Who's in the House?

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Who's in the House?

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Each month, we ask five questions to a Museum visitor to learn a little more about “who’s in the house.”  

[Image of orientation gallery wall text at the Museum.]

Today we spoke with Kelly.

Tell us a something about yourself.

I’ve lived in the area for ten years. I am originally from Arkansas.


How far did you travel to get to Reynolda House today?

About ten miles. I live in East Bend.


What brought you to the Museum today?

I have been wanting to see the American Moderns exhibit and today was my day off.


What did you learn today?

Not having grown up in Winston-Salem, I found it very interesting to learn about Winston-Salem’s history and Katharine’s vision.  

From the [American Moderns] exhibit, it was interesting to see the progression of different styles in painting that reflected the history of the time.


Did your visit inspire you in any way?

Yes. I am a preacher and theologian, so I tend to look at things through that lens. I am interested to see the social commentary in the work. The [Augustus] Tack pieces were compelling. The circle frame and the idea of eternity. It was interesting that his intention was to depict something spiritual in an abstract way, which is very different if you compared it to something from the Renaissance. And he did it in a way that wasn’t overtly sentimental.


Did you identify in a personal way with any particular aspect or object of Reynolda House?

Well, I am married to a farmer, so [I related to] the sense of an agrarian life.  The Divinity School at Wake Forest has been looking at spirituality in the environmental [context]. They just had a speaker from San Francisco come talk about her work with community gardens in the city. Looking at scripture on top of looking at agriculture. Since there is so much scripture that [speaks about agriculture], I am really drawn to the work of N.C Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth. There is something that their paintings capture. Something very particular about humanity- the universality.  N.C. Wyeth’s piece in the show ["Visions of New York"] speaks about the compartmentalized aspects of the city, but with playfulness.


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