Sometimes you just need to hit NYC! Museums were the name of the game for this trip. Hubs joined me so that meant even though we travelled via plane and then a taxi to the hotel in Manhattan that didn’t hold us back from a 2 transfer subway ride to Coney Island Friday evening! Hee, Hee. My hubby loves to see as much as he can during travels to other cities. Entertainment parks are not my jam especially after a travel day but the vintage vibe of the theme park was cool to see. The beach was huge! It seemed to go on forever! I enjoyed the quieter space of the boardwalk. Nature and less people (crowds) more my thing. Hubs loves crowds and the excitement of events and such. So we work it out. 😉

Saturday, we had our breakfast at our hotel, the Concorde Hotel. Wonderfully, there was a beautiful Mural by Raisa Nosova. I so enjoyed the colours, energy and motion in this work. The days adventure began at The Art Students League of New York a wonderful Art School complete with a well-stocked tiny art supply store in a beautiful heritage building. They had a gallery as well so we checked that out after a recommendation from an enthusiastic local. It reminded my of our treasure the Ottawa School of Art. Next, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). We found stunning art pieces, thought-provoking exhibits and wonderful jewellery in the gift shop. One piece, a funky hot lips ring, from an artist from London, UK, Solange Azagury-Partridge caught my eye. I fell in love with the solid hot pink. It will be a staple accessory for me no doubt. Then off to MoMA The Museum of Modern Art! One of my very favourite museums and my second time visiting. It is always full of amazing art of all kinds which I love to see. Yes, there were pieces from Vincent van Gogh, Monet and Dali (my fav of the 3) with many people around Starry Night. However these are not usualy the pieces that are the highlights for me. Yes, their work is wonderful and important but not my thing. I know, What?! This is the best thing about art it is all subjective. It’s a personal opinion what is great, good or not either or more. My favourite piece this trip was Hide and Seek by Pavel Tchelitchew. It caught my eye because it has so many layers and dimension I had to view it each time we went by as everytime I would see something different. So Cool!!

Break time! We enjoyed a most delicious late lunch at Il Gattopardo (https://www.ilgattopardonyc.com/) absolutely delicious, Italian food done right and well! Once we were fuelled and rested from our lunch break, we headed back to MOMA for last of the exhibits we hadn’t yet seen. It is always nice having a good and comfortable hotel because I needed a rest from the days fun!

Last adventure of the day, in the evening a short subway ride to Canal Street (Whoa, so busy!) to find our way to the Museum Banksy. Hubs found this one, I had forgotten all about a Banksy Museum being in New York. I love Banksy’s work and messages so a highlight for sure. Museum was set up well to get the feel of the environments that which Banksy’s art is found. I love Museum catologues and so one came with me. It is awesome that this one, all proceeds go to SOS Mediterranee.

 Sunday. It was time for the whole reason of this trip! I found out about the amazing English artist and stage designer, Es Delvin through a Netflix series called Abstract, The Art of Design. (A must-watch series as far as I am concerned). And loved her process and work so when I saw an exhibition dedicated to her work I had to go. So off to the Cooper Hewitt we went. Here is the link to the exhibit: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/channel/es-devlin/. I really enjoyed this exhibit, it featured 3d printed displays as her work is very big in scale, temporary (concerts or plays) or located in other parts of the world. I enjoyed hearing about the story behind the projects and designs. I had to get the book and album so I could bring the inspiration back home and to the studio. The other exhibits were also well done and fascinating. The building itself was something to see as it is housed in New York City’s landmark Carnegie Mansion. The stunning orginal woodwork was of course an art form itself. The rest of the day we took in a bit more of the city, Hubs really wanted to go to White Castle as we continued exploring we happened upon a huge food market that closed street for many many blocks. For out last evening in NYC, we enjoyed margaritas with a light supper at Taco Mahal in the Hell’s Kitchen area.

This trip was inspiration Fuel! And I can’t wait to take time in the studio over the next while to process it all and create! This trip was a good reminder for me to make time to go to our local art museum, to travel now and then to inspiration of all kinds in and out of my city. And also to simply take time to fuel inspiration and my spirit.