Grounds for Sculpture

I might be the type of girl who could have benefited from attending an all girls high school. Not because I was particularly boy crazy, but because once I had a boyfriend; I was done. Don’t get me wrong. I maintained an A average, stayed focused on the things I cared about (practicing violin three hours a day, working hard at my afternoon job), but when it came to high school, particularly my senior year, I checked out completely. It didn’t help that Lance graduated the year before me and I left school in the middle of the day to attend college classes.

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The best part of my senior year of high school, aside from the day it was finally over, was art class. I had the sweetest teacher who created a rounded curriculum which allowed us to experience various art mediums while also slipping in details about the old guys who established the fundamentals of these mediums.

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Possibly the best class trip I have ever taken was with this art class to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township. We were a small class, so we packed into one of the 11-passenger school vans to make the 20-minute drive.

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I couldn’t believe such a thing existed so close to home. Grounds for Sculpture was a living museum to me. It was paintings pulled beyond the matting and fancy frames, made into sculptures which could be touched and climbed on, making you a participant instead of a mere observer of art.

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Our library offers museum passes to residents in our county. I’ve known this for a while, yet didn’t take advantage of it. Recently, I decided it would be a good thing to start taking Jon to the library and, after not entering our public library in over 15 years, I finally had a new, up-to-date library card, a stack of books to read with Jon, and access to museum passes.

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Walking around Grounds for Sculpture with him brought back the nostalgia of my high school trip and the warm fuzzies of this class which was a beacon of light in my dreary senior year.

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Truth be told, it’s a hard place not to find happiness. There are 42 acres to wander around, getting lost among nature and art. I’m no good with a park map on a regular day, but here, I didn’t concern myself with what we had or hadn’t seen, but with only what direction the wind blew us.

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