My husband drove down to Bentonville, AR to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum and meet up with his parents. The museum focuses on American art and was founded by ALice Walton, daughter of Sam Walton, founder of the Wal-Mart empire. The museum is actually pretty amazing. It sits on 120 acres with lots of nature trails as well as the museum which is housed in a building designed by Moshe Safdie. Not at all what you’d expect to find in Arkansas, is it?
So, how does this relate to the blog? Because I acquired a unique pencil for my Pencil Tourism collection. Its a paintbrush mounted onto a round pencil. So I can sharpen the other end and have a paint brush and a pencil. Pretty cool, huh?
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Wasn’t it cool?
I picked up the same from the Indianapolis Museum of Art in August. I thought they were just brushes but a little girl in our group discovered that they were pencils as well!
This is timely for me now that I am taking lessons in Mandarin and writing the characters is actually easier with a brush than a pen, at least for a non-speaker like me.
Yes! The museum is well worth the drive!
I love that museum! It’s about halfway between here and my dad’s house and we met up there last year during their Norman Rockwell exhibit. The walking trails around the museum are very nice too and I was really impressed by the quality of the museum.