Where’s the Love? Some things to love at the Dixon this Valentine’s Day from Laura Gray McCann

Sometimes love is where you least expect it. And while this may sound strange, or even trite, given we are a mere 35 hours from Valentine’s Day (thanks for the countdown, HallmarkChannel.com), sometimes love is sweetest when it’s not boxed up with chocolates, tied up in a bouquet, or generally thrown in your face in the form of made for TV movies (sorry, Hallmark Channel.com).   

At any given moment of any given day, there is something beautiful at the Dixon to fall in love with. We sit on 17 acres of lovingly-kept gardens (thanks to our garden staff and volunteers). Our winter blooming plants—hellebores, witch hazel, edgeworthia, camellias (my favorite)—sport the most fragrant flowers that would easily give a dozen roses a run for their money!   

Looking for love in the galleries? Go no further than the Phillips Gallery, where Edgar Degas, Jean-Louis Forain, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s love for the ballet is on display. These artists were particularly captivated by the beauty of the dance movements, or sometimes, even the more humble beauty of the dancers at rest. Of special note is Degas’ Dancers, ca. 1895-1900, on loan from the Diane B. Wilsey Collection, a brilliant look at dancers backstage, gorgeously rendered in velvety pastel.   

And if someone can find love in the American landscape, that someone was Thomas Cole, whose work inspired a generation of American landscape artists. Another someone is Dixon Director Kevin Sharp, who I know for a fact loves Frederic Edwin Church’s Sunset so much, he gave it a gallery to itself and visits it every day.   

 Now, THAT’S love.     

Photo captions:   

japonica "tricolor" camellia from the Dixon Garden

Edgar Degas, Dancers, ca. 1895-1900; Pastel and charcoal on joined paper laid down on board; On loan from the Diane B. Wilsey Collection   

Installation view of Thomas Cole’s Voyage of Life   

View of Frederic Edwin Church, Sunset, 1856; Oil on canvas; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, Proctor Collection, PC.21  

Posted by Chantal Drake at 2:46 PM
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