The highlight of today was driving about 25 mi. north to Bentonville, AR, the home place of Walmart. One of the Walmart heirs, Alice Walton, both donated and raised money to found the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The museum hosted over a million visitors in the first year. It is an impressive contribution to this community. The architect, Moshe Safdie, designed an imaginative building in a beautiful creek bed outside of the town. The large permanent collection is astounding, starting with early 18th century portraits and landscapes extending to impressionists such as Mary Cassatt, as well as artists such as Norman Rockwell, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol and then to 21st century artists with whom we were not familiar, such as Evan Penny. We spent several hours touring the museum, having lunch at the cafeteria overlooking the creek and the lake, and then strolling among the autumn leaves on an art walk up the creek. A real treat of a day. Fayetteville and Bentonville are in the NW corner of AR, in the Ozark mountains and the foliage colors were splendid in the whole area. We feel that we have completed our leaf odyssey goal, of seeing the leaves turn into their fall colors, from Canada to Arkansas.
We then returned to Gen & Frank Broyles. Kat and George Paulson, Gen’s daughter and son-in-law, came over for a wonderful steak dinner. We had met them briefly, on prior visits, but thoroughly enjoyed spending the evening together and getting to know each other in more depth. This was a fun visit with our friends.