Friday, May 31, 2019

THE FRALIN MUSEUM OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

Last Saturday we decided to visit the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  We were in Charlottesville for a wedding and we had a few hours on our own before we joined our family.  The information on the sculpture reads "Oriform - stainless steel - modeled 1962, fabricated 1977 - Jean Arp, 1886 to 1996 - Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington to the American People in gratitude - Leon Chalette, Arthur Lejwa and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, 1978.22.1.
There were other works of art on the grounds.  Above you can see The Fralin Bull (I have tried to find out who created it with no success), and pieces of old columns...
Also no information on these.
There were two planters on each side of the entrance...
and these very pretty Oak-leaf Hydrangeas on the street before you walk up the steps to the building.
According to the website, the Oakleaf Hydrangea is one of the few hydrangeas native to the United States (H. arborescens being the only other native they are aware of). 
The Oakleaf gets its name from the shape of its leaves, which turn into beautiful autumn colors later on in the year, red, orange, yellow and burgundy.  More information at the links I have provided.
I will share exhibits inside the museum on Monday.  

Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for stopping by.



28 comments:

  1. I love your pictures! I have always wanted to go there, but cannot make it up the steps. I need to find out if they have handicapped access!

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    1. Thank you Ginny, I have to be careful going up and down stairs. I'm sorry, if I had thought I would have found out for you.

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  2. I've never been there. Looking forward to your next post.

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  3. It looks wonderful - huge thanks for sharing some of the magic.

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  4. Hydrangea is one of my favourite flowers but I didn't realise there were so many varieties.

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    1. Hydrangeas are beautiful Valerie. You are not alone in thinking that, I didn't realize it either until not so long ago.

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  5. Beautiful shots from the museum grounds and I hope you have a great weekend.

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  6. Hello, it is a beautiful place. I love the blooms and the lovely building. Wishing you a happy day and weekend!

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  7. I don't think I have ever heard of or seen the Oakleaf. it is beautiful. I like the column art a lot. I think the planter might be depressing.. I like happy plants in happy planters..

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    1. Yes Sandra, the face carving on the planter looked very grumpy.

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  8. Hi Denise,
    Another interesting place to visit, the Oakleaf Hydrangea is a new one for me, such an impressive shrub.
    The planters are also very special, I like Mr Grumpy.
    All the best and thank you.
    John

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    1. Hi John, next time I see Mr. Grumpy I will pass on your message ;) Those leaves on this hydrangea look very like an oak tree leaf. I have only started taking note of leaves on various trees, plants and flowers, when trying to identify them. All the best to you too.

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  9. Beautiful photos of the lovely grounds!

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  10. The museum is a very elegant building. I have never seen the oak leaf hydrangea before, the photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend, Valerie

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    1. Hi Valerie-Jael, I had noticed these before but didn't pay much attention to the leaves, just the blooms. Thank you and enjoy your week.

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  11. Lovely post. Hope you are well, have a good weekend Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane, glad you enjoyed. Enjoy your week.

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  12. The type of random type things in museums that I love. Have a great weekend!!

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