Sometimes it feels like my sarcasm has run out…and then I read some of the comments left on our ‘ask a curator’ wall and I immediately find my rhythm again.
Q: There should be more descriptive tags downstairs for some of the unidentified pieces. (more of a statement, I know.)
A: You are absolutely right. I am working on close to 200 labels that we will be able to switch in and out downstairs to give a little more clarification to what it is you are looking at.
Q: What was this house made of?
A: Wood. More specifically oak, cedar, teak and walnut. Throw in some nuts, bolts, screws and nails and you’ve got yourself a Hermitage.
Q: How did you get your ideas for this wall talking thing?
A: Lauren Northup who remains smarter and more savvy than I.
Q: You need more on the Sloane family, kids and pets!
A: While family history is interesting Mrs. Sloane did not want her personal life to be the focal point of the museum. She was more interested in you coming in and looking at the art she purchased. Of course some background is necessary to explain where things came from and why, but you wont be hearing about their daily lives anytime soon. (Also, this is an excuse to plug the book that will be coming out later this year…and another to follow in 2014.)
Q: How much is this house?
A: Interesting question. If a buttload equals 126 gallons then I would have to say it is at least five elephants and a blue whale.
Q:Why does it cost money to visit?
A: We are not funded by the state or federal government. This is a private institution. We need money to stay open (alive?). $5.50 is incredibly cheap considering you also get to walk around our gardens and let your pets wreak havoc on our shrubs.
Q: What was Mrs. Sloane’s favorite breakfast food?
A: Scotch eggs. Just Kidding, that’s mine.
Q:What was her (Mrs. Sloane) favorite painting?
A: Brilliant question for which I don’t have an answer. You could argue that the portraits of her sons by Douglas Volk might rank high, or perhaps her good friend Helen Turner’s pieces. Stephen Reid is all around the house as well…
Likely, each work brought something unique to her collection and heart so picking just one would probably have been hard for her as well.