Alice Walton grew up in Bentonville, sort of an art wasteland. Her exposure to art came from library books. She and her mother painted watercolors together. Her first purchase of a major work by Picasso came from money she earned working at her father’s store.
Now, a wealthy woman from her father, Sam Walton’s estate, she decided to have an art museum in Bentonville, which is free to the public.
The art is protected from the light because it hangs in rooms in the center of the buildings. The collection is American art with some very notable artists included. The art begins with artists from the revolutionary time and continues into the modern time.
Behind the museum is a native forest that has walking trails and art displayed. This Chiuily art in a boat looks like it’s on a sea of grass. The early morning dew, paired with spots of sunlight, emphasized the bright colors of the glass.
If you’re ever in Bentonville, love art and nature, impressive Crystal Bridges is a must visit.
“To me, people everywhere need access to art and that’s what we didn’t have here, and that’s why Crystal Bridges is so important. It’s important that it be located here.” Alice Walton