KI Gar­den Club spon­sors trip to Ev­er­green Mu­seum, BMA Sculp­ture Gar­den

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Arts & Entertainment -

STEVENSVILLE — The Kent Is­land Gar­den Club is spon­sor­ing a bus trip to the mag­nif­i­cent Ev­er­green Mu­seum and Li­brary and the Bal­ti­more Mu­seum of Art Sculp­ture Gar­den on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 26.

The Ev­er­green House and Li­brary will be the first stop at 10:30 a.m. for a guided tour of care­fully pre­served and re­stored home which was pur­chased by John Work Gar­rett, pres­i­dent of the B and O Rail­road, for his son, T. Har­ri­son Gar­rett, in 1878. Ev­er­green is one of the finest ex­am­ples of the Vic­to­rian gilded age man­sions with 48 rooms, a li­brary of more than 20,000 im­por­tant books and manuscripts, a pro­fes­sion­ally de­signed and dec­o­rated theater, and a Tiffany-de­signed glass canopy, all set on 28 acres of land­scaped lawns and gar­dens.

The walls are dec­o­rated by a col­lec­tion of art which in­cludes draw­ings and paint­ings by Modigliani, De­gas, Vuil­lard and Pi­casso. The fam­ily also amassed the world’s largest col­lec­tion of Tiffany glass and many valu­able pieces of Chi­nese porce­lain and jade. The Li­brary has many im­por­tant books and doc­u­ments in­clud­ing orig­i­nal works by Shake­speare and Audubon. The li­brary also con­tains the sig­na­tures of every signer of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence. As a point of in­ter­est, one of the bath­rooms is dec­o­rated with 24-karat gold fix­tures. The home was deeded to Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity by John Work Gar­rett’s grand­son and con­tin­ues to be man­aged by the univer­sity.

The sec­ond guided tour will be the Sculp­ture Gar­den at the Bal­ti­more Mu­seum of Art. The gar­den fea­tures sculp­tures by Alexan­der Calder, Au­guste Rodin and Isamu Noguchi as well as many other renowned sculp­tors. The plant­ings are de­signed to en­hance the place­ment of the sculp­tures.

The gar­dens are par­tially vis­i­ble from Gertrude’s, the on-site restaurant at the BMA. Gertrude’s was founded by na­tion­ally ac­claimed au­thor and chef John Shields and John Gil­li­gan in 1998. The menu pre­sented was in the van­guard of the farm to ta­ble move­ment with a menu of lo­cally grown and pro­cured food us­ing recipes of the Ch­e­sa­peake area. It is a multi-year win­ner of the Bal­ti­more mag­a­zine’s win­ner of Bal­ti­more’s best restaurant. Gertrude’s will be open for those who de­sire to pur­chase lunch.

The mu­seum and the mu­seum gift shop will also be open. The Bal­ti­more Mu­seum of Art was opened in 1914 and has an out­stand­ing col­lec­tion of Matisse paint­ings, mod­ern, Euro­pean mas­ter­pieces, 19th cen­tury prints, draw­ings and pho­to­graphs as well a large col­lec­tion of African art­works.

The cost of the trip is $45, which in­cludes the bus and ad­mis­sion to the Ev­er­green Mu­seum. Checks should be made out to Kent Is­land Gar­den Club and mailed to Kent Is­land Gar­den Club, P.O. Box 644, Stevensville MD 21666.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Lois Rys at lois­rys@ at­lanticbb.net or 410-6435820 or Bon­nie Cover at bscover@at­lanticbb.net or 410-827-3902.

PHOTO BY HOWARD KORN

Par­tic­i­pants in the Kent Is­land Gar­den Club’s bus trip will visit the Bal­ti­more Mu­seum of Art’s Sculp­ture Gar­den.

Rosie the Riv­eter is one of the most fa­mous posters from World War II for re­cruit­ing and boost­ing morale and is among the many posters on dis­play at the Queen Anne’s Mu­seum of East­ern Shore Life in its WWII ex­hibit hon­or­ing those peo­ple from Queen Anne’s County who served in the mil­i­tary dur­ing the war.

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