Our World – An Afternoon at Philbrook Museum of Art

Sunday morning the family got up and Logan had breakfast and we dropped him off at his job at the Neighborhood Walmart and Heather and I went to have breakfast. Afterward we headed out to Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art to check out their newest exhibit “Innovative Expressions” which turned out to be very academic but interesting. It showcased the printmaking  art of Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Camille Pissarro.  I learned some things that I didn’t know before. I didn’t take any photos though. Check it out if you are in town. It is open until September 9.


After the exhibit we toured the three levels of galleries. It doesn’t take us long as we have been there many times before so seeing the art is like meeting old friends. Philbrook does a good job of swapping things out and so we always see things we hadn’t seen before. I love Thomas Moran’s “Grand Canyon” (above).


And this one is a favorite of mine. I am from New Mexico and too me nothing beats snow on adobe like this, “Tesuque (Dark Houses)” by Theordore Van Soelen. It is also special because when I was born my family was living the Tesuque Ranger Station.


This is one that I don’t remember seeing but Heather told me that it has been on display before. So meet my new friend, “Bridge over the Stour” by Childe Hassam. I love it.

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Next we went to the gardens of the museum. It had been raining earlier but then settled into a very light sprinkle. The tempietto in the background may be the most photographed item in Tulsa. I think it is beautiful. I’m always trying to think of something new so here I focused on the flowers which caused the tempietto to soften. You can tell there is a person on the other side of the pond who is way out of focus.

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It is my lovely wife, Heather. The gardens at Philbrook are especially lush this time of year. Their gardening staff really works hard keeping things tidy and green.


I spotted a purple coneflower.

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Another area of the gardens that I liked.

We had a great leisurely couple of hours at Philbrook. It is a great place to get away from it all for a short time. If you plan on visiting check their web site for all sorts of information for days and hours of operation, special exhibits, events and all sorts of other information.

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13 thoughts on “Our World – An Afternoon at Philbrook Museum of Art

  1. Eileen

    Hello, the art work is beautiful. I love the garden images too. Looks like a nice museum to visit. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day and week ahead!

  2. Driller's Place

    It has been forever since we visited Philbrook. It would be all new to me now. We visit Crystal Bridges here several times a year and it’s almost time for us to go again. Have a blessed holiday.

  3. Sallie (FullTime-Life)

    Always enjoy the virtual tours of Philbrook and if we were ever i n Tulsa I’d make sure to visit — and it would feel familiar! Its really nice to have both the marvelous Art Gallery and the beautiful gardens in the same spot. perfect Saturday morning!!

  4. Kay L. Davies

    How wonderful to be able to see that painting! It sounds so much nicer than old photographs, and I’m guessing it brings forth as many memories.
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  5. Gaelyn

    I enjoy when you go to Philbrook. Thought I recognized that beautiful Moran. Sure is a gaudy frame. 😉 I like what you did with the flowers and tempietto, and the shot with Heather. Definitely a challenge when we photograph the same place repeatedly.

  6. Barb

    Hi Alan, you must be getting more rain than we are. It looks so green there. First inside to appreciate the art and then outside to appreciate Nature – that’s my kind of day!

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