Kate and Charles and Glasgow’s Willow Tea Rooms

At the end of the 19th century a group of designers who studied arts and crafts at the Glasgow School of Art started a variation of the Art Nouveau Movement that has become known as the Glasgow Style. The group was known as The Four and consisted of an architect and designer named Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his wife Margaret, her sister Frances MacDonald and Frances’ husband Herbert MacNair. During this same time a woman named Catherine (Kate) Cranston began opening tea rooms all over Glasgow. Over a 20 year span from 1896 to 1916 she commissioned Mackintosh to design her tea rooms. Margaret supplied most of the decor on the tea room walls while Charles concentrated on the furniture. You can still see some examples of their Glasgow Style today.

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MM 3-19 The Oldest Pub in Glasgow

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on Stockwell Street during our visit to Glasgow a couple of months ago. Next door to our hotel is the Scotia Bar, considered by many to be the oldest pub in Glasgow. This photo of The Scotia will be my entry to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week.

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The Number One Thing to Do in Glasgow

According to Trip Advisor, the number one thing to do in Glasgow is to visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. We visited the Kelvingrove  one day in May and I took a zillion photos but for this posting I will only show you 22 of them.

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MM 3-18 The West Court of Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum

Well, I have decided to go back to our visit last May to The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow for one more Monochrome Madness Challenge entry. This week’s submission is a photo I took of the museum’s West Court.

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The Glasgow Boys in Kelvingrove

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow is the home for a large collection of paintings by a group of artists known as the Glasgow Boys. The group by and large were anti-establishment when they were young, turning their backs on the generally accepted subject of  realistic landscapes, preferring instead more natural subjects such as rural families tending to their animals. Many of these artists, however, joined the establishment by the time they reached middle age and became famous portrait painters.

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MM 3-17 Women of Fishermen

My entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge is a photo I took while visiting the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow a couple of months ago. The marble sculpture entitled Women of Fishermen (“Femmes de Pecheurs”) was created in 1914 by a Belgian artist named Pierre Braecke. I used Adobe Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro to transfer the color photo to monochrome.

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MM 3-16: My Granddaughter’s First Hit

It was the third or fourth game of the season and my seven-year-old granddaughter (she’s eight now) hadn’t reached first base yet. She wasn’t too happy. Then late in the game she came up to bat again and luckily I was there to record the great event for posterity. My camera settings were too slow to freeze the action in the photo but I think I succeeded in  capturing the movements of both ball and bat as she got her first hit. She’s happy now. So is her grandfather.

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