Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sigrid's Birthday - March 4, 2010

Last Thursday was Sigrid's birthday. It probably isn't accurate to call it a birthday in Sigrid's case. It is more like a season than just a day. Sigrid had already had several luncheons with friends before I took her on a surprise visit to the Nelson-Atkins Art Gallery in Kansas City. Next week there will be more luncheons. The gallery is only about 30 minutes from our house so it wasn't a major trip.
The main reason for going was to have lunch in one of Sigrid's favorite restaurants, Rozzelle Court. We also wanted to visit the new Bloch expansion to the gallery. We are really lucky to have one of the best art galleries in the country right here in KC.
The photo below is of the front of the gallery. It is very beautiful and classic in design.

The front lawn of the gallery which includes a Sculpture Park.

This is the new Bloch Building which greatly expands the exhibit space of the gallery. It is a fascinating design, but I won't bore you with the details. The Bloch's are the founders of H & R Block, the tax people.

One of the lawn sculptures.

Sigrid about to enter the Bloch Building from the Sculpture Park.

The new building is a stark contrast to the original but they some how work together just fine.

Just inside the original building you find Kirkwood Hall, the scene of many a charity event and other social gatherings. Pretty impressive. Sigrid is dwarfed by the columns.

Lunch at Rozzelle Court, a recreated 15th Century Italian courtyard.

The gourmet food is always great.

After lunch we headed for the new building, but had to admire the lavish beauty of the old building. They don't build them like this any more.

After lunch in the Italian Courtyard, we had to check out the Italian sculptures along the way. Sigrid loves Italian sculptures, especially anything that resembles the famous statue of "David" by Michelangelo.

Those darn Italians..........

It was a great day for the both of us..........a mini adventure.

More later.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent pictures. I like the Butler, er, Bloch Building at night... but would prefer it be covered by tarps in the daylight. Of course if the finished product had looked anything like the model I would have been very happy. Still like to visit the Gallery though.