but her artwork just never caught my fancy.
There are still lots of Grandma Moses paintings in the museum collection, an interactive schoolhouse where kids can touch and play with reproduction items that comprise a schoolhouse circa Moses' childhood, and even an exhibition of Moses-inspired paintings of the bucolic upstate New York and Vermont hills transformed into a post-industrial apocalypse over years of potential hydro-fracking by Linda Finch.
|A case of print type and pamphlets and books printed in Vermont|
|Medicine cases, home pharmacies and an 1862 broadside advertising the the medical talents of Mrs. Richardson, the "celebrated doctress", who had spent many years ministering to the Indians.|
Bibliophiles and history geeks will enjoy the display cases featured many early Vermont imprints on religious, historical and educational subjects, and there were two shelves devoted to hymnals and other music books, including some very interesting shape note singing books.
Other galleries featured artwork of Vermont and by Vermont artists, including this scene of Mount Equinox by Old Saratoga Books favorite, Rockwell Kent.
There is currently a special exhibition of artwork by various Bennington College art professors, including Dan Shapiro, who also merited a small showing of his prints in a new gallery space adjacent to the Museum gift shop.
Another exhibition focused on Alcohol in Vermont, from temperance banners and court documents to photos of gently inebriated Green Mountain State residents, syllabub glassware and one of Ethan Allen's hefty bar tabs.
|Why is the man on the right posing with a shredded umbrella? Apparently this accessory was de rigueur at this well-marinated Labor Day Clambake.|
Dan was lusting over the lines of this antique Martin-Wasp automobile
but I most loved this painting of "Charley Smith and His Barn" by Francis Colburn, circa 1939.
The Bennington Museum also maintains a library of Vermont history and genealogy, so this really is quite a splendid museum.
Hours: Thursday through Tuesday, 10 am to 5 pm.