Monday, May 19, 2008

The Stark Museum of Art Brings History to Life

I don't know about you, but I am a lover of History. I grew up in a family who was very interested in history of all types. My grandfather in fact, was an archaeologist among many other things in his long life. He passed down his love for the American Indian culture and artifacts to his children and grandchildren. Along with my Grandfather, my Grandmother was an exceptional author and artist. She loved to paint American Indian settings. I always thought my grandparents home to that of a Museum.

Located in Orange, Texas, is an incredible museum known as the The Stark Museum of Art. They have a unique, authentic quality in how they present and display these amazing collections. The Western collection, which starts back in the early 19th century, depicts many artists view of the United States at the time, such as paintings of early American Indians in their natural settings, along with portraits of American Indians. Artists such as George Catlin, Alfred Jacob Miller, John Mix Stanley and Paul Kane embraced their journey and lent their perspective to beautiful artistry recording what a camera could not during their lifetime. The Western Collection delves into decades later and captures the true identity the Cowboy.

One collection that interest me the most is the American Indian Art. How fascinating it is to view artifacts, clothing, and artwork of the the American Indians! A small part of history restored, for our children and their children so they to will remember how our country came to be.

If Decorative Arts claim your attention, then the Stark Museum of Art is where you need to visit. The exhibits include items from the Steuben Glass collection, such 76 engraved plates. Also highlights artist Dorothy Doughty's series of porcelain birds, and so much more.

For the Rare Books and Manuscript lovers, there are works by naturalist John James Audubon, like the famous "The Birds of America".

Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark established The Stark Foundation as a non-profit corporation in 1961. Their vision was to educate through the arts, health, and human services. Through this vision, the Stark Museum of Art was born. Sitting today in the great place of Orange, Texas, teaching, educating, and offering the public a place to absorb the history of our great country.

Please take a look at the Stark Museum of Art website. You will find it educational, informative, and any lover of the Arts will add this to their list of "Must See" places.

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A little about me...

It is that time again!!!! I am thinking of attempting to lose weight for the 100 millionth time. haha. This time I know it will work :)

In November of 2007, I gave birth to my second child, a C-Section. Not only did that put me back physically, but I also developed high blood pressure. I am only 29. Talk about discouraging.

I started gaining weight in highschool. Seems to have followed me everywhere. My ultimate goal is to lose 120 lbs but I'll settle for 10 right now. haha.

There is absolutely no reason why I cannot succeed in this weight loss endeavor. I have exercise equipment. I guess that means I have to use it. Also, I am going to attempt the Carbohydrates Addict Diet. I have had some success with this in the past.

So I am thinking, with putting my progress out for the world to see.. it will force me to make the right choices. Let's hope!! Feel free to comment on anything or tell your story. It's always encouraging to hear about others successes. Join me on this weight loss journey...

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