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A Hidden Treasure within the Arkansas Forest

The Crystal Bridges Museum was designed by the renowned architect Moshe Safdie.

Last year,  I had the opportunity to visit the city of Bentonville, Arkansas for the first time. An interesting fact about this city that many people don’t know is that it holds one of the greatest jewels among American art. So on this second  I decided to spend my free time exploring the magicalCrystal Bridges Museum.

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was founded by Alice Walton.

This museum is located in the middle of the Ozark National Park and has a peculiar history and a splendid collection of art. Here are some of my favorite artworks that hopefully will encourage you to plan your own visit.

Sculpture Fly’s Eye Dome by R. Buckminster Fuller manufactured in 1980.

Fly’s Eye Dome sculpture from its interior.

The Crystal Bridges Museum was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation and opened its doors to the public on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11). The idea of opening the museum came from Alice Walton, one of the richest women in the world, as she is the daughter of businessman Sam Walton, who founded the American multinational retail corporation, Walmart.

Architect Moshe Safdie’s design creates a connection between the museum galleries and the gardens that surround it.

Since its inauguration, the museum has received around 2.7 million people from different parts of the world, who are surprised not only by the artworks but also by the building’s architectural design constructed by the one and only Moshe Safdie. Through its design, Safdie manages to connect visitors in the galleries with the natural beauty of Ozark National Park.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, this property counts with 8 different trails that surround the museum. These trails are brimming with water springs and numerous flora and fauna creating the most breathtaking landscapes.

LOVE Sculpture created by the American artist Robert Indiana.

In the museum outdoors, you can also find a variety of sculptures such as the LOVE sculpture created by Robert Indiana and the Maman sculpture created by Louise Bourgeois, which represents a giant spider.

Another of my favorite pieces was this wall, which is full of objects creating a three-dimensional effect.

The Garden of Eden by Jim Dine.

The museum’s calendar of events features a variety of activities including concerts, conferences, family events, and new exhibitions each season.

Among the different exhibits of the museum you can find a great variety of art styles that go from realism to minimalism.

With the central sculpture in the picture above, Vanessa German wants to portray the 21st-century implications of psychosis as a public health crisis.

The museum has held countless fascinating exhibitions by artists of great caliber such as Samuel F. B. Morse, Stuart Davis, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Alfred Maurer, among others.

Evan Penny’s self-portrait combines traditional sculpture processes with state-of-the-art technology.

The artwork Man on a Bench reflects the sculptural response of Duane Hanson to photorealism.

One of the most important artworks exhibited in the museum today is Jimson Weed / White Flower No. 1 by the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe; work valued at $ 44.4 million dollars, becoming the most expensive work of art painted by a woman.

Jimson Weed / White Flower No. 1 by the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Undoubtedly, the Crystal Bridges Museum is an exceptional place, recommended for all the art lovers out there. The museum opens Mondays from 11 am to 6 pm, Wednesday through Friday from 11 am-9pm, and weekends from 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, click here.

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Spring is HERE and it’s time to GO on an adventure!

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Spring has finally arrived, it’s time to put away the winter clothes and start planning your next outdoor adventure. Whether you are in college or not, it’s time to organize a getaway: your very own Spring Break.  Here is a list of a variety places for all different tastes that will satisfy your wanderlust :

Would you like to go camping? For many, camping consists of setting up tents and sitting around campfires eating s’mores and listening to music, but what if I told you there’s a place were setting up a tent 101 isn’t needed?  Welcome to  El Cosmico, a bohemian desert-like campground in Marfa, TX where the closest main city is Midland, TX. Here, alongside a hammock grove, there is an amazing variety of accommodations such as Tepees, Tents, and Yurts. With BBQ’s at night and live music from locals you are guaranteed to let time fly by.  If you want to do some exploring during the day, you can get in touch with your artisanal side closer to the city or take a picture at the famous Prada Marfa sculpture in the middle of the road. This is perfect for anyone who wants a quiet, relaxing time in a faraway place.

 

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Costa Rica: PURA VIDA! Right  off the shore of Puerto Viejo located in the province of Limon , you’ll be able to look deeper into an underwater world with a variety of sea life like wild tropical fish and sea turtles . Lose yourself in the beauty of  Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge or BriBri, the Stibrawpa project run by a group of women from the village of Yorkin on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, located deep within their beautiful emerald rainforest.

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Located in central Mexico, near Querétaro (nearest airport) there is a small magical town by the name of San Miguel de Allende. This colonial time city named an Unesco World Heritage site 2008, is the home of many artisanal products such as hand-blown glass and and metalwork and the perfect place for art lovers as they are big on stained glass pottery and handmade jewelry. Here you will be able to see old Mexican culture through the architecture filled cobblestone streets and if you have time even go to Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, a museum dedicated to the famous couple. Paired with tacos and mezcal, who can resist to such a beautiful city with that much to offer?!

 

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Some of us like to “stick to basics” and why not…can’t beat the amazing beaches of Dominican Republic.  As per US News, the activity packed beach city of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic has been ranked one of the top beaches to visit over all in the caribbean. The beautiful island is the perfect getaway from your everyday life. From its white sand beaches to their in cave nightclub, Punta Cana never fails to give you the best it’s got to offer. With top of the line all-inclusive resorts such as and warmth of their people, it’s no doubt Dominican Republic truly “has it all”.

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El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

In the wonderful capital San Juan, of this beautiful Caribbean island Puerto Rico, there is so much to do. You can experience the “island life” at its finest. From seaside restaurants and bars to their fantastic nightlife. And if you want to get a tour from a young local, check out my earlier post: Discovering Old San Juan with a local.  Also, be sure to check out a beautiful local treasure close by. El Yunque Tropical Rainforest covers a part of the great island with thick green mountains with hidden waterfalls. El Yunque, is about 29,000 acres, and it’s the only tropical rain forest in the US national forest system.  Here, you can have an experience with nature first hand. You can also wander the hiking trails all the way to its highest point or just hang out in the Yokahu observation tower.

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Cancun, Mexico

Trying to have a wild fun vacation? What screams out spring break more than CANCUN?!

With a long strip of beach front resorts and extraordinary nightlife, this Mexican city has so much to offer. For example,head on over to the Mayan ruin of Chichen Itza or the beautiful crystal underground caves of Rio Secreto .Want something more exciting? There are many Zipline tours. Without a doubt left in mind, Cancun is always a go-to when it comes to spring break.

 

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More on my Cancun experience coming soon!  Feel free to leave your comment and suggestions. Share your #SpringBreak experience on #MaityontheGo.

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Me (Maity Interiano) jetsurfing in Cancun, Mexico

 

Swimming in the Cenotes…underwater caves

 

VanDutch ride to Playa Mujeres.

 

No experience is complete with a good dinner.