You know in Beauty and the Beast when Belle sings “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere?” Well I feel that line on a personal level. I love a great adventure. I often dream of traveling to places all over the world. I dream about cities, mountains, beaches, and more. The older I get the more I want to see. My recent travel dreams have been of visiting the western states. I’ve always had a love for the west. I think part of that comes from my parents loving it for as long as I can remember. As I got older though it captured me on it’s own. The scenery, the stories that those places tell, and so much more. While my love for it has always been there, sometimes I find myself more obsessed with it than other times. As my recent obsession has grown I decided to check out Ken Burns documentary called “The West” which you can find on Netflix. It’s a beautifully done documentary that shows the good and the bad of the west. While watching it I was inspired to go visit the Booth Western Museum in Cartersville, Georgia again as it had been years since I had last visited.
This morning I got up, made my coffee, hopped in the car, turned on some Colter Wall, and hit the road for my adventure. While this wasn’t necessarily one of the adventures I spend my days dreaming of it was still a fun adventure for me. My drive to Cartersville took me through the Red Top Mountain park area so it was filled of curvy roads and beautiful scenery. The only downside was it involved my fear of having to cross a bridge that went over water. For those who don’t know I hate bridges!! It was all worth it though to go to the museum.
As you arrive at the museum you’re met with art before ever stepping in the door. All throughout the courtyard you find beautiful statues that contain so much detail. It’s definitely a great way to get your trip around the museum started. As you enter the museum you find yourself at the welcome desk where you pay, and receive your map to help find your way around. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pieces from around the museum so you can get a little taste of what to expect.
One of the first exhibits I checked out was the War is Hell exhibit that is filled of art portraying scenes from the Civil War. I came across this bronze statue while in the exhibit, and it was probably one of my favorite pieces. It’s called “The Letter” and its by J.N. Muir. I like it for multiple reasons. One of those is something I plan to talk about in another post soon. The other is because it makes you think. As I looked at this statue of this soldier with a somber expression I wondered what the letter he held said. Was he somber because of the death of another family member who was fighting in war? Did something happen at home? Did his wife tell him she was expecting a child and he’s sad he’s not there with her? Was he just missing home? There are so many things that it could represent. I stood staring at it for quite a while just thinking of all that the letter could have said.
While looking at some of the statues downstairs I talked to someone who worked at the museum. He told me that this was his favorite statue, and he said I had to see it from upstairs. I could understand what he was saying once I viewed it from this perspective. It was cool from downstairs, but the upstairs view is even better. There’s so much detail, and it’s beautiful!
I didn’t just look at statues though. There are plenty of gorgeous paintings throughout the museum. I’m amazed at the talent that some people hold. The colors, the details, the scenery and people portrayed. All of those things made up the most beautiful pictures.
I LOVE this picture! It’s Mojave Rain Pool by Sharon Allicotti. It reminds me of my dreams of wanting to travel. I’d love to road trip through the western states, and look out at these types of views
I thought this picture was cool, but it was the description that really drew me to this picture named Western Book Club. The artist Kevin Kehoe said, “We all need to be reminded that the big picture is indeed big, and we are indeed small. Feeling significantly insignificant is the west’s wonderful way of renewing our sense of wow and wonder, while simultaneously resizing life’s trials and tribulations. Reserve a space for awe in your psyche and the west will fill it.” I loved that so much! It was very inspiring. It gave me a whole new appreciation for the picture.
This picture by Nelson Boren titled Wishful Think’n made me laugh! If you can’t tell, he’s reading a book called Cowboy. The description said he was reading about what people think of him and his way of life. I just thought it was a fun picture, and had to share.
Okay this art piece is so freaking cool!!It’s called Prairie Edge Powwow, and its by Patty Eckman and Allen Eckman. It’s made out of paper, clay, and foam casts. I’d never seen anything like it, and I had to share this one!
I spent several hours walking through the museum looking at gorgeous art work. I could have stayed even longer, but I wanted to get back on the road before traffic got heavy. I guess that’s the downside to going on a weekday. The positive though is that I felt like I had the museum to myself as most people were at work or school. The museum just increased my desire to go visit the west. It holds so many pieces that depict the beautiful scenery found there. Also while you’re there be sure to check out the president’s exhibit. It features portraits of every president, a letter written by them, and a few facts about them. Booth Western Museum is also kid friendly as they have an area specifically for kids. I used to love going to that area when I was younger. I had the greatest time, and left with a cool coffee mug to remember my adventure. I highly recommend going to check it out! If you do decide to go or have been before let me know in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed today’s post, and if you want more info on the Booth Western Museum you can check out their website here.