The sun had only just risen when we climbed onto the bus, southbound out of Portland; myself and five other members of the art club, led on our adventure by faculty advisor Jeff Badger. Our destination: the galleries at the Isabella Stuart Gardner and Fine Arts Museums.
The trip itself took no time at all, and by mid-morning we had arrived in Boston were making our way to the first stop on our trip, the Gardner Museum. Founded in 1903 by the woman after which it is now named, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum holds an impressive collection of paintings and statues, as wells as nearly 6000 of Mrs. Gardner’s personal correspondences and her impressive collection of rare books. The building itself is designed to emulate the style of a 15th century Venetian palace, and in accordance with her wishes it remains completely unchanged since 1924, including the art itself, which is displayed now exactly where she placed them almost a century ago (Her will specified that if anything is changed, the art is to be auctioned off and the money given to Harvard). There was quite a lot to see though unfortunately the second floor was closed for renovation, so by early afternoon we had been through every room, and made our way back out for a lunch break.
After lunch we made our way over to the Fine Arts Museum, a colossal building containing over 450,000 works of art. It would take days to see every exhibit, so the group split up to explore the areas that most interested us. The building is divided between Asian, African and Oceanic art; European art; American art; Contemporary art, and art of the Ancient World. It’s worth mentioning that SMCC students may enter the museum any time for free with your ID, a good thing considering how many times you would have to go before seeing the whole of what it has to offer. I would highly encourage all of you to see for yourselves what I can’t describe with words, and also if you are interested, to come visit the art club. We meet Thursdays at 12:30 in the Art Studio. We are looking forward to a year of interesting projects and adventures.”