Monthly Archives: September 2011

Whoop, Whoop! Contemporary Art!

My Gyrotonic client, an mixed medium artist herself, told me about Sebastian Smee’s Sunday Globe article about Boston/New England’s new embrace of contemporary art.  As a fan myself, I have enjoyed the past few years patroning the new ICA and the De Cordova.  My kids have been able to digest the one floor gallery at the ICA and run freely amongst the large scale sculpture park at the De Cordova.  And I get my dose of art and feel as a parent they’re being exposed and enlightened.

The MFA has also been holding these great kid’s Friday’s, where the kids enter a single gallery and talk about season’s, colors, emotions, etc of a single painting and create a little art themselves in the new all glass atrium.  It’s a fantastic start.

Sebastian’s article is all about the fantastic start, spearheaded by the recent new ICA museum in South Boston, to bring contemporary art to the people.  As he breaks down each major museum and their additions, he cleverly talks about the conservative, traditional hold Boston has always had and how this movement lifts us to a new place as art enthusiasts and as a city.

I say bring it on: the good, the bad and the ugly.  Next, more contemporary dance, please.

Feeling Fall

Today was the first apple picking day of the fall season.  Loaded up the two kids with some new fall jackets from Mini Rodini and a picnic, picked my husband up after his early morning clamming and headed to Russel Farms in Ipswich.   Russel Farms, set just down the road from Crane’s beach is a perfect balance of fun farm for kids while staying low key.  The day was beautiful, crisp, the light warm and bright.  It renewed me with the promise of a new season:  back to school, back to warm soups and the incredible, sense memory smell of the fall air.

Unlike a good New Englander, which I am by birthright, I personally resist fall.  I like the heat, strong sun and the beach.  I am not so much a fan of snow, scraping the windshield and never being warm enough when outside.   So when the sun starts to set early, with that beautiful yellow glow that fall casts on everything, and the air feels cool in the morning and night, though comfortable and pleasant, I still get a pang of remorse that it’s all over and went too fast.

So the great family tradition of apple picking has me letting the summer snob go and embracing the glory of fall… crisp leaves underfoot, chunky scarf, halloween… bring it on.


Andrew Weil’s Apple- Cranberry Crisp
12 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
8 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup brandy
1/3 cup light-brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup light-brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup canola or grape seed oil ( or butter)
1/3 cup maple syrup

Preheat over to 375

Toss the sliced apples in a large bowl with the cranberries, lemon juice, brandy, 1/3 cup of light-brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and the whole wheat pastry flour.  Pile the apple mixture into an 8×10- inch baking dish.

Mix together the ingredients for the topping and spread over the apples.  Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 40 minutes more until the apples are soft.