Art and About
Sip and stroll through the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens starting Thursday
Combining a little vino and a promenade through beautifully manicured, colorful gardens while learning about Houston's heritage and art is worthy of an "Art and About" adventure. A yearly tradition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's American decorative arts wing, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens will welcome guests to their first "Sip and Stroll" of 2011 on March 3.
After enjoying a glass of wine on the stunning Diana Terrace, a self-guided tour of newly decorated period rooms inside the former home of "The First Lady of Texas" reveals exquisite craftsmanship. An Asian-style armoire with minute relief detailing; a lady's writing desk, exemplifying the rising importance of women; and stunning wallpaper, border and frieze, manufactured and applied with original techniques are a few of the discoveries waiting.
Gifted to MFAH by philanthropist Ima Hogg, Bayou Bend gives insight into the design aesthetics of yesteryear, though the origins of today's fashionable trends can be also be recognized in examining the collection.
There is no better time of year to visit. Using plants that were part of Ms. Hogg's original design, the wooded trails are permeated with blooming azaleas and stunning camellias, among other native plants. A robust white sycamore tree stands on one side while trickling waterways and fountains remind guests to disengage and zen out.
A romantic first date, perhaps?
Joel Luks goes "Art and About," giving CultureMappers a sneak peek at the "Sip and Strolls" at Bayou Bend:
Bayou Bend's "Sip and Strolls" welcomes visitors Thursdays, March 3 - 24 from 5 to 8 p.m., with last admission at 7 p.m. A $10 ticket includes wine and light refreshments.