We are especially grateful that Santa brought our family a membership to the Philbrook art museum, so now we won't have to look at the calendar to determine if it's free day when we want to go.
For my non-Tulsan readers, Philbrook is a pretty rad museum that's quite close to our little Yorktown hobbit hole, with gardens possessing magical properties of teleportation right into Lewis Carroll's merry luncheon with Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, the Cheshire cat and the Dalai Lama. Matter of fact, it would be a magical spot for the Arthur's Adventures in Wonderland party we are planning for his birthday.
Arthur loves the place. And J and I love it too; most of my friends probably don't know that I have a degree in Humanities as well as language arts...and the boy's Grammy and Papi are artists...and we love free places to hang out as a family...oh, and our walls are literally overrun with art...anyway. it's a sweet, rocking gift. Remember this, people: memberships and gift certs. Eco-friendly, family friendly.
Here are some pics from a summer visit to Philbrook with the Abot and big J. The museum is housed in what was once the Phillips' (of Phillips Petroleum: read: big-time Tulsa oil tycoon/philanthropist family) mansion. As a little girl, I used to fantasize about living there; we would walk through from room to room and I imagined myself playing piano in one of the sitting rooms, surrounded by frescos and lush vistas and 17th century French tchotchkes, one of which I recently learned bears a depiction of one of my great-grandsisters.
17th century French tchotchkes
Yorktown Owens are unanimously nuts about this Tony Oursler installation:
And the museum recently hosted the most incredible modern appliance-as-art-exhibit. I forget what it was called. Alls I know is I should have brought my big purse that day.
So now you know. Museum memberships are great gifts. And if you are in Tulsa, check out the Philbrook at 21st and Peoria-ish. There's a pretty sweet park over right next to it, and there's lots of other free coolness there for the economically challenged, including the Tulsa Historical Society and Garden Center, which includes the Linnaeus Garden and these amazing greenhouses.