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August 19, 2010
From journal A Week in the Berkshires
long beach, New York
March 5, 2006
THIS IS NOT A CHEAP MUSEUM. IT COSTS $12 DOLLARS AN ADULT, HOWEVER CHILDREN ARE FREE.
This was very exciting because I am a cub master in Long Beach, NY and Norman Rockwell was the art director for Boys Life Magizine, the official magizine for the Boy Scouts of America! Seeing his art work so amazing!
The subjects would just jump off the canvass and draw you to the picture, as if you are there at the time of painting! My Favorite works, besides the paintings devoted to Scouting, were the Paintings of the 4 Freedoms. (SEE ATTACHED PHOTOS). The piece, Freedom of Speech is my Favorite. Then the Freedom of Religion— see how the people seem so life like and jump off the Page. Then the Freedom from Want I wish thanksgiving at my home was like this. The Freedom of Fear was the most controversial, it was painted at the time of the Battle of Britain, when English children were not safe in their beds.
The tour guides were great, they were very knowledgeable about each one of Rockwell's paintings, and the subjects involved. Rockwell drew them fom people in the local area. They are known to sometime come into the museum and talk about him, and the painting they sat for. The colored woman who is the cashier, her daughter was the model for the young girl in the civil rights painting of the young girl going to school. The kids would like the downstairs because it is devoted to the work of the local artist that created the series of Dinotopia. There is a half hour film with an activity book that will keep the kids interested and occupied. In the rear of the museum was an exhibition of the art work of National Geographic, which, as a school teacher, I thought was outstanding . Come summertime, I think the museum is going to change the exhibition in the rear.
From journal Our Vacation at the Oak and Spruce Resort
by Bruce and Claudia
Lake Almanor, California
November 9, 2005
From journal Beautiful Area but Bad Resort
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
July 8, 2005
The museum is situated right outside Stockbridge, MA in the Berkshires. The drive from West Dover, VT, turned out to be much longer than expected because it is mostly on local roads. The sixty miles took almost two hours. It is a scenic ride and it would make a nice day trip.
The museum consists of two floors. The main floor has the galleries and the basement has a small seating area where a film of his life runs and an adjacent room has revolving exhibits. Currently, they had an exhibit of Rockwell's Saturday Evening Post covers, every single one, I think. There is also a gift shop and an outside cafe. The grounds are very attractively maintained. In a separate building they have his actually studio which was moved onto the site. The main galleries are broken up into different areas. There is an oval room which holds the Four Freedoms, a little sun lit alcove houses his Triple Self-Portrait. There is a boxing painting which is almost three dimensional in its lighting. Any fan of Rockwell will be happy with the amount of original work on display. At the time we visited there was also an exhibit of New Yorker magazine illustrations. Unfortunately, we were pressed for time, but I enjoyed what I saw.
Unfortunately, due to the length of the drive and the fact that we had to get back and pick up our kids from camp, we only stayed there a short while. The beauty of the museum and grounds, Stockbridge and the Berkshires make this a must return to destination. Very highly recommended!
East Hampton, Connecticut
June 30, 2005
From journal Week in the Berkshires
May 11, 2004
From journal Summer in the Berkshires
August 5, 2003
Downstairs there was a vast unaltered collection of "Saturday Evening Post" covers, all dated (of course) showing a progression of the man and his art.
Not being a #1 fan, I have to admit I was impressed with the art, its placement and the entire presentation. Rockwell's legacy presents a good man with decent values, a great perception of humankind, and a love of dogs. Yes, I was awed.
The gift shop was filled with high-priced goodies of all kinds. Irene was aghast but I did pick up a couple items for gift giving. We didn't make it to the studio, but the other facilities were very nice indeed and I'd recommend the trip to anyone.
From journal The "Ex-wives" hit Hancock