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Shinique Smith

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Last weekend I headed over to the Museum of Fine Arts to check out the Goya exhibit before it closed. (Note to self: go earlier!) Even though I am a member, I always get caught up with life and don’t get to see the exhibits until they are almost gone and end up having to wait in a line.  Anyway, Goya was fabulous and I only had to wait about 15 minutes. After Goya we wandered around some of the other exhibits and stumbled Bright Matter by Shinique Smith, a contemporary artist from Baltimore, MD.

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Shinique’s work is quite unique — very colorful, vibrant, and full of life. The installation has over 30 works of art including mixed media paintings, sculptures, full-room installations, and videos.

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Head over to the MFA before March 1st to check out Shinique’s work! If you have off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday consider stopping by — museum entry is free for non-members!

Icicle Towers & Art


When I lived in Beacon Hill, one of my favorite things to do on the weekend was to spend a day at the Museum of Fine Arts.  Sometimes we would go every weekend, wander around in some of the exhibits, have lunch downstairs in the Garden Cafeteria (which always reminds me of eating lunch in the Vatican) and then head home after they kicked us out at 4:45pm.  I don’t live in the city anymore, so I don’t get to go in as often as I’d like.  But once we move back to the city, I hope to find myself at the museum much more often.  Above I am pictured next to the awesome Lime Green Icicle Tower by Chihuly.  It is such a fantastic blown glass piece (I think over 2 stories tall) and is now a permanent fixture at the museum!

There are two temporary exhibits I am just dying to see:

-Cézanne’s The Large Bathers (running until May 12th)
-The Postcard Age: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection (running until April 15th)

Perhaps I will drive down and go this weekend.  Do you have any weekend plans?


They say that if you want to accomplish something you should write it down and/or tell someone about it.  Doing this creates the accountability that just does not exist when we keep all of our big plans bottled up inside our heads.  I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I know there are some things I’d like to accomplish.  And if for nothing else, I am posting them here to give myself the accountability I need to get them done.   Here I go:

1. Go to the gym 2x a week
Might as well get the cliche one out of the way first.  I have a gym membership, but I don’t use it very often. I am not resolving to go to the gym 7 days a week because, well, that’s just ridiculous and never going to happen. But I am not getting any younger and I could use a little more exercise in my life. Probably could use more than just 2x a week, but I am being realistic and making these resolutions as attainable as possible.  I don’t want to set myself up for failure!  And remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

2. Write every day
I want to get in the habit of writing every day.  It could be here, it could be a letter to a friend, a thank you note, or just some thoughts I write down for myself.

3. Declutter
I have been obsessed lately with decluttering all aspects of my life–everything from clothing to Facebook friends. My wardrobe could use an intervention and although I did put a TON of clothes into a storage container, I need to either sell or donate those items.  And there are still things in my closet that could go too. My desk is rather cluttered, and I have papers and notebooks that could be recycled. My husband and I have enough books to fill a library, so I am thinking some could be sold via Ebay/Amazon or donated. There is also just a ton of junk that can be thrown out.   My goal is to spend 10 minutes every day decluttering a small area of my house/life.

4. Cook dinner 3x a week
I have a spacious kitchen and more appliances than I need, but my husband and I order out several times a week. Not only is ordering out unhealthy, its expensive and unnecessary. Three days a week sounds like a good start. Right?

5. Visit the museum
I have been a member of the Museum of Fine Arts for two years now. I absolutely love museums, and the MFA is one of my favorites. However, I don’t visit as often as I should! I’d love to visit at least once a month to keep up on the visiting exhibits and explore more of the permanent exhibits.

Here’s to a new year of successful resolutions!