Art Along the Rivers

The Mississippi at Elsah, Fredrick Oakes Sylvester, 1903

Anne and I went to the art museum today, to view this fall’s big show, Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration. This year happens to be the bicentennial of the founding of state of Missouri. In honor of this event the art museum, exhibited a collection of the museum’s art that not only spanned the last two hundred years, but also the history of the area from before there was a state, going back a thousand years. Pictured is a painting that has become the signature artwork representing this show. It shows a stretch of the Mississippi River just north of Saint Louis, where on the Illinois side of the river lies the tiny village of Elsah. This quaint little town still looks remarkably similar to how it is portrayed in this painting from over a hundred years ago. It helps to convey the sense of timelessness of life along the rivers. The exhibit is arranged chronologically, beginning with Native American art. This transitions to colonial era artifacts, early statehood and beyond into the present. Emphasis is placed on sourcing local art to form a diverse reflection of all the people who have lived in the Saint Louis area throughout the last two hundred years.

Life At the DMV

Toyota Prius

In December of 2019, we gave Dan the Prius. He drove it to NYC, where having a car during the pandemic was a blessing. I had relicensed it earlier that year, so the plates were still good and they continue to be good through July. It doesn’t make any sense to maintain Missouri plates, so Dan is going get New York plates when he gets back there. Dan only recently got a New York driver’s license. Earlier this week, we trooped over to our safety deposit box and retrieved the title for the Prius from it. Yesterday, Dan and I went to the DMV to get the title in his name. Unfortunately, the title still had a lien on it from the original car loan and as such cannot be transferred. I messaged Toyota on Friday and they have already responded and will mail me the lien release form next week. We’ll be gone by then, so it will have to wait until we return. Then with the new form, I’ll return to the DMV and get a new clean title in Dan’s name. Missouri will mail me the new title and then I’ll mail it to Dan. Hopefully, all this will transpire before the end of July, giving Dan time to get new plates.

The cool down that occurred earlier this week has expired and we are back to hot and muggy weather, but we have air conditioning. I feel for Jay and Carl this weekend, because they are having a heat wave that makes Sweat Louis look cool and calm by comparison. I hope that they survive the heat.