BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Museum invites people to take a bus trip back in time, back to the time of "Egypt."
Jamie Franklin, curator of collections of the Museum, will lead an excursion to Rockwell Kent’s "Egypt" located on the slopes of Red Mountain in Arlington, once home to Rockwell Kent and his family, on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Bus reservations are required by end of the day today, Tuesday, Sept. 18.
The event is in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibit of "Rockwell Kent’s ‘Egypt’: Shadow and Light in Vermont," on view at the Museum through Oct. 30.
The excursion will meet at the Museum at 9 a.m. for a 9:15 a.m. departure on the bus. The route will take guests by the Arlington Train Depot where Kent first arrived in Arlington, and the Canfield Community House. A stop will be made at the Ira Allen Cemetery and Union Church which is the subject for Kent’s painting "Puritan Church." Arriving at "Egypt" at 10:30 a.m., guests will hike to what once was Kent’s studio. The hike is easy to moderate and will take approximately 15 minutes. Hiking boots or sneakers are recommended.
After spending approximately one hour at "Egypt," the tour will return to the museum at 12:30 p.m. Guests can get lunch or bring their lunch and eat in the pavilion or, in case of rain, at tables inside the museum.
Reconvening at 1:30 p.m., Jamie Franklin will lead a gallery walk through the Kent exhibit.
Kent purchased this hill farm located 20 miles north of Bennington, in the spring of 1919. During his time here (1919-1925) he made use of the backdrop, overlooking the mountains and valleys of Bennington County, to create a series of powerful paintings including "Nirvana," "Mt. Equinox," "Shadows of Evening," "Autumn" and "Puritan Church," as well as prints, among them "Pasture Gate," "Climbing the Bars," "Two Birds Outside a Cage," and "House in Vermont."
The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main St. The cost for the event is $40 for museum members and $45 for non-members. For reservations, call Deana Mallory at 802-447-1571. The trip is rain or shine.