International Airport.

Following lunch at trendy Hotel Revival’s Square Meal, it was on to the Walters Art Museum, the first of six museums the group will visit during our six-day adventure.

The Walters Art Museum boasts a collection spanning more than 7,000 years of world history. Henry Walters, a noted art collector and philanthropist, bequeathed the collection he and his father, William T. Walters, had built, along with a magnificent Charles Street building, to the mayor and city council of Baltimore. Opened to the public in 1934, the Walters became free in 2006 – a commitment to welcoming all, which is a philosophy shared by the Woodson Art Museum since our founding in the early 1970s.

Traveling with Woodson Art Museum members is something I enjoy and look forward to. Without exception, these travelers are inquisitive, good-natured, and fun to be with. In addition to sharing a love of art in all forms, we also enjoy superb local cuisine, which is a highlight of our trips.

Another highlight is visiting artists’ studios and private collectors’ homes. These treats await Baltimore travelers during the coming days.

Tomorrow morning we’ll check out Bonnie Gale’s Living Willow Tunnel, constructed in 2011, in Pierce Park, near Baltimore’s inner harbor. Bonnie completed Living Willow Dreams in the Woodson Art Museum’s sculpture garden earlier this summer.

Visits to the Baltimore Museum of Art, Kreeger Museum, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Evergreen Museum & Library, American Visionary Art Museum, and Washington County Museum of Fine Arts round out the itinerary. Other stops include two churches celebrated for their Tiffany interiors as well as an evening at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall where the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform Sibelius Symphonies.

While our itinerary might sound exhausting, it’s truly exhilarating. When you travel with the Woodson Art Museum, we handle all the details in tandem with our logistics partner, Academic Travel Abroad. Participants don’t worry about the details; they just enjoy the benefits of an all-inclusive experience.

If this sounds like an ideal way to travel, add your name to the Woodson Art Museum’s preferred traveler list by emailing info@lywam.org or calling 715-845-7010. You’ll be among the first to know what’s next on our travel docket.

PS. If a three-day Minneapolis get-away sounds like fun, consider joining Woodson curator Andy McGivern for museum visits and an evening at the Guthrie Theater, November 14-16. Call the Museum at 715-845-7010 for details.

 


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