I was in Boston last weekend for the CraftBoston Show, a fundraiser for the Society of Arts and Crafts.
The view from my hotel, a neighbor-hood of old victorian buildings.
Boston, the land of brick.
Brick everywhere! Even the sidewalks.
It was a short brick walk to the old Cyclorama building where CraftBoston was held.
The Cyclorama was built to house a huge circular painting of the Battle of Gettysburg. In the 1880’s the best way to experience an historical event was with a lecture and a picture. No movies or tv, instead an enormous painting.
It now houses the Boston Center for the Arts. This last weekend they hosted a gem of a craft show, 90 exceptional craft artists. I was delighted to be included!
My booth was under these beautiful arched windows, light streamed in and lit up my space.
It was a great show,
I had so much fun, saw old friends and met many new,…
Including this sweet dog, whose owner was busy trying on jackets.
And this little cutie, sound asleep.
It was a great trip! Wonderful city, excellent show and an amazing building!
A great way to end 2012!
And the Boston Cyclorama’s original painting? It’s now restored and on display at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitors Center.
Check out the New York Times 2008 review of its latest reincarnation.
Jeannette Meyer says
Imagine building a whole building to house a painting. Different times.
Yes, one building for one painting. Truly amazing. And there were a number of cycloramas around the country. My home town, Portland, Oregon had one too. It was the 1880’s version of an Imax show.