I had the opportunity to visit the Hyde Collection. This is the 2nd time I have been to this museum, you can read more about this on a previous post. The Hyde Collection is a museum located at located at 161 Warren Street in Glens Falls, New York. Originally, the museum was located in the Hyde Mansion, but in 1989 an addition was added which expanded the museum with four galleries, an auditorium, art storage, classrooms and a museum shop.
From December 1 to December 31 of this year, there is a pay as you wish promotion. Instead of paying the normal admission fee, you can simply give what you believe is appropriate to view the wonderful collection on hand.
I found out about the "pay as you wish" promotion from Caitlin Stedman, who works at the Hyde Collection. Readers of my blog will remember her as the director of two short movies I appeared in and also the director of the previous Saratoga Springs Film Festival.
The artwork (paintings, statues, pottery, books etc.) is very impressive, and you would be hard pressed to find such a collection in New York State, outside of the famous museums in New York City.
The history of how this museum was established is very interesting and I would suggest you go to their website, and read more about it, and also view the video about this wonderful museum.
From this past October 8th to December 31, one of the galleries is dedicated to “A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America”. During the majority of the history of the United States (until the late 19th century, and early 20 century), homes were decorated by local artists. The majority of these artists may have never gotten any true recognition at the time for their art (some did), however, this collection is dedicated to them and to display the wonderful talent that these artists possessed. This exhibition is drawn from the Barbara L. Gordon Collection and is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.
This collection was wonderful to view. One particular painting I was looking forward in viewing was by Edward Hicks. Edward Hicks was a minister in the Society of Friends (Quakers). His painting and writings reflect his religious conviction.
On display at the Hyde Collection as part of the “A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America” exhibition was a version of his most famous painting “The Peaceable Kingdom”. Edward Hicks painting over 60 versions of this painting.
This image of this particular version of “The Peaceable Kingdom comes from Wikipedia.
No matter where you are in the state of New York, a trip to the Hyde Collection is worth the drive.
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