Make plans to attend a gardening workshop with Mark Cain of Dripping Springs Garden at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on March 3. Cain will discuss organic gardening, landscaping, and cut-flower gardening in the Bellows and Cassatt rooms in the lower level of the museum from 10-11:30 a.m. The program is part of the museum’s ongoing Discover the Grounds series, which is free—just be sure to register online. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, (479) 657-2335, crystalbridges.org
Ready to add color, personalization and sophistication to your home? Authentic pieces of art, whether it’s a sculpture, a painting or a collection of glassware, can add interest, color and appeal like nothing else imaginable. Our Jan/Feb issue features the home of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Executive Director Don Bacigalupi and his partner Dan Feder, who have amassed an amazing collection of art (including the Murano glassware shown below) Read on for tips from Don to bring art into your home. Look at as much art as you can. Seeing everything is the key to learning how to differentiate among the good, better and best. Visit museums, galleries and exhibitions whenever you have the chance and look closely. Live with what you love. Great works of art don’t need to match a color scheme of a room; they transcend the space they occupy. Consider the light. Keep works on paper and other fragile materials out of natural light. For paintings (on canvas or board) and sculpture, ambient light may be sufficient, but you’ll likely want to consider some directed light. Don’t be afraid of larger works even in smaller spaces. They can activate a room like nothing else. Learn from the beautiful objects you live with every day. Works of art reveal themselves to us over time. As you live with art, it will continue to unfold its secrets. Want to see more of Dan and Don’s home? Read the full story here.