We don't get many rainy days here in the Springs. After a few of them in a row, my kids were getting a little stir-crazy. Instead of watching yet another princess movie and enduring the constant requests for "just one more snack?" on this rainy day I took the girls to the Fine Arts Center downtown. We have had a membership since January but I have yet to meander through the galleries. Brynn has spent some time inside, exploring the center as part of an art class at the center's art school, and she was more than happy to be our guide.
The inside of the Fine Arts Center is beautiful. And peaceful. And the girls were entertained and had their creativity turned on. Callie had all kinds of questions about why so many of Fernando Botero's sculptures and paintings featured naked people, and so we made up some fascinating g-rated stories about how the people ended up naked...sitting on a bull, lounging on the ground, and staring into a mirror. Botero's figures are so caricatured that it didn't seem inappropriate for the girls to stare at them, even in their nakedness.
Outside of the Botero exhibit, the girls especially loved the painting of Elsie Palmer, daughter of William Jackson Palmer, founder of Colorado Springs. Callie was intrigued by the fact that there was such a lifelike portrait of a girl who is actually dead. A girl who lived in this city, no less. And hours later when Scott asked Callie about her visit to the center, her response was, "Guess what? We saw a painting of a girl. And she's DEAD!"
Also intriguing for both girls was the collection of glass art by Dale Chihuly. They were content to stand and stare at the colorful glass and wonder how it was made. Some of it, they decided, looked like jellyfish, some of it like bowls you could use to serve dinner, and the huge orange chandelier? They were happy just to stand under it, staring up.