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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Feasting on Art and Clams of the North Shore

Yesterday, the Culture Vulture and Mrs. C.V. made the quick trip from the homestead to Salem, Massachusetts, to take in 'Golden : Dutch and Flemish Masterpieces from the Rose-Marie and Ejik van Otterloo Collection ', now showing at the Peabody Essex Museum through June 19.

We found that the superlatives lavished on this magnificent exhibit  of 17th century Dutch and Flemish Painting and Decorative Arts--including works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Jacob van Ruisdael, and Jan Brueghel the Elder, and embracing the grand sweeping landscape, the intimate portrait, the varied genre subject, and the exquisitely detailed still-life--by The Boston Globe's Sebastian Smee more than justified.

(Viewing Tip : The Museum makes magnifying glasses available at various points in the exhibit space. Take advantage of them, the better to appreciate the aforementioned detail.) 

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Osborne - Two Rising

After viewing 'Golden' we jumped back into the CV-Mobile and motored up to Newburyport, where we dropped in at The Churchill Gallery and feasted on even more visual delicacies, concocted by, among others, Leo Osborne,  Larry Preston, and Dennis Perrin (see examples from the gallery website).

Perrin - Angel Roses
Preston - Marigolds

From there,  we made the short hop over the Merrimac to Salisbury and Stripers Grille, overlookiing the river and the lights of Newburyport.   We ( C.V. and the Mrs. ) heartily recommend Stripers' Ipswich Clams.

Next time we have a hankering for art and clams on the North Shore, I think, purely for the sake of variety, we'll drive up to Gloucester and the Cape Ann Museum (and, if we have the time and energy, the North Shore Art Association and the Rocky Neck Art Colony, as well) before heading to Essex to gorge on the superb clams at Woodman's .