By: Lisa Hoffman, curator of education on August 31st, 2016

Paris. Louvre. Mona Lisa. Montmartre.

All words describing their beauty and majesty have been lauded upon them and exhausted a million visitors ago.

I had the privilege of returning to Paris and traveling with my 17-year-old daughter on her inaugural trip – a truly fabulous experience. She was likewise at a loss for words.


Radiance and resplendence aside . . . a top visitor comment at the Louvre is, “She looks smaller than I imagined”; she being La Joconde (Mona Lisa). Since I last visited with her, she’s become even more diminutive. A barricade extending at least three meters and bulletproof glass separated us. The best modern visitors can say is they’ve shared a gallery with La Joconde.

Climb 300 steps – at what seems to be a seventy-degree incline – up the Butte Montmartre and you will be treated to a view of Paris from the tallest natural location. Gracing the summit is the austere and blessed Sacré-Cœur. Stroll along the cobblestone streets and watch artists in action and purchase postcard-size original art.3blog-8-31-2016

To satiate the desire to “be” with world class art, stand close enough to view brushwork, encircle a sculpture, and study cross hatching, visit the Woodson Art Museum’s flagship exhibition, Birds in Art, on view September 10 through November 27.

Visit during the opening day, Saturday, September 10, from 9 am – Noon, and watch (barrier-free) internationally renowned artists in action.

While Paris renders one speechless, I guarantee at least one speechless moment – likely many more – when visiting the Woodson Art Museum.

PS: Become a Woodson Art Museum member at the Patron or above level and you will have an opportunity to purchase a postcard-size original artwork during the Birds in Art reception.

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