Artful Winter

An ice rink moves into MFAH: Storied arts museum now offers skating — really

An ice rink moves into MFAH: Storied arts museum now offers skating

MFAH Monet and the Seine Impressions of a River October 2014 Claude Monet - The Ice Floes
Claude Monet's The Ice Floes (Les Glaçons) inspired "Monet on Ice" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Photo courtesy of Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt.

While Claude Monet's The Ice Floes isn't one of my personal favorite paintings — the greenish hues giving the Impressionist image a somewhat eerie, extraterrestrial air — I have to admit that the frozen landscape has inspired one of the coolest things at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston since the Ice Age.

How's your camel spin?

From Saturday through Monday (check MFAH for times), upon entering MFAH's Caroline Wiess Law Building visitors will find that Cullinan Hall has been transformed into a wintry scene complete with a 20-by-25-foot ice rink for what the museum is calling "Monet on Ice."

The rink isn't really ice, though. It's a synthetic material that reacts to blades in the same way as ice does. 

The three-day event reminds art lovers that the exhibition Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River glides right out of Houston in just a couple of weeks. The 50 stunning paintings that includes Mornings on the Seine series will sunset on Feb. 1 — here and gone like Tonya Harding's career.

Guests can get access to the skating arena with free skate rental with a ticket to Monet and the Seine ($23 for adults, $18 for youth, seniors and military with ID, and free for MFAH members and children ages 12 and younger).

Given the size of the rink, only 25 guests can skate at one time.

So play nice and don't have a meltdown.