The outdoor sculpture garden at Strathmore in North Bethesda (just off of the Rockville Pike) is one my favorite ways to share fine art with my children. Actually, when the kids are running around and even climbing into the exciting structures, they really have no idea that they are “interacting with art.” They just think they are having a blast!
Of course, if your children are older than mine, by all means download the handy-dandy sculpture garden guide or pull up this slideshow on your smart phone and have the kids track down each piece of art. The guide lists the art pieces in order beginning at the path coming up from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro stop at the south east side of the Strathmore Mansion, near the parking lot .
Sculpture appears regularly in many of the indoor exhibitions, but it also receives a spectacular presentation in the outdoor Sculpture Garden, which is laid out in a variety of settings winding through the 11 acres of landscaped grounds. As you weave your way through the garden, keep an eye out for the sculptures listed below. The Sculpture Garden is open year-round at all times for your enjoyment.
And just what is Strathmore? Strathmore is an arts center and non-profit that provides affordable, accessible, multi-disciplinary arts programming in the Mansion at Strathmore, the Music Center at Strathmore, and throughout its scenic 11-acre site. I urge you to bring your children to the family programming, performances and open exhibits on-site, as well as experience the programming solo (imagine that!).
The perfect introduction to the diversity of Strathmore’s offerings is to attend tART at Strathmore on Thursday October 27. It is a night of “art with zing, music with spark and tangy treats.” Beginning at 6:30 p.m in the Music Center at Strathmore, this fall arts fundraiser celebrates the power of the small, but sassy—the adventurous, the new, the offbeat and cheeky. Guests will be immersed in art as it’s being made and will incite real-time music creations by Strathmore’s Artists in Residence and local artists.