tourist in my city – memorial art gallery

Today I was a tourist in my own city and it was wonderful! I’ll admit, I often get so caught up in planning for the next adventure that I forget to focus on the here-and-now. Beyond that, I also tend to take my current city, Rochester, NY, for granted. Having been born and raised here, it’s easy for me to feel as though I’ve seen everything so I maintain a very “been there done that” attitude. I’m often the first to complain about Rochester’s weather and lack of things to do but in actuality, there are plenty of things I have yet to do here (I do stand by my weather complaints, however).

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So this week while I was off of work, I decided to get inspired and visit the Memorial Art Gallery for the first time. As a lover of art, I can’t believe that I’ve never visited this museum before. After seeing how great it was, I’m disappointed it took me this long!

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The museum is fairly small but is thoughtful with both the flow and the pieces included.

From October to January the museum has a borrowed Claude Monet exhibit featuring his series of the Waterloo Bridge. Monet is my favorite artist with pieces that I could stare at for hours. After examining each of the seven paintings within the Waterloo exhibit intensively once, I went through a second time. I had such a hard time pulling myself away, that I went back for a third viewing too! It’s hard to put into words why I love his art so much but his pieces are mesmerizing with their genius technique and detail and leave me feeling complete contentment.

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It’s easy to overlook the places you pass every day, but I encourage you to be a tourist in your own city, wherever that may be!

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