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Learning in the Freest Form at the Museums

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The sheer size of the exhibit made me feel like a mere spectator of something far larger than myself, which draws astonishing parallels to the climate crisis we are living in.

Spending the day strolling around the Springfield Museums felt like learning in the freest form. I let myself be amazed, opened my mind to new perspectives, and was not disappointed.

One such amazement for me was the astounding exhibit in the art museum: The Essence of Nature: Paintings by Marlene T. Yu (The Green Movement in Art). Yu portrayed the Earth as a movement of the elements, reacting with one another in a beautiful yet devastating way. Through vibrant colors and patterns I saw avalanches, forest fires, and melting icebergs. The sheer size of the exhibit made me feel like a mere spectator of something far larger than myself, which draws astonishing parallels to the climate crisis we are living in. I imagine this exhibit will resonate with many of its viewers, stirring up similar feelings about the fragile yet chaotic state of our planet.

I enjoyed taking a close look at each painting, tracing the flow of colors and trying to imagine the process that created such a multidimensional work of art. I found that if I took a step back and instead observed each pieces as a combination of its parts, I was able to appreciate them in a different way. Shifting my perspective in this way gave me a deep appreciation for the exhibit.

My time at the Museums was informative and intriguing. I intend to make it more of a habit to frequent museums of all variations. I ‘m excited to return and continue to soak up the culture that Springfield has to offer.

A student at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Theresa Carotenuto, age 20, lives in Great Barrington, MA, when she is not in school.