Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Snow, Museums, and a Baptism

 This weekend was the Sunday Sampler in Great Falls.  Several museums had free admission and special events to open up to the community.  A group of friends and I visited the art museum and the history museum after we all got back from our respective church services.

 Great Falls definitely isn't Chicago, but the museums held their own and I felt very "grown-up" in a sequin sweater, pencil skirt, heels, and down jacket.  It was even lightly snowing.  Welcome to Montana!

We all met up before leaving for the museums and my friend Nicole gave me this beautiful Willow Tree statue as a present after Baptism.  I feel so blessed to not only have such wonderful friends but to be a part of this military community.  We always look out for each other, we're family.

 Our first stop was the art museum and I was able to capture some images of my favorite pieces.
This is Three-Thousand and Counting which is an installation piece by Great Falls artist, Jean Price.  

 The artist designed a dog tag for each of the fallen military service members in the Iraq conflict.  There were specific Montana-shaped dog tags for those service members specifically from Montana.

 It was definitely a moving and humbling piece.  I was instantly drawn to it because of the vertical lines and when realizing that it symbolized fallen service members, it was a sobering moment.  Many of the dog tags had service members who were 18 or 19-years old.  At 23, I was blessed with the opportunity to live even just a while longer and something I don't take lightly.
 My next favorite exhibit was a tribute to the artist Lee Steen and his totem pole-esque cowboys.

 I thought they were so neat and I can't imagine what it must have been like to drive past these while on a road trip.  They're creepy, yet whimsical and so incredibly tall!  Each one was so unique and their personalities were based on what the artist could feel with the surface of the wood.  Knots were turned into mouths and the width of the log became the size of their foreheads.  It was pretty cool.

 The Exquisite Corpse was a project done by the local high school students.  They were made from lineolum bars and carved out to make prints.  I loved these and thought that they would be so popular if they were made into prints for the home.  I know that I would have bought some.

 Now the final piece I photographed was this telephone stand complete with circuit breakers.  It was an interactive art piece that could be solved by using the provided riddle.

 We probably spent 20-30 minutes here and still couldn't solve it.

We then made our way to the history museum where they had a wonderfully large military display.  With a section dedicated to female service members, we thought it would be a great opportunity to take a picture.  Their uniforms were so cute and actually form-fitting.  Definitely different than the ones we have today.

 I thought these dolls were so neat! They were made by the Freundlich Novelty Corporation in 1943 to help show support for service members during the war.  I've visited several museums and their military sections and have never seen these dolls before.

 I thought this was pretty interesting as well since these dolls were used in the 1940s to teach young mothers how to care for their newborn babies.  I know it may sound silly but I bet some of those earlier principles could well suited still for today.

 Here's a slightly better angle of the dolls.  The ladies and I decided that we needed to bring these back and make ones for our specific career field ;)

 I love WWII history and anything to do with WASP or the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

 There was even a display on the Hutterites, who are a communal branch of Anabaptists.
These were my favorites as they had such detail and beautiful works of embroidery.  Plus I'm a romantic and I thought these were so cute to make for your sweetheart.

I don't really know what Ryan would do with it if I made him one of these.  Wouldn't it be neat to bring back one of these original traditions?  How was your weekend?

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  1. "This gift is small but love is all." I am dying at that!!! These are amazing beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful day with friends! Also, I love your outfit - very classy, fun, and gorgeous!

  3. That museum looks amazing! I am intrigued about the riddle piece and now want to go try my hand at solving it.
    I think that dog tag piece is awe-inspiring. When young men and women lose their lives protecting ours, I think there should be more done across the nation to remember and honor them.

  4. The museum looks great! We will have to get over to the ones there. We bought a membership to Exploration Works here, and I know it allows free membership to other ones around the US.

  5. The museum exhibits look extra cool, especially the dog tag artwork. You are such a cutie-patootie! =)

  6. I love free admission to museums! Lucky girl!! And your outfit is fab, I want that sweater!