Yesterday I had the delightful experience of seeing famous artists and paintings reinvented as scarecrows! Unique, fabulous, entertaining, educational and fun, a perfect fall family outing.
When you enter the museum and pay your admission you receive a large round sticker to wear with scarecrow illustrations by Jeffery Himmelman which are wonderful in themselves. You will receive a beautiful large brochure which contains a charming story about Miss Florence and the scarecrows. The brochure lists all the scarecrows and explains who they are and a bit about the artist or painting represented.
The museum has extensive grounds and gardens along the Lieutenant River and the scarecrows are placed throughout. Pumpkin shaped signs make it easy to follow along and find the next scarecrow.
Frida Kahlo, self-portrait
The bite sized bits of art history in the brochure make learning about the artist easy as pumpkin pie for kids (and parents!), each entry also has a question for viewers, which makes you look even closer at the scarecrow to find the item.
One of the stops on the scarecrow trail is a cornfield where kids can dress up like a scarecrow. If mom and dad take pictures they can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and the museum will select some of the pictures sent in to feature on their website.
Georgia O'Keefe, Summer Days
The museum invites families to choose an artist, author or character from a book and create a scarecrow at home, take a picture and send it to email@example.com for possible inclusion on the museum website.
POP!CORN aka Andy Warhol
Don't miss the museum gift shop which is filled with autumnal treats for the whole family. And don't forget to become a facebook fan of the Florence Griswold Museum
Mondrian Man, Composition in Red, Yellow and Boo!, aka Piet Mondrian
The scarecrows will be at the museum through October 31st plan your visit before they disappear!