One of the delights of Shelburne Museum is seeing the pride that staff and docents take in sharing the place with visitors. I’ve experienced it every time I’ve been there, and our visit last week was no exception. When I told him how much I was enjoying the exhibit of George Sherwood’s sculpture, a guard said “Don’t miss the one of in the pond—it’s kind of out of the way—but it is also my favorite.”
I’m so glad we took his advice: two birds standing in the water, moving gently this way and that—absolute genius! When art stops me in my tracks so I see the world more clearly, I know I’m in the presence of something great. These two creatures capture the essence of “bird” perfectly and, as a bonus, with simple delight.
A footnote: I’m fascinated to see art, too, against the backdrop of today’s political news. The simplicity, the immediate connection to the real world that these two marvelous creatures have, is timeless next to the ebb and flow of dark headlines. The genius of great art is that it can unite people in important ways during troubled times. These two birds are certainly not bothered by it all!