Rita works for the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. It is a wonderful museum (there is lots that is wonderful in Corning) and has been so well planned. My first visit to the museum was during my first adult-visit to Corning last March, before meeting Rita. I was so taken, not only with the exhibits, but with how friendly all those working there were to us, and with how much thought had gone into showcasing the artworks. The wall colors (reminiscent of some of my childhood 64 Crayola crayon favorites), and even the restroom decor, are so happily welcoming and complimentary of the pieces that are at home in the museum.
Like most museum gift shops, the Rockwell's is filled with treasures that are as inspiring to see as the museum's collections. During my art teacher days, I loved looking for books, prints, puzzles, etc., in museum gift shops to add to my teaching stash. Particularly special were those visits shared with fellow art teacher-tribe members. I have rarely left a museum gift shop empty handed.
I walked back to the museum after lunch to see the antique toy exhibit, visit the Family Exploration Studio, revisit the collections, and (of course) wander through the gift shop. And despite the day's snow and frigid temperatures, I felt warmed by visits with my tribe member and the Rockwell… and I didn't leave empty handed.