Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) responded to the changes of seasons his whole life. He celebrated the real art of gardening in the creation of his now world famous garden at Giverney, in Normandy. He recorded many impressions of a region full of magic light and the charm that seduced and held him captive for the rest of his natural life. He was beguiled by the entire experience of Normandy from the springtime apple blossoms to the early snow, which is rare. All the colours of Normandy are featured in an impressionist’s palette; misty greens of the wheat fields in the mornings; blush pink and creamy white of the apple blossoms; the softly mottled blues, mauves and lavenders, the shimmering golden haze over an orchard at sunset in the autumn, and the pale iridescent sky providing a tableau that enchants on viewing and lingers forever in the memory. Monet’s Garden is a show at The New York Botanical Garden from May to October 2012.
Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.
Chinese history seems a little obscure to people in the west, however its art and trade wares have attracted a great fascination, particularly since Roman times. Arabian writers speak of fleets of large Chinese junks in the Persian Gulf as early as the ninth century. Her reputation for being inscrutable…