ArtSmart Roundtable: Andrew Wyeth's Wind from the Sea

detail of andrew wyeth wind from the sea
detail of Andrew Wyeth's Wind from the Sea, 1947.

As I wandered the West Building at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, a wispy web of white paint caught my eye. Andrew Wyeth's Wind from the Sea is essentially that, an image of the wind, captured in a painting of an open window. While in front of the work, I marveled at how he was able to capture the feeling of the movement of the curtain billowing from the wind. I pondered the process the artist must go through to translate an image in life to the two dimensional canvas. But, today, as I revisited the painting again, I began to ponder instead, why did I even notice it?

Eating Options Near The Mall in Washington, DC


You're at the Smithsonian for a killer day of sightseeing and lunchtime arrives, where do you eat? Skip the cafeteria at the National Gallery and the food trucks hawking hot dogs, stale pretzels, and overpriced sodas. If you're on the Mall, you need sustenance. And with all the serious sightseeing to attend to, a stale $3 pretzel is not going cut it. Here are some tips for quick and inexpensive eats in the area.

Quick Tip: Surviving the Crowds in Washington, DC

crowded metro platform
Image: andrew.deci.

Whether you're in Washington D.C. for the Fourth of July fireworks, an inauguration, a march, or something smaller like Folk Life Festival, eventually you've got to leave. Instead of heading out of the city en masse with everybody else, consider taking a deep breath, getting a beer and some food someplace nearby, and let everyone else fight their way out. Give it a few hours to clear out, then you can hop on the Metro (or in your car) and leave without feeling like a caged animal.

Six Transit Tips for Washington DC

zombies on dc metro
Image: JamesCalder.

Ok, guys we need to get off NOW.... it's the Smithsonian stop and these doors might just close in on us and eat us alive. Run!!! Grab the children and run. The rest of the train sits unphased, motionless and glassy-eyed, much like the zombies above. These are the real DC metro riders, the commuters; and a tourist is their worst nightmare. They don't know the rules, they get in the way, and they're all too cheery about riding around the city when the rest of the train just wants to get to work. I was that zombie for six years when I lived and worked in Washington, DC. And over the course of it all, I learned a few lessons that make the ride just a bit smoother. So, the next time you head into the nation's capital, keep these tips in mind. Please, don't be that guy.

How to Survive Obama's Inauguration in Washington DC

Washington DC Capitol Building
Image: vgm8383.

There's a lot of excitement in the air surrounding the upcoming inauguration. Millions of people are expected to make their way to the capital for the big event on January 20th, including many people who've never visited before.
Before moving to Seattle, we lived and worked in DC for several years. Along the way, we picked up quite a few valuable tips for dealing with all that the capital city can throw at you. So, if you're planning on being part of the inauguration crowd, check out our advice later today for surviving the inauguration without losing your mind.

Art Outside the Box: Library of Congress

Museums aren't the only place where you can check out the masterpieces. Here's our series guide to seeing the arts....for free.

library of congress

When we're in a new city, I always want to check out its artistic treasures. Instead of always turning directly to the museum, I like to look outside of the big white box. After my eyes (and my wallet) have had their fill of art on the wall, I like to seek out lesser known venues. Public spaces always offer a wide variety of art to see, often for free, regardless of what country you are visiting.

This week's freebie....the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.