Hello, Fellow Fellows!
This week I dared to take a personal day in the middle of the week on a Wednesday. I made sure my sub plans were all in order when I left school on Tuesday and didn't look back! It was so wonderful to wake up when I wanted and I went to the gym in the morning when I had plenty of energy instead of at the end of the day when I was worn out. I had a leisurely breakfast while reading my book and headed to Columbus just before lunch. Why was I heading to Columbus? For a change it was not for OAEA as much as I love our organization! I went to see the Van Gogh Immersion exhibit at Polaris. I bought my $50 tickets way back in March because I heard that it was selling out fast and I didn't want to miss it like I did the Kusama exhibit.
Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists because of how he used color and quick brush strokes. I was really excited but did not know much about the show except that images were projected on the walls and floors so you felt like you were in one of his paintings. This was so true! The whole exhibit was one big room where you could stand or sit in these projected circles while you watched what was like an art movie on a continuous loop. The whole thing lasted about 30 minutes but you could stay as long as you wanted and watch it as many times as you wanted. I love how some of the images were made up of layers that had moving parts and one image would burn or bleed away to reveal another below it. It really had some amazing visual effects and nice music and sounds.
I am really glad I went but I can say that it was not worth the $50 ticket. It was just a movie and I did not leave having learned any more about Van Gogh. It was great for an escape and to temporarily forget about the outside world.
The gift shop was large and had a nice variety of items to buy with his work on it at a hefty price. That did not surprise me and I was willing to pay too much for a souvenir. However, I felt like there were only about six different images to choose from when he painted about 2000 paintings in his 10 year career as an artist. It was so limiting.
Should you go see it? Yes. You will enjoy it and it is like eye candy. Is it worth the $50? No, but if you don't go you will always wonder what you missed!
From your fellow Fellow,
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Donna Collins, Distinguished Fellow, 2013, Web Liaison